Let’s say you’ve dabbled in League of Legends, but have always been afraid to give Dota 2 a shot. Sure, all the characters are free in Dota, you might say, and it supports rad mods, and it has a super sexy new client, but...isn’t it supposed to be really fucking hard? Boy, have I got the thing for you.
Whether it’s a good old-fashioned expansion pack or modern DLC, spinning additional content for already-released games has been a standard practice in the industry for decades. But the best expansions do more than simply add a few extra hours of the same game for you to play.
There’s a lot that can go wrong for a video game in its first week of release. Bugs, server problems...even shady PR agencies who break Steam’s rules.
For the next day, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee is totally free on Steam. Just add it to your account and it’s yours forever. The platforming adventure classic is grim, endearing, and above all else, odd. It’s a must-play, even if you were born after the year 1997.
The new Big Picture Mode is slick. I might actually use it now.
DOTA 2’s first Valve-hosted major is happening in November. Valve is hoping to give pros a more reliable source of income by hosting multiple events throughout the year (instead of just The International). This one will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, with $3 million on the line. More details here.
You find these pulsing monstrosities all over the place in SOMA. You don’t have to interact with most of them, but what happens when you do? It’s, uh, well...
Not all PC games run at 60 frames per second, and for some people, that’s a big problem.
Confession: despite being mostly a PC guy, I adore Super Smash Bros. Now my lack of a Nintendo console isn’t much of an issue.
The goal in Panoramical is to find yourself in a series of fantastical works of audiovisual art. It’s a personal journey. Here’s a bit of mine.
“Enough Australian lingo to choke a dingo” is something I’m not proud of saying in the opening moments of the first Ty the Tasmanian Tiger game in almost a decade.
D-Dog. I’m sorry.
1994’s FPS-RPG, System Shock, is an important game. It was an influence on not just BioShock and its sequels, but also a variety of game series in between, like Half-Life and Deus Ex. It was also a bitch to play on modern PCs, which is fortunately something this re-release should help with.
Everyone remembers Age of Empires and Age of Kings, but nobody ever talks about their spin-off sibling Age of Mythology (which I think is a better game!). Ah well. Maybe they will now, since the Steam re-release of the game is getting a brand new expansion.
Stream sniping is when someone watches your stream to get an upper hand—to essentially cheat—against you in a game. It sucks.
They don’t call Big Boss a legend for nothing, you know.