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All posts tagged "Steam"

  • Beholder [PC] review: Orwellian errand man

    Beholder is an indie adventure title developed by Russian-based studio Warm Lamp Games. According to the developers, the game is inspired by “the oppressive laws introduced by the Russian Government”. It takes place in a fictional Totalitarian state run by the cold and calculating “Ministry”. You play as Carl Stein, a newly state-appointed landlord of an apartment building who has been ordered to keep an eye on the tenants and report any suspicious activity that goes against the Ministry’s wishes. To do so you will be profiling your tenants, secretly installing cameras in their apartments and, in certain cases, will have...

  • No Man’s Sky player numbers jump after ‘Foundation Update’

    After the announcement and release of its Foundation Update, No Man's Sky has seen a massive spike in player numbers on Steam. The update, which adds base building, new trophies, freighters and a number of new gaming modes, arrived on PlayStation 4 and PC today. But while we can't esstimate just how many people are playing the game on the PlayStation 4 at present, we can use Steam as an indicator for PC players. According to SteamCharts, No Man's Sky went into Sunday 27 November with around 700 concurrent players on Steam. As of 7pm SAST, that number is closer to...

  • Event 0 [PC] review: I compute, therefore I am

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I initially booted Event 0 (stylised as Event), a short but poignant first-person narrative exploration game by Ocelot Society. All I knew was that I would spend most of my time conversing with a spaceship’s artificial intelligence named Kaizen. This meant I was probably going to do a lot of reading and typing, not activities I would usually associate with video games. I could not help but think: can a game that revolves this much around typing, something that many of us would regard as mundane, actually be any good? Well the answer is yes....

  • This Is The Police [PC] review: ingredients don’t make the recipe

    This is the Police is a narrative-driven police management game created by Weappy Studio. It's the first title to come from the Belarus-based company and while it is by no means a badly developed title, it's not without its shortcomings. While my time with this title wasn’t necessarily a waste, I have to admit that it has a bit of an identity crisis. At one end, it wants to be a police management sim and on the other, a gritty piece of interactive fiction. While both of these approaches could have been great games on their own, fusing them together did...

  • No Man’s Sky: Sony’s Yoshida criticises Hello Games’ PR strategy

    Sony is slowly distancing itself from the No Man's Sky aftermath, that's at least according to comments made by Sony Studios' president Shuhei Yoshida. Speaking to Eurogamer at the Tokyo Game Show, Yoshida criticised the head of Hello Games Sean Murray for promising more than the developer could deliver. "It wasn't a great PR strategy , because he didn't have a PR person helping him, and in the end he is an indie developer," he explains. "I understand some of the criticisms especially Sean Murray is getting, because he sounded like he was promising more features in the game from...

  • No Man’s Sky ‘not worth $60’, in messy state on PC

    Steam users have taken to negatively reviewing No Man's Sky after the game's release on PC. The company launched the game on Steam on Friday, but users have been complaining about crashes, glitches and the game in general. Consequently, the game is sitting at "mixed" overall user reviews. "This game is not worth US$60. Props to the small dev team for making something as clever as they did, but it's not US$60 clever," wrote Steam user gehsekky in a review. User jlm4us criticised the lack of depth for the price point as well. "Even if the game didn’t constantly crash, even if the FPS...

  • Valve: we’re cracking down on Steam-enabled gambling sites

    The emergence of gambling sites for in-game virtual items has caused an uproar in the gaming industry, especially with news that some prominent YouTubers own these sites or rigged bets. The gambling primarily centred on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, being one of Valve's most popular video games around. Now, Valve has issued a statement, distancing itself from the sites and saying it hasn't received cash from them. "We'd like to clarify that we have no business relationships with any of these sites. We have never received any revenue from them. And Steam does not have a system for turning in-game items into real world currency." It added that...

  • Steam June stats: Windows 10 still growing, HTC Vive trumps Oculus Rift

    Four in ten Steam users access the service using Windows 10, Valve's new June statistics survey reveals. "Steam conducts a monthly survey to collect data about what kinds of computer hardware and software our customers are using," Steam explains. Based on its latest survey findings, around 43% of users access Steam using a Windows 10-based machine, while other Windows versions have faced a drop. Around 31% of gamers use Windows 7, while 1.8% still use Windows XP. Windows 10 took over as Steam's most popular OS back in April 2016. All in all, around 95% of all Steam users access the service on...

  • Welcome To The Game review: a dark net thriller

    Welcome to the Game is a first person/desktop horror title created by Reflect Studios, the same indie developers responsible for the currently-in-development and equally creepy Rides with Strangers. In this title, your aim is to scour the dark web (aka the shadow web or dark net) in search for the “Red Room”, described by the game as “a hidden service on the Deep Web to see and participate in interactive torture and murder.” Pretty screwed up, right? You will have thirty days to uncover the location of the the Red Room before it expires, after which your opportunity to vent your...

  • One less app: Steam hits Windows 10 Mobile

    In a week that has seen Microsoft support tease Snapchat on Windows Phone (although I'm a bit skeptical still), we can officially cross one big-name app off the list. It's taken a few years, but Valve has finally released a Steam app for the platform. The app means that Microsoft fans don't have to rely on third-party offerings to authenticate their accounts anymore. On Memeburn: Snapchat is coming to Windows 10 phones… soon As for other features, the app lets users send and accept trades with friends, sell virtual items via the Steam community and browse the storefront. In a cool touch,...