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Evolve Gameplay Preview

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From the same people who brought us Left 4 Dead and Counter-Strike comes the next evolution in multiplayer gaming. Rather than the typical team-vs-team gameplay, Evolve is team-vs-monster, and the monster is a human controlled creature.

In what looks like a copy from the Left 4 Dead series there are 3 men and 1 woman. But is a shift from Left 4 Dead each character in Evolve has a special skill – assault, tracker, medic and support.

The monster evolves be eating other creatures on the planet. The more he eats the more he grows. The more he grows the more skills he gets. When the game starts the monster tries to avoid the hunters until he has evolved enough to defeat them. This puts pressure on the hunters to kill the monster before he evolves into something stronger.

Evolve is in the Steam store, but is not available for pre-purchase. I plan on ordering the game as soon as it becomes available. The release date is estimated to be 3rd quarter 2014, which is around July – September. I suspect Evolve will be postponed until the holidays 2014, maybe early November.

Regardless when Evolve becomes available on the Steam store I plan on getting my pre-order in.

Steam Summer Sale Saturday July 14

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Third day of the Steam Summer sale (Saturday, July 14, 2012), and finally some games go on sale that I have been watching – Dead Island, Skyrim and Left 4 Dead 2 is the community puck for 75% off.

A few weeks ago I created a steam account for the grandkids – it sure beats buying console games at full price. The steam sales are when I stockup on the games. Why pay full price, when you can wait a few months and get the games on sale?

Even though Steam has a great sale every 6 months or so, I still buy new games when they come out. I preordered Left 4 Dead 2, and I am going to preorder Borderlands when it becomes available on Steam.

The games on sale on Friday July 14, 2012:

Indie bundle III – $9.99
Dirt Showdown $24.99
Skyrim $29.79
Tropico 4 – $7.49
Two worlds – $7.49
Orcs must die – $3.74
Borderlands – $4.99
Frozen Synapse – 44.99
Dead island – $10.19

Payday the Heist – On Saturday July 13 Payday the Heist was on sale, so I bought the four pack for $15. I already have Payday, the extra copies will be gifted out to my kids.

Dead Island – I want to buy the 4 pack of dead island to gift out to my kids, and Left 4 Dead 2 to gift to the guest account.

Left 4 dead 2 – goes on community choice sale of 75% off in a couple of hours. I want to gift a copy of Left 4 Dead 2 to the guest account.

For the guest account, I want a mix of multiplayer games, and a couple of single player games. It would be nice for the kids or grandkids and I to play games over the LAN.

Video about Skyrim, not actual gameplay

Skyrim gameplay trailer

Steam 2012 Summer Sale Day 1

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Steam launched its summer sale today at 12 noon central time. As usual there are a lot of game packages ranging from 50% off – 77% off.

7/12/12 Thursdays Deals:

Indie Bundle 1 $9.99 75% off includes below
Anomaly Warzone Earth $4.99 50% off
Cave Story+ $5.99 40% off
Edge $3.99 50% off
Lone Survivor $6.49 35% off
The Baconing $14.99

Shogun 2 Total War Collection $19.99 71% off includes below
Total War Shogun 2 $7.49 75% off
Total War Shogun 2 Rise of the Samurai Campaign $2.49 75 %off
Total War Shogun 2 Fall of the Samurai $14.99 50% off

Total War Shogun 2 DLC $0.95-$2.99 40% off each

Might & Magic Heroes VI $24.99 50% off
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes $3.74 75% off
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes DLC $0.74 75% off
Heroes of Might & Magic V $2.49 75% off
Heroes of Might & Magic V Hammers of Fate $2.49 75% off
Heroes of Might & Magic V Tribes of the East $2.49 75% off
Dark Messiah Might & Magic $2.49 75% off

Legend of Grimrock $5.99 60% off
Terraria $2.49 75% off
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 $29.99 50% off
Ridge Racer Unbounded $24.99 50% off

Portal Bundle $6.24 75% off includes below
Portal $2.49 75% off
Portal 2 $4.99 75% off

Crusader Kings 2 $9.99 75% off
Crusader Kings 2 DLC $0.49-$2.99 each 75% off

Bundles/Publisher Packs:

1C Collection $49.99 85% off
2K Collection $49.99 77% off
Activision Collection $49.99 71% off
Cyan Worlds Collection $14.99 50% off
Kalypso Collection $49.99 50% off
Meridian 4 Complete Pack $24.99 75% off
Novalogic Everything Pack $17.49 75% off
Mumbo Jumbo Collection $34.99 56% off
Paradox Collection $49.99 82% off
PopCap Complete Pack $49.99 50% off
Rockstar Hit Collection $49.99 58% off
Sega Hit Collection $49.99 88% off
Square Enix Hit Collection $49.99 79% off
Strategy First Collection $49.99 50% off
Star Wars Collection $49.99 50% off
Super id Software Pack $49.99 50% off
TellTale Collection $51.99 60% off
THQ Collection $49.99 84% off
Ubisoft Collection $49.99 50% off
Valve Complete Pack $49.99 50% off

Even though there are some great deals on sale, there are also some letdowns.

Bethesda Collection contains Brink, Fallout New Vegas Downloadable Content (DLC), Fallout New Vegas the main game, and Skyrim.

Why the hell would anyone in their right mind package Skyrim and Fallout New Vegas with Brink? Brink was probably one of the most overhyped games of all time. Plus, its not a Role Playing Game on the epic scale like New Vegas and Skyrim. Its like Bethesda is trying to get people to buy a crap game bundled with 2 epic games.

If you want to bundle something with New Vegas and Skyrim, bundle Fallout 3 or Oblivion. At least then the buyer would have 3 epic games instead of 2 great games and 1 junk game.

There is no Elder Scrolls collection bundle. Why cant I get Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim in a single package?

The 2K Collection contains the regular version of Borderlands and not the game of the year edition.  The game of the year edition has some add-ons that the regular version of Borderlands does not have.

Forum thread about the Steam 2012 Summer Sale

I Will Not Buy Diablo III

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Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistI will not be buying Diablo III, and neither should you.

Unlike the vast majority of zombies that bought Diablo III, I played the original Diablo and Diablo II “back in the day”.  The day Diablo II was released, and was standing in front of Best Buy in Beaumont Texas 15 minutes before the store opened.

Diablo was an epic game for the time period.  When the internet was new, and a lot of games were using IPX/SPX, Diablo came with built in TCP/IP support, and game making through battle.net.

Up until the release of Diablo you had to either have a dedicated server (like quake and quakeworld) or host the game on your computer and your buddies connect to your game.  On dial up, hosting a game on your computer was a nightmare for everyone besides the person hosting the game.  Diablo changed all of the rules for multiplayer game.  No more having to lease a server, no more having to keep the server updated, no more security issues,,, and everything else that came with running your own server.

What kind of digital rights management did Diablo have?  You had to have the CD in the CD player to play the game.  When Diablo was installed, there was only about 30 megs of data stored on the hard drive, the rest ran off the CD.

Diablo had 3 character classes – Rogue, Warrior and Sorcerer. For the time period, having three different characters was awesome.

Diablo II was a good game for its time period.  Diablo was an epic game, Diablo II was a good game.

Diablo II had 5 character classes – Amazon, Necromancer, Barbarian, Sorceress and Paladin. The Druid and Assassin were introduced with the expansion Lord of Destruction. 5 new character classes was a nice improvement over the 3 classes from the original.

The graphics of Diablo II left a lot to be desired. When graphics were moving to 800X600 and 1024X768, Diablo II was released with 256 color display at 640×480 resolution. LOD expenasion upgraded to 800×600, which was still behind current trends for the time period.

Diablo II DRM was having the CD in the drive, and having to log into battle.net to play multiplayer.

Diablo III has 5 character classes? Why do Diablo II and Diablo III both have 5 classes?

The absolute reason why I will not be buying Diablo III is because of the always on internet requirement. Even to play single player you have to be connected to the internet. That is intrusive DRM, and I do not support such stupid ass decisions such as that.

I understand a company trying to protect its digital products in an era of piracy, but requiring an always on internet connection is just stupid.

Once again blizzard is behind the times. Why not develop a program like Steam? Where is the Blizzard solution to Steam? Why not have a program that manages all of my blizzard games in one location like Steam does?

I can start Steam without an internet connection and still be able to play my games. Why cant we do that with Diablo III?

As with the release of Diablo II in 640X480 resolution, Blizzard is behind the times in DRM.

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