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?

UPDATE

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.

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.

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.

Gaming Friday: Valve Games on Mac, PlayStation Move And Lot More

It has been one heck of a week for gaming enthusiasts – let’s have a quick recap on what’s been going on.

  • Ubisoft’s servers DRM servers, which are used to authenticate games like Assassin’s Creed II went down, rendering all legit users copies useless as they were unable to play the game. Ubisoft was quick to point out that the servers were down because of hackers – like paying customers are going to give a damn about why they aren’t able to play a $60 single player game without an Internet connection.
  • Mac gamers were delighted when Valve announced that all of their Source engine games, including Portal 2 would be ported over to the Mac. Pretty certain Mac gamers went ballistic after Valve’s confirmation that existing   owners will not have to purchase the games again, and the games would be native to Mac, and not emulated crap.
  • OnLive, the online gaming service which allows you to play games similar to how you can stream movies using Netflix or Hulu, announced that their service would go live on June 15.   If you have a good enough Internet connection and the $15 per month fee plus additional fees for actually owning/renting the game   doesn’t deter you, then OnLive just might be a good option.
  • Sony finally realizes that motion controlled gaming is the “in” thing, and introduces us to a rather silly named contraption, the PlayStation Move.
  • Palm announced that the awesome Unreal Engine 3 has been ported over to webOS. Wonder if will boost Palm’s fortunes significantly.
  • To round off, Steam has been having an Eidos Square Enix Deals week, and on the final day we have Batman: Arkham Asylum and Just Cause on sale at 50% off for individual games, and at 66% off for the full collection.

Happy gaming weekend, everyone!

Steam Eidos Square Enix Deals Week Day 2: Battlestations And Order of War Bundles

As mentioned earlier, Steam is featuring an Eidos Square Enix deals week. Day 2 features two Wargaming classics:   Battlestations and Order of War.

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Just like day 1

  • Each game of Battlestations and Order of War is available at 50% off.
  • Purchasing the Batlestations pack ( Battlestations: Midway and Battlestations Pacific) will result in savings of 60%
  • Purchase all the games for a whopping 66% off.

So go get these Wargaming classics while you can!

Answers to Common Questions About Team Fortress 2 on Mac

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Earlier, we had posted about Valve’s Portal 2 and other Source engine based games headed onto the Mac. Now if that wasn’t good enough news, you have lot more to be happy about. In a post explaining some of the most commonly asked questions, that they have received via email, Valve has   confirmed the following points:

  • You will not have to purchase the Mac version of Team Fortress 2, if you own the PC version. Alternatively, once the Mac version is available, purchasing it would mean that you own the PC version as well
  • Team Fortress 2 will not running under emulation, via Cider / SwiftShader /API wrappers / what not. The build will be a clean native code build running on OS X.
  • Mac and PC users will be able to play against each other simultaneously.

So Mac folks, get your gaming gear ready and warm up to frag your PC counterparts!

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!

Up To 66% off on Deus Ex And Hitman Collections

We love Steam for its awesome deals, and this week all you fans of Eidos Interactive ( now a subsidiary of Square Enix) are going to be in for a treat. Steam is featuring an Eidos Square Enix deals week, and up for sale on day one are two legendary game franchises – the Deus Ex and Hitman series.

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The deal is as follows:

  • Each game of the Deus Ex and Hitman franchise is up for sale at 50% ( $4.99 instead of the regular $9.99)
  • 60% off on Hitman and and Deus Ex game bundles.
  • Purchase all the games for a whopping 66% off.

So whatcha waiting for ? Go grab ’em bundles!