There was a time when the you had little choice when it came to playing a sci-fi 4X. These days? Between Endless Space, Stellaris, Galactic Civilizations 3, Sword of the Stars, the new Master of Orion... you're spoilt for choice. But I can understand if nothing has quite scratched your itch for intergalactic politics, ship building and inevitably, planet conquering. Well, there's a new alien on the block called Stars in Shadow.
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The sheer number of games on Steam is overwhelming, and more new ones come out per day than ever before. Despite that, Steam's upper echelon has calcified, with an Old Guard looking down from the top of the most-played list at all the peasants below.
Even after its lukewarm reception last year, Eidos Montreal is still working away at Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The latest update includes a new mission, called Desperate Measures and a bunch of cosmetic bonuses, all for free.
Earlier today, Valve's digital distribution platform reached a new peak of just over 14.2 million simultaneous users. It's the latest milestone in the platform's 13 year history and comes shortly after its most recent winter sale concluded earlier this week.
Valve might have its own controller, but it's well aware that when it comes to Steam and Steam-related activities (playing games, basically), we like to have options. And so, with the most recent beta update of the Steam client, the company has introduced much-improved support for Microsoft peripherals, specifically its console gamepads.
Someone made a coaster planet in Planet Coaster.
Ladykiller In A Bind — which Heather found to be a bold exploration of sexual experiences and perspectives — is finally coming to Steam on January 10. It will be fully uncensored, despite the way Valve usually handles these things. For creator Christine Love, reaching this point wasn't easy.
We might not be in the era of taking your PlayStation 4 to a shop down the street and getting a mod chip. But ever since Sony announced you could run Linux on the original PlayStation 3 - and subsequently removed it in future iterations - people have been keen on the idea of Linux running on the PS4.
But as a talk at the annual Chaos Communication Congress showed, the PS4 is definitely not a PC. And while that makes things harder, it doesn't mean you can't get Linux going on the PS4 nonetheless.
Christmas is a great time for gift-giving and an equally good time for discovering something new. But not everyone has cash to blow on new console games or the Steam sales, whether it be from bad luck or the trials and tribulations that life throws at us. So if you're looking for something to play on the cheap this Christmas, or want to install something for free to keep your relatives at bay, here's 11 titles to help you out.