So Valorant is here… kind of. Its basically Counterstrike with powers from what we can tell from watching hours and hours of streams, which is what you need to do to unlock the game for yourself apparently.
We’re still over here waiting for that magic moment where Twitch blesses us with a beta access key for Valorant.
How long do you have to watch Valorant on Twitch before you can play the game yourself?
Nobody really knows and there isn’t a good way to figure it out other than watching stream chats and people who are getting them and giving little tidbits.
Officially, once you watch a stream for 2 hours you are eligible to get drops, but when you watch more, it “slightly” increases your odds.
This comes from one of TimTheTatman’s party mates saying this, so other than that we can’t vouch for its true-ness.
For a clue of what other players are saying:
I’ve seen 5 days, 12 hours, and 90 hours from various players.
Recommendations to make sure you are ready to receive your key:
- Make sure your Twitch and Riot Games accounts are linked
- Make sure your Riot Games account is set to the correct part of the world (i.e. Northeast USA)
- Watch a stream of Valorant WITH DROPS ENABLED
- Streamers usually have that right in the descriptions of their stream, but make sure you see the little message under their title which says “Drops enabled! Watch for a chance to earn loot. You can only earn loot on one stream at a time. Learn more“
Anyway, hopefully we get access to this game soon so we can bless you guys with that spicy content you know and love. We have alot planned coming up with this game and are going to be happy to get into something from the start and stick with it.
See you guys soon!
If you’re anything like me, the thought of a promising RTS title is super exciting. Mainly because I’m still trying to relive my Command and Conquer glory days, but that’s beside the fact. Every RTS game since just hasn’t lived up to the hype in my opinion. Sure there have been great titles such as Starcraft and Starcraft II, but there’s just something about them that doesn’t hold a candle to the Command and Conquer series. Trust me, I tried to go hard with several RTS titles, and it just hasn’t been the same. I still go back occasionally and play solo skirmishes just to relive the greatness that was. The thing is, I miss the online battles and community the most. So I’ve been anxious to get into a new RTS game and Iron Harvest finally looks like it’ll something worth my time.
I must say I like their approach. For a multitude of reasons, RTS games and RTS are very particular about just about everything. There have so many failures in the genre and it really doesn’t have much of a presence online at the moment other than Starcraft II. The thing that is promising about this title is the fact that they have a mentality where their community is put first and foremost. They were originally and successfully crowdsourced too, so that is always interesting considering people have supported it from the start. It was also picked up by a publisher recently, so it seems like full steam (no pun intended) ahead here.
What are your thoughts? Let us know.
We’ve included some snapshots of the game below.
Hey all, we’ve got an inside look at a new game that has currently hit Steam. It’s called Metal Tales: Fury of the Guitar Gods. In this “metal shoot-em’-up” you’ll be saving your metal bros from some mysterious ancient evil. Published by Nubero Games, an indie game publisher with a few titles currently on Steam. This game was recommended by a great friend of SweatPants gaming and a great source for anything indie gaming – @ghettogamer you can find him on Twitter.
Just going to be honest here for a moment, when I heard it was based around metal music I wasn’t exactly hyped since I really haven’t listened to anything close to metal since high school. Metal doesn’t get much play time in the Sweatpants Den. Don’t get me wrong I don’t hate on metal and I certainly don’t hate on rock, but the heavier stuff is just not my scene. Nevertheless, after checking out a video, I thought the gameplay and graphics looked dope as hell and I was excited to check it out. They say it’s a game by metalheads for metalheads – well let’s see what a non-metal head thinks.
They really remind me of Guitar Heroes graphics up close. It’s a totally different type of game, but the character models do like pretty similar in my opinion. They are nice looking 3D graphics which do pop on your screen. There are several well-designed characters to choose from. The NPCs within the game look great as well. There are a lot of bright reds, purples, and other colors that will jump out at you. Things on-screen can get chaotic, but I never lost track of what where we were or anything like that, so that is always nice. Some games it just gets too wild and you can’t make sense of what is going on, but I never had that feeling here.
It’s a classic top-down shooter that most people will be familiar with. You’ll fight through procedurally generated levels, going from room to room shooting enemies and collecting any power-ups you may find along the way. The goal is to defeat the boss and then move on to the next stage. The controls are simple and easy to learn. Also, quick side note, even not being a metal fan, the original soundtrack definitely made an impression on me and I will also say it does its job of getting you hyped throughout the sometimes frantic gameplay. Kudos to the soundtrack.
The actions are straightforward you shoot, shoot, shoot and then shoot some more. Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of intricacies, but even those are straightforward. You do have an ultimate move of sorts – you can summon your bandmates when you’re in some serious trouble. It has full controller support which is always a nice option. It also offers local Co-op which sometimes seems like it’s a thing of the past, but I always like when games have the option because no one can deny it is more fun to play co-op in person. It brings back that feeling we all had as kids like, you know, actually having to hang out with one another to play a specific game together.
There a bunch of collectibles in the game which adds a little bonus throughout the game. All the rockers out there will love it, they’ll have you searching for guitars, picks, strings and other similar items. I won’t lie, I lost track of time a few times while playing Metal Tales which is usually a good sign.
Give it a look if you’re into Metal, and even if you’re not it’s a fun time-killer that can get you lost in the world of metal.
Check it out and rock out with your sweats on!