Showing posts with label Steam. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Steam. Show all posts

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Steam to Remove Adult Games

Steam threatens developers of anime-style adult games to be censored or get removed from Steam.

Online dating simulators, video games or visual novels containing adult content are extremely popular on web whether they are free or paid. Of course they are labeled as their type to prevent them from falling into the hands of minors and many indie developers are being drawn towards working on more projects like these. However, Valve’s digital distribution platform Steam has recently issued a warning to a couple of studios regarding adult contents in their games.

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Steam to Remove Adult Games

A couple of developers for visual novel stated in social media that they are being affected by this decision. Two of the most infamous NSFW games HuniePop and Mutiny!! on Valve’s launcher containing some serious nudity are to be mentioned in this case. Developer HuniePot has tweeted out that they have received a notice on e-mail from Valve that their game is currently pending additional censorship for pornographic content in it.



For the time being, HuniePop is still available on Steam store and so is fellow game Mutiny!! Developer studio Lupiesoft of the latter has received same message concerning their content as well. Although, they have worked maintaining strict guidelines and created the game under Valve’s policies, it seems kind of contradictory action for the platform. When their Steam publisher MangaGamer has directly contacted with them, they assured that softcore nudity is allowed. Feeling confused yet?

There are no signs of the game being under threat of removal or something, which was maybe to not alert or frightened the players. The developers received a deadline for 2 weeks, which is basically till the end of this month to either bring change to their subject material or being removed. It appears many other games on the aforementioned platform of visual novel genre are feeling this heat wave now. What baffles us about all of it is that Steam versions of these games are already censored.

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HuniePop and Mutiny!! To Be Censored

If you are willing then fully uncensored versions of HuniePop and Mutiny!! are available on other retailers or you can just download a patch that will include the explicit parts to the game. This is how many players are having their way with such games because Steam will never allow the developers to share those patches on their platform. Fading these updates are no hard task at all as you can simply do it with a Google search or just go to their developers website looking for it.

Bottom line is, there is a pretty good chance that these two games are leaving Steam very soon and many others will follow. Another thing to notice here is that popular mainstream titles like Grand Theft Auto 5 and The Witcher 3 contains nudity but they haven't faced such aggression yet. Some says that they are only against games with sexual content featuring anime-style art and we cannot rule that possibility out. On the bright side, even though Valve purges these adult games from store, owners will still have them on their libraries.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dark Souls: Remastered is Discounted for PC

Those who already own Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition from Steam will get 50% off on Dark Souls Remastered.

Following an announcement in January, we know now that publisher Bandai Namco will release a Remastered version of From Software's original Dark Souls as Dark Souls: Remastered for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Back then, there was also an argument over whether or not fans who already own a copy on PC and the responses came from publisher's spokesperson seemed more confusing and contradicting than our own guesses. Finally, it has come to an end.

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Dark Souls: Remastered is Discounted for PC

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Initially after announcement a few months back, we came to know from Bandai Namco that the game will be available on all platforms for a same price and there will be no discount. They came clean by stating that rumor of a discount came from an error on their e-commerce site, which has since been removed. Later, another post on Steam forums by new community manager for Bandai Namco neither denies nor confirms what to expect on the discounted price topic at all.

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Finally we can come clear on this to end all conflict of information by declaring that if you already have owned Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition on Steam then you would get a 50% discount on Dark Souls: Remastered after it is launched. The remastered version is originally priced $39.99, so at half-price, it's like you are getting an upgrade for the game on PC. However, the "Prepare To Die" edition that came with added DLC along with the main game will be removed from Valve's store within May 9.

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Many players will still be complaining even after the price reduction because a remastered edition is nothing much but mostly a graphically enhanced version and we really cannot argue on that point as it is true. Besides, none of the developer or publisher has revealed anything about including new features or so. There is no scope of price cut for any console owners as this title was not released on any other platforms than PC. We just hope that the game fares better in providing experience than various PC mods out there.

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Also, did we mention that Bandai Namco has dropped another brief gameplay trailer from the re-release to remind us what is waiting in there to creep upon players? It is right below for you to check out.




RELATED: Dark Souls: Remastered on Nintendo Switch Delayed

Dark Souls is considered as one of the best action role-playing game ever made and there has been request for Remastered edition for quite long and scheduled for May 25 release on all the mentioned consoles above except Switch, which will debut on Nintendo's hybrid platform at a later date. It seems that just like the game itself, the road to Lordran is filled with preemptive trouble before you even engage in fight with demons and wraiths during your in-game quests.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass Teaser Trailer

Serious Sam is back on "A brutally bigger scale"! Croteam and Devolver Digital teased Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass!

Although developer studio Croteam released six new games in last seven years, they always face a common question; where is Serious Sam? This is a valid question because the franchise was both a commercial and critical success. For some time, the developers have been working with publisher Devolver Digital to release Serious Sam’s Bogus Detour and Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope. Seeing those projects succeed, now they decided to officially announce Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass with a teaser.

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Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass Teaser

The teaser offers nothing that we haven't ever seen before in a Serious Sam game but if showcases how the game has evolved over the years in so many different ways.




The trailer opens up with Sam "Serious" Stone driving his motorcycle into a location that is a quiet place and green everywhere. It could be a pastoral farm as we see a deer playfully wandering around. From a considerable distance, he notices a Beheaded Kamikaze heading towards his direction for their typical for suicidal attack while screaming loudly. Sam blows him up into bits by shooting as he passed and head straight towards a field with hundreds of them in it along with many other monsters.

This is where this shorter than a minute teaser ends and we got an idea that Sam is back in business once again to slay tons of evil extraterrestrial beings to save Earth from another invasion by their leader Mental. Croteam wants to take things on a much bigger scale with their most popular first-person shooter series and so, they are back with a mainline entry six years after releasing Serious Sam 3: BFE.


There is a Steam page for Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass but it offers no clue about the game at all, except that it will be available for PC of course. At E3 2018, Croteam will finally reveal what new super powerful weapons Sam will be wielding or why he is returning to take care of enemy force. That means, we can mark the calendar for June 12-14 to see full reveal of the game.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Savage Map In Works

Although PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has achieved feats like selling over 30 Million copies and crossed records of having 3 million concurrent players on Steam, they have had reached a point earlier where they weren't growing. All they did for last few months is to add loot boxes rather than some actual contents. In the meantime, free-to-play title Fortnite of Epic Games stole their thunder by breaking streaming record on Twitch and having rapper Drake join them in a match.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Savage Map Concept Art

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We are actually pretty thankful that Fortnite Battle Royale has managed to take the limelight from PUBG for a while and now they are alerted about the situation. Otherwise, we would have pinned to wall with that gambling-oriented, barely finished version of third person shooter for years and PUBG Corp. wouldn't give a damn about it. Now the developers have suddenly become so productive with new ideas and launched a couple of weekly events like Tequila Sunrise and War Mode.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Map Selection

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These ideas worked so good with their audience that many of them are demanding to make some of these temporary test modes to permanent. All that and the game finally work their way up to get players to have a map selection. Xbox One users are still stuck with the Erangel map whereas PC version got to try out Miramar map for some time now. However, they are working on that too and almost finished but have not set any exact date for it yet.

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Soon, map selection is going to get a lot more crucial than ever because PUBG developers have been working for their third map, Codename: Savage and as they are nearing to completion, it is available now for test on Steam. Considering this one one-quarter the size than the other two, it really is far from finished but we do understand that they hastily released it for early feedback to improve it and to convince you that they had other things to show except for “Equinox Crate” loot boxes.

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PUBG Corp. states that what they envision for Savage map will need months to get complete and one of their ideas is to add a huge cave where players will jump right in their parachute. The concept of base jumping, where you fling with a parachute strapped on your back off a cliff is adapted here but players will be jumping into the biggest underground cave they can think of in this case, which sounds a lot like Cave of Swallows from Mexico.

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PUBG Team on Thailand Trip

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In their recent trip to Thailand, a developer team went seeking inspiration to merge with their ideas for their new map. There were Concept Artists, 3D Environment Artists and Technical Artists within the team to study real location. One of their objectives was to shot photos of real-world areas or objects from every possible angle and convert them to in-game 3D objects through Photogrammetry. They will also take player's feedback to evolve the map further and making their experience unique.

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Inside Phraya Nakhon Cave

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Also, deep inside the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, the team finds Thailand's own version of Cave of Swallows, which goes by the name Phraya Nakhon Cave. Since their planned Savage map was Southeast Asian-themed, this one fits perfectly for what they were looking for. They came up with a cool imagery to depict their vision and as it will be converted into an in-game asset, you are about to experience an amazing entrance. The cave will be made in a way that lets players to dive straight through the big enough opening of the cave and join the fight.

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Savage Map Cave Concept

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From their recent endeavors, it would seem like PUBG Corp. is up to making some short-term goals like selling loot boxes for money rather than focusing on updates that will possibly fix the game for better. The way the developers rushed with the release of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for mobile and Xbox One has clearly shows that they are just trying to spread their name everywhere as fast as possible so that no one can take them over but Fortnite already did that.

RELATED: PUBG Crosses 3 Million Concurrent Players

Besides, there are multiple upcoming titles that are bringing Battle Royale mode in their games in some way or another. Triple-A video games like Battlefield V and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is already on that list, who will introduce their unique take on the genre. When they will hit the market with more polished gameplay and improved features, PUBG will surely be in tough competition. If the tendency of focusing on loot box and not working on content remains their prime goal, their downfall will be imminent.

Monday, April 16, 2018

State of Decay 2 May Come to Steam

During a developer livestream of Xbox Exclusive State of Decay 2 at PAX East, an error message states "Unable to connect with Steam".

Open world zombie game State of Decay 2 is a sequel of 2013's original State of Decay from Undead Labs and Microsoft Studios. Though the game is an Xbox One-exclusive, it will also release for PC or you can play it on any of these two platforms with support from Microsoft’s Xbox Play Anywhere system. Aside from being available on Microsoft Store, the game might also find place on Steam, according to some recent hints from PAX-East 2018.

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State of Decay 2 May Come to Steam

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All these rumors suddenly arise when an unexpected error message popped up in the middle of a developer live-stream at PAX East that indicated there was a login issue regarding Steam. The video has been removed afterwards but by then, it already circulated throughout online and rumor is spread about its possible release on digital distribution platform Steam. Although the game’s FAQ has Valve’s launcher listed as a topic, there are no details to reach any conclusion on that.

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State of Decay 2 Steam Error Message

The error message during said:
"Unable to connect with Steam. Make sure Steam is running, you are logged in, no other instances are running, then restart the game."
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Now that the video containing that error message is removed from Twitch archive of Undead Labs, it can no longer be considered as a mere buzz. While it might seem a bit weird giving up one of their most prominent title for another platform, it also makes sense if you consider this a step to sell more copies for PC. Besides, if this rumors and speculation came true then we shouldn't be very surprised because the first game of the series was initially released on Steam’s Early Access alongside Xbox 360.

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Upcoming PlayStation 4 Exclusives of 2018

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In a time of crisis for Xbox exclusive games, Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 are the only hope for Microsoft in 2018. The former is already out and most of people owning an Xbox One are looking for the latter. Because, being an exclusive for Microsoft actually had an impact for Rare’s shared world action-adventure title. Sony’s God of War on the other hand scored an incredible response from critics, forecasting for a good run in advance and two more games; The Last of Us Part 2 and Insomniac’s Spider-Man are also joining soon.

RELATED: State of Decay 2 PAX-East 2018 Gameplay

Undead Labs and Microsoft Studios presents co-op multiplayer survival horror game State of Decay 2 releases on May 22, 2018 for PC and Xbox One. It will also be playable on Xbox Game Pass and at offers 4K resolution to run on Xbox One X for enhanced visuals. We believe, exclusive games crisis won't be solved overnight and meanwhile, testing other platforms like Steam to improve sells in overall does sound like a reasonable idea.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds War Event Mode

Last week, PUBG Corporation had successfully held "Tequila Sunrise" event mode and announced a War mode for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds which will be accessible in custom games as the developers finish testing. This is perhaps the most intense version of Battle Royale that they have envisioned till date. Stretching to see how far they could take the game concept to keep things interesting to players, PUBG Corp. came up with deathmatch-style battles in War event mode.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds War Event Mode

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By far, War is the most diverse mode in all of PUBG history you have ever partaken in aside from their main server. That's right! War will not show up in the game's regular selection but if you can create custom servers, you can see it. If a War server is available then just about anyone can join for some action. Remember when Battlegrounds used to be a mod in first person tactical military shooter ARMA from Bohemia Interactive? This is a lot like that as a callback to old days.

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Be sure to check out the trailer on PUBG's War mode to keep up with us as we talk about it in more details and how it affects the gameplay in overall.




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The thing everyone would appreciate about War is that, dying during a fight doesn't put you out of the field right away. You can "Re-Spawn" at your place by jumping from the plane after you are killed and pick up the fight from where you were left off. This means, you can now participate for longer than before in each of these 15-minute rounds. You and your 10-man squad are allowed in a small piece of Erangel map to take out two other teams and the map doesn't shrink on you. Isn't that great?

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Whenever you re-spawn, you will be equipped with one random pistol, an assault rifle (AR) or designated marksman rifle (DMR), a level one helmet, a level one vest and a grenade. You can also scour in those buildings of the map for additional loot and care packages that drops after every 90 seconds but keep it in mind that by then, the shootout will already begin and bullets will be even flying into your direction. Even though you are taken out, rest of your team can carry on till you re-join them in a few seconds.

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Since teams are consists with 10 players, you are allowed to bring 9 from your friends list or auto matching system will do it for you. You can also end up with less squad members depending on your matchmaking situation. Each team will be competing for 200 points to win and the first squad to score that takes the cake. Every kill will earn you 3 points and a single point for a knock out or reviving any of your teammates. If no team manages to score 200 points within 15-minute time limit, then the one with highest score will win the match.

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Deadliest PUBG Event Yet

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War mode is available from April 12, at 7 PM PDT and will run till April 15, 7 PM PDT for a full weekend. Other things to note are there is no region lock, weather is fixed at “sunny”, Redzone and Killer Spectator Mode will be disabled as well. As the safe zone is limited, you have fewer places to hide your skin. So, we suggest you don't worry about getting shot and go out there to take out enemy teams. Also, North America, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania are exclusive to a first-person variant of War mode.

RELATED: PUBG Crosses 3 Million Concurrent Players

PUBG Corporation presents last-man-standing shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is released on Early Access for PC and Xbox One in 2017. There are two versions of PUBG also available for playing it on Android and iOS devices. Although War event mode is here among us for a limited time for PUBG Corp. for testing purpose, we seriously hope that is becomes permanent, because it can probably help developers bring back loyal fans of the game into the festival of Battle Royale.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Tequila Sunrise Event

We had an early announcement from developer PUBG Corporation on Steam community that they will launch limited-time event mode within an update for PC and Xbox One very soon. This timed event and a new Custom gameplay mode will shake things up for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for good. Already made a name with the unique concept of Battle Royale to put on a map ad fight to a standstill for victory and a Chicken Dinner, it already became one of the top selling video games of all time.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Tequila Sunrise Event

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Even after pulling that feat, PUBG had no time for rest as its insane popularity soon lured out a couple of competitors in the market, most of which are just different versions of rip-off of the original. Fortnite Battle Royale of Epic Games however, managed to become their main rival after so long when they recently broke record for most number of concurrent viewers on Twitch and currently ruling the charts.

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Many believe that Fortnite's biggest plus point is the free-to-play nature of the game and PUBG Corp. should do something similar. Epic Games also had a timed event called Blitz Mode for Fortnite Battle Royale a short while ago. The developers have been at work for some time and they even put out a new map for beta testing already. Clearly, that wasn't enough and now here is "Tequila Sunrise" event mode for fans with a new challenge.

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At Sunrise on Miramar

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According to PUBG Official Blog, Tequila Sunrise event starts on April 5, at 7 PM PDT and will run till April 8, 7 PM PDT for a total of 72 hours. Four player squads will be competing for Battle Royale supremacy on Miramar map with only shotguns and melee weapons for combat. There will be no other weapons to use or maps to explore and don't expect for any Care Package to drop during matches. Matching is by default "On" but you can simply turn Auto Matching off if you are not a fan of the feature.

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A brand-new game mode called War is currently accessible in custom games and the Savage map is currently in-testing. War is a much more intense version of Battle Royale taking place on Erangel map and pitting all contestants in a circle for shootout. Now, it completely depends on the developer whether or not they will play with the possibilities to make this thing big or drop at some point though. PUBG needs to keep grinding as they just won't have to topple only Fortnite but many others in line.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a last-man-standing shooter from PUBG Corporation, released for Early Access on PC and Xbox One. Two versions for Android and iOS of PUBG are also available. They already have a planned road-map for 2018 and staying true to their word means, series fans are going to get more updates, new contents and event modes more often for whole year.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Comes to Consoles

After experiencing massive success for their role-playing game Divinity: Original Sin in 2014, developer Larian Studios got on board for a sequel and Divinity: Original Sin 2 was released on September 14, 2017 for PC. It soon became a critically-acclaimed RPG title and starts topping Steam by leaving popular video games like Dota 2 and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds behind them at that time. Now to rule the consoles of next generations, it is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platform in August, 2018.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 Comes to Consoles

RELATED: Divinity: Original Sin 2 Takes Top Spot on Steam

Below is the announcement trailer for Divinity: Original Sin 2 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, showcasing the world of fantasy and in-game aspects it offers.




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Realizing true potential within the game, Japanese video game development company and publisher Bandai Namco came forth to bring this RPG title to consoles to reach out for an even bigger crowd. This one was sort of inevitable as the developers eventually released Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition for PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One back in 2015, a year after initial release on PC following their immense triumph.

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Custom Character Creation

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Not only the game has a four-player online co-op mode but it also supports two-player split-screen. Divinity: Original Sin 2 lets players control six in-game characters for a turn-based combat system, each having their very own back stories and different personalities to match. Interestingly, you are allowed to create your own character as well. Flexibility in customizing the game as you see fit is truly satisfying when you cannot just assemble your group but also pick up skills for them too.

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Larian Studios started their journey with this sequel from Kickstarter and after they were successfully crowd-funded by the platform, DOS 2 followed the path of success just like it was destined to. Swen Vincke of the developer studio is actually a fan of Bandai Namco for their take on Dark Souls and The Witcher, which made him believe they can properly bring this RPG to its true appeal.

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Critically-Acclaimed RPG

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Since release, Divinity: Original Sin 2 has seen almost all sort of critic's praise that creative role-playing game could possibly hope for. It was declared "Game of the Year" by PC Gamer magazine and at The Game Awards 2017, DOS 2 was nominated as "Best Role-Playing Game", while becoming highest scoring PC game by Metacritic. Considering how Larian Studios previously treated the original game, console versions will surely see some improvements.

Monday, April 2, 2018

The King of Fighters '97 Global Match Out Now

One of the most prominent entries into fighting game series The King of Fighters from SNK, The King of Fighters '97 was announced to be ported in 2018. This was a very exciting moment for the old-school KOF fans who now have moved to various other titles on modern day gaming platforms but still misses those nostalgic arcade moments spent playing those games over and over again. Their wait is finally over as The King of Fighters '97 Global Match is here now.

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The King of Fighters '97 Global Match Out Now

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King of Fighters '97 adds some more excitement by entering the ring after more than two decades of its initial release. Because, this is not just port of the original game but it has improvements like online multiplayer feature added to it, which justifies the title "Global Match". You can also enjoy single player matches while waiting for the ongoing matchmaking process. Fighting games are made to participate with other players to test your skills and KOF '97 Global Match just made it more competitive than ever.

Initially we neither had an official release date or even a high-resolution picture during the announcement but now we are offered to take a look at the teaser trailer for King of Fighters '97 Global Match right here.




The world of SNK fighting game fans were already pretty hyped this year with King of Fighters XIV and SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. Now, the title is just not a typical port trying to make its way to next gen consoles. Aside from newly introduced online multiplayer mode to KOF '97, there is a special Gallery Mode with concept arts and animations that is waiting to be unlocked. You are allowed to use soundtracks from the game as background music and customize in-game menus as you like.

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The King of Fighters '97 Poster

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KOF '97 had a great significance for entire franchise as it saw the conclusion of "The Orochi Saga", which begins from King of Fighters '94 and paved way for future plotlines. It also saw introduction of characters Billy Kane, Blue Mary and Ryuji Yamazaki from another of SNK's fighting game series Fatal Fury. These three were actually draft picked as a result of a fan-voting on Japanese gaming magazines Famitsu, Gamest and Neo Geo Freak. Whereas Billy Kane already appeared on KOF '95, Mary and Yamazaki made their debut in this installment.

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A Mainstream Appeal

The inclusion of Iori Yagami and Shingo Yabuki as single entry character in the middle of various fighters team was also an attraction for fans. Transformations of Iori Yagami and Leona Heidern into Orochi Iori and Orochi Leona were another superb aspect of the game that perfectly meshed with the actual plot of KOF '97. If they would have decided to just add those two personas as two different characters to pick from, things wouldn't have probably worked out like it did with their original plan.

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Back then, KOF series were generating less revenue for SNK on arcade systems than Fatal Fury and other fighting games. It was because of the 3V3 fighting system that increased the match duration but since that was the core game mechanics, they couldn't touch it. So, developers for the title did only little tweak to The King of Fighters '97 by removing little features that actually speed up things a bit. In term of gameplay, Advanced and Extra Modes were also added to the game to choose from.

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Advanced and Extra Mode Features

KOF '97 received a huge tonal shift in term of gameplay that separates it from previous KOF entries. The King of Fighters '97 Global Match is co-developed by Code Mystics, the same studio who worked on Samurai Shodown V. The title is charged on $14.99 and available for cross-buy as well as cross play on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

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The King of Fighters '97 has been ported on Android, iOS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PSP platforms. Now, it has made debut on PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita as The King of Fighters '97 Global Match. With SNK becoming more concern with their early arcade titles, so many have made it to consoles already and KOF '97 is the latest addition to that list. We are looking forward to see The King of Fighters '98 has the same treatment for the sake of fan-service.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Darkness II Free on Humble Store

The Darkness was a popular comic-book series about a mobster named Jackie Estacado with supernatural powers from Image Comics, which developer Digital Extreme had adapted into a first-person shooter game in 2007. In 2012, they released a sequel for every available gaming platform back then and received positive reviews from fans. Released from 2K Games, The Darkness II can be yours for free now as a courtesy of Humble Store.

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The Darkness II Free on Humble Store

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The Humble Bundle store is a great online platform to get the best games from the market. Every now and then they have some amazing deals on games going on that are simply irresistible for gamers. Other than that, they occasionally offer up free games that are worth keeping into your collection. For instance, The Darkness II is currently on giveaway for free from Humble Bundle and you have to pick it up within 28 March, Wednesday, 12 PM EDT.

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All you have to do is to go to Humble Bundle store’s page for The Darkness II and then “Add to Cart” before check out. We've got the official cinematic launch trailer of the game below to jog your memory a little.




The protagonist of the game belongs to a New York crime family and wields a supernatural weapon called The Darkness. While the guy Jackie Estacado still trying to cope with the loss of his dead girlfriend Jenny Romano, he has no shortage of rivals in business that want him dead. Then there are those, who want his power for them to control and wants Jackie dead for that. It's never a good idea to stir a grieving gangster who commands such power at his will.

RELATED: Mark of the Ninja Remastered for Nintendo Switch

The Darkness II offers a 4-Player Co-op feature that lets you play as one of the four characters able to wield the power of Darkness. Those Demon Arms will let you slash, grab and throw things or enemies while you use two firearms. This is certainly unique when it comes to first-person shooter category. The more you will master those powers, the more efficient your gameplay will become. The surrounding environment will reflect the noir style of adaptation from the source material.

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The Darkness II was released for Mac, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with features for both single-player and multiplayer games. If blood and gore is on your preference list for a game, then this one is surely for you. You can also find the game on Steam to purchase for $29.99 only. Since there is an ongoing free offer for the title, getting it as soon as possible would be a good idea because the clock is literally ticking.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Event Mode Announced

Ever since developer PUBG Corporation has brought their last-man-standing shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to Steam, the game has been single handedly moping the floor clean with other battle royale titles out there until the sudden rise of Fortnite lately when rapper Drake decided to drop in. According to a recent Steam community post, PUBG is going to join the special event madness of battle royale games very shortly.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Event Mode

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An update for PC and Xbox One is coming soon as limited-time event modes, which is also designed to improved performance. In general, players can experience Solo, Duo and Squad modes in their regular play and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds’ Event Mode will be an ever-changing Custom Game. Developers will be trying and testing new things within this short period of events every once in a while to see how it goes with players to understand their reception towards the game.

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This is a huge step-up from the regular public matches you mostly play but since all of this is supposed to lead to more exciting things the developers have in store for players. However, the last part really depends on the perspective of things. The initial limited time mode won't be anything fancy but rather more basic except for the fact that it will have teams of eight players competing against each other. To make things a bit more interesting, the rifle drop ratio during these matches will be twice as much than usual.

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New Flare Gun Update

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Sounds like the devs are already planning to rip the old rules apart and introducing new twists out of their sleeves. The only downside we can see right now is that Event Mode is dependent on matchmaking and instead of letting you group-up with your friends, you've got to hang out with random strangers. Have we mentioned yet that they will add a flare gun for the next limited-time mode? Well, we just did now.

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Currently, Fortnite Battle Royale is having their very own special timed event Blitz Mode and Epic Games have added this from last December. It happened just the time when PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds came out of Early Access on PC and is finally released for Xbox One. Though PUBG Corp. haven't dropped any official date for their event to launch but hopefully, it will be live on game’s test server soon right after they finish testing.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tomb Raider Trilogy Remastered Canceled

Only a week ago, we've learned that 90's legendary action-adventure game series Tomb Raider has been developed into re-mastered edition by Realtech VR. The first three release of the franchise were chosen to be re-mastered but now that dream can probably never come true as the project has been canceled. Though, no details of what went on behind the scene are still a mystery but it appears that the idea of the developers clashed at some levels with the publisher of the game.

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Tomb Raider Trilogy Remastered Cancelled

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It was through an official Tweet that Realtech VR revealed that the project is canceled now but then it was deleted. After a while there was another Tweet, which says they will not continue working on any third-party licenses anymore.



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Now, it is obviously clear that Realtech VR surely have faced some problem with publisher Square Enix, which have led them to reach such conclusion and because, they are not allowed to publicly discuss the nature of the dispute with anyone, they are keeping a mild tone at it. We are pretty sure that fans that were having high expectations for the first three games of Tomb Raider series are quite hurt in this short-lived hope of theirs. We can easily relate to that.

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Tomb Raider DOS version

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Although, Realtech VR have been working on those titles for some time and their re-mastered version of Tomb Raider 1 and 2 is probably available on mobile devices. You can still get the original Tomb Raider Trilogy on Steam but those are the DOS version and not going to give you the experience of the re-mastered ones for sure. Actor Alicia Vikander and Dominic West starrer live-action Tomb Raider film is already out and that can help you blow off some steam now.

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Recently, Square Enix has revealed the next installment of the Tomb Raider series titled Shadow of the Tomb Raider and there is a release date for September 14, 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Skeptical fans are speculating that perhaps the copyright owners are doing this because of the belief that they may not get enough hype for their newest Tomb Raider title if re-mastered version of the original trilogy of Tomb Raider is on the way. We think of it as just a possibility but even a very far-fetched one at that.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Valve's Dota Plus Subscription Service Released

A community-based mod created by Valve Corporation for Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, that has become the most popular free-to-play multiplayer online game of all-time on Steam with the highest number of concurrent players hooked on (until the recent ground-breaking debut of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds), Dota 2 has already brought revolution in gaming. Now, a new subscription service for the game named Dota Plus is live from Valve.

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Valve's Dota Plus Subscription Service Released

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Dota Plus effectively creates a revolution that literally overthrows Majors Battle Passes and promises regular features and content updates. Majors Battle Passes was introduced back in 2016 which used to bring various challenges on a daily or weekly basis. Dota Plus will do almost the exact similar thing but there will be literally hundreds of challenges and some of them will be hero-specific. The biggest difference is that while Majors Battle Passes were seasonal, Dota Plus is ongoing.

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The service is designed to improve your gameplay and performance to help your hero make progress, which is the sole purpose of the new Hero Leveling system. While a certain hero will level up by playing matches and earning level badges, it allows you to earn XP. Upon leveling up, the hero can unlock badges and Shards as rewards. If you complete at least a minimum of three games per week, you can get extra Shards to purchase rewards.

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Hero Suggestions

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Plus Assistant is a newly featured tool that will suggest abilities, heroes and items for more optimized build. It actually analyzes data from millions of games played recently from all skill levels and helps you choose wisely. The tool also advises you on which hero to pick or which one will be more effective for you based on your playstyle. However, you can always decline the suggestions from Plus Assistant and choose your own course of action.

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Battle Cup Is Back

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There are weekly Battle Cup tournaments where Dota Plus subscribers will get free entry whereas non-subscribing participants will have to purchase $0.99 worth Battle Cup tickets each to partake. The winner will get profile accolades, special emoticons and 20,000 Shard as the new in-game currency. In the current trends of eSports, Dota 2 is one of the very popular titles and this weekly tournaments will make player more competitive about the game.

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Charged only $3.99 per month for their subscription service, Dota Plus also offers you a 6% discount if you sign up for 6 months and 12% if you choose 12 months. Despite being a free-to-play multiplayer, Dota 2 lets you purchase cosmetic skins and announcer voices. So, adding a paid subscription is not very surprising but can be a huge game-changer for sure.

Tomb Raider 1+2+3 Will Be Remastered

90's action-adventure gaming age would have been entirely different if not for Eidos Interactive to come up with the legendary Tomb Raider series. The popularity of the franchise spawned two live-action movies starring Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie in the lead role and a reboot movie by actor Alicia Vikander reprises the character of Lara Croft, scheduled to release on March 16, 2018. All we need is some re-mastered edition of the old Tomb Raider games.

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Tomb Raider 1+2+3 Will Be Remastered

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Well, guess what? That is exactly what is going to happen now. Developer Realtech VR takes the responsibility of re-invigorating these games as re-mastered edition. They have already ported Tomb Raider 1 and 2 for mobile devices successfully and now they are headed for PC with these games. Aside from graphical enhancement, the Tomb Raider trilogy will run on a brand-new 3D engine and will feature support for OpenVR.

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In a recent conversation on Twitter, Realtech VR let it slip that they are up to re-mastering the Tomb Raider games for Steam, which you can see below.



Below is an example of how it is going to turn out as the re-mastered version of Tomb Raider for PC once they are done. It will run on a full HD 1080p display and at 60fps.




The best part of this news is that, if you already happen to have Tomb Raider 1, 2 or 3 on Steam, you will get the re-mastered editions free and no re-purchasing is required at all. The developers have same plans for GOG but whether or not that is possible is still a question. At this point in time of many kick-ass games out there, a lot of people didn't even realize that the first games of Tomb Raider series are actually available on Steam.

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While the modern day reboot installments of the Tomb Raider series are behind the inspiration for the movie adaption, players deserve the chance to go back to the roots of this game to find out first hand, what made it one of the greatest. The polygonal shape of Lara Croft's design however stays almost all the same but in overall, the sneak preview looks very promising. If not anything, this attempt to re-master will at least bring these good old games back to PC for a new generation of gamers.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Amnesia Collection Free on Steam

What developer Frictional Games have done with their survival horror Amnesia game series is quite commendable. Even YouTube's most popular channel PewDiePie used to post videos of Felix Kjellberg playing Amnesia a lot back in the days! If you are fan of the series, then we got good news for you. Amnesia Collection containing with two of the titles from the franchise is now absolutely FREE this weekend on Steam for a limited time.

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Amnesia Collection Free on Steam

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Collecting Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs as a bundle that is worth $34.99, this offer is something that you cannot afford to miss if horror games are your favorite. Frictional Games have previously offered Amnesia: The Dark Descent for free and that was quite a long ago. It is very much possible for you to miss that opportunity to grab the copy and look now; you can have the entire series at one place.

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To have Amnesia Collection free for lifetime, all you have to do is to go to Steam within the period of this limited time offer and then click "Install Game". Both The Dark Descent and A Machine for Pigs will start installing and the games will remain in your library even after the exclusive offer is expired. There was no word on how long this promotion will last but we believe either it would be over within the weekend or over the week long.

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The Dark Descent and A Machine for Pigs

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Two of the titles from the series have the near similar taste of horror but apparently, the sequel has made things a bit simpler. That being said, it still is more than enough to scare the hell out of you on any given day and will leave you in chills.

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So, go and grab those two modern horror-classic games from Steam while you still can, so that if you are in crave for some good horror-game time, you can just get your fill with either one of Amnesia series. Playing Amnesia series will give you the idea of from where the scare tactics of Resident Evil 7 got their inspiration from.