Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony would like you to believe that PC Gaming is dead and the only way to have a good experience with next-gen games is to purchase a console, but new figures in from over the weekend proves that PC gaming is here to stay. Website VG247.com says that yesterday, Valve broke a new record for concurrent users on its Steam platform.
Around 11AM on Sunday, December 1st Steam saw over 7 million concurrent users on the service all gaming at the same time. This represents a new record for Valve, and is more than 400,000 users larger than its previous record which was set this past January. Dota 2 was the most popular title with more than 542,000 users playing at once, while Counter Strike: Global Offensive came in second with 93,905 users playing at the same time. Skyrim, Civilization V, and Football Manager 2013 round out the top five.
The Steam Autumn Sales continue, with some great games dropping in price. We have Civilization V down from $69.99 to $17.49 - a huge 75% off. Payday 2 is 55% off, dropping from $29.99 to $13.49.
Other big savings include Metro: Last Light which has dropped from $54.99 to just $18.69 - something I'm going to buy as soon as I'm finished writing this news. Far Cry 3 is a huge 75% off, from #34.95 to just $8.73.
Amazon is jumping in early with the Cyber Monday teases, with a huge set of games on sale for both the next- and current-gen consoles. The Cyber Monday deals start on December 2 at 3:01am ET and include:
- Madden NFL 25 - PS3, Xbox 360
- FIFA 14 - PS3, Xbox 360
- Battlefield 4 - PC, PS3, Xbox 360
- NCAA Football 14 - PS3, Xbox 360
- Need for Speed Rivals - PC, PS3, Xbox 360
- Call of Duty: Ghosts - PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Grand Theft Auto 5 - PS3, Xbox 360
- Ryse: Son of Rome - Xbox One
- Forza Motorsport 5 - Xbox One
- Dead Rising 3 - Xbox One
- Saints Row 4 - PS3, Xbox 360
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix - PS3
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - PS3
- Elder Scrolls Anthology - PC
You can get more information on the Cyber Monday deal from Amazon, here.
DICE has promised to patch up the PC version of Battlefield 4 in a few days time, on December 2 to be specific, where the patch will fix the "one-hit kill" bug which sees gamers damaged from a single bullet multiple times.
Of course, other bugs are squashed with this patch, with the usual crashes and audio bugs fixed. The patch is currently being verified before it's pushed out to the public, but it should fix most of the issues that people are experiencing with BF4. Speaking of BF4, we benchmarked it on Radeon HD 7970s in CrossFire at 7860x1440, if you want to check it out.
We've already seen the Steam Autumn Sales, and the EA Origin sales, but if you were looking for something to buy from GOG.com, you're in luck - GOG.com has a massive sale which includes over 60 games.
A bunch of DRM-free classics, mixed with some newer titles are all on special. Some of my favorite games from yesteryear are on special, with Alone in the Dark 1, 2 and 3 on special for just $1.79. You can get a game like Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena for a dirt cheap $4.49, and Rollercoaster Tycoon: Deluxe for just $1.79.
A full list of games can be seen here, with some of the games available for both PC and Mac.
If you hadn't pulled the trigger on Battlefield 4 just yet, now might be your time. You only have around 8 more hours to jump onto EA's sales on Origin, with massive specials on some of the biggest games out.
Battlefield 4 is down to $29.99 from $59.99, Sim City has been reduced to just $19.99 from $39.99 and Need for Speed: Rivals has dropped to $34.99 from $49.99. There are a bunch of other games on special, including FIFA 14, Crysis 3, Dead Space 3 and more, so head on over to Origin to scoop up some cheap games!
It looks like there's problems on the Xbox One version of Battlefield 4, where the Second Assault DLC is not available for Xbox One owners who have coughed up the dough for Battlefield Premium.
Battlefield 4: Second Assault includes four maps from Battlefield 3, and the biggest issue here is that the DLC is an Xbox One exclusive for two weeks to those who have Premium access. But, the problem is, that the pack is listing as "null data" when logging on to the in-game Premium store. An EA spokesperson has said that Microsoft is looking into the matter.
EA_Rick, said: "I know some of you have said already that it is being looked into, I wanted to just confirm that for you so you guys have a blue [staff] post to refer to. Right now all I can say is that we are aware of this issue and are currently investigating this with Microsoft. Once we have some more details I'll be sure to let you know."
If you're a Diablo fan, you probably already know this, but Blizzard and Insight Editions new Diablo 3-based book, Book of Tyrael, is now out, and available for your reading pleasure.
Book of Tyrael is on sale for $29.24, from retailers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Blizzard talked about the book back in May, revealing that it would be a 148-page hardcover book. Book of Tyrael includes art and lore from the Diablo series, and will take "players even further into the events in Sanctuary" through the eyes of Tyrael.
Valve is holding its Autumn Sale, throwing a bunch of games on special. Currently, you can pick up games like Dead Island for $4.99, which is a huge 75% off its usual price of $19.99.
If you haven't picked up System Shock 2 yet (what's wrong with you?!) it's up for sale for just $2.49, down from $9.99. Killing Floor is also 75% off, down from $19.99 to $4.99. If you want to pick up some games, you should keep checking these Autumn Sales out. There'll be some new games discounted in around 18 hours time.
I really don't think funding is going to stop for this game, just three days ago we were reporting that Star Citizen had hit $30 million in funding, but now it has pushed through $33 million.
This means it has seen an insane $1 million per day of funding - read those two words carefully, per day. Insane amounts of money are being pumped into this game. Thanks to the $33 million funding breakthrough, two new ships have been unlocked, the Anvil Carrack and the Drake Herald. Keep checking TweakTown over the weekend, as we have some 7860x1440 benchmarks on the Hangar Module, with some interesting results.
If a job listing posted by Electronic Arts is anything to go by, we should expect a new Star Wars game to be announced soon. The company is looking for an Animation Director for EA Canada, which is for "a major new next gen open world action game".
EA Canada is also looking for an Executive Producer and a Lead Combat Designer. If you're a Star Wars fan, this should be some exciting news, especially after a few of the games and news nuggets over the years haven't really materialized into anything, yet.
Garry's Mod is a runaway success, with the pun intended for the picture below, with over 3.5 million copies sold, and rising. It is doubling its sales every year, which is impressive to say the least.
The man behind the mod, Garry Newman, attributes the success of Garry's Mod to the increasing popularity of Steam, user-generated content, and additions in titles like Team Fortress 2, as well as the video game-based footage on YouTube, and the like. For a $10 Steam title, it has pulled in over $22 million in sales since its release.
If you're experiencing issues with Battlefield 4 on your PlayStation 4, never fear, a patch is near. EA has just pushed an update out for BF4 on the PS4, which should fix those crashing issues.
The PS4 version has had issues from the get-go, but this new patch should hopefully fix things up. The updated BF4 should also include a fix for the issues involving the single-player campaign save file corruption problems, and a connection bug that involved PlayStation Plus. Aren't you glad you own a console? Where you never have issues and problems, like those troublesome PCs?
I can see it now: countless keyboard warriors attacking a game because "it has lag" or the "graphics are crap", but Valve has just announced Steam Reviews, a crowd-sourced review system on Steam.
Gamers can review any game on Steam, where Steam Reviews will show ratings from those reviews, and is in beta right now. Better yet, you'll be able to do some Review Inception, where you can rate other gamers' reviews. This could work well, but it could also open Pandora's box, too.
It looks like we really could expect Bethesda to unveil Fallout 4 very soon, right on the Thanksgiving holidays and Black Friday sales - perfect for consumers to get all excited for a new Fallout title.
A teaser site has popped up, dubbed "Survivor 2299" and it teases the game big time. There's a countdown timer included, stating that nuclear winter is coming in 5 days and counting. Are you excited about Fallout 4? I'd love to see a next-gen Fallout game released, I'd better start putting time aside to it now, I guess.
Star Citizen is simply unstoppable right now - with its original $500,000 goal on Kickstarter now ballooning out to an amazing $30 million+. At the time of writing, it had received $30,374,530 of funding from 311,504 Star Citizens.
The next stretch goal is $31 million, and at this rate, it should hit that goal within the next day or two. People are excited about this game, as the premise does sound truly amazing, but when will this funding explosion stop? At the rate it's going, it will hit $40 million by the end of year. I've backed it, and I'm enjoying my hangar right now, and boy does it look glorious at 7860x1440.
I'm going to be the first to say it: but if things don't stop with this funding, it will be the first non-AAA (as in, developed/funded by a huge company like EA, Activision, Microsoft or Sony) to reach $100 million - you heard it here at TweakTown first, folks!
The developers of FlatOut did have a Kickstarter set up for their upcoming game, Next Car Game, but it looks like it has met a metal-crushing death. Not many gamers coughed up the funds to back the project, so Bugbear pulled the Kickstarter.
Bugbear will still continue Next Car Game through its Early Access program, going as far as offering a demo for early backers. Bugbear explained why it pulled the game from Kickstarter:
Although our Kickstarter campaign has attracted tremendous enthusiasm, during the last couple of weeks it's become obvious that we are not going to meet our goal. Because of this we have decided concentrate on our efforts on the pre-order campaign. As a thank-you to our faithful fans, we have decided to release a PLAYABLE technology sneak peek, and it's available RIGHT NOW to all our pre-order supporters. The sneak peek features a playground that we use internally to test various features various like car damage and environment destruction. The best thing about it is that you will get a chance to have fun and wreak havoc with an amazing 24 cars!
EA and DICE are offering up some double XP for Battlefield 4, which begins on November 28 and goes for seven days through to December 5. If you're like me, you haven't clocked up that much time on the game yet, and this is the perfect opportunity to clock those experience points up.
DICE has explained: "To show our appreciation for your patience as we work through these issues, we are announcing that from November 28 through December 5, we will reward all players with Double XP for every multiplayer match they complete. We understand that the launch issues may have impacted your progression, and we want to do everything we can to help you get back the XP that you may have lost."
It looks like DICE is apologizing to BF4 players through this double XP period, even offering the M1911 pistol scope on the 5th of December, which was previously something you could only own as a DICE developer. DICE added: "You are the heart and soul of Battlefield. We thank you for your support in these early days of the launch, and will continue to show our appreciation as time goes on."
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, is one of the best-looking PC games on the market right now, with the developer coming out and saying that it is pledging its commitment to optimizing its games for PC.
We've just lived through the launches of both next-gen consoles, and now Sylvain Trottier, Associate Producer of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag has had some wise words on the Ubisoft Blog. Trottier talked about Ubisoft finishing up the R&D stages of Black Flag, where they began working on optimizing the PC version of the game first.
There are three reasons behind this: the first, is that every team member has a PC at their desk, most engineers are more experienced and familiar with the PC environment in the early stages of next-gen consoles, and finally, the PS4 and Xbox One are pretty much PCs with their x86-based architectures. He said: "It's not 100 percent linear, but at least it gives you an order of magnitude."
MSI's Beat It tournaments have been going strong since 2010 when the company saw the need to bring professional games together to compete in a professional gaming tournament series. Since then, hundreds of tournaments have taken place, and thousands of gamers have competed at the highest level of professional gaming.
This weekend MSI is hosting the Beat It 2013 Grand Finals in Beijing, China at the Shijingshan Stadium. More than 17 international CS:GO champion teams, and 85 players join this fantastic eSports tournament. Two of these teams, Fnatic and NearlyGod, are sponsored by MSI, and are geared up with the best hardware in the industry to go head to head with the best gamers in the world.
Champions will take home $10,000 and five MSI GE70 high-end gaming laptops equipped with WD SSHDs. MSI is the first mainstream system company to ship 1 TB WD Black SSHDs in notebooks, taking mobile gaming storage to a whole new level of play. The second and third place each will get $7,000 and $5,000 cash prizes.
According to the official In-Home Streaming group on Steam, a beta test of the feature is "coming soon". Gamers who are interested in testing out this new feature can join the group, which will put them into the pool of users Valve will choose in the near future.
Local game streaming might not sound like much, but it is a key part of SteamOS, as it streams games from your Steam-enabled PC. Valve wants PCs that are powerful enough to host game sessions, which is what this beta testing will most likely involve. There's currently no hardware requirements, but the Half-Life developer has said: "There is a huge variety in home hardware and network configurations, and we would like your help in learning about what works best."
One of the bigger factors of local game streaming, and its beta testing, will be networking performance. Wired Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) will obviously be the best way of doing things, but Wi-Fi networks are getting mighty impressive. You can be sure we'll be doing a bunch of testing on SteamOS over GbE and Wi-Fi when we get our hands on the OS.