Archive for the ‘Downloadable Content’ Category

TF2 Update Is Live, Rather Fantastic

August 14, 2009

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The final day of the TF2 update news has come and gone, and so the update has been released. The last bit of news told us that we would be getting a CTF version of Sawmill, the inclusion of CP_Yukon from the community as an official map, and many new features and fixes. Hit the read more bit under this to find the full changelog, and stay tuned for some impressions of after-update play.

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TF2 Update News Day 2 – King of the Hill arrives.

August 13, 2009

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The Team Fortress 2 Update continues, with a new game mode announced today alongside a new map. The new game mode is King of the Hill – a multiplayer mode which is surely familiar to anybody who plays multiplayer FPS games. Essentially, one team takes hold of a point, and has to stop the other team from taking it away from them. There’s a timer of three minutes which counts down for the duration of your teams’ occupation of the point, and the same for the other team. Essentially, the first teams’ timer to reach zero wins.

With this news comes the announcement of a new map, this time set in a snowy setting, specifically designed for the new mode along with the arena maps Sawmill and Nucleus which have been modified for the new mode.

TF2 Update Inbound, Hats Are The New Old Hats

August 12, 2009

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It doesn’t seem long since the mighty Sniper vs. Spy update, but apparently Valve have decided to shake things up again with a new ‘classless’ update for Team Fortress 2. What that essentially means is that the update will have no specific class in mind – and therefore all classes will get something nifty. The first day of update news is up, and we can be expecting 18 new hats and a new Arena level to be arriving with the update. We’ll keep you posted with the next few days of news.

Foreign Legion: Buckets Of Blood Review

August 5, 2009

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Well here’s an odd little distraction – Foreign Legion: Buckets of Blood arrived on Steam yesterday. I’d not heard anything about it, but the cheap price of £5.24 (25% off the normal price) and the rather nice simplistic art style persuaded me to drop the money and give it a go. Obviously, from the Steam description it wasn’t going to be the most subtle of games, but was it worth the money?

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Competition Result: Somebody Won!

August 1, 2009

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Who saw that coming? Yes, somebody has won the coveted £40 worth of Steam games! We asked you folks to send us your favourite experiences in games in interesting ways, and you certainly didn’t disappoint. We received all sorts of entries, including songs, pictures and anecdotes, but ultimately there can only be one winner – and the name of that person is…

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Fancy Winning Some Steam Games? Get Off Your Lazy Arse And Enter!

July 22, 2009
No, I have not improved the banner.

No, I have not improved the banner.

We’re coming up to the last week of the Steam competition that we’ve been running, so if anyone has been holding back on entering because they can’t be arsed, or have been preparing something particularly spectacular, make sure to get in your entries by midnight on SlappyBag Day (also known as 31st July in some cultures). The competition is quite close at the moment, and with time running out your last minute entry could make all the difference.

Like reading about our adventures in EVE, GTA IV, Oblivion and STALKER? You can live them too if you win this prize, as all these games are available on Steam. The prize is a full £40 of Steam Games, the specific game choices are up to you. All you have to do is tell us about your favourite experience in a game in an interesting or amusing manner, and you could be walking away with pretty much any game from the Steam catalogue, or a whole array of cheaper ones! Get your entries in to contact [at] thoughtshake [dot] com!

Read the full Terms and Conditions over at the original post.

LucasArts Does The Sensible Thing By Selling It’s Games

July 7, 2009

It’s about bloody time this happened. I saw this news a little while ago, but of course forgot all about posting it on here. The basic story is that LucasArts, who for years have attempted to make all their old classic games as difficult to buy as possible, have suddenly decided to give making money another chance and dump their back catalogue onto Steam. There aren’t any majorly exciting announcements yet – there’s no Grim Fandango, Monkey Island (although the remake is being released on the 15th) or X-Wing on the list, for example – but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. The full list is:

  • Armed and Dangerous
  • Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure
  • LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure
  • LOOM
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Republic Commando
  • Star Wars Starfighter
  • The Dig
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails

They’ll be available on Steam from tomorrow, with the promise of ‘more to come’. All this makes me think that these’d be the perfect thing for someone to want to win in our Big Ass Steam Games Competition.

NEOTOKYO° Half-Life 2 Mod Released

July 5, 2009

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I’m a couple of days late with this, but of course with things like this it’s much better late than never. NEOTOKYO° has been one of my most highly anticipated Half-Life 2 mods for quite a while now, behind only things like the fabled Black Mesa: Source, so it’s with great joy that I bring the news that it has finally been released. I’m afraid that I’ve not played it yet, so I can’t vouch for the gameplay, but it looks incredible and sounds like once you get the hand of the tactical gameplay it’ll be a blast. The mod is a tactical multiplayer game, with plenty of maps, weapons, night vision, thermal vision etc, so if you’re an arcade type this might not be for you. Everyone else (and those who are doubtful) should give it a go though. You can read more about the mod on the teams’ website or ModDB page, the latter containing download links.

Win! Steam Games Worth £40!

June 29, 2009
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As you can see, we are the kings of exciting banners.

Ever wished that somebody would offer to buy you games from every-body’s favourite digital distribution platform? Ever thought that it would be neat if you could ‘compete’ against others to ‘win’ that ‘prize’? We’re introducing a novel idea called a ‘competition’ in which one lucky person who cares to enter (that’s UK, US and anywhere else that Steam operates) can win up to £40 of games from Steam.

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Battlefield Heroes: Out Now For No Money, Unless You Want A New Hat

June 25, 2009

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I’d forgotten that Battlefield Heroes hadn’t already been released, what with me having been in the beta since the game first went into closed beta, but now it’s been released for the subservient oiks that trundle around the lower ground of the internet. That means you. It’s free-to-play but not free-to-buy-hats, which means if you’re serious about customising your character (and you should be, it’s one of the game’s most redeeming features), you’ll need to pay money. Anyway, Go! Play! (Even if the game doesn’t interest you in the slightest, follow the link purely for the video. It’s awesome.)