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

Saturday, September 14, 2019

DiRT Rally Free on Steam Now

British video game studio Codemasters are offering PC version of their acclaimed racing game DiRT Rally for free on Steam.

By now, developer/publisher Codemasters has given away their 2015 authentic racing game DiRT Rally too many times for PC platform on different outlets and yet it is currently freebie title to claim on Steam once again.

Only two weeks ago, Humble Store was offering free copies of the game for 72 hours to celebrate their Summer Sale promotion. If you somehow missed that and didn't wish to sign up to their newsletter, here is another chance for you.

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DiRT Rally Free on Steam Now

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Although there is a problem that many faced trying to add it to their library and doesn't start downloading after it is added. This could probably because of some internal Steam issue but you need not to worry if you have already claimed it.

Regardless of you are being a casual or hardcore gamer, DiRT Rally gives you a realistic taste of rally racing than any other simulator. You can add this excellent game to your account anytime before September 16, 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM EDT.

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Now there is a common speculation going around among players that the game may get removed from Steam soon since that is what usually happens to a title when it is given away for free on Valve's digital outlet for multiple times.

Codemasters have offered DiRT Rally for free a couple of times by now but that simply doesn't mean it is leaving Steam for sure. Even if it gets delisted anyways, you can still download and play the game from your library anytime.

Borderlands 3 Players Seeks Help on Steam Forum

PC player base of Borderlands 3 are seeking help on Steam forum for Borderlands 2 regarding several issues.

After building up a lot of anticipation, developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K Games has finally released Borderlands 3 last week for PC via Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One but is suffering from a series of issues.

Only a day into launch, players on PC platforms start encountering a number of problems with no help at hand. Therefore, they are all rallying up to Steam forums for Borderlands 2 to let other know about their experience.

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Borderlands 3 Players Seeks Help on Steam Forum

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Shortly after the game was announced, an accidental Tweet has revealed in advance that latest installment of popular looter shooter franchise Borderlands will be an Epic Store-exclusive and PC gaming community become furious.

Initially, a legion of angry fans started review bombing on Steam when that news came out and Valve had to take action by flagging them as off-topic review activity, something that Gearbox CEO, Randy Pitchford made quite a deal about.

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Back then they were mad because of valid concerns and now things are slowly unfolding as Gearbox has apparently released a rushed product within a set release window that remains half-baked, rather than taking time and fixing it.

People are facing all sorts of problems from lack of DirectX 12 support, frame-rate drops, performance issue and even some of them losing their save files. Some are having trouble with FPS drops regardless of having best graphics settings.

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Fans are heading to Steam to talk about issues they are facing because Epic Games Store nether have any forums or user review section. They are only going there in hopes to talk to someone who might have found a solution and can help.

Many users are redirecting them to Gearbox Software official forums since no one has a solution for these problems yet. Developers are reportedly looking into it and affected users are advised to log a ticket at official support of 2K Games.

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Borderlands 3 having problem is just not an opinion of sentimental PC players who are not happy about EGS but are facing genuine problem. Even many reviewers gave it a poor score due to those same issues they faced playing earlier.

Despite majority of disappointed fans of the game are being from PC platform, BL3 has player complains from consoles as well. Industry experts are suggesting to trade graphics for frame-rates, which is completely unacceptable for a new game.

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Some players have initially reported for facing trouble streaming because they didn't had super fast internet and Gearbox has put Denuvo in the game, an online DRM that takes up a lot of their bandwidth and ruining their experience.

Even players on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X suffered from frame-rate drops that require a patch very soon. Hopefully, Borderlands 3 will try to and get better in next six months or by the time a finished version finally arrives on Steam.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

NBA 2K20 Review-Bombed on Metacritic and Steam

Riddled with micro-transactions and other issues, NBA 2K20 is getting review-bombed on Metacritic and Steam.

Same game wrapped in new package each year, basically that's how most of the sports genre titles operate in general. These games are annually put out in stores with noting more than a few minor updates and a full-priced tag.

Aside from these common criticisms, latest release form this year's basketball simulation video game series came under fire by upset fans and NBA 2K20 starts getting review-bombed on Metacritic and Steam within weeks of launch.

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NBA 2K20 Review-Bombed on Metacritic and Steam

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This outrage from fans is largely due to aggressive micro-transactions used in the game and reports of crashes that has currently sunk its Metacritic user score to 0.5 and similarly, reviews on Steam has been overwhelmingly negative so far.

Players are highlighting methods used in NBA 2K20 as a gambling scheme for publisher and they were fed up with its long loading times. Its glitches are so weird that people started a hashtag #Fix2K20, which started trending on Twitter.

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If carelessness of developers about actually adding new content to their game was not obvious enough until now, it became more evident than ever when PC version of NBA 2K20 shows you a logo of NBA 2K19 on Windows taskbar.

Whenever big-name developers and publishers do something that irks their fan-base, they often lean towards review-bombing to get their attention on particular issue since most of these companies do not listen to their customers at all.

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Even though heavily panned by fans, sports-title selling companies like developer Visual Concepts and publisher 2K Games will shamelessly put out new NBA 2K installments each year that is just few roster updates and some slight changes.

Considering how sports titles are one of the most money generating machines in video game industry, developers should get back to fixing these major issues of NBA 2K20 that are angering fans on all platforms as soon as possible.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Steam Getting Library and Events Update

Long after a UI design leak, Steam is finally getting a huge Library and Events update in September.

As a leading digital distribution platform, online outlet Steam from Valve Corporation has been a top choice for PC players. Nevertheless, it is not surely the perfect store for consumers and can use some overhaul to increase its appeal.

Previously mock-up UI images of upcoming Steam library were accidentally leaked and people have waited long to see it as a reality. Finally, Valve has decided to roll out an open beta for Steam Library on September 17, 2019.

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Steam Getting Library and Events Update

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During a close door media briefing before PAX West, the company talked about their future plans for both Steamworks and Steam Labs and various updates to come, planning to officially launch all of these on the same month.

For developers to communicate with their player base, a brand-new Steam Events tool is coming soon as well. From September 4 through 17, new experiment and search tool will arrive that are open for all players to try out.

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Following latest update for Steam Library, players will have better tools to have their collection organized and keep up with newest updates. From games you are playing to what your friends are playing, all will be shown at new landing page.

Valve is employing their newest visual layout to help players decide what they might be interested to play next. There is a "What's New" section added to home page that shows related news and updates for games of your library.

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Developers can easily utilize this section to promote upcoming activity, free XP weekends or even for live tournaments by curating announcements for their titles to bring back players to an old game that have not played in a long time.

Although Valve has an event system for Steam already but it is next to be forgotten and doesn't work effectively. Developers can now set up new events that will automatically go live on a scheduled time for players to see.

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Steam Library Redesigned Look

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For a broader reach, localization support for other languages aside from English will be added. They can notify players in advance of any oncoming events and then whitelist approved accounts to stream using built-in broadcast support.

Once they create an announcement, it is easy to have them show up at community hub and many other places at once. Players who opt in can get notified via email from developers and restrictions are there from stop abusing events tab.

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What used to be a categories tool is now coming as collections feature to better organize your library and sort titles out with drag-and-drop function, genre, hardware support, play state, store tags and combination of other labels.

Whenever you purchase new games from Steam, they will be automatically added to your collection based on your set tags. Players can make a quick access to their preferred types and current groups will be changed into collections.

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Post-Game Summary Page

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Steam Lab program went live back in July and has an interactive recommender for highlighting games coming to the platform each month. One of their planned experiments will be ways of new discoverability to promote games.

Valve reached out to indie game developer Ichiro Lambe, who used to make six second-long micro trailers for Twitter and Steam will be interacting with players using micro trailers during search for all games instead of standard images.

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Steam will be experiment with more features, filters and an infinite scrolling for search page to let people browse through its catalog. An application called Diving Bell would help you find new games without using your record of playing.

Valve is trying to make game discovery a fun experience so that people don't go through just rows of brand images in store. Therefore, most of these experimental features are planned to be added to Steam platform by the end of September.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King Announced

Disney's Aladdin and The Lion King officially getting remastered into Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King.

We are in an era where our beloved animated Disney films are now being adapted into live-action blockbusters featuring big-name Hollywood celebrities but they can hardly give us the same nostalgic feeling we crave so much.

Therefore, two legendary 90's platformer title from 16-bit supported video game consoles; Disney's Aladdin and The Lion King are being bundled together as Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King for modern day gaming platforms.

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Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King Announced

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A brand-new official announcement trailer offers a brief overview what this upcoming collection has to offer.




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In an attempt to relive the magic of Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo consoles, developer Digital Eclipse and publisher Nighthawk Interactive teamed up to bring back these retro classics for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Both Disney's Aladdin and The Lion King will feature their respective Game Boy, SEGA Genesis and Super Game Boy version within the package with the latter also having a Super Nintendo version included to its game list.

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Beloved Disney Platformer

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Similarly, NES port for Lion King is getting cut out from the upcoming compilation even though both of these excluded versions are arguably one of their most popular releases and we believe this is solely because of some legal issues.

According to official press release, they are adding a "Final Cut" version for Disney's Aladdin and a Trade Show Demo version that has never been released for public since 1993 but sadly, no report for a SNES version is mentioned.

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Not only you can enjoy these retro masterpieces in 1080p resolution enhancements, there are some newly added amazing features like Watch Mode to skip certain playthroughs or using Rewind to go back few steps to course correct.

Aside from updated graphics and customizable controls, an art gallery full of behind-the-scenes assets as bonus content. Nighthawk Interactive has put enough effort to compile these fan-favorite gems into one that offers replay value.

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Tale of Simba

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All major console versions are confirmed to get physical release but PC port is getting a Steam launch only. There were DRM-free versions of these two Disney classics for PC platform available at GOG.com but were removed earlier in 2019.

Disney's Aladdin and The Lion King collection will be sold for $29.99 only at digital outlets and retail stores from October 29, 2019. We are wondering when someone will try to remake Goof Troop and The Jungle Book for current platforms!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Hades Comes to Steam Early Access

After a year of exclusivity at Epic Games Store, Hades finally comes to Steam Early Access on December.

Back in December 2018, rogue-like dungeon crawler game Hades from developer Supergiant Games debuted in Early Access program of Epic Games Store as a launch title after it was officially revealed at The Game Awards 2018.

In a surprise reveal in celebration of their 10th anniversary today, developers have announced that their newest action role-playing title will be joining Steam Early Access with a planned release date set for December 10, 2019.

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Hades Comes to Steam Early Access

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Hades saw launch on Epic Store as one of their major exclusive title from creators of acclaimed indie games like Bastion and Transistor. Players who are familiar with those games can easily relate to some of their core aesthetics.

Developers are working pretty closely with player community in terms of balancing issues, bug fixes and those feedbacks clearly reflects on six major updates that the team has rolled out so far, almost doubling its overall content.

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Based on popular Greek myth, players assume the role of immortal prince of Underworld, Zagreus to hack and slash your way out of his clutches. During this quest, he receives powerful Boons from Olympian deities to boost his abilities.

Though you have support from Mount Olympus, making it out of Hell will be still quite hard even with magic powers that Zag wields. You would come across enemies to challenge your skills but you can pet the Hell dog, Cerberus to relieve stress.

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Early Access games often heavily rely on player support and therefore, Supergiant Games will giveaway digital copy of original soundtracks of the game as complimentary bonus to anyone who will purchase it before October 15.

Supergiant has been adding new enemies, levels, weapons and more with regular monthly content updates from very beginning. Still in development, Hades is currently expecting to leave Early Access by second half of 2020.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes PC and PS4 Release Date

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes to return for PC and PS4 release this October as a Complete Edition.

After debuting for Nintendo Switch console back in January 2019, action-adventure hack and slash game Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes was officially announced for PC via Steam and PlayStation 4 at MomoCon 2019 in May.

An assassin and unlikely hero Travis Touchdown will return on above-mentioned platforms with his signature beam katana on October 17, 2019, effectively leaving a timed Switch-exclusivity nine months after its original launch.

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Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes PC and PS4 Release Date

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A brand-new trailer showcases gameplay bits and featured digital content for the game when it arrives later this year.




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Both PS4 and Steam version are coming in a bundle titled as Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition that includes the base game and two post-launch DLCs, Black Dandelion and Bubblegum Fatale.

Additional content includes new chapters, exclusive skills, playable characters and much more. Already available on digital storefronts for a price of $39.99, you can receive a 10% discount by placing your pre-order before release.

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A spin-off title of No More Heroes franchise, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes ports are being handled by Marvelous Inc. and Xseed Games while Grasshopper Manufacture remained on their role as developer.

A mainline follow-up sequel No More Heroes III was announced by director/producer Goichi Suda and Nintendo back at E3 2019 press event that currently has an expected release window set for 2020 on Nintendo Switch.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Humble Store Big in Japan Sale 2019

Big in Japan Sale 2019 comes with deals on Jump Force, RPG Maker, Yakuza and more at Humble Store.

Lately, Humble Store just launched Big in Japan Sale 2019 today on August 15, 10:00 AM PDT that features some amazing discount deals on PC games from big-name Japanese publishers and offer up to 90% off on a selection of games.

Many fan-favorite titles from renowned studios like Bandai Namco, Degica, Idea Factory, NIS America, Sega and Sekai Project came forward with slick offers of this summer that a hardcore fan wouldn't dare to miss at any cost.

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Humble Store Big in Japan Sale 2019

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2011 puzzle-platform game Catherine by developer Atlus was originally released for last generation of consoles and saw launch for PC platform from Sega earlier this year as Catherine Classic, available now at 33% discount.

PC version of tactical role-playing titles Valkyria Chronicles and Valkyria Chronicles 4 from Media Vision are now 66% less. Also, Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami from known action-adventure franchise on 50% and 25% respectively.

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Fans of Sh┼Źnen Jump universe and crossover fighting game Jump Force can purchase the game for half of its price at $29.99 only. Deluxe and Ultimate Edition of the game is both down to 40% price, which includes additional characters.

Bandai Namco latest action-adventure title One Piece: World Seeker comes at 40% less and Deluxe Edition is off 30%. NIS America brings Disgaea (65%), Disgaea 2 (60%) and Disgaea 5 Complete (40%) from named tactical RPG series.

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Games that have seen significant price drop on this grand offer are notably D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die (75%), Onechanbara Z2: Chaos (60%), RPG Maker MV (75%), The Silver Case (60%) and Way of the Samurai 4 (70%) so far.

You will get a unique Steam key for each of your purchased titles to redeem them and add to your library of PC games. Big in Japan Sale 2019 is here at Humble Store for a little while and it will run until August 22, 10:00 AM PDT.