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PSX 2015 Preview: Dead Star (PS4)

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PSX 2015 Preview: Dead Star (PS4)

The hottest genre in gaming right now is Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas, or “MOBAs” for short. Dead Star is a top down twin-stick space shooter that has up to twenty players participating in competitive matches online. Before I get any deeper, let me start by saying that I’m absolutely awful at Dead Star. I was completely demolished during my demo at PSX, and since then I’ve tried honing my skills at home in Dead Star’s beta. I have yet to be on a winning team, but I think I’m slowly starting to get the hang of it.

But in any case, Dead Star’s main focus is its MOBA mode, which is in this case is called its “Conquest” mode. During the keynote at PSX, however, developer Armature showed off its new mode “Escape Run”. You can check out the trailer for the new mode below, but read on for a breakdown of Dead Star’s Conquest mode.

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Pixel Clicks Podcast #18 – E3 2015 Predictions: The Year of Crash Bandicoot?!

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Pixel Clicks Podcast #18 – E3 2015 Predictions: The Year of Crash Bandicoot?!

It’s the E3 predictions special! This week was an extra long one, as we discussed the latest news, such as “OMG FALLOUT 4 IS HAPPENING!” as well as our predictions for what to expect at E3 this year. Spoiler Alert: Crash Bandicoot. So much Crash Bandicoot! Also, Dark Souls 3 possibly being leaked, and Steam refunds. Read On

Pixel Clicks Podcast #13 – Battletoads, Pacquiao, and Sergio gets what?!

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Pixel Clicks Podcast #13 – Battletoads, Pacquiao, and Sergio gets what?!

As the rest of the internet booed and guffawed at a certain “Fight of the Century,” the PCP’ers chatted about the week in gaming news! They covered Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass and controversy, Valve changing their mind about selling mods in Skyrim, Yookah Laylee, what Rare could be working on, and much much more! Also, Jordan may have died again. Read On

Steam Workshop Unveils Purchasable Mods

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Steam Workshop Unveils Purchasable Mods

Selling mods for profit? The PC Gaming sky is falling!

In a move that has set the Internet ablaze, Valve recently unveiled the addition of a new section of the Steam Workshop where mod developers can sell their mods for real money for the first time. This feature is currently only available for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Mod developers can upload their creations into the new section and price them as they wish. Prices will vary between mods, and some mods can be set to pay-what-you-want, leaving the cost up to the purchaser.

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Review – Race the Sun

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Review – Race the Sun

I’ve been more than a little excited to see the digital market taking off. While getting games digitally is neat and all, it’s been more about the independents finally able to shine in a market that’s been largely held by the larger developers. This lets developers think outside the box and brings freedom of ideas that only benefits us, the consumers.

In particular, the Steam Store seems filled with some independent gems, one of which caught my eye as it made me relive the joy of F-Zero GX. How does Race the Sun stack up against other indie titles? Is this the ultimate in fast-paced racers?

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‘Resident Evil 4: Ultimate Edition’ Announced

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‘Resident Evil 4: Ultimate Edition’ Announced

Rejoice, those of you who traveled all the way from Raccoon City at the outbreak of the T Virus, to the rural village in Spain ravaged by Las Plagas! News has come at last from those on high at Capcom Studios: an ‘Ultimate Edition’ of Resident Evil 4 is coming soon to PC.

‘Resident Evil 4’ follows agent Leon S. Kennedy into the horrors of the small European town in order to save the president’s daughter, recently kidnapped. As he explores the town, the true story begins to unfold, revealing- among other things- a sinister cult, a new virus and a Napoleonic megalomaniac. The game was originally released in 2005, to critical acclaim across the board- heavily influencing the third-person shooter genre, it was also an incredible cross-platform success, being released for the PC, Nintendo Wii, Sony’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360. A common contender in the Game of the Year awards at its release, it remains a fan favorite to this day.

Resident Evil fans can celebrate, then, with Capcom’s news. The ‘Ultimate Edition’ will be both a collection of content for hardcore fans of the fourth installment in the series, and a technological improvement over its original release. The PC release of the edition will see fans receive not only all previously released bonus content and a digital soundtrack with over 60 tracks, but also a digital art book with the game for early purchasers.

On the technological front, the Steam release will include support for Steam cloud save support, achievements, trading cards and global leaderboards- so you can check out exactly how much better you are with that Broken Butterfly than your friends! As well as these new features, the game will also run in HD at a beautiful 60 frames a second, for the first time.

So with the game releasing on Steam on February 28th, and early purchase already available, the only question remaining is- whaddaya buyin?

[State of Play] SteamBox/SteamOS

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[State of Play] SteamBox/SteamOS

The interactive entertainment industry is a funny thing. It’s long since moved past the birthing pangs, or the necessity of justifying its legitimacy to larger entertainment – having eclipsed both Hollywood and professional sports in gross dollars per annum – and it’s a rare youth indeed that wasn’t all different kinds of atwitter about the console war of late 2013. It’s a multi-million dollar industry that can bank on the fact that every single one of its core customers will display a virtually unlimited appetite and little in the way of restraint.

Late 2013 was a very exciting time for the interactive entertainment industry – the annual heavy-hitters like Call of Duty, NBA 2k, and FIFA released to boringly predictable record sales, accompanied by less-annual-but-no-less-predictable Battlefields and Need For Speeds. Real genius reared its nigh-unto-unheard-of head in titles like The Last of Us, Metro: Last Light, and Gone Home. 

Then the Next-Gen consoles released … but as the dust (and plastic baggies and shredded cardboard) cleared, the excitement dwindled and the shine worn off, we are left to wonder the same thing we always wonder this time of year: “Where are all the games I just paid $500 to play?”

Well, kid, they’re not out yet – you knew that was going to happen, and so did I. We all knew that was going to happen, but still we dropped close to half a thousand on that big, shiny Blue-or-Green box. And there’s nothing new till February.

No matter how many times you check, no matter how hard you look or wish or hope, nothing till February. Furthermore, both systems have a relatively lackluster year ahead, with some exceptional standouts like ThiefTitanfall and (maybe, just maybe, hope against hope maybe) Destiny. 

So, at home, bored, staring at a shiny new Next-Gen console? Don’t have anything to look forward to? Thankfully the industry you’ve chosen as your very own opiate to the masses has a tailor-made solution: The SteamBox!

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Valve’s “Big Picture” – Steam to be Available on Your TV

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Valve’s “Big Picture” – Steam to be Available on Your TV

Valve announced a major addition to their game management client Steam today: “Big Picture”.

This new aspect of Steam allows users to access their PC/Mac Steam games on their HD TV.  Interface with game controllers will also be available too, though it seems that right now only the XBox 260 controller is compatible. Big Picture will allow users to browse the entire Steam library and chat with Steam friends on other hardware platforms.

Big Picture will also include a number of unique features. These include the first “first person web browser”, making using a controller to surf the internet easier and quicker, and “Daisywheel,” a new typing interface designed around using a controller instead of mimicking a QWERTY keyboard.

Big Picture is currently in the Beta stage and available for those interested in beta-testing it.  More features will be announced as Big Picture nears release. Check out Valve’s official Big Picture site for more information on the program and how to sign up!

[via Valve]

Blacklight: Retribution Now Available on Steam

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Blacklight: Retribution Now Available on Steam

Perfect World Entertainment has released its free-to-play multiplayer shooter Blacklight:Retribution for Steam today.

Retribution is now freely available for download over Steam. Players unfamiliar with the free-to-play multiplayer shooter can consult the new trailer showcasing the game’s Hero lineup, included after the break. New Oceanic servers have also been launched to service players in and around Australia and New Zealand, improving latency issues for players in those regions connecting to play with North American players.

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Looking for a Team Fortress 2 Righteous Bison Code?

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Looking for a Team Fortress 2 Righteous Bison Code?

I have over fifty emails so far asking if we have any more Team Fortress 2 Righteous Bison weapon codes for Steam. I certainly do. How many exactly do I have left?  Thirty.

Now, before you start bombarding my inbox with emails begging for a code, how about you do this instead?

Help us hit over 1000 Facebook “likes” on our Facebook page.  We are about sixty or so “likes” away. Once we hit 1000 “likes” I’ll post 5 codes on our Facebook wall. From then on, for every 25 extra “likes” I’ll post another 5 until I run out of codes.

Got it? Good. Now, GET TO IT!