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Steam Autumn Sale is now live alongside the 2020 Steam Awards nominations
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The yearly Steam Autumn Sale has opened its doors once again, offering discounts on more games than anyone could possibly browse through. Once again, the sale is accompanied by The Steam Awards event, letting PC gamers vote for games they deem worthy of receiving nominations for a number of awards.
Considering the sale just kicked off, and as expected of every major event, the store is having a hard time opening and displaying correct pricing right now, but it should be solved shortly. Some of the highlights Valve is promoting on the first day include sales for hits such as Fall Guys, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Doom Eternal, and Death Stranding, among many others.
Keep in mind that sale prices remain static during the entire event and the front page only showcases different items every day.
As for The Steam Awards nominations, users will find standard categories they may vote for such as Game of the Year, Visual Style, Soundtrack, and Innovative Gameplay, as well as more entertaining ones like 'Best Game You Stuck At', and 'Better With Friends'. Those who participate in the nomination procedures get some bonuses too, with Valve offering Steam profile badges for completing tasks.
The Steam Autumn Sale will keep its discounts running through December 1. Meanwhile, the elected Steam Awards nominees will see the light of day during Valve's next major sale event in December, the Steam Winter Sale, with a final popular vote happening to decide the winners.
Rockstar will offer Red Dead Online as a standalone game priced at $4.99
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Rockstar Games' open-world western epic Red Dead Redemption 2 is gaining a new version soon, as the studio today announced that its online mode is being spun off to be offered as a standalone game. The release date is set for December 1, and it will be available for $4.99 as an introductory price.
The Red Dead Online standalone version will be the complete online experience, with story-based cooperative missions, player vs player Showdown modes, Specialist Roles, Free Roam Missions, and much more available across the massive open world.
The $4.99 introductory price will go away after February 15, 2021, bumping up the cost of the standalone multiplayer game to $19.99. Rockstar will also offer an option to unlock the Red Dead Redemption 2 story mode from within this variant, but the exact cost of this upgrade was not announced today.
Although it is a standalone experience, it doesn't appear as though the installation size requirements are changing, as the studio revealed the game will require up to 123GB of free space.
Red Dead Online will be available for PC (Steam, Epic Games Store, and Rockstar Games Launcher), Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 users will be able to play the game using backward compatibility also. Moreover, since this is a fully multiplayer experience, PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold memberships are required for console players.
Back in 2016, a couple of friends and I have founded Turn-Based Tactics, a Steam group dedicated to our fav genre and run by gamers for gamers. It sort of snowballed as we now have over six thousand members. Every Saturday we post an update wrapping up the news of the week: new releases and expansions, announcements, betas, demos, crowdfunding campaigns, etc.
Over the time this precious data was compiled into a database. It currently includes over a thousand (!) games sorted by release date, subgenre, dev, country, price, reviews, metascore… Let me know if you spot any game missing or if you have any other feedback. Note that we had to limit ourselves to Steam as including other platforms would represent too much of a scope.
Halo 4 is live on Steam, Microsoft Store, and Xbox Game Pass for PC
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Halo: The Master Chief Collection has received its final game on PC, with 343 Industries adding Halo 4 to the mix today with new enhancements and cross-play support, among other features. Halo 4 originally released for the Xbox 360 all the way back in 2012, and finally, the 343 Industries-developed shooter has shed its console exclusivity.
Halo 4 arrives with the campaign (with online co-op support), the Spartan Ops co-op missions, and 25 multiplayer maps. Enhancements in this version include 4K resolution and ultra-wide monitor support, uncapped frame rates, FOV sliders, native mouse and keyboard controls, advanced graphics settings, as well as cross-play support with Xbox One and Series X|S players.
In fact, that last feature is now available across all Halo multiplayer modes in the Master Chief Collection, though it is disabled for campaign co-op. Moreover, Halo 4 Forge and Theater modes as well as a more intricate armor customization system are in place too.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection has received a massive update alongside the new release as well, bringing the aforementioned cross-play support, Xbox Series X|S enhancements, a new season of item unlocks, server region selection for matchmaking, as well as a number of bug fixes. Find the patch notes over here and the known issues here.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection for PC comes in at $39.99 on the Microsoft Store and Steam. Like before, Halo 4 can also be bought separately, which costs $9.99 in the aforementioned stores. Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers now have access to the new game as well.
Halo 4 comes to PC on November 17 via the Master Chief Collection
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
343 Industries will be delivering the final game of Halo: The Master Chief Collection to PC next week, with Halo 4 now slated to arrive on November 17. The Insider tests for the title and several new features ended only last week after an extension, and it seems the studio is confident about their current states to plan a release so soon.
Much like the previous ports, Halo 4 on PC comes with a range of enhancements over the original Xbox 360 version, including up to 4K resolution support, uncapped frame rates, FOV sliders, native mouse and keyboard support, advanced graphics settings, and more. The complete campaign, Spartan Ops co-op missions, as well as multiplayer with 25 maps are included in the package.
In addition to Halo 4, 343 Industries was also testing PC and Xbox console cross-play capabilities and region selection in its latest Insider sessions. There's a good chance that these features will be introduced to the Master Chief Collection across PC and Xbox with Halo 4's launch. Also on November 17, the studio will be delivering the Collection to Xbox Series X|S consoles with enhancements.
Here's how the Microsoft Store describes 343 Industries-developed game's setting:
Halo: The Master Chief Collection owners across Steam and Microsoft Store will be able to begin their Halo 4 journey starting on November 17. The game will also be available as a standalone purchase on the same platforms for $9.99 on release. As usual for Xbox Game Studios titles, Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers will gain access to Halo 4 on day one as well.