Octodad: Dadliest Catch releases Janurary 30th on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
The Playstation 4 release date has yet to be announced.
Welcome to the first article of the Retro Recall, each week, I’ll be going through different retro games, games that people loved, games that people will want to go back to because of the nostalgia. There are many reasons why I pick certain games to play. I’m beginning to be known as the sort of person who picks up different kinds of MMOs compared to the rest of the crew, here at Gamespresso. Though there is one game that I really wanted to put up here for the first Retro Recall; Red Thread Games quite recently asked people if they wanted another chapter of this series, the answer was clearly shown on Kickstarter, I myself being one of the backers, I really want a conclusion to all of this.
According to a Steam stats page, the software’s user count peaked at 7.6 million following the end of 2013. The year also brought in a healthy amount of software sales as well.
Valve’s upcoming gaming console/ PC hybrid, the ‘Steam Machine’ is set to be released next year, and is currently undergoing a beta test with 300 machines equipped with an assortment of specifications being sent out over the past few weeks to a select group of testers. With that in mind, here are a few reasons to get excited about Valve’s first venture into console gaming.
As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the
environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself.
SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen.
It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.
Valve revealed SteamOS today, attempting to bring Steam into your living room more then ever before. Although Valve hasn’t officially said when they will be releasing SteamOS, they have said the following
SteamOS will be available soon as a free download for users and as a freely licensable operating system for manufacturers. Stay tuned in the coming days for more information.
The living room is currently ruled by Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, Steam will easily wedge its way in using your existing games library to function on SteamOS.
SteamOS is also offering several features, including Family Sharing, which has a neat concept but could cause some issues for those who play games at the same time. Although it is nice to be able to access the game from your account rather then having to get login information from your family members (especially considering the new security code features) its rendered useless in the case of multi-player games, if you wish to play with each other.
In the past, sharing Steam games with your family members was hard. Now you can share the games you love with the people you love. Family Sharing allows you to take turns playing one another’s games while earning your own Steam achievements and saving your individual game progress to the Steam cloud.
Valve is also hinting at a parental control with Family Options, and has said they will be attempting to add Music, TV and Movies. although SteamOS is attempting to become a multi-media service, the main focus appears to remain on video games.
For all the information about SteamOS, check out Valve’s Official Site.
Gabe Newell, face of Valve spoke at Linux Con in New Orleans this past week with the following to say, hinting at Steam Box announcements. Valve recently started a Steam for Linux, and continues to promote Linux going as far to say that Half Life 3 may only be available on Linux.
“It feels a little bit funny coming here and telling you guys that Linux and open source are the future of gaming. It’s sort of like going to Rome and teaching Catholicism to the pope. Next week we’re going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room. make sure we have the freedom to innovate and pursue the opportunities all of us see, Linux is kind of a get out of jail free pass for our industry if we need it. our company wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the openness of PC. Steam wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the openness of the internet. Our industry will be best in the long run if there’s an open platform for innovation and competition.”
Overkill Software has now made the release date for their upcoming game Payday 2 public knowledge, stating the game will launch on Steam in just one week (August 13th).
Payday 2 will launch on Xbox 360 and PS3 across the globe on August 16th.
While Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One will require users to install their disc-based games back in May, the news came with the relief that these games are playable during installation. It was unclear if the same applied to digital downloads, but now it seems it does.
Microsoft confirmed to Polygon that “Xbox One users will be able to play games while they’re still downloading to the console”.
This feature runs parallel to the PlayStation 4 – which also sports play-as-you-download after a certain point in the download – further aligning the two consoles in their list of confirmed features. What’s more is that the Xbox One will also perform background updates for games and apps, rather than pausing a game to update, meaning that play time is virtually uninterrupted across all areas of the console.
A huge gripe for online players across all platforms – PC, Xbox, and PlayStation alike – is how inconvenient running gameplay-halting updates on-screen is. Making them background updates, plus including the ability to play both disc and downloadable games during installation/download, is a strong leap for the Xbox One, considering Microsoft’s awkward communication following the initial console announcement.
Valve and the popular streaming service Twitch have recently come to a deal to link your Twitch and Steam accounts together and receive item drops while you watch tournaments.
A recent post on the Dota 2 Blog details how users will be eligible for these item drops as long as they own the ticket for the tournament.
“We realize that people have different reasons why they prefer to watch in game or via streams and wanted to bridge the gap of features they were missing out on by choosing the service that works for them the most. We hope to expand on the features available via this system and would love to hear what you think we should work on next.”
The new account linking system is live as we speak.
GunCraft, a Beta-stage first-person shooter, allows players to build and destroy blocks, structures, and even vehicles, while taking part in a multiplayer deathmatch spanning user-made levels and multiple game modes. Does ‘Minecraft with guns’ sound intriguing? It does to me. Now they’ve gone one step further by adding meteors. Yes, meteors.
If the concept of ‘Minecraft with guns’ couldn’t get any more appealing, Exato Game Studios released a teaser trailer for their upcoming game mode: Meteor Survival.
As seen in the trailer above, Meteor Survival is pretty self-explanatory, where players must avoid the hail of meteors that decimate the otherwise-peaceful landscape. Not only should players use running to their advantage (those meteors aren’t going to dodge themselves), but they can also freeze other players, changing up the game to flip the advantage back and forth between competitors.
Anything else I say won’t do this concept justice, so I’m going to link another video showcasing GunCraft’s creative and destructive capabilities. Imagine that coupled with showering meteors and a fiery landscape. Yeah, I want it too.
Sign up for the Beta here: www.exatogames.com/Guncraft
And Greenlight the game on Steam here: www.exatogames.com/Greenlight
GunCraft Pirate Bay:
Disclaimer: Image taken from http://www.indiegamemag.com/guncraft-modern-warfare-3-meets-minecraft/