Roughly a year since the standalone released on Steam Early Access by Bohemia Interactive, the popularity of the zombie-survival game DayZ can not be understated as it hit yet another milestone this week.
Growing from the popular ARMA II mod by Dean “Rocket” Hall, DayZ grew steadily from the start and by the time it was released as its own standalone product in December of 2013 the game was able to hit its first million copies sold within its first four weeks.
The multiplayer-focused zombie wasteland filled a hole in the zombie genre as the game brought an greater sense of realism with human needs like hunger and thirst needing to be tended to. Beyond the realistic game mechanics, the nature of a multiplayer world with players constantly struggling for survival creates a sense of intensity and contention between players.
Though the popularity of DayZ is great, Dean Hall has already elected to move on to new endeavors (though he has promises to continue supporting the title). Hall’s new projects with his own studio, RocketWerks, has no current public work to show, but he has suggested a vast variety of genres and styles to come in the future as he continues to build the studio.
DayZ is available on Steam for $34.99 and plans to bring the game to consoles have been in the works for some time, but no release date or time-frame has been announced as of yet.
2k and Firaxis have announced a new turn-based strategy game for sci-fi adventure lovers, and, though more needs to be seen, it does drawing similarities to the classic Sid Meier’s Pirates game released back in 2004.
Granting players the ability to command fleets of starship, and explore a galaxy of various planets and civilizations, Sid Meier’s Starships looks to continue the success that the developer always seems to have with the strategy-game genre.
Fans of Civilization: Beyond Earth which released back in October may find some particular interest in the title as the reason for the game’s development stems from this large-scale strategy game. Those who also own Beyond Earth will be given cross-connectivity that unite both of the games into a single experience.
“When designing Starships, I was intrigued by the idea of exploring the next chapter in the story of Civilization: Beyond Earth. What happens after we colonize our new home and eventually build starships to take to the stars? What has become of our long-lost brothers and sisters from the planet Earth?” said Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis Games. “My goal was to create an experience that focuses on starship design and combat within a universe filled with interstellar adventure, diplomacy, and exploration.”
Players will be given the ability to customize their ships as they research futuristic technology, and play through multiple campaigns — each with their own galactic map of dynamically generated missions.
Starships currently has no definitive release date, but is suggested to release within the first half of 2015 on iOS and PC.
With dark visuals and intense gameplay, Dead Effect is looking to transfer its mobile gaming success on iOS and Android to the PC as the developer moves on from the early access/beta phases of the zombie game and releases the full-fledged game on Steam today.
The independent title by Badfly Interactive brings a well told zombie story, and though it isn’t particularly that original, the well-paced gameplay and aesthetics makes up for it.
At the time there is no multiplayer available, but it is expected to be added soon provided the support for the game stays on its current track.
For just $8 bucks on Steam the game is well worth checking out.
The upcoming sequal to the multi-million dollar PC game Killing Floor is on its way and the developer behind the co-op FPS is showing just how much progress they’ve made in the technical department.
In a partnership with NVIDIA, Tripwire Interactive shows a variety of improvements over their last wave-driven zombie game — especially visually.
Incredible reflections noticed nearly everywhere, subsurface scattering to enhance the look of the zombie character models, and improved bloom effects, blur, and depth of field intend to make the zombie onslaught look and feel all the more satisfying.
Some PC gamers — especially those that frequently live stream on twitch or other services — may be enticed to take a look at the new Steam Broadcasting service that has just been introduced today.
The service is still in its beta form, but is mostly functional with a variety of options to stream to who you want.
Once the service is active on a user’s account, they’ll find friends streams in a similar way you’d join games from the friends list. A “Watch Stream” option is available to jump straight to the live video.
Four options are available for the privacy settings ranging from an invite only stream to an entirely public one. Users will also be given the option to allow just friends to watch as well as a selection to accept only requests to watch from friends.
To use Steam Broadcasting users must choose the “Steam beta update” in their account settings.
The absurdity of a goat with freakish powers traveling across the lands and preforming bewildering stunts will now be expanding to an MMO style.
Goat Simulator has been gracing PC gamers with its spectacularly insane gameplay throughout this last year, but now you can experience the insanity with friends as Goat Simulator MMO releases Thursday (11/20/14).
CoffeeStainStudios has revealed the patch is coming to Steam as DLC for free, but no information regarding the release on Google Play or the App Store has been detailed.
The base version of Goat Simulator is available for $9.99 on Steam, and $4.99 on Android and Apple devices.
Steam is making it easier for their users to seamlessly join their own personalized soundtracks and playlists into their gameplay experience.
Starting today, users will be able to play their own music with Steam Music which gives the option for users to connect their own music collection with their Steam Library. Music playback controls will now be directly integrated into the Steam overlay to allow for marginal interruption of whatever game you may be playing.
Following this news — all of the Half-life and Portal soundtracks are already available for no charge on the Steam store and all the actual games themselves are on sale (75% off).
Andrew Gower, co-founder of Jagex Games Studios and writer of the renowned MMORPG Runescape, is forging a new path in his videogame making career with Solstrike, a new turn-based strategy game.
As Andrew Gower and his team began testing his new engine and programming language, Fen Forge, they had slowly stumbled into creating a fully functional game with its own intricacies and excitements in Solstrike and are hoping to have their 2D strategy game green-lit on Steam.
The game is simple at its core, but their motives to create a full fledged game from their testing is well understood with its multiplayer elements and its balanced gamestyle that includes 30 unique units right now, and plans to incorporate 120 units provided it receives enough favorable votes on Steam.
A free early access iteration of the game is available on solstrike’s official website right now, and for those who like what they see they can help Green Light the game on Steam, here.
Bethesda continues their generous streak of giving players the opportunity to fall in love with their beautiful dark world.
The steampunk-style FPS brings a unique narrative as well as stellar gameplay for a pretty sweet price of free — at least for this weekend on Steam. If you’ve been putting this game on the back-burner, you have no excuse but to at least take a look at the game now.
Dishonored was named Best Action Adventure Game at the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards, and was also honored with the Inside Gaming Award for Best Environmental Design. The unique ways the game allows players to approach each objective combined with a variety of ways to traverse the well-balanced environments makes the game well deserving of the vast array of accolades presented to it.
Dishonored is already one of the Xbox 360’s free game for the month of August and after the free-weekend play is over on Steam, permament access to the game will come a reasonable price with the title being 75% off at the moment.