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The best Steam Autumn sales for Black Friday 2019

Published: 29/Nov/2019 19:14

by Scott Robertson

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Valve has listed several noteworthy game titles for sale during their 2019 Autumn Sale. Here’s a peek at some of the best deals and most interesting games that are available at a discounted price.

It’s Black Friday, and you’re likely feeling the effects of your own gluttony from the previous day’s Thanksgiving meal. But rather than forcing yourself to wake up from a self-induced food coma only to risk life and limb duking it out for a discounted plasma screen TV, there’s a safer option to get deals today.

Valve is currently in the midst of another one of its notorious sales, this time being the Autumn Sale going on from November 26 to December 3. So instead of buying something you don’t need at a store, you can stay at home and buy something you don’t need.

No Man’s Sky – Was $60, now $30

Hello Games

What was once the poster child for false promises from a developer has now become a prominent example of the belief that any game can be salvaged and saved. No Man’s Sky released in 2016 to a crowd of exceptionally disappointed fans. Repetitive gameplay, a glaring lack of features, and expectations beyond Hello Games’ control plagued the outer space exploration game’s release.

But everyone loves a comeback story, even gamers. Over the past couple of years, the developers committed to their title, releasing numerous massive free updates to fix what was broken and build upon it. That change is reflected in the Steam reviews, as No Man’s Sky has received Very Positive reviews in recent times.

As the price has been halved for this sale, Hello Games have released their eighth free update on Thanksgiving Day, titled Synthesis. Despite No Man Sky’s dicey launch, it’s corrected its course mid-flight thanks to its dedicated flight crew.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Was $60, now $39

FromSoftware

For fans of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order who are perhaps already looking for an even greater challenge, they would find great interest in a game that Fallen Order’s combat system was inspired by.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a game of the year contender that is not for the faint of heart or easily frustrated. Developed by FromSoftware, famed for the difficult Dark Souls franchise, the world of Sekiro is rich in lore and beautiful imagery, and inhabited with dangerous foes.

While Dark Souls gifted players the option of choosing a weapon and style that suits them, Sekiro forces you to master the blade, as well as the blocking and parrying techniques necessary to defeat its legendary bosses.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition – Was $60, now $15

Warner Bros.

The amount of content provided for this price is a splendid deal regardless, but that deal is even more valuable when you consider how immersive and grand Shadow of War is.

The series is famous for its Nemesis system, a unique hierarchy of Orc captains and warchiefs procedurally generated with their own strengths and weaknesses, and their own allies and rivals. Shadow of War builds on this system with Fortresses, menacing strongholds that give the player numerous options on how to dismantle them.

Fans of Assassin’s Creed and the Batman: Arkham series will feel right at home with the combat, and fantasy fans will enjoy a massive, beautiful world filled with Orcs to terrify.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – Was $40, still $40, still worth it

Microsoft

While not on sale, only $40 for re-released versions of six incredible Halo games for the PC is a fantastic deal. 

Microsoft announced in March of this year that the Master Chief Collection would be coming to the PC in 2019, and fans were surprised to see it coming to Steam in addition to the Microsoft store. The Collection will released for PC in installments, in chronological order, meaning Halo Reach will release first on December 3.

To celebrate the arrival to Steam, Valve announced a sticker pack for CSGO commemorating the legendary Halo franchise. While there’s no sale discount available for the MCC, players who pre-purchase the Collection and play it will receive a CSGO music pack featuring the iconic Halo soundtrack.

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Halo Infinite release date: leaks, multiplayer and gameplay

Published: 22/Jan/2021 17:06

by Alex Garton

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343 Industries’ latest addition to their biggest franchise is set to arrive in 2021 and after an unexpected delay, fans are desperate to jump into Halo Infinite. It’s fair to say the game looks like the most ambitious project in the Halo series.

Halo Infinite is arguably the most-anticipated game set to release on the Xbox Series X/S in 2021. With the title being the sixth main installment in the massively popular Halo universe, fans are looking forward to following the next chapter in Master Chief’s story.

Despite at first being marketed as the Xbox Series X’s launch title, the game was unexpectedly delayed until late 2021. Of course, this has left fans wondering what changes 343 Industries are making to the game during this extra development time.

Without further ado, let’s breakdown everything you need to know about Halo Infinite.

Halo Infinite release date

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Halo Infinite picks up the story of the Master Chief after the events of Halo 5: Guardians.

Originally, 343 Industries’ latest Halo title was set to release on November 10, 2020. However, the developers opted to delay the game until 2021 to “ensure the team has adequate time to deliver a Halo game experience that meets our vision.”

This unexpected delay caused a lot of disappointment among fans of the franchise. After a rather mixed reaction to the title’s gameplay reveal at the Xbox Games Showcase, fans were pleased the game was going to receive more development time before its release.

In terms of a current release date, 343 Industries has announced the game is set to arrive in the Fall of 2021. Although this isn’t a specific and concrete date, it gives us a rough idea of when we can expect to get our hands on the title.

If we had to make a prediction, we’d guess Halo Infinite will arrive in September or November of 2021.

Halo Infinite Gameplay

Halo Infinite gameplay
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343 Industries have not yet showed off Halo Infinite’s multiplayer.

We got our first look at Halo Infinite’s gameplay at the Xbox Ganes Showcase, an event showing off all the titles coming to the Xbox Series X/S in the near future.

The eight-minute long demo revealed at the event gave us a glimpse of some of the new features we can expect to see in the title. One addition is Master Chief’s grappling hook which allows him to pull in enemies or access high ground.

Despite the excitement that the demo generated for the title, there was widespread disappointment among fans about the game’s graphics. This was no doubt one of the reasons behind 343’s decision to delay the game until 2021. Since the delay, 343 have acknowledged that the graphics in the demo were not as polished as they would have liked: “the reality is that the art and visuals weren’t at the bar we hold for Halo.”

According to 343, they’ve taken on the feedback and are using the extra development time to “create the best-looking Halo game-ever.” It’s fair to say the developers are setting the bar extremely high, which is exactly what fans of the series want to hear.

Halo Infinite platforms

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343 Industries has confirmed Halo Infinite will launch on the Xbox One.

As expected, Halo Infinite is an exclusive title owned by Microsoft so the game will arrive on the Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC.

There were some rumors and leaks that 343 Industries had canceled the release of Halo Infinite on the previous generation of consoles. Luckily, a community manager at 343 confined this information was false.

Halo Infinite Multiplayer and battle royale

Halo Infinite gameplay
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Very little is known about the multiplayer aspects of Halo Infinite.

At the time of writing, very little is known about Halo Infinite’s multiplayer. It’s fair to say we can expect to see the return of some classic game modes and weapons, however, there have been no credible leaks revealing any new information as of yet.

Despite this, Microsoft has confirmed Halo Infinite’s Multiplayer will be free to play and will support 120FPS on the Xbox Series X. This exciting news for Halo fans as it shows 343 are pushing the boundaries of the new next-gen hardware.

Some rumors have suggested that Halo Infinite will include some form of battle royale mode. With the overwhelming success of titles such as Apex Legends and Call of Duty: Warzone, it wouldn’t be a surprise if 343 opted to create their very own BR.

Huge Twitch personality Micheal ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek has argued a BR mode may be the perfect feature for Halo to adapt and compete in the modern era of games.

Despite this, it’s worth noting that 343 has yet to confirm that BR any mode is in development, so we’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for any leaks or big announcements.


For now, that’s everything we know about Halo Infinite and what it’ll bring to the table in 2021. If any new information, leaks, or announcements are made, we’ll be sure to update this article.