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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.