Toy Soldiers now available without Games for Windows Live

Games for Windows Live seems, thankfully, to be on its last legs. Most games with Microsoft's system nowadays are straightforward ports from Xbox 360, using GFWL to directly replace identical Xbox Live functionality. One such port, Signal Studios' tower defense Toy Soldiers, now delightfully gives you the option to play a new version using Valve's superior Steamworks, or to stick with the old GFWL one.

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Games for Windows Live seems, thankfully, to be on its last legs. Most games with Microsoft's system nowadays are straightforward ports from Xbox 360, using GFWL to directly replace identical Xbox Live functionality. One such port, Signal Studios' tower defense Toy Soldiers, now delightfully gives you the option to play a new version using Valve's superior Steamworks, or to stick with the old GFWL one.

There is one minor hitch. As the patch notes explain, saved games between the two versions are incompatible, so you'll need to start over if you want to ditch GFWL. Still, for your trouble you'll get Steam-powered achievements, leaderboards, and Cloud save support. When you launch the game, you can pick which version runs.

Yesterday's patch also adds 1080p support, performance improvements, crash fixes, and other jazz. It turns out that one of those crashes was caused by players having outdated versions of GFWL anyway. Don't let the door hit you in the bum on the way out, GFWL.

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    October 11, 2012 8:15 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Toy Soldiers now available without Games for Windows Live.

    Games for Windows Live seems, thankfully, to be on its last legs. Most games with Microsoft's system nowadays are straightforward ports from Xbox 360, using GFWL to directly replace identical Xbox Live functionality. One such port, Signal Studios' tower defense Toy Soldiers, now delightfully gives you the option to play a new version using Valve's superior Steamworks, or to stick with the old GFWL one.

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      October 11, 2012 8:20 AM

      Excellent news! I'll pick this one up now next sale!

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      October 11, 2012 9:02 AM

      about damn time, this patch has been in the "cert" process for months.....

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      October 11, 2012 9:23 AM

      who remembers that one dude who fuckin LOVED GFWL and defended it to his dying breath on every article?

      either way this is awesome news. GFWL is shitttttttttttttttttttttt

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        October 11, 2012 9:30 AM

        We can nail it down. For one thing he's never played Bioshock 2

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          October 11, 2012 9:59 AM

          he once posted a model replacement for TF2 that replaces the baseball bat with a dildo as evidence that GFWL is more family-friendly

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        October 11, 2012 10:15 AM

        malloc used to be on that team, IIRC

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      October 11, 2012 10:03 AM

      plz be doing the same to Iron Brigade kthx

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      October 11, 2012 12:07 PM

      heh, seems its giving people issues, mainly the steamworks won't launch. However, if your able to try letting the GFWL version run and do the update, then quit and try the steamworks version again. Strange but it launches. So even when GFWL is given the boot, its still causing issues.... *sigh*