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.
The Steam Holiday Sales continue, with some great savings over the next 16 or so hours. We have Telltale Games' The Wolf Among Us at 33% off, down from $24.99 to $16.74. Or, how about Sleeping Dogs down from $24.99 to just $4.99 - a whopping 80% off.
You might have been waiting for CounterStrike: Global Offensive to drop, so now is your time: it has 75% off, down from $14.99 to just $3.74. Darksiders II: Death Lives also has 80% off, down from $49.99 to just $9.99 - a massive saving!
The Division is an MMO coming from Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment, which runs the jaw-dropping Snowdrop Engine, something we took a look at a few weeks ago now. Well, during a Reddit Q&A, the developer talked about the PC version of the game.
Massive said: "As you know, Massive has its roots in PC development. We are working hard and we want to make sure that we have a very high quality experience on PC. You can be sure that our PC version won't be a port, but a full-fledged, optimized version! We want to create the best game possible regardless of what platform you play on."
This is some incredibly exciting news, as the PC version should look the best out of every platform The Division is released on. I'm looking forward to getting my hands, and eyes, on the game even more now.
Prepare your mice, as Blizzard has announced the launch date of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls. March 25, 2014 is the day, with the click-fest launching on both the PC and Mac.
The Standard Edition will let you play the game, costing $39.99. The Digital Deluxe Edition will be priced at $59.99, including a spectral hound minion for Diablo 3, a treasure goblin pet for World of Warcraft, and portraits for StarCraft 2. There's also the Collector's Edition which is priced at $79.99, and includes everything the Digital Deluxe provides, as well as an Angel of Death mouse pad, art book and behind the scenes Blu-ray/DVD.
It's that time of the year again, when Valve unleashes its Steam Holiday Sale. Some of the biggest games of the year are on sale, starting with Batman: Arkham Origins with 50% off, down from $49.99 to just $24.99.
Dishonored, is down from $44.99 to $11.24 - a huge 75% off! BioShock: Infinite receives even more discount, with 81% off, dropping its price from $99.99 to just $19. There are plenty of other games to choose from, such as Dead Island at $4.99, down 75% from its original price of $19.99. There will be new sales everyday, and we'll continue to remind you over the holidays!
Ali Hassoon, a producer at DICE, has teased through his Twitter page that a new patch is being rolled out to the PC version of Battlefield 4. The new patch should fix up the issues that the last patch caused, with issues that broke SLI and CrossFire for multi-GPU users.
Hassoon said: "PC Patch will go live tomorrow morning, fixes issues with SLI & Crossfire and some other fixes, patch notes to be posted in the control room." I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this patch, so it will fix up my SLI issues.
Chris Roberts, the brainchild behind Star Citizen, has announced that the dogfighting module has been delayed. He he said that his studio is now doing some "serious work" on CryEngine's multiplayer system, because of the number of people participating in the beta.
Roberts writes: "A lobby system, spinning up servers to handle each session, all things that we are building the new Star Citizen backend to handle. Unfortunately the server backend technology will not be ready for prime time for a couple more months. But this is really what I would like to run the dogfighting on, as it will link into your hangar, friend's lists, chat and so on."
Now, my problem is this: if it has been delayed for months, would the team have not known about this? Surely they would know that there were enough issues that it would require months and months more work to even get it to that stage of release. Then the extended issue with me is: if they can't release one dogfighting module, the scope of the game is truly massive, do we expect a delay from its 2015 release now?
aIn the first 12 hours of DayZ's release, over 88,000 copies were sold, but 24 hours after its release? A nice 172,500 copies have been sold, with a total of $5.17 million in sales. Bohemia Interactive's CEO, Maruk Spanel, announced the news through his personal blog.
If you haven't jumped in at the ground level for DayZ, you can grab it from Steam as an Early Access title for $29.99. But there is a warning: this is still an alpha version of the game, far from a finished product, with the developer earning it is still a work-in-progress, with Spanel noting on his blog: "Bugs discovered: many. Work ahead: hard."
You might remember Techland's other popular game, Dead Island, but the developer's next game, Dying Light, is shaping up quite nicely too. There's a 9-minute gameplay video below you should check out.
As you can see, light is your friend, and the darkness, well, it is not. The zombies can be distracted, and there's plenty of traps, tricks, moves and jumps you can do within the world of Dying Light. During the day, the zombies seem to keep at bay, and as I said before, can be distracted, but as night falls, they require food and their speed and agility are increased, making them harder to run away from.
Dying Light should reach the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC next year.
I lost count of how many times I was invited to play DotA 2 through Steam, but those days are now behind us: the game is available for all! It is Steam's most active game, which is just crazy.
Valve took to the DotA 2 blog, where it said it had been working on DotA 2's infrastructure throughout the beta, and past its official launch back in July. The developer has since been increasing DotA 2's player base, with server upgrades and a "huge number of enhancements", and now it is time for the game to expand, rapidly.
Valve has said that there are over 6.5 million unique monthly users that play DotA 2, but it doesn't compare to the 32 million monthly players that competing game, League of Legends, features.
1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, California. We all know what is there, but for those who don't: it's Apple's HQ. Well, Minecraft player Michael Steeber, spent two years recreating Apple's HQ, in Minecraft.
As you can see from the video, above, there is some incredible detail placed in this creation. Steeber has gone to great lengths to get it as accurate as possible, but two years creating it? That is some serious dedication!
DayZ hit Steam in the last 24 hours, racking up over 88,000 downloads in its first 12 hours on Valve's digital distribution platform. If you haven't heard of DayZ, its from Bohemia Interactive, the developer behind ArmA.
Bohemia Interactive's CEO, Maruk Spanel, took to Twitter: "88,000 survivors have joined Dayz alpha in the first 12 hours. Thank you." Considering DayZ originally launched as a mod for the developers ArmA 2, this is quite the surprise. DayZ does have a pretty good following, though, and with the standalone alpha being priced at $29.99 on Steam Early Access, zombie shooter fans should get on at the ground level.