Wondering what to get your favorite PC gamer this Christmas? We have some great suggestions right here!
We can’t believe it’s already mid-November! And if we’re starting to feel the sweat looking over those long holiday shopping lists that seem to keep growing, we can bet you are too. But not to worry, when it comes to shopping for our PC gamer buddies, Steam always has our back throughout the holidays with tons of sales and many bundles of gaming cheer.
Whether it’s a tactical enthusiast you’re shopping for or just an average PC gamer excited to try out the newest gems, we’ve dug up something for everyone. From indie titles to expansive RPGs they may have overlooked, this gift guide should provide more than enough inspiration to check any PC gamer off your holiday shopping list this year.
Weatherworn is a wonderfully quaint indie title created by Jeremy Waltman that harkens back to the beginnings of classics like Zelda and Final Fantasy. This pixel JRPG features turn-based gameplay, hand-drawn cutscenes, and a whimsical overtone that draws you in and leaves you hooked. Any retro RPG gamer will appreciate delving into this little bite-sized bit of nostalgia over the holidays. It’s the perfect sort of game to install on your laptop for easy access during holiday travel or pop in and out up gameplay between family gatherings.
Weatherworn is available on Steam for $9.99/£7.47.
Among Trees is an open-world survival crafting explorer that was released just yesterday, on November 10th. It’s done in a highly artistic stylization that gives the game a serene aesthetic, though foraging in the wild will still present its share of challenges. This is the perfect game to gift to any survival game enthusiast. On behalf of survival explorer nuts, we’re always excited to check out what these new titles have in store!
Among Trees is available on Steam at its special promo rate of $13.49/£10.09 until November 17th, when it will go back to the standard price of $14.99/£11.21.
Tales of Arise is another name of interest that launched just before the holiday season kicked off. What really stands out about this Tales entry is its beautifully crafted world that will appease the senses of any gamer appreciative of stunning graphical design.
As one of many anticipated launches for PC this fall, not everyone will have prioritized grabbing this title immediately, which leaves you the opportunity to surprise them with it this holiday! If they already have the base game, there is still plenty of DLC to grab up as virtual stocking stuffers, which they likely haven’t gotten their hands on yet. If the person you have in mind is also a Sword Art fan, the SAO Collaboration would be an exciting add-on for them. It’s certainly worth checking out your options over in the steam store.
Tales of Arise is available on Steam for $59.99/£44.88, while the various DLC packs range from $4.99/£3.73 to $27.99/£20.94.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a wildly groundbreaking game by many standards and remains so even after showing up to the rodeo nearly two years ago. While many avid gamers have likely already downloaded the base game, an option has since become available to download a standalone version of Red Dead Online, which was released last December.
RDO is the online counterpart to RDR2 and is offered as a separate package on Steam. It is priced at a considerably reduced rate from the core game without shirking a ton of content. This presents the perfect opportunity for anyone who missed the Red Dead train the first time around to glean a taste of the wild American West without having to commit to the total package right away.
Red Dead Online is available on Steam for $9.99/£7.47 currently.
Any Civ fan will go ballistic to receive Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 Anthology collection. Typically the Anthology would run you over $200 in total. However, with the base game and most of the included expansions being on sale, along with an additional deal on the entire bundle, you can claim continents worth of content for a total steal right now!
While the sale percentage has been fluctuating, you will likely catch some version of this Civ 6 bundled deal during the multitude of Steam sales taking place regularly all throughout the pre-holiday shopping frenzies. So keep on the lookout to snag this DLC goldmine for the tactical gamer in your life.
This bundle was available on Steam for $39.47/£29.53 when this article was written.
The Sims 4: Cottage Living Expansion pack is all the rage right now. If the sim enthusiast in your life hasn’t managed to add this new batch of content to their collection yet, you will make their holiday by gifting them this humble pack. Help their sims reconnect with the simple things in life this holiday season!
You could also help flush out their in-game experience with Stuff packs like The Sims 4: Paranormal. Or gear them up for their next life story with the new Dream Home Decorator Game Pack. If you’re looking to grab them just a little something, you could go for something like the Throwback Fit Kit to help them further personalize their home or wardrobe.
There are heaps of DLC packs to choose from, and there’s likely something even dedicated sim gamers don’t have in their collection yet. That’s why we strongly recommend taking a browse through the Steam store on your virtual shopping trips this season.
You can grab all additional Sims 4 DLC packs on Steam. Kits sell for $4.99/£3.73, Stuff Packs for $9.99/£7.47, Game Packs for $19.99/£14.95, and full Expansion Packs for $39.99/£29.92.
New World broke onto the scene this past September, smashing expectations and waging war on what it means to make a grand entrance. If they weren’t already, any MMO player who skipped this one on launch is probably starting to get curious as to what all of the fuss is about. Why not be that not so gentle push they need to jump off the edge into a new world of massive multiplayer chaos?
New World is available on Steam for $39.99/£29.92 or $49.99/£37.40 for the Delux Edition.
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PlayStation Making New PS5 Triple-A Online Game – TheGamer
No details have been announced, but we’ve dug through the job descriptions to piece things together.
PlayStation's London studio is currently hiring a team to get development underway for an upcoming online PS5 game. Based on the job descriptions, it seems the project is in the very early stages of development, so we likely won't see a trailer or even a name for a while yet.
What we do know is that this will be "an ambitious AAA project," one that will likely feature co-op gameplay and potentially some procedurally generated levels. The job descriptions also point to this being a live-service title, something Sony is currently lacking. There is Dreams, but that isn't triple-A, and Genshin Impact isn't on Xbox, but it's not a first-party game either.
The available roles range from leads with shipped titles under their belts to juniors just getting started, and even one that requires no games industry experience whatsoever. Each role also includes a clear commitment to increasing diversity across the studio, something that appears sorely needed if the almost all-white team photo on the website is anything to go by.
Many of the job listings require experience with online triple-A titles for console and PC, Unreal or Unity game engine knowledge, and procedural environment generation. There's also relatively standard stuff like character artists and AI programmers, so we can expect to be interacting with NPCs in the game.
One requirement for the lead level designer was "experience designing for online multiplayer combat," but whether that'll be PvP, PvE, or a mix of the two remains to be seen.
Each lead is expected to help build their own teams, and the studio is also hiring for an internal recruiter, so it looks like these hires are just the tip of the iceberg for the new project.
The appeal of PlayStation has always been its exclusives, so if this upcoming game is any good it could help PS5 sales stay even further ahead of the Xbox Series than they're predicted to be already. Sony's stock value plummeted by $20 billion after Microsoft's ABK purchase, so seeing new games are being worked on – especially in a genre as profitable online live-service – could ease shareholder fears.
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The story on how John Madden came to be involved with wildly popular EA Sports NFL video game – USA TODAY
If the creators of the NFL video game so many millions of people have played had their way, the wildly popular franchise would not have been known simply as Madden.
According to a story ESPN published in 2016, legendary coach and analyst John Madden was the third choice of Trip Hawkins, the eventual founder of video game maker Electronic Arts (EA), to be the pitchman of the game that eventually became Madden NFL. An avid football fan, Hawkins’ first choice was legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and former Vikings and Patriots quarterback and Cal Bears coach Joe Kapp.
Madden, who died at the age of 85 Tuesday, continues to be one of the game’s most prominent icons. He was first a player, though a knee injury in his rookie season in 1958 with the Philadelphia Eagles cut his career short. He went on to be the head coach of the Raiders, where he won a Super Bowl. He became a television analyst during NFL games and made the game accessible for millions of viewers. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the Class of 2006.
But it’s his constant presence on the video game franchise, arguably, that serves as his strongest connection to new generations of football fans and gamers alike.
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According to ESPN, Montana could not be involved because he had a conflicting endorsement deal with video game console maker Atari, while Kapp wanted royalties. According to the article, Madden was so impressed with Hawkins’ credentials — he went to Harvard and worked at Apple — that he agreed to sign on.
It proved to be a shrewd decision. Despite slow production and years of releases before it became a household name, Madden NFL has generated more than $4 billion since its inception and has sold more than 130 million copies, according to EA. Barron’s estimates that Madden NFL generates around $600 million annually for EA.
Still, Madden lamented one major mistake that cost him millions more.
According to ESPN, after “John Madden Football” was released in 1988, Hawkins approached Madden and said EA was about to have an initial public offering and that Madden could “have as much stock” as he wanted, though he would have to pay the initial price of $7.50 per share.
“Hell, I’m just a football coach,” Madden told ESPN. “I pointed with my finger, all knowing, and said, ‘I gave you my time. I’m not giving you my money.’ I showed him!”
In only the 10 years from 1989 to 1999, the price soared to $70 per share, according to ESPN.
Said Madden: “That was the dumbest thing I ever did in my life.”
Originally, the game was planned as being a seven-on-seven competition, due to the limitations of computing back when it was being initially programmed. Madden, however, balked at that idea and wanted the game — if he was going to appear on its cover — to be as authentic as possible.
“If it wasn’t real football, I didn’t want my name on it,” Madden told Grantland in January 2012. “I wanted it to be real football — pro football — with the sideline, the numbers, the hash marks. Everything had to be pro football.”
One other unique aspect of the game is how the plays and formations users can call and execute are taken directly from NFL playbooks. Madden sent a 1980 Oakland Raiders playbook to Hawkins and former EA producer Joe Ybarra.
To elaborate on that, the game’s producers sought to mimic the playbooks of the teams featured in the game.
“For our playbooks, I would say to (former San Francisco Examiner beat writer and consultant) Frank (Cooney), ‘Go find out what a team’s five signature plays are,’ ” Hawkins told ESPN. “He would go up to the assistant coaches, hand them paper. And they would draw up plays! We collected a huge amount of plays that way.”
The video game franchise has evolved over the years to incorporate new game play modes and features, as well as tweaks to game play. Its reach across the NFL is comprehensive. Gamers within each locker room undoubtedly have their own copies and challenge each other during games.
Even one of the game’s most reserved and self-controlled figures — and one of the greatest coaches in the history of the sport — has his own exposure to the video game.
“I haven’t played it in quite a while,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday after he opened his press conference with a tribute to Madden. “When my kids were growing up, they would play it and I would watch them. They would beat me.”
Belichick grinned as he told that anecdote, likely thinking back on those memories with his children —two of whom, sons Steve (outside linebackers) and Brian (safeties), are assistants on New England’s staff.
Perhaps that’s the enduring legacy of the Madden NFL franchise. Similar to the way he used charm and humor in the broadcast booth to make the sport appealing to all, the video game allows even those without expertise in the NFL or even in football to simulate the strategy behind it.
“It’s a way for people to learn the game and participate in the game at a pretty sophisticated level,” Madden told Grantland.
Blizzard's new IP: Modern meets fantasy online survival game – TweakTown
Blizzard’s next big IP might be an interesting take on a Kid in King Arthur’s Court and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Today Blizzard confirmed it is working on an ambitious new IP. The unnamed project is a survival game that merges modern and fantasy together, as per details gleaned from a brief concept art glimpse. Job listings also confirm the new IP will be an online-based adventure which is Blizzard’s usual fare.
“Blizzard is embarking on our next quest. We are going on a journey to a whole new universe, home to a brand-new survival game for PC and console. A place full of heroes we have yet to meet, stories yet to be told, and adventures yet to be lived. A vast realm of possibility, waiting to be explored,” reads a job posting.
We’ve known about Blizzard’s new IPs for a long time. The company has been incubating this new IP and another unannounced multiplayer shooter for a while, and Blizzard is also trying to create a shared games engine to power its future titles.
Alan Adham discussed the new incubation pipeline back in August 2021:
“We’re tight-lipped about it, but our new game pipeline has been in development for many years and it’s greater than it’s ever been across our core franchises and mobile, new IP and new genres. I’m looking forward to our teams launching their already announced new games in the not-too-distant future and in due course announcing a few new ones that you’ve yet to hear about,” Adham said.
So what is Blizzard working on? Here’s a selection:
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