We go hands-on with Blizzard's take at Team Fortress
Blizzard may have canceled Titan, but today it revealed that the company hasn’t given up on trying to create a first-person shooter by revealing Overwatch. Overwatch is being pitched as a team-based multiplayer shooter. In short, it’s basically Blizzard’s take on Valve’s popular Team Fortress 2 shooter.
Assassin's Creedy Unity, Far Cry4, and The Crew no longer available on Steam
Earlier today, PCGamesN noticed that Ubisoft’s upcoming games, such as Assassin's Creed Unity, had been removed from Steam’s U.K. store. However, it appears that Ubisoft has removed its upcoming games from Steam in the US as well.
It is not often that a sequel, in any entertainment category, is able to follow its critically acclaimed predecessor successfully. Yet that is what Half-Life 2 was able to accomplish, and in style. Released in 2004, it was the showpiece for Valve’s new Source engine and has been praised for its story, graphics, physics, and gameplay. However, the Source engine has been around for ten years, and Half-Life 2 is looking dated when compared to today’s graphics.
Developer Mike Maulbeck announces resignation shortly after
It is not often that Valve will pull a game from its digital distribution platform Steam. However, Paranautical Activity was removed from Steam after Code Avarice co-owner Mike Maulbeck posted an angry tweet saying that he was going to kill Valve co-founder Gabe Newell.
The folks at Valve announced that its Steam Music Player is now out of beta and is available for all Steam members to enjoy. Through the Steam Music Player, you can listen to your own collection of tunes while playing games -- just use the Shift+Tab overlay. This eliminates the need to exit a full screen session or otherwise switch over to load up your songs or to control playback options.
While Steam is the largest digital distribution platform for video games, its store homepage presentation and search function has been in need of renovation for a while. And it has finally received one. Valve has launched the Steam Discovery Update that has improved the Steam Store’s appearance, made it easier to search for games, and adds a new Curator feature.
Runs Windows 8.1 but boots straight into Steam’s Big Picture Mode
Syber, a division of California-based boutique system builder CyberPowerPC, has announced an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980-packing gaming PC that boots directly into Steam’s Big Picture Mode. The Syber Vapor Extreme, as the machine is called, is not an altogether new product, but the latest addition to an upcoming line of Windows 8.1-based gaming consoles the company unveiled at E3 2014 back in June.
Five new currencies added today, the rest to follow
Valve has quite a lot on its plate these days. There’s the Steam Machine which was delayed to early 2015 so Valve can work on fine-tuning both its Steam Controller and SteamOS. In the meantime, it is releasing updates for its various games and, presumably, is developing sequels to some of its franchises. Then there is a small thing called Steam that, until recently, supported only five currencies. But not anymore. Valve has announced that it is adding 11 additional currencies to Steam over the following weeks.
Valve stated earlier this year that it was holding back certifying Steam Machines until 2015 in order to give itself more time to tweak its prototype controller, which it considers to be essential to the Steam Machine experience. Now a couple of months later, a photo plucked from Valve's latest Steam client beta shows a new revision of the Steam Controller, one that's likely to be well received by gamers.
Been wondering what to spend your hard-earned money on this summer? Well Valve’s Steam Summer Sale 2014 has begun and your wallet will never be the same way again thanks to the various sales, daily sales and flash sales that will entice you from June 19 to June 30. However, with this year’s summer sale, there is the Summer Adventure you can participate in that focuses on Valve’s Steam trading cards that were implemented last year.