Worms Reloaded Opens for Beta

Worms Reloaded has finally extended its beta for a worldwide audience. Previously, this beta was only available for a small number of European users. However, Team17 has officially announced, in their Steam community we mentioned about previously, that they will be opening up beta for Steam users on Monday:-

Just a brief announcement to let you know that following the success of the limited Beta on Worms Reloaded (our new Worms game for Steam) we have decided to extend the Beta to a worldwide audience (previously Europe only) . However there are a limited number of Beta keys.

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To enter into this beta, you need to join the official Steam community and await Monday with bated breath.

Torchlight Available for 75% Off on Steam and GamersGate

Remember Torchlight? Yes, that nifty little Diablo-esque action RPG we reviewed. Well, one Steam sale notwithstanding, Torchlight has captured another Weekend Sale on Steam at $5.00. Not wanting to be left behind, GamersGate has put up the game on sale for $4.95 5 cents less. There are the residual advantages and disadvantages of the two, but I’d recommend everyone to go for the Steam version because it has achievements, no DRM and, well, it’s Steam.

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The game is an action RPG that takes the better parts of the Diablo series and crafts it with colorful visuals, outstanding sound and an expansive and deep dungeon world. Though most of it is mundane mouse-clicking, it attacks the player’s just a minute moreweakness and thus is very addictive. The game always puts up a new item which on closer inspection is actually a small modification of the original but you buy it anyway. This is a great game for action-RPG lovers, and the price is just right. Go ahead and buy it!

Buy Torchlight from Steam for $5.00 or from GamersGate for $4.95.

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut for $9.99 on Impulse. Buy it.

As you may have noticed from the title of this post itself there is no question about this deal. If you like RPGs, you have to utterly, completely, definitely, unquestionably buy The Witcher. I have never been so vociferous when it comes to a game but this is no mere RPG.
This is by far one of the triumphs of gaming evolution, with moral dilemmas whose consequences you have to face 10-15 hours into the game.
Although it does seem like I am going overboard with my love for this game (and I might have just a teeny bit mind you) this game from CD Projekt deserves as much. As an RPG gamer, I haven’t played anything quite like this. With Impulse’s deal, there is no question of debating. I repeat, if you have the money and like RPGs, you should not wait and go ahead and buy it for $9.99.

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As the renowned monster hunter (a Witcher) Geralt of Rivia, players will explore the rich and well-written universe where there is truly no rightor good. The player’s decisions have a major impact on the storyline. I still cannot believe the ending of this game which stayed with me for a very long time. When a game actually makes you feel guilty for a lot of things that you have done, it definitely deserves to be right up there with the greats.

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut features the D’jinni Adventure Editor, the Official Soundtrack CD, a Music Inspired by The Witcher CD, an official game guide, a Making-of DVD with behind-the-scenes video footage, and a map of The Witcher’s world. Loaded with this enhanced features this game is a must buy.

I really hope the RPG fans go ahead and buy this amazing game. This is one deal that should not be missed.

Buy The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut from Impulse for $9.99.

X-COM Complete Pack for $9.99 on Impulse

You are not a retro strategy maniac if you have not played the X-Com series. The five games in this series have defined the genre where it comes to the mash-up of strategy and Science-Fiction. Aliens, mostly, will be what you will be fighting. If you love controlling soldiers and shooting down Independence Day aliens, boy are you going to love this series. Stardock’s digital distribution website, Impulse, has put up the entire series for the unbelievable price of $9.99 for a limited time only. Yes, X-COM: UFO Defense, X-COM: Terror from the Deep, X-COM: Apocalypse, X-COM: Interceptor and X-COM: Enforcer are bundled together in this fabulous limited-time only offer!

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X-COM: UFO Defense: Set in 1999 when a strange encounter of the nth kind has happened (do forgive the cheeky reference) UFOs are attacking and disrupting Earth’s skies. As the commander of the formidable X-COM you will defend Earth with the finest technology known to man and add alien tech to your growing arsenal.

X-COM: Terror from the Deep: The slumbering aliens that have crash-landed on our planet do not yet have any sort of organization. Soon, however, a dilapidated computer network seeks to awaken the entire colonization army and wreak havoc on our Earth. X-COM will be doing the needful here as well, saving Earth from these evil colonial aliens!

X-COM: Apocalypse: Alien interference seems to have broken socio-physical fabric of human lifestyle in the last remaining mega-city on Earth. As X-COM prepares to covertly investigate this matter, an unknown danger rears its head.

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X-COM: Interceptor: With the depletion of the Earth’s natural resources, corporations and humanity take to the stars. However an old adversary has put a stop to human expansion in the resource rich Frontier region. Command battleships and manage resources in this strategy game!

X-COM: Enforcer: As a 3rd person shooter, this game stands out from the rest of the X-COM roost. As an X-COM special soldier an Enforcer battle hordes of alien invaders with your robotic suit and advanced weaponry.

Do not miss this opportunity to get the entire X-COM series on Impulse for $9.99!

Impulse Weekend Sale

Impulse, the digital distribution service of Stardock corporation has launched a major sale on Impulse. They are offering quite a cartload of games on sale with promises of more in the future. The games on offer have discounts varying from 20% to 50% off! Through Impulse’s sale, you can get Aveyond The Lost Orb, Imperium Romanium: Gold Edition, Port Royale 2, World of Goo and World War 2 Time of Wrath.

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Aveyond The Lost Orb: This old-school RPG is the third in the Orbs of Magic series and has all the nuances that make up the RPG genre including humor. This game can be yours for $6.75!

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Imperium Romanium: Gold Edition: As a governor of a Roman province, the fate of that province as well as its prosperity and fortune lies in your fingers and your mouse-clicks. As a ruler of a great Roman city, you will need to effectively manage resources, public relations and religious beliefs to prosper. Kalypso Media’s city simulator can be yours for $13.60

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Port Royale 2: Controlling and establishing a port in the 17th century Caribbean is no joke. Ascaron’s economic simulator has been well received as being friendly to even those who dislike the genre. This game can be yours for $9.99

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World of Goo: Controlling lovable little balls of goo that instantly stick to each other and become structures that obey the laws of physics, World of Goo is an instantly gratuitous puzzle game that reaches across age-groups. Nothing short of awesome,   you can buy World of Goo for $9.97 on Impulse.

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World War 2 Time of Wrath: Set in World War II, this game is a larger version of the classic Risk and puts you in charge of an entire Allied, Commitern or Axis nation, its economic and armed resources for a grand-scale warfare simulation. Buy World War 2 Time of Wrath for $20.99!

EverQuest Starter Pack with 15 Expansions available for $2.50 on Steam

Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game the expansion of the acronym MMORPG immediately brings up the phrase World of Warcraft. Blizzard Entertainments massively popular online game evokes multitudes of emotions from its players and its haters. WoW has had two expansions with a third in the making. However, if you think of the game that defined the genre of MMORPG, it has to be EverQuest. Since its release in March 1999, the game has had sixteen expansions and is still going strong despite being an aged game. Steam has released a highly discounted starter pack of EverQuest for the jaw-dropping price of $2.50 for its 10th anniversary!

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Though the graphics have deteriorated visibly, the game still retains its inherent playability (as seen by the vast amounts of people still playing this game) and with frequent expansion packs, this is Sony Online Entertainment’s cash cow. Nevertheless with twenty new zones and a 30-day free subscription to an EverQuest account, this is by far the best deal on EverQuest in quite a long time.

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The monthly subscription for EverQuest is $14.99 and will be charged after the 30-day free subscription expires. There are also two unique non-tradable items available for Steam buyers the Rusty Steam Valve and the Shroud of Steam. Talk about puns!

Buy the EverQuest Starter Pack from Steam for $2.50.

Sniper Elite Available for $2 on Steam

Steam seems intent on selling its half-decent games for dirt-cheap prices just so that people like me would just buy it and give it a try because $2 doesn’t hurt. Sniper Elite is a very realistic sniping game. Set in Berlin at the end of World War II, you play as a covert OSS Sniper intent on guarding Germany’s nuclear secrets from the Russians. This massively long game (you need a lot of patience) can be yours for $2 on Steam until the 22nd of March!

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This elite game from Rebellion converts you into a sniper with totally realistic gameplay mechanics such as wind speed, breathing rate, gravity and bullet ballistics. With a first-person camera for shooting and third-person movement camera, this game creeps you out with its long-drawn maps and speedy conclusions after painfully slow preparation.

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Though the graphics are dated and the game did not fare too well when it was released, the $2 price tag is tempting.

Buy Sniper Elite on Steam for $2.

Total Annihilation on Impulse for $9.99

When Cavedog Entertainment created Total Annihilation in 1997, little did they know that they will be paving the way for games such as Supreme Commander, the development of the Spring engine and the entire 3D strategy genre altogether. Yes, Atari’s Total Annihilation was the first 3D top-down strategy game and runs fine in any resolution even now. The best thing about the Impulse release is that they will be releasing the game, the Core Contingency expansion and will be adding support for the multiplayer aspect as well as incorporating Impulse Reactor and other fan-made releases into the official release. The following line from Stardock pretty much sums it up.

In other words, we’re treating Total Annihilation similarly to a newly released title with ongoing updates wherever possible.

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The graphics are an eyesore but it does not matter if you really like the genre. The community for this really old game is still going strong with fan-made mods and additions. The Spring engine was a spin-off open source engine powering a great number of Total Annihilation mods and a few non-TA games as well.

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You can grab Total Annihilation on Impulse for $9.99 and get in on the action immediately. if you are still unsure, you can download the demo and play it. Get ready to experience total warfare!

Deus Ex and Hitman Series Bundle Sale on Steam – What to Buy?

If you are still undecided on which game to purchase in the Steam sale, have a look at this post!

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For those who do not know anything about these games, I’d recommend Deus Ex, considering the fact that it is one of the greatest games of all time. Play it, soak in the story, and traverse a world full of gritty references, conspiracies and unmatched gameplay. I’d go as for to comment on the fact that many of today’s choice-based and storyline-focused FPSs have taken an idea from Deus Ex in one form or another. For its time, this game was unimaginably complex and full of rich characters and interactions. Its sequel, Deus Ex: Invisible War tried to continue the setting of the Deus Ex, but did not exceed its predecessor’s success. However, Invisible War has far more branching points than the previous game and has a non-linear gameplay that is still rich and fulfilling to play.

The tactical shooter Hitman: Codename 47 spawned a huge fan following and a movie to boot. Though the movie was nothing special, the series is. Playing as a contract killer, gamers are to murder a variety of people with realistic weapons and settings. With enough reality in it to make anyone know a little bit of the enigmatic world of assassins akin to those in the James Bond universe, the Hitman series is a great gift for those who like spy thrillers and conspiracies of secret organizations that send trained assassins to change the course of world history. Hitman: Silent Assassin and Hitman: Blood Money take the gameplay forward as you guide Codename 47 around the world in a variety of missions.

Do tell us which package or game you bought and how you liked them!

Toki Tori Available for $2.45 on Steam

The adorable little platformer Toki Tori is now available on Steam for an unprecedented 50% off. The original price was $4.99, but Steam decided that the price would not make many users buy it. Why this unique blend of platforming and puzzle was not known to many people is a mystery, for the indie game is brilliant and worth every bit of the money you spend on it. This sale is only for a limited time and only on Steam.

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In Toki Tori, players will have to fetch an egg in every level that is richly created in HD graphics. The twist in this seemingly innocuous game description introduces the puzzle genre; players will have to use a variety of tools to achieve the goal of fetching the egg. With names such as Freeze-o-matic and Telewarp, one can only guess at how unique the game would be!

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With 80 levels spread across 4 worlds, this game will keep anyone occupied for hours. With sales such as these, Steam is definitely promoting the indie game scene and also letting gamers know about the wonderful world of indie gaming. Do spend that little amount to help the developers and have a go at a fresh gaming experience! Buy Toki Tori on Steam now!