[Updated] Dark Souls Update Moves From GFWL To Steamworks

Dark Souls’ notoriously poor PC port gets a little better today with the ability to transfer your save data and achievements from Games For Windows Live to Steamworks. Using one of a few sets of semi-cryptic instructions, you should theoretically be able to make the transition before Steamworks becomes the default version of the game on February 16. After February 16, they can’t guarantee that any of these processes will work.

All of these instructions read like something of a pain in the ass, especially with mixed word on whether or not it breaks DSfix. At least we have one month to decipher all of it.

UPDATE: DSfix has been updated to accommodate the move. 60fps should be up and running again.

Dungeonmans Review

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I’ve reviewed a few indie games on this site that try to combine roguelike risk-reward gameplay with another genre for maximum indie game appeal. Coin Crypt tried to be an amped-up deck-building game with permadeath, Magicite tried to be an amped-up crafting game with permadeath, but few songs are sung for the indies that try to be a genuinely good roguelike. This is where Dungeonmans comes in.

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Mojang’s “Scrolls” Is Actually Out Now

Mojang’s quiet little collectible card game/strategy thing Scrolls is finally actually out. You can be forgiven for having a sudden flashback to 2011, when you heard about Scrolls then forgot about it until this very day. This is Mojang’s second official release since Minecraft (don’t worry, you haven’t missed Cobalt – that one is still… somewhere). You can buy Scrolls now here for a meager $5, and there’s even a free trial for the scrooges. ‘Tis the season to give away your three years of hard work.

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Free For The Weekend

In one of the more surprising free weekends in recent memory, Steam has offered up the multiplayer portion of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. You’ll find it in your Steam library until 10am PST on Monday the 15th. This looks like the most interesting CoD multiplayer since, I dunno. Black Ops? Black Ops.

The game is also undergoing a 25% markdown, lowering it to $44.99. Check it out here.

Gauntlet Update Finally Provides A Reason To Play It Again

Arrowhead has been diligently updating its Gauntlet reboot since launch with balancing, fixing bugs and fleshing it out with more online features. The biggest update yet was released today, containing not only an new game mode that will hopefully lengthen its lifespan, but a new character class – a Necromancer named Lilith. Gauntlet Legends had some weird classes (Minotaur, Falconess…) but for the most part the series is known for its four iconic characters: the Warrior, the Valkyrie, the Wizard and the Elf.

The new game mode is a wave-based survival mode that will be updated with new maps and leaderboards every “season”, similar to most Blizzard games. New seasons also bring season-specific capes, which are a new cosmetic piece of equipment for your character.

The survival mode will give you more of a run for your money than most campaign levels.
The survival mode will give you more of a run for your money than most campaign levels.

Ideally this update will encourage more people to play Gauntlet and for longer, as I feel this game was really under-appreciated. As much as I want this to be the little-reboot-that-could, my hopes are not high for this attracting anyone who wasn’t already here. That sucks for those people!

Read our review of Gauntlet here.

Nitronic Rush Successor “Distance” Officially Early Accessible

You may remember a freeware gem from 2011 called Nitronic Rush. If you played it, you certainly do remember it – it’s a fantastic game about a car that can leap and spin in the air. The developers have been hard at work at its delectable spiritual successor “Distance” and as of today it’s available on Steam Early Access for $16.99 until 12/16, when it will bump up to its normal price of $19.99.

This game is guaranteed to pan out, and it’s exceedingly playable at the moment with just about as much content as Nitronic Rush had, right off the bat. The soundtrack is full of hot bangers. I picked it up myself earlier today and can confirm that this is some good shit. Read on for a beta trailer!

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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Review

When Activision found no buyers for and shut down Bizarre Creations in 2011, I was bummed for two names: Geometry Wars and Blur. I guess I shouldn’t have gotten so worked up, though, because one of those two names is back already, and it’s (almost) everything I could have hoped for. Lucid Games has been handed the keys to one of the most influential twin stick shooters, and what they’ve created is a bold entry to the Geometry Wars series that lives up to, and sometimes surpasses, the stellar reputation of its predecessors.

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