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Holiday Sale 2015

May as well kill two birds with one stone.

Steam's Mysterious Trading Cards is back for the third year running, it's called mysterious because the drops are just numbers 1-11 without a reference. Took a screenshot for your viewing pleasure, yes I have them all already (you get them from crafting). Notice in the first image there is no option to craft a new badge because it hasn't gone live yet. Atm I don't see any clues in the badge designs as to how this sale will be themed, ie mainly the type face.

Judging by past Steam sales, usually there is an incentive to push through certain titles or increase the discounts on offer across the Store on select titles, most would agree the 2015 Summer sale was a chore with the clickathon robot game or RSI simulator as I'd like to call it before I decided to make use of my macros ;) Unlike the 5 days of the Steam Exploration Sale from 25-29th November 2015 I would assume the sale to last for 10 or 14 days.

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Leading onto an open secret thanks to a leak from Paypal a few weeks ago, their website now says "Sorry, that page doesn't exist." Checking google cache doesn't load the interactive element but this image (below) shows what was there. The latest banner states that the big Steam Winter sale starts on the 22nd December 2015. Leaks from China stating the 18th are incorrect as a basis for US/Europe since it's a worldwide "premier", you'll find more incorrect dates the further back you go back.

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Take your time, remember that there is no Flash or Weekly sales to trump your buys during the Holiday Sale - outside of this sale Steam does Daily Deals and Midweek Madness instead. Advice I'd offer is to use the links in the OP to check pricing across various websites and only buy game/s you are planning to play very soon, well unless you hoard and entertainment budget is healthy who's going to stop you :)

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Three free Sega titles on Steam

This is part of Sega's Make Love Not War promotion.

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Free games worth £21.97

Enter your email address and you'll go on sub list where you'll be sent Steam codes within 24 hours.

http://www.makewarnotlove.com

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Heads up on for those who'd like a free game :)

Worth 15 minutes of your time if you're after something quirky or extra achievements with 5 on offer. The game in question is Antenna, developed and published by LWNA, as the title suggests you scan radio frequencies looking for answers.

Tip: For quicker frequencies scans I found it far faster to instead use the arrow keys than scroll wheel, if you're having issues with the "?" key press "Shift" + "?" keys together, once you find frequencies you have to press "Z" and "?" together, some levels require use of the scroll wheel only when asked ie for charging battery.

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Game runs on Windows XP SP3 and up (bar Windows Vista), requires at least 2GHz dual core CPU but ideally quad core, 2GB RAM but ideally 4GB, unspecified GPU with at least 1GB VRAM running DirectX 9 but ideally 10, sound card is up to you, and you require at least 200 MB of storage.

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Antenna is a short experience, an atmospheric expression.

Antenna currently supports US keyboard input only. Other keyboard layouts will work but results may be unpredictable. Mouse wheel required.

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Another round-up of Steam deals that some of you guys may already own, otherwise check out the offerings.

Here are the weekend deals from Rockstar (the complete list is here), note I try to include valued-oriented packages.

  • 2015's Grand Theft Auto V, rated 96%, -33% discount £26.79/$40.19 - store
    You can totally ignore the Great White Shark Cash Card for GTA V online as they are optional in-game currency, team up for heists and slowly build up currency that way.

    Also, you can check out GTA V Redux mod (instructions) that I recommend for OFFLINE play only. This is recommended for those familiar with modding.
     
  • Grand Theft Auto Collection, -70% discount, consists of a very old GTA III, rated 93%, yes that game with annoying RC Toyz mission. GTA: Vice City rated 94%. A recommended GTA: San Andreas, rated 93%, due to a huge amount of fun mods or simply making it playable on modern systems. Standalone GTA: Episodes from Liberty City, features both The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony that I somehow never played. The excellent GTA IV, rated 90%, if you can run ENB to improve visuals try that. Hundreds of hours of mayhem in 6 games for only £10.49/$14.99 - store.

    The deal above is far better than GTA: Complete Collection as it already includes GTA IV plus Episodes from Liberty City plus 3 other games. For reference that 'deal' that I don't recommend has 70% discount £8.99/$10.99 - store.

    For all these titles, I'd recommend a good read of each title on PCGamingWiki to implement any fixes/tweaks, more importantly, the Live disabler.
     
  • An investigative L.A. Noire Complete Collection, rated 83%, -70% discount £7.49/$8.99 - store
     
  • Play stealth or guns blazin' is the action-packed Max Payne 3 Complete Edition, rated 87%, -70% discount £8.09/$10.49 - store
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I don't remember the last time I played GTA5 ;) BTW Redux is using stolen settings from other mods. 

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DiRT 3 Complete Edition FREE!
https://www.humblebundle.com/store/dirt-3-complete-edition-free-game

  • A Humble account is required to add item to your cart
  • The link is sent to your registered email address but you can get the key ASAP from the popup screen that says "Success!" and go to "click here to get your key"

This message will now appear:

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Thank you for your DiRT 3 Complete Edition order.

You can access it via your download page:  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Please save this email so that you can access your content again in the future.

If you have any problems or questions, please visit our support page:

https://support.humblebundle.com
Sincerely, Humble Bundle

  • Note: You must redeem your free DiRT 3 Complete Edition key by 10AM Pacific on Saturday, November 19, 2016! Immediately after 10AM Pacific on November 19, the code will magically vanish as if it were just a figment of your imagination, leaving this cryptic message behind in its wake.
  • Click the Steam link where your code will be revealed.
  • In Steam go to Games >> Activate a product on Steam and paste the key
  • Enjoy!
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Another not-a-Steam deal and certainly worth grabbing.

It's Mass Effect 2 courtesy of EA Origin, usually £7.99 for this standard edition and now on the house, free!

  1. Log in or create an account
  2. Head to On The House to see Mass Effect 2
  3. Click on Get it now and add to your library
  4. Download and keep forever!

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Separately, there is a winter sale on Origin with up to 65% off their games and DLCs.

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Here's another free game courtesy of Humble.

The is 2012's DiRT Showdown and was well received, usually £9.99 and now free but only for another 29 hours!

Log in or create a Humble account, head here to grab this offer, and Humble will generate a Steam key. After the checkout process has gone through, click through the links.

Note: You have until Saturday, January 28th, 2017 to redeem your key - due to regional differences this could be a day either way.

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Mentioned this in shoutbox yesterday when Bethesda sent an email, making a quick post since the deal is now live.

Note that the base game is free to play, DLC is not included but you can always mod to your hearts content with either Steam or NexusMods. User reviews are mixed due to the hardcore following (which I understand) and most the mechanics are dumbed down, too much settlement busywork and annoying characters - however I really enjoyed it and have over a 1k hours which is more than normal due to the numerous mods I have installed and my passion for building huge settlements. There's enough DLC content and it's good enough quality in my opinion bar Contraptions but the best DLC is no doubt Far Harbor.

Fallout 4, OpenCritic score of 87%, is free to play over the weekend and -67% off base game and -40% off season pass - http://store.steampowered.com/app/377160/

If you're still not sure check out the game yourself and grab some mods and I suggest the following, none of these will cause game-breaking issues compared to the other mods:

  • MOD: Achievements - simply allows you gain achievements with mods, relies on F4SE.
  • MOD: Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch - essential bugfixes and balancing BUT only install if you have ALL DLC since it relies on other assets.
  • TOOL: LOOT - same tool you use for other Fallout and Elder Scrolls series of games to ensure optimal priority of mods load order
  • MOD: New Dialog - aimed at showing what the character would say than annoying you with answers you wouldn't say
  • MOD: Improved Map with Visible Roads - what it says on the tin!

I can lead you deeper down the rabbit hole (more complicated) and quickly mention DEF_UI for more of your inventory to be displayed without RSI-inducing scrolling, Place Everywhere which makes building less frustrating and requires F4SE which is why it won't run on consoles, and Spring Cleaning is safe to use (much safer than Scrap Everything) for those wanting perfect settlements or OCD sufferers alike. Like with any mod and especially these: read the description carefully, watch videos, and check the comments.

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WOT! Another Free Game?

Here's a deal hard to turn down, unless that is you are one the millions that already has this popular title.

Overkill Software is currently giving away the base game PayDay 2 on Steam, hit the 'Install Game' (as shown in the image below) and it's now permanently linked to your account. You can install at a later point in time if you just wanted the game. This version will not include any DLCs, however you can update to the Ultimate Edition at a later date if you wanted.

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This message will confirm registration:

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Success!
PAYDAY 2 is now registered to your account on Steam.
To access your new content, simply launch this product from your Library on Steam.

And going back to the URL, you'll be greeted by a green banner indicating you have the game on your account with the message: "PAYDAY 2 is already in your Steam library"

Next... PayDay 2: Ultimate Edition

A new fullprice version costing $45 and referenced as PayDay 2: Ultimate Edition will include the base game include all currently released DLCs into one package. All DLCs that were already released will be integrated into PayDay 2. For those of you tired of so many games that have dominant business model around DLCs because it certainly put me and others off,

I'm sure this will be a relief but too late for a game originally released nearly 5 years ago and with no upgraded HD Texture Packs. If you've been playing over this period then you've no doubt seen your fair share of updates and further game patches will address any issues as support is now extended for another year.  Here is the Ultimate Edition FAQ.

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TWO free games!

Don't buy one....

Credit to WhyCry who pointed out that Humble is offering the excellent Shadow Warrior: Special Edition (2013) gratis, normally retails for $49.99/£39.99 - yup pricey even after all this time. Special Edition includes: Serious Sam 3 Sledgehammer, Hotline Miami Katana, Shadow Warrior Digital Artbook, Shadow Warrior OST.

Log in to Humble, add to cart, upon completion you'll get your code to redeem on Steam. You'll love this action shooter because it's funny, violent, offering good variety to gameplay, more difficult than most games but still enjoyable such is its 90's heritage. Purely my own opinion, I found it was a better game than Shadow Warrior 2 where some love was lost in level design and enemies. That's not to say it was a bad game at all but different in that respect.

Get another free anyway...

Next deal is one was made free a fortnight ago. Despite its 1997 release, this is one classic game that sits well alongside Doom, Quake, Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein. Shadow Warrior Classic is a violent shooter that retro gamers of that era will love and you can get that free direct from Steam and/or GOG (here).

If you found the controls and graphics were a little dated for your liking, you could pop Shadow Warrior Classic Redux on your wishlist. However, I would still recommend you play the original to appreciate the series. Shadow Warrior series has plenty of Easter eggs to satisfy completionists out there, enjoy!

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TWO free games, again!

A great game that sucks you in with a great Telltale script and gameplay to match. The Walking Dead - Season 1 (2012) was £18.99/$24.99 on Humble Bundle and is now free! Don't worry about the small print saying you need to buy season pass as this isn't relevant to the offer, as always I verified this myself and instantly received game key for activating on Steam.

Next is the fun indie game from Pocketwatch Games. Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine is a nice top-down strategy heist, it's single player or even better with friends, was £10.99/$14.99 and now free this weekend on Steam! With the free game offer multiplayer is hotting up once again, peak was high enough to place it 12th on Steam's most played games earlier today, how long people play for is another matter but it is addictive for many that you shouldn't wait long at all.

If you are interested in these games, grab them as soon as you are notified to avoid missing out, enjoy!

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Free game, limited time

We all love Humble Bundle :) Thanks to them and dev Double Fine Productions (who brought it up to date) are now giving away Psychonauts (2005) was £6.99/$9.99. Grab this classic now as time is very limited - will end in less than 31 hours!

While I've never played this myself it is a fun platformer where the protagonist Raz has physic abilities to solve puzzles and attack enemies, yeah it's kinda wacky.

If you enjoy this title there is a sequel that was crowd funded but distribution is very limited, this is get more eyes on the original and wet your appetite for the much needed follow up. The original didn't sell well under original dev Majesco (under 100k units which is why they are defunct), yet Double Fine Productions sold 1.7MN units when they bought the IP in the period covering 2005-2015, perhaps this is behind the cautious approach for seeking funding for what is a very small studio and avoid history repeating itself.

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