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Welp. We all knew this day would come. The annual Steam Holiday Sale is now upon us, bringing two weeks of despair to frugal minds everywhere.
Sure, starting today you can find blockbusters like Bioshock Infinite for the “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” price of $9.99, but couple that with the fact that the sale is going on from today (Dec. 19) to Jan. 3 and you’ve got yourself a fortnight of online transactions.
Just like previous years, each day features nine special deals for 24 hours, while new flash sales refresh every eight hours. In addition, Steam users also get to vote every eight hours for a community choice winner to get another bonkers sale going. You know – in case you needed even more savings and a larger backlog.
With the inclusion of Steam Trading Cards from earlier in the year and following suit with the Steam Summer Sale, special Snow Globe Trading Cards can be earned in a handful of ways, which will unlock the “coveted” Snow Globe 2013 badge when crafted.
Based on experiences with previous Steam sales, this year’s event will be ridiculous. For the list of the sale’s first batch of daily sales, be sure to hit the jump.
Now excuse me as I search my couch for loose change…
North American fans of Square Enix’s seminal role-playing series Final Fantasy got a glimpse into what a little extra cash can get them this March, as info on the PlayStation 3 collector’s edition of Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster was unveiled earlier today.
Sold exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store, the collector’s edition comes with a hardcover artbook, five lithographs of featured artwork and characters and a Blu-Ray comprised of “over six hours of music” from the Final Fantasy X HD Remaster soundtrack juxtaposed with scenes from the game.
Along with the two games of course, the whole shebang will set you back $79.99.
Square Enix said in a press release that the collection shown today was exclusive to North America and that it may not be what other territories will get on March 18.
As for the Vita version, Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster will be sold as a bundle, with the former being sold on a game card, while the latter will be offered as a download.
You better not pout. You better not cry. The group of robbers from Payday 2 are taking your cash no matter how hard you try – in a new downloadable heist released today on Steam.
Like the last free add-on to Overkill Software’s sequel to Payday: The Heist, The “Charlie Santa” Heist has four players working together to rob a bank based on a map in Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
Along with the new mission, Payday 2 users get a free weapon modification. Those who join the game’s official Steam community also get access to a free (and kinda creepy) Santa mask.
Nine new achievements are also included in the free update.
Like the rest of Payday 2, there are mainly two ways players can tackle their act of grand larceny, but even the best laid plans usually fall apart when the game starts throwing wave after wave of cops and SWAT members in.
You can check out a trailer featuring the DLC after the break.
Growing up, the magic of this time of year was always so palatable. You could practically feel it on your skin – school was out, friends were itching to come over to play and then it was the start of a brand new year.
Now, as I get older, I find myself more and more in line with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in Jingle All the Way than I did with Macaulay Culken’s in Home Alone. It’s a time of strife, hardship and financial ruin all in the name of “spreading good cheer.”
That being said, I’m no scrooge. With the final days of shopping before Christmas looming ahead of us this week, I wish you all good luck in finding that special something for that special someone.
Thanks to some revelations on Monday, we know the NSA has a team of Level 80 Dark Elves spying on our raids in World of Warcraft. We also know that Japanese restaurant-goers will soon have to prepare to di(n)e in a Dark Souls-themed cafe.
As always, we have everything we’ve posted in the last week waiting for you right after the break.
While eSports fanatics and some of the more prominent competitive Street Fighter players battled it out earlier today in the San Francisco Bay Area at the Capcom Cup, Capcom officials unveiled two new modes that will be included in Ultra Street Fighter IV.
One of the modes, called Online Training Mode, will allow players to practice online with people around the world. Given that the game has been “finely-tuned” and “rebalanced” according to Capcom, the ability to reacquaint oneself to the game’s nuances any time could be a welcome addition to anyone looking to compete at a higher level.
Along with giving players a new tool to hone their skills, USF4 will also come with a new competitive mode called Team Battle Mode. In this mode, players choose three characters to go into battle with. After every round, the losing player gets a fresh character to fight with, while the winner gets a small amount of health back for his current fighter. The match goes on until only one fighter is left standing.
These modes, along with the inclusion of Poison, Elena, Rolento and a “secret, all-new playable characters” are just part of what Capcom is describing as the “definitive version” of the hit arcade fighter from 2008.
You can check out the latest batch of screenshots here, as well as the most recent trailer after the jump.
As previously reported, Ultra Street Fighter IV will be available as a digital upgrade for Super Street Fighter IV or Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition starting this June for $14.99. Two months later, a retail version of the game will be available in stores and on PC for $39.99 and $29.99 respectively. PC users can also purchase a digital upgrade in August for $14.99 if they choose.
If you’re one of the many, many people that finished Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, then you probably have a deep connection with the Season Two protagonist, Clementine. You’ve already gone through so much with her. You wanted to keep her safe.
No matter how successful you were, however, that doesn’t mean her return later this month will be any more heart-wrenching, as evidenced in a recent Vine post from the future Tales from the Borderlands developer.
As usual, we’ve decided to put the following content past the jump so people who haven’t finished the game *cough-Karen-cough* can have their feels rended from their chests.
…Cheer up, Clem.
Three new characters will be made available for the multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag tomorrow, bringing the likes of the infamous Blackbeard and two other exotic killers to the already burgeoning list of ne’er-do-wells.
Titled Blackbeard’s Wrath, the first add-on for Black Flag adds the notorious pirate Blackbeard, a Chinese assassin named The Orchid and The Jaguar, an Aztec warrior to both co-op and competitive multiplayer.
The add-on pack will be available on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC tomorrow for $2.99, though anyone with the Season Pass for ACIV will get it for free.
Most of the U.S. got hit with its first major snowstorm earlier today and boy, has it been a doozy. Gotta love that still silence the morning after a snowfall. It’s the perfect ambient noise for the copious amount of hours spent playing videogames.
This week, there was a lot of news, features and other goodness posted on Pixelitis, including some coverage of last night’s horrific display known as Spike TV’s VGX. Telltale Games looks like the biggest winner out of that show in terms of reveals, but there’s one other game that definitely deserves everyone’s attention.
So check it all out after the break.
There’s nothing I can type right now that can really convey my excitement for what was just shown at Spike TV’s VGX just a few minutes ago.
Hello Games, the people behind Joe Danger, are making an entirely procedural space exploration/space combat game called No Man’s Sky.
Seriously, watch the trailer after the jump. I want it yesterday.