Writing a review of The Swapper by Facepalm Games—a studio surely named after the gesture you’ll perform when you finally solve the tougher challenges in this space-based puzzle scroller—is a bit like trying to talk about The Prestige to someone who’s never seen the film. If that’s you, it’s best you just go ahead and skip this review. Our guilt would be too great if we accidentally spoiled your cinematic enjoyment.
Note: This review was originally featured in the September 2013 issue of the magazine.
Want to help other gamers make informed purchasing decisions? Valve is giving you an expanded voice on Steam to leave reviews, good or bad, of any game you've played. Simply called Steam Reviews, the beta launch of this new initiative is an evolution of the Recommendation system that has been a part of Steam since 2010. If you're written Recommendations before, you can make them visible as Reviews by changing the appropriate setting in your user profile.
Valve has been quite the busy developer as of late. Following the recent unveiling of its Steam Machine, Steam OS, and Steam Controller, Valve has now opened up beta registrations for Steam's upcoming In-Home Streaming service. For your chance to participate, you need to head over to the service's group on the Steam Community website and click the Join Group button.
Back near the end of September we reported on zombie apocalypse sim State of Decay as it made its way to Steam via the Early Access Program. Now it's time for the game to graduate into the real world on November 5th, which means it's one step closer to an official release.
Score up to 75% off on spooky titles until November 1st
Steam is rolling out holiday discounts on some of the spookiest titles available. If you missed Steam's summer sale, now is a great time to stock up in preparation for the holidays and to give the gift of terror to your friends. Choose from over 100 discounted titles and be sure to check out some of the highlights...
It's official, Steam is more popular than Xbox Live
Valve today announced that its Steam digital distribution platform is experiencing tremendous growth and is now home to over 65 million accounts. Active accounts are up 30 percent during the trailing 12 months on Steam, which offers over 3,000 games and software titles. The achievement gives Steam bragging rights over Microsoft's Xbox Live service, which currently boasts 48 million members.
Valve sent out an email to members of the press announcing its upcoming Steam Dev Days conference, a two-day event for video game professionals to satisfy their geek in a relaxed, off the record environment. They'll have access to industry expertise, be able to participate in roundtable discussions, attend lectures by industry veterans, and even try out (and provide feedback for) Steam OS, Steam Machines, and Steam Controllers.
Valve is serving up something a little different via Steam, its digital distribution platform for games. The "Daily Deal" on Steam is for the latest version of Futuremark's 3DMark benchmark, which you can snag for $8.49. That's a 66 percent discount over its normal selling price of $24.95. The cool thing about the latest 3DMark release is that it's a cross-platform benchmark for Windows, Android, iOS, and Windows RT (coming soon), allowing you to compare scores from two totally different devices.
Looking for something new to play over the weekend?
It's a great weekend for PC gamers, with Steam and Amazon deals on some of the hottest titles around. Both distributors are running promotions including Borderlands 2 for $14.99 (50% off) and Crysis 3 for $14.99. If you've held off on picking up either title for a while, now is your chance.
Valve has just announced some concrete details about their custom-made Steam Boxprototype. The company has built a completely custom enclosure that will house a “high-end, high-performance box, built out of off-the-shelf PC parts.”