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Sacraboar on Impulse just for $4!

Real Time Pig Capturing Strategy is now a few mouse clicks away from you!
When I heard the name Sacraboar, I thought it would be yet another fantasy game about a sacred boar and — what? A sacred boar? Pig capturing strategy?

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That’s right, in this game, you are given a set of units and you have to defend your boar while trying to capture the enemy’s boar. This is an RTS (Real Time Strategy) game that has no pesky resource gathering and all the other oddoties. It’s like chess only it’s in 3D, it’s indie and it has pigs. Needless to say, this is aimed for the multiplayer folks and its matchmaking and advancement interfaces are very similar to soccer tourneys.

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This great indie game is available on Impulse for $3.99. Yes! Amazing piggy gaming for dirt cheap prices!

Splinter Cell: Elite Echelon Edition for $46 on Steam!

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If you are really into espionage and infiltration then the Splinter Cell series would be all too familiar to you. These games bear the trademark name of detailed military insurgency novelist Tom Clancy and are as good as (and in some cases) better than reading one of his novels! Now Steam is offering all the games in the Splinter Cell series ever released for $45.99 on their digital distribution platform! These include the original Splinter Cell, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Splinter Cell Double Agent and the acclaimed next-generation sequel to the series Splinter Cell Conviction deluxe edition!

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While the earlier three games are available standalone at $9.99 each, Conviction by itself is $59.99 (deluxe edition) and thus this pack is a great deal!

The Deluxe edition features some great new in-game content including the infiltration mode for extended replayability and co-op fun!

Impulse Memorial Day Sale

Remember what I told you all about weekend sales being a conspiracy against people like me? Well, Stardock’s Impulse digital distribution platform has only cemented my view on this topic. They have placed an unbelievable blowout sale. With the aggressiveness of such sales, it’s really hard to decide which digital distributor to stick to! Since there are way too many games to actually talk about, I’ll just deal with the best of the lot –

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The THQ Ultimate Bundle (with mostly all of THQ’s best games) is half-off at $49.99 with 18 games in it. A stealis not a good-enough phrase to tell you just how awesome this bundle is.

The Hearts of Iron mega bundle contains all the great World War II strategy games for a mere $42.49. Awesome.

Sins of a Solar Empire is down to only $3.99. Yes the game of the year 2008 is less than $5 just for you this weekend. Please buy this. You absolutely have to just to keep it in your collection and experiencing the effects of its awesomeness.

More bundles are here but these are probably the best of the lot that I know of. Go have a blast at the sale and buy me some games too!

Disciples and Jagged Alliance Series Discounted on GOG.com

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As usual, GOG.com is up and about with a line of great titles for us weekend warriors with 5 strategy games up on sale at a discount of 50% each! All of these are turn-based strategy games (TBS) and are acclaimed series on their own. For fantasy lovers, there’s Disciples: Sacred Lands Gold and Disciples II: Gold while modern strategy lovers will like the Jagged Alliance series with the original, Deadly Games and Jagged Alliance 2 sequels in this sale!

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The Disciples series starts off at the dawn of a new age filled with strife. Of course, the usual cliché of having some age old prophecy will come to pass in this game’s story as well, and hence it does happen. However, the game is astonishingly well-balanced for its different races/factions. Each level-up is game-changing and a small group well trained troops can take on the enemy horde much larger than them with ease. The second game brought a long campaign and the same great gameplay to make a great series!

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Guns! Cash! Insane Fun! The Jagged Alliance series is, for all its intensely action-centric game-covers, a very strategic game with its rewards. The first game, made way back in 94 is well made where every move you make has deadly (and frustrating) consequences. When Deadly Games released, the graphics were a big joke but the gameplay with its solid multiplayer component made for an inherently enjoyable experience. Jagged Alliance 2 dropped the top-down perspective for an isometric one and took on squad-based TBS to a great new level. For all I know, it’s still unrivalled.

So are you going to buy the Disciples and Jagged Alliance games for 50% off?

Dawn of War II: Gold Edition for $19.99 on Steam!

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Oh yeah, this is big. Two awesome RTSs on Steam are up in a bundle pack for only $19.99! Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (DoWII) and Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising are both available for a complete bundle pack. This is really supercool because DoWII by itself is about $50 on its own.

If you haven’t heard about the Dawn of War series, it can be summed up in one word: brutal. Each and every one of the playable races is, in its own way, extremely brutal and violent with generous chainsaw, shotgun, battleaxe and other weapon-filled gore that satisfies the bullied young kid within us. A sampler quote, as always by one Comissar:-

Who told you to die? Keep fighting!

So, go ahead and buy this great bundle pack and start hacking some <insert enemy race here> flesh!

Gratuitous Space Battles Complete Discounted on Impulse

I officially believe that weekend sales are conspiracies against impulsive game buyers like me. So Stardock’s Impulse (that somehow manages to make a pun out of the previous sentence) has put up Gratuitious Space Battles (GSB) complete edition for $20.45 while its original price is $40.92. Why would I buy this inherently complicated sounding game bundle even if its 50% off, you ask? If you ask me, it centers around this line (especially the boldly italicized part):-

GSB also allows you to challenge other players by uploading your best fleets to serve as their opposition, in a massively single-player galactic smorgasbord of laser-death!

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In GSB, all the battles are automated. The player plans the moves, customizes his/her fleet and their positions before the battle and then sees how well (or how badly) his fleet performs. It’s a single-player only game. However each player can design a fleet and upload it online. Other players can download this pre-programmed fleet and place their wits against another human… in a massively single-player galactic smorgasbord of laser-death!! (I had to use that line. I really had to.)

The complete edition includes the original game and three expansions: The Order, The Swarm and The Tribes expansions!

Half Life 2 and the Orange Box Discounted on Steam

With the release of Source engine on Macs, Valve has decided to push for their entire catalog of Source-based games on the Mac. The games by themselves are nothing short of brilliant with Half Life 2 staying atop Metacritic rankings for PC games not to mention the fact that The Orange Box is also at number 3 (and the original Half Life is at number 4).

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With a drop in prices and Steam Play announced for most Valve-developed games, many Mac gamers would be interested in these titles and nothing is better than a promo for these great games. With a 30% discount on Half Life 2, Episode 1 & 2 there’ll be quite a lot of transactions happening over Steam!

The Orange Box containing all three games, along with Portal and Team Fortress 2 is also discounted by 30% and is available for $20.99 which is a very sweet deal!

Go buy these games and tell us how they work on your Macbook!

Namco Bandai to Distribute The Witcher 2 in Europe, Asia-Pacific

The highly anticipated sequel to the legendary RPG The Witcher (yes it’s been just a few years since The Witcher released, but the game is by far one of the greatest RPGs I’ve ever played, so it entails the term legendary) will be released in the EMEA and Asia Pacific by Namco Bandai Partners S.A.S.

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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is scheduled for release in 2011 and will be based on a proprietary engine that has been built from bottom to top. The game’s breathtaking visuals are a testament to the developers at CD Projekt RED as is the non-linear gameplay. The morally ambiguous storyline that involved thought-provoking quests as well as grey choices whose consequences affected the player several gaming hours after the choice was made will make for a thoroughly engaging and mature story.

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Considering just how amazing the first game was, I cannot wait for the second installment!

Halo: Reach Launching On September 14th 2010

Halo has been a pretty successful game for Microsoft so far, and they have sold more than 34 millions games worldwide. Come September 14th, the much awaited prequel to Halo, titled "Halo: Reach" will be released worldwide.

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Halo: Reach developed by Bungie studios for Xbox 360, drops the players back into the iconic universe to experience the birth of the "Halo" legend.

Halo: Reach’ is the culmination of a decade of Halo,’ a franchise that has become a global entertainment and pop-culture touchstone,said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios at Microsoft Corp. Just as Halo: Combat Evolved’ catalyzed the success of the original Xbox to define a decade of entertainment, Halo: Reach’ will push the boundaries for what’s possible in video games and help make 2010 the biggest year in Xbox history.

More than 2.7 million Halo fans helped create entertainment history by participating in the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta on Xbox live, making it the largest console video game beta test to date.

Halo: Reach follows the story of Noble Team, a squad of heroic Spartan soldiers as they make their final stand on planet Reach, humanity’s last line of defense between the terrifying Covenant and Earth. Halo: Reach is available for pre-order on Amazon. The standard edition of the game has an estimated retail price of $59.99, and the limited and legendary editions of the game will retail for $79.99 and $149.99 respectively.

If you haven’t played Halo yet, you can purchase a copy of the game at Amazon too.

Pre-order Halo: Reach from Amazon

Awesome Sale on Impulse!

To expand on that slightly vague title, Stardock’s Impulse Digital Distribution store has put some of its best games on sale. The major games on sale are its beautiful and expansive Sins of a Solar Empire epic space strategy and Galactic Civilizations II Ultimate Edition. Both of these awesome games are up for $9.99 only region free!

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What? Are these two games the only ones on offer in this awesome sale’ of yours? well sir, they most certainly are not! Over at the sale page, they have quite a number of games listed! The historical strategy game For the Glory, Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripayat Loyalty Edition, classic indie RPG Eschalon Book II and personal favorite Bob Came in Pieces are all on sale with various discounts! So go ahead and have fun playing these great games over the weekend.

Shooter Weekend on GOG.com!

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Four classic first person shooters are on a 40% off weekend on our favorite classic games website GOG.com! AquaNox, Postal 2, Painkiller: Black Edition and Redneck Rampage are the four games with a lot of runnin’ and a lot of gunnin’! Needless to say these are the best ways to let off steam from a heavy day or even a heavy week!

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AquaNox: Though most fans regard this as a flawed sequel to the Aqua series, it is still a decent game to play. Though technically not a run and gungame, it plays a lot like Freespace only it’s underwater!

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Postal 2 Complete: You’re the Dude, dude! Shoot things, buy milk and kill everyone in a queue to return library books! Remember that this hilarious game is only as violent as you want it to be. So while you can play the entire game without (much) bloodshed, you can also play it with unnecessarily large amounts of blood too. Fun!

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Painkiller: Black Edition: As one reviewer on the game page says, this is the one true sequel to the original Quake. Paying due homage to old-school FPSs, the game is all about level design, insane and horrifying enemy hordes and oodles of shooting fun! It’s a cult hit and the Black Edition also includes the Battle Out of Hell expansion pack for 3.5GB of gaming insanity!

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Redneck Rampage: Crash-land UFOs, cuss at jack o’ lopes in the desert and ride over people in a Swamp Buggy and an armed motorcycle. Oh, did I mention that there was a lot of cussing? Play this hilarious game for weeks of redneck shootin’.

So which games will you buy in the Shooter Weekend at GOG.com?

Sleep is Death is Cheap as Living – Pay What You Want!

While I bought this game for $9 (and no regrets, thank you), Sleep is Death is worth at least $15. There is a special level of pixelated charm that this storytelling device (as it does not entirely fit into the common definition of video gamein my opinion), and from all accounts this game is awesome. The games stories I played/made on this platform had a whole new level of new-ness attached to them.

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So when Jason Rohrer, the creator of this game, tells you that you can buy this game for as much as you are willing to pay for it, you know it’ll make your day. Yes! Though you have to pay the minimum price ($1.75) that covers the cost of the bandwidth for download and payment processing, you get two copies of the game (since this game is two-player only). So, if you will take our advice, GO BUY IT!

Steam Play Introduced by Valve – Play on PC or Mac with One License

As you already know, Steam has become available for Mac users around the world. With their Steam Play service, Valve has decided to give one license for both PC and Mac games. This means that if you own a PC version of a game that has a Mac version, you will be able to play it on your Mac without any additional fees!

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To inaugurate this, Steam has put up two great Steamplay packages!

These packages are:-

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The Steam Play Indie Pack is a collection of some of the best Indie games on Steam! These include the ever-adorable World of Goo and Machinarium as well as the cross-platform galactic strategy Galcon Fusion and the wonderful And Yet It Moves and Osmos. All these games for just $20!

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The Telltale Steam Play Pack includes two episodic, hysterical adventure games. Tales from Monkey Island Complete Pack brings back memories of LucasArts’ hilarious games while Sam and Max: The Devil’s Playhouse is best described on its Steam page as an epic comedic saga. For $29.99 these two are steals!

Do tell us how you enjoyed these games on your Macbook!

Steam Officially Available for the Mac, Portal Available for Free

Yes folks, the day all you Mac fans were waiting for has arrived. Steam, Valve’s digital distribution platform is now officially available for the Mac.
After much speculation & teasing and a Beta phase, Steam was finally available today, about a month’s delay from the original intended release date. Although the launch titles are just 3 – namely Torchlight, Portal & Football Manager 2010 – Valve has maintained that they will add new games to the Mac gaming catalog every Wednesday.

And oh, in case you’re wondering, if you’ve already purchased the games for Windows, using Steam Play you can re-download the Mac versions of the games and continue playing your games using the Steam Cloud feature, which sync save games across multiple systems. In case you haven’t purchased any of those, do note that Portal is available for free till the 24th [ yay! ] and Torchlight is at 50% off. So what’re you waiting for ? Go get ’em!

Iron Grip: Warlord Makes it to Steam

What is your favorite kind of strategy game? Do you like to think it out like chess with turn-based strategy or ante up the offense with real-time strategy like Rook’s Revenge? How about tower defense? In this kind of strategy, your enemies will come in waves, and you have to construct turrets on their path to destroy them. Usually they need to be destroyed before they can destroy some invaluable building of your faction. I’m sure most of you have played some game of this type but I assure you that you have never played an FPS-tower-defense hybrid.

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That is exactly what Iron Grip: Warlord is all about. Set in the Iron Grip universe, you are a defender of Atelia, a nation that is being consumed by the Confederacy. Over the course of several maps, you defend your Strongholds from basic soldiers to spider-walkers. While you can build your turrets and traps, you can also fight it out with muskets, rocket launchers and machine guns man-to-man!

The surreal effect of the entire game projects of war and a vague story reminded me a lot of Gone with the Blastwave, the game has a lot of addictive gameplay bundled with it. Based on the Quake 3 engine, the game looks decent enough by today’s standards and will run on most computers. However, many of the game’s features seem incomplete. Nevertheless the developers are actively at work, and have even started integrating Steamworks with their game.

Oh, yeah, did I tell you? This game is available on Steam for $7.99 this week only. Go buy it now! Or… wait for my review that can take anywhere between one day and two years to arrive.