The Walking Dead to release on PS Vita


Telltale’s episodic point-and-click adventure game, The Walking Dead, will eventually be available for the PS Vita this year. The winner of 80 awards will be receiving a second season for the fourth quarter of 2013. The second season might be impacted by a user’s previous season one decisions.

Steam launched Indie Spring Sale yesterday, lasts until March 29th


Yesterday Steam reduced the prices of many indie games, which of course include those Independent Game Festival Winners and Finalists. Also it’s a pretty opportunistic time to highlight indie games, since PAX East started this morning and includes Indie Megabooth that showcases a plethora of independent game developers. In addition, several developers who received funding through Kickstarter will also be there, such as the Pixelscopic of Delver’s Drop and Sinister Design of Telepath Tactics. You may now also purchase games from Steam’s Early Access Program that allows you test out alpha builds. Gnomoria, Under the Ocean, and StarForge are a few that are available now to try out.

You can check the full listings of indie games here. Below are the IGF Finalists and Winners and PAX East Games that are on sale among notable other indie games.

IGF Finalists & Winners

PAX East Games

Notable on sale titles:

NightSky – $1.99 (80% off)
Terraria – $2.49 (75% off)
Dungeons of Dredmor – $2.49 (50% off)
Trine – $2.49 (75% off)

Machinarium to release on PS Vita at the end of March


Come March 26th, Amanita Design’s cute point-and-click adventure game will be available on the PS Vita for $6.99. You can also pick up the game on Steam for $2.99 (PC/Mac) during the Indie Spring Sale which won’t end until March 29th.

Blizzard announces Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft


Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft was officially announced at PAX East. The title is a digital collectible card game that was developed by fifteen developers, a new team part of Blizzard Entertainment. The free-to-play card game will allow players to play as a mage or warrior like in World of Warcraft.

Additionally, players will be able to complete in-game purchases to expand their card decks. Also you may craft cards by disenchanting unwanted cards in order to receive one that would better suit your deck.

The game has been announced for PC, Mac, and iPad. It might come to Android as well. The beta is slated for the summer and you can sign up at HearthStone’s site.

More details from WoW Insider:

Cards and Decks

  • Initial launch will contain 300 cards.
  • You’ll be able earn booster packs (just like MT:G booster packs). You can also buy them.
  • The price Blizzard is throwing around for the booster packs right now is $1/pack.
  • Each pack comes with five random cards. Guaranteed to get a rare or better in each pack.
  • Chance also to upgrade to a “golden” version of the same card (like MT:G foil cards).
  • You’ll be able to build your own decks, but also can let the game build it for you.
  • Two classifications of cards: basic and expert.
  • Multiple rarity levels of expert cards: common, rare, epic, and legendary.
  • Anything buy in the beta will be credited back to your live version of the game at equal value in the form of an unopened pack.

Playing the Game

  • The game is built around 1v1 match.
  • Battle.net is used to set up the matches, you also can play against an AI (normal and expert mode).
  • You earn medals every week for winning matches.
  • You play the game as one of nine “heroes” of the Warcraft universe. Like a mage, druid, rogue, warlock, etc…
  • Anyone who is familiar with MT:G or the WoW TCG should be able to pick this up pretty quickly, it looks like.
  • Some cards demonstrated had AoE damage.
  • Play field looks pretty standard: your hand, discard pile, health, mana, draw pile, battle field.
  • In the screenshots and gameplay footage you start off with 30 health.

Other Notes

  • We don’t know yet if cards are going to be tradeable.

Rovio’s Bad Piggies releases next Thursday


Next week Rovio’s new game, Bad Piggies, will be available for iOS, Android, and Mac. Eventually, the game will release to PC and Windows Phone. Bad Piggies will allow players to create contraptions to advance through levels as well make players steal eggs. Check below at the debut and gameplay trailer for more details.

Humble Bundle VI is available


In case, you haven’t gotten enough out of indie bundles yet, Humble Bundle is back again with its sixth bundle. For just $5.79 at the moment, you can pick up six awesome indie games. The main highlight of this bundle is certainly Torchlight. In fact, Runic Games has just released their sequel to the amazing RPG. Torchlight 2 was finally made available to play yesterday. If you haven’t picked up Torchlight, this bundle is definitely a must-have for anyone who enjoys a good RPG and indie games in general. In addition to the games, you’ll also receive five soundtracks as well as any other material Humble Bundle will unlock. Paying at least $1 of the pay-what-you-want model will also net you Steam keys. As always when you purchase the bundle, you can divvy up your donation among two charities, EFF and Child’s Play, HB tip, and of course, the developers. Don’t delay, the Humble Bundle VI will disappear in less than 11 days and 6 hours, pick it up here.

Indie Gala 9 has launched


Indie Gala is back with its ninth installment featuring more indie games for your gaming pleasure. The main core of the bundle this time highlights Battlegroup, Call of Cthulu: The Wasted Land, Worms, and Alien Breed 2: Assault. If you pay more than $5.87 at the moment, you’ll also receive Broken Sword: Director’s Cut, Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror, The Broken Sword 3: The Sleeping Dragon, Worms Blast, and Worms Crazy Golf. You’ll additionally receive two extra mystery games that will not be revealed until the second week of Indie Gala 9’s running. As always there will be three bonuses revealed later in the second week. These are usually soundtracks, comics, or another game perhaps. The main highlights of this bundle are clearly the Worms franchise along with the Broken Sword franchise. Every game is available for Steam except Battlegroup and Call of Cthulu: The Wasted Land that are usable on Android devices. Of course, if you do decide to get Indie Gala 9, you have the chance to select which charity you’d like your money to help out or you can split it between AbleGamers and Help For Emilia. Pick up your bundle now until the 115K seconds dwindles down to zero.

Indie Royale is back with a Back to School Bundle


In this new bundle from Indie Royale, you can pick up seven awesome games for just $5.53 at the moment. As always if you pay $8.00 or more you can receive a chiptune album. This time it’s minusbaby’s BIAS album which you can take a listen to here. But onto the games, the main highlight of the bundle is the Indie Royale exclusive debut of Bunny Must Die! Chelsea And The 7 Devils. The game by Rockin Android will be released next month, therefore if you’re dying to play the game early, you can pick it up now and receive some other games to boot. Below is the rest of the games featured in this bundle. In addition, you’ll receive the Super Saucy Sausage DLC for Swords & Soldiers, and the soundtracks for Cute Things Dying Violently, Bunny Must Die!, Swords & Soldiers, and Lunar Flight. I thoroughly enjoy Swords & Soldiers (side-scrolling RTS) and Sequence (RPG, DDR-esque like game), so I definitely recommend the bundle for those games. For more information about the games, I’ve attached the blog post detailing about the bundle’s debut along with the trailer.

Indie Royale blog post:

Summer is over and fall is on the horizon; for many it’s time to go back to school! But don’t let the “back-to-school blues” get you down, Indie Royale’s got you covered with the Back to School Bundle featuring seven great indie games, including an exclusive debut for Bunny Must Die! from Rockin’ Android!

First up is a game where you can re-write history while you are studying it – Ronimo Games’ side-scrolling real-time strategy game, Swords & Soldiers with the awesome Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC, available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. [NOTE: Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC is not available for Linux users – apologies!] This beautifully crafted game offers humorous wit and solid game-play while you take control of the brutal Vikings, the devious Aztecs or the crafty Chinese in their global quest to win the favor of the Gods. The Super Saucy Sausage Fest DLC offers ten new campaigns, an improved challenge mode, and plenty of new spells and units. GameSpot praises Swords & Soldiers: “its simple controls and abounding good humour are likely to engage even those who have never dipped their controllers into the strategy pool.”

Next up is a space simulation game that’s sure to inform your studies about the moon landing from Shovsoft, Lunar Flight available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. This full 3D game is a re-imagining of the classic Atari game Lunar Lander and offers mission types involving transporting cargo, acquiring data at survey locations and locating lost cargo in a 3D world. DIYGamer raves about Lunar Flight, stating that it “sets the bar for Lunar Lander-likes (…) Shovsoft have created a fresh-faced and wonderfully playable space simulator that I urge everyone to try.”

As if that weren’t enough, also featured is an exclusive debut that’s sure to get your brain working with exploration-based platformer challenges, Bunny Must Die: Chelsea and the 7 Devils available for for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. This hilarious Japanese ‘Metroidvania’-esque game is brought to you by Platine Dispositif and Rockin’ Android, and features Bunny as she explores the Devil’s’ Labyrinth, using magical items like a Sylph Shooter and Hyper Heels to manipulate the fabric of time, solve puzzles and survive. You can’t miss Bunny Must Die! which offers a comical style, hand-drawn 2-D graphics, a charming storyline and an unlockable character.

Also included is a clever game that’ll stimulate both the right and left sides of your brain by offering rhythm action and role-playing-game spellcasting — Sequence from Iridium Studios, available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. You’ll play Ky, after he awakens imprisoned in a tower and has to ascend 7 levels of the tower guided with the help of a mysterious girl named Naia. With a standout in-game soundtrack that you fight along in time to, TruePCGaming praises Sequence for its dialogue developed by Jason Wishnov calling it “one of the funniest, well-written scripts that has ever graced a computer game.”

Additionally, this bundle includes two more games from Rockin’ Android never before available in a bundle – the hidden Japanese shmup gems Flying Red Barrel – Diary of a Little Aviator and Qlione, available for for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. Orange_Juice’s Flying Red Barrel offers colorful graphics and innovative scoring mechanics not to mention bullet hell shooting that’s deliciously violent. Shindenken’s Qlione is a unique 2-D shooter game that’s based on a lone amoeba and is equally challenging yet optically stunning, offering psychedelic vector backgrounds and gorgeous, splashy explosions!

Last up is a violent yet disturbingly cute game that offers a welcome distraction from studying, Cute Things Dying Violently — brought to you by ApathyWorks (along with its OST!) available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. This goofy yet warped title, previously a critical hit on Xbox Live Indie Games, offers 60 mind-bending levels, half-dozen unlockable special levels, and according to Joystiq is a “delightful puzzle game” that you’ll wanna try!

Steam continues to support indie games by introducing a new bundle, the Swedish Indie bundle, along with a discount on the Red Faction franchise


Steam’s really promoting the indie games lately. Before there was the British indie bundle, now here’s a trip to Sweden! This new bundle features a whopping ten games from Swedish indie developers.

The bundle is a huge 81% off making this original individually totaled price $77.90 for all the games into a dwindling amount of just $14.99 (81% off) for the ten games. If indie games isn’t your thing, you can also pick up the Red Faction franchise for 75% off, making the entire franchise purchasable for just $14.99 as well. If you’re missing some games from the franchise, each game is not more than $4.99 with the lowest price being $2.49 for Red Faction and Red Faction II. Red Faction: Armageddon Path to War DLC is available for just $1.49, while the base game is just $4.99. Pick up these deals before they end on Thursday at 7pm EST.

Trine and Crysis franchises featured sales on Steam for the weekend


This weekend Steam has two awesome franchise sales. The first one is 75% off Trine and Trine 2. In addition to that, you can purchase the new Goblin Menace DLC for just $6.79 which is 15% off. The Trine Complete Collection is available for just $8.74. Also the Frozenbyte Complete Collection is available for 75% off and it features Trine, Trine 2, Trine 2: Goblin Menace, Shadowgrounds, and Shadowgrounds Survivor. The other sale that is available until Monday at 1pm EST is Crysis and Crysis 2. Crysis 2 – Maximum Edition is purchasable for just $9.99, while the Crysis Complete Collection is also available for $17.49 and it includes Crysis, Crysis Warhead, and Crysis 2 – Maximum Edition.

Steam discounts S: S&S EP with Game of Thrones bundle in the first September midweek madness


Steam for the first midweek madness of September has discounted an amazing indie game, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery along with Cyanide Studios’ Game of Thrones Bundle. Game of Thrones Bundle is available at $23.80 (66% off). The bundle includes A Game of Thrones – Genesis, the 2011 strategy game release, and Game of Thrones, the 2012 RPG game release. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP reduced by 50% off and purchasable for just $3.99 that is an absolute steal since the Steam purchase also comes with the wonderful Jim Guthrie soundtrack. Tomorrow the sale ends at 7pm EST.

Here’s a mini description taken from one of my former posts:

I actually have S:S&S EP on both my PC and my iPad. Words cannot describe how amazing S:S&S EP is. The pixel-art is absolutely lovely as Jim Guthrie’s wonderful musical plays in the background of your adventure as this warrior girl who tries to understand the mysterious Megatome. The point and click adventure game is simplistic in that you don’t have to worry about your deaths or your inventory for that matter. It is a casual-style game that allows you to focus on the taking in the entire game through the amazing visuals and wonderfully humorous dialogue. Also Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP will be available in Japan on June 21st and a new remix soundtrack created by many famous Japanese composers will be available to purchase on the same day for $5. So if the game and its soundtrack isn’t enough, you have an amazing reworked soundtrack of Jim Guthrie’s innovative music on its way.

Torchlight 2 release date finally announced


Torchlight 2 isn’t coming out in the summer, but it’s certainly a lot closer now with a definitive release date. Torchlight 2 will be hitting PCs on September 20th. A much anticipated sequel to the indie RPG is receiving a lot more content than the original. The RPG, which has been highly compared to Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo, will certainly be an amazing sequel that has undoubtedly taken flaws from the original and its Diablo counterpart and improved them. Check out the chart below to see just how much the developers added into Torchlight 2. Also new features will include: online or LAN co-op multiplayer, four new classes, and Steam Workshop support. A Mac version will be released sometime in the future after the PC release.

The Darkness II 75% off on Steam


This weekend Steam has reduced Digital Extremes’ The Darkness II for 75% off. Therefore until Monday at 1pm EST, you can pick up a copy of The Darkness II for just $12.49.

World of Warcraft 5.0.4 patch now live


Blizzard’s latest expansion is drawing closer as the latest patch 5.0.4 implements many new features and changes to each and every class as well as to the game itself. These new features include, but not limited to account-wide achievements, new talent system that mimics Diablo, cross-realm zones, and BattleTag support. In addition, Valor Points have been converted to Justice Points, while Conquest Points have been converted to Honor Points. Also there are brand new glyphs and the daily quest cap has been removed. For more information, check out the patch notes below.

General
Account-wide Achievements, pets, and mounts

  •         In Patch 5.0.4 and beyond, the majority of your character’s Achievements, pets, and mounts will be shared with your other characters.
    Please read: Bringing Achievements to the Account Level, by Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street

World Event: Attack on Theramore Isle

  •         Warchief Garrosh, obsessed with assuring the Horde’s supremacy over Kalimdor, launches an all-out attack against Jaina’s island home of Theramore. Though valiant Alliance defenders rush to repel the sudden onslaught, they’ll soon find themselves unprepared for the terrible scope of Garrosh’s true plans…
  •         This Scenario will become available in the weeks leading up to the launch of Mists of Pandaria on September 25.

AOE Looting

  •         Area of effect looting comes to World of Warcraft with this patch. After killing a group of enemies in close proximity, when you loot one of their corpses, the loot window will include items from all of the nearby corpses for which you have loot rights.

BattleTag support in World of Warcraft

Players who have enabled their BattleTag will now be able to:

  •             See BattleTag friends in your friends list.
  •             Add and remove BattleTag friends.
  •             Send BattleTag invites to other players via right-click.

Cross-Realm Zones

  •         In some zones, players are now able to form a group with other players from a select pool of realms.
  •         When a player is in a zone that is set as a “cross-realm zone”, in addition to seeing other players from their native realm, they’ll also seamlessly see (and be able to play with) players from other realms.
  •         Players will always be able to group and quest as they normally would with players from their native realm.
  •         This functionality will be enabled for a limited number of realms at first, and will be granted to additional realms as we near the release of Mists of Pandaria.

Classes: General

All classes have been updated with a new talent system, improved abilities, and spells (accessible throughout levels 1-85). Your character’s talents have been reset.

  •         Many old talents have been converted to specialization abilities.
  •         Druids now have access to a fourth class specialization: Guardian.
  •         New spells are now learned automatically. Class trainers are only needed to change talents, glyphs, class specialization, or to utilize the dual specialization feature.
  •         All characters now take 40% less damage from other players.

Currency Conversion

  •     Valor points have been converted to Justice points, and Conquest points have been converted to Honor points.
  •     Neither of the resultant currencies (Justice and Honor) have an enforced hard-cap at this time.
  •     Players are no longer able to earn Valor or Conquest points (bosses drop Justice, and arenas are closed).
  •     Items formerly purchasable for Valor/Conquest are available for Justice/Honor.

Items

Spell Penetration has been replaced by PvP Power on existing items.
Head enchants removed

  •         Enchants that modify the gear in your head slot have been removed from the game. This includes older head enchants of every type.

Relics, ranged, and thrown items

  •         The slot in which ranged, relics, and thrown items were previously equipped has been removed. All weapons should now be equipped in the weapon slot.
  •         Ranged weapons, including wands, have been adjusted to be more powerful.
  •         Ranged weapons no longer have a minimum range.

Professions

  •     The glyph system has been updated. Many class glyphs have been added, altered, or moved to different glyph types.
  •     Prime glyphs have been removed.
  •     Chef’s Award and Dalaran Cooking Award have been removed. Existing awards have been converted to Epicurean’s Award.

Quests

  •     The cap for daily quests has been removed.
  •     There is no longer a displayed count of daily quests completed.

User Interface

  •     There is a new user interface for your mounts and pets.
  •     Character creation screens have been updated.
  •     Buffs have been consolidated in the UI.
  •     New roll results frame added. This new feature can be accessed by clicking the word “[Loot]” in chat, or by typing “/loot”.
  •     The PvE queue frames have been unified. You can now queue for dungeons, raids, and other queue-able content in one handy place.
  •     Vendors now offer item filtering.
  •     Spellbooks have been updated to reflect changes to core abilities, and now include a brief overview of specializations.
  •     The Dungeon Journal has been expanded with information on all pre-Cataclysm encounters.
  •     A new help system has been added to many frames. You can toggle this on and off by clicking the “i” button in the upper left corner of the frame.

Mac

  •     Mac OS X 10.5 is no longer supported.
  •     Added full support for Retina displays.
  •     Added support for game resolutions that match Mac screen aspect ratios.
  •     Switching between Windowed and Fullscreen display modes should be faster.
  •     A “Help” menu has been added, so that players can quickly navigate to support pages.
  •     A menu item that allows players to copy system information to the Clipboard has been added.
  •     A menu item that reveals various game files and folders in Finder has been added.

Indie Royale’s Getaway Bundle available now


Indie Royale is back, of course, with a new bundle titled the Getaway Bundle. This bundle features six games and some music as usual. For a little under $6, you can pick up Analogue: A Hate Story, Shattered Horizon, Da New Guys, Waves, Miniflake, and Super Amazing Wagon Adventure. Each game is available for Desura except for Shattered Horizon; however, Shattered Horizon, Analogue: A Hate Story and Waves are the only available games for Steam. If you pay $8 or more, you’ll receive the album Handheld Heroes Volume 1 by Handheld Heroes. Also by just paying for the bundle, you’ll also receive the Da New Guys, Waves, and Analogue: A Hate Story‘s official soundtracks with the six games. Check out the trailer below along with the official blog post detailing all the games. Also here’s the official website.

Indie Royale is back with a bundle that will take you on unique adventures from the comfort of your own living room: “travel” to the moon, the American Old West, a starship called the Mungunghwa, and more with the Getaway Bundle featuring six independent games, including exclusive debut Super Amazing Wagon Adventure!

The first exotic location on the itinerary is the moon where you can fight a zero-gravity death match in Futuremark’s unique multiplayer FPS Shattered Horizon available for Windows on Steam. Celebrated by Strategy Informer for game mechanics that create “thought-provoking gameplay”, Shattered Horizon offers unique combat features, realistic space gameplay, 32 player battles and huge levels that offer hours of gameplay. Top contributors will be rewarded for their generosity in this bundle; the top 10 contributors will receive a Shattered Horizon t-shirt; in addition, the top 5 contributors will also receive a meteorite sample from the Sikhote-Alin meteorite (Russia, 1947) with display case and certificate of authenticity. NOTE: Shattered Horizon requires DirectX 10, a DirectX 10 compatible video card, and Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Next up is Christine Love’s visual novel-style game, Analogue: A Hate Story, which takes place thousands of years in the future and is also loosely based on the Joseon Dynasty in Korea, available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. A current Indiecade Finalist, this game is focused around finding out the fate of a ship with the help of the ship’s two AIs after it re-appears 600 years following its mysterious disappearance whilst on a mission to establish an interstellar colony. Also included are the Space and Science DLC and the original soundtrack. PC Gamer calls Analogue: A Hate Story “ingeniously constructed” and states that “watching its narrative clockwork spinning is a huge part of the appeal.”

Offered along this journey is an Indie Royale exclusive debut; adventure on the Oregon Trail with Sparse Vector’s game, Super Amazing Wagon Adventure available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. This 2D shooter offers random gameplay elements and a mission to traverse fires, avalanches and time travel while fighting against bears, giant spiders, buffalo herds, snakes, scorpions, sharks, bandits, wolves and aliens. Originally developed for XBLIG, Eurogamer raved about the XBLIG version of Super Amazing Wagon Adventure : “Hilariously weird, with a solid gameplay base, it’s really quite brilliant.”

Also offered on the “getaway” is a look behind the scenes of a professional wrestling ring with retro point-and-click adventure from Wadjet Eye Games: Da New Guys, available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free (also included is the original soundtrack). Da New Guys is based on 3 wrestlers from England (Brain, Simon and Defender) who have immigrated to America. The story begins with the kidnapping of Brain and his recently won medal; Simon and Defender embark on a journey to save Brain which leads them to the city’s darkest corners. Da New Guys offers pixel hunts, puzzles, a lighthearted story, tongue-in-cheek RPG elements and quirky dialogue.

Included in the Getaway Bundle is a twin-stick shooter from Squid In A Box Waves, available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-free, which offers a rather unique destination that is “out of this world.” Waves is different from other games of its kind by rewarding you for killing your enemies by triggering a slow-motion buffer and the ability to bomb them; it offers quite lively chiptune tracks and some strategy elements when it comes to killing enemies. Offering five different modes, leaderboards and 20 levels Waves was recognized by Eurogamer as one of the “finest examples of the twin-stick arcade shooter genre to arrive in recent years.”

Last up is I-Game-Art’s retro 1bit RPG miniFlake available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. A roguelike RPG, miniFlake offers great chiptune music; retro sound effects; and randomly generated dungeons, overworld maps location names, and NPCs. The goal of the game is to pillage dungeons, and this gets increasingly difficult with each level. MiniFlake is still an Alpha: an updated build will be made available on your Indie Royale Key Page every time developer updates it (and the Desura version will automatically update).

Finally, those who pay $8 USD or their currency equivalent during the Getaway Bundle will get ‘Handheld Heroes Volume One’ a project, directed by Saskrotch which consists of 41-tracks from leading chiptune artists. Featuring familiar artists like Wizwars, Alex Mauer, Heosphoros, little-scale, OxygenStar, Goto80, zabutom, IAYD, Bit Shifter, this compilation pays homage to Game Boy, Master System, NES, Game Boy Advance, Amiga and a myriad of other “old skool” consoles.

You can find more information on Getaway Bundle, including real-time statistics and its current price, on its official website or via its Facebook and Twitter pages. And a final reminder – get in early while the prices are still low (unless generous contributors drop the price), so “get away” and grab a bundle today!

Steam discounts British indie game bundle and The Walking Dead; The Walking Dead: Episode 3 – Long Road Ahead available tomorrow


This midweek madness sale is pretty awesome. Steam has discounted Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead to 40% off, making it a wonderful $14.99 for all five episodes. This is undoubtedly due to the upcoming release of Episode 3 – Long Road Ahead, which has released today for PlayStation Network. However, other gamers will have to wait one more day for its release to Xbox Live Arcade, PC, and Mac. In addition, tomorrow Episode 2 – Starved For Help will release on iOS. You can pick up the bundle of the game that includes all episodes upon release for just $14.99 as well from the iTunes App Store. If you wish to purchase it individually, then the episode will cost $4.99. I thoroughly have enjoyed the first two episodes and highly recommend the game to anyone who’s interested in it. Picking it up for just $14.99 is a great deal.

Also there’s the British Indie Game Bundle that features six games: Defcon, Eufloria, Frozen Synapse, Gratuitous Space Battles, Revenge of the Titans, and Ben There, Dan That! and Time Gentlemen, Please! Special Edition Double Pack. The bundle is available for just $9.99 (75% off).

Both these deals will end as always on Thursday at 7pm EST.

Steam discounts Mount & Blade franchise and highlights new bundle


Once again there’s another Steam midweek madness sale. This time there’s a bundle and discounts on the Mount & Blade franchise. The bundle feature until Thursday is the bitComposer Games and Viva Media Bundle. It features five games for an awesome price of just $9.99 (75% off). Check them out below, but the individual games themselves are not on sale, just the bundle.

Additionally, the Mount & Blade is also 75% off making the entire franchise purchasable for just $8.74. That includes Mount & Blade, Mount & Blade: Warband, Mount & Blade: Warband – Napoleonic Wars, and Mount & Blade: With Fire & Sword. Also if you own any Mount & Blade title, you can receive a 20% off discount on the upcoming Paradox title, War of the Roses. Both sales end on Thursday, August 23rd at 7pm EST. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive additionally launched today as well and is available for $14.99 for both PC and Mac systems.

 

Plants vs Zombies 2 to come next spring


PopCap Games has announced they’ll be releasing a sequel to the much beloved game, Plants vs Zombies. The game will launch sometime in spring 2013 and will feature an all new slew of plants and zombies and “mulch more”. Below is the official announcement.

PopCap Games, maker of some of the world’s most popular video game franchises and a division of EA, today announced that the underground growth of the sequel to Plants vs. Zombies, one of the world’s most popular video games, is germinating and advancing with rigor.

The sequel to Plants vs. Zombies is expected to launch by late spring 2013, and will include a bevy of new features, settings, and situations, designed to delight the franchise’s tens of millions of fans around the world. No other details of the highly anticipated new installment in the franchise are available at this time, beyond the following comments from some of the game’s denizens.

“Spring is crullest curlie ungood time, and plantz grow dull roots,” noted an unidentified spokesperson. “So, we are meating you for brainz at yore house. No worry to skedule schedlue plan… we’re freee anytime. We’ll find you.”

“There was a time we relished a bracing, hearty blend of zombies, in the morning,” said Sonny F. Lower, a representative of the Flora Forever Foundation. “But first, a brisk shower and some strategic pruning are required. Tomorrow is near!”

Known for its quirky, one-of-a-kind blend of art, humor, polish and attention to detail, PopCap has been a mainstay of casual, mobile and social gaming for more than a decade. More than a billion people around the world have played PopCap’s video games, including the award-winning, blockbuster franchises Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled, Zuma, Peggle and Bookworm. The breadth of PopCap’s audience is similarly impressive, as its games appeal equally to both genders and all ages.

Trine 2 to receive Goblin Menace DLC in the fall


Trine 2 will be receiving a DLC titled Goblin Menace. The brand new DLC like most DLCs will expand on the gameplay of the original game by introducing new levels along with skills available for the three classes. Check out the reveal trailer below for this new expansion which will hit in the fall for just Steam and Wii U (Trine 2: Director’s Cut). Eventually, the DLC will probably make it to the PS3 and Xbox 360, but there’s still no word on that, the release date, and price. Whatever the release date or the price may be, it looks wonderful in the vivid screenshots and is probably well worth the wait.

 

Indie Royale’s Gone Fishin’ Bundle has launched


Indie Royale is once again back and this time, they have Gone Fishin’. This new bundle includes six games going with the pay-what-you-want model, but with a minimum pricing of $5.52 at the moment. It offers Sol: Exodus, All Zombies Must Die!, Cubemen (first three all available through Steam), Squids, Platformance: Castle Pain, and Platformance: Temple Death. Every game except All Zombies Must Die! is available through Desura and DRM-free downloads. In addition, Cubemen and Squids are the only available games for Mac. Also upon purchasing the bundle, you’ll receive VectorGeddon, its PC debut, and Sol:Exodus‘ artbook and official soundtrack. Check out the video and official blog post below that each highlights the games included and look at the official website here. There’s still seven days left to claim your bundle now. Oh and if you pay $8 or more, you’ll receive Floex’s aka Tomáš Dvořák, who created the Machinarium soundtrack to Amanita Design’s point-and-click game, wonderful album, Pocustones.

The first bait on the hook is Seamless Entertainment’s Unreal Engine-powered 3D space-action game: SOL: Exodus now available for Windows on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. Save humanity from the dying sun by finding a new home, and blast your way through multiple missions while enjoying easy-to-grasp Wing Commander-esque controls and core gameplay alongside an involved story. Destructoid calls SOL: Exodus an “accessible, exciting spacefighter sim” and suggests that “(a)nyone looking for a good space dogfight should feel obliged to give it a try.”

If that isn’t enough to reel you in, Doublesix Games’ undead-heavy topdown shooter All Zombies Must Die! will surely tempt you to bite. Available for Windows on Steam, this game offers a smattering of role-playing and strategy features, an unexpected cartoon-like art style and witty dialogue filled with clever pop-culture references. For those who played All Zombies Must Die! on the PSN or XBLA, you’ll be pleased to note that the PC release offers relief to zombie swarming by adding a new ‘treacle’ mechanic, “which will allow players to wade through otherwise impassible zombie crowds.”

Also offered in this tempting bundle are two games from 3 Sprockets, led by Cubemen, an acclaimed tower defense title now available for Windows and Mac on Steam, Desura and DRM-free. Play out the epic battle between red and blue by placing pixel men on the board to defend your base across 35 levels. The Skirmish mode offers what Gamezebo calls “a refreshing twist on tower defense” where players get to play against the AI or in multiplayer mode across 25 additional levels. Also from 3 Sprockets is bonus game VectorGeddon available for Windows and Mac as a DRM-free standalone exclusively on Indie Royale. It’s a fast-paced Missile Command style game where players spawn missile silos around the planet, and target incoming asteroids to destroy them in order to keep the population of Earth from hitting zero.

Suitably included in this ‘fishy’ bundle is Squids from The Game Bakers, available for Windows and Mac on Desura and DRM-free. Offering a clever mix of action strategy and RPG, this game is based on saving the world of the squids from an evil black ooze that threatens to destroy civilization by building a team of heroes to fight epic turn-based battles against corrupted crabs and shrimps. Touch Arcade calls the iOS versions of Squids “kinetic, clean, charming, and particularly streamlined” and says the game “has a ton of character, fun, and unique constructs to share.”

Last on the fishing lure are two PC debuts from Magiko Gaming: Platformance: Castle Pain and Platformance: Temple Death, both devious side-scrolling ‘masocore’ platformers available for Windows on Desura and DRM-free. Originally developed for Xbox Live Indie Games, these games are tough as nails but satisfying to beat. Platformance: Castle Pain stars a heavily armored knight who must overcome various challenging platform goodness to save the princess. Also debuting is Platformance: Temple Death, which is based on saving famous starlet Grace Belly by navigating though traps and challenges as an adventurer with a hat and whip. Indie Gamer Chick notes that the series is “pretty to look at, sound wonderful, and (…) offers a legitimate challenge without going out of their way to be unfair.”

Finally, those who pay $8 USD or their currency equivalent during the Gone Fishin’ Bundle will get ‘Pocustone’ the debut album from Floex (aka Tomas Dvorak), the Czech musician who created the lauded Machinarium soundtrack. This critically acclaimed album bridges relatively isolated genres such as nu-jazz, electronic and modern contemporary music, and appears in a bundle for the first time here.

Kalypso and Steam celebrate six year anniversary with weekend catalog sale


Steam has distributed Kalypso’s games for the last six years. As a celebration of this anniversary, Steam has graciously discounted many if not almost all of Kalypso’s catalog. The sale does not include Jagged Alliance: Crossfire and Legends of Pegasus at outrageously bargained prices, but you’ll find Jagged Alliance available for $25.49 (15% off) and Legends of Pegasus for $33.49 (15% off) when normally pre-purchases are usually just 10% off. Check out their catalog here to catch some bargain deals. In addition, Nexuiz is on sale at 75% off making it just $2.50, but if you’ve never played the game, you’re able to try it for free this weekend until Sunday 4pm EST.

Counter-Strike franchise and Payday: The Heist on sale for Steam’s midweek madness


For this week’s midweek madness, Steam has reduced the Counter-Strike franchise along with Payday: The Heist. You can now pre-purchase Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at $13.49 (10% off) instead of $14.99. The franchise is also completely available for just $18.69 (66% off) that includes Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Counter-Strike: Source, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Also to highlight the new Wolfpack DLC, Payday: The Heist is available for 75% off at $4.99. The Wolfpack DLC is purchasable for $9.99 now.

Charles Leavitt to write World of Warcraft film


Sam Raimi left the World of Warcraft film to direct Oz: The Great and Powerful. Now Charles Leavitt is reported as the new screenwriter. Leavitt previously had worked on the Blood Diamond script. Even more recently, World of Warcraft‘s upcoming expansion Mists of Pandaria now has a release date that is slated for September 25th. The new title will be the second game released by Blizzard Entertainment this year.

 

Gamersgate’s summer sale is here


In case you missed the huge Steam Summer Sale, Gamersgate is having one of their own. The summer sale lasts a whopping four weeks and each week highlights a genre. This week is RPG Games. In addition, there are four daily deals. Today they are BioShock Complete Pack, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale, and Dark Messiah Might & Magic. Check out the catalog of RPG games here to catch a bargain.

Here’s a hint for the upcoming deals tomorrow:

“Tomorrow we´re going to space with our pockets filled with Interstellar Kredit! After that, off to the beautiful island of Faranga for some temple ruin sightseeing (monster slaying included!), and last but not least: some classic D&D dungeon crawling!”

The Sims 3 is getting another expansion


The Sims3 will be receiving a new expansion come this fall. The expansion will allow you to entertain yourself with snowball fights or participate in apple-bobbing contests. The new title call be called The Sims 3: Seasons which is fitting since the premise of the game is incorporating seasonal activities for your little Sims. Check out some screenshots below. Also The Sims 3: Supernatural will release on September 4th.

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