Thief 101, New Thief Gameplay Trailer

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So this very cool video landed today, showcasing the upcoming Thief game by Eidos Montreal. In this video we get a taste for the new game, it is 6 minutes of show off really, all the ways you can play and just hinting a little bit about what this game may be about. This game has had an interesting run leading up to release and I will be very curious to see how it turns out. If this video is anything to go by though, this is looking like a VERY good game. I keep getting a very big Dishonored vibe from this new Thief; which on one hand makes me excited (Dishonored is amazing, if you haven’t played it, GO NOW and do so)  but on the other hand make me also slightly concerned, as I want this new Thief game to be its own game, not a copy of something that I have already played. Take a look below at this new trailer and feel free to share with us what your thoughts on this new Thief game are.


Thief is being released on Feb 25, 2014 for the Xbox 360, PC, PS4, Xbox One and PS3.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Steam Holiday Sale 2013 Starts TODAY!

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Alright ladies and gentlemen, get your wallets ready, as the Steam Holiday Sale 2013 has officially begun. Starting today and going until Jan 3, 2014, your favorite games can be had for ridiculous discounts, so stop reading and head on over to Steam to get your Sale on! New Deals every day, as well as new deals every 8 hours, this really is the biggest sale of the year for PC gamers.

Steam Holiday SALE 2013

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

The Steam Autumn Sale 2013 starts right MEOW!

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Time to hide your wallets children, its another steam sale and just in time for Black Friday. As usual Steam will help lighten lucky PC gamers wallets with amazing deals starting today Nov. 27 til next Tuesday Dec. 3. Expect killer deals on some of this years biggest titles, indies and classics. Do yourself a favor and donate to Gabe Newell’s retirement fund while also picking up some sweet deals.

Find all the deals here: The Steam Autumn Sale 2013

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

Valve Shows of the Steam Controller in Action

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Today Valve has released a video of the Steam Controller in action. In the following video you can see the controller being used for Portal 2, Civilization 5, Counterstrike Global Offensive, and Finally in Papers Please; an Indie title. They are showing off how versatile the controller is across a wide range of games, some of which you wouldn’t normally think to use a controller for. Take a look below.


The Steam Controllers will be heading out to 300 lucky beta testers later this year, take a look at what they get to play with.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Cosmic Star Heroine is a Old School style RPG and it looks great

Cosmic Star Heroine Cover Art – by Bill Stiernberg
Cosmic Star Heroine Cover Art – by Bill Stiernberg

From the creators of Cthulhu Saves the World, Zeboyd Games, comes an RPG inspired by such great works as Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star & Suikoden. Cosmic Star Heroine is a Turn Based, Japanese style RPG, being created for PC/Mac/PS4/Vita. Currently in Kickstarter, and closing on their goal, Cosmic Star Heroine is a game that deserves your attention.

Currently they have 23 days left to go, and I urge you, if this is your kind of game, head over to their Kickstarter and help them cross the goal and get this great game made.

Cosmic Star Heroine on Kickstarter

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Valve Announces the Steam Controller

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So today Valve finished off their Trilogy of announcements with the Steam Controller, a new Input device they have spent the last year working on.

They have designed it to be used with all current and future steam games, and in place of thumb stick they have added two, high resolution haptic trackpads, which are also click-able. This is definitely an interesting way of designing a controller, one in which Valve believes every game can be played on, even games like RTS games. They have essentially “tricked” the games into thinking you are playing with a mouse and keyboard and thus allows you to play any game on steam with this controller. They added a Diagram showing how this should work in Portal 2.

Steam controller_bindings

As you can see from the Diagram above, the middle area of the controller is also a touchscreen, which is also click-able, not unlike the PS4 controller.

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Valve is also claiming that they have designed the controller to be “hackable” and are interested in how the community will utilize this controller. They plan to release tools out to the public to allow this to happen at an unspecified later date.  This controller will be part of the same Beta as the Steam Machine, in allowing the public to voice opinions and help mold where it goes, from software, all the way to design.

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No word on when these will ship out to beta testers. For more information on the Steam Controller, and to see about getting into the beta, you can go here; Steam.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

From the creators of Mark of the Ninja comes a new game, Incognita, and man it looks cool

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From the guys that brought us last years Incredible, Mark of the Ninja, Klei are at it again, throwing the stealth genre on it’s head with their new one, Incognita.  I think the video does the best job for showing this game off, so I will just say, take a watch below.

So Incognita is Available for early alpha access on Windows PC’s here. It is also on the way to steam in the coming future. Also if you have yet to pick up their other simply amazing game Mark of the Ninja it too is available on Steam here.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Valve Announces Steam Machines

Valve Steam Box concept

Valve, today, in the second announcement of three planned for this week, announced The Steam Box Machines. In an announcement where they really told us…. well not really anything. Other then to saying that they are working with partners to create various machines, and there will be a beta test, in which they are inviting 300 people from the public to test these machines, which if you are interested in doing so, you can go see the requirements for the “hardware beta test” Here.

We don’t have specs, we don’t have a drawing, we don’t get to see a prototype, really all they have told is “Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. We want you to be able to choose the hardware that makes sense for you, so we are working with multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming machines to market during 2014, all of them running SteamOS.” They have said that they would be shipping hardware in 2014, and that said hardware will be running SteamOS.

Oh and at the very bottom we get this little, possibly foreshadowing, morsel “Am I going to be using a mouse and a keyboard in the living-room? If you want. But Steam and SteamOS work well with gamepads, too. Stay tuned, though – we have some more to say very soon on the topic of input.”  Possibly tipping their hand at what Friday’s announcement will be? I guess we will have to wait till then and see.

They have stated that we will begin to see Steam Machines in early 2014.

You can check out the Steam Machines page Here.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Steam OS has been announced, coming soon to a living room near you

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Today, Valve made the first announcement of three that they have scheduled for this week. Valve has announced the Steam OS, a Linux based Steam OS for the living room. In their own words:

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.

In addition to a free open platform, they are also touting that due to being an integrated OS, they have “achieved significant performance increases in graphics processing, and we’re now targeting audio performance and reductions in input latency at the operating system level. ” As well, they are stating that Steam OS will integrate streaming your games from your desktop PC. They also stated that they are working on bringing the media services we love over to the platform in the coming months. No word on when Steam OS would be released, only that it would be released as a free download sometime in the near future.

This looks to be a way for Gabe Newell to show his love for Linux, and to try and build a better PC for the living room. We will be very interested in seeing where this goes in the future. Stay tuned for the next announcements that Valve is making later this week.

For more info on the Steam OS check it out here, Steam OS 

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

The Night of the Rabbit, PC Review.

The Night of the Rabbit cover

Night of the Rabbit is sort of like a cross between Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland. Daedalic Entertainment does a wonderful job of capturing the wonder and excitement of being a child and manages to add in just enough mystery and whimsy to take you on a memorable journey. This is a beautiful game that can be enjoyed by a wide range of people, both young and old, with only a few pacing and illogical puzzle issues stopping it from being a classic.

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You start the game as a young boy, Jerry Hazelnut, who wishes for nothing more than to be a wizard. It is this boy’s imagination that leads him into the woods near, what appears to be, an early 20th century British city. It is in these woods, that Jerry Hazelnut meets the mysterious rabbit magician, Marquis, who then offers young Jerry Hazelwood the chance to become a real magician. From this begins a journey, filled with characters, who do a wonderful job of fleshing out the story. Many hold secrets of magic and ancient mystery. Very rarely are you sure of the intentions of the characters you meet, and quite often you will be left wondering if they are friend or foe, and what exactly is your role in this mysterious world. The story uses a unique method of using the regular world and a different, “magical” world, which are like two different sides of the same coin. Both worlds go a long way in conveying the duality of everything and create a fantastic feeling of magic, mystery, and intrigue.

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The art style and direction in this game are fantastic, which is a big reason why I was drawn to it in the first place. The artists have managed to capture the feeling of being young and full of wonder in the art. The sheer creativity here, as well as the detail, look like something out of a children’s book. They chose to use bright, vivid colours, and they have filled the environments with plenty of detail. The love and attention given to the art, only gets more awe inspiring the deeper into the story you get. They also manage to keep the locations varied and fresh as the game goes on, from forests and fields, to snowy mountains, and others.

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Before you get to this wonderful art and intriguing story though, you have to start at the beginning. This unfortunately, is a bit of a slow starter. There is quite a bit of reading and using a radio to go over the tutorial with you felt a bit odd. The way this game starts off, and the visuals, would almost make you think this game was aimed at younger kids, but due in part to the difficulty of some of the puzzles, as well as how vast the story becomes, tells me that was not the target audience.

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Night of the Rabbit is a point and click adventure game, and if you have ever played this type of game, you understand that sometimes these games can get confusing, and at times, downright frustrating. Sometimes it is about what stick you picked up and who you gave it to, or the order in which you did it. More often than not, it is less about solving a puzzle, and more about trying every talk, give, set down, and pick up every combination you can think of. For example, near the beginning, you are given a quest via a slightly confusing riddle, and expected to figure it out. In order to do so, you need to do this quest in a very specific order, do it out of order and it doesn’t work, so a bit of trial and error is needed. Now this isn’t indicative of every quest, as most make sense as to how to continue, but there were a few that left me scratching my head and trying to endlessly click though everything, wasting my time and impeding my progress. Now this wouldn’t be such an issue, but the “hint” feature borders on useless. Besides explaining what your main goal is, well that’s really all it does. If you are stuck, it does very little to help nudge you in the right direction, this left me on a few occasions wishing that it helped more than it did.

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But the few adventure game niggles aside, this is a game that is rewarding to play, and has a story that makes you want to see it through. The pace starts with so many questions, and throughout the game, you want to keep moving forward to see how those will be answered. There are some genuinely unique and original characters, and the writing is superb and wonderfully believable. The story has some wonderful twists and turns, and they go far in creating a magical and memorable journey.

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Few games these days try so hard to tell such a unique and whimsical tale. The story of a boy growing up, learning, and battling the forces that would seek to corrupt him. This is not a game for everyone, but if you can look past the few adventure game frustrations, and the slow start, you will be treated to a magical world, incredible art, great voice acting, brilliant score, and a story worth sticking around for. Few games have made me feel like a little kid again, discovering a new world, like this game has.

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Night of the Rabbit is available now on Steam for PC and Mac.

Score 7.5/10

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody