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Christmas Eve brings more Steam, Impulse and GamersGate one day PC game sales

The day before Christmas is the source of some last minute shopping by some. PC gamers have the opportunity to get some last minutes sales cuts from the Steam, Impulse and GamersGate web sites. On Impulse they have marked down Freedom Force Vs The Third Reich to just $4.99. GamersGate has Necrovision: Lost Company on sale today only for $4.99.

Steam has the following games that are all on sale from now until 1 pm Eastern time Christmas Day:

Overlord games - 75 percent off all games in the series.
Borderlands - 50 percent off game and all DLC releases
Torchlight - $4.99
Battlefield 2 Complete Collection - $5
King Arthur Complete Pack - $5.39
Devil May Cry 4 - $4.99
ArmA II - $9.99
Counter-Strike Source - $4.99
Saints Row 2 - $7.50
Fallout New Vegas - $29.99 or $24.99 if you own Fallout 3
Ghost Recon - 75 percent off all games in series
Sam and Max The Devil's Playhouse - $9.99

GamersGate launches second week of big summer PC game sales

We still have a few more weeks of summer left and the GamersGate PC game download site is still in the middle of its month long summer sales event. For its second week the site has cut prices of a number of action games down to the bone from 50 to 75 percent off

Among the many games on sale from now until Monday, August 16 are Borderlands for just $10.18, Batman Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition for just $15.98, and Saints Row 2 for a mere $7.48. Other games are even cheaper like Red Faction Guerrilla for $4.96, Painkiller for $3.47, and Frontlines: Fuel of War for a tiny $2.48.

Free game offers with pre-orders on Steam announced

It would not be a President's Day without some kind of nice sale offer and today Steam gives us two ways to get a free game if you pre-order an upcoming title. First, folks who pre-order Relic's upcoming Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II Chaos Rising will get to download the PC port of Saints Row 2 for free.

Yet another pre-order offer launched today is for Necrovision: Lost Company, a sequel to 2009's first person shooter from developer The Farm 51 and publisher 1C Company. If you put down some money for the game now you can download the original Necrovision game for free. As always if you already own the free games or just don't want them you can give the Steam CD key to a pal.

New Red Faction game to be shown at E3 2010

THQ held its financial conference call with analysts today (you can listen to the replay at the publisher's web site) and revealed a bit more about their plans for their future game titles. The big surprise was when THQ CEO Brian Farrell announced that a follow up to their 2009 first person shooter Red Faction Guerrilla is not only in the works but will be shown as part of THQ's E3 2010 line up. The game is now slated to be released as part of the company's 2011 fiscal year which begins on April 1.

The conference call also confirmed that a third game in the Saints Row open world action game franchise is in the works for the company's 2012 fiscal year (which has been mentioned before) and that their Korean-invading-US shooter Homefront (which hasn't been seen since E3 2009) is stil on track for a release sometime in THQ's fiscal 2011 time period.

Retrospective: Red Faction series


Volition has been at it for a while now. Created from the ashes of Parallax Software, the folks behind Descent, they have had a rather convoluted history, going everywhere from space combat sims to open-world gang games. However, no game series has defined them quite as much as the Red Faction series. Despite all of their fooling about with other genres, it is this series which has established a sort of miniature continuity for them. With the latest entry having been on consoles for a while and being released to PC soon, it's a good time to take a look back on the first two games and just how much they are reflected in Volition's work. This is not a review of any kind, but rather a retrospective on the life of an extraordinary series.

Direct2Drive puts several THQ PC games on sale this week


Direct2Drive has been stepping up their sales of downloadable PC games, perhaps because of competition from other such service. This week the service has announced that five PC games from publisher THQ will be priced at 50 percent off their normal prices from now until Sunday.

Those games are the RTS title Supreme Commander Gold ($14.95), the action-RPG expansion pack Titan Quest Immortal Throne ($7.50 and requires the original Titan Quest game) the open world action game Saints Row 2 ($14.95) the post-apocalyptic shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl ($9.95) and the near-future shooter Frontlines: Fuel of War ($14.95). In addition a sixth THQ game will also be priced at 50 percent off on Direct2Drive beginning on Friday.

Volition QA team cut to the bone by THQ


THQ's recent announcement that they were laying off more of their workers to cut costs has lead to some big cuts at one of their high-profile internal developers. Volition, the studio behind the Saints Row and Red Faction franchises will be losing 86 of its 102 members of its quality assurance team, according to what a THQ spokesperson told Kotaku.

The total includes 39 full time and 47 temporary workers and according to THQ the layoffs are part of the previously announced cuts in THQ's employment team. Recently a financial analyst predicted there is a 50-50 chance THQ could enter bankruptcy, a prediction that THQ's CEO Brian Farrell has dismissed.

Saints Row movie in the works?


The ever growing list of video game-to-movie adaptations may be growing by one more if a chat this week with hip-hop artist 50 Cent is to be believed. Our sister site Joystiq reports that during a conference call with journalists to promote his (console only) action game 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, he stated, "My relationship with THQ, you'll see Saints Row. I'm optioning the rights for that right now."

That of course would be the open world crime action game franchise created by developer Volition (a PC version of Saints Row 2 was released last month). The series would seem to be a natural fit for 50 Cent's ideas and themes. You can read his entire chat with Joystiq for more info on his new game (which may actually be pretty good) and how he is thinking about creating future games that he doesn't actually appear in. Good stuff.

GoGamer.com puts some recent PC titles on sale

Normally GoGamer.com's 48 Hour Madness weekend sales are for older PC games that have been released for a year or even more. Not this weekend, however. The online mail-order retailer has put in some more recently released PC games on the price cutting block this time.

For this weekend only GoGamer.com offers up the PC versions of Rise of the Argonauts and Lord of the Rings: Conquest for $24.90. They have also put Perimeter 2 and Saints Row 2 on sale for $19.90 and Pirates of the Burning Sea and Everquest II: Rise of Kunark can be bought for just $9.90. Again these bargains are for this weekend only.

Saints Row 2 PC patch released via Steam


A few weeks after its release to stores, THQ has now released the first patch for the PC port of Saints Row 2. Because the game uses Valve's Steam client as its authorization tool, the patch is only available for download via Steam.

One of the big problems that reviews of the PC version have complained about is the poor performance. This patch supposedly improves the general performance by as much as 20 percent (depending on your rig's hardware specs). The game's frame rate cap of 32 FPS has been removed and a new variable frame cap has been put in along some bug fixes.
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