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  1. Play as Kao! The cutest and bravest kangaroo of all video games returns in this digital version of “Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2." Experience the joy of playing a classic 3D single-player platformer filled with various challenges, including fighting, racing and solving puzzles. Bounce through 25 levels set in 5 unique, colorful worlds to rescue your animal friends captured by the evil Hunter and his henchmen! Experience the digital version of a classic 3D arcade platformer with online features like: * Steam achievements * Steam cloud saving * High resolution support * Controller support (Xbox 360/ One and PS4) * Bounce through 25 levels set in 5 unique, colorful worlds * Punch the baddies! Use a variety of different fighting techniques to rescue your friends * Approximately 30 challenging enemies to defeat * Boss encounters GET THE GAME ON STEAM: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1048540/Kao_the_Kangaroo_Round_2_2003_rerelease/
  2. Key Features: Co-Op! - Play as the War Mage, the headstrong hero who charges into danger, or play as the more strategic Sorceress who keeps the mob at bay with mind-control and magic. Story-based Campaign – Pick up where the original game left off with a brand new story-based campaign that you can play in Single-Player or Co-Op! New Endless Mode - Play alone or join a friend to put your skills to the test against endless waves of increasingly difficult enemies. Classic Mode - Steam players who own the original Orcs Must Die! will automatically unlock co-op versions of 10 levels from the original game featuring new enemies! Over 20 Deadly Enemies - Face an army of vile new creatures like Earth Elementals, Trolls, and Bile Bats. And they’ve brought all of your favorite trap-fodder from the original Orcs Must Die! along with them! More than 50 Traps, Weapons, and Guardians – Choose from an enormous armory of new and classic defenses, including an all new assortment of magical trinkets. Massive Upgrade System – With more than 225 persistent trap and weapon upgrades to unlock, you can build an arsenal perfectly suited to your slaying style. Extensive Replayability – Multiple game modes, “Nightmare” difficulty, and an enormous skull-ranking system provide hours of replayability Scoring System and Leaderboard – Compete with your friends for supremacy on single-player and co-op leaderboards! PLAY IT ON STEAM: https://store.steampowered.com/app/201790/Orcs_Must_Die_2/
  3. Two vying factions are struggling to gain the upper hand as the secrets of West Virginia are revealed. The Settlers have come to find a new home, and the Raiders have come to exploit them. Embark on a new quest for the Overseer, forge alliances with competing factions, and uncover the truth of what's hidden in the mountains. Includes the full game and bonus Raider & Settler in-game items. Features: New Main Quest: Uncover the secrets of West Virginia by playing through an all-new main quest, starting from the moment you leave Vault 76. Human NPCs: Befriend or betray new neighbours who have come to rebuild, and experience Appalachia through the eyes of its residents. New Creatures and Gear: Take down newly mutated creatures finding their way to the region and earn the highest tier of weapons and armour. Choices and Reputation: Alter the fates of those you meet with dialogue trees. Decisions affect your standing with each faction through an all-new reputation system. PLAY HERE: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1151340/Fallout_76/
  4. A first look at playing Steam PC games on Xbox with mouse and keyboard You can stream PC games from Steam in the Edge browser Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser is coming to Xbox soon, and the company has now added all-important mouse and keyboard support that will pave the way to stream PC games to Xbox consoles. Xbox testers in the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring are now able to access this new version of Edge and try out a mouse in the console version of the browser for the first time. I’ve been testing this new support over the weekend, and I’ve even managed to play some Steam PC games on my Xbox. Despite a few obvious bugs here and there — as this is very much an early beta browser — it works as expected. I’ve been able to write documents using Word online, type messages into Discord chats, and even play some Krunker or Quake JS through the browser with a mouse and keyboard. Basic mouse navigation, scrolling, and right-click all work here just fine. Krunker on an Xbox with mouse and keyboard. Where things really get interesting is when you consider what this will mean for the future of streaming games to an Xbox through a browser. I’ve been able to successfully stream PC games from Steam to an Xbox through the browser and use a keyboard and mouse attached to the Xbox to play them. I’ve played Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Death Stranding, DOTA 2, and a bunch of other PC games that simply aren’t available on Xbox right now. I’ve been able to do this using Parsec, which is essentially a remote desktop app that lets you stream what’s on your PC to a browser. It’s not the most ideal experience on the Xbox right now, as the virtual keyboard appears when you click, and latency / connectivity isn’t always the best, but it’s a good example of what’s possible with this new mouse and keyboard support. Microsoft’s head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has already recently committed to bringing full PC games to the Xbox through the company’s Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) service. You can remote-control a PC using Microsoft Edge on Xbox. We don’t know exactly when those PC games will arrive on xCloud, as right now, Microsoft is only currently publicly testing Xbox games via the browser using either a controller or touch controls. This new Edge browser with full mouse and keyboard support simply opens up a lot of opportunities for the Xbox to access games that aren’t typically available on the console. That even includes accessing Sony’s PC ports like Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Gone, and more if you stream them to the browser. For now, we’re waiting on Microsoft to finalize this Edge browser and make it available to all Xbox owners, and for services like Nvidia’s GeForce Now to stop blocking Edge so the dream of playing PC games on Xbox consoles is a step closer to reality. Source: A first look at playing Steam PC games on Xbox with mouse and keyboard
  5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) has been rumoured to receive its own battle royale mode since last year. Aptly dubbed “Danger Zone”, Valve has made the mode official alongside making the game free-to-play, but it seems that not everyone supports the move. Danger Zone is “a fast-paced battle royale game mode built on CS:GO’s tactical gameplay where players use their wits, skill, and resources to fight to the finish,” according to Valve, including the same weapon play found in the base game. The crucial difference between Danger Zone and pre-established competitors on the market is its smaller 16-player count in singles and 18-player count in duos and triples, making games last just 10 minutes apiece. Blacksite, Danger Zone’s single map is relatively small in comparison to PUBG, Fortnite and Blackout, but it is still jarring for the average Counter-Strike player in size. As usual, players land with a knife after choosing their drop zone and have to procure their weapons and equipment onsite. Cash is still important, and can be found lying on the ground, looting enemy players, in safes that can only be accessed by blowing it with a C4 and as a reward for escorting hostages to pick-up zones. Cash allows players to purchase weapons, just like the base game, however it’s still advised that they be conservative with ammo. Ammo is scattered across the map, but it is an incredibly scarce resource that could determine the outcome of the match. Long-term players will be happy to learn that skins carry over from the base game to Danger Zone, and there are seventeen new seasonal skins up for grabs. New players shouldn’t be intimidated, as they will be given “non-prime” member status and placed into a separate matchmaking pool to avoid unbalanced gameplay. “When you have Prime Status you are matched with other players who also have Prime Status, and Prime users are eligible for Prime-exclusive souvenir items, item drops, and weapon cases,” Valve explains. Although Valve seems to have confidence in its Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC), some players are concerned that making the game free-to-play will see an influx of cheaters that would have otherwise been deterred by the entry fee. Others are more concerned about the money they spent on a game that has now lost its paid status. View: Original Article.
  6. Red Wings: Aces of the Sky is an arcade action game that puts you in the middle of WWI aerial battles. The game combines the action-packed dynamics of classic flight games with modern arcade gameplay and detailed, stylized 3D art. Key features: Play 50 story-driven campaign missions and relive the aerial combat of World War I (playable also in local multiplayer) Pilot 12 warplanes, each with their own unique skins—make your plane crackle with electricity, glow up the night sky with radioactive trails, and much more Fly with a friend in local split-screen co-op and get competitive in Versus Mode—fulfil objectives, battle each other, or play hide and seek in a Hide N' Seek match Challenge yourself in survival mode—fight off enemy waves, take down balloons and giant Zeppelins, or test your skills in timed missions GET IT HERE: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1140630/Red_Wings_Aces_of_the_Sky/
  7. Steam refuses to sell "pickup artist" FMV game Super Seducer 3 Sexiness is fine, but not in FMV form WTF?! There are plenty of "adults only" games on Steam that include sexual content. Valve doesn't have a problem with this sort of thing, but it does object when said content is full-motion video of real people. It's why Super Seducer 3, an FMV-based pickup artist game, won't be coming to the platform. PC Gamer reports that Super Seducer 3 is the third entry in a series that lets players learn "state-of-the-art seduction techniques." The FMV title involves using multiple-choice dialogue to help Richard La Ruina, a self-styled "dating guru," be successful on dates. Super Seducer 3 was due to launch on February 15, but Valve delayed the release as it continued its review. A demo arrived as part of the Steam Game Festival of 2021 last month, lasting only an hour before Valve took it offline. An unwise choice; she's obviously a Dead or Alive fan Sadly for those looking forward to learning "tried and true attraction 'hacks,'" Super Seducer 3 has been removed from the store because it "does not ship sexually explicit images of real people." La Ruina, who is also one of the game's developers, posted Valve's reasoning on his Twitter account. "We have finished reviewing your latest build and we aren't going to be able to ship Super Seducer 3 on Steam," it writes. Steam have BANNED and removed Super Seducer 3 from the store. They will not allow it to be released in any form. Our page is gone and 61,700 wish lists are gone. Prior to this they told me expect either “approval or feedback”. We repeatedly said we’d do whatever they needed pic.twitter.com/hVuDcvzL2n — Richard La Ruina (@RichardGambler) March 20, 2021 "After multiple product resubmissions and product reviews, we feel we are at an impasse and therefore this decision is final. We do not have any additional feedback or details to share beyond what we have provided in previous conversations." In his response, La Ruina said he is willing to "take a butcher knife" to the game to make it as "safe" as other FMV titles on the store. He also notes that the Super Seducer 3 has been added to over 61,000 people's wish lists during the last 2 and a half years. Valve responded to his pleas with a fairly terse: "Hey Richard, we are not going to sell the game or re-review it." Some of the everyday scenarios in Super Seducer 2 Strangely, the first Super Seducer and its sequel—both FMV games—remain available on Steam. Maybe there's less sexiness in these? One commentator does suggest that the third game is more "extreme" than the prequels. La Ruina has faced this sort of problem in the past. He tweeted in February that both Epic and GOG said "no" to selling Super Seducer 3, while the first game had its PlayStation release pulled in 2018. Source: Steam refuses to sell "pickup artist" FMV game Super Seducer 3
  8. Nier: Automata is being review bombed on Steam by players who want it patched They're demanding changes to match the Game Pass/Windows Store version. (Image credit: Valve) Nier: Automata was released on the Windows Store and Game Pass for PC on March 18 in a different edition to the one available on Steam. It's a port of the Xbox One's 'Become A God' edition, without many of the issues that affected the 'Game of the YoRHa' edition released on Steam. Those issues were never patched and can only be addressed using a mod tool called FAR. Players were plenty frustrated at the time, but now there's a version of the game unaffected by the same resolution problems, or the stuttering and crashes some players experienced, and that's reopened old wounds. There's a thread on its Steam forum calling for it to be review bombed "until Square Enix give a patch fixing this mess", and in the last three days it's received over 300 negative reviews. That's enough to drop Nier: Automata's Recent Reviews rating down from 'Very Positive' to 'Mostly Positive', but it'll take more than that before it drops to the negative. Meanwhile, it's been noted that the Game Pass/Windows Store rerelease of The Evil Within is also a different version to the one available on Steam. It's got a first-person mode—an option that the sequel has on PC, but was never patched into its predecessor. Players are less bothered by that, with only a single negative review citing it so far. Source: Nier: Automata is being review bombed on Steam by players who want it patched
  9. Forza Horizon 4 Is Now On Steam With Cross-Play Microsoft's 2018 racing game launches on Steam with lots of DLC available as well. Microsoft's excellent 2018 racing game Forza Horizon 4 is now available on Steam. The game was initially only available on Xbox and the Windows Store, but you can now buy it on Steam. The Steam edition of Forza Horizon 4 features cross-play support, allowing users to race with and against those on Xbox, Windows 10 PC, and via the cloud through Android. It also includes Steam Cloud saves, though cross-saves between Steam and other platforms are not supported "due to technical limitations," according to Microsoft. Steam is selling multiple editions of Forza Horizon 4, including the standard edition, the Digital Deluxe edition, and the Ultimate editions, which come with various DLC packs and other extras. Also of note is that you still need an Xbox Live account to play Forza Horizon 4 on Steam. Forza Horizon 4's Steam edition was developed by Sumo Nottingham. You can see the system requirements below. GameSpot's Forza Horizon 4 review scored the game a 9/10. T"he charm of the Horizon series is as palpable as ever, a winning, all-inclusive recipe that celebrates the joy of driving above all else," reviewer Edmond Tran said. Forza Horizon 4 developer Playground Games is now working on the next Fable RPG for Xbox Series X and PC. Forza Horizon 4 System Requirements Minimum OS: Windows 10 version 15063.0 or higher Processor: Intel i3-4170 @ 3.7Ghz OR Intel i5 750 @ 2.67Ghz Memory: 4 GB RAM Graphics: NVidia 650TI OR AMD R7 250x DirectX: Version 12 Network: Broadband Internet connection Storage: 80 GB available space Recommended OS: Windows 10 version 15063.0 or higher Processor: Intel i7-3820 @ 3.6Ghz Memory: 8 GB RAM Graphics: NVidia GTX 970 OR NVidia GTX 1060 3GB OR AMD R9 290x OR AMD RX 470 DirectX: Version 12 Network: Broadband Internet connection Storage: 100 GB available space Source: Forza Horizon 4 Is Now On Steam With Cross-Play
  10. Steam's Remote Play Together now functions without a Steam account Valve Software announced an addition to the Remote Play Together feature of the company's Steam gaming platform this week. Remote Play gives Steam users the option to play games with others, even if the invited users don't have the game in their library. Remote Play works with a selection of games only and up until now, required that every participating user had Steam installed and a Steam account. The change brings the Remote Play Together feature to users who don't have Steam installed or a Steam account. Launched in beta clients of Steam already, it enables Steam users to invite users who don't use Steam to participate in the game. Invite links are created by the Steam user and then provided to others. The next step depends on whether Steam is installed on the device or not. If it is installed and if the user has an account, it is used to enable the Remote Play Together functionality. If the invited user does not have Steam or a Steam account, a prompt to install the Steam Link application; this app is then used to enable the Remote Play Together functionality. Steam Link is available for Windows, Raspberry Pi, Google Android, and Apple iOS at the time of writing. Main limitations at this point are that Remote Play Together is enabled for some games only, and that the new link-based invite option is restricted to a single invite. Inviting users to Remote Play using a link Here is what you need to do to make use of the new feature: Currently, it is only available in Steam Beta; it will be released in stable versions eventually however. To join the beta, select View > Settings > Account > Change under Beta Participation, and join the Beta program. A restart is required. Open your library. Select the filter icon at the top. Pick the "Remote Play Together" filter to list all games that support the feature. Start one of the games. Open your Friends list. An icon to copy the Remote Play Together link is provided at the top. Send that link to a friend. Everything else happens on the "other" users system. The main limitation at this point is that only one user without a Steam account can be invited. The process could be improved by adding the option prominently to the game page or even the library listing. Source: Steam's Remote Play Together now functions without a Steam account
  11. A court is forcing Valve to tell Apple how much money 436 different PC games made Apple subpoenaed Valve for the data Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Valve has been compelled by a California court to provide sales data on more than 400 Steam games to Apple and possibly reveal its yearly sales, revenue, and profits to Apple as well. The iPhone maker subpoenaed Valve for the data as part of its ongoing dispute with Fortnite developer Epic Games. According to a Wednesday order by Judge Thomas Hixson, Valve will have to provide yearly sales and pricing data on 436 games that are available on both its PC game distribution platform, Steam, and the Epic Games Store. Apple has requested the data so it can define the video game market in its case against Epic. In a filing published on February 18th, Valve had argued that Apple’s demands were overly broad. Apple had asked for even more data in its subpoena, including annual revenues from Steam, the name of every app on Steam, and the date range for when those apps had been available. Valve argued that the demands would “impose an extraordinary burden” on the company. Valve has also been compelled to share “aggregated data” about how much it makes from Steam, though it’s not clear exactly what that will entail. Apple had asked for the following: RFP 2 asks for documents sufficient to show since 2008 Valve’s (a) total yearly sales from apps and in-app purchases from Steam, (b) annual advertising revenue attributable to Steam, (c) annual sales of external products attributable to Steam, (d) annual revenues from Steam, and (e) annual earnings, income or profits from Steam. Apple asks for this information by app if that is available. During meet and confer Apple limited the relevant time period to 2015 to the present. In his ruling, Judge Hixson largely sided with Apple. “In the letter brief, Valve said this would be an overwhelming amount of work, but other than using adjectives, it did not substantiate or quantify the burden in any way,” Hixson said. “Apple has shown that it has a substantial need for this information to obtain evidence in support of its arguments concerning market definition and the effects of competition, and it cannot obtain this information elsewhere without undue burden,” he added. “Valve offers several reasons why Apple has not satisfied this standard, but none is persuasive.” Valve is the biggest PC game store in existence and generally doesn’t provide any sales data whatsoever, though you can find simple unordered lists of the bestselling games each month. Hixson did narrow the amount of information Valve has to provide. While Apple requested data dating back to 2015, Hixson ruled that Valve only needs to produce data from 2017 to the present. Epic sued Apple in August after Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store for introducing an in-app payment system that it says violated App Store rules. A court is forcing Valve to tell Apple how much money 436 different PC games made
  12. Steam is encouraging developers to care about controller users About 10% of daily Steam sessions are played with a controller In total, 48 million players have used a controller for a game on Steam at some point. Valve have shared that and other big numbers in their breakdown on some new Steamworks tools that help developers see the type and prevalence of controller use for their games. For us routine controller users, that could mean developers investing time in better controller support on PC. Or just reassurance that no, we are aren't the only ones dedicated to our gamepads. Valve say that about 10% of daily Steam game sessions are played with a controller, though they point out percentages vary heavily by type of game. "In general, a lot of players like to play a large cross section of games on Steam with a controller–which is something many people, including those of us at Valve, find a bit surprising," they say. I don't find that particularly surprising, but I suppose it's because I'm usually part of that 10%. Valve's new Steamworks reports break down for developers how many of their players are using controllers and which kinds. Developers can also identify how many players who have used a controller in the past are actually playing their games with a controller. Valve have also got suggestions on what developers can glean from all this new data. "If the number of customers with controllers is really high, but not many of them are using controllers in your game, it might suggest that you haven’t done much (or any) work to support controllers in your game." Or it might mean your game is an RTS, which Valve say often have below 1% of players using a controller on Steam. If you've got a fighting game, low controller use might be more concerning. In particular, it sounds like PlayStation controllers could use some extra love. Valve call out a couple options for improving support for PS pad people such as using the Steam Input API or Gamepad Emulation. "If we have just one thing we’d suggest and promote, it would be for more developers to display the corresponding PlayStation icons in game when there is a prompt for a player to hit a certain button." I'm personally an Xbox One controller user but yeah, I feel bad for the DualShock and DualSense folks who see that "X" button prompt that isn't actually the "X" button. You can catch the graphs and more details in Valve's post. If you're rocking a gamepad for all your PC games, don't worry. You aren't alone. Valve have been putting in some work on their end to improve controller support on Steam as well. They were pretty quick to improve DualSense support after the PS5 launched last November. They also began beta testing additional Xbox and PlayStation controller features in January. Source: Steam is encouraging developers to care about controller users
  13. SteamVR now supports the OpenXR standard The OpenXR specification allows developers to build cross-platform apps. SteamVR SteamVR's latest update for Windows officially adds support for OpenXR, the standard meant to make cross-platform AR and VR apps more common. The Khronos Group launched the OpenXR specification in 2019 to provide developers a way to build a single app that can run on various devices across brands instead of having to create specific versions for each one. Valve revealed its plans to transition to the OpenXR API last year and made support available in SteamVR Beta at the same time. As RoadtoVR notes, SteamVR adding support for the standard is a huge step forward for its adoption. The platform supports a wide variety of PC-compatible headsets, after all, which means developers can reach a wider audience without having to build more apps. They can also distribute their OpenXR apps made for SteamVR on other platforms that support the specification. At the moment, the list of OpenXR-conformant platforms and devices include the Oculus Quest and Quest 2, Microsoft HoloLens 2, Windows Mixed Reality headsets and the VIVE Cosmos. In addition to OpenXR support, the latest Steam update also adds new settings that gives users more control over motion smoothing, automatic throttling and prediction behavior. Some apps that perform poorly on VR/XR devices might run better at a lower framerate, and the new settings will make doing that possible. Source: SteamVR now supports the OpenXR standard
  14. 'Valheim' Sets a Record With Over Half-a-Million Concurrent Players on Steam That's good enough for #5 all-time. Believe it or not, Valheim has only been available to play in Early Access for about three weeks. In that short time, the PC survival game has notched more than 3 million wannabe vikings on its hand-crafted leather belt. That last milestone came just this past Friday and was celebrated by the relatively small Dev team over at Iron Gate. But the draugr-dashing darling of a title has achieved yet another record on the Steam charts, one that places it in the Top 5 games all-time. In just the last two weeks, Valheim has been soaring in popularity, selling first 1 million, then 2 million copies in short order. The Dev team is, of course, keeping up with updates as players swamp the swamp (and other procedurally generated biomes), with their latest patch coming just a few days ago. A good thing, too. Valheim just passed Terraria for a record-setting number of concurrent players all-time, moving it up past the somewhat similar sandbox-styled game by a few thousand players. Concurrent users on Steam overall just peaked a couple of weeks ago at more than 26 million, while Valheim now holds the #5 position with more than 500,000 concurrent players; that's behind heavy-hitters like Cyberpunk 2077, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS. The viking-themed survival game may yet climb those ranks -- it's currently #3 among concurrent players over the last 48 hours -- though it'll have to double its player base to take on the CD Projekt Red title. Who knows, perhaps the gritty indie title will outlast the beleaguered sci-fi RPG in due time. What's all the fuss about, you ask? Allow Steam to lay it all out for you on Valheim's launch page: A battle-slain warrior, the Valkyries have ferried your soul to Valheim, the tenth Norse world. Besieged by creatures of chaos and ancient enemies of the gods, you are the newest custodian of the primordial purgatory, tasked with slaying Odin’s ancient rivals and bringing order to Valheim.Your trials begin at the disarmingly peaceful centre of Valheim, but the gods reward the brave and glory awaits. Venture forth through imposing forests and snow-capped mountains, explore and harvest more valuable materials to craft deadlier weapons, sturdier armor, viking strongholds and outposts. Build a mighty longship and sail the great oceans in search of exotic lands … but be wary of sailing too far... Key features: Huge procedurally-generated world - explore and inhabit mystical lands, from mysteriousforests to imposing snow-topped mountain ranges and stunning meadows, complete with their own creatures of legend to battle and wildlife to hunt. Co-op PvE (2-10 players) - - Whether you want to brave the lands alone or venture with trusted allies, Valheim supports independent, player-hosted servers and unlimited world creation. We recommend playing co-op with 3-5 players. Punishing dodge & block based combat system with a wide range of weapons Build & sail ships - from flimsy rafts to imposing warships, build legendary vessels to conquer the seas and discover new lands. Summon and defeat vengeful primordial bosses of myth and legend, and collect trophies to progress and craft new powerful items Flexible house and base building system - raise mead halls, farms, settlements outposts, castles and more. Intuitive item crafting - forge the finest weapons and armour, and craft food and mead. Dedicated server- for players who want to run a persistent server. If you prefer not to run a server on your PC, consider renting a server at G-Portal. Community-translated languages: In addition to the officially supported languages, Valheim has several community-translated languages. As the name would suggest these are all translated by fans and members of the community, and is an ongoing process. We can't guarantee the quality nor completeness of any specific translation effort. The following languages have been partially translated by the community: Svenska Italiano Romanian български македонски Suomi Dansk íslenska Lietuvių kalba čeština Magyar nyelv Português europeu 한국어 (불완전한) Source: 'Valheim' Sets a Record With Over Half-a-Million Concurrent Players on Steam
  15. Valheim on PC sold over one million copies in its first week on Steam Early Access Valheim is as unstoppable as an actual Viking. What you need to know Valheim is a Norse-inspired survival game that has achieved incredible heights in its first week in Steam Early Access. Iron Gate Studio, the team behind Valheim, just announced that the game has already crossed over one million sales in its first week. Valheim has also been a massive success on Twitch, with over 127,000 concurrent viewers on the streaming service. It's still early days for Valheim, but it can have a bright future ahead of it if it continues to grow like this. Source: Windows Central | Zackery Cuevas Today's world of video game streamers, social media, and an increased number of gamers staying home during the pandemic encourages surprise hit games to spike in popularity. The latest game to become a target of collective internet interest is Valheim. According to developer Iron Gate Studio, Valheim has already passed one million sales in its first week in Steam Early Access. This is a pretty incredible milestone for an indie game to pass, especially in such a short amount of time. According to Iron Gate Studio, Valheim impresses with more than just its raw sales, with over 160,000 concurrent users being the current high. Valheim has also seen success on Twitch, with over 127,000 concurrent viewers at one time. For those not already aware, Valheim is a Norse-inspired survival game that has you play as a Viking who needs to hunt, farm, craft, and battle to survive. From our Valheim PC impressions, we concluded that "Valheim is exciting and could shape up to be one of the Best Survival Games on PC, and I'm excited to see where it ends up after a few updates." If you're interested in giving Valheim a try, it's currently available on Steam through Early Access. Consider investing in one of the Best Gaming Keyboards for PC to get the most out of Valheim and everything this game does and will have to offer. Source: Valheim on PC sold over one million copies in its first week on Steam Early Access
  16. Forza Horizon 4 is coming to Steam on March 9th Another Microsoft game comes to Steam Microsoft is bringing Forza Horizon 4 to Steam on March 9th. It marks the first time the Forza franchise has been available on Steam, and it will include crossplay with players on Xbox consoles, the regular Windows 10 version, and those streaming Forza Horizon 4 through xCloud. Playground Games has been gradually improving Forza Horizon 4 with expansions and a battle royale-like mode. A Halo driving experience even appeared in the game a few years ago, and the Lego Speed Champions expansion includes brick cars and scenery. A new Hot Wheels car pack is also coming soon, which will include a number of new cars for $10. Microsoft’s Forza embrace of Steam comes after the company reversed course nearly three years ago, promising to distribute more Xbox titles through Steam. Halo: The Master Chief Collection arrived on Steam in 2019, followed by Sea of Thieves last year. Alongside Microsoft Flight Simulator, all three titles are now regularly found in the top sellers list on Steam. Forza Horizon 4 is coming to Steam on March 9th
  17. Steam's concurrent user record broken again as 26.4 million people log in The in-game record still stands What just happened? Steam’s concurrent user record has been broken several times since the start of the pandemic, and the trend isn’t slowing down. Yesterday saw an all-time high of 26.4 million people connected to the service, breaking a record set last month. In March 2020, with Covid-19 forcing much of the world indoors, Steam broke its concurrent user record when 20 million people were logged into their accounts simultaneously. It took just a few days before that figure was surpassed, followed by a third record being set in as many weeks. The 25 million concurrent user milestone was passed at the start of the new year. Now, SteamDB’s trackers show a new record; on February 7, 26,401,443 people were logged into the platform at the same time. While one record was broken, the number of people playing Steam games at the same time reached 7.3 million—fewer than the all-time high of 8.1 million in-game players we saw during March last year. Valve is one of several tech companies to have benefitted from the pandemic. The company’s recent year in review revealed that Steam's monthly active player count reached 120 million in 2020, up from 95 million a year earlier. There were also 21.4 percent more games purchased compared to 2019, and 50.7 percent more hours played. “While Steam was already seeing significant growth in 2020 before COVID-19 lockdowns, video game playtime surged when people started staying home, dramatically increasing the number of customers buying and playing games, and hopefully bringing some joy to counter-balance some of the craziness that was 2020,” Valve wrote. Don’t be surprised to see the concurrent and in-game Steam user records broken several times throughout this year. Source: Steam's concurrent user record broken again as 26.4 million people log in
  18. Transport management classic OpenTTD is coming to Steam Management and enterprise simulation recreation OpenTTD is coming to Steam in April, an expandable and beloved classic of the tycoon style. In OpenTTD gamers run a transport enterprise, transferring passengers and cargo by way of water, rail, air, and street from place to place to develop a world and get wealthy. It first began in 2004 as an open-source remake of the 1995 recreation Transport Tycoon Deluxe and has been maintained and expanded ever since on account of its open-source nature and easy moddability. Prior to this launch, OpenTTD was solely out there by way of its dedicated website. OpenTTD is a really well-regarded recreation amongst followers of transport and management tycoons, specializing in logistics and spatial placement on its sq. grid. Regardless of its easy look it is truly a quite complicated simulation, with trains making an allowance for issues like acceleration and torque as they transfer up slopes. It is also very merely moddable, with community-made extensions out there in-game for brand new autos, industries, and eventualities. There’s even stuff like cat trains, area trains. It will get bizarre and it will get wonderful. You may take a look at OpenTTD on Steam, and wishlist it earlier than its April 1st launch. Source: Transport management classic OpenTTD is coming to Steam
  19. World of Tanks is coming to Steam The game will launch on Steam this year World of Tanks is coming to Steam War Gaming has announced that World of Tanks is coming to Steam, bringing the popular PVP MMO to PC gaming's largest storefront. No longer will PC gamers need to use the game's dedicated launcher, making the game a lot easier to access for newcomers to the series. Sadly, War Gaming has not released a firm release date for World of Tanks on Steam, only giving gamers a vague "2021" release timeframe. War Gaming has confirmed that the Steam version of World of Tanks will include all of the same features as the game's existing PC version and that Steam users will be able to play the game with existing non-Steam World of Tanks players. Existing World of Tanks players will not be able to transition their accounts over to Steam, with War Gaming calling the transition "impossible" due to the game's original design, which didn't have multiple platforms in mind. World of Tanks was never designed to be on several PC platforms, which adds many complications to the game's Steam release. World of Tanks will soon be available on Steam! New players can now team up with their friends and immerse themselves in exhiliarating 20th century PvP tank battles using their favorite platform. World of Tanks has a lot to offer to players. With 160 million registered players worldwide, the game is available and supported in 35 languages in 4 regions: CIS, Europe, North America, and Asia. There are more than 600 vehicles of 5 types across 11 nations available in the game. They have all been authentically recreated based on authentic blueprints and museum pieces, and offer a wide variety of playstyles. World of Tanks has many modes, a dynamic meta, an active player community, and busy clan life. The content available to players is extensive and continues to grow. Large-scale updates with new armored vehicles, mechanics, and modes are released on a regular basis. In-game events such as tank races, football tournaments, and even rock concerts are held. The graphics, physics, and sound are constantly being improved. For example, the game moved to a new graphics engine and received a new orchestral soundtrack in 2018. When the game launches on Steam, you'll receive access to all its content. After you've created a new account and completed a short tutorial, you'll be able to fight with millions of tankers from the already existing servers. When you log into the game for the first time, one of the game regions will be selected for you automatically depending on your location. You can change it if you want, but your progress in the game will start from scratch. The game will be updated via Steam, and you will get access to all new content simultaneously with other players from your region. You can also interact with players from other PC platforms without any limitations, such as adding them to your friends list, fighting together in a Platoon, or joining a clan. To play World of Tanks on Steam, PC gamers will need to create a new World of Tanks account, a move which will prevent many existing players from using the game's Steam version. Existing World of Tanks players will wish to retain their progress within the game. An FAQ for World of Tanks' Steam version is available to read here. World of Tanks wasn't initially designed as a game for several PC platforms, that's why it's impossible to use your current game account to enter the game via Steam. If you start playing World of Tanks on Steam, a new account will be created for you. You can join the discussion on World of Tanks coming to Steam on the OC3D Forums. Source: World of Tanks is coming to Steam
  20. Valve May Launch Chinese-Specific Version of Steam Next Week The future is still uncertain for Chinese gamers. (Image credit: Shutterstock) Valve will potentially release a public beta for a Chinese-specific version of Steam starting on February 9th, according to Niko Partners senior analyst Daniel Ahmad, who specializes in the Asian and especially Chinese game industries. This would be the culmination of efforts Valve began in 2018 alongside Chinese developer Perfect World and would see the fulfillment of a promise the company made earlier this January to launch Steam China in 2021. Daniel Ahmad @ZhugeEX Perfect World and Valve will launch a public beta of Steam China on Feb 9. DOTA 2 and CSGO will be the first titles to start operations on the new platform. Chinese players will be required to sign up on Steam China to play these games, everything transfers over. 6:42 PM · Feb 3, 2021 Valve is positioning Steam China’s release as an opportunity to “bring Steam onshore into China,” which subtly hints at the impetus behind the launch of a Chinese-specific version of the client. While Chinese citizens can currently access the international version of Steam in China, Ahmad points out that the platform offers many games that haven’t been licensed by the Chinese government, which technically makes them illegal and means that Steam is currently operating in China in an unofficial, “gray area” capacity. Daniel Ahmad @ZhugeEX Feb 3, 2021 Replying to @ZhugeEX Steam China will be a separate application from the International version of Steam, for the China market and only offering approved games Current Steam accounts will work on both versions, as will games (with some exceptions) as long as there is also a China SKU. Daniel Ahmad @ZhugeEX At this point, gamers in China can currently access both the International version of Steam and Steam China with no issues. It remains to be seen whether China's government will block access to Steam International in the future, given it offers unlicensed (illegal) games. 6:46 PM · Feb 3, 2021 As such, Steam China will be Valve’s “official” entry into the Chinese market. This also explains the partnership with Perfect World, as foreign companies can only legally enter the domestic Chinese market by partnering with a Chinese entity. For instance, Valve and Perfect World have worked together before to distribute DOTA 2 and CS:GO in the Chinese market. All of this probably explains why Valve’s announcement acts as if Steam hasn’t been present in China for years now. As for what end users can expect to see from this change, it seems as if the transition will start slow but could ramp up in time. Ahmad writes that Steam China will be a separate application from the International version of Steam and will only offer government-approved games. However, he also states that current Steam accounts will work on both versions, as will current Steam games, provided they have a Chinese SKU. “It remains to be seen whether China’s government will block access to Steam International in the future,” Ahmad explains. It’s not an unfounded risk, though- Apple removed 39,000 games from the Chinese App Store at the end of last year due to not having ISBNs from the Chinese government. There will likely, however, still be immediate differences. For instance, Ahmad also says that Chinese players will need to use Steam China to play CS:GO and DOTA 2 going forward, although all their data will carry over from their Steam International accounts. This could also point to another reason behind the development of Steam China - monitoring and censoring in-game chat. CS:GO and DOTA 2 are both communication heavy games, and it’s possible that Steam China might be just as, if not more interested in what players are saying in-game as it is in which games they play. For example, popular Chinese game Genshin Impact attracted notable controversy after its release late last year for censoring the words “Taiwan” and “Hong Kong,” even in its international version. Since then, much of the game’s community has been split on the developer Mihoyo’s intentions here, with players who are aware of the developer’s foreign influences (the company’s splash screen opens by referring to the Mihoyo devs with Japanese slang) arguing that the filter was probably enforced on the company by the Chinese government. Daniel Ahmad @ZhugeEX People have asked me why this is: 1. MiHoYo is a Mainland China based developer 2. China's laws and games regulator state that games cannot contain "Anything that threatens China's national unity" 3. All Chinese games censor phrases such as Taiwan / Hong Kong due to this Kazuma Hashimoto @JusticeKazzy_ Due to Genshin Impact censoring the words Taiwan and Hong Kong in the in-game chat I will no longer be posting about the game. 10:23 PM · Oct 6, 2020 Ahmad, in particular, also commented on the controversy, saying that “China’s laws and games regulator state that games cannot contain ‘Anything that threatens China’s national unity’” and thus that “All Chinese games censor phrases such as Taiwan/Hong Kong.” Despite the potential for Steam China to be used to more heavily regulate what Chinese players have access to, there could be a potential, albeit unlikely side benefit for foreign players: we could perhaps see games that were once pulled from Steam to appeal to Chinese influences restored to the app’s international version. For instance, the Taiwanese horror game Devotion was famously pulled from Steam and other gaming storefronts last year for containing jokes at the expense of Chinese president Xi Jinping. If the international version of Steam becomes no longer accessible to Chinese audiences, maybe such games could be restored. In the case of Devotion, it’s unlikely, as the Chinese government still technically sees Taiwan as Chinese territory. But for other games made further outside of the Chinese government’s reach but still containing content objectionable to it, the segregation of Steam China and Steam International might allow them to release elsewhere without risking blowback from Chinese officials. Granted, there’s also a social pressure to maintain a friendly relationship with the Chinese government and audience, both to maintain healthy business and because China represents a large part of the market (the country generated more than $32.54 billion in gaming revenue the year before the development of Steam China became public knowledge). As such, it’s also still uncertain how much of an effect Steam China will have outside of China as well. Hopefully, however, you’ll still be able to team up with Chinese friends to play DOTA for years to come. Source: Valve May Launch Chinese-Specific Version of Steam Next Week
  21. The best Steam games 2021 New gems and bona fide classics We’ve dug deep for you to find the best Steam games 2021 has to offer. (Image credit: Future) Don’t struggle looking for the best Steam games of 2021. Steam’s game inventory is massive – over 23,000 titles to be exact, and you’ll spend days hunching over doing so. We’ve got you covered anyway, doing all the work by spending countless hours testing all the top and popular games so we can narrow down your prospects. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. From the best open world games and best MMO games to the best co-op PC games you can enjoy with friends, we’ve tested them all. So, whether you want something brand new, a recent hit or a classic, you can’t go wrong with any of our picks. Admittedly, part of the fun is browsing and discovering new games, but wouldn’t you rather spend that time playing instead? Here are the best Steam games of 2020, some of which are among the best PC games we’ve ever played. Whether you want something brand new, a recent hit or a classic, you can’t go wrong with any of these titles on our list. You’re going to get hours upon hours upon hours of gameplay out of Kenshi. (Image credit: Lo-Fi Games) Kenshi Some of the best Steam games 2021 has are those that cannot really exist anywhere else. Complicated RPGs and strategy games require the unique features of a gaming PC to thrive, and Kenshi is a perfect example. Taking cues from the old Mount & Blade games, Kenshi is a sandbox, squad-based RPG where you’re in charge of your own story. You’re dropped in the midst of a massive world – think Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall huge – and you’re not limited by any of the gameplay systems. You can simply build a home for yourself, or set off on a grand adventure. You’re going to get hours upon hours upon hours of gameplay out of Kenshi, because the world is the game, not just its setting. If you’ve played and loved Firewatch, you’ll definitely enjoy What Remains of Edith Finch. (Image credit: Annapurna Interactive) What Remains of Edith Finch One of the best Steam games is actually this indie smash from 2017. However, since it’s won a 'best game' BAFTA award, it’s time to give it another go. What Remains of Edith Finch, easily one of the first best Steam games on our list, is a narrative-led adventure in which you walk, first-person style, around as Edith Finch, exploring the house in which you grew up. You look over the preserved relics of dead family members and are sucked into vignettes that tell the stories of how various Finches died. We get it, it sounds grim. However, its appealing style and magical realism make What Remains of Edith Finch touching and profound rather than depressing. It plays out a little like an interactive movie. You can’t fail as such, aside from getting lost, and the entire experience lasts 2-3 hours rather than 20. Don’t buy this if you’re going to feel short-changed by its length, but if you’ve played and loved Firewatch, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture or Gone Home, you’ll definitely find What Remains of Edith Finch to be one of the best Steam games 2021 has. There’s plenty of fantasy fuel in Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdon, and it’s more immersive than your average game. (Image credit: Bandai Namco Entertainment) Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdon While the first Ni No Kuni game was a collaboration with Japanese animation masters Studio Ghibli, Ni No Kuni II is not. It does, however, hold onto the same delightful art style. It also switches up the fighting mechanics. As opposed to training up avatars to fight for you, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom has a fun real-time battle system. You control three fighters with fast, slow and magic attacks, and the ability to dodge. And, the sequel is a bit more action-packed than the first one. It’s not all about action, though. While Ni No Kuni II is an action-adventure RPG, you also build up a kingdom, which lets you bonuses for your characters. This part is unexpectedly addicting. The story is more conventional than that of the first game, which might be down to Studio Ghibli’s limited involvement. However, there’s plenty of fantasy fuel, and it’s more immersive than your average game, deservedly earning it a spot among the best steam games 2021 brings to the table. Into the Breach is moreish, smart and deceivingly deep. (Image credit: Subset Games) Into the Breach Not every top Steam game is an epic open world title that will set you back $60 on PS4 and Xbox One. Into the Breach is a sophisticated sci-fi strategy blast that you can play on your lunch break at work. It is made by the team behind Faster than Light, still one of our favourite PC games of the last decade. And for the handheld gaming veterans out there, there are shades of Advance Wars to it too. Earth has been attacked – and almost occupied – by aliens. In Into the Breach, you control groups of mechs sent from the future to reverse this fate. That may sound like a mind-bending premise, but it actually proves that the plot doesn’t matter too much sometimes. We know Earth will come out tops, it’s just a matter of how. Each encounter takes in an 8x8 block grid, your battlefield. Play unfolds in turns, and your mechs have to stop aliens from obliterating too many of the field’s buildings and outposts. It has the tactical purity of chess. As you play, you can upgrade your mechs to improve your chances. Like FTL, Into the Breach is moreish, smart and deceivingly deep. Surviving Mars' survivalist approach to “city” building is absorbing. (Image credit: Paradox Interactive) Surviving Mars Some screenshots make Surviving Mars look like The Sims: Red Planet edition. However, this best steam game is, in fact, more like Sim City meets The Martian. You build an outpost on a barren patch of Mars, and have to keep it running to avoid your colonists from dying on the planet’s harsh surface. And, it’s harder than it sounds. That is, while mismanaging resources in Sim City or Civilization may make your inhabitants angry or lower your income, in Surviving Mars it can cause a chain reaction that sees life support systems fail. You’ll hear “a colonist has died”, and be left scrambling to fix the problem before other inhabitants start dying like bubbles popping as they touch the ground. Surviving Mars’s interface leaves something to be desired, but its survivalist approach to “city” building is absorbing. Final Fantasy XV is somewhat different from the FF games of old. (Image credit: Square Enix) Final Fantasy XV After the massive multiplayer Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix finally got back to their series’ single player roots with Final Fantasy XV. It came to PS4 in late 2016, but was only ported to PC in March 2018. However, you do get all the DLC released on the consoles and, if your PC is beefy enough, you’ll experience better frame rates. Final Fantasy XV is somewhat different from the FF games of old. You travel around an open world, often by car, packed with Americana-style buildings, all your companions are human and the combat plays out in real time, not as turns. Still, you can tell this is a Final Fantasy game just by catching a 15-second clip of it in action. A mix of mobile game style and merciless old-school progression mechanics gives Descenders a fresh feel. (Image credit: No More Robots) Descenders The PC tends to get linked with the kind of games that sit you down – for hours on end until your eyes are red and part of you start to regret your life choices. However, it isn’t always that way. With Descenders, you can play in quick blasts. If you can drag yourself away from its moreish-ness, anyway. You’re a downhill free rider who has to get down procedurally generated courses with as much style as possible, preferably using a gamepad. It might remind you of the heyday of Tony Hawk games, or snowboard console classic SSX. The use of generated “tracks” means you can’t master courses, which means that it’s the mastery of the bike’s physics you need to be shooting for. A career mode pits you against a series of courses in the same style of environment, each with objectives. Finish the “boss course,” and you unlock a new terrain. But you have limited lives for the whole run. A mix of mobile game style and merciless old-school progression mechanics gives Descenders a fresh feel, just one of the many reasons why it’s made our best steam game list. There’s a business side to American Truck Simulator that gives it depth. (Image credit: SCS Software) American Truck Simulator Not every game has to be about destroying aliens or gunning down unnamed soldiers. For instance, American Truck Simulator, one of the best steam games to play in 2019, feels like mindfulness meditation next to those games. You drive a big 18-wheeler-style truck over the long highways of the US, transporting cargo from A to B. Breaking the traffic codes doesn’t end in a GTA-style police chase, just a fine. This is the sort of game you can put on like cozy slippers after a long day at work. Yet there’s also a business side to it, giving it depth. You start as a lowly contractor, but can earn enough money to build your own shipping empire. Pillars of Eternity is a challenging, slightly retro-flavoured RPG. (Image credit: Paradox Interactive) Pillars of Eternity PC gamers who have been playing since the ‘90s might remember all the fuss surrounding the Baldur’s Gate titles. In fact, some of their most loyal fans still get teary-eyed reminiscing about their favorite side characters. Isometric role-playing games like Baldur’s Gate don’t cut it in the AAA world anymore. However, Pillars of Eternity brings back the spirit of those games to the Steam crowd. This is a challenging, slightly retro-flavoured RPG in which you control a band of classic fantasy-style adventurers. It’s made by Obsidian, the team behind Fallout: New Vegas. Pillars of Eternity II is on the horizon too. If you like your RPGs fantasy-themed, also consider Torment: Tides of Numenera. Legend of Grimrock II is a dungeon crawler where you move in blocks. (Image credit: Almost Human) Legend of Grimrock II Another throwback to a style of game that has all but disappeared, Legend of Grimrock 2 is a dungeon crawler where you move in blocks, as opposed to freely. Why would you want that? It changes your relationship with the environment, making it feel more like an intricate puzzle instead of an open world a texture artist had been let loose on. There are an awful lot of actual puzzles involved here too, in-between the bouts of classic "Dungeons & Dragons" style combat encounters. Plus, as retro as the play style is, Legend of Grimrock 2 looks incredible, with many outdoors areas to prevent you from getting bogged down in dimly-lit dungeons. PUBG remains one of the most fun shooters on the market in 2019. (Image credit: PUBG Corporation) PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds When it comes to in-vogue games, few titles continue to capture the zeitgeist (and fill it full of bullet holes) the way PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds does. It may have one of the worst acronyms ever, but that hasn’t stopped PUBG from putting the ‘battle royale’ subgenre on the map and turning itself into a phenomenon in the process. Sure, there’s a lot of hype still surrounding it, but the game behind all the coverage and Twitch fascination is still one of the most addictive on Steam, as well as one of the best steam games this 2019. That simple premise – parachute into a map with no gear, scavenge for weapons and armour, and fight for survival with a single life in a continually shrinking map – is still engrossing, even if it has a few too many bugs. Whether you’re teaming up with friends or braving its maps by your lonesome, PUBG remains one of the most fun shooters on the market in 2019. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is one of the latest releases on our best Steam games list. (Image credit: Deep Silver) Kingdom Come: Deliverance One of the latest releases on our best Steam games list, Kingdom Come: Deliverance boasts an experience that’s both reassuringly familiar and deeply alien. Set in a fictional Medieval Europe, it’s a first-person RPG where dialogue choices mold your world as much as your ability to problem solve and your skills in melee combat. It’s a game of unbelievable freedom, allowing you to carve a path through the Dark Ages however you see fit. You might get off your face on schnapps and get in a fight with the town drunk. You may start filling your pockets with the gold of unsuspecting townsfolk, Thief-style, or stain your blade with blood in the battlefield. Part Elder Scrolls, part Dark Souls, part something else entirely, it’s an action-RPG that punishes as much as it empowers. It also runs best on PC (with the right specs, obviously) so get it on the download pronto. Rainbow Six: Siege is one of those success stories that keeps on succeeding. (Image credit: Ubisoft) Rainbow Six: Siege Who knew, way back in 2015, that a Tom Clancy game would become one of the industry’s biggest success stories. But here we are, four years later, with a game that has over 25 million registered players and in its fourth year of consecutive content updates as well as premium bells and whistles. Rainbow Six: Siege is one of those success stories that keeps on succeeding, and for one very important yet simple reason: it’s fun as hell to play. Paring back the Rainbow Six formula to its roots - two teams fight in the same map, one protecting an objective while the other attacking and fighting their way in - no two matches in Siege are ever the same. You’ll be barricading doors, breaching through walls, blasting through ceilings and building an operator that’s attuned to your playstyle. It might not be groundbreaking. However, add in the limited time Outbreak mode (think Siege plus zombies), and you’ve got one of Steam’s most complete packages. Celeste is one of the most unforgettable games we’ve come across in many years. (Image credit: Matt Makes Games) Celeste From the indie team that gave us TowerFall and TowerFall Ascension comes one of the most rewarding pixel platformers in years. As you climb the titular mountain, flame-haired heroine Madeline battles her innermost demons just as much as the harsh and dangerous conditions around her. In its simplest form, Celeste is a tight, 2D, twitch-style platformer, but in reality it’s one of the most unforgettable games we’ve come across in many years. As poignant in narrative as it is unforgiving in gameplay, Celeste has over 700 ‘scenes’ to traverse, a myriad of secrets to uncover and a story that will grip you as much as the muscle-memory building formula of its platforming. For a game built around the simple mechanics of jump, air-dash and climb, there’s an incredible amount of depth to be found as you claw your way to the summit in more ways than one, which is why it warrants a spot on our best steam games list. Divinity: Original Sin 2’s secret sauce is the complexity of its combat. (Image credit: Larian Studios) Divinity: Original Sin 2 When Divinity: Original Sin 2 was released in 2017, it had quite the legacy to live up to, that of its predecessor, which incidentally happens to be one of the most accomplished RPGs of all time. Then what does developer Larian Studios do? It only goes and follows it up with one of the most important additions to the genre in years. Divinity: Original Sin 2 is an enthralling fantasy world with a deep and complex combat model and one of the most riveting stories you’ll experience outside of a 1,000 page tome. The big selling point, and the main ingredient of Divinity: Original Sin 2’s secret sauce, is the complexity of its combat. You control a party of characters together with your own custom avatar, and utilize each one individually in battle. With countless skills and attributes to mix and match, the breadth of tactics available makes this a daunting yet deeply rewarding way to test your RPG abilities. There’s a wealth of sci-fi lore and mechanics to delve into with Stellaris. (Image credit: Paradox Interactive) Stellaris The grand and operatic strategy genre has given us some true classics on PC, experiences that consoles have consistently failed to duplicate. From Crusader Kings to Europa Universalis, these are games with bucket loads of tactics and guile. Well, it just so happens the developer of those very games has taken that deeply immersive concept and put it in the dark ocean of space. Enter Stellaris, an evolution of the genre that takes the space exploration of EVE Online and Mass Effect and hits the hyperdrive button. You’ll traverse through countless of procedural galaxies, filled with thousands of planets and a myriad of alien species, each one possessing unique traits, economies and social strata. Whether it’s the power (and consistent balancing act) of interstellar diplomacy or the deep customisation of starship designs, there’s a wealth of sci-fi lore and mechanics to delve into with Stellaris. Dota 2 is still one of the most addictive titles on Steam. (Image credit: Valve Corporation) Dota 2 By far one of the oldest games on the list - well, that is if you consider 2013 old - Valve’s MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena), Dota 2, is still one of the most addictive titles on Steam. It’s also the only game on this list that’s free-to-play, so you don’t even need to have a healthy bank balance to enjoy its addictive battles. Age aside, Valve has been constantly updating and overhauling the game since launch, making it one of the most evolved MOBAs on the market. If you’ve never played it before, it’s a simple yet intoxicating setup: two teams of five players face off in a large map. Each one is defending a base with an ‘Ancient’ inside that must be protected at all costs. Find your opponent’s base and raze it to the ground to win. Anticipate to experience brilliant hero v hero showdowns, brutal ambushes, tactical plays and nonstop action. Brutal and beautiful in equal measure, Cuphead is a must have Steam title. (Image credit: StudioMDHR) Cuphead Run and gun platformers have carved a niche out for themselves on mobile, but they’re few and far between on PC. Luckily, this one was built to be a Microsoft exclusive with Xbox One in mind and the result is one of the most unique gaming experiences you’ll ever come across. Intended to capture the look and atmosphere of 1930s cartoons, Cuphead places you in the shoes of the titular hero and tasks you with battling across three distinct worlds and bosses that will capture your imagination with their ingenuity that crush your resolve with their difficulty. Recommending a notoriously tough game might sound counter-intuitive, but the steep difficulty curve is part of its appeal. With a distinctive soundtrack and those standout visuals at your side, you’ll earn every stage clearance like a piece of territory in a war, each victory feeling that much more satisfying. Brutal and beautiful in equal measure, Cuphead is a must have Steam title. Subnautica is a survival game set deep in the ocean on an alien world. (Image credit: Unknown World Entertainment) Subnautica Another somewhat fresh release on this list, Subnautica has already made waves (pardon the pun) despite having only dropped in January of this year. A survival game set deep in the ocean on an alien world, its unique twist on the classic template makes for a game that’s both entrancing to watch and challenging in its many interconnected mechanics. You’ll explore shallow reefs, dangerous trenches on the seabed and everything in between, all the while managing your precious oxygen supply. Oh, and there’s an entire ecosystem of alien marine life to contend with. Plenty of these fishy and mammalian critters want to add you to their menu, so you’ll need to outsmart and avoid them while scavenging for resources to build new equipment and tools. Like all the best survival games, the very best materials lie in the most dangerous of places. Do you dare swim deep enough to find them? Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus dials up the violence and the depth of storytelling. (Image credit: Bethesda Softworks) Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus With so many multiplayer shooters sharing the spolight in this feature, it seemed high time to pay homage to one of the best single-player FPS games ever made. MachineGames gave Wolfenstein a bloody, alt-history revival in the form of 2014’s The New Order, so it had its work cut out for it when it came to bettering all that visceral Nazi slaying. Then along comes 2017’s The New Colossus, dialing up the violence and the depth of storytelling that it would make most Call Of Duty titles look at the floor in humiliation. What makes The New Colossus so vital is how it doesn’t stray from its formula, but polishes and expands on it in almost every way. Bigger and more challenging bosses; intense set-pieces; myriad weapons that spit glorious death; a story that asks far more questions and presents some bold answers. It’s also rock hard, and consistently unforgiving, so lock and load at your peril... You’d be crazy not to add Resident Evil 7: Biohazard to your Steam library. (Image credit: Capcom) Resident Evil 7: Biohazard It’s not often that a franchise as significant as Resident Evil gets a new lease of life – especially when you consider the zombie-loving license had fallen into a lifeless parody over the past decade – but here we are with a truly terrifying horror game with the words ‘Resident Evil’ in the title. What a world, eh? While us PC folk aren’t allowed to scare ourselves half to death in VR yet (RE7 is a PSVR at the moment), that doesn’t mean it’s any less frightening. Dropping the third-person perspective that’s felt tired and rote for awhile now, RE7 embraces the first-person view that’s helped Outlast and company re-energize the horror genre, and boy does it make for one chilling 8-10 hour scare fest. With Capcom’s big budget, a creepy swamp setting (honestly, just go with it) and a storyline that feeds back into the series’ winding mythology, you’d be crazy not to add this to your Steam library. Civilization VI gives you more freedom and control than ever. (Image credit: 2K Games) Sid Meier’s Civilization VI How could we make this list of games to play on Steam and not include the most recent offering from the master of turn-based strategy and tactical simulation? The Civilization series has gone through many forms over the years, but the sixth entry takes all the best bits from those earlier incarnations, smooths off the edges and serves up one of the most rewarding turn-based video games ever made. There’s nothing quite like building a nation from a fledgling settlement and nurturing it into a worldwide powerhouse, and Civilization VI gives you more freedom and control than ever. Eliminating the pre-set paths that hampered the still stellar Civ V, Civ VI transforms into a landscape that rewards intrepid explorers and self-assured conquerors with the opportunity to expand their budding society with new technologies and alliances. Sid Meier’s name alone is part of PC gaming’s lofty heritage, so owning this little doozy is a no-brainer. Undertale weaves all the best elements from the ever-evolving RPG genre into world built on choice, consequence and compassion. (Image credit: Toby Fox) Undertale Undertale is one of those games that stays with you. A work of digital art whose charm and creativity never fails to keep its edge, no matter of how many times you play it through. And considering just how many innocuous JRPGs are out there right now, that’s a pretty extraordinary feat in unto itself. So why is Undertale so superb? It takes all the best elements from the ever-evolving RPG genre and weaves a world built on choice, consequence and compassion. As a child dropped into an underground world filled with terrors, you’ll have to face a whole host of monsters to make it home. How you face them and what choices you make, define your journey. And its Telltale-esque consequence system doesn’t just extend to dialogue choices – you can spare monsters after a fight, forging possible crucial alliances for later in the game. You can even end fights by telling your opponent jokes. It’s a game of such warm and pleasant quality you’d almost believe it was a JRPG from the earliest heyday of the genre. There are just so many virtues The Witcher 3 has to its name. (Image credit: CD Projekt) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt For years, one game sat atop the dark and misty mountain of action-RPGs. Skyrim was its name, and no other franchise, be it Dragon Age or Dark Souls, could even come close to breaking its iron-clad grip upon the genre. Then along came Geralt of Rivia, riding atop The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with a confident swagger, ready to give The Elder Scrolls a good thrashing. If you’re looking for a game that strikes a perfect balance between length of play (you could easily spend 100+ hours across its unbelievably diverse map – one that’s a good 20% bigger than poor old Skyrim) and sheer quality, then The Witcher 3 is a must. There are just so many virtues The Witcher 3 has to its name. Brilliant writing, memorable quests, truly challenging beasts and a pair of DLC expansions (Hearts of Stone, and Blood and Wine) make this one of the best games of this or any other generation. There’s a reason Inside won many a GOTY award in 2016. (Image credit: Playdead) Inside Inside will break your heart. Fair warning. If you’re not off-putted by that, then see it rather as a mystery to be solved scene by heart-wrenching scene. Created by the same studio that made the wonderful 2.5D platformer Limbo – you know, the one about a little boy stuck in a nightmare world where a giant spider chases him endlessly – it should come as a huge shock to learn that Inside will leave you just as tearful as its predecessor. Thing is, Inside is a brilliant piece of art. Without a scrap of dialogue, you’ll explore a world in a similar platforming vein as Limbo, overcoming various ingenious environmental puzzles and evading both the flashlights of an oppressive government and the shadow of a conspiracy that’s clearly not going to end well. But it’s worth every second. There’s a reason it won many a GOTY award in 2016, so you’d be a fool not to add this to your Steam library. Just remember to pack a few tissues. Rocket League boasts fine-tuned physics and a larger focus on multiplayer. (Image credit: Psyonix) Rocket League Once upon a time there was a little game on PlayStation 3 called Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars. It was all about using remote control-esque cars to knock a giant football around a makeshift pitch. Thing is, no one played it and the game slowly faded into obscurity. Then Rocket League came along, which was fundamentally the same thing, albeit with fine-tuned physics and a larger focus on multiplayer. One trip into PlayStation 4’s PS Plus lineup later and the game went supernova. And with good reason, too. It’s a modest concept but it just works – it’s a place where skill shines through as you boost your little RC car and hit the motorized equivalent of a bicycle kick. It’s magnificent, offering one of the best ways to play online (whether with friends or a bunch of strangers). Come on, who doesn’t want to spend their evening chasing a football with a car? FIFA? Pfft. Portal 2 manages to take a brilliant recipe and somehow make it even more delicious. (Image credit: Valve Corporation) Portal 2 Portal, back in its day, was groundbreaking. Sure, it sounds like we’re filling out boots with hyperbole, but back in 2007 all those portals, companion cubes and sociopathic AIs were blowing our minds over and over. Then Portal 2 came along and made the original look like a crossword puzzle in The Sun. Okay, the first Portal is still remarkable, but Portal 2 took a truly revolutionary concept and twisted it into something new. Everything in this game works without a hitch - the ebb and flow of its story, the growing difficulty of the puzzles and the new ways you’re forced to make your mind think with portals. It’s even got Stephen Merchant and JK Simmons in it! Portal 2 manages to take a brilliant recipe and somehow make it even more delicious, sprinkling in all new depths of platforming and puzzle flavour. If you haven’t played it, buy it now. If you have, play it again. Stardew Valley's pixelated retro graphics, unique soundtrack and kooky characters make for a relaxed and fun game. (Image credit: Chucklefish / ConcernedApe) Stardew Valley The incredibly charming Stardew Valley is an indie farming RPG which sees you moving from the bustling city to your grandfather's old, run-down farm near sleepy Pelican Town. You’ll get to uncover the secrets of the mysterious town while growing a thriving farming empire. Stardew Valley's pixelated retro graphics, unique soundtrack and kooky characters make for a relaxed and fun game which combines elements such as farming simulation, adventure, dating simulation and crafting. Get ready to become emotionally attached because once you step foot in Pelican Town, it's hard to ever leave. The best Steam games 2021
  22. Here are the 100 bestselling Steam games of 2020 Towards the end of each year, Valve traditionally reveals the bestselling Steam games of the past 12 months. Although the company does not disclose exact sales figures or dollar values, it divides games into categories such as Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Now, the company has unveiled the list of 100 top-selling games on its platform for 2020. The 100 bestsellers for 2020 have been measured in terms of gross revenue. 12 games fall in the Platinum category, 12 in Gold, 15 in Silver, and 59 in Bronze. These are as follows: Platinum DOOM Eternal Cyberpunk 2077 DOTA 2 Destiny 2 Monster Hunter: World Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Among Us Red Dead Redemption 2 Grand Theft Auto V PUBG Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Gold Borderlands 3 The Elder Scrolls Online Phasmophobia Dead by Daylight ARK: Survival Evolved Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Halo: The Master Chief Collection Warframe Crusader Kings III Baldur's Gate Sea of Thieves Sid Meier's Civilization VI Silver Rust Stellaris Final Fantasy XIV Online War Thunder Raft Total War: Warhammer II The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Microsoft Flight Simulator Assassin's Creed: Odyssey Hades Cities: Skylines Path of Exile Planet Zoo Euro Truck Simulator 2 Team Fortress 2 Bronze Don't Starve Together Terraria DayZ Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem Star Wars: Squadrons FIFA 21 Death Stranding Arma 3 The Sims 4 No Man's Sky GTFO Ori and the Will of the Wisps The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Smite Half-Life: Alyx Command & Conquer Remastered Collection Apex Legends Hunt: Showdown American Truck Simulator NBA 2K21 Resident Evil 3 Wallpaper Engine Football Manager 2021 Tabletop Simulator Temtem RimWorld Stardew Valley Deep Rock Galactic Metro: Exodus Human: Fall Flat Risk of Rain 2 Pummel Party Fallout 4 NBA 2K20 Remnant: From the Ashes Farming Simulator 19 Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Fallout 76 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Grounded Europa Universalis IV Dying Light Far Cry 5 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Satisfactory Persona 4 Golden Lords Mobile theHunter: Call of the Wild Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order World of Warships Conan Exiles Hearts of Iron IV Horizon Zero Dawn The Forest Dark Souls III Marvel's Avengers Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition Total War: Three Kingdoms Valve has also highlighted other titles in its "Best of 2020" categories such as "New Releases", "Most Played", "Early Access Grads", "Best of VR", and "Controller Games". Be sure to check them out here. Here are the 100 bestselling Steam games of 2020
  23. Patch released - Puppet Warping, Timeline Animations & HDR Bloom (Build 1.4.109) Hey everyone, today we are releasing Wallpaper Engine 1.4 with a ton of new features, various improvements and bug fixes. On top of that, we are launching our new designer documentation website, which provides in-depth guides for the Wallpaper Engine Editor and should make wallpaper creation much more accessible to newcomers and existing users alike. Puppet Warping The first major new feature we are introducing is Puppet Warping. With the new puppet warp feature, Wallpaper Engine can analyze the geometry of imported character cutouts (and even character sheets). Wallpaper Engine allows you to define the skeleton and the limbs of your character and then apply complex animations to them. This is a multi-step process that opens up completely new ways to animate characters and we are very much looking forward to seeing what users will do with this new feature: Puppet Warping even includes physics simulations for objects and advanced users are even able to create interactive wallpaper elements with it, like the following jelly which can be grabbed by the mouse cursor: Puppet Warping is usually reserved for complex professional applications. We have adapted it for Wallpaper Engine while trying to make it as accessible as possible and created a set of in-depth tutorials on it. If you are interested in giving a try, please have a look at our new tutorial series: Puppet Warp Tutorials (Only in English for now) Timeline Animations We have also added a completely new key-frame based timeline animation system to the editor. This new system is used in puppet warp animations but we have also enabled it to work with all properties in the editor. This allows you to configure effects to change over time, you can also move, resize and turn elements across the screen on a predefined interval. In the example preview above, you can also see the new Refraction effect freezing over a window with a timeline animation. The new refraction effect is especially well-suited to simulate frozen glass or similar surface patterns - just in time for the winter season! Just like with Puppet Warping, we have created a series of extensive tutorials for the new timeline animation system that you can find on our new documentation website: Timeline Animation Tutorials (Only in English for now) HDR Bloom Another new feature is HDR Bloom that allows for more advanced light glow effects on wallpaper elements. The effect is especially visible when bright and dark objects meet. We have updated the existing Razer Bedroom wallpaper to support HDR Bloom. If you would like to give it a try, set Post-Processing to the new Ultra setting which is turned off by default for now: HDR Bloom is a new option in the editor scene options, if you would like to learn more about how to use it in your own wallpapers, please have a look at our new bloom tutorial: Bloom HDR Tutorial (Only in English for now) New Wallpaper Customization Options We have added a few new customization options to all Scene and Video wallpapers. You can now choose more alignment options, including a Free Alignment option, which gives you the ability to freely position a wallpaper on your screen and zoom it in and out as needed. Additionally, we have implemented another popular feature request to give you the ability to change the brightness, contrast and saturation. On top of that, we have added a hue shift functionality which allows you to completely change the colors of any wallpaper if they don't happen to fully match your taste. You can find these options on the right-hand side when selecting any installed Scene or Video wallpaper: In the video clip above you may have spotted another new feature: Clicking on any slider value in the wallpaper settings will now allow you to manually type in a value - this was also another popular request that we have implemented. New User Interface Effects We continue to overhaul the user interface to make it easier to use and also improve the look and feel. You can now see followed users and favorite wallpapers in the Discover tab by clicking on the new buttons in the top section. We have also created a new download animation and added a blur effect to all pop-up windows. If you don't like these effects or if they cause any technical issues for you, you can turn them off in the General tab of the Wallpaper Engine settings. When hardware acceleration for the user interface is turned off, they are also automatically turned off to make the interface more performant. Designer Documentation Website The Wallpaper Engine editor has become very capable and includes many functions also found in professional applications. For this reason we have worked hard to create a new documentation website which we are finally revealing today: docs.wallpaperengine.io The website is still a work in progress and still missing a few important tutorials. However, all new features have been fully documented and we have also already created a new Getting started with your first wallpaper guide that is a great way to get started with all the basics of creating your fist animated wallpaper with Wallpaper Engine. The new website offers multiple advantages to us over using Steam or an external wiki: Since we have full control over the website, we can structure tutorials the way we like them, incorporate a large number of helpful video clips and even create translations which will make the Wallpaper Engine editor more accessible in the long run. The documentation for HTML-based Web wallpapers is already done, while we will likely finish the documentation for image-based Scene wallpapers in January 2021. Once we are done with the documentation, we will start translating the website into other languages, so if your English is not the greatest, be sure to check back later or simply give machine-translation a try! We highly value your right to privacy: Neither the Wallpaper Engine app or our website utilize any user tracking at all. For this reason, we absolutely rely on personal user feedback. If you think any of the tutorials are unclear or if you have a suggestion for a future tutorial topic, we're happy to hear from you, just post on our forums or send us an email. Any constructive feedback, be it positive or negative, is very much appreciated and we will incorporate it into future updates of the website and the app. Wrapping up 2020 Last but not least, we wish all of our users that celebrate any of the ongoing or upcoming festivities around the world happy holidays and we wish everyone a happy new year. We know there are more important things going on in the world than an app for animated wallpapers, but we hope you will like the features we have added with this update and hope that it will inspire people to try out some of the new or existing features of the Wallpaper Engine editor. We personally will take off some time to spend Christmas with our families starting the 21st of December. Should you run into any technical issues over the Christmas holidays, we would like to apologize in advance and ask you to check out our Troubleshooting & FAQ website first - it really covers all regular issues in great detail and most problems can be solved easily with the help of it. If you cannot solve these issues on your own, just write us an email or come by our forums in January and we will be happy to help you out as we usually do. Full changelog 🤓 Additions / Changes Added timeline animation system for properties. Added puppet warp deformation and animation system. Added HDR bloom rendering. Added new "Ultra" post-processing option to enable HDR bloom, it's disabled by default for now. Added script access to texture, property and puppet warp animations. Added refraction effect. Added precision option to user property sliders. Added order input to sort user properties a bit more easily. Added direct user property editing in wallpaper browser by clicking on the label. Added general colorization options to scene and video wallpapers. Added animations to wallpaper download progress (can be turned off by disabling the new UI effects option). Added background blur modals in UI similar to Windows 10 transparency effects (can be turned off by disabling the new UI effects option). Added additional UI hardware acceleration option to toggle it on again after it was disabled with the third Steam launch option. Improved keyword behavior in Workshop tab. Added designer documentation button to editor startup screen. Replaced help overlay with new section in file menu. Various minor user interface improvements in the app and the first-time setup. Added image layer preview image to properties in editor. Improved general input responsiveness of editor by making FPS limiter more lax when input is sent. Added new 'center' and 'free' alignment options to videos and scenes (renamed old 'center' alignment to 'fill'). Made image import dialog simpler with texture format guide. Improved quality of mass-imported static image wallpapers. Added setTimeout/setInterval functions to engine in SceneScript. Changed particle systems to immediately turn invisible when a user property toggles them off. Fixed per-wallpaper LED effects option not being applied on start up sometimes. Added automatic VRAM stop option that turns Wallpaper Engine off when your VRAM becomes exhausted (experimental, disabled by default). Reduced rare issue where wallpapers reload or flicker after booting with the high-priority automatic startup. Added CTRL / Shift hotkeys to brush editor to change size/opacity of brush more easily while editing. Added Shift hotkey to increase camera movement in editor. Added new "followed content" section to Discover tab where a list with new wallpapers from followed authors is shown too. Added background blending option for god rays and shine, when they are used on transparent images to improve blending behavior. Moved camera paths into dynamic window that is hidden by default (open it from edit -> camera paths). Added a connection overlay while Wallpaper Engine is blocked by Steam to confirm the initial connection. Updated Steamworks SDK to 1.50. Updated FreeType and Harfbuzz libraries to implement security updates. Added time rollover to scene wallpapers to fix animations breaking after weeks of uninterrupted use. Completely removed DirectX 9 and OpenGL in favor of DirectX 11. Bug Fixes Fixed FPS limiter inaccuracies over 60 FPS - 144 FPS were previously only 120 FPS, now they really are 144 FPS. Fixed x-ray effect to work even when it's not the last effect. Fixed color picker on multi-monitor systems sometimes not working right. Fixed DPI scaling of title bar covering buttons on high DPI. Updated iCUE SDK to 3.0.361 and fixed LED count on multiple devices of the same class. Fixed scale gizmo in editor to maintain aspect ratio of scale. Fixed texture stats in editor to not take certain dynamic buffers into account. Fixed CEF global muting not being applied. Attempted to fix brush panel sometimes not appearing. Fixed combo box property not saving with a default value unless the creator chose one. Fixed bug in transparency cropping that turned some images invisible. Fixed audio stream being opened by OS even when wallpapers are globally muted. Fixed move wallpapers menu not showing all folders. Fixed nextWallpaper command line not being applied to all playlists. Fixed playlist images not showing on certain file paths. Support Notes If you have any questions or issues with the update, please have a look at our help site as it covers the most common issues with application: help.wallpaperengine.io Should you run into any issues with the update or Wallpaper Engine in general, you can always write us on our Steam Discussion board and we'll gladly help you out. If you run into any issues or bugs, please post on our forums rather than commenting on the news as it's difficult to provide support in the news comment section. Please keep in mind that we will take a few days off during the Christmas days. Nvidia drivers 460.79 Some Nvidia users have reported crashes at startup with the 460.79 drivers ("Cyberpunk 2077 Release Drivers"). If you are using these drivers and Wallpaper Engine crashes at startup mentioning an issue caused by the Nvidia drivers, please revert back to the previous stable drivers. High CPU Usage with Razer Synapse Installed There is a rare bug which can cause extremely high CPU usage when Razer Synapse is installed which appears to have started since the most recent update to Razer Synapse. If you have recently started noticing high CPU usage and have Razer Synapse installed, turn Wallpaper Engine off and reinstall Razer Synapse, afterwards restart your computer and see if the issue persists. In that case, turn off the LED Plugin in the Wallpaper Engine settings for the time being. Homepage Download Links : Site: https://drive.google.com Sharecode: /file/d/1IJ3OzOV0eLaH8oj18InoZoDZrtonLmrY/view?usp=sharing Site: https://mega.nz Sharecode: /file/5MNXFYyT#GvOANAWpWWFjDWkuwlpo2GqlYfIYiZSRux_LKV-PnA4
  24. AMD takes more of Intel’s market share in latest Steam Hardware Survey Team Red is chipping away at Intel's CPU lead (Image credit: AMD) AMD continues to still chip away at Intel’s lead in CPU market, having gained yet more ground in the latest Steam Hardware Survey. It's no secret that AMD has been closing the gap on Intel in the Steam Survey for some time now. In September, AMD claimed a quarter of the market for the first time, having held just 18% of the market in June 2019. The most recent figures show that AMD held 26.51 per cent of the Steam user CPU market in November, a 6% increase year-on-year. Unsurprisingly, Intel's market share decreased by the same amount to 73.49%. AMD's continued growth is hardly surprising, as the company's Ryzen processors have been consistently making gains over Intel's offerings. For example, while Intel is gearing up to release its 14nm Rocket Lake processors, AMD recently released the 7nm Ryzen 5000 series, with the company’s first 5nm Zen 4 chips set to arrive in 2021. It’s a different story when it comes to GPUs, however, with AMD’s share of the market remaining somewhat flat; Team Red claimed 16.5% of the graphics card market in November 2020, up from 15.5% this time last year. Unsurprisingly, Nvidia continues to dominate, claiming 73.9% of Steam users. The GTX 1060 remains the company’s most popular card with 10.6% of the market, while AMD’s highest-ranking GPU is the AMD Radeon RX 580 with 2.14%. Nvidia's RTX 3000 series GPUs have made an appearance in Steam's rankings for the first time, with the Nvidia RTX 3080 accounting for 0.23% of machines accessing the service in November. Via Hexus AMD takes more of Intel’s market share in latest Steam Hardware Survey
  25. The Outer Worlds is getting a Steam release on October 23, shedding Epic exclusivity Obsidian Entertainment's most recent RPG, The Outer Worlds, released in October last year across PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. However, the PC version skipped Steam due to an exclusivity deal by the publisher Private Division with Epic Games, though Xbox Game Pass received the game on day one on PC without any trouble. After a year-long wait, today it was revealed that the game will finally be arriving to Steam on October 23. The highly-rated science-fiction RPG's story takes place in Halcyon, a colony set in the "furthest edge of the galaxy". The player character is a newly unfrozen colonist that travels around the star system gathering crew members, fighting alien monsters, and solving mysteries while trying to get to the bottom of a corporate conspiracy. The title also received its first piece of DLC last month named Peril on Gorgon, which delivers a brand new questline with new locations, characters, and weapons. The second and final DLC delivery to the game, Murder on Eridanos, is happening in 2021. Aside from finishing up The Outer Worlds content, Obsidian is also working on its miniaturized survival title Grounded and its next grand RPG Avowed, both for Xbox platforms. The Outer Worlds is getting a Steam release on October 23, shedding Epic exclusivity
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