AMD/ATI fans are in luck, as the company announced that owners of ATI Radeon graphic card owners are entitled to a pair of free games from Steam, Valve’s content delivery service. Eligible gamers can visit this page for details on how to get free copies of Half-Life 2: Lost Coast and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch as well as discounts on other Valve games.
On nZone are beta v163.75 drivers for various versions of Windows, including 32 and 64-bit editions of XP and Vista. The new drivers add SLI profiles for various games including Jericho, but most notably offers improved compatibility for Half-Life 2: Episode 2, which was recently released.
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The November issue of PC Gamer magazine confirms the inevitable development of Half-Life 2: Episode Three, the third and final chapter in the sequel. Expectedly, the brief snippet does not divulge any new details on the coming game, but offers a spoiler. So, if you don’t want your experience of Episode Two spoiled, do not click on the above scan.
Both Half-Life 2: Episode Two and Portal have started pre-loading through Steam on customers’ computers, according to Valve. The idea of pre-loading is to gradually download a game in advance of its release; however, the files are encrypted and can only be unlocked on the day of the game’s release. Buying a physical copy sidesteps the pre-loading process, but even then customers of either medium have to activate the games through Steam to play them.
The Orange Box, which includes the two aforementioned titles as well as Team Fortress 2, will be released on PC and Xbox 360 on October 10, next Wednesday.
Poor programmers at Valve are facing tough times: no BioShock for them. The company’s head honcho Gabe Newell explained to CVG that a ban on the excellent shooter has been imposed in the offices because of the work required to get Half-Life 2: Episode Two out the door. Apparently, getting their own game out will get everyone in the company a copy of BioShock as a reward. Weird indeed! However, Newell then admitted that he is looking forward to playing it.
In an IGN preview it has been confirmed that the PS3 version of Half-Life 2: Orange Box will arrive weeks later after the PC and Xbox 360 versions are released on October 10. No specific reason was provided for the delay.
Their preview of the game has them describing a new section of the game involving the ever-lovable Alyx and a combine advisor. They have a video of that segment, which I have embedded below. The rest of their preview talks about the Xbox 360 version of the game, as well as the PS3 version of Portal.
On MSNBC is an article that takes a look at the top 5 first-person shooter weapons. The usual suspects are listed, though the inclusion of the Pistol from Halo is a big surprise.
Already delayed once, Valve has once again pushed back the release date for Half-Life 2: Episode Two. Expected to be delivered during Q1 2007, Episode Two is now expected sometime in Summer 2007. No reason was given.
SunAge is also facing a delay: the game is now set for release during Q1 2007, delayed from its Q3 2006 target date. Lastly, Two Worlds, an upcoming strategy-RPG, has also been delayed to March 7, 2007; it was originally supposed to be available during Q4 of this year.