Left 4 Dead 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

The Steam summer sale is in full blaze. For a while it even blazed so hot that the servers went on fire and all the price stickers peeled off the games. Either that or the store just got swamped with cheapskates looking for the best bargains. Cheapskates like you! Well, don t worry. We ve rounded up some recommendations – both general tips and some newly added staff choices.

Here are the things you should consider owning in your endless consumeristic lust for a happiness which always seems beyond reach. You’re welcome.

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Left 4 Dead 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

The Steam summer sale is in full blaze. For a while it even blazed so hot that the servers went on fire and all the price stickers peeled off the games. Either that or the store just got swamped with cheapskates looking for the best bargains. Cheapskates like you! Well, don t worry. We ve rounded up some recommendations – both general tips and some specific staff choices.

Here are the things you should consider owning in your endless consumeristic lust for a happiness which always seems beyond reach. You’re welcome.

… [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

State of Decay developers Undead Labs today announced a sequel to their community-building zombie apocalypse survival game, coming to Windows 10 in 2017. The big feature for State of Decay 2 [official site] is online co-op, letting up to four players join up to romp around the end of human civilisation. Between this and Dead Rising 4’s announcement, it has been a good day for co-op zombiefun. Have a look at SoD2:

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PC Gamer

Another rumour confirmed: State of Decay 2 has been announced at Microsoft's E3 conference (which has been unusually heavy on the zombies).

As is tradition, you'll venture into a zombie-infested, multiplayer world, tasked with ensuring your own survival and "exploring your own unique story in a world that remembers the choices you make". However, you'll also need to ensure the survival of others no lone wolfing, thanks.

State of Decay 2's settlement-building tools are noticeably improved. The overall look is also much, much prettier than the original, which shambled its way through Steam Early Access in 2013.

Pegged to arrive 2017, State of Decay 2 is another Universal Windows App, meaning it's "Windows 10 and Xbox exclusive".

PC Gamer

State of Decay is full of dicks. In the process of upgrading the textures for the upcoming State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition, developer Undead Labs found masses of man-shafts hidden in the game's art.

"Some of our contractors worked a ridiculous amount of genitalia into the background," Undead Labs' senior designer Geoffrey Card told XBLA Fans. The towering total of tadgers aren't visible in the game itself—nor, it seems, in the PC version. The up-ressed textures of the game's improved special edition, however, brought the phalluses into focus.

Undead Labs was not aware of the textures in question until they began the process of exporting textures for State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition, and they are not visible in the original edition of State of Decay," a Microsoft representative told Game Informer. "Undead Labs is no longer working with the contractor in question, and this material will not be present in State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition.

That they aren't visible in the original version suggests that either the textures are further improved for the Year-One re-release, or that they're placed in locations that are hidden from player view—only rising into view as the dev team comb through the original assets. Maybe a modder could, er, root out the rods.

State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition is due out on PC (and Xbone) later this year.

Announcement - Valve
The Steam Holiday Sale is here! For the next fifteen days, take advantage of huge saving throughout our store on thousands of games. Check back often to take advantage of new deals every 12 hours. Vote in the Community’s Choice to help decide what games get an even deeper discount!

In addition, more than a hundred games and apps will be Featured Deals throughout the sale, which rotate every 24 hours.

Today's Featured Deals include:


Participating in the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale will also earn you exclusive Holiday Sale Trading Cards. Collect all 10 cards during the sale to earn the Holiday Sale 2014 Badge, backgrounds and emoticons!

The Steam Holiday Sale will run from now until 10AM PST, January 2nd. Complete information on Featured Deals, Community’s Choice Vote and more can be found HERE.

Announcement - Valve
For the next six days, take advantage of huge savings throughout the Steam store on thousands of titles. Plus, discover new and recommended games on your personalized Exploration Sale page here. Check back each day for new Daily Deals.

Today’s Featured Deals Include:


The Steam Exploration Sale runs from now until 10AM Pacific Time, December 2nd. Complete information on Daily Deals and other special offers can be found on Steam.

Announcement - Valve
Enjoy deals on the entire Microsoft Studios catalog during the Microsoft Publisher Weekend!

Save 50% or more on Rise of Nations, Age of Mythology, State of Decay, and Age of Empires.

The Microsoft Studios Weekend begins August 28th at 10AM PST and ends September 1st at 10AM PST.














Announcement - Valve
Save 66% on State of Decay during this week's Midweek Madness*!

The end is here. Life as you knew it has gone to hell after the mother of all zombie outbreaks. Now you and the few scattered survivors must band together to survive and rebuild in a 3rd-person action game set in a dynamic open world. You choose where to make your stand, designing and fortifying your home base, performing daring raids for food and ammunition, and rescuing other playable survivors with unique talents.

“Decay belongs in the pantheon of great modern zombie games alongside Valve’s Left 4 Dead series and Telltale’s Walking Dead episodes.”
8.9 – IGN

“State of Decay is one of the most cohesive, terrifying and engaging open-world games I've ever played.”
8.5 – Polygon

*Offer ends Friday at 10AM Pacific Time
Jun 18, 2014
Community Announcements - Undead Sanya
Sorry, everybody - I was on a plane with broken wifi. But the eagle has landed along with the patch notes:


Lifeline:

Fixed instances where players were only getting credit for rescuing 8 or less soldiers.
Zombies no longer disappear if a siege finishes while you are away from the base.
Fixed Words of Encouragement bonuses that weren't being applied during Radio Calls for assistance after stamina depletion if you've exited the game and then continued.
Fixed a bad character reference with a small text change.
Shortened Sasquatch's overblown and silly name.
Fixed power lines that were not lining up correctly and horizontally sticking out in the.
Fixed church crosses that weren't loading in correctly and appeared as black.
Fixed instances where the players were getting stuck on a wheelchair sign near the supermarket.
Fixed cameras going through the wall of the building near the Landing Zone.
Fixed spot where the player could get out of the intended environment.
Fixed two buildings that when viewed from specific areas were partially buried in the ground.
Fixed an area where environmental zombies (Zeds that aren't meant to be interacted with) were easily visible to the player.
Fixed AI hang for when NPC's would refuse to get into vehicles.
Renamed the advice-giving doctor "Schupman".
Fixed a series of text errors.
Fixed issues with Julene's friend becoming unresponsive when Julene would die while gathering at her house.
Fixed issue with Vienna Cho never becoming rescue-able. (This should help with progression stalls.)
Fixed an issue with broken stats that was tied to the generator and refrigeration. The construction bonuses would become too high but the refrigeration wouldn't offset and everyone would become sick if they would quit and reload multiple times. These should now give correct bonuses.
An invisible wall was removed from a small danger zone near black Friday
Made a pathing change to prevent zombies from running through the back wall of the building


Breakdown:

Fixed localization capabilities for RV text.


All:

Added dump files that will help us discover why ULL Crashes are happening.
Disabled rumble when we enter a scene (should fix infinite rumble when you finish a siege with rumble active)
Fixed Medical Advice and Words of Encouragement across all games
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