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Steam Gets Updated, Beta Now Available

by Evan Volmering Feb 23, 2010 6:26 PM CST
filed under news, pc

Valve has announced a new version of Steam which is immediately available in public beta.

This opt-in beta is available immediately to all Steam users. If users already have Steam installed on their computer, they can take part in the beta by clicking this link (steam://open/settings) and then selecting "UI Update" under Beta Participation. If they don't have Steam installed, they can download it here (http://store.steampowered.com/). To preview the new Steam client without taking part in the beta, a complete rundown of the new features is available here (http://store.steampowered.com/uiupdate/).

With the new Steam release, gamers will now be able to see which games their friends have purchased directly within the Steam storefront. News outlets now have the ability to reach the Steam community through the new client's News aggregator functionality. Those organizations interested can contact Doug Lombardi at lombardi@valvesoftware.com.

With users purchasing more and more games through Steam, new methods of library management were needed. The new client introduces library customization tools to help gamers sort, group, and find games in libraries which for some hardcore players contain hundreds of titles. In addition to having lots of games, gamers needed methods of tracking all of their achievements in a standardized cross-game fashion, which is now possible with the new release. (more...)

Shattered Horizon Gets Major Update

by Evan Volmering Feb 11, 2010 1:24 PM CST
filed under news, pc

Futuremark Games has released a major update for Shattered Horizon, which includes voice-chat, new ranks, improved MPR grenade and more.

  • Added in game voice chat support offering talk to team, talk to all, player muting and global disable.
  • Improved ranking system adds 50 new experience ranks better tailored to both new and existing players.
  • Rank promotions now appear on the in-game HUD.
  • As a player ranks up cosmetic changes are added to the space suit to distinguish between new and experienced players in game.
  • Tutorial screens added to main menu.
  • MPR grenades have been made more effective against flying targets.
  • HUD targeting brackets no longer appear on spawning astronauts.
  • No longer possible to hit tankshots from the front, or visor shots from behind.
  • Main menu, level loading, team selection and match results screens have been redesigned.
  • All game audio has been re-mastered to improve dynamic range.
  • Added sound effects for when a round has 2 minutes left and 10 seconds left.
  • In game chat now supports special characters such as ä, ö , é …
  • Server browser list now refreshes every few seconds. Dead servers are removed from list.
  • Added Rules Info page to server browser screen.
  • Added support for 5:4 monitor resolutions such as 1280x1024. (more...)

Team Fortress 2 Gets Highlander Update

by Tyler Treat Feb 4, 2010 10:24 PM CST
filed under news, pc

Valve has released an update for Team Fortress 2 that includes a new game mode. The Highlander mode allows nine players per team, and limits both teams to one of each class. Aside from the update, TF2 also got a few fixes. Here's the full list of patch notes:

  • Added new Highlander mode
  • 9 players allowed per team
  • Restricts each team to 1 of each class
  • Use mp_highlander (0/1) to toggle off/on: default is 0
  • Added "bots" to the server's sv_tags convar if the server is running bots
  • Fixed a weapon name localization issue
  • Fixed the "tf_teamtalk" server convar not controlling text chat between living/dead teammates
  • Updated the map CTF_DoubleCross
  • Fixed the map not ending correctly when using mp_timelimit
  • Changed to prevent Engineers from building on top of the shack in each base
  • Updated the map Arena_WatchTower
  • Fixed a case where players could open and get stuck on the starting gates before the round start
  • Improved clipping to prevent people from getting out of the map
  • Optimized the map for better performance

Darksiders Getting Fixed This Week

by Tyler Treat Jan 25, 2010 10:46 PM CST
filed under news, xbox 360

Darksiders is a pretty good game, but it's about to get even gooder because Vigil is releasing the much-anticipated screen-tearing patch. The update is coming this Wednesday around 2AM PST, and, as usual, it'll come in the form of an auto-update on Xbox Live. Vigil didn't announce if the patch will address any other issues plaguing the game, but the screen-tearing was the most problematic, so it's good to see it's getting fixed.

"To everyone, we really appreciate your feedback and hope you know that we're paying attention to all of it," the developer added on its blog.

Check out our Darksiders review in the meantime.

Left 4 Dead 2 Getting Update, Adds Infected Bots

by Tyler Treat Jan 23, 2010 2:47 PM CST
filed under news, pc, xbox 360

Valve announced a new update coming to Left 4 Dead 2 that will add some new features to Versus mode. The infected team will now get bots if they don't have a full group of four, which helps to balance the game out significantly. Another big change is auto-spawns are getting removed during finales.

There's also more good news. The update will be arriving on both Xbox 360 and PC

Co-op Update Confirmed for Tekken 6

by Tyler Treat Jan 12, 2010 9:38 PM CST
filed under handhelds, news, ps3, psp, xbox 360

In other Namco Bandai news, the publisher has confirmed that Tekken 6 will be getting an online co-op update this month. For the first time in the series' history, players will be able to grab and fist-brawl side-by-side online. Fighting through the game's Scenario Campaign mode, two players can use voice chat to strategize in order to pull off some ultra beatdowns. A co-op leaderboard which will allow players to compare skill levels will also be added.

The update, scheduled for next Monday, January 18, will also improve Mokujin's AI, changing his fighting style each round.

Team Fortress 2 Gets Major Update

by Tyler Treat Jan 6, 2010 7:14 PM CST
filed under news, pc

Valve released a major update for Team Fortress 2 today, bringing a ton of fixes, tweaks and other improvements. The new bots also got an overhaul. Check out the full list after the break.

Server Browser (for TF2 and DoD:S)

* Added a client-side server blacklist
o Supports blacklisting of specific servers, all servers on an IP, and all servers on a class C range
o Saves the server list to a file, and has an Import button to allow easy sharing (cfg\server_blacklist.txt)

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Left 4 Dead 2 Gets Another Patch, российские подзаголовки

by Tyler Treat Dec 21, 2009 3:50 PM CST
filed under news, pc, xbox 360

No, we didn't get hacked by Russian spammers. Left 4 Dead 2 got a patch that adds Russian subtitles. The update also fixed up the lobby system and made it so dedicated servers are preferred when searching for matches. Here's the full list of fixes:

  • Reduced Dedicated Server max search ping to 150 ms
  • Teams that prefer listen servers will no longer be matched with teams that prefer dedicated servers
  • Official dedicated servers are now preferred when searching for team matches
  • More populous lobbies are now preferred over less populous ones when searching for games
  • Players who crash or have failed to load are no longer banned if they have been kicked
  • Update Russian subtitles
  • Fixed not being able to interlink teams in team-on-team mode
  • Fixed not being able to properly migrate team lobby after team leader would leave the lobby
  • Fixed not being able to invite friends if player was not team leader in a team-on-team game

Torchlight Update Adds Steam Achievements, Cloud Support

by Evan Volmering Dec 18, 2009 6:05 PM CST
filed under news, pc

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Torchlight will be receiving a major update tonight, adding support for Steam Cloud functionality and Steam Achievements. With Steam Cloud support, Torchlight saved games and characters now follow you to any PC. In addition to adding Cloud support, Torchlight players may now slash their way to over 60 Steam achievements.

Team Fortress 2 War Update: ‘The Scotch Resistance’ and ‘The Equalizer’

by Tyler Treat Dec 17, 2009 3:57 AM CST
filed under news, pc

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More news from the frontline. The new melee weapon for the Soldier has been revealed as well as the new sticky bomb gun for the Demoman. The Soldier is getting a pick axe called "The Equalizer," which becomes more deadly the more damage you take. "Get close enough to death, and you will become Death himself," the update reads. The Soldier is also getting a "Buff Banner," which boosts a rage meter that, when full, lets you pull out your bugle and rally the troops. For 14 seconds, every teammate who rallies round your flag will deal mini-crits.

The Demoman's new gun, the Scotch Resistance, can lay down twice as many sticky bombs and destroy enemy sticky bombs. It also lets you detonate specific groups of bombs instead of having to set them off all at once. However, the SR has a 0.4-second priming rate, making it less useful for air-bursts and close range combat.

For more information, including new Achievements, check out the War page.

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