In an interview with Develop, Team Fortress 2 developer Robin Walker announced that Valve is now making the game free-to-play. The game will be supported by micro-transactions, meaning the only things that will cost money are items in the game's shop. If you can avoid buying goofy hats you can play this stellar mulitplayer first person shooter completely free. There is no set date for this price drop currently, but I will update when the information becomes available.
Valve's Steam downloadable game service just launched five free-to-play games, Spiral Knights, Forsaken Worlds, Champions Online: Free for All, Global Agenda: Free Agent, and Alliance of Valliant Arms. This marks the first time Valve has tried this strategy on Steam. Extra items and equipment will be available for a premium, but the games themselves are completely free. In order to entice more users, Valve is giving away free content that is normally premium for those that download the games this week.
Super Meat Boy just got a bit more super, if you have the PC version that is. The level editor is now available for the general populace as a free update on Steam. You can access the editor by right-clicking on Super Meat Boy in your Steam library, selecting Properties and adding "-devmode" to Super Meat Boy's Launch Options. I can't wait to see what kind of deadly labyrinths people put together. I will probably be making a level myself soon enough, stay tuned for more info!
No, this isn't a Reddit post. It is an actual screen grab from the new Super Meat Boy update available on Steam today. Super Meat World, featuring levels created by users and other developers is now available by pressing left on the chapter select screen. I can't wait to have my spirit destroyed by these levels- should take about ten minutes.
Rumors have been swirling around the internet for weeks about Portal 2's connection to the Half Life series due to a leaked achievement listing. But Portal 2 has a lot more in common with Half Life than a couple of silly achievements. There has always been something odd about the orange accented GLaDOS bot you see here- he has always appeared to be a bit more serious than his counterpart and there is a pretty good reason why. Portal 2 takes place several hundred years after the first Portal took place and even more time has passed since the events in the Half Life series transpired. The secret that has been right under our noses the whole time is that the bot with the orange accents has actually had Gordon Freeman's consciousness uploaded into it. This robot, much like Gordon, is the strong, silent type and now we know why. What other secrets await us in Portal 2? Find out on April 19th.
The long awaited Super Meat Boy user created hub, Super Meat World, is only "days away" according to developer Team Meat's twitter account.
This free update will allow Steam users to create and share levels with other fans, eventually leading to new chapters created from hand picked user created content. I can't wait to see what twisted designs people cook up. Luckily you actually have to beat the level yourself before you submit it, alleviating some of the potential torture. Look for news on my own creation soon!
Super Meat Boy will be receiving an impressive update in January, allowing users to create their own levels and submit them online for other gamers to try. Wanna-be game designers can use anything they have seen in the game, outside of the bosses, to build their own deadly playgrounds. To prevent people from uploading impossible to complete levels the creators must first complete their level before submitting. The online level portal will allow players to sort levels by difficulty and rating. "Enter the Unknown" mode will grab user create levels at random, arranging them in order based on difficulty. A new "Super Meat World" mode will include 30 new bandages to collect in levels handpicked by Team Meat, including some developed by other indie studios. Get it now on Steam- I got my copy for $3.75 on Monday!
Starting today and running until Monday the 29th, Steam is having daily sales so that you won't have to brave the holiday shopping mobs. Today 10 copies of Half Life 2 were available for $20, a great price for you and nine of your friends. Also, on each day of the sale Valve will randomly gift 30 Steam users with the top five games on their wish lists. Be sure to update your wishlists and check Steam daily for awesome deals!