I could have sworn that the Steam Autumn sale was supposed to end on the 26th, but hey, I'll never complain about extra deals. That said, I haven't done that 'sleep' thing in a while...
The big news today is that you can get all the Alan Wake for less than £8, Legend Of Grimrock for less than £3 and some great indie games for less than the price of a London pint.Click here to read more...
Deals. Steam. Time. Running out!
I don't know why I punctuated that introduction like William Shatner, but it sums things up quite nicely. You've got until tomorrow morning to take advantage of this clutch of Steam sale highlights.
Remedy's PC version of Alan Wake is, as far as we're concerned, the definitive edition. It looks better, plays better and the Collector's Edition is packed with extras. Review here.
Remedy's new focus on downloadable episodic content is off to a flying start with this surreal little number. At £2.99, this quirky Twilight Zone-inspired romp is a serious bargain. Check out our Alan Wake's American Nightmare review for more.
Fallout: New Vegas is ruddy brilliant, and its DLC packs were (almost) all fantastic; each of which providing an entirely new and refreshing gameplay experience. Buy them all together for big savings.
We're loving this humorous and expansive indie RPG... and when its co-op patch finally hits next month, our review score will almost certainly go up another notch. Get in early.
If you haven't got these dynamically-directed cooperative games by now, you probably don't like them in the first place. Just in case, here's an opportunity to grab them both for less than six quid.
There's a good chance that you'll already own several of these games if you're a regular indie bundle buyer. That said, SOL: Exodus is part of the package, while Swords & Soldiers HD and Hoard are both seriously great, so use your initiative. Personally, I might hold out today.
The PC version of Alan Wake has only been on sale since Thursday via digital distribution sites... and has already recouped the entirety of its development budget during the first 48 hours.
“We are very happy with the sales and hitting #1 on Steam at launch was nothing short of amazing. We recouped our development and marketing expenses during the first 48 hours. And yes, we’re certainly very excited about PC.” - Remedy’s Aki Järvilehto
Impressively, the retail version isn't even out in Europe yet; scheduled as it is for a March 2nd release. You can read Felix's original Alan Wake review for more details, and remember that The Writer and The Signal DLC packs are also included with the purchase.
Remedy's head of franchise development, Oskari Hakkinen, has suggested that although the company do of course care about the issue of PC piracy, it's not one that the studio will be losing too much sleep over when it comes to the PC release of Alan Wake.
"You can't fight it, really," he said. "It's just the way it is. Of course I hope people go on Steam or get the retail copy. But if they don't, they don't. I'm not going to get a stomach ulcer from it. It's just the way it is."Click here to read more...
Matias Myllyrinne, Remedy's CEO, suggested at DICE 2012 that his studio might not be done with Alan Wake and his moody adventuring just yet. Additionally, with Alan Wake's American Nightmare about to hit XBLA, he noted that digital distribution has certain advantages over a conventional, larger retail release, suggesting that producing smaller, bitesized content might be more fun.Click here to read more...
Whatever it is, the new members of staff will be working with Remedy's own bespoke engine that powered both Alan Wake and upcoming XBLA title American Nightmare, with hopes that the new recruits will be instrumental "in taking our artificial intelligence, character & enemy behaviour to the next level".
Remedy have stated time and time again that American Nightmare is "not a sequel", so could this be early signs of a full return for the jumpy novelist? [via Gamerzines]
Yesterday, rumours emerged that Xbox 360-exclusive, Alan Wake, could be making its way to PC. Microsoft secured the exclusive rights to Alan Wake a while back, but it appears that particular deal has expired, as Remedy has today confirmed Alan Wake will indeed be ported on to PCs and released in the first quarter of 2012.
As an added incentive to entice PC fans over, Remedy have bundled DLC packs, The Signal and The Writer, to sweeten the deal. No word on whether XBLA title, Alan Wake: American Nightmare, might join its forebear on PC, but I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft had nabbed the exclusive rights to that particular property, too. Don't hold your breath.
When originally announced way back when in 2005, developers Remedy promised to release Alan Wake on "next-generation platforms and PC". They sort of lied, as Microsoft swelled their pockets with cash and an exclusive Xbox 360 deal was agreed upon. It didn't matter much, as Alan Wake wasn't quite the defining experience we'd all hoped for, but a lot of fans missed out due to Remedy reneging on their PC promise. However, might they have changed their minds?Click here to read more...
So, we all but know that Remedy's oft-rumored followup to the critically divisive Alan Wake is set to be released on Xbox Live Arcade, under the subtitle of Night Springs. The title wasn't a critical nor commercial success, despite Microsoft banking a lot of capital on just such an outcome. And with Remedy settling on a digital release, we were expecting Night Springs to be a tangential advance rather than a full-blown sequel. Right? Not so, according to the Video Game Awards organizer Geoff Keighley.Click here to read more...
Good news, Alan Wake fans. Microsoft corporate shill Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb has confirmed that the next Alan Wake game will be a "fully standalone experience and released on Xbox Live"... and even more excitingly, XBLAFans claim to have seen it in action. According to their rumour and authentic-looking screenshot, the downloadable offering is entitled Alan Wake's Night Springs, and it features a mode called "Arcade Action" as well as a story campaign. I just hope that it isn't going to be a twinstick shooter.
Regardless, the new Alan Wake title is set for reveal at the upcoming VGAs. We'll shine a torch on it nearer the time.
Despite the original's lackluster success, Remedy appears to be moving forward with an Alan Wake sequel. The
overly linear and repetitive Twin Peaks-inspired action-adventure game released last year to a middling critical and commercial reception, but Remedy appear undeterred in their work, with a flurry of job posts on their official site looking for staff to work on a "AAA console project" and the "next iteration of Remedy's unique world-class rendering engine that was previously used in Alan Wake".
Alan Wake was already decidedly David Lynchian, what with its shady plot and eclectic cast, but now Finnish developers Remedy are getting positively barmy with their teasing of the next adventure. According to their head of franchise development, Oskari Hakkinen, more Alan Wake "is coming", but it won't be Alan Wake 2 or DLC? Suffice to say, we're baffled.Click here to read more...
A new report courtesy of Edge, who nabbed an exclusive peek at Remedy's new facial animation tech, suggests that the developer responsible for Max Payne and Alan Wake is working on new animation technology, hoping to best that featured in Rockstar's L.A. Noire.
'L.A. Noire has set a bar for facial animation,' said Remedy's CEO Matthias Myllyrinne. Raising one hand, then placing his other significantly higher, he added: 'But [Rockstar’s game] is here, we’re aiming to be here.'
Although, according to the report, Remedy is not ready to demo the tech fully yet, and won't reveal which new project it might be applied to, some technical details have emerged.Click here to see what the report had to say about the tech itself...
Alan Wake's price has dropped once again, so now you can pick it up for around a pound cheaper than the next best offer. Alan's out looking for his missing wife in the quaint town of Bright Falls, when things turn just a little bit weird. First, he finds out he's written a book that he can't remember writing, then at night "The Taken" appear and start causing trouble, but don't worry Alan's armed with a flashlight and a sturdy revolver. Thanks to Kingsworth @ HUKD.
We’re back with another deals roundup, bringing you the best of the bunch from the last 24 hours. While there’s a good chance a large portion of you are currently embracing the Dragon Age 2 demo that was released today, we’ve found some wallet-friendly offerings for you to check out once you emerge from the preview of the Free Marches.
Let’s take a look…
It may be filled with leather-clad, gun-toting witches, but it’s a slick action title that’s a visual treat when the combat gets going. PS3 owners who are looking for a combat brawler fix should check out this deal.
Rebellion’s take on the classic game wasn’t the grand triple-threat FPS we were hoping for, but it manages to do a good job at being a solid if flawed game. It's a good price for PC owners looking for some simple shooter fun, or fans of the franchise crossover looking to unleash some fury as their favourite deadly extra-terrestrial.
Dropping below the £10 mark, it’s an ideal time to try out Remedy’s Psychological Thriller for yourselves if you’re a 360 owner. Better yet, you have a choice of retailers from which to get it from as Amazon have price matched Play. Power to the people!
So your wife’s missing and the book you can’t remember writing is coming to life, what would you do to pass the time? Grab a gun, a flashlight and go get some answers in Remedy’s Psychological Action Thriller. Set in the fictional town of Bright Falls, guide Mr Wake through a tale of mystery and suspense in an ode to all things peculiar (or more specifically Stephen King) where anything can be lurking in the darkness and the light is your best friend. It’s not a long game and it’s a linear affair, but for the price of this deal it’s definitely worth checking out Remedy’s latest. Thanks to joeeeallover @ HUKD!
Alan Wake deserves a sequel, because despite its myriad of flaws and shortcomings and self-indulgency, it's has a fantastic premise and a bold take on the survival-horror genre. But hire a new scriptwriter, add more to the gameplay other than simply pointing a light at stuff and shooting; oh, and make Alan less of a jerk. With my rant over, may I direct your attention to the deal advertised above. For £11.49, you can nab Alan Wake off Argos. Not bad.
It's a real pity Alan Wake wasn't the genre-defining, cross-media revolution we expected. As instead of a gripping, Lynchian mystery and episodic TV-style format, we got a generic, poorly delivered plot-line with linear and incredibly repetitive staging. A shame, as it looks bloody fantastic. However, if you're in the mood for a good old fashioned survival-horror/mystery, then Alan Wake is your man. Or game, I suppose. Only £11.97 at Amazon, read my review before purchasing, if not for a second-opinion then just to make me happy.
Sing it with me, folks. On the eighth day of Christmas, the Major gave to me... some Alan Wake Dee Ell See!
Specifically, The Writer and The Signal content packs that are now a gloriously low 200 Microsoft Points. Basically, if you love Remedy's cerebral horror outing and need another fix, there's never been a better time to drop some points and get involved. Expect some serious surreality and ridiculously dangerous situations!
Oh, and you can also get a yellow plastic mac for your avatar for 120 Microsoft Points. You shouldn't. But you can.
So your wife’s missing and the book you can’t remember writing is coming to life, what would you do to pass the time? Grab a gun, a flashlight and go get some answers in Remedy’s Psychological Action Thriller. Set in the fictional town of Bright Falls, guide Mr Wake through a tale of mystery and suspense in an ode to all things peculiar (or more specifically Stephen King) where anything can be lurking in the darkness and the light is your best friend. It’s not a long game and it’s a linear affair, but for the price of this deal it’s definitely worth checking out Remedy’s latest. Thanks to PraxxtorCruel @ Hot UK Deals!