March 31, 2017

Steam’s Anime Weekend Sale Slashes Prices On Games & Shows

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Steam has launched a brand new weekend sale that might prove to be more popular with Anime fans than discount Ramen and a Crunchyroll subscription combined. For the following 72 hours users of Valve’s digital distribution service can save lots of yen (or whatever the local currency of your country may be) on a number of popular anime inspired games and series.

Here is a small sampling of what is on offer from publishers like Namco Bandai, Koei Tecmo, Nippon Ichi Software and Idea Factory International:


  • Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (70% off)
  • Danganronpa 2 (40% off)
  • Dragonball Xenoverse (75% off)
  • Disgaea PC (50% off)
  • Blazeblue: Chronophantasma EXTEND (75% off)
  • Valkyria Chronicles (75% off)
  • Recettear
  •  (30% off)

Anime Series / Movies:

  • Berserk
  • RE: Zero
  • Inuyasha Series 1 & 2
  • Bleach Movie 2
  • Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex
  • Sailor Moon Crystal Volume1

There is a lot of variety in the games & series that Valve have chosen to promote. For all of the deals and the prices in your region head on over to this link.


New Mode Arrives With Free To Play Update For DropZone, Due Out Next Week

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

The most requested mode from the DropZone community has been the addition of a mode where players control only a single unit in this unique RTS / MOBA hybrid rather than the usual trio of playable units. The developers at Sparkypants have heard their communities’ request and are set to deliver.

Over the next two weeks Sparkypants will rollout two significant updates to DropZone that will provide new ways for existing players to enjoy the game as well as opening up the experience to everyone thanks to the adoption of a free-to-play business model.

Next Wednesday, April 5th,  a brand new 3 VS 3 mode will go live allowing players to take control of a single unit to see their team to victory. In addition for more serious players of DropZone the developers will also be adding a Ranked Draft (1 Vs 1) mode to the game with this update. These new modes are only the beginning as their recent news release promises that more modes will be on the way in the future.

Gameforge (the game’s publisher) also announced that DropZone will be transitioning from a paid product to free-to-play on Steam as of April 12th. They say that the game was always intended to eventually become free-to-play and that this was an on-going ambition r during the game’s continued development. As of press time Gameforge has not announced what restrictions free-to-play players may face or what their monetization strategy for DropZone will be once the price point has been removed.

Their Steam Early Access Q&A page actually outlines why they chose to charge for the in-development version of Dropzone:

“Dropzone was built to be a Free to Play (F2P) game but first we need to get the game and content polished with feedback via Steam’s Early Access program. In Early Access, players have the choice of purchasing two different bundles.

The SQUAD Bundle features a selection of Pilots, Rig Classes and Gear. Furthermore it includes an Exclusive Pilot Skin, Early Access Player Emblem and Vision Tower each never to be available anywhere else. In a future F2P release players will start with significantly fewer pilots and a limited gear selection.

The COMMANDER Bundle adds even more Gear, several Exclusive Items, and all Pilots ever. Both bundles deliver instant access to a huge amount of content and offer exceptional value for players joining the Dropzone community right now.”
It’s probable that these bundle contents will cost more once the game is F2P”

DropZone has an overall Steam review score of “Very Positive” and costs $21.99 CDN as of press time before the launch of free-to-play.


Quake Champions Newest Hero, Anarki, Is Totally 90s

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

The latest champion revealed for Bethesda / id Software’s Free-to-play FPS Quake Champions is Anarki – a hover board skating, transhumanism punk who appears to embrace the 90s surfer attitude alongside old school FPS action.

Anarki’s active ability is health injection which allows him to gain a temporary health boost, which would be great to use right after taking a rocket to the fact. His passive, Hoverboard Air Control appears to allow him to traverse small distances on his hover board at an increased speed. Other tactics that might be useful when playing Anarki include rocket jumps, which are featured prominently in this brief one minute introduction trailer.

Hoverboards, surfer slang and rocket jumps – it doesn’t quite get much more 90s FPS – unless you’re offered a Jolt Cola, of course.

Quake Champions will be entering a “rather lengthy” closed beta period soon before being released presumably later this summer for free. Players can sign up for the beta at the game’s official website.


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