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DiRT 3

Games for Windows Live is gone from DiRT 3


Codemasters' racing title will switch to Steamworks
Nov 11
// Alasdair Duncan
As we bid farewell to the Games For Windows Live service, like we would an unwelcome and bossy relative that you feel compelled to put up with, Codemasters has taken the step of removing the GFWL client from its racing title ...
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Capcom

Capcom to remove Games for Windows Live from PC titles


That affects quite a few games, actually
Oct 18
// Jordan Devore
BioShock 2, Batman: Arkham Aslyum/City, and now Capcom's PC lineup -- yep, Games for Windows Live is on the way out. The company has confirmed that the Microsoft service will be removed. It seemed inevitable, but there we go....
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Batman

Batman: Arkham games drop Games for Windows Live


Another one down
Oct 17
// Jordan Devore
I had long wanted to play Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham Origins on PC for the prettier graphics and improved physics, but the Games for Windows Live requirement pushed me into playing both titles on console. That's no long...
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Batman

No Games for Windows Live in Batman: Arkham Origins


Third time's a charm
Aug 19
// Jordan Devore
Batman: Arkham Origins is slowly winning me over -- and in unexpected ways -- after initially not sounding like a worthy follow-up. The fact that the upcoming prequel won't follow Arkham Asylum and Arkham City's exa...
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Games for Windows Live Marketplace closing soon


I didn't even realize it was still open
Aug 16
// Jordan Devore
The Xbox.com PC Marketplace, which is where you can go to purchase Games for Windows Live titles, you non-existent person, you, is about to shut down. Microsoft has set its closure for the very near future: August 22, 2013. "...
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SF IV PC

Capcom is taking the Ultra SF IV PC version seriously


No more Games For Windows Live is a great start
Aug 14
// Chris Carter
Capcom has been particularly open about the development of Ultra Street Fighter IV, which is pretty refreshing, given that it feels like they're trying harder to listen to their fans this time around. One of those areas is st...
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Ms. Splosion Man

Ms. Splosion Man jumps to Steam, Game for Windows, WP7


Windows overload
Apr 03
// Jordan Devore
Accompanying the just-released iOS version of Ms. Splosion Man, the lighthearted platformer is also now available for Steam (Windows only), Games for Windows, and Windows Phone 7. The pricing on those first two ports is $9.9...
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Better resolution and framerate options for PC
Resident Evil: Revelations is making the jump from handheld to all the major consoles and PC this May. Capcom is upping the visuals and adding a bunch of extras for the re-release, but it's the PC version that will give playe...

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BioShock Infinite PC won't have SecuROM or GFWL


Levine says game will feel "right at home" on computers
Dec 21
// Jim Sterling
During his Reddit AMA, Irrational Games saucepot Ken Levine promised concerned PC gamers that BioShock Infinite would not repeat the mistakes of the past, claiming it'll be "right at home" on computers. Most crucially, Infini...
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Preview: Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition


Aug 15
// Alessandro Fillari
Praise The Sun! After the Internet’s impromptu petition to get Dark Souls released onto the PC, Namco Bandai and From Software have done right by the community, and even took things a few steps further. Now, PC gamers w...
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E3: A lot of shady folks in these Dishonored screens


Jun 05
// Jason Cabral
It seems that the whaling city of Dunwall sure is full of a lot unsavoury individuals, each looking to cut you worse than the last one did. But don't forget that Dunwall has its fair share of interesting sites to ta...
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Dark Souls PC uses GFWL, gamers mobilize to stop it


Apr 11
// Jim Sterling
The above header image is what gamers' hopes and dreams likely saw when news emerged that Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition would be using Games For Windows Live, known throughout the land as a load of shit. If you feel mise...
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Microsoft Flight appears on Steam with a DLC bundle


Apr 06
// Jordan Devore
I wouldn't have necessarily expected a game like Microsoft Flight to show up on Steam, but such an arrival does put the free-to-play flight sim in front of a bunch of new gamers, so you can't really argue with those results. ...
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Hooray! Skyrim won't use Games for Windows LIVE


Aug 17
// Jim Sterling
When the collector's edition for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was announced, PC gamers got themselves in a bit of a tizzy because the box art revealed the dreaded Games for Windows logo. Those gamers can breathe a collective s...
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Batman: Arkham City using Games For Windows Live


Jun 16
// Jim Sterling
BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARF! Batman: Arkham City Will Use GFWL [Rock, Paper, Shotgun]
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Fable III: The PC Experience


May 19
// Josh Tolentino
There's no denying that the Fable franchise is a feather in Microsoft's hat when it comes to exclusive titles. The original game attracted many players as then PC-bound luminary Peter Molyneaux's big console debut, helping &n...
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Fable III PC coming to Steam, pre-orders detailed


Apr 21
// Nick Chester
PC gamers looking forward to exploring the world of Albion and Fable III won't be forced to leave the house or using Games for Windows Marketplace. Microsoft has announced that Fable III will also be coming to Steam. The game...
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Microsoft: Games For Windows Live will get better


Mar 09
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft has said that Games For Windows Live will stop being a massive amount of Pol Pot's spunk. Well ... it was a bit more diplomatic than that, promising instead that after a "rocky start," the PC gaming service will get...
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PC deals: Max Payne 2, Eets, and Evil Genius


Dec 07
// Jordan Devore
Gather 'round, my PC brethren! We've got a few discounts you'll want to take advantage of. Games for Windows continues it's daily $0.99 deal with Max Payne 2, which normally goes for $9.99 on the service. Worth picking up, es...
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Grab Age of Empires III collection for 10 cents today


Nov 21
// Maurice Tan
The Games for Windows marketplace has Age of Empires III: The Complete Collection for 10 cents today only. That's $0.10, £0.10 or €0.10 in case you were wondering. The Complete Collection includes Age of Empires II...

Illuminating upon Blacklight: Tango Down

Apr 23 // Ben Perlee
Blacklight: Tango Down (PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, PC)Developer: Zombie StudiosPublisher: Ignition EntertainmentTo be released: Summer 2010 Taking cues from the latest in multiplayer shooters, Blacklight has a leveling system to add initiatives to keep playing. Going up to level 70, players will all start at the same place, a sort of middle ground where even new players can compete with the veterans. As they progress, they will unlock new modifications for weapons and loadouts that will define players, more so than create a dichotomy between the have-unlocked and the have-not-unlocked. Zombie Studios is aiming for players to outline their playing style in the way they want. Like to have more health, run slower, take less damage, and rock the shotty? There you go. Wanna bounce around with low health, run faster without all the extra weight, and use an assault rifle? Go for it. Blacklight hopes to allow plenty of customization for the loadouts, so there are lots of opportunities to make the player you want. The customization elements are rather in-depth. Unlike many shooters where you design only the loadout with weapons and gadgets unlocked, Blacklight allows players to customize nearly every element of their guns, armor, and more. Everything will be unlocked as you play, and with five different weapon classes, numerous stocks, attachments, and more, there will be over 380 million different loadout combinations. By far the coolest weapon shown in the game is the digi grenade. When thrown, instead of making an explosion or sending out a flash or smoke, the digi grenade corrupts your HUD, making that part of the game world look like a pixelated mess. Sure, it's almost exactly the same effect as a smoke grenade, but standing inside what amounts to a corrupted file and making a kill from within was a treat. Also, I should mention that there will be achievements/trophies for teabagging. At least they know their market, right? Blacklight is, after all, receiving a Teen rating, so expect some higher-pitched voices coming through your headset. The core gameplay is rather straightforward. Out of the seven game modes, I was shown two: Team Deathmatch and Domination. We only had 4 players (Blacklight goes up to 8v8), so the Team Deathmatch was a little lackluster, but it at least afforded time to appreciate the levels. One was a smaller, blown-out brick building, which made the 2v2 not so slow. The other level I played was an industrial rooftop, much larger and perfect for sniping. Finally, there was the Domination mode. It's basically a control point mode (my favorite), and the level we played was a neon-lit urban snow level. There was one new feature that was tossed in to make captures more interesting. Get to a point, and instead of just waiting for the point to switch to your side, you can enter into a simple "Simon Says" minigame. Players will be able to instantly capture the point with completion, but you'll pay for it by losing control of your player while the minigame goes down. It actually feels like a simple addition that makes sense. Now, I was not shown the other 10 levels, or the other modes, but we can expect levels of varying sizes and options. Also, while the plot, like I said, is not terribly important, there will be a four-mission co-op mode that will fill in some of the detail leading up to the comic and film. And that is the most impressive element of Blacklight: Tango Down: all of this squeezes in under 2 GB. While the PC version will run at a better resolution and have some better textures, the title is the same across the board, and truth be told, it looks like there is a whole lot of game here in a small package. It also looks pretty great, especially when it comes to downloadable titles. Considering other downloadable shooters, such as Call of Duty Classic or Battlefield: 1943, are a little light on features, having a very fully-featured multiplayer shooter as a downloadable title is surprising. Hopefully Blacklight can follow through with super-solid core gameplay, which, as of right now, feels like it is in the right direction. Since there is so much focus on making the game good from the get-go, it doesn't look like DLC is going to be something to expect. The representatives were clear that they wanted the game to be long-lasting and play functionally well when it releases, not with content packs. As for price, expect to see it in the $15 range. Now, one of my biggest concerns with the game is that it simply is a high-tech sci-fi first-person shooter led by a bunch of militaristic dudes. Nothing wrong with with that, but it shows the problem of stagnation in this specific genre. If they can add more stuff like the digi grenade, Blacklight could be very cool. Zombie Studios, for all their impressive work with getting Blacklight as a DLC title, well, now they just have to make gamers interested. That, my friends, is the tougher challenge.
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When a game makes a decision to be multiplayer-focused, there are a lot of risks involved. After all, any multiplayer shooter is only going to be as good as its core players, and every new entrant is going to struggle against...

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Batman Arkham Asylum PC gets price slash tomorrow


Feb 25
// Brad Nicholson
Steam, Schmeam. Games on Demand for Windows LIVE also offers promotional pricing for select premium games. For example, starting tomorrow and running until March 1st, you'll be able to pick up Batman: Arkham Asylum for 75% pe...
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Rockstar has announced that the two Grand Theft Auto IV episodes, billed together as Grand Theft Auto: Episodes From Liberty City, will finally be released for the PlayStation 3 and PC on March 30, 2010. Grand Theft Auto: The...

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Games for Windows LIVE getting Games on Demand


Dec 03
// Jordan Devore
Games on Demand, the Xbox 360's way of letting you spend a needless amount of extra cash on games for the convenience of not leaving your home, is making its way to Games for Windows LIVE. The service will be added on Decembe...
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Brad Wardell on GFWL: 'You can't do that on the PC'


Oct 02
// Jordan Devore
In an interview with Shacknews, Stardock's Brad Wardell gave some great insight into why the company has been fighting so heavily for PC gamers' rights, which you should read about. But for the sake of this story, however, we...
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Batman: Arkham Asylum 'Insane Night' DLC is out


Sep 18
// Brad Nicholson
Around three days ago, Eidos got around to confirming -- and detailing -- that whole “free Batman: Arkham Asylum” thing we kept talking about on Destructoid. Now that downloadable content has arrived. Earlier on t...
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Sure, why not: Games for Windows LIVE 3.0 is here


Aug 06
// Jordan Devore
Now I know quite a few of you are perfectly fine with having Steam on your system and nothing else, but believe me when I say there are a group of people who are really into Games for Windows LIVE. This news -- even though th...
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Fallout 3 DLC Mothership Zeta screens, details announced


Jul 14
// Dale North
Space, the final frontier. No voyage here...yet. You're stuck in a mothership hovering above the Capital Wastelands, doing your best to fight your way off before the *gulp* probes. Well, maybe there isn't really probes i...
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GFW LIVE not going down without a fight, nabs Batman: Arkham Asylum


Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
Earlier this morning, we received a news tip via carrier pigeon. Nothing too out of the ordinary, at least in comparison to some of the insanity that takes place at this fine establishment. But what really got me interested w...






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