Now ride your horse into battle in Skyrim
So, yeah, you can now ride horses into battle in Skyrim. Mounted combat is coming to the game in the v1.6 patch, which is due out soon. However, Steam users can join in on the fun right now through the beta.
To get into the beta, all you have to do is go into Steam settings and check the beta participation section. You will then need to restart Steam, which will then notify you of beta updates for your games.
Bethesda notes that you should not overwrite your existing saves, and that you should back up your current saved games in the off chance they become corrupted. The only new feature is mounted combat; the patch mostly fixes bugs and other issues.
Last day of Steam’s crazy Summer Sale: GTA IV, Red Faction Guerilla for $5
While the rest of America is resting on and celebrating the 4th of July weekend, Steam is hard at work, putting up insane deals of plenty of both old and new games. This is the last day of the site’s Summer Sale, so get cracking if you want some quality games in your play list.
Major notables from today’s sale includes Left 4 Dead 2 for $10.19, Grand Theft Auto IV for $4.99 (whoa!), Red Faction Guerilla for $5, and Borderlands for $10.19.
Remember: this sale is valid for today only. Enjoy.
Team Fortress 2 Gets Multicore Support
A new patch for Team Fortress 2 officially adds multicore rendering support, allowing users with dual core and quad core CPUs to take better advantage of the money they spent on their computers.
It was a hidden console command at first, but even though it is now official and included in the GUI, Valve notes that it is testing the compatibility of the feature, so the option is turned off by default. You will have to manually enable the option in the game’s menu.
Other changes in the patch include crash fixes, improvements to the engine and more.
Wrong Version of Merchants of Brooklyn on Steam
For those of you who purchased Paleo Entertainment’s CryENGINE 2-powered shooter Merchants of Brooklyn, read up: the item you bought was the alpha version. This is why you’ve been having audio, video and performance problems with the game.
"We are fully aware of the problems that occurred with the initial release of M.O.B.," wrote Paleo Entertainment on their official forums. "Unfortunately, the incorrect version went up on Steam. The Alpha version was released initially, this has been corrected."
Paleo adds: "Please log in/log out of Steam to receive the correct version of M.O.B. We will be patching this game periodically to correct any issues that arise, as well as new and exciting features and multiplayer modes!"
In-game DLC Added to Steam, The Maw Levels Available
Valve today announced that the first in-game DLC has hit Steam in the form of two expansion levels for The Maw.
Publishers can now sell their content from within the game rather than only through Steam’s storefront.
"DLC can now be added to any game on Steam, regardless of whether it was originally purchased via Steam, at retail, or via other digital outlets," the company stated. "It is also a feature of Steamworks, the suite of free tools and services available to game developers and publishers."
The two levels are “Brute Force” and “River Redirect”, both of which are now available for purchase for $1.25 each.
Burnout Paradise on Steam
Following last week’s tease that it would hit the digital distribution platform, Criterion’s open-world racer Burnout Paradise is now on Steam. The download is priced at $39.99, the same as the retail version.
The PC version was released early last month. It features enhanced graphics and all of the downloadable content that has so far been released for the consoles, including the offline multiplayer Party pack.
World at War on Steam
Expanding your purchase options, Call of Duty: World at War is now available on Steam.
Developed by Treyarch, the game is now selling like hotcakes across all regions. It can be bought for $49.95, the same price as retail.
World of Goo Co-creator: 90% Piracy Rate on Game
In a world full of pirates it can hardly be surprising that most of your customers are pirates themselves. In fact, World of Goo co-creator Ron Carmel admits that, stating that “about 90%” of their game’s users are pirates.
This comes from Carmel himself in the form of a comment on a RockPaperShotgun story about the game’s European release. In another post, Carmel’s colleague Kyle Gabler explained that the figure was given after looking at the number of unique IPs connecting to the game’s leaderboard server.
Even in the face of such rampant piracy, Carmel notes that they’re getting good sales through digital distribution platforms WiiWare and Steam, as well as their website, adding that they are “not going bankrupt just yet!”
Give Gifts on Steam
Gamers can now gift games to other users on Steam – be it a friend, family or a random stranger. The recipient will receive the game with a special message from the sender. This page has more details about gift purchases on Valve’s broadband delivery service.
Free Games for ATI Users
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.