TPG Second Look: Hard Reset

By Stuart Young

Robots – they’re right up there with zombies and nazis when it comes to the most popular videogame cannon fodder. But what is it that makes them so ubiquitous? Is it the simple guilt-free pleasure that comes shooting a robot? The fact that they’re liable to expire in a magnificent explosion and a shower of sparks? There’s a bit of all of these factors being channelled into Hard Reset, a cyberpunk-styled retro FPS from Polish indie studio Flying Wild Hog, a game where you shoot nothing but robots – until, of course they explode. Yet it’s almost as satisfying the thousandth (not an exaggeration) time as it is the first.

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Max Payne 3 PC Review

By Mike Bezek

It has been ten long years since we have seen an installment in Remedy’s (now developed by Rockstar) neo noir opus: Max Payne. It is known for a violent, yet sophisticated storytelling which resonated with many PC gamers.  But for reasons unbeknownst to this writer, the story has shifted to a South American political wasteland where none of the comforts of the previous experiences seem to be present. While the smooth gameplay, superb audio presentation, and beautiful graphics are all accounted for, the soul of Max is all but gone.

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GTA IV iCEnhancer 2.1 Now Avaliable

For those of you who have a nice rig and the itch to mod GTA IV, iCEnhancer 2.1 is now available for download.  This update offers support for the Steam version and you no longer need to downgrade the official patch in order to install.  You can check out iCEnhancer 2.1 in action via YouTube.  If you are in need of support, hit up the official forums.

A Virus Named TOM Set To Infect August 1st

Misfits Attic has announced an official release date for their charming indie puzzler, A Virus Named TOM.  On August 1st, computers throughout the gaming world will be put on alert as TOM begins to spread.  The last beta trailer has also been released which gives you a sneak peak at what you can expect.  You can also read up on what Omar thought of his run with the beta a few months ago.

A Virus Named TOM will be available via Desura, Steam and the official site.

TPG Cast Episode 6: Linux Gaming and DRM

Ethan Lee from flibitijibibo (The Big Steam List of 3rd Party DRM and Steam on Linux) takes both Phil Cordaro and Adam Ames to school on all things Linux.  Ethan starts by talking about the origins behind his site and motivation in porting games to Linux.  In the end, Ethan tells his harrowing tale of losing 100GB of data thanks to SecuRom.  Finally, the most important aspect to this show was the realization that we call could use more downloadable RAM.  Ethan would also like to thank Josh Bush for his contributions in designing and maintenance of flibitijibibo.

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Running Time: 1 hour, 19 minutes.

Gateways PC Review

By Omar Khan

Gateways, by Smudged Cat Games, is a puzzle/platformer that borrows heavily from the Valve series, Portal. You play as a scientist trapped in his own laboratory with no memory of how you ended up in such a situation. Starting with nothing, it’s your job, while making your escape, to gather your equipment and piece together what happened to you.  If you’re going to rehash a well-established mechanic from a beloved game series with a more than devoted fan base, you better do it well.  Gateways does it…. decently.

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Rezzed Recap

By Russell S

If you have visited most PC gaming websites recently then you may have heard mention of the Rezzed show that was in Brighton, UK. It was a PC gaming show co-hosted by Rock Paper Shotgun and Eurogamer showing off a mixed bag of games from Indie to AAA, with hourly talks by various developers including Peter Molyneux and Day Z creator Dean “Rocket” Hall.  I was at the show and Adam asked me to share my thoughts on the whole experience.

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Upcoming TPG Cast Release Schedule

We are five episodes into our new TPG Cast and finally feel we have our sea legs under us.  We wanted to make everyone aware of what you can expect from us as we begin this new chapter of TPG.  Below you will read our release schedule for July and a few bullet points about how we would like to present the show.  All of our previous casts can be found here.

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List Of Linux Games On Steam

With the Steam Summer Sale now upon us, it would be a good time for Linux users, or those interested in Linux, to know what you can expect from Linux supported games on Steam.  Thanks to creators of flibitijibibo.com (Ethan Lee and Josh Bush) plus the overall community, you can access this list of Linux titles.  While Steam does not yet have an official Linux version, you can follow these steps to install Steam via Wine.

Gamedev Bundle Is Now Live

Inspired by the subreddit, /r/gamedev (a sub forum of reddit.com for game developers), the Gamedev Bundle is now live.  Using the Pay What You Want pricing method, you will receive download links to all six games plus Desura keys.  The titles included are: Auralux, Astroslugs, Girl With a Heart of, Cardinal Quest, Pitman, and Influence.  For more information on some of the games available, check our reviews for Girl With a Heart of and Cardinal Quest, plus an interview with Rat King Entertainment, the developer behind Pitman.

Gunpoint Preview

By Armaan Khan

Before I talk about Gunpoint, I’m going to talk about guard duty. Being on guard duty is the equivalent of being in a relationship with an incredibly needy boy or girl. Every half-hour or so, depending on the importance of the thing you’re guarding, you’ll get a call to check in. If you don’t answer that call, well-armed and/or short-tempered persons will visit your position and heaven help you if there wasn’t a good reason for your silence.

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Hard Reset: Exile Free DLC Now Available

Flying Wild Hog has released the long awaited free DLC to their old school FPS Hard Reset, Exile.  This DLC gives the player five new levels, new enemies and one new boss fight.  If you already have Hard Reset installed via Steam, you should be good to go.  If not, you can download here.  In addition, you can pick up Hard Reset for the asking price of $14.99 which includes the new update.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD Confirmed For PC

Activision has confirmed today that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD will come out on PC a few weeks later after the XBLA release on July 18th.  It is good to see these types of games make a comeback on the PC.  Hopefully, additional PC sports oriented titles will follow.  More information and a PC screen shot can be seen below.

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