BioShock 2 transitions from GFWL to Steamworks

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As you may know may already be aware: Games for Windows Live! is dead.

We were wondering what will happen to the games that were wrapped with Games for Windows Live!. The logical step was to upgrade to Steamworks but when was that going to happen and which games will be the first to do it?

The answer: BioShock 2.

The full transition to Steamworks also brought along full controller support. They’ve also finally released the Minerva’s Den DLC which I hear nothing but good things for. Many have said it’s better than BioShock 2 itself.

I don’t have a copy of BioShock 2 for the PC but I did own the PS3 version. I think I will buy the PC version on the cheap along with Minerva’s Den DLC.

Games for Windows Live! shutting down in 2014

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microsoftSo this may have been an inadvertent posting by Microsoft but its been a long time coming. Microsoft is planning to end Games for Windows Live! on July 1st, 2014. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who have kept tabs on PC gaming for the last several years.

The earliest indication of its eventual demise was the slowed releases of the Games for Windows client. Then Microsoft funnelled the Games for Windows store into the Xbox Games store. And finally, just last week, Microsoft announced the end of the Xbox Games PC store.

I’m guessing Microsoft didn’t want that information out in the public yet because they probably haven’t prepped the grand F.A.Q. that will describe what will happen to all our games that use Games for Windows or their Games for Windows Live online service.

There were rumors that some titles are shifting their DRM to Steamworks in preparation of this day. It’s good to know that those developers and publishers are looking out for their consumers but what will happen to the games that won’t be updated? Is there a grand kill switch? Only time will tell.


LTTP: Red Faction: Guerrilla PC

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What was my takeaway from the original Red Faction? Geo-Mod. Drilling through Martian rock and creating craters. I don’t believe I even played Red Faction 2 — if I did, it wasn’t memorable at all. This third installment, curiously named Red Faction: Guerrilla, will go down in gaming history as one of the best demonstrations of building destruction.  If you love demolitions, you’ll love this game. Buildings of all shapes and sizes can be reduced to a heap of scrap metal and rubble with carefully placed explosives. Or via a sledge hammer. Or better yet, destroyed by a truck running through its front door and right through the back. This game felt liberating, but at the same time, I often found myself wanting to stop playing due to mind numbing repetition.

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