Steam Summer Sale Kicking Off

Also $5 off your first $30+ Purchase!

It’s that time of the year again, where Steam guns for our wallets. Steam always puts out crazy seasonal sales with close to rock bottom prices on all types of games. To sweeten the deals even more, your first purchase of $30 or more will net you another $5 discount.

You should see this offer in your cart

There are way too many games on sale to even consider listing them out so check the store out for yourself. Sales will run until July 9 so don’t wait too long!

I’m picking up Remnant: From the Ashes myself for 40% off.

Valorant 1.02 Released, Rank Mode Delayed

Valorant patched today to 1.02 with quite a change log.

However, it was quickly announced that rank/competitive mode will be delayed for a little bit. They caught some bugs that could affect it. The delay is predicted to be just a couple days, but no confirmation aside from a tweet.

Here are some notable changes in the new patch.

  • Viper’s toxic screen now goes through walls
  • When Phoenix dies in his ult, Jett will get her blades refilled and Reyna will get a soul orb drop
  • Some Cypher Spy cam glitch fixes
  • New Rank icons
  • Able to play ranked with friends at more skill disparity
  • Map tweaks
  • SURRENDER option

I am shook that there are no nerfs to Reyna yet, although people are learning to play against her a little more nowadays. The surrender option is a double edged sword, you’ll find yourself in a ton of games where you make a huge comeback in the 2nd half. Some people play better on one side than the other. I wouldn’t be too trigger happy to surrender games.

Full Patch Notes

Valorant Ranked Update

Details on Valorant Patch 1.02 released by Riot

Riot released some pre-patch notes for the upcoming ranked patch. We mentioned last week that ranked should be releasing very soon. They are already teasing us with some details with many welcome changes.

Most importantly, they are making playing with friends easier than it was in beta in terms of rank disparity. A lot of people were finding it hard to keep playing with friends because someone only 6 ranks away was unable to queue up with their friends due to matchmaking restrictions. It didn’t help that people could rank up faster than their own squad mates by getting top frag and high combat scores.

Riot will still block players who have HUGE skill disparity, but for the most part it should be balanced out well enough to not make you lose your squad mates.

There has also been an update to the rank icons! I think people made a big stink at how ugly they were in beta, so they finally put some effort into them. They also swapped the top rank from Valorant into Radiant to avoid confusion.

No definite balance fix yet for solo vs 5 stacks, but they are still working on ways to balance that out as well. The release of ranked might come a few days after the patch, similar to beta, but we don’t know for sure. Either way its coming VERY soon, so ya’ll better get your aim good now.

Pre-Patch Notes here.

Mixer is SHUTTING DOWN!?

Breaking news – Mixer just announced that it will be shutting down.

It seems Microsoft quietly announced that they will be shutting down Mixer. The platform will still be accessible until July 22, 2020. After that date, the website will no longer exist and force a redirect to Facebook Gaming’s page. Yes, it looks like Microsoft will just be offloading all their streaming to Facebook.

What about the existing contracts and partners on Mixer?

Partners will be automatically given partner status on Facebook’s platform as well. Those crazy contracts that were given to the biggest streamers will be honored “closely” as stated by Microsoft. Everyone else who still had monetization enabled on Mixer will also be transferred to the monetization programs on Facebook.

All people with leftover embers/sparks and subscription services will be paid out in xbox gift cards. Although they are encouraging viewers to spend their balances as the creators will get paid double for the month.

Its definitely a shocking move and I wonder what the big streamers who invested their time into Mixer are thinking right now.

Post from Microsoft here.

EA Origin Games Moving to Steam, Including APEX

EA announced back in October 2019 that they would be moving many games to Steam.

Many of those games are now available on the Steam store. As a bonus they are discounting a ton of titles on the steam store as well! You can snag star wars, need for speed, battlefield titles, and more!

APEX Legends will also definitely be moving to steam and the store page is already available but listed as TBA.

The common question is – will you still need Origin?

Unfortunately, yes, you will still need Origin installed and running to play these games even if they were bought and installed on Steam. A common model used by other publishers like Ubisoft’s Uplay. However, you still reap the benefits of Steam’s download servers and stability. I often have problems with many other publisher’s launchers, and steam has remained the best in functionality and stability. Steam also never fails to give me MAX download speeds on games.

New Releases

Even without APEX, lots of titles are already available. A Way Out is exclusively a 2 player co-op game where you explore prison life and try to escape. I’m personally excited to try this one out.

Titanfall and APEX!

Minecraft Dungeons is the Diablo Clone You Didn’t Know You Wanted in Your Life

Whether or not you’ve played Minecraft before, you know about it.

It’s a veritable multimedia powerhouse and for good reasons.

Minecraft is a fun, addictive game that comes with endless possibilities.

The spinoff titles take the core game into new directions but none have done it so boldly as Minecraft Dungeons.

In many ways, this isometric dungeon crawler is nothing more than a Diablo clone with Minecraft’s IP thrown in the mix.

And let’s not pretend like it is controversial or even innovative to say that this game is a Diablo clone.

Everyone and their mom is calling it that and, as a huge Diablo fan, that’s not a knock on the game. Sure, I could be esoteric and say something like, “Minecraft Dungeons is a great Path of Exile-style title using Mojang’s beloved franchise’s art assets,” but that would be too try-hard for me right now. So, what can you expect if you pick up Minecraft Dungeons?

One of the more fun and casual dungeon crawlers to come out anywhere in some time.

But don’t confuse fun and casual for lacking in depth. Some people are trying to call this a “kiddie” Diablo clone but what does that even mean?

The video games from my childhood confound me now with their arbitrary mechanics and shameless difficulty settings.

What I think people mean by that is that Minecraft Dungeons isn’t as intense as Diablo 3 – whatever that means. If you’re a fan of the genre, however, this game deserves a pickup and soon.

The graphics are pretty glorious and everything clicks in terms of in-game mechanics.

There is nothing exceedingly novel here but it hits all of the right points when it comes to balancing combat with moving forward to accomplish objectives.

In other words, the game has rhythm and it’s a balanced one that maximizes your joy from the title.

That said, it can become difficult at points and for gamers  that have never played this type of game before it will be more than enough of a challenge. Of course, we have to address the elephant in the room which is: “That’s nice, but what does this have to do with Minecraft?”

Very little, my friend, outside of the use of the game’s intellectual property, lore, and art assets. Like any dungeon crawler, you have your loot and all that entails, but you’re not going to construct fortresses or roller coasters in this game like you do in the main title.

They are totally different games and they are only tied together by a shared universe.

Really, that’s to be expected and isn’t a knock on the game at all. We’re just throwing that out there because it might be jarring for the little kiddos out there that are used to building huts and farms.

Should you buy it? That’s a hot yes. You don’t have to take my word for it. Just look at the charts. It’s awesome to see a dungeon crawler post up sales like this game is and it bodes well for Blizzard’s Diablo 4 (whenever that arrives). The more isometric action RPGs we can get, the better.

Valorant Ranked Next Week?

Ziegler tweeted that we could be seeing Ranked mode released next week.

Valorant has been available to everyone worldwide since June 2nd. The release has been quite smooth, none of the crazy issues that we were seeing in early beta have reappeared.

Looks like Riot has confidence in their game now, and after about 3 weeks of letting everyone assimilate into the game, ranked mode will be making an appearance very soon! Take that with a grain of salt though, as Zeigler says it will “likely” be out, which could entail possibility of delays.

If you haven’t tried Valorant yet – get it for free

New Outlast Announced with a Twist

The Outlast Trials will feature co-op play.

The Outlast Trials was announced recently during the PC Gaming Show.

For those not familiar with the series – Outlast is a horror series which had 2 installments prior to Trials. Outlast 1 & 2 were released in 2013 and 2017, respectively. The series has been acclaimed to create extremely spooky environments and scare the living daylight out of you. I can personally attest to this. Which brings me to my next point…

The new Outlast with have COOPERATIVE PLAY. Will the game still be as terrifying if you have 3 other buddies playing the game with you? I am excited to find out. Initial impressions from the trailer are still as eerie as ever. It doesn’t tell much, but the game will be set in the cold war era. All we get to see are some doctors drilling into your head and installing night vision.

The next scene shows someone trying to help you, I guess alluding to the co-op aspect.

Currently the game is scheduled to release for PC in 2021.