The PC launch for the legendary Final Fantasy VII has been a rough sailing for Square Enix. From gamers being unable to even play their game to finding the game’s quality unsatisfactory, the launch has been far from smooth. Many have found themselves with activation issues or not even receiving their activation code or the game not being available in their country (Australia and New Zealand). While other gamers who have managed to get everything activated just fine, have found the game to be an inferior version of the original with sound issues, bogus achievements and overhyped “improved” graphics. Read More!
Renegade Kid has been hard at work on the PC Edition of Mutant Mudds, and it will be ready to ship out by the end of this month. The PC version will have several changes and additions from the 3DS version. The game will ship with 20 additional levels for a total of 60 levels. The Gameboy/Virtual Boy themed bonus areas have also been replaced by CGA themed levels for a 80′s PC look. The game will launch on August 30 and will be available through Desura, GamersGate, GOG and the Renegade Shop with a launch price of $7.99. After September 5, the game will cost you $9.99. While you wait for the game, feast your eyes on the trailer below! Read More!
Valve has announced that they will be expanding to provide more than just games on Steam. The company has announced that it will be bringing several non-gaming apps to its digital distribution platform, ranging “from creativity to productivity”. Valve says, just like games, these applications will make use of many Steamworks feature such as simple installation, automatic updates and saving to Steam Cloud. These new titles will be available starting on September 5th. Afterwards, developers will be able to submit their own applications to Steam.
A bit late on this story, but worth posting nonetheless. Bethesda made a surprise announcement yesterday at QuakeCon, revealing that the Dawnguard DLC expansion for Skyrim is now available for PC Players to enjoy. The expansion is available for purchase on Steam at this very instant for a price of $19.99. Conveniently, if you’ve yet to get your hands on Skyrim itself, it is half of on Steam this weekend as well. The Dawnguard expansion made its way to PC just about a month after it hit XBox Live. Sadly, it looks like PlayStation 3 gamers will have to wait a little longer. Bethesda also announced that the PlayStation 3 version of Dawnguard is not yet in a presentable state and will not be released before that. No estimated time of release was given.
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II is finally here. After a year of delay, though the fans might not be excited for this game after seeing Sonic Generations which was inspired by a certain Sonic fan game that actually appeared to be better than the first Episode of Sonic 4. We can tell you that it still holds true today with Sonic The Hedgehog 4, Episode II, an averagely polished platformer that may not fall into the category “The Sonic Cycle” games, but certainly falls short of any of the 2D sidescrolling classics we’ve come to know and love, missing the presentation and uniqueness of the original Genesis classics or even the Sonic Rush series, we can easily call the Sonic The Hedgehog 4 saga the most lackluster Sonic sidescrollers since the Sega Game Gear games.
Square Enix has just announced that the critically-acclaimed JRPG, Final Fantasy VII will be heading to Square Enix’s own digital store for PC Gamers to download. The game, originally released in 1997 for PlayStation 1, will be updated include to make it more suitable for the PC Platform. The game will include 36 achievements, character booster and cloud saving. Read More!
After rumors of its return, Activision has confirmed “Nuketown 2025″ as a map for the Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer. Activision says that the map will be available at launch as a pre-order bonus from “participating retailers”. This bonus map, a reimagined version of the original from the first Black Ops will be available as a bonus download for the PS3, XBox 360 and PC (including Steam!). I loved the original Nuketown map and I look forward to seeing Nuketown 2025. To quote Treyarch Studio Head, Mark Lamia: ”Flat out, Nuketown was a blast to play before, and we’re excited about the reimagined Nuketown 2025 in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. We can’t wait to play with everyone come this November.” So far, both Amazon and GameStop have the map available as a bonus for pre-order.
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Robot Entertainment’s genocidal tower-defense game will be making a return as a sequel this July. Orcs Must Die! 2 will be available on July 30th, 2012. The sequel adds an all new campaign with co-op mode, additional enemies and defenses and an all new upgrading system. As an added bonus, if you previously played Orcs Must Die! on PC, purchasing the sequel will get you some exclusive game content. I’m personally excited for this sequel as I found the first one to be great.
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Disregarding the whole issue created with it’s always-online requirement, Diablo III has pulled through to be very successful in it’s first week of launch. So successful, it’s even broken a record. On it’s first day of release, Diablo III managed to sell 3.5 million units. By the end of it’s first week of release, the tally now stands at 6.3 million units, making it the fastest selling in history. Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime said his company was “especially proud”, but at the same time, regretting the launch-day login errors. Going on to “reaffirm our commitment to make sure the millions of Diablo III players out there have a great experience with the game moving forward.” Who said PC Gaming was completely dead?