Steam Summer Sale Day 11

Here are the daily deals for Day 11 of Steam’s Summer Sale.

The flash sales at the moment now are:

  • Portal 2 – $4.99 (75% off) less than 8 hours
  • The Witcher 2 – $15.99 (60% off) less than 10 hours
  • Trine 2 – $3.74 (75% off) less than 4 hours
  • Dead Island – $10.19 (75% off) less than 6 hours

The community poll at the moment is amongst L.A. Noire (75% off), Mirror’s Edge(75% off), and Just Cause 2(75% off). The voting ends in less than six hours and you have a chance to pick up Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition at $4.99 (75% off) before the community sale ends in less than two hours.

Steam’s summer sale is finally here

Today the Steam summer sale everybody has been eagerly awaiting for has finally hit. There are the usual daily deals and now there are flash sales and a poll to choose an upcoming sale.

For each day I will try to update about each daily deal and flash sales.

There are nine daily deals and today’s are:

The flash sales are:

You can also cast your vote among three top hits and the one that receives the most votes will be the next deal in eight hours. The choices right now are: The Witcher 2 (60% off), Saint’s Row: The Third (75% off), and Batman: Arkham City (66% off). Of course, there are your publishers’ packs on sale. Check out the entire Steam catalog and be sure to check back each day for new deals. Happy bargain shopping.

The Witcher 2 sales reach 1.7 million

According to CD Projekt RED, they have sold more than 1.7 million copies of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on both the PC and Xbox 360. In celebration of that mark, CD Projekt RED’s GOG has reduced the price of The Witcher 2 to just $29.99 for this week, which is a lovely 40% off sales for those who don’t already own the game.

In addition to the sales news and the new RPG title, CD Projekt RED has also stated that The Witcher 2 will be releasing on August 23rd in Japan and that the title will also receive a Mac version, which is currently in development.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition Official Console Release Announcement Trailer

CD Projekt RED announces new AAA RPG title, Cyberpunk

Wait no longer, CD Projekt RED has officially announced its next AAA RPG, Cyberpunk, which is clearly fitting to the image they teased of well, a cyberpunk. In fact the video game is a “version of Mike Pondsmith’s classic ’80s pen and paper RPG series Cyberpunk” (Eurogamer).

The game is “a mature RPG for a mature audience” claims the Polish developer. There is still no word on which platforms(s) it’ll release on, but hopefully it’ll at least release on PC, considering the amazing backing CD Projekt RED has gained from The Witcher series as well as their digital distributor, Good Old Games a.k.a. GOG.

Also no word on the launch date, but check out tomorrow at 1pm EST for details about their upcoming RPG in a livestream.

“For over two decades, I’ve been proud to say that Cyberpunk’s been the gold standard of what it means to be a true cyberpunk game. And it’s been a huge success for me and our many fans, with over 5 million players worldwide,” commented the US author and game creator.

“But over all that time we haven’t found the right team to bring our cyberpunk world to full digital life – until now. CD Projekt Red is the team we’ve been hoping for. Their incredible work on The Witcher and The Witcher 2 shows that they share the same dedication and love of great games that we do at Talsorian.

“I’m especially stoked that they want our participation in making this game a fantastic project that will live up to everything Cyberpunk fans (old and new) have been waiting for. Trust me – this game is going to rock” (Eurogamer).

CD Projekt RED set to release more details about their new project in a livestream tomorrow

CD Projekt RED, developer of The Witcher and The Witcher 2, released a new image above teasing their next RPG in-development. You can hear more about the details of this project at 1pm EST tomorrow from by viewing the livestream footage.

CD Projekt looking for new talent for brand new RPG

That’s right; the developer of the critically-acclaimed The Witcher series is looking for people to join their studio in order to create a brand new project. Check out their blog here which has more details.

GOG adds SpaceChem to catalog

GOG recently added Indie games into their catalog, today they added SpaceChem for $9.99. The GOG edition as usual packs a bunch of extras and even more convenient and nice, the 63 Corvi DLC for the Zachtronics Industries’ game is included with your purchase. Along with the DLC, you’ll receive the following extras: the soundtrack, 2 avatars, 9 concept arts, and 6 design sketches.

SpaceChem is an intriguing and challenging puzzler that “combines the logic of computer programming with the scientific domain of chemistry, set in an original science fiction universe” (GOG). Beware if you’re a Mac user, the GOG edition is only compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7 (32 and 64 bit). If you’d like to purchase the game elsewhere, you may purchase it on Steam (which is cross-platform), but you don’t get the DLC for free or goodies. The DLC itself costs $1.99 which is a very reasonable price. SpaceChem is also available in the iTunes app store for the iPad and iPhone. Additionally, you may purchase the game from the developer as well.

sorry for the shifting of videos in blogs, not sure why it’s happening

I’m not sure why or how this is happening, but my video embeds keep switching around. As such I’m seeing The Witcher 2 trailer where the Darksiders 2 trailer should be and other videos are messed up as well. Sorry about this inconvenience, if anyone happens to know why this might be happening I’d greatly appreciate some help with it.

The Witcher 2 Assassin’s of Kings Enhanced Edition releasing tomorrow!

On April 13th, Tesco made the mistake of placing their copies of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition on shelves four days before the official release date. Lucky you if you got one of those advanced copies since Namco Bandai has asked Tesco to remove any remaining copies of the game until April 17th.

To get ready for tomorrow’s release of The Witcher 2, here are a couple links from Eurogamer. I’ve also attached a few impressive trailers.

Tech Analysis

Xbox 360 review

Official Console Release Announcement Trailer

The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition Launch Trailer

The Witcher 2 Xbox 360 Enhanced Edition Teaser 1

The Witcher 2 Xbox 360 Enhanced Edition Teaser 2

GOG believes Steam is hurting gamers’ decisions

Good Old Games also known as GOG is a rising competitor to the biggest digital distributor with over 35 million active users. GOG believes Steam is sending the wrong message to gamers.

“Managing director Guillaume Rambourg and marketing boss Trevor Longino told Rock, Paper Shotgun that Steam discounts can devalue the games included in them” (Eurogamer).

As much as I love getting games at a discount price, I agree with GOG. I have often found myself saying, “I’ll just wait until the next big Steam sale”. I admit my video game library is rather extensive and I haven’t even made a dent into more than half of them. It always becomes a matter of “Oh, it’s really cheap. I’ll just buy it and I’ll play it eventually.” Though the last game I paid in full was not too long ago, in fact some people may think it’s outrageous I even bothered to wait, let alone pay for the Animus Collector’s Edition for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Revelations. I have even already pre-purchased my copy of Borderlands 2 from Amazon and awaiting on the release of my Diablo III: Collector’s Edition. But in truth besides collector’s editions and games that I will truly go out of my way for, I find myself often downloading games from Steam or even other downloadable sites with extreme discounts.

“Heavy discounts are bad for gamers, too,” he [Rambourg] said. “If a gamer buys a game he or she doesn’t want just because it’s on sale, they’re being trained to make bad purchases, and they’re also learning that games aren’t valuable. We all know gamers who spend more every month on games than they want to, just because there were too many games that were discounted too deeply. That’s not good for anyone” (Eurogamer).

The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition available to to pre-download now

The title completely says it all. Though unfortunately if you are a Steam user (which is where my copy of The Witcher 2 happens to be), you will not be able to pre-load the additions until possibly the release date of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition on April 17th. But whether or not you are able to download the game early or upon release, you should certainly be thankful to CD Projekt RED with their approach to their consumers. Anyone who purchases it from GOG or Steam right now, will instantly receive the free whooping 10 GB update for free. That’s practically the entire original game’s worth of new characters, quests, cinematics etc. for a game that’s almost a year old! Also if you haven’t gotten The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut, check it out at Steam or GOG. Steam now officially supports it on the Mac now.

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