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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previous videos of Watch Dogs, you'll know it's one gorgeous looking game - but did you know the engine behind it was originally made for a driving game?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.