If you hadn't jumped on the Steam Holiday Sales, you need to do so in the next 15 hours or so. Valve has just unleashed the last day of the Holiday Sales, and what a sale it is!
The gaming giant has bought back the most popular deals, with 24 games on the cheap! Check them out above. We have games like Batman: Arkham Origins, Metro: Last Light, Dishonored, Skyrim, Saints Row IV, Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, and much more - many of the best games of 2013 are available right now, for 15 more hours, on special.
Just a few days ago, Deadpool was part of Steam's Winter Sale, but today the game is not even listed on the service. Other digital distribution sites such as Xbox Live and the PlayStation network have removed the game from sale as well, and at the moment no one seems to know exactly why.
The Deadpool trademark is owned by Marvel with the video game being developed by High Moon Studios and published by Activision, and was one of the better games released in 2013, but now it appears that something behind the scenes has halted all sales. While nothing has been confirmed yet, I am willing to speculate that licensing issues between one of the parties involved has caused the game to be pulled, and that it will return shortly.
Over the last few days many gamers looking to log into Battlefield 4 have been experiencing an error that prevents them from joining any servers. The most common error reads "Error: No contact with EA Online. Please try again later." The issue first arose last week, and it appeared that EA had fixed it, but this morning the issue arose again.
EA suggest that users check their NAT type and Port Forwarding settings in their router, but several users are reporting that nothing seems to fix the issue. The issue does in fact appear to be with servers on EA's end as Battlefield 3 players are experiencing the same issue.
I just checked and I was able to log into one Atlanta based server, but was unable to log into an LA based server. Unfortunately EA has not released any info on outages this morning, and until they fix things on their end, the issues will most likely persist. I wonder if EA realizes that server downtime equals negative kills in Battlefield?
It's now officially 2014 here in Australia, and it's getting awfully close in the US, so let's jump right into the current games on special with the Steam Holiday Sales.
We have Planetary Annihilation on sale for 33% off, down from $59.99 to $40.19. Half-Life 2, if you didn't already have it, is on sale, down from $9.99 to $2.49 - or 75% off. Company of Heroes 2 is on sale, with a huge 66% off, down from $49.99 to $16.99. GRID 2 is also on special with some big discount: 75% off, reducing its $49.99 price to just $12.49.
PC gaming is dying? Not according to Valve's numbers for its digital distribution giant: Steam. According to the Steam stats page, the peak user count of 7.6 million.
This is mostly thanks to some massive specials courtesy of the Steam Holiday Sales, and some massive concurrent users on some of the hottest games like DOTA 2 and Left 4 Dead 2. What did you buy during the Steam Holiday Sales? There are some great bargains to be had, that's for sure!
Just as my Radeon R9 290X GPUs arrive, the Mantle patch for Battlefield 4 has been delayed. The news has been confirmed to Polygon, which talked with an AMD representative who said:
After much consideration, the decision was made to delay the Mantle patch for Battlefield 4. AMD continues to support DICE on the public introduction of Mantle, and we are tremendously excited about the coming release for Battlefield 4! We are now targeting a January release and will have more information to share in the New Year.
It wouldn't matter right now, because Battlefield 4 is still a mess with problems.
The Steam Holiday Sales continue, with some even bigger sales today, including Metro: Last Light for 66% off, dropping it to just $18.69 from $54.99. You can also grab Grand Theft Auto IV for $12.49, a huge 75% off its original $49.99 price.
If you're into superhero fighting games, Injustice: Gods Among Us - Limited Edition is 50% off, down from $49.99 to just $24.99. Alan Wake is a massive 90% off, down from $29.99 to just $2.99 - a bargain right there! Outlast, the creepy game that is compatible with the Oculus Rift, is just $6.79, down $19.99 or 66% off.
Today's specials in the Steam Holiday Sales include some big titles, such as Hitman: Absolution for 80% off, dropping its original $24.99 price to just $4.99, and Resident Evil 6 has 70% off, dropping it from $39.99 to $11.99.
You can grab Portal 2 for just $4.99, which is down from $19.99 or 75% off. Some large games are discounted, with Assassin's Creed: Black Flag having 25% off, dropping its $69.95 price to $52.46 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II down 50%, from $89.99 to $44.99.
If you've seen any of the previous videos of Watch Dogs, you'll know it's one gorgeous looking game - but did you know the engine behind it was originally made for a driving game?
Ubisoft North America President, Laurent Detoc, talked with IGN, where he said: "They were working on a driving engine, working on something. We had the Driver license. This was years ago. Then we were thinking, 'no, this is not the way we want to go with a driving game,' so we canceled that and restarted. It's not like Watch Dogs started as Watch Dogs. The Watch Dogs project was initially another game."
Detoc also said that parts of the engine for the previous title, were then spun into Watch Dogs once the team reshuffled and added a new creative director to the project. The developer then began working on another driving game, so that project was cancelled. Detoc added: "What happens is that a game gets canceled, and then you take pieces of that game to make a new one. We could have had another driving engine from another team in another place, and then it would have been used by the Watch Dogs team."
Star Citizen has passed over $35 million in crowdfunding, with the new stretch goal sitting at the easily-reachable $36 million. Considering we saw $33 million raised at the end of November, we're seeing millions pour into Roberts Space Industries' coffers.
Chris Roberts, the brain behind Star Citizen, said: "Wow! When I started this journey I would have never guessed that we would have come so far in such a short time. $35M in funds raised to build Star Citizen before the end 2013 it truly a monumental achievement! You're not just re-writing the rules of how games are made and funded but you're showing the power that a committed community has to achieve a vision that so many people said was no longer relevant. You've broken every record there is in crowd funding - and not just for games - for any type of project!"
I'm beginning to feel like this game won't be anywhere near complete in time, considering the scope of the game - especially with the Dogfighting Module expected this month, but delayed for months. The game does scale well at 7680x1440, something we tested with some Radeon HD 7970s in CrossFire.
Valve is currently offering Left 4 Dead 2 for free, which promptly took down the Steam Store servers, but the Steam Holiday Sales continue no matter what, right? Of course!
Today sees a bunch of new games on sale, including Skyrim with 75% off, down from $34.99 to just $8.74, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut also seeing 75% off, down from $19.99 to just $4.99. If those games don't tickle your fancy, you could grab Payday 2 for $13.49, down from $29.99 or 55% off.
Valve took to its official Left 4 Dead blog to announce that it is feeling festive, giving out Left 4 Dead 2 for free, for a limited time. Valve said the game "will be free as in, grab it now, pay no money, and it is yours to keep forever - for free!"
The only thing you have to do is go into Steam, and install it - after which, it will be in your library forever. This is a very limited time offer, with Left 4 Dead 2 only being free until December 26 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern. Jump in and grab the zombie shooter now!
Valve isn't the only one hosting some great sales, with EA kicking off its Origin End of Year Sale. Included in EA's sales are some of its biggest games.
We have Battlefield 4 at just $42, SimCity for $24, FIFA 14 for $28, Need for Speed: Rivals for $35, and Dead Space for just $18. If you wanted some older EA titles, you can pick up Battlefield 3, The Sims 3, and Mass Effect 3 for $12 each - not bad at all!
The Steam Holiday Sales continue today, with some great games on special. We have F1 2013 down 66% from $69.99 to just $23.79, Surgeon Simulator 2013 is just $2.49, down 75% off from $9.99.
If you want something a bit different, Rocksmith 2014 is $33.46, down 33% from $49.95, and the stand out here is definitely Call of Duty: Ghosts down 33%, from $89.99 to just $60.29. There are some Flash Sales that stand out too, with Dishonored seeing 75% slashed from its $44.99 price, dropping it to just $11.24.
If there's something I'm excited to use in 2014, it definitely has to be the Steam Controller. Luckily for us, Chris from YouTube channel Trial By Game has his hands on one of the Steam Boxes, and has uploaded a bunch of videos playing various PC games with the Steam Controller.
Using the Steam Controller in Metro: Last Light, a first-person shooter, looks incredible intuitive and slick. It is a far cry from the jumbled mess that thumb sticks provide when playing with console controllers. There are a bunch more videos on the Trial by Game YouTube page, so be sure to check it out. I can't wait to get my hands on the Steam Controller after watching those videos!
2K Games has released a large patch patch for NBA 2K14 for the Xbox One and PS4, with this new patch improving gameplay features, and fixing some of the bigger bugs that the game experiences from time to time.
The developer promises fewer sudden disconnects when playing against other gamers online, as well as a fix for those long black loading screens that would annoy gamers when loading up the game. The bug that stopped players from moving past the All-Star break after playing through multiple seasons in MyCareer mode should also be fixed, too.
This new patch for NBA 2K14 should be hitting PS4s and Xbox Ones across the world, so check your console to see if there's any updates.
It looks like EA could be fanning gamers' rage with this latest rumor: free Battlefield 4 DLC. The DLC would be given out to those who already own the game, but the problem is, what about people like myself, who have already purchased Premium, which includes all of the DLC.
Considering DICE has reportedly stopped working on the DLC for Battlefield 4 until the game is working, this comes at a bad time for EA. The company is battling lawsuits over the first-person shooter, so it will not be a great Christmas for EA by any measure.
Every day that passes brings another slew of games on sale through the Steam Holiday Sales. Today we have Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs on sale, down 50% from its original price of $19.99 to $4.99, and ArmA III down 40%, from $59.99 to $35.99.
If that doesn't tickle your gaming fancy, we have Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition down 50% from $79.99 to $39.99, or how about Splinter Cell: Blacklist down 50%, from $69.96 to $34.96. We also have games like Trine 2: Complete Story down a massive 90%, from $19.99 to a piddly $1.99.
I know, I know, we've posted so many rumors about Grand Theft Auto V hitting the PC, but we can't just stop because what if one of them is true? This one seems to have more credit, but of course, here's some salt - use it wisely.
The latest rumor is courtesy of a couple of Amazon customer service representatives, who have said GTA V is coming out in March next year. According to the Amazon support reps, GTA V will hit the US on my birthday: March 12. One of the Amazon reps said that the announcement of GTA V hitting the PC will happen on 12/24. If this is true, we should hear something in the next 24 hours.
Hacking has always been a scar on the PC gaming community, and with the rise of the MMORPG genera it has become more of a problem than ever before. Recently more than 10,000 World of Warcraft accounts were compromised by a group of Chinese hackers who would nab a players account, and then sell off its contents.
The group set up a small shop and would also purchase stolen accounts for small sums and then sell the high-value items in online auctions. The group managed to make more than $10,000 before being caught by Chinese officials. Five of the groups members were caught, and found guilty of hacking. Eventually nine out of the ten involved were caught and convicted. Eight were sentenced to two years in prison and fined $1,000, while the leader was handed down two years in prison and an $8,000 fine.
You can grab yourself some cheap games right now through the Steam Holiday Sales, with today's sales having some highlights: Shadow Warrior for $9.99, down from $39.99. Or you could grab Dragon Age: Origins for $4.99, a huge 75% off its original $19.99 price.
Alternatively, The Witcher 2 is on sale, with 75% off its original $19.99 price, down to $4.99. The slow-mo, third-person shooter Max Payne 3 is 80% off, down from $34.99 to just $4.99. If you enjoyed Skyrim, you can get its predecessor, Oblivion, for just $4.99, down from $19.99.