Thursday, July 29, 2010

First Starcraft 2 Reviews

So judging from the flood of Starcraft 2-related articles ("Starcraft 2 Review in the Pipe", "Where are the Starcraft 2 Reviews?", etc) that have been popping up like mushrooms, people are very excited to read about whether Blizzard has surpassed the first Starcraft in terms of gameplay, multiplayer aspects, and presentation.

As of this writing, I found two so far.

The Starcraft 2 reviews after the jump.'s Starcraft 2 review - focuses more on several of the multiplayer aspects, particularly problems that SEA players may encounter

Bit-tech's Starcraft 2 review - discusses the game's units and upgrades and its multiplayer aspects among other things

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Alien Swarm Gets its First Update

Updates include:

  • Fixed weapon switch key in the 360 controller config
  • XP and level are stored in the Steam Cloud
  • Fixed duplicate rows in the "Find Public Games" screen
  • Reduced screen shake when you have high ping
  • Fixed dedicated server always starting in LAN mode
  • Fixed custom item button binds not displaying properly on HUD
  • Fixed full network updates causing duplicate client ragdolls to spawn
  • Added console commands to change game access on the fly (make_game_public and make_game_friends_only)
  • Fixed welding icon sometimes getting stuck above player's head
  • Fixed HUD elements being cut off in ultra wide resolutions
  • Removed cheat flag from a number of cosmetic console commands
  • Now firing, meleeing, or reloading while welding will break you out of the weld
  • Fixed spectators earning achievements
  • Fixed infinite ammo exploit
  • Fixed XP exploit

Nothing after the jump.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

3rd-Person Shooter Alien Swarm Released as Freeware on Steam

Alien Swarm, a class- and squad-based game that embroils players in a space marine-vs-alien bugs fragfest, is finally out. What's more, this multiplayer PC shooter is now free to play, the only catch is that you must have a Steam account. The game is powered by the Source engine so expect impressive graphics and physics. (Examples of Source-powered games: Half-life 2 and Counter Strike Source.)

"Alien Swarm is a game and Source SDK release from a group of talented designers at Valve who were hired from the Mod community. Available free of charge, the game thrusts players into an epic bug hunt featuring a unique blend of co-op play and squad-level tactics. With your friends, form a squad of four distinct IAF Marine classes."
Links on where to download Steam and the 3rd-person shooter game after the jump.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Nvidia Fixes GeForce/ION 257.21's Profile Bug, Releases GeForce/ION 258.96 (Beta)

Nvidia's release last June 15, v257.21, was an excellent video driver in terms of image quality. However, it had some flaws in the form of a game profile bug --- some users complained that the GeForce/ION driver didn't save the game profile parameters they set in the Nvidia video driver's control panel. A few days ago, Nvidia released a beta, GeForce/ION 258.96, and from what I've read, the driver doesn't seem to have the profile bug that its predecessor had. Will test this out tomorrow.

The download link after the jump.

>>>See Nvidia video driver benchmark results here

Get the Nvidia GeForce/ION video driver HERE. Please take note that this is just a beta (but hey, if you've been reading the forums---and my post above, WHQL drivers have bugs. :P). Also please remember to choose your video card and the OS you're using in the drop-down fields that the webpage supplies.

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