Some strange happenings going on at GoG.com with their staff picks this week. They've gone all intergalactic on us.
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Age of Empires II HD - £2.24 (AoE Legacy Bundle - £4.49)
In Age of Empires II: HD Edition, fans of the original game and new players alike will fall in love with the classic Age of Empires II experience. Explore all the original single player campaigns from both Age of Kings and The Conquerors expansion, choose from 18 civilizations spanning over a thousand years of history, and head online to challenge other Steam players in your quest for world domination throughout the ages. Originally developed by Ensemble Studios and re-imagined in high definition by Hidden Path Entertainment, and Skybox Labs, Microsoft Studios is proud to bring Age of Empires II: HD Edition to Steam!
Vault-Tec engineers have worked around the clock on an interactive reproduction of Wasteland life for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own vault. Included is an expansive world, unique combat, shockingly realistic visuals, tons of player choice, and an incredible cast of dynamic characters.Click here to read more...
The Talos Principle is one of last year's best puzzlers, an unlikely fusion of spatial awareness, logic and lateral thinking from the developers of... Serious Sam?!
Yes, Croteam have demonstrated that they don't just make great shooters, but have now decided to mix the two with a Serious Sam voice pack. The DLC will be free for a week before reverting to £1.99, so get on it now?
Don't own The Talos Principle? Now's the time, because it's only £14.99 on Steam until April 6th.
Those crazy cats at Devolver have launched a huge indie sale in GDC week, slashing the prices on a number of excellent indie titles, and inviting developers to tell everyone just what they think of the publishing label.
Needless to say, the results are pretty funny.
The Devolver Digital team seem pretty smart and savvy when you first meet them but then all they did was visit us in Poland to drink vodka and brainstorm Wang jokes. To be honest, we're not sure they are even a legitimate company. -- Michal Szustak, Flying Wild Hog Studio Director
Some of the highlights include nabbing Hotline Miami for under £2, an 85% price drop on the Serious Sam Complete Collection to just over a tenner, Dungeon Hearts for less than 50p, and some cut pre-order prices on the likes of Sub Rosa and Gods Will be Watching.
If you're an Xbox Live Gold Member, you can now pick up some seriously awesome games at seriously cheap prices. See what I did there? Yeeeah.
But don't let my awful attempts at Tuesday morning humour put you off from getting involved, seeing as you can get Serious Sam 3 or Double D XXL for £1.68. Also Castlestorm, which was surprisingly good fun. Links to the marketplace and our reviews below - but not before giving due credit and thanks heatlight @ HUKD, who posted these deals long before we did.
You can get your hands on the entire series of Serious Sam, indie spin-offs and all, thanks to the latest Humble Weekly Sale.
Any amount of money will secure Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter, Serious Sam Double D & Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack.
However, you can also beat the average for Serious Sam 2 (lame) and Serious Sam 3 (unbelievably epic!). Huge savings to be had here, and an enormous amount of well-tooled, old-school awesomeness.
It's time to Get Serious, Xbox 360 owners. Croteam and Mastertronic have confirmed that utterly mental shooter Serious Sam 3: BFE will release next week on XBLA, costing a mere 1200 Microsoft Points (roughly £10.20) for the full campaign, online co-op and, brilliantly, splitscreen cooperative play. The Jewel Of The Nile DLC pack will be available at launch, which also includes the competitive multiplayer suite.
Get Games are running so many Serious Sam-related deals that we've decided to round them all up. The two best deals are actually for the Indie games - Double D and The Random Encounter - both of which are dirt cheap. And brilliant.
The folks at Indie Royale are up to their usual tricks once again, this time with a bunch of Serious Sam goodness on offer - including Serious Sam: The Random Encounter, Serious Sam Double D, Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack and Serious Sam: The First & Second Encounter. Indie Royale operate on a 'Beat the Minimum' policy, where the price goes up as more sales are made, with the price dropping if people chip in with more than the minimum.
It's just under £2 at the time of writing, which is an utter steal for all of this awesomeness. Seriously!
Sam Stone is going to need some seriously big guns when Mental's hordes descend upon him in terrifying numbers this November... but he's also more than a match for even the biggest alien critters mano a mano. This latest trailer for Serious Sam 3: BFE shows off the outrageously powerful melee attacks in all their gory glory. You'll need balls of steel to get close enough to use them, but the results are so worth it. Check out our recent hands-on preview for more details.Click here for the Serious Sam 3: BFE Melee Trailer!
Serious Sam: The First and Second Encounters heralded a glorious golden age for FPS gaming. Croteam's classics threw exposition and caution to the wind; letting us engage in an orgy of carnage, circle-strafing and gunplay in its purest form. Sadly the sequel was rightfully panned for taking an overly comedic and humorous approach... and once I'd taken my seat within Los Angeles' luxurious Figueroa Hotel, the Develover Digital rep explained that Serious Sam's former publisher, 2K Games, had put undue pressure on the developers to make their game less serious. Now shacked up with Devolver, Croteam have free rein to "make the game they always wanted to make."
So let me tell you, without any hesitation or doubt, that Serious Sam 3 is shaping up to be one of the finest shooters you'll play this year. And certainly the most badass.
Serious Sam 3: BFE isn't about saving the world. Earth is already lost and occupied by the ravening forces of the tyrannical alien overlord MENTAL. Sam Stone has to fight his way through impossible odds and literally thousands of foes to reach the Time Lock: an ancient Egyptian artefact that can teleport our hero back in time to the very start of The First Encounter and set the series in motion. The premise established, I practically body-checked the Devolver rep in my haste to swap seats and try out the preview version for myself (running on PC, in case you're interested).Click here. Get serious. >>
Mommy's Best Games doesn't do subtle.
Nathan Fouts, the veteran designer behind Ratchet & Clank's weaponry, Resistance's arsenal and the epic Postal series, left Insomniac games and founded his own boutique indie studio to pursue his love of independent development. He's the man you can rely on for sumptuous hand-drawn artwork, incredibly innovative boomsticks, ridiculous action, award-winning mechanics and truly worrying enemy design... and now he's been let loose on the anarchic Serious Sam license with free rein to do what he does best.
I'll be posting my full hands-on preview of Croteam's upcoming Serious Sam 3: BFE in the next couple of days... but frankly, we're just as excited for its downloadable companion.
Read on for Femikazes, Vuvuzela pancakes, corpse piling and the most Serious Sam yet!
As a rabid fan of Croteam's manic FPS franchise, I was not alone in my disappointment with Serious Sam 2's overtly humorous art style and tone. Taking this criticism to heart, the Croatian studio is aiming for a grittier and realistic vibe this time around - and to illustrate their new direction, has released some new screenshots of one of Serious Sam's iconic enemies. The beheaded kamikaze. For those who don't know, this terrifying foe is the reanimated corpse of a human warrior who charges at the player whilst screaming from belt-mounted speakers.
As you can see, the new grittier visual style makes the Beheaded Kamikaze look more gory and menacing than ever before... and the same should be true of the whole game itself. More screens after the jump.Click here for the new screens >>
Devolver Digital has announced that it's set to reveal three new licensed Serious Sam titles today - and after a little digging, we've got a few details for you prior to the official announcement. Three established Indie studios will be developing the projects and are set to deliver a serious take on traditionally casual games. Nathan Fouts, the weapons designer behind the Resistance and Ratchet & Clank series, has confirmed to us that his studio is working on one of the projects.
UPDATED: We have the full details below, courtesy of a new press release!Click here for more details!
Decades of videogames have brought us a veritable cornucopia of beautiful and bizarre firepower. We've seen it all: from Turok 2's nasty Cerebral Bore to the improbable homing shark launcher from Armed & Dangerous. However, when you desperately need an enemy to die in the quickest and most gratuitous way possible, there's only one boomstick that can possibly do the trick.
Gaming's most ubiquitous weapon is also its most useful. With your trusty shotty clenched firmly in hand, the forces of hell, nazis, alien armadas and your online opponents are reduced to greasy piles of meat in short order. We'd love to pick a single shotgun to illustrate our love affair with the beautiful and brutal equaliser... but there are just too many to count. To this end, let's take a look at some of gaming's most memorable shotguns- and why we love them.
Doom started it all. The original fully-featured FPS packed a lot of fun firepower, but its shotgun stands tall as the connoisseur's weapon of choice. A single shot is enough to shred a possessed hell-zombie where he stands, and to pop an imp like a hairy over-ripe kiwi fruit. As any id Software veteran knows, a few shells are an infinitely more useful pickup than any amount of armour or health- and worth wading into the fray with fists flying just to snatch.
Most shotguns are useless at anything but point-blank range, but Doom's legendary offering sweetens the deal with ridiculously tight buckshot scatter. Smug enemies on the other side of large arenas won't be laughing so hard when their internal organs leave their bodies at breathtaking velocity.
Put simply, Doom's shotgun makes hell your bitch. What's not to love about that?Click here for more great gaming shotguns!
Forget Bulletstorm. Sure, it's always great to see a shooter put fun on a pedestal, but the venerable Serious Sam series was doing just that back when People Can Fly were learning how to code. Croteam and Devolver Digital have announced that the two downloadable HD Encounters will be bundled onto a single retail disc for a March release, giving you no excuse to not get all kinds of serious. We'll soon have an interview with the Croatian studio about Serious Sam 3, but for now, why not check out this latest SKU?Click here. Seriously.
Another day, other limited time offer running as part of Steam's Perils of Summer Sale. Not too many stellar deals out there today for you, but we've managed to pick out three of the best that might pique your curiosity.
Again, it's worth noting that these deals will expire this evening, so get your download purchases sorted before you sit down for Doctor Who. Hit the title links below for more on each of the games.
To be honest, you'd be able to pick the game up for a quid or two, if you could manage to find it that is, but we simply must champion any quality game that clocks in at below £1. If you were disappointed by the HD update and shiny reboot of the classic xenomorph rumble then there's never been a better time to sink some playtime into the cracking original. I'll be honest, it hasn't aged terribly well, but for nostalgia value alone this is definitely worth a look.
Currently retailing at ShopTo for £5.85 (but OOS), and Coolshop for £7.99, this is by far the cheapest price you're going to find to satisfy your PC-based ghostbusting fix. It's a solid game on its own, but let's talk straight - this is basically interactive fan service. If you loved the films, you're going to love this. The cast are back, the story peppered with quotable one liners and gameplay is fun and frantic and full of laugh out loud moments. If you've never seen the films you're going to feel like you've arrived at a party where you barely know a single person, but if you regularly jam to Ray Parker Jr. then snap this one up while it's at this price.
Considering Steam actually had the best deal around for these titles before the sale, it's unsurprising that this 75% saving equals big smiles. If you're an FPS fan that's never played Serious Sam, first flagellate yourself and then download these games immediately. To be honest, MW2 fans may find that the gameplay kind of pales in comparison to modern shooters now, but the frantic retro gunplay, the randomly spawning enemies, the humbling difficulty on the highest settings and the industry side-swiping humour are all intact.
Clearly someone over at Steam HQ has been on the loopy juice as the weekend sale started early, with a huge 66% off on the seriously fun, Serious Sam HD. Most places such as Amazon are still selling this for £14.99 so you can save over £8!
Not heard of Serious Sam? Then you’ve not lived. The original game went back to the kind of nonstop shooting fun that Doom and Doom 2 gave us. No nonsense, nonstop blasting with wave upon wave of enemies rained down upon you. We’d never seen anything like it with at times hundreds – or seemingly so, we didn’t stop for a head count at the time - of on-screen enemies.
With the passage of time there’s already been a Serious Sam 2 but this is a redux of the crazed original, but with all the trimmings you’d expect of a modern game including high-res textures, HDR lighting and depth of field effects.
For us at least, the coup de grace is the support for up to 16 co-op players. Never has so much fun been packed into one game. You’ll face everything from the smallest hopping foes to the skyscraper sized Ugh-Zan and you’ll have to throw everything in your vast armoury at them to win. At just 17 levels, which a re pretty basic, you can certainly say Serious Sam HD isn’t that big and it’s most certinaly not clever, but what it is, is a lot of fun.
In today’s news roundup we see which game has topped the UK All Format Chart this Christmas. We hear about Microsoft’s plans to implement realistic Avatars, and lastly, we bring news of Serious Sam 3 which is apparently due for release sometime next year.
Although it’s a great day for music, with Rage Against the Machine’s Killing in the Name Of topping the charts this Christmas and breaking the tyrannical reign of Simon Cowell and his X- Factor friends, it’s a slightly less sensational result in the world of video games. In fact, the video game chart topper was so obvious and the odds so ludicrously high, you probably would have needed to put down a few grand at the bookies to actually make any money. However, just in case you’re genuinely waiting in suspense, I’ll put you out of your misery (although the above picture might give you a small clue)…
The number one slot this Christmas for the UK-All Formats Chart goes to (drum roll) Activision’s Modern Warfare 2 - surprise, surprise. In second place it was EA’s FIFA 10 which was followed by the Wii Fit plus in third, whilst forth place went to Wii Sport’s Resort. Despite being slightly higher initially, Assassin's Creed II has now slipped down to fifth position. However for a full run down of the chart, follow this link. [Eurogamer]
In other news, it seems that Microsoft are trying to push through a patent application for avatars ‘Individualised by Physical Characteristics". This basically means that all future Microsoft avatars will provide a more realistic portrayal of the person they represent, meaning that video games will no longer offer you a place to hide from all your physical inadequacies and body hang ups. Microsoft reckons this all for our own good and should encourage people to get off their backsides and actually do some exercise.
Here’s what they had to say, 'Physiological data that reflect a degree of health of the real person can be linked to rewards of capabilities of a gaming Avatar, an amount of time budgeted to play, or a visible indication. Thereby, people are encouraged to exercise. Physiological data that reflect the health and perhaps also mood also improve social interaction in virtual environments.’ In other words, prepare for your computer to start calling you fat. [Play.TM]
Fans of Serious Sam will be pleased to learn that the third installment will be out some time next year according to Croteam. ‘Serious Sam 3 is happening for sure’ said CEO Roman Ribaric, but few details have yet been released. Ribaric did let a few thing slip some month back, stating that the sequel was going to drop the cartoony visuals but still retain its characteristically chaotic game play. The Xbox live version is coming out in January 2010. [TotalFormat]
The fallout from id Software’s acquisition by ZeniMax Media continues to rage today, with a co-founder twittering his opinion on the matter. And in other news, Gearbox Software trademark four ‘War Hero’ titles in preparation for a potential new game announcement; Crackdown 2 will be developed by half of its former staff; Mythic and Bioware combine forces; and Serious Sam returns on Xbox Live Arcade. Phew!
Gearbox Software, developers of the Brothers in Arms series, has trademarked four titles, each an alteration of ‘War Hero’. The titles share a vague similarity to Activision’s Guitar Hero and Modern Warfare games, with Gearbox perhaps hoping to gain some indirect brand awareness.
The four titles Gearbox trademarked are, ‘War Hero’, ‘World War 2 Hero’, ‘Modern War Hero’, and as a subtitle for their Brothers in Arms series. Either these titles are for a completely new game or for a modern retelling of Brothers in Arms. Time will tell. [Eurogamer]
Co-founder of id Software and infamous big-mouth John Romero has been twittering his ‘disgust’ of his former company’s acquisition by ZeniMax Media. Romero’s ‘disgust’ was then mitigated with a rather formal sounding update from Romero, claiming he is now happy with the deal, and that he was ‘sorry’ for his earlier remarks.
Sounds like some ZeniMax lawyers flew to his Twitter, threatened to throw him from his nest unless he apologised publically. Romero, who co-created Doom and the critical disaster Daikatana, is well-known for his bold claims and irrepressible personality in the game’s industry. [1up]
Ruffian Games, the recently forged development house hand-picked by Microsoft to build Crackdown 2, claims it has half the staff who worked on the original while at Real Time Worlds. Bill Thompson, Creative Director and former RTW employee, assured fans core members of the original design team are onboard.
Real Time Worlds admitted to being somewhat upset by Microsoft handing development to newcomers Ruffian instead of the original team, but Ruffian’s Producer, Jim Cope, believes the two companies maintain a strong working relationship. [Joystiq]
EA has announced developers Mythic and Bioware will combine into a single development house, but will keep their respective names. Bioware chief, Ray Muzyka, will lead the new team, which is expected to combine their talents in the MMO and RPG markets.
Sadly, in the aftermath of the merger Mythic founder Mark Jacobs has left, although the exact circumstances are unclear. Whether Jacobs left because he was unhappy with the merger or simply because he felt it was the right time remains to be seen. [VG247]
Serious Sam, the comic action-hero shooter, is to be polished and ported to Xbox Live Arcade. Developer CroTeam have re-tooled the CroTech Engine to deliver Serious Sam: First Encounter. It will be released in late Summer, for a price of 1200 Microsoft Points, equating to £10.20. [Kotaku]