News Alien Swarm - Free Steam game

Discussion in 'PC Gaming' started by Electronic Punk, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Today, Valve software will release a free game on Steam (also free) that has me a little excited to play for reasons that I can't completely explain!

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    Certainly looks very entertaining and frantic and did I mention it was free? Although it uses the Half-life 2 engine which has seen many Mac incarnations released, it doesn't seem to be available on that platform at launch.

    :view: Pre-purchase Alien Swarm on Steam
     
  2. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Downloading now - 2 gig :eek:
     
  3. fitz

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    I remember when this first came out.. I always meant to try and play it but never got around to it..
     
  4. Electronic Punk

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    That was the UT2004 version I am guessing?
    Never tried it, though did play Alien Breed a few weeks back but never tried it multiplayer.

    Coming down well slow, but could be my ISP - or the massive hit Valve's servers are taking :)
     
  5. Bman

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    Yea I am playing Alien Breed Impact as I wait for Steam to let me download Alien Swarm, the servers are busy as all hell!
     
  6. fitz

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    yup.. was the original UT2004 version.. and while I pulled it down, I never really played it much as I think I was a bit busy with other things in life at the time (not that I'm not now..)
     
  7. Aprox

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    I downloaded this the other day, I've yet to play online but I did play the offline practice mode. It's pretty fun, I could see this being a blast to play with some friends over ventrillo or something. The offline practice is only the first map from what I can tell and is pretty easy. Looking through the unlocks it seems like there might be quite a bit of team strategy involved later on. The graphics are nice, definitely a departure from the usual dated look that Source games suffer from.

    Overall it's worth the download, it is free after all. Depending on the success I could easily see this game being micro-transaction oriented. .99 for a new map here, 1.99 for a new pack of avatars with full voice overs, style, etc.
     
  8. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Absolutely love the game :D

    Finished it on Hard and now trying to do speed runs.
     
  9. Aprox

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    Is it possible to play more then the first map on practice mode?
     
  10. Electronic Punk

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    Nah, they released the source, so anything they charged for could be easily replicated.
     
  11. Bman

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    From what I heard no. That is why I am playing Alien Breed Impact more often, because I ain't all that big with multiplayer these days.
     
  12. Aprox

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    Yeah I haven't really wanted to play online lately, It's hard to keep up with those damn kids these days.... haha.
     
  13. outers55

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    Alien Swarm looks fun, I'll give it a try.