Monday, August 15, 2011

CS:GO is a GO

So a few days ago Valve released proof that Counter Strike: Global Offensive is in development. Apparently they had been showcasing (read: testing) their new game to some of the professional players on the CS tour. For once, NDA's actually worked, because honestly, I hadn't heard jack about it til Friday. Sure, maybe a whisper of a sequel, but nothing substantial.

However, if you're looking for a pure sequel, this is definitely not it. Testers have said that it wasn't like 1.6, nor was it like CS:S, but still very good. And some little quirks here and there were added, one in particular, every player starts with a kevlar vest. To most, it won't be a bother, but it does shake things up a bit, since kevlar was traditionally purchased, and not just given.

Full story here: RPS.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Serious Sam 3, Round 2

So I heard a lot of you say you liked the series, but may not have known about a new SS coming out. Well, here's the low down. Serious Sam 3 is the prequel to Serious Sam: The First Encounter. It's set around 22nd century Egypt, fighting similar enemies to those in the First Encounter, Mental's legion. There's really not a whole lot story wise about Sam 3 yet, but if the interest stays high, I may run with it as details are available.

I think the biggest draw to the series, however, is the multiplayer. I know I'm not alone when I say it looks like it's going to be one wicked match after another for me for the first few days after it drops. And of course, the split-screen, as was mentioned in the last post. Lastly, health does not regenerate, and there is no cover. You'll be scrambling for health pick-ups just like in the good ol' days.

Here's a Teaser Trailer for those that haven't seen it yet.

And for those that want to, but haven't played the series yet, the Steam link.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sam 3 Bringin' the Nostalgia

Nostalgia? Yup, they got it. Four-player split screen is going into the new Serious Sam. This series has a pretty decent track record of treating us PC gamers with some respect, and this is just another reason to hold Croteam up there. I know I'll be getting this game when it drops. If you guys do too, let me know. We'll do it up in multiplayer.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Haters Gonna Hate

Looks like Notch and crew (creator of Minecraft) got themselves into a little hot water with their new game Scrolls. Bethesda lawyers sent them a letter saying "Scrolls" infringes on their trademark, and could be confused for their game "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim." Notch tweeted about it here. Let's just hope that Bethesda's lawyers are just being lawyers and don't plan to actually pursue this obviously overreaching "infringement." Scrolls is a pretty broad word. Let's hope they don't decide they want to send letters to all of the platformers, since they're side-SCROLLing games, too.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Back on the Humble Bundle!

Not enough incentive to get the Humble Bundle during the last post? Well, they've upped the ante. With a purchase of more than the average ($5.07 at the time of this writing) and you'll receive the previous humble bundle, too! Get at 'em guys!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Diablo 3 - Real Auction House

Looks like Blizzard is trying to stamp out the item sellers by introducing two auction houses in Diablo 3. An in-game currency auction house (with gold), and a real currency auction house (with $). I have a pretty good feeling about it, as opposed to some of the community. Some say it'll destroy the game as we knew it. I say, let 'em have it. The ones that are gonna do it, will do it anyway, and the ones that would have abstained, will still abstain. Not only that, it'll drastically reduce the number of people that lose their account to hackers and the like. Unfortunately, I think we'll still be seeing the broken English gold spam.

"Need do you gold more of?!!"

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ubi loves their DRM

Well, it looks like more of the same from the big proponents of DRM. Ubi is claiming a success. I don't know about you, but if people are going to pirate, they'll do it, and they'll rip the DRM right out. So, that only leaves one type of person stuck with it. The paying customer. Why in the hell would your punish the only people that're giving you money?
It seems to me the indies have it right. The Humble Indie Bundle comes with zero DRM, and still hits over a million dollars every time. Not only that, only a small portion of people pay less than $1. Ubi and the other crazies need to see where the future's headed if they don't want to lose the only people that ever supported them.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Humble Bundle Is Back!

In its 4th iteration, the Humble Bundle is back again for your indie buying pleasure! Get in while it lasts; It'll only be available for two weeks, and it started yesterday. In this bundle, you pay what you think is a fair price, even if that's only $.01! Included is Crayon Physics Deluxe, Cogs, VVVVVV, Hammerfight, and And Yet It Moves. Hurry up and get your donate on!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Casual Gaming Looks to Influence AAA Developers in a Bad Way

I don't know about you, but I enjoy a single player game. One with real meat on it. Things to discover, places to see, stuff to do. Now, it looks like some developers are seeing the influx of casual gamers as a call to action to reduce the time needed to finish a game. Sure, L.A. Noire was repetitive, but it was story driven. I hope these guys see the error of their ways soon. Grab the session recap at Gamespot.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Cleanin' Up The Streets

And not in a "Cops and Robbers" kind of way. I mean literally cleaning up the streets. A new game by Excalibur Publishing LTD called Street Cleaning Simulator, can only be described as "clearing the way for all the boring games of this century." Oh yes, it's got all the excitement you'd expect from a boring day job, in video game form. Check out the full review over on Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Left 4 Dead Reward!

The early posts will probably make me seem like a Valve fanboy, but it's kind of hard to not blog about the cool things that they're doing.
Yesterday they announced on their blog that if 20,000 L4D2 players got the Stream Crosser achievement, they would release the Dead Air map from the Cold Stream DLC early!
So get to achieving, gamers. I've gotten mine ;)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Source SDK Free-For-All

Looks like with the drop of Team Fortress 2 Free-To-Play there were a lot of questions regarding how that would affect the acquisition of the Source SDK. After a little prodding from the gaming community, it looks like Valve has decided to allow everyone free access to the SDK. Original story over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun

There's no telling quite yet what will happen to the modding community, whether we will see a rise in mods or not much change at all, but what is for sure, Valve is opening the door for modding newbies to get their hands dirty without purchasing a Valve title. One less obstacle. Another step in a positive direction.