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D2D Deal of the Week: Hammerfight 50% off

Hammerfight in one line is a Steampunk game featuring mouse-dependant fighting controls of a gyrocopter with dangling weapons from an indie Russian developer. Well, this line does not say much, but with a little bit of explanation, I’m sure you will understand what this is all about.

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Hammerfight is a Steampunk game: A subgenre of SF and alternate history, with fictional inventions and outlandish technology that runs off steam. Think Wild Wild West and you have steampunk. This 2D game features the typical iron-made gyrocopters that you fly around in a dense, if a little low-res backgrounds.

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Hammerfight has a gyrocopter with dangling weapons that are controlled by the mouse: Realistic physics merged with fantasy was done best in Trine, and Hammerfight aims to do the same with flying iron houses with weapons that are handled by the mouse. The extent to which you move your mouse and hit the target governs the amount of damage given so frantic sideway motions with the mouse are commonplace in this game and can be said to be the essence that defines the game. And it does so excellently.

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Hammerfight is an indie game from Russia: Konstantin Koshutin developed this game under KranX Productions and scored. This beautiful game, reminiscent of the classic top-down shooters with a twist is highly worth it for $9.99.

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However since this is a deal post, I guess you are waiting for the deal price. Well, over at Direct2Drive, this game is selling at the 50% off price of $4.99, DRM-free. That is a sweet deal, if you ask me!

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Nevertheless, if you wish to try a demo before buying this game with about 50 weapons, breakable objects, great art and setting with a story to boot, head over to Steam for the free demo!

Total War Mega Pack 66% Off on Steam

Seeing how Valve’s digital distribution site Steam ropes in buyers with constant sales, it is no surprise as the five huge Total War games (the huge here is redundant the Total War series is known for its scale). Where other strategy games scale down units and squads, this game makes no compromise on the matter. Command armies and send them to decimate fortresses and battle in the open for dominion over the region. With Empire, Medieval II and Rome, this combination pack of games is a great deal for $20.39 till the 15th of February.

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The games included are:-

Empire: Total War: Command legions of men in the 18th century for colonial domination. This is one of the highest rated Total War games and can also be bought standalone for $10.19. If you have the rest of the games, buy this for it is an experience to play.

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Medieval II: Total War: Ever wanted to direct an epic battle featuring 10,000 soldiers on an epic battleground? This is the closest you can get to the huge scenarios involving the Middle-East, Africa, Asia and the New World as you rewrite the history of the world!

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Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms: The expansion to the previous game, this one does what it is supposed to expands countries, territories and units to fulfill all your cravings for more war!

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Rome: Total War Gold: Conquer the Roman empire and crush the barbarians, or seize the Roman empire with your barbaric hordes. Epic has been an oft-repeated adjective for this series!

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Rome: Total War Alexander: An expansion to Rome: Total War Gold this tantalizing game allows you to create the humungous Alexandrian Empire from Macedonia to the borders of India. Play as the Persians, Greeks or Indians in this expansion!

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This entire package, usually priced at $59.99 is available to you at the price of $20.39 only on Steam until the 15th of February! So hurry!

Direct2Drive Launches Valentine’s Day Games Sale

You have to accept that Be My Bloody Valentineis a kick-ass name for a gamers’ Valentine’s day sale. Yes, IGN’s digital distribution house Direct2Drive has launched an amazing value sale of great games with up to 75% off. This sale includes seven acclaimed games that have found true love in the hands of their fans. The gaming deals on display are varied and will have something for everyone include that special Valentine for whom you can buy these games!

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Fallout 3 GotY Edition: The acclaimed wasteland RPG from Bethesda is the best game released in its year. The Game of the Year edition contains the original game and the DLC packs of Operation Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout and the latest Mothership Zeta. All this for the 75% off price of $24.95!

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Assassin’s Creed Director’s Cut: The beautiful and sinister world that Altair roams can now be yours for $24.95 as well! Experience the political tension sweeping through the third crusades in 1191 AD and take out your enemies in style.

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Prey: For a price of $3.95 this FPS caters to a whole new dynamic of wall-walking and gravity-defying stunts as you try to combat a living alien spaceship that devours humans for lunch. Experience the battle to regain your health as you walk through death and command the spirits of your ancestors to guide you through the spaceship.

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Europa Universalis III Complete: The complete strategy collection of Napoleanic wars waged through diplomacy, trade, warfare and exploration can be yours for $7.50 only this week!

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The Void: This beautiful indie game combines elements of Myst (vaguely) with Color your one resource in the entirety of the game. You have to draw your way through this game with different colors that act as your health/mana/armor everything! Get this huge game for the price of just $5.

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Devil May Cry 4: Love hack ‘n’ slash games? Think Dante is the coolest gaming character ever? Well, here’s your chance to carry forward Capcom’s series of games that overflow with stylish fighting and uber-cool graphics. Just for $14.95!

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Fort Zombie: This DRM free game is made in the casual-RPG style set in a zombie invasion scenario. The game involves gathering supplies and gearing a single building for defense and spend the night defending it from zombies! This can be yours for just $2.50!

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Command & Conquer Tiberian Sun Released for Free

The Command & Conquer series of games have always been pet games of the strategic gaming crowd. Truth to be said there was nothing more satisfying than a sneaky and stealthy Nod victory over those bumbling GDI forces (although I have had my share of defeats in the hands of berserk GDI commanders who eliminated my long-range guns before I got to build my SAMs). Ah, those were the days! However, you can now indulge in the nostalgia of three great C&C games downloaded straight from EA’s website! Yes, while Red Alert was launched for free to mark the 13th anniversary, and Tiberian Dawn was released a few years ago for free as well, as of yesterday the 12th of February 2010, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun has become free to download from EA’s website! And did I mention that you will be getting the Firestorm expansion free as well? I guess I did not!

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Without further ado, here is the sort of intro you would get behind the boxes if you had picked it up a few years ago:-

THE BATTLE FOR THE FUTURE HAS BEGUN!

Set in the early 21st century, Tiberian Sun once again pits the Global Defense Initiative against the Brotherhood of Nod in a struggle for control of the planet. With an epic storyline that unfolds as play progresses, players learn the reasons behind the worldwide outbreak of Tiberium and what happened to the notorious Nod leader Kane, who was presumed dead at the end of the first Command & Conquer.

KANE IS DEAD. A NEW ENEMY HAS EMERGED.

It’s time to head up the Firestorm task force. Nod’s experiments have unknowingly released a horde of cybernetic nightmares upon the world. As GDI and Nod scramble to save themselves, they realize their only salvation lies in the unthinkable.

All of this makes me want to act like Invader Zim and let out an evil laugh of world domination!

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As Kane would say: The Tiberian Sun has risen!

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Download Tiberian Sun and Firestorm from EA’s website and make sure to follow the installation instructions!

Mount & Blade On Offer This Weekend on Steam. 80% Off

For all you The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion players would it kill you to play a very realistic medieval game where you are encouraged to play the game without saving (except before quitting) and take the entire game for what it is full of ups and downs? Well, Mount & Blade is that game. Though it does not boast of the beauty that was Oblivion’s engine, it comes pretty close to perfection with its high degree of realism and open-world system (well what did you think the references to Oblivion were for?) Yes indeed, you are dropped suddenly into the world of Calradia, with its own set of warring nations, bandits and independent towns who will either hate you or love you as you progress through the myriad quests that you take up and complete on horseback. Yes, the name (though bland) is spot-on. It allows you to fight on horseback a sort of one-up on Oblivion where you are forced to get off a horse to wage war. And this game is available at the unprecedented price of $4.99 on Steam.

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One of the best things about this game is the amount of attention paid to detail and the flexibility given to you. For hardcore RPG fans, this is exactly what they would be looking for if they do not like fantasy or science fiction. Firmly set in the Dark Ages (or so), you can either be a fighter with skills ranging from the sword and shield to bows, crossbows, axes and the Knightly polearm(!) or a tactical commander with an army behind you or an armored merchant selling exotic wares and fending off fiendish bandits! And you will be part of very realistic wars where infantry will be cut through by cavalry which in turn will be pummeled by spears a la Braveheart. The customization is very detailed, as mentioned before. The following screenshot will tell you just how much of detail goes into making your character’s face!

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So, still in two minds? Have a look at the screenshots below and read a couple of reviews. If you are a medieval era fan, this game will enhance those memories of the Age of Empires and Total War games in a comfortable third-person perspective.

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Get Mount & Blade this weekend only on Steam for $4.99

How Much Does It Cost To Develop a Video Game?

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Creating high quality video games for modern consoles and PCs is a tough job. Churning out the latest ultra-realistic chartbuster requires hundreds of people working behind the scene for thousands of hours. So exactly, how much does it cost to develop a video game?

M2 Research analyzed the condition of the gaming industry in 2009 and found that development costs for the current generation consoles have soared. While, prior consoles had a development cost ranging between $3 and 5 million per platform, the average costs for modern consoles are around $10 million for one platform and $18-$28 million for multiple platforms.

Casual and social games obviously have a lower development cost. Development cost for most of these games (having a development cycle of 6 months) is between $30k and $300k. Mobile and iPhone games cost even less, generally in the range of $5k – $20K per title.

While chartbusters like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 raked in billions of dollars, the soaring development and production costs represent a huge risk. As a result most newcomers are focusing on being smart about choosing their target audience and ensuring a good ROI (return on investment).

50% Off on Dirt 2, Dawn of War 2, Company of Heroes

Steam, one of the leading digital distribution channels for Games, is known to shower on some pretty awesome deals every now and then. This weekend is no different, for Steam has the following deals going on:

Direct2Drive and Impulse are also on the weekend deal bandwagon, offering Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II at 50% off ($19.95   instead of the usual $39.95 at Direct2Drive) and Company of Heroes: Gold Edition at 50% off ( $14.99 instead of the usual $29.99 for at Impulse Driven ).

So folks, hurry up and get those games you wanted at bargain prices while you can!

Happy Weekend, everyone!

SuperGamer: World’s first Dual Layer Live DVD

SuperGamer is the world’s first Dual Layer Live DVD, and is fully focused on games. This Live DVD has some of the world’s most awesome games like Quake 4, UT 2004, Doom 3 and others, packed into a single DVD, ready to use anytime. This marks a major development as no Live DVD has been made on a Dual Layer DVD earlier, that too specially tailored for games only, and etter still on Linux.

This DVD has been built on Linux and has many variants to chose from:

  • Supreme Super Gamer with the world’s first Live DVD.
  • Supreme Super Package with almost all the games the DVD manufacturer had to offer.
  • SuperGamer-VL2 MID-LAPTOP focused specially on Laptops.

This is just a stripped down list. Out of all these, most are available for download at On Disk or through torrents. But, Supreme Super Package is only available for a price. It is not free to download.

The download size , is huge and the torrent download will take a much longer time. The DVD used PCLinuxOS earlier which has been replaced by VectorLinux now. The Live DVD is highly customized and is Linux native. It has a good future as a Live DVD dedicated to Linux games.

The total size of the Live DVD is 7.8 GB, and it is available through the download page at SuperGamer.

Crayon Physics Deluxe Going the “Pay What You Want” Way

The highly addictive and enthralling physics-based sandbox puzzle game (phew those were a lot of adjectives!) Crayon Physics Deluxe is having a different kind of sale to celebrate its birthday. Until the 15th of January, Crayon Physics Deluxe will be on sale for a price of $WhateverYouWant. That’s right, pay as much as you want for this one of a kind game until the 15th of January. Instead of a couple of screenshots to demonstrate just how unique this game is, I think it would be better if I just added a video detailing how different this game truly is.

This game features very realistic (and awesome!) physics just draw what you want to send the ball towards the star. It also has a built-in level editor, apart from 70 levels in the main game. This one is a boon for all creative people who wish to incite and ignite their imagination using just your mouse (or in case you have a tablet PC, the pen).

Techie Buzz recommends a price of $4.99 for this game. Do not hesitate, readers, just thank them and wish them a very happy birthday!

Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter 66% Off

Serious Sam is anything but serious. This old school arcade-style shooter set a new bar when it came to using clichéd situations, storylines and hilariously odd enemies. While the original itself was wildly popular and enjoyed (or I daresay still enjoys) a huge fan following, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter is the revamped High Definition version of the classic beautifully rendered in the Serious 3 engine. So, while the entire game feels pretty and lush with texture, the same frantic mayhem and on-screen action will greet players.

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As Sam SeriousStone, you are sent back to ancient Egypt to, uh, kill things. The story is, to put it mildly, unimportant. What is is the amount of crazies you have to face off against with guns, guns, some more guns, and finally a lot of other guns. How these guns came to be in ancient Egypt, you ask me? I really don’t care! It is freakishly hilarious and must be enjoyed without giving leeway to such questions!

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Steam is releasing this great new revamp for $6.79 for this weekend only. If you like first person shooters with a lot of gore and action, this one is definitely for you.

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A word of warning, this game is rated M for Mature (18+) and is absolutely, frantically mindless.

Quake Running on Palm Pre

If you grew up on video gaming, there is a very high chance that you might have already played Quake 1 on your PC. If not, the Quake series is a highly addictive FPS and team game created by ID Software. Quake 1 was released on June 22, 1996 and was quite a rage when it was released?

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So why are we writing about a game, which  is almost 15 years old? For the simple reason that Quake 1 was ported to be played on Palm Pre, yes the phone.

Take a look at the video below to see a brief teaser of Quake 1 being played on a Palm Pre after the jump.

TrackMania Nations Forever Released for Free by Steam

As a kid, if you ever liked racing cars on crazy tracks that you either built or bought, TrackMania Nations: Forever is the game built specifically for you by a full-blown development studio. And oh, it is completely free.

Before you delve into considering how bad this game might be (since it is free), here are a few screenshots that might set the tone for the rest of this post-

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These are rendered in-game. These are not cutscenes.

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Yep, that is what you will be racing in. That huge track completely built for you with realistic physics and beautiful shadows. There are 64 more tracks like these for you to race in, not to mention a track-editor that allows for virtually unlimited fan-made tracks. There is a built-in video editor that allows you to capture and edit your races to show the rest of the world how well you drive, or that impossible stunt that you pulled off. These can easily be shared with your friends online and you can challenge them to beat your times as well!

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But of course, there are a few limitations the solo mode is completely time-trial so the only way you can compete with other cars is online (which is pretty robust with solo points and ladders). There is only one car available for you; however the skinning options are unlimited as you can customize your car to your heart’s content with the built in skin editor.

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This is a game that challenges you with quick reflexes and strategic driving over better/faster cars that you can buy. With a good set of online features, eye-popping graphics and brilliant physics and most importantly, intelligently designed tracks and unlimited customization this game is one of the best free games released! If you think you are up to the challenge, download the game for free from either the homepage or Steam and get set, go!

Guitar Hero World Tour Game Only for $14.55 [Gaming Deals]

Guitar Hero is a highly addictive and interesting game. I remember playing it at my friend’s place and having the fun of my life. If you are a fan of the game, you can buy a copy of the Guitar Hero World Tour game for only $14.55, that is a $34.44 discount and eligible for free shipping if you purchase items more than $25 on Amazon.

Guitar Hero World Tour Cheap Deals

You can purchase the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero World Tour for $14.55, PS3 version for $19.99 and Nintendo Wii version for $25.46. Definitely worth the buy, and enjoy strumming those guitar strings.

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2009’s Most Pirated Games: Modern Warfare 2 Is Most Loved by Pirates Too

Call of duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been the biggest money spinner for the creators Activision. However, it is also the most pirated game for 2009, according to Torrent Freak.

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Legally, the creators have sold more than 13 million copies, however, the PC edition was also downloaded more than 4 million times illegally and the Xbox edition was downloaded around a million times, taking the total illegal downloads to more than 5 million.

Few more games were downloaded more than 2 million times for PC, they include The Sims 3, Prototype, Need for Speed Shift and Street Fighter IV. Most of the same games were also downloaded for Xbox 360.

Wii Gamers were more in love with New Super Mario Bros, which was illegally downloaded more than a million times, followed by Punch-Out and Wii Sports Resort.

Surprisingly, the most pirated games in 2009, were all released in 2009 itself. Unlike earlier years where older games were pirated more frequently.

Another interesting fact is that, the most pirated games are actually PC downloads, rather than for gaming consoles. This might be due to the recent crackdowns on cracked consoles by Microsoft.

50% Sale on Popcap Games [Gaming Deals]

Popcap Games, the creators of the most addictive games for desktop have a running 50% sale on downloadable games till 27th December 2009. The games on sale include Zuma’s Revenge, Bejeweled 2, Book Worm, Plants vs Zombies, Alchemy and more.

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Popcap Games are available for download on a PC or a Mac and iPhone. The current discount of 50% is only available for games which can be downloaded. Most games are available on sale for less than $10.

Buy Popcap Games at 50% Discount