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Steam Controller Delayed Until 2015

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Valve announced today that their highly anticipated Steam Controller has been pushed out to a 2015 release. Valve product designer Eric Hope said in blog post that the delayed release is partially due to the amount of feedback and new ideas that need to be considered in order to make the best possible controller.

"We're now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers. It's generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we'll be able to make the controller a lot better. Of course, it's also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements. Realistically, we're now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014."

In addition to the Steam Controller, Valve also has the first round of Steam Machines tentatively planned for 2014 although there has been no solid release date announced. For those of you who are unable to wait until 2015, be sure to check out my list of Top PC Game Pads.

Wolefnstein The New Order Pirated Over 100K Times

Wednesday May 28, 2014
Torrent blog/news site TorrentFreak has released a report stating that Bethesda's latest first person shooter, Wolfenstein: The New Order has been pirated more than 100,000 times since it's release. This, despite the massive 43GB of disk space that the game takes up. While the illegal downloading of the game is never a good thing, fortunately legal copies of the game seem to be selling well. The game was the top selling game on Steam last week and was the top seller last week in the UK, making it the second best selling game so far this year behind Titanfall.

Battlefield Hardline Confirmed By EA - Reveal Scheduled for June 9

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Yesterday EA confirmed the existence of the next game in the Battlefield series of first person shooters after a seven minute trailer of the game leaked online. The trailer shows off game play footage and details aspects of single and multiplayer game modes. Based on the trailer, the game will take the Battlefield franchise in a new direction by having crime based theme that pits criminals against police. The trailer details some of the multiplayer modes as well as in game graphics, assets and more.

Since the leak, EA has setup a website for Hardline detailing that it will officially be revealed on June 9th. The press release published by Visceral Games VP Steve Papoutsis has since been removed from EA's site but still offers a little background into the game.

Watch Dogs Closes Out May New PC Releases

Sunday May 25, 2014
The month of May is coming to a close but there is one final PC game release on tap, Watch Dogs releases on Tuesday May 27, closing out the month of PC releases that saw a new Wolfenstein game, re-release of a classic and a handful of other noteworthy releases. Next month's PC releases and previous month releases can also be viewed from the new release lists.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Reveal Trailer

Sunday May 25, 2014

The next chapter in the Call of Duty series was confirmed/announced a couple weeks ago. Call of Duty Advanced Warfare will be the eleventh game in the first person shooter series and the first developed by Sledgehammer Games as the primary development studio. Set in the year 2054 the major military powers of the world we know today are no more, now the largest military force are corporate run militaries, the largest being Atlas which is run by Jonathan Irons (played by Kevin Spacey). Atlas starts a war with the United States in hopes of changing the balance of power in the world. Players take on the role of Mitchell, a former Marine who joins Atlas.

The game is expected to be released on Nov 4, 2014, the cinematic reveal trailer can be seen in its entirity on YouTube.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

GameSpy Shutting Down May 31st - EA Lists Impacted Games

Monday May 12, 2014

Electronic Arts has released a list of 50 games whose multiplayer modes will cease to work once GameSpy match making client is shut down at the end of this month. While the games impacted are older releases, they still have a fan base, but I guess not popular enough to keep the service running. Some of the games who will lose multiplayer include: Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 , Crysis, Crysis 2, Neverwinter Nights, Neverwinter Nights 2.

Back in April, Glu Mobile, owners of GameSpy, announced multiplayer hosting services would cease in May 31st and to contact game's publisher for more information. No word which games will get support elsewhere. Arma 2 and Arma 3 are planned to move to Steam. A full list of EA Games can be found here.

Call of Duty Ghosts Devistation DLC out for PC and Playstation

Monday May 12, 2014
Last week saw the release of the second DLC pack for Call of Duty Ghosts for the PC and Playstation platforms. This comes a month after the DLC was released for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Devastation includes four new medium sized multiplayer maps, the new "Ripper" weapon which is a SMG/assault rifle and the second part of the Extinction episodic storyline. The four multiplayer maps include: Ruins which is set in a Mayan temple that makes it good for both close quarters and long range/sniper combat; Collision is set on a abandon cargo ship that has crashed into a NYC bridge, this map is geared for close quarter combat; Behemoth is set in South America on a excavation platform and Unearthed which is a remake of the Dome map from Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

Dota 2 Spring Cleaning Update Released - Includes updates to heroes, bugs and interface

Wednesday April 30, 2014
Yesterday saw the released of a Dota 2 "Spring Cleaning" update that makes a large number of updates to everything in the game. This includes changes to heroes, hero inventory/items, interface and a host of bug fixes. Changes to Dota 2 heroes is what most gamers are interested and a full list of those changes can be found on the Dota 2 Spring Update page. Most changes don't appear to be too extreme but probably good to read to prepare before your next game.

New Wolfenstein: The New Order Trailer shows Stealth vs Mayhem

Wednesday April 30, 2014

MachineGames has released a new trailer for their upcoming first person shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order. The 3:30 trailer shows off some of the game play that can be expected in the game and the two different approaches one can take, one being stealth and the other mayhem. Wolfenstein: The New Order is the sequel to Wolfenstein released in 2009 and tells an alternative history in which Nazi Germany was victorious in World War II. Once again players will take on the role of famed OSA Agent B.J. Blazkowicz.

Wolfenstein: The New Order

X-COM Series

Tuesday April 29, 2014

Here is a complete list of all of the video games in the X-COM series of games that have been released for the PC. There are a total of nine games in the series since the initial release of X-COM: UFO Defense (aka UFO Enemy Unknown) in 1995 up through the latest release, XCOM Enemy Within, which was released in November 2013. In all the series includes games in the turn based strategy, third person shooter and space flight combat simulation genre.

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