In their seemingly unending quest to give us free Team Fortress 2 stuff (those dastards!), Valve is releasing the Mann vs Machine update on August 15th. The titular co-op mode will see Red and Blu joining forces (I know, it’s like matter and anti-matter, it just feels wrong…and potentially explosive, at that) to hold off an invasion of robotic doppelgangers. For all the flak they get about hats and Half Life, there’s no denying Valve’s been very, very good to us*.
* If ‘us’ = ‘PC gamers’, that is.
To prepare for his now-legendary portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger locked himself in a hotel room, scribbled down what he imagined the Joker’s schizophrenic thoughts might sound like, and spent hours practicing that chilling voice and laugh. Luckily, you won’t have to go to quite those lengths to get a taste of insanity – Steam’s got Amnesia: The Dark Descent at 75% off all day! They’ve got other titles on sale as well, but nothing else that will guarantee you a couple of weeks of sleeping with the lights on.
Out of deference to my readers’ bank balances, I have hitherto refrained from posting about the Steam Summer Sale and the vast range of goodies therein. That forbearance ends today, and you’ll thank me for it.
Company of Heroes and Limbo are available at $2.49 each. In case you’re not counting, that’s two and a half dollars for two games that redefined their respective genres – Company of Heroes for real-time-strategy, and Limbo for little-boy-creepiness (to be fair, it managed to be both incredibly creepy and incredibly awesome – which is pretty much the dream, isn’t it?)
Go forth and spend, my son.
For You, My Friend, Special Price – say hello to the Steam Summer Sale, goodbye to financial solvency
It’s that time of year again.
All that money can’t really be good for you, anyway.
Have you always had a sneaky feeling that you were born to be the dictator of a delightful Caribbean island and have your loving/terrified subjects call you El Presidente? If so, I don’t even know where to begin with you…but here’s some good news. Tropico 4 is free to play on Steam this weekend; and, should you acquire a hankering for the autocratic lifestyle, it’s also discounted to $13.59 (along with all other Tropico titles and DLC) until Monday. For fullest effect, remember to cackle villainously as it downloads.
Are you burdened with an over-abundance of free time? Is all that liberty getting to you? Salvation is at hand, friends, as Steam has announced that The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion will be available at a 50% discount for the rest of the week! For a little under $20, you’ll be getting the Game of the Year editions of these two venerable RPGs, as well as the perfect excuse to not talk to anybody for weeks on end.
If you’re the suspicious sort who believes that things that sound too good to be true usually are, worry not – there is a reason for this alarming generosity; it serves to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Morrowind. There, isn’t that nice? (Also, kudos re: the paranoia; you’ll probably outlive the rest of us.)
Fans of puzzle-platformers, take note – Vessel is now available for purchase on PC, through either Steam or the Strange Loop Games website. (There’s also a demo available for download via Steam.) Purchasing it from the developer nets you a DRM-free copy of the game plus a Steam code. Also, until March 8th, it’s available for $13.49, or 10% off its $15 price. Unfortunately, there’s still no official release date for the PSN/XBLA versions.
What is Vessel, and why should you be interested in it? Take a look at this :
The game looks absolutely gorgeous, and the mechanics are quite interesting. I haven’t been this excited about a platformer since Limbo. As soon as I finish it, I’ll be doing a full review; until then, you can try the demo out for yourselfon Steam.