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Orcs Must Die 2 Demo Now Available on Steam

Orcs Must Die 2 Demo on Steam

Anyone getting excited yet? The sequel to the fantastic Orcs Must Die! indie title that was released last year is due for release in just three more days. For those of you unfamiliar with the title; now might be the time to try the game out as the demo has been released on Steam. Go give it a download here.

Orcs Must Die! was a well received tower defence game released in 2011 by Robot Entertainment. The sequel, Orcs Must Die! 2 is due to launch on the 30th of July. The title blends a great sense of humour with incredible strategy and tower defence elements with some nice action to boot. Now, finally, Orcs Must Die! 2 will also allow users to share the experience with a friend through the brand new co-op mode. The demo will feature two of the game’s early levels, both available in single player or co-op. The player may select one of two classes and even test out some of the new traps and upgrades in the game. 

Orcs Must Die! also had a great soundtrack. To celebrate the new release, the original’s soundtrack has been permanently reduced, and the sequel’s soundtrack will also be made available on Steam. I have this title pre-purchased, so it will be mine on launch. I suggest you do the same, but at the very least try the demo.

Here’s Some Week Old Metal Gear Rising Comic-Con Screens

Metal Gear Rising comic-con screenshots

I’m in a very excited mood for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and have just realised I have little on it on this site. This absolutely needs to change. So here are some screenshots of this game that has been my most anticipated title since Platinum Games were announced to be developing it. I just wish it’d stop getting delayed!

PS. I don’t even know what’s going on in the second screenshot after the jump. But it’s awesome.

Comic-Con Screenshots for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Comic-Con Screenshots for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Comic-Con Screenshots for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Comic-Con Screenshots for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Comic-Con Screenshots for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Brand New Metal Gear Rising Trailer Shows How To Play

We’re a bit behind on this, but I wanted to share it anyway. The latest Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance trailer reveals just how the combat is played. Take a look.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is developed by Platinum Games and Kojima Productions, to be published by Konami. The game is an over-the-top action game spinoff of the Metal Gear franchise, and is an attempt to do something different but set in the same universe; the title delivers an experience with the character Raiden that is accurate to his portrayal in Metal Gear Solid 4. It also looks absolutely fantastic. 

Total War: Shogun 2 Saints and Heroes DLC Now Available On Steam

Total War Shogun 2 Saints and Heroes Screenshot

Just today SEGA launched the latest downloadable content release for Total War: Shogun 2. The DLC pack, titled ‘Saints and Heroes’, delivers nine new units – each whom excels in their own field. For those looking to get an extra advantage in the game, or just want to be able to gather more unit types, this pack can be purchased on Steam. Screenshots after the jump.

Total War Shogun 2 Saints and Heroes Screenshot

Total War Shogun 2 Saints and Heroes Screenshot

Total War Shogun 2 Saints and Heroes Screenshot

Total War Shogun 2 Saints and Heroes Screenshot

Total War Shogun 2 Saints and Heroes Screenshot

PlayStation Vitas Are Burning Up!

In shocking news, it appears that there have been thirty-one cases of PlayStation Vita systems burning up when plugged in to charge. In even more disturbing news, Sony have stated that they will not recall any units and claim the fault isn’t there’s. This is ludicrous! Thankfully, the Japanese government are on the case and are investigating these red hot systems!

Just in case you can’t detect sarcasm, this situation is not abnormal at all. When you look at the odds, thirty-one people out of over two million Vita adopters, it makes perfect sense. At the end of the day, there are always consumers who make silly mistakes with their hardware. In this instance, Sony are suggesting that this may be an issue of liquids near the charger slot. Given the length of time that the device has been on sale, and the incredibly low odds of this happening, it’s certainly safe to say that this is a consumer fault rather than Sony’s. 

This post was inspired by the number of trolls making complaints about Sony’s stance on recalling their handheld, just on the off chance that some individuals may believe this. Very few notable posts have pointed out the lack of this being an issue. It’s barely even news (although I’ll admit that today is a bit dry for news).

Also, whilst we’re at it, watch out for those “black spots on the screen” complaints going around. That’s normal for an OLED Screen when it’s pitch black. Although if you spot black spots on the screen during brighter scenes, I would get that inspected.

(Eurogamer – Japanese government to investigate reports of PlayStation Vitas burning up)

Surprise Surprise: Final Fantasy Versus XIII Not Cancelled

‘lo and behold, Yoichi Wada of Square-Enix posted on Twitter that Final Fantasy Versus XIII is actually still in development. It seems the Japanese action role-playing game is still due to be launched… some day. Whether we’ll see it before the turn of the century is yet to be seen, but at the very least the title is still alive and kicking. I told you so.

(Joystiq: Square reaffirms existence of Versus XIII, continues not to show it)

Bargain Exchange: Steam Summer Sale Day 10

As the minutes count down to the final hour of the sale, just before Valve “surprise” us with their bonus sale day featuring all the highlights of the sale, here I am writing this bargain exchange on the sale. Let’s get this over and done with, I’m supposed to get excited.

Biggest title on sale today is also the cause of the most disappointment I’ve had for the past few days. Batman: Arkham City (as well as Arkham Asylum and Gotham City Imposters) are on sale with a 66% discount. That’s actually pretty good, so what’s the problem? The problem is that it brings Arkham City to £6.74. I only have £5 left in my bank. If the title was 75% off, I could afford it! For those of you with money, however, this is a must have. I also definitely stand by you picking up Arkham Asylum and all the DLC for both titles, but make sure to avoid Gotham City Imposters. It’s not worth your time. And, if you’re feeling nice, do me a favour and gift me Arkham City too, can you? Sniff. You can read an Arkham City review here, Arkham Asylum review here and Gotham City Imposters review here.

Fable III is back on sale, and this time Fable: The Lost Chapter is not on sale with it. With the 75% discount, Fable III is nearly worth it, but frankly I’d still avoid the game. While it delivers an action role-playing game experience, it also delivers a lesser experience than the original Fable and its sequel. Give this one a miss and pick it up when the full price has also been reduced, because frankly, you’ll be wasting your time right now. You can read a review here

Torchlight is on sale with a 75% discount, but despite the incredible quality and the fun experience that this game delivers, don’t do what I did and purchase it. Instead, avoid this game. You can do yourself one better by pre-ordering Torchlight 2, which will also snag you a free copy of Torchlight. I’d recommend you do that instead. Torchlight is an action role-playing game with an isometric view. You can read a review for the title here

Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II is a pretty good real-time strategy game set in the Warhammer 40k universe that boasts a non-linear single player campaign. The game is on sale with a 75% discount, including the wide range of DLC that’s available. I’d recommend this, especially if you’re a Warhammer fan. You can read a review on this title here

We also have Arma II available with a 75% discount. The thing about this title is that the experience you get with the game isn’t why people are buying it. This is sought after for a very special reason, and that’s a pretty famous mod named DayZ. It’s so popular, in fact, that the Steam store page Arma II informs the reader that DayZ is not playable without it. This isn’t even done for popular DLC on other games and it’s a testament to the mod’s value. I’d definitely recommend this for DayZ, but on it’s own I’d avoid and wait for another sale. You can read the review on Arma II here

As per usual, the Indie Bundle is absolutely worth it. Indie Bundle X is on sale with a 75% discount and is, unsurprisingly, a must have. The bundle contains personal favourite Beat Hazard – a brilliant audiovisual game in the style of a birds-eye view and bullet-hell arcade shooter, as well as other fantastic titles such as the likes of All Zombies Must Die! and BIT.TRIP Runner. You have no excuse for not picking this bundle up. 

As for the rest? Prince of Persia dumbed down the franchise a bit, but it’s still well received. It’s worth looking at, but I can’t really recommend it too much. The other titles would be much better. Quantum Conundrum is an interesting puzzle game, but only boasts a 40% discount. Lastly Evochron Mercenary is an indie title that wasn’t so greatly received. These are titles I’d personally avoid.