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BioShock 2 updated for Steam as Games for Windows Live closes

by Mark Tyson on 4 October 2013, 12:15

Tags: 2K Games (NASDAQ:TTWO)

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2K Games has announced that BioShock 2 and all its DLC are now available on Steam. The release follows the closure of Microsoft's Games for Windows Live (G4WL) marketplace on 22nd August. The closure meant it was difficult to buy the game BioShock 2, also G4WL was the only place you could buy the PC version of the Minerva’s Den DLC. Developer Digital Extremes did the job of making the game and all DLC Steam compatible and also added some popular Steam features to the game experience.

Games publisher 2K Games wrote “With the help of our friends at Digital Extremes, BioShock 2 on Steam fully supports popular features of the platform, including controller compatibility, Steam achievements, and Big Picture mode. Matchmaking is easier than ever now, allowing you to search for ‘any game,’ as opposed to having to select your game mode. Levelling up is also quicker and easier, as we’ve fine-tuned the multiplayer experience to be better than ever.”

So that’s good news, but what about people who have already bought BioShock 2 and DLC from another digital partner? Well 2K says “we’ve got you covered,” as you can use your existing activation key and go ahead and activate the game in Steam from now on. “Doing this will grant you access to BioShock 2, all of its multiplayer and Protector Trials DLC, as well as Minerva’s Den – the single player story-driven add-on that includes new weapons, enemies, tonics and plasmids,” we are told.

If you buy BioShock 2 on steam now you will get the BioShock 2's base game, and the first three DLC packs. An extra payment will get you the Minerva’s Den expansion. Coinciding with this news BioShock 2 and BioShock2: Minerva’s Den are on sale at 50 per cent off in the Steam Store until the weekend is over (7th Oct). In the UK that means prices of £6.99 and £3.99 respectively. (US prices are $9.99 and $4.99 respectively).



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Pleased they have sorted this one out. They even put controller support back in which is awesome for Big Picture mode.

However I am a bit concerned over other titles that use the service like Bulletstorm, Gears of War, Batman AA, Dark Souls, Fable 3 and way to many others to list. I just hope you can still at least sign into GFWL offline and play these games.
Snoozed on the achievements then :(
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Pleased they have sorted this one out. They even put controller support back in which is awesome for Big Picture mode.

However I am a bit concerned over other titles that use the service like Bulletstorm, Gears of War, Batman AA, Dark Souls, Fable 3 and way to many others to list. I just hope you can still at least sign into GFWL offline and play these games.

There are basically 3 classes of game here.

Class 1: these games are being ported to SteamWorks (or at least being officially un-GFWL'd)

Class 2: these games require GFWL, but can be played with an “offline” (non-XBL) account, with features like Achievements unavailable

Class 3: these games require GFWL with server-side activation. These games will become paperweights in July 2014

In addition, downloading of any content from GFWL, including paid DLC, will go away in July 2014.

Games being officially ported:
  • Bioshock 2
  • Batman Arkham Asylum
  • Batman Arkham Asylum GOTY (free upgrade from regular)
  • Batman Arkham City
  • Batman Arkham City GOTY (free upgrade from regular)
  • DiRT 3
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (requires that you pay for the Ultra DLC)
  • Toy Soldiers

Games not being ported, but you can probably work around it fine, at least for single player (multiplayer for these games may be gone forever, if they have it & use XBL matchmaking):
  • Battlestations Pacific
  • The Club
  • Fallout 3
  • FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage
  • FUEL
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights
  • Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
  • Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition
  • Quantum of Solace
  • Red Faction Guerrilla
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars: Republic Heroes
  • Stormrise
  • Street Fighter IV
  • Universe at War: Earth Assault
  • Vancouver 2010
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising

Paperweights (these games only work with an XBL account and do server-side authentication - as this server is being turned off you will be unable to play these games unless someone hacks the DRM out of them):
  • Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Enhanced Edition
  • Age of Empires Online
  • Blacklight: Tango Down
  • Bulletstorm
  • Colin McRae's DiRT 2
  • Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
  • Dead Rising 2
  • Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
  • F1 2010
  • F1 2011
  • Fable III
  • Iron Brigade
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Microsoft Flight
  • Mortal Kombat Kollection
  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Section 8
  • Section 8: Prejudice
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Virtua Tennis 4
I think we can safely add Gears of War to either the second or third list there.

Its REALLY bad as I have about half of both second the third list
In a way this kind of sucks. You purchased the games and they are being ported for the most part but in limited used for some of the titles.