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AI War and Its Expansion for 50% Off on Steam

There is something to be said about this labor of love. Christopher Park founded Arcen Games and went on to make AI War: Fleet Command which is one of the most unique space-strategy games out there. It is a space-based 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) strategy game which is mostly RTS (Real Time Strategy) with elements of a TBS (Turn Based Strategy). As a grand game that takes away the pressure of micromanagement from the players and focuses on the underlying strategy instead. So instead of working with each and every one of the 90,000 units that this game is reported to support at a single time, you will work like the admiral you are flanking, debilitating and using guerilla tactics against your enemy.

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This entire week, the game will be up for sale on Steam for $9.99!

AI War: Fleet Command was a hit. So Arcen Games decided to push ahead with an expansion! AI Wars: The Zenith Remnant added a huge number of features to an already awesome game with Core ships, ancient alien artifacts and moody Dyson Spheres. Being a game full of consequences and no competitive multiplayer (you fight the AI and only the AI, hence the name) this massive expansion pack is also on sale on Steam for $4.99 this week!

If you are still not convinced, check this trailer from Gametrailers for AI War: Fleet Command!

All Quake Games – 50% Off on Steam!

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There are first person shooters, and then there’s Quake. This game shattered lives as much as it shattered the barriers of gameplay. This spawn of evil enslaved gamers and took away their time and lives before the World of Warcraft’s virtual daddy was even born. It brought together the phrases shoot em upand whole new level gamingin the same sentence and if there was a truer sentence, I have yet to read it. Now, Valve has opened up its vaults and is offering the entire Quake series from the original right up to Quake III Team Arena at the mind-boggling price of $14.99. If you consider yourself a fanatic, this is your time to exhibit your fanaticism.

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Quake: Haven’t I told you enough about this already? Off you go to buy it! Also, Steam is selling Quake’s Mission Packs one and two for $2.49 apiece. You should buy those as well.

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Quake II: Landing on an alien surface, you find that your crew of hundreds was reduced to a handful. Sounds familiar? Well, it was not clichéd back then so you will stop cringing and start playing. The Ground Zero and The Reckoning Mission Packs are also available in this package.

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Quake III Arena: My tryst with the Quake series began with this game. It definitely did siphon off afternoons and evenings and nights and sometimes, the early dawns of my life. I do remember that at the highest difficulty level, Xaero was a cheater. Team Arena added five different factions that you could play as. However, Red vs. Blue was all I ever knew and all I ever want to know!

Buy the Quake complete package on Steam for $14.99.

Worms Reloaded Beta Signups Open

More Worminess! (Or was it Wormsishness?) Worms Reloaded’s Steam community is bustling with activity. Yes, this is in relation to the cryptic Beta signup that we talked about a couple of days ago. Yes, it is a closed beta and yes you need to do something to get into it. What precisely do you have to do to get in on it?

The Team 17 admin has posted clear cut instructions in the community post:-

If you want to be in with a chance to join the Beta ranks all you need to do is send an email to [email protected] with the subject Worms Reloaded Beta Test.
You then need to include in the email your Steam ID and what country you are from. And that’s it.

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Do remember that your Steam ID is NOT the same as your Steam username. If you do not know what your Steam ID is, simply go to Steamcalculator, put in your username and your Steam ID will come up on the screen. Do remember that you need to be a member of the Worms Reloaded Steam community to get in on this beta. Moreover, the signups will close by tomorrow 1:24 PM IST! So do send that email fast!

Have fun playing it guys!

5 Great Apogee Games on Impulse.

The name Apogeeor 3D Realmsis synonymous with Duke Nukem Forever and thus is also known as troubled. The publisher/developer has quite a few great games under its belt and also that one biting wound of Duke Nukem Forever. Nevertheless, I remember Apogee vividly for it was their games that I played first when the first home computer was bought in our house. Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein 3D, Bio Menace, Commander Keen ah, those were the days. Now Impulse is selling 5 great Apogee games for $5.99 apiece. Yes, Rise of the Triad, Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold and Planet Strike, and of course Duke Nukem 3D and Duke Nukem: Manhatten Project can be yours at that great price! Also, the blurbs on Impulse are so yesteryear that in today’s context they sound very funny!

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Here is a glance at the awesome games of yesteryear!

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Rise of the Triad: As part of the High-risk United Nations Taskforce (HUNT) you must stop this maniac evil cult leader from killing millions of people. In this game, you can look both up and down, up to 45 degrees, to see what is above and below!! Wow! Yes, sir, this is 20 Megabytes of explosive graphics, animations, music and digitized sounds!that you can play with your friends over IPX!!

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Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold: With a title like that I am expecting nothing more but sheer awesomeness from this title. As Dr. Pyrus Goldfire’s main enemy, Blake Stone must find a way to stop his maniacal plan of… doing stuff. With Adlib & Sound Blaster support (FM and digitized sound effects, IN STEREO!)and diminishing lighting effectsthis game is an audio-visual extravaganza!

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Blake Stone: Planet Strike: It’s the 22nd century. British military agent Blake Stone is called again to save humanity from some other perilous peril. With a Real-time Automap, I can only dream of how great this game would have been when it was released!

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Duke Nukem 3D: C’mon, do you really need a descriptive paragraph on Duke Nukem? Where were you all these years?

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Duke Nukem Manhatten Project: Total Mutant Mayhem? Oh yeah, totally! Insane action and a rich 3D world to fight in, this game was pretty close to awesome when it was released. Buy it now!

So, which games did you buy in the Impulse Apogee catalog?

Galcon Coming to the iPad

Indie gaming + true cross-platform multiplayer + casual strategy = MegaAwesomeWin (MAW). If you did not buy the Indie Game pack on Steam that I told you about a few thousand years ago, then you have made a grave mistake. Well, guess what? Phil Hassey, the maker of the Galcon games, has had an iPhone version for quite some time now (from where the desktop Galcon and Galcon Fusion evolved from, if I am not mistaken) and has been working on an iPad version.

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Galcon fusion is a space-strategy game in which you control planets that produce triangular ships that can be used to conquer other planets. A very simple setting with a variety of different modes and fast-paced multiplayer action that forces you to make split-second decisions make this game a must buy for anyone who is looking for casual strategy. If you are going to own an iPad in the future, this game will also feature cross-platform support!

In his own words:-

Even more exciting news is that Galcon Fusion is coming to the iPad!   This means that Galcon will be the first truly cross-platform real time multiplayer strategy game for the iPad. Players will be able to share the same servers with people using PC, Mac, and Linux.   The iPad version of Galcon is shaping up to be the perfect hybrid between desktop Galcon and iPhone Galcon, with larger maps, more options, up to 12 players per server, hi-def graphics, and other features before available only on the desktop version, yet also featuring the unique touch screen interface and multi-touch capabilities of the iPhone

If there was a time when I’d actually appreciate the iPad for what it is, it would be now. This is nothing short of awesome!

Steam Web Store Totally Looks Like Steam Client Store

I apologize if you did not get the slight Twitter-ish pun in the title. It was very subtle. Anyway, on to the point the Steam store that you access via your web-browser looks exactly like the Steam store you access from the client, complete with auto-buffering muted video  {Not anymore. See Updated news}  (at least on my Chrome). Ugh.

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This is the website on the browser now…

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…and this is the store on the Steam client.

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As well as the irritating auto-play option.

Why would Valve do such a thing, especially when users absolutely hated auto-play?

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Well, it sure seems like Valve saw this post OR somehow it recognized my browser as a Steam client. Either way, everything’s back to normal now.

3D Gaming With Asus G51J 3D Gaming Notebook, Launched in India

Yesterday Asus launched the Asus  G51J laptop which is the first of its kind in India. This laptop is specially built for gaming though, it is not just another power packed laptop. This one from Asus is a 3D laptop which comes with Nvidia Stereoscopic display enabled.
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The 3D glasses that come with the laptop has a wide range infrared emitter to convert just any video or game into 3D. The video is rendered at full resolution and delivers a  1080p HD video at full 120 Hz.

The laptop is currently available in two models: Asus G51JX-1X110V and Asus G51JX-IX206V. The first one features a 4 GB DDR3 whereas the second one has a 8 GB DDR3. Both the laptops feature a 1 GB DDR3 Graphics memory. The maximum storage capacities for the laptops are 360 GB and 500 GB respectively.

Both the laptops feature a 15.6 inch full HD LED display. The processor powering the laptops is a Quad Core 1.6 GHz Core i7 with up to 2.8 GHz. Apart from that it features a 2 MP camera, DVD Combo drive, HD 3D Audio with Altec Lansing laptop speakers and other gaming accessories.

The launch price for the laptop is Rs. 99,000 exclusive of taxes.

Kalypso’s Strategy Collection on Sale on GOG.com 50% off!

Ah, those were the days when I used to call up my friends and discuss strategies involving the demolition of a German-controlled dam. Yes, I am speaking of the Commandos games tactical strategy at its finest. There were no scarce resources to be worried about, nor were there buildings to construct and units to train. There were your commandos, and there was the mission and the enemies surrounding it. It was sheer brilliance. Now, GOG.com is selling the Commandos as well as other great strategy titles from publisher Kalypso Media Digital for a whopping 50% off. If you buy a single game separately, you get a 30% discount nothing short of awesome!

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Commandos Ammo Pack: Strategy? Ha, Commandos players will laugh in the face of the current strategy. Nothing was more challenging as religiously studying the enemy’s movements, strategizing and executing the entire orchestra in one swift and brutal swoop. Yet, nothing was more satisfying. As the commander of an elite troop of commandos deep behind enemy lines, your missions were of sabotage, skullduggery and assassination. This is one of the best tactical strategies set in World War II that I have ever played. Buy it!

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Commandos 2+3: With advancements in graphics, Pyro Studios did not forget about gameplay. Commandos 2 packed the same amount of cunning and challenge as its predecessor did. However, Commandos 3 did not quite live up to expectations with its control problems. Nevertheless they are both excellent games.

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Imperial Glory: Europe is yours for the taking in this time of strife. Do what it takes to gain Imperial glory as you build, maintain and dominate empires. With all the elements of strategy thrown in for good measure, this is a great game by Pyro Studios.

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Port Royale: ASCARON’s pirate game was in many ways similar to Sid Meier’s Pirates! but had a little more economy management and less action. With 4 different timelines based on real historical events, this game had quite a lot of piracy involved (no puns intended) when it was released.

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Praetorians: The Roman Empire, the battlefields of Egypt, Gaul minus Asterix and Italy during the Crusades. The Praetorians has all this and much more as you prepare yourself for a war of domination during the tumultuous times of the Roman Empire.

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The Patrician 1+2: Do not like battles and warfare? Well, The Patrician games are just for you. Two great trading sims set in the backdrop of the Hanseatic League, maritime trade is your profession and piracy and diplomacy are your weapons!

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Tropico Reloaded: Political sim? Ah, yes! Tropico was the definitive political simulation game as you controlled your Caribbean banana republic. Fight poverty, rebellions and the occasional urge to rip away your computer in frustration as a tropical storm hits your shores as you play this game!

Buy the Kalypso strategy collection on GOG.com!

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.

GOG.com To Release Classic Atari Games on its Portal

GOG.com has been featured quite prominently around this site and with good reason. Good Old Games, the brainchild of CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski, sells DRM-free classics of yesteryear at two price brackets – $5.99 and $9.99 (or sometimes free). It also has a thriving community that is dedicated to the games it plays and is not concerned with petty fanboy disputes (mostly).

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GOG.com has been adding more and more publishers since its inception with Majesco, Ubisoft and Activision joining the ranks of GOG.com. Now Atari has signed a deal with the service and will be entering the family in April. According to the site’s twitter feed, there will possibly be 10 games from Atari adorning the catalog of GOG.com.

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There were the necessary floating teasers that are always followed by something really big where it concerns GOG.com (duh). Well, frankly speaking, I did not expect it to be this big. I do not know how I am going to survive April with so much of temptation on GOG.com! To save money for birthday or not. How about one of you guys gifting me Icewind Dale (if it is one of the 10 games) for my birthday?