In the first installment of this brand-new segment, we’re happy to tell you that FMV (Full Motion Video) games are still very much a thing. Wales Interactive’s Late Shift was somehow the anomaly in a week filled with publishers giving away their games for free, Valve asking for your phone number and Nier:Automata’s DLC announcement whose name is both a puzzle to be solved and an SEO masterstroke.
Halo Wars makes its way to Steam
Previously only available on Xbox 360, via backwards compatibility on Xbox One, and for PC users via the purchase of the special edition of Halo Wars 2, Halo Wars is now available for purchase on Steam for the reasonable price of Rs 574. Its promise of epic battles between the Covenant and UNSC as well as accessibility, combined with updated graphics and presentation could be worth the investment.
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is available on Steam.
Nier: Automata DLC announced, lets you fight Square Enix and Platinum Games’ CEOs
Nier: Automata is one of the year’s best action games, and it’s about to fulfill everyone’s twisted fantasy of beating up dudes in suits to a pulp. Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda and Platinum CEO Kinichi Sato are probably nice guys, but as they’re also perfect boss fight material (you can downvote that pun here). The DLC, keeping with the occasional absurdness of Nier: Automata is called “3C3C1D119440927”, also adds customization options and a new “Revealing” outfit for protagonist 2B (which requires no explanation).
Check out the gameplay below and decide for yourself if it’s your cup of boardroom tea. 3C3C1D119440927 does not have a release date yet.
The original StarCraft goes free, South Korean presidential candidate releases two free maps
Here’s another reason to fall in love with Blizzard Entertainment all over again. On top of the endless hours you’ve already invested in Overwatch, Diablo and World of Warcraft, you can head back to yelling orders at Jim Raynor, Kerrigan and co. in the original StarCraft, which is available as a free download right now. You’re totally going to buy StarCraft Remastered as well come summer, right? Right?!
Both the base game and the Brood War expansion can be downloaded on Battle.net.
While you’re at it, you might want to check out these free maps released for Brood War by South Korean politician and presidential candidate Moon Jae-in, reminding us that StarCraft is rather popular in that country. This is not a joke.
More free games: Saint’s Row 2 is free for a limited time
Sure, it’s not the most well-received game in the Saint’s Row series from Volition/Deep Silver, it’s still good for the low price of free. What’s more, there’s also a Deep Silver publisher sale on the marketplaces of your choice. Download it for free on GoG.com (DRM-free) and Steam.
‘Twas a good week for remasters and adventure games
While LucasArts classic Full Throttle wheelied its way onto Steam, PS4 and PS Vita, Beep Games’ 2003 Xbox action/platformer released on Steam, Windows 10 and Xbox One.
If you’re a Guardians of the Galaxy fan, the first installment of Telltale Games’ adventure series based on the Marvel franchise is out on PC and console as well.
Another interesting “game” which came out during the week was an FMV-based crime caper/thriller called “Late Shift”. I’ve given it a go and it’s interesting enough to warrant the asking price of Rs 351 on Steam — I got the worst possible ending, so I will probably be playing it again and make some different choices. PS4 and Xbox One versions are also available.
Want to play Ranked DOTA 2? Well, then give Valve your phone number
DOTA 2’s matchmaking update dated 20 April introduces a new requirement for those interested in playing Ranked matches: phone-linking. Players have been given a two-week grace period, and “Starting on 4 May, accounts without a registered number will no longer be eligible for Ranked play,” states the blog post.
The goal is to counteract “Smurf” accounts, where skilled players create alternate accounts to get matched with players of lower skill, creating unpleasant, lopsided matches. If you’ve played any sort of competitive game, you will know that Smurf accounts are indeed a problem, and it wouldn’t be surprising if other publishers will add similar additional verification requirements for their games.
More details on the official DOTA 2 blog.
And finally, it’s the last few days of the Easter sale on the PlayStation Store
The sale has been on for a while, but it ends on 26 April. There’s a lot stuff on sale, with discounts going over 60 percent. Here are some of our picks:
Ghost Recon Wildlands Deluxe Edition (PS4 | 31 percent off | Rs 2,750)
Yakuza Zero (PS4 | 44 percent off | Rs 2,750)
Watch_Dogs 2 Deluxe Edition (PS4 | 50 percent off | Rs 2,750)
Mafia III Deluxe Edition (PS4 | 52 percent off | Rs 2,750)
Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita | 50 percent off | Rs 415)
Grim Fandango Remastered (PS Vita | 66 percent off | Rs 415)
Other games on sale include GTA V, FIFA 17, Sniper Elite 4 and more.