Despite the fact the Steam Winter Sale only ended a month ago, Valve are already whipping out a brand new set of deals in the "Lunar New Year Sale". The week-long event features the now-standard Daily Highlighted Deals and around 9,000 titles currently on sale, with this sale in particular featuring a heavy focus on tags and filters.
The huge success of the discovery queue during the Winter Sale has likely influenced the Lunar New Year Sale's themed storyline which sees users attempt to guide a Monkey back home to his family using a number of multi-choice answers to scenarios. Depending on the answer given (such as Swim, Drive, Pirates, or Ninjas), users will be taken to pages featuring specific themes and tags based on that topic. The "story" will then continue throughout various tagged pages before eventually reaching its conclusion, with several established Steam characters making cameo appearances along the way.
It may be a surprise to see a major Steam Sale hit again this soon, but that doesn't our wallets are allowed to rest!
In this week's Round-Up episode, we're exploring Dota 2's recent influx of high quality mini-games, checking out the various intriguing HTC Vive games shown off at the SteamVR Developer Showcase, and looking forward to Team Fortress 2's upcoming Competitive Matchmaking mode!
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You'd be forgiven for believing Dota 2 has recently become a virtual casino with the introduction of the Winter 2016 Battle Pass and the included Shanghai Major Compendium. For $7.99 or £5.29, the Pass gives access to a number of different activities and cosmetic items, with new additions such as quest "Paths", a "Winter Blessing" wheel of fortune, improved Wagering, and Friend Leaderboards featuring alongside old favourites like Battle Levels, Achievements, and new item treasures.
Completing objectives along a chosen path (themed around the gameplay styles of Support, Carry, and Solo) will award Battle Points and cosmetic items while contributing to a global pool which, when completed, will unlock an alternate skin for each of three available item sets. A massive number of new item sets, wards, frozen effigies, taunts, and couriers are also included, all of which can be unlocked through various means - including increasing a Battle Level or completing the aforementioned "Path" quests.
Other neat improvements provided by the Pass include a Winter-themed terrain type, an extra three months before replays are automatically deleted, and a removed trade delay on all items included with the Battle Pass. Of course, the update and pass also include information for the Shanghai Major Compendium, which offers plenty of details regarding the upcoming Valve-sponsored tournament in China.
Although short and sweet, this week's News Round-Up gives us plenty of time to focus on the recent re-releasing of Sven Co-op onto Steam and a bunch of helpful gameplay tweaks to Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2!
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As was promised to us a few of years ago, Sven Co-op is now available on Steam – for free!
In case you don’t know, Sven Co-op is an online cooperative mod for Half-Life. You get to play along with friends to fight against monsters and to solve puzzles in the Half-Life universe. While the weapons, monsters, and characters are similar to that of Half-Life, the difficulty has been ramped up to better suit team play.
According to a recent news post from Sven Co-op’s developers, the stand-alone game includes "many hundreds of features, fixes and improvements, as well as new maps and content." Valve has also been generous enough to allow the developers "to include [Valve's] original Half-Life campaign free of charge, playable cooperatively even by people who don't own the original game!"
Valve has also provided the Sven Co-op developers with a license to Goldsrc, allowing the team to be able to "update the engine itself to allow Sven Co-op and its maps to surpass the limitations of standard mods." And with this Steam release, the developers will be able to provide more frequent updates, and eventually add support for the Steam Workshop.
So now that you’re caught up, it’s time to play. This really is an excellent mod, and its 17-year history of community and support is a testament to that.
See you on the battlefield!
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