Welcome back to your favorite Steam Summer Sale updates and recommendations. In personal news, I just got an email from my aunt saying she sent me a Gamestop gift certificate for my birthday, which is on Monday. I mean literally, she couldn’t have picked a worse time, right as the Steam Summer Sale has gotten started. Oh well, maybe I’ll get a bit of cash to help out the cause. Anyway, today is Saturday, so let’s look at some of today’s deals and bundles that you should take advantage of…


The idea behind E3 was to showcase the latest and brightest games of 2012, but there are always a few games that disappoint us. Some games on our list made serious changes to their formula, and not for the better. Other games took center stage at E3 when they shouldn’t have. There were many games at E3, but here is our top five list of disappointments.


The free-to-play market had a huge showing at E3 and was showcased at Sony’s Online Entertainment booth. Recently SOE converted all of its most popular MMOs into the model, giving new life to D.C Universe while reintroducing fans to the PlanetSide series.


Jesper Kyd has been working his music composing magic in a number of projects over the years.  Fans will immediately recognize his work from the Assassin's Creed series, as well as entries in the Hitman series and the original Borderlands.  But now he's stepping his game up with Death, producing an epic new soundtrack for Darksiders II, which releases this August.  We had a chance to chat with him about the upcoming game, as well as what else he's working on.


For the longest time, we’ve waited for the ideal South Park gaming experience…and never really got it.  Sure, some games came close to getting the style of the series down (like the recent Tenorman’s Revenge), but didn’t really live up to the potential of gameplay.  And don’t even get us started on those crappy Acclaim games – even the creators of the series, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, couldn’t stand them.  But with The Stick of Truth, Obsidian Entertainment’s latest project for THQ, we could very well be seeing a turnaround.  Even if it just plain wrong in spots.  But that just means the team is doing it right.


For the longest time, we’d like to think that the Ultimate Fighting Championship league, or the UFC, have had a great relationship, even when things got a little rough with the publisher and EA Sports producing the competitive EA Sports MMA, which caused White to have some harsh words for the company.  But today, he took part in a new powerhouse relationship that will take the UFC games to the next level.


A little while back, we posted a first look at THQ's upcoming wrestling opus WWE 13, by way of a leaked trailer that featured WWE champion CM Punk talking about a revolution.  But little did he know what kind of revolution it would bring from the game community.  Last night, the hype surrounding the game reached a fever pitch when the official cover for the game was revealed.  At first, General Manager John Laurenitis joked that he would be featured on the cover...but then CM Punk came down and officially unveiled how the final game would look.  Thank goodness.


THQ doesn’t appear to have much presence at this year’s E3 event, as there won’t likely be a Darksiders II car wash to go with last year’s Saints Row event.  No matter, the company will still be there, showing off the upcoming sequel featuring Death, along with the recently announced Company of Heroes II.  But now it looks like it’ll have an additional game in tow, the latest in its ongoing World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling sims, as a trailer appeared online hours ago – before being taken down – that announced the arrival of WWE 13 on November 1.


Delays.  They happen quite often.  Just when you think a product is going to come out at the proper time, something happens and forces the studio behind it to push it back a few weeks – maybe even months.  We’re not even to the midway point of 2012 and we’ve already seen significant delays…and no, we’re not talking G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  That movie needed retooling anyway.


It’s really weird how some of these April Fools jokes are turning into actual products, isn’t it?  Take a look at the iCade, a miniature iPad arcade cabinet that was first shown as an April Fools joke, but has since become a best-selling accessory for the market.  Now, THQ has confirmed yet another April Fools gag that’s becoming a reality, one that introduces a whole new way to play through the world of Steelport in Saints Row: The Third.


Throughout the history of video games, the oldest stereotype surrounding the industry has always been do violent video games affect player behavior and personality. It is a known fact that people who play games are exposed to more violence than the average consumer. From nuking entire civilization to obliterating players online, it’s has become more and more common now that games are more focus on squarely providing violent action. For this reason alone, parents have long held an underlining negative attitude towards the industry and those who stand by it, but is this criticism injustice or have developers gone to far? Should government step in?


The original Darksiders was a triumph for the newly founded (at the time) Vigil Games, headed up by comic book universe master Joe Maduriera (aka “Joe Mad”), telling a tale revolving around the apocalypse but making it kick-ass enough that fans of action games could truly appreciate it.  Granted, having Mark Hamill on board for voice acting didn’t hurt either.  So for the sequel, Darksiders II, the team had an even bigger task ahead, not only taking the game in a whole new direction, but introducing an unlikely hero – fellow Horseman Death – in the mix.  We recently gave the game a go with a hands-on session hosted by THQ, just to get an idea what it’s like.


It’s been ages since we’ve run across a really good arena shooter.  I can still remember sitting around PC gaming centers a few years back, playing Unreal Tournament to my heart’s content and showing people who’s boss with Quake III Arena on the Dreamcast.  Now, outside of a Quake re-release on Xbox Live Arcade, there doesn’t seem to be any sign of the genre in modern day gaming.  Fortunately, Illfonic Studios is here to shake things up with Nexuiz, a game that happily reminds us of those good ol’ days while providing a fresh ingredient to keep things lively.


Back in 1991, we didn’t worry about playing networkable games or developing strategies for first-person shooter battles.  Gaming was much simpler, a matter of just having fun with the likes of the SNES or, better yet, going to an arcade like Aladdin’s Castle to have a good time.  It’s here I first discovered Technos’ WWF Wrestlefest, a game that featured the likes of Hulk Hogan and the Legion of Doom battling in simple yet entertaining 2D action.  Now, 21 years (and several arcade closures) later, the Wrestlefest label lives on, thanks to a new App Store release from THQ.