Happy Halloween! It’s been a busy week in gaming with the usual Halloween themed sales and updates happening recently to most games. There is also plenty of Halloween related gaming events to take part in and a few interesting games have been released plus much more.
25th October to 31st October 2014:
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Released
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Rockstar Games have released an updated version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Xbox 360. This version removes the original Xbox version from the marketplace but it still downloadable if you have purchased it in the past.
“Five years ago, Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas, a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. Where film stars and millionaires do their best to avoid the dealers and gangbangers. Now, it’s the early 90’s. Carl’s got to go home. His mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster. On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets.”
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Giant Bomb Quick Look.
The new version costs £2.99 and feature achievements, improved visuals and longer draw distances. The game still looks and play as fun as ever.
Payday 2 Update 44
Overkill Software released the final day of Crimefest content with update 44. This day brings with it the a new heist, character and some new achievements:
- Added the Hoxton Breakout Heist.
- Added the Gauntlet song.
- Added the Something Wicked This Way Comes song.
- Added the Old Hoxton Playable Character.
- Added the Fugitive Skill Tree.
- Added the Crook Perk Deck.
- Added the Hoxton Reborn mask.
- Added the Nova’s Shank melee weapon.
- Added 4 new achievements.
- Added the Hoxton Breakout Trailer as an intro.
Crimefest was 12 day event held by Overkill to celebrate the two year anniversary of the Payday franchise and the one year anniversary of Payday 2. It was an interesting experiment which required people joining their Payday 2 community group on Steam to unlock various new updates and content for the game. The Payday 2 Steam group currently has about 1,897,000 members and must be one of the biggest on the Steam service.
Whether the whole thing was simply a marketing trick by Overkill is obvious with them partnering with the makers of the upcoming John Wick movie to make it possible for him to be a playable character while also promoting the film. John Wick apparently saved Chains from some trouble. It now means that John Wick is part of the Payday 2 cannon (story) and its pretty bizarre. Luckily the film is actually good but its going to be one hell of a legacy for the game.
Payday 2 John Wick Trailer.
Payday 2 John Wick Introduction Trailer.
I will probably go into more detail and analyse the Payday 2 Crimefest in a post sometime.
GOG.com have a new game publisher catalogue under their wing. The iconic Lucasfilm games from Disney Interactive will now be DRM free on their site:
- Star Wars: X-Wing Special Edition.
- Star Wars: TIE Fighter Special Edition.
- Sam & Max Hit the Road.
- The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition.
- Indiana Jones® and the Fate of Atlantis.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
Expect more games to come in the future. Hopefully they can get some of the classic LucasArts adventure games such as Grim Fandango and The Curse of Monkey Island.
The Humble Bundle have started the Humble Indie Bundle 13 with quite a few cool indie games on sale with more being added next week. The average price is currently $7.01.
Humble Indie Bundle 13 Trailer.
You can also get Teleglitch: Die More Edition for free.
The Bundle is available until Tuesday, 11 November.
Grand Theft Auto V News
Rockstar Games have release more details on the exclusive content for returning Grand Theft Auto V players on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC:
- New Events & Rewards.
- Murder Mystery.
- Weapons: The Rail Gun & Hatchet.
- Wildlife Photography Challenge.
- Stock Car Races.
- Monkey Mosaics.
- New Vehicles and More.
- Preorders get GTA$1M ($500k for Story Mode and $500k for use in Grand Theft Auto Online).
The game will be out on current generation consoles in November.
Team Fortress 2 Halloween Event
Valve Software have returned once again with their Halloween themed event for Team Fortress 2 and is called “Scream Fortress VI”:
- Help Merasmus with his carnival.
- Added new Halloween map Carnival of Carnage.
– Merasmus will spread misfortune with server wide curses.
– Added a Strongmann Test-Your-Strength machine which is in no way an eldritch portal to Bumper Car Madness.
- Added bumper car minigames. Win by completely ghostifying the other team or by completing the objective.
- Alt-fire to speed boost your bumper car.
- Cast spells while driving.
- The collision force a bumper car receives increases as the car takes damage.
- Force is displayed in the bumper car HUD as a percentage.
- Ghosts can come back to life by touching a friendly bumper car.
- 50 new Halloween-themed community cosmetics.
- 6 new achievements.
During the event:
- A Halloween Gift Cauldron is granted to all players who play during the event.
- Added Halloween crates to the Mann Co. Store. These crates do not require a key to open.
- All Unusual hats and taunts that are unboxed during the event will receive Halloween-themed Unusual effects.
- Previous Scream Fortress content is available in the Mann Co. Store.
Scream Fortress VI lasts until Wednesday, 12th November.
Humble Book Bundle
The Humble Bundle have started a new Humble Horror Book Bundle with some horror themed book. The average price is currently $8.73.
This Bundle is available until Tuesday, 11 November.
Payday 2 Update 45
Overkill Software to celebrate Halloween have returned with their Halloween event with update 45 and its called “The Headless Titandozer From Hell”. This event brings with it the Halloween heist, Halloween enemies, a new weapon, masks and a new achievement:
- Brought back the Halloween heist.
- Added the Headless Titandozer From Hell.
- Added the “Psycho Knife” melee weapon for free to all community members.
- Added an additional 36 mask slots for you to use, expanding total mask slots by 100%.
- Brought back the Halloween masks and patterns.
- Added two new Halloween masks, “The One Below” and “Lycanwulf“, exclusively received for free through the Humble Halloweekly Bundle.
- Added a new song called “This Is Our Time” as a selectable track in the Jukebox.
- Added a new song called “Clowns Are Scary” as a selectable track in the Jukebox.
- Added a new achievement called “Fifth Nightmare“.
The Headless Titandozer From Hell lasts until Tuesday, 4th November.
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Released
Steam and GOG.com have released Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition from Beamdog. The developers are the same people who recently made the Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition games.
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announcement Trailer.
All the enhanced editions have been mostly faithfully recreations of the original games with all the good and bad things that come with it.
Majestic Nights Released
Steam have released Majestic Nights from Epiphany Games. The game is Season 1 Chapter 1 and costs £3.99, the whole season costs £14.99, similar to how games like The Walking Dead are run.
“Majestic Nights is an episodic action-adventure-thriller set in an alternate 1980s where all conspiracy theories, past and present are True. It’s the bright and brash 1980s; a world crammed with hidden intrigue and sinister plots, government cover-ups and alien sightings, CIA experiments and the Truth.”
Majestic Nights Trailer.
Magestic Nights is a 80s thriller and RPG adventure and looks really interesting. I haven’t tried it yet but from I have seen I would probably recommend people try it out. Try the demo at least.
Humble Weekly Bundle
Humble Bundle have started a new Humble Halloweekly Bundle with some horror themed games. The average price is currently $5.15.
You can also get some free Payday 2 masks “The One Below” and “Lycanwulf” for Steam.
This Bundle is available until Thursday, 6th November.
Steam Halloween Sale
Valve Software as predictable as the Halloween day itself are once again doing their Steam Halloween Sale. If a game features monsters or horror even remotely then it will likely be on sale.
The sale lasts until Monday 3rd November.
Grand Theft Auto V Halloween Event
RockStar Games are doing a double GTA$ and double RP for all Grand Theft Auto Online Deathmatches during the Halloween Weekend.
The event will also drop special crates that contain radio station t-shirts, players can get 75% discount on the off the radar service from Lester and save money on various other Halloween themed clothing and accessories.
The Grand Theft Auto Halloween event lasts until Sunday, 2nd November.
GOG.com Unreal Sale
GOG.com have a 70% off sale on some Unreal games:
- Unreal Gold.
- Unreal Tournament GOTY Edition.
- Unreal 2: The Awakening Special Edition.
- Unreal Tournament 2004.
The 70% off sale last until Tuesday, 4th November.
GOG.com Halloween Sale
GOG.com following on from Steam have up to 85% off Halloween themed sale going on:
- Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut.
- I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream.
- Vertical Drop Heroes HD.
System Shock 2 Trailer.
The up to 85% off sale lasts until Tuesday, 4th November.
Diablo III Halloween Event
Blizzard have released a Halloween event that offers: +100% bonus to Gold Find and Experience buff on any version of the game, whether on console or PC. This buff also stack with other items and bonuses.
This Halloween event lasts until Monday, 3rd November.
There is always plenty to do at Halloween. Read my posts below if you are looking for some games to play over the Halloween period.
Whatever you get up to, have a nice week and I will see you next week with more gaming news.
My posts for games to play over Halloween: