Steam Strikes Again

By Published November 29, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Steam's at it again with their holiday sales, and this time they have some decent games up.  From time of posting, you'll have 19 hours to cash in on these 50-75% off games before they go back to full price.  Here's the list -

Battlefield 2: Complete Collection - $14.99 (50%)
Trackmania United Forever - $19.99 (50%)
Prince of Persia - $14.99 (50%)
Guild Wars Trilogy - $24.99 (50%)
EVE Online: Apocrypha - $4.99 (75%)
World of Goo - $4.99 (75%)
Lucidity - $2.49 (75%)

Personally, I highly recommend BF2, but most people have that already.  Trackmania's demo is a fantastic game, so I'll probably go for the United Forever full version.  Prince of Persia has had stellar reviews this year, and for those of you into indie games, I can confirm good things about World of Goo.

Have at it!

~Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke

Assassin's Creed 2 Review

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Published November 28, 2009 at 6:52 pm

If I walked around in my grandparent’s robes I'd be considered weird. How does Ezio do it!?

Steam's Holiday Sales

By Published November 25, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Steam, the largest digital distribution retailer, has featured seven recently published games for their "Five-Day-Long, One-Day-Only" Holiday sale. Gamers will find games like the new hit Dragon Age: Origins available for 25% off, Batman: Arkham Asylum is listed at 50% off, and more. The sale continues through the Monday after American Thanksgiving, but of course benefits all Steam users.  See the full list with more details below:

Dragon Age: Origins - $37.49 from $49.99 (25%)
Far Cry 2: Fortune's Edition - $9.99 from $19.99 (50%)
Osmos - $2.00 from $9.99 (80%)
Fallen Earth - $24.99 from $49.99 (50%)
Grid - $7.49 from $29.99 (75%)
Champions Online - $19.99 from $39.99 (50%)
Batman: Arkham Asylum - $24.99 from $49.99 (50%)

You have 41 more hours, at time of posting, to take advantage of this sale! Get to it!

-Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke

GN Killing Floor Tips - Speed Leveling

By Published November 23, 2009 at 9:45 am

We decided to help all you guys who play killing floor with some speed leveling tips.  Sharpshooters need too many headshots - here's your solution!

Modern Warfare 2: The Numbers

By Published November 10, 2009 at 11:49 am

Digital distributor Steam is required to play Modern Warfare 2. Steam shows the top 75 games being played, ranked by player count, and the numbers look grim.  The 6 year old FPS Counter-Strike: Source (which is online only) is beating out Modern Warfare 2's release day multiplayer numbers by 50,000 players.  If you were to add the Singleplayer + Multiplayer numbers together, you still fall ~17,000 short.  The message here is clear: PC gamers, especially those who enjoy the use of Steam, are spoiled by the ability to host and play on dedicated servers.  Being a platform owned and maintained by Valve, many of the gamers using it have played Valve games, all of which have dedicated server support.  Will the numbers sky-rocket in the next few days to surpass CSS and other old games, or will they stagnate and decrease rapidly after the first month of release?  You decide, we'll see who wins out within the next month.

Top 75 games by current player count

Current Players Peak Game
69,530 89,526 Counter-Strike: Source
59,071 70,652 Counter-Strike
33,271 33,271 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 SP
19,969 19,969 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 MP

Steam Rankings Page

~Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke

Whatever-You-Want Giveaway 1 Winners

By Published November 10, 2009 at 1:43 am

The winners are:

XE Solution

Congratulations to all of the winners, see you on the battlefield!  For those of you that one, please post on the Whatever-You-Want forum post the price that you wish to receive.  This will be sent to you via digital download or other means.

Sins of a Solar Empire Review

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Published November 09, 2009 at 7:42 pm

This Empire’s Sins just got a lot worse…

East India Company & Privateer Review

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Published November 08, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Every port has a nice girl, or a good excuse to get wasted!

Unreal Engine is Really Free

By Published November 06, 2009 at 2:28 am

In an interview with Cliff Bleszinski during the Triangle Game Conference earlier this year, GN asked, "Using the least exaggerated amount possible, how much do developers normally pay for Unreal Engine licensing?" Cliff's answer was simple, "Like a bazillion dollars."

I'm not sure if it was my disappointed look I shot him or the general groan of gamers in the room, but Epic Games recently announced the release of their Unreal Development Kit, the free edition of Unreal Engine 3 for all sprouting developers.

The Unreal Engine is famous for its original series, Unreal Tournament, and the more recent one, Gears of War. Modders have had access to mapping tools for some time, but nothing near as powerful as UDK offers (at least, not without an indentured servitude program).

Mark Rein, the vice president of Epic Games said, "I'm excited about the possibilities the Unreal Development Kit opens to those who are looking to get into the game business but don't otherwise have the means to acquire world-class technology and tools like ours. UDK is Unreal Engine 3, which has been used to create games in a wide range of genres, as well as military simulations, 3D architectural walkthroughs, animated movies and more. Users are only limited by their imaginations. Go ahead make something Unreal!"

Download the full development kit now at

GamersGate Sale

By Published November 05, 2009 at 9:58 am

Paradox Interactive's more recent games will be 50-70% off this weekend at GamersGate, a digital distributor. Here are the details-

"Publisher Special for November: Paradox Interactive – Daily Deals 50-70% OFF

Games of the Weekend:

Grappling Hook - 50% OFF (PC and Mac)
Painkiller - 30% OFF
Painkiller Overdose - 30% OFF
Painkiller Universe - 30% OFF

New Releases:

Dragon Age Origins - Nov 6th
World of Zoo - Nov 8th

Pre-order Bundle:

For the Glory A Europa Universalis Game, pre-order today and receive 250 extra Blue Coins with a price guarantee and pre-load. Get Europa Universalis II for 75% OFF."

Get in on it while you can!

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