Product Update - Valve
Updates to Saints Row The Third have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

- Added in Genkibowl VII DLC Pack
- Added in CheapyD Homie.
- Added in Team Fortress 2 over-sized masks.

For all new DLC, you need to have made it past the assault on the armory ("We’re Going to Need Guns") and have unlocked "Shaundi’s ex-boyfriend's apartment" crib.
General Fixes
- Performance improvement for the "High" ambient occlusion display option.
- Fixed an issue where some of the quick-time event keys could cover up some subtitles.
- Fixed an issue where the player vehicle could become "grainy" when at high speeds.
- Applied a fix for the “Love/Hate Relationship” achievement which may have not unlocked after performing 50 taunts/compliments of gang members.
Co-Op Specific
- Fixed an issue where Notoriety would fail to drop in a store owned by the host when both players entered the store in co-op.
- Fixed an issue where the host player could lose the ability to call in vehicle deliveries if the player connecting did not have the specific homie.
- Fixed an issue where some cutscenes could not be skipped properly in co-op.
- LAN games are now able to be played without an internet connection.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Richard Cobbett)

You know, we remember playing Saints Row 3. It could have been such a good game if it hadn't been so straight-laced all the time...

Celebrated crazy-em-up Saints Row: The Third is handing out a freebie to all Steam players tomorrow, and going a teeny-tiny bit further than most. You know how Team Fortress 2 likes to gives you hats from other games? Saints Row 3 gives you the TF2 gang’s entire heads>, to wear and do with as you will. Fight, dance, love, laugh. The first and the last ones at least.

But you know what else can you expect from this TF2 intrusion?


Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Alec Meer)

The screenshot-based 'light in the darkness' metaphors will continue unabated

“The Stalker team is extremely happy! Why? Because we are continuing work on Stalker 2 after the holidays.>” That makes me extremely happy too. That’s the official line from GSC, although it’s not quite as simple as that. Speaking to Edge, the studio’s Oleg Yavorsky reveals that “We are still in the process of seeking funding to back up the project. We are hopeful things turn out well eventually.” Which still sounds pretty precarious, but given the situation last month was that the studio and the game were flat-out closing down, it’s still a good day for Stalker fans.

Let’s hope they find a funder in time. Anyone got a few million bucks to spare? Notch, are you reading this? Alternatively, have I got any long-lost billionaire uncles who’ve been waiting for an excuse to get in touch with me?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (John Walker)

The saddest of the pandas.

Next Tuesday will see the release of the first DLC for last year’s fantastic Saints Row: The Third, Genki Bowl VII. What is it? According to the details we’ve received, it’s some sort of in-game event that will feature a number of games. And they are… Sexy Kitten Yarngasm, Sad Panda Skyblazing, Angry Tiger’s Apocalypse Genki, and Super Ethical PR Opportunity. Yes indeed. There’s a teaser trailer and some screenshots below.



Next week, Saints Row: The Third players will get the weirdest DLC for the game yet (and that's counting the gun that launches shark-attacks) with Genki Bowl VII.

The trailer above gives the gist, as crazy-killer-feline-human-thing Professor Genki takes his Running Man-style competitive/deadly reality show out into the real world. Among the various challenges:

Sail through the skies with Sad Panda Skyblazing. Fight through dark, shark-infested jungles in Angry Tiger's Apocalypse Genki. And crush your way to victory in Sexy Kitten Yarngasm. But don't forget to help Professor Genki maintain his excitement before any public appearances in Super Ethical PR Opportunity.

"Yarngasm?" "Shark-Infested Jungles?" Yep, this can only be Saints Row: The Third. (Read our review of the full game here.)

The DLC launches next Tuesday, January 17th for an as-yet unannounced price. (Update: THQ got back to us and let us know it'll cost $7 on both XBox Live and PSN. That's 560 MS Points on Xbox.)


Darksiders, NFL Blitz New This Week on the PlayStation StoreIt's slim pickings this week for new additions to the PlayStation store, with a full-game download of the often-overlooked but quite enjoyable Darksiders leading the way for full retail releases. Rock Band 3 gets some good-times pop rock tunes, and Rocksmith gets a whole bunch of Black Keys DLC, which I would imagine is a lot like Jimi Hendrix DLC only not quite as good. (Zing!)

Read the full list below:

Games & Demos for PlayStation 3

TNT Racers + Trial ($9.99)
NFL Blitz ($14.99)
Darksiders ($19.99)

Game Demos

TNT Racers
Learning With The Pooyoos – Episode 2 Demo

Add-ons & Expansions

Resistance 3 The Legacy Grenade (free)
Resistance 3 SPRA Black Ops Skin (free)
Resistance 3 Infected Nathan Hale Skin and Taunt (free)
Champion Jockey – Music Pack 4 ($1.49)
Apples to Apples A Bushel of Fun ($2.99)
Rocksmith – Gold On The Ceiling By The Black Keys ($2.99)
Rocksmith – Just Got To Be By The Black Key ($2.99)
Rocksmith – Mind Eraser By The Black Keys ($2.99)
Rocksmith – The Black Keys Song Pack (Bundle) ($7.99)

Rock Band 3 tracks

  • "2112: Discovery, Presentation" – Rush ($1.99)
  • "2112: Oracle: The Dream, Soliloquy, Grand Finale" – Rush ($1.99)
  • "2112: Overture, The Temples of Syrinx" – Rush ($1.99)
  • "Billionaire" – Travie McCoy ($1.99)
  • "Boy" – Ra Ra Riot ($1.99)
  • "Can You Tell" – Ra Ra Riot ($1.99)
  • "Dawn of Spring" – Christopher J ($0.99)
  • "Found Me the Bomb" – Buckmer & Garcia ($0.99)
  • "Frankenstein Teaser Trailer" – Richard Campbell ($0.99)
  • "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" – Panic at the Disco ($1.99)
  • "Panic" – Sublime With Rome ($1.99)
  • "Pressure" – Paramore ($1.99)
  • "Revenants" – The Cold Goodnight ($0.99)
  • "Riptide Resort" – Freen in Green ($0.99)
  • "Rush '2112″ – artist ($5.49)
  • "Stereo Hearts" – Gym Class Heroes (ft. Adam Levine) ($1.99)
  • "The End of Progress" – Mystakin ($0.99)
  • "The Thief in the Night – Part I" – Chaotrope ($0.99)
  • "The Way It Ends" – Prototype ($0.99)
  • "You Make Me Feel." – Cobra Starship ($1.99)
  • Fueled By Ramen Pack 01 ($9.99) – Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game album: Fueled By Ramen Pack 01 . This pack includes "You Make Me Feel…", "Stereo Hearts", "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", "Pressure", "Panic", and "Billionaire" by various artists.

Game Videos

NBA 2K12 – Legends Showcase Launch Trailer
Battlefield 3 Back to Karkand Gameplay Premiere Trailer
EA SPORTS FIFA STREET Announcement Trailer
FIFA Street 4 Announce Trailer
Sonic CD Time Trailer
Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode II Announcement Trailer
Wwe '12 Launch Trailer
Assassin's Creed Embers Trailer

Themes, Wallpapers & Avatars

Just Dance 3 – Baby One More Time ($0.49)
Just Dance 3 – Barbra Streisand ($0.49)
Just Dance 3 – Da Funk ($0.49)
Just Dance 3 – I'm So Excited ($0.49)
Just Dance 3 – Kurio Ko Uddah Le Jana 2 ($0.49)
Just Dance 3 – Lollipop ($0.49)
Just Dance 3 – Master Blaster ($0.49)
Just Dance 3 – Party Rock Anthem ($0.49)
Just Dance 3 – Take On Me ($0.49)
Metal Gear Solid 2 Art Theme ($1.99)
Metal Gear Solid 3 Art Theme ($1.99)
Mayan Temple Dynamic Theme ($1.99)

PlayStation Store for PSP

Alien Havoc & Bubble Trubble Bundle ($3.99)

Free PSN Games: Back to the Future The Game – Full Series

Sword & Soldiers
Free PS one Classics: Syphon Filter

Syphon Filter 2

Syphon Filter 3
Discounted PSN Games: Rocket Knight – 50% off – 1/3 (PS+ Price $7.50)
Discounted PS3 Full Games: Darksiders – 20% off – 1/3 (PS+ Price $15.99)
Full Game Trials: Darksiders
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Kieron Gillen)

I moved house this year, away from a similar neighbourhood to this.

I’m just pulling together some rambly thoughts about my year in games for the site. Which reminds me that I wrote about one of my faves for Tom “Tom Bramwell” Bramwell over at EG towers, and makes me think I could link to it as an aperitif or something. And I totally can. Lots on Saints Row: The Third and yours truly. I didn’t even get into my apostrophe confusion, which could be another couple of thousand words, but would be less sex obsessed.


These Are the Best PC Game Mods of 2011Every year thousands of PC gamers around the world sacrifice some of their play time in order to make the games they play even better that the original developers, and every year the community at modding hot spot ModDB choose the very best. Who made the grade this year?

This is the joy of PC gaming right here. Long after console gamers have shelved their old favorites for the next big thing, PC game modders are doing things like adding online multiplayer to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, creating new levels for Company of Heroes, or crafting an entirely new game from the code of another.

MOTY Players Choice - Mod of the Year - Mod DB

Hit up ModDB for the full list of this year's deserving nominees, and then dig out those scratched and dusty discs and have some fun.

Mod of the Year Players' Choice Awards [ModDB]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - (Alec Meer)

What light from yonder Ukraine breaks?

A surprise Christmas present from GSC, at which there appears to remain some life despite the awful news that they (and with them Stalker 2) had apparently been shut down earlier this month:

“Dear Stalkers: We will not be releasing any official news until around mid January. However there is cause for hope! Good hunting!”>

That is all. But that is something. And it’s the second claim that all might not yet be lost in as many weeks, meaning the rescue operation is hopefully bearing fruit. Good luck, brave Ukrainians.

Product Release - Valve
Five new downloadable contents for Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine are Now Available on Steam!