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Big Download's 2010 PC Game Holiday Buying Guide

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving but already folks are starting to buy their holiday gifts (or at the very least thinking about creating their lists really hard). There have been a lot of PC games to choose from in the past 12 months and today Big Download wants to offer a few suggestions for the person who has a PC gamer on his or her list.

The games listed below are what we feel are good gift choices that should please any hardcore or even casual PC gamer that you have to buy for this year. We have even thrown in some indie titles and some games that are priced a bit cheaper than the norm for those of you on a budget. Check out our 2010 holiday list after the jump:

Editor's Note: Steven Wong contributed to this article

Big Download's News Bits & Bytes - October 2-3

The weather is already getting cooler and the first leaves are changing color and hitting the ground. Yep, that means it's time for some good old fashioned time in front of the PC monitor playing your favorite game. Oh, wait. We do that every day. Never mind.

Empire Total War Gold Edition announced

Developer The Creative Assembly and publisher Sega have been busy releasing two full games in the Total War series in quick succession with Empire Total War in 2009 and Napoleon Total War earlier this year. Now Sega has announced plans to release Empire Total War Gold Edition, a new retail release that contains both historical RTS games.

Not only does the Gold Edition contain both games it will also have all of the paid downloadable content options that has been released so far for Empire Total War and Napoleon Total War. You can look for this collection to be released to stores on October 19 for $49.95.

[Via email press release]

War Room launched for Empire/Napoleon: Total War players

The development team at The Creative Assembly may be making their next RTS game, Shogun 2: Total War but today the company announced a new web-based feature for players of its two previous titles, Empire: Total War and Napoleon: Total War called the War Room.

The feature lets players link their Sega Pass account to either or both Empire or Napoleon games via the web site. Players of those games will then be able to see and show off the stats and achievements they have in those title with anyone else. Players of Napoleon: Total War get something extra if they sign up for War Room; a download code for an exclusive unit (the 10th Hussars) that can be used in both single and multiplayer modes. More features for the War Room are promised in the coming months.

Contest: Win one of two Steam codes for Napoleon Total War The Peninsular Campaign

The folks at developer The Creative Assembly are known for their post-release support of the games in the Total War RTS series. It's no exception for the latest game in the franchise Napoleon Total War. Recently a big downloadable expansion pack was released for the game called The Peninsular Campaign, adding a new single player campaign, a new playable faction, lots of new units and more.

If you own the game but haven't yet downloaded the expansion via Steam you may be in luck. Big Download has two Steam codes for Napoleon Total War The Peninsular Campaign to give to two of our readers. Please keep in mind that you must be an owner of Napoleon Total War in order to play the expansion.

That said, if you want a chance to win one of our two codes here is what you do:
  • To enter, post a comment on this contest page.
  • The comment must be left before 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 14
  • You may enter only once.
  • Two winners will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Those two winners will each be sent a Steam code to download Napoleon Total War The Peninsular Campaign (valued at $9.99 each)
  • Click Here for complete Official Rules. You must be a resident of the US or Canada (excluding Quebec) who is 18 years or older to enter this contest
Our thanks to publisher Sega's PR rep for sending the codes for this giveaway. Good luck.

New Napoleon Total War patch and Peninsular Campaign DLC released

Fans of developer The Creative Assembly's Napoleon: Total War can now access both a new free patch for the recent historical RTS game as well as the previously announced mini-expansion The Peninsular Campaign via Steam. The DLC, which costs $9.99, adds a new campaign map, a total of 28 new units, a new playable faction (The Spanish) and more.

The free patch for Napoleon: Total War has quite a lot of changes and bug fixes for the game including fixing some achievement unlock problems and some issues with ATI graphics cards. It also adds three new land multiplayer maps.

Napoleon: Total War - Peninsular Campaign defines guerrilla warfare

The Peninsular Campaign is a downloadable stand alone mission expansion for Napoleon: Total War. In it, players can partake in the Spanish Peninsular conflict between 1811 and 1814. The Spanish resistance fighters of this era called their fighting style "Guerrilla" or "Little War," so expect a lot of hit and run strategies to wear down stronger opponents. Players will be able to choose between France, Great Britain or the new Spanish faction and experience one of the most intense conflicts of the Napoleonic era.

Download HD Napoleon: Total War - Peninsular Campaign Trailer (132 MB)
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New ATI Catalyst graphics drivers released

It's time for yet another monthly graphics driver update from the folks at AMD via their ATI unit. The newly released Catalyst 10.5 drivers are now available to download via AMD's Game web site. The drivers for the ATI Radeon graphics chips are available for Windows XP, Vista and 7 users in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors.

The release notes for the new drivers reveal the driver's new features and more importantly the driver's various bug fixes for quite a number of recent PC games. The titles with bug fixes include Alien vs. Predator, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Mass Effect 2, Napoleon: Total War, and Splinter Cell Conviction. The bug fixes for the games sometimes depend on which version of Windows you currently use.

Napoleon: Total War The Peninsular Campaign announced

Napoleon Total War has perhaps not been as successful, at least in terms of sales, as The Creative Assembly's last historical RTS game Empire Total War. However the developer has continues to update and expand on their newest title. Today the game's publisher Sega announced a major new downloadable expansion for the game, titled The Peninsular Campaign. The campaign is bast on the real conflicts in Spain during 1811-1814.

Due for release later this summer via Steam, the expansion will add the new playable faction, Spain, to the previous factions of France and Britain. It will also have a non-playable faction in Portugal. The expansion will include a new campaign in the Spanish Peninsula with 32 controllable regions. 28 new units will be added in the expansion and there will also be a number of new multiplayer features.

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