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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Review

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Review

Skeptical was what I was when I began playing Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. When you attempt to transfer a beloved, storied universe from one media to the other, you’re under a lot more scrutiny than you’d be if you’d started fresh. But like Alejandro Jodorowsky said about Dune, you have to disrespect your source material if you want to successfully create new life. Behold: Shadow of Mordor.

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Steam Music is live for all: Half-Life, Portal celebrate

Steam Music is live for all: Half-Life, Portal celebrate

Welcome to the age of playing music that doesn’t go with a video game with the video game you’re playing on Steam. Introduced this week by Valve is Steam Music, a system that’s been in testing for well over a year.

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Oculus Platform: Steam software store for Virtual Reality

Oculus Platform: Steam software store for Virtual Reality

Back when Jason Holtman left Valve, got hired by Microsoft, left Microsoft and went to Oculus (in early June), one major project was in the works. That project has turned up now, and its headed up by Holtman: creating a Virtual Reality Marketplace. Oculus will start this project in the public with the Oculus Platform, ready for action soon on web browsers, apps for iOS, Android, and Windows, and on Virtual Reality devices.

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Resident Evil Revelations 2 detailed in trailer

Resident Evil Revelations 2 detailed in trailer

The first full-length trailer has arrived for the game Resident Evil Revelations 2. This game will be rolling out with elements from Resident Evil 2, but will move on from that storyline to a new island entirely. This version will star Resident Evil 2’s Claire Redfield and Barry Burton’s daughter Moira.

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Steam Update allows multiple installs at once

Steam Update allows multiple installs at once

Supposing you switch computers often - like if you review PCs for a living - you’ll be glad to know of the latest Steam update. Valve has deemed it important that users be able to install multiple games at once with ease. While you’d have been able to jury-rig this in the past, now it’s much, much easier.

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Mario Kart indie crossover ready for Windows, Mac, OUYA

Mario Kart indie crossover ready for Windows, Mac, OUYA

There’s a game out there called Super World Karts, one made in the "16-bit era" of games, ready to roll with an "indie" cast of characters in Steam Greenlight mode. Of course there’s also a Kickstarter. And of course it works for Windows, OS X, and OUYA - with more platforms on the way.

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Saints Row 5: details emerging

Saints Row 5: details emerging

It’s very, very early to start speaking about Saints Row V if you’re only considering the details that’ve been released by Deep Silver / Volition. It’s also early so suggest that the game might be near completion, given the amount of time that’s passed between each successive release in the series. But the rumblings have begun, nonetheless, and the first official details could be here as soon as August 29th, 2014.

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Metal Gear Solid V Steam release official

Metal Gear Solid V Steam release official

This week the folks at Konami have made it official: Metal Gear Solid 5 will be coming to Steam. PCs will be able to access Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but first we'll see Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Release dates have not yet been shared, but the shorter game will come first, followed by Phantom Pain.

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Alien: Isolation Gamescom trailer assures us of vintage nature

Alien: Isolation Gamescom trailer assures us of vintage nature

If you weren’t aware of the game Alien: Isolation’s ties to the original ALIEN movie by now, The Creative Assembly is happy to remind you today. The trailer you’re about to experience goes by the name "Improvise" and is not representative of gameplay. Instead it’s a "CGI Trailer" resting well within the uncanny valley.

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Inside the Cup: Cuphead is a 1930’s cartoon video game come to life

Inside the Cup: Cuphead is a 1930’s cartoon video game come to life

The visionary production known as Cuphead is a video game made by lovers of 1930's cartoons and hand-drawn, hand-inked artwork. We had a chat with the creators of Cuphead at Studio MDHR, inquiring about their inspiration, their current state of affairs in the gaming industry, and future details on the release of this title.

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Five things to know about Alienware’s Alpha console

Five things to know about Alienware’s Alpha console

Gaming PCs may be nothing new, but Alienware is hoping to do something different with its new Alpha console: deliver the flexibility of a PC but with the turn-key convenience of a traditional console. Rather than waiting for Valve to finish SteamOS, NVIDIA opted to create its own Alpha UI so that gamers could control the console from their couch. It's an intriguing strategy, especially as consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4 try to extend their own reach into multimedia and entertainment; read on for five Alpha highlights.

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Steam Movies, TV, Music teased: returning to the DEEP

Steam Movies, TV, Music teased: returning to the DEEP

The team at Valve responsible for expanding their command over the multimedia universe may well be making a bit move in the near future. Word from those that monitor the Steam database code suggests that additions have been made with the following keywords: video, film, music, TV series, and plugin.

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