By Lewie Procter on December 24th, 2011 at 12:35 pm.
Is it Christmas Eve already? How did that happen. Whatever mysterious machinations of the Gregorian calendar have lead to this series of events, it’s time for all the download outlets to drop their prices in an attempt to get you give them more of your money. Just like Jesus would have wanted. Keep an eye on SavyGamer.co.uk, especially since many retailers have decided I shouldn’t get a day off and that January sales should start on Christmas day. Here’s this week’s extra Christmassy Bargain Bucket:
E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy – £1.23/€2.49/$2.49
Also available is a 4-Pack, but depending on where you live, buying four copies individually might actually be cheaper, so be careful with that. Here’s Jim’s impressions:
It’s a shooter, but it’s linked together by missions, which are obtained by talking to characters in classic RPG fashion. There’s a stat system underlying your character, with a whole bunch of attributes to be levelled up. Which of course means a level system: you level up as you play and spend your points accordingly. Of course there’s also character creation preceding all of this, where you combine a number of different “genes” to come up with your character’s starting traits. Whatever you choose you’ll be able to engage in a bunch of different things that the characters can do, from flat out ranged combat (pistols, SMGs, shotguns, sniper rifles, heavy weapons) through using various types of armour, engaging in stealth, hacking, and a bunch of augmentations you can play with for further specialisation. There are even “several madnesses” and you must take care of your character’s mental health as things get more difficult.
From Dust – £3.49/$4.99
Ubisoft’s worst handled PC release in recent years? Perhaps. You may remember that they had said it wouldn’t use their hateful always online DRM, but despite those assertions pre-launch, they decided to include their always online DRM anyway. They have since removed this DRM, thankfully, although they’ve not fixed any of the complains about other aspects of the disappointing PC port. This mod should remove the seemingly arbitrary 30fps frame cap, but I’ve not tried it myself. It’s a shame to have to spend time talking about DRM bollocks and rubbish porting instead of how good the game might be.
Saints Row: The Third, Professor Genki’s Pre-Order Pack & DLC Season Pass – £14.99
Registers on Steam.
Here’s wot John thinks and then wot John thinks again:
crucially, unlike Just Cause 2 and other similar games, it doesn’t inevitably end in your death. Not only is it possible to take on these ludicrous crowds for a surprising amount of time, getting away is always possible. Stealing a car and driving like a lunatic to the nearest building you own will clear your notoriety with everyone who’s angry with you. And buildings you own are pretty frequent, if you’ve been going around buying them to up your control of a district. District control doesn’t really change the core game significantly, but it gives you a further incentive for doing all those extra bits the game has to offer.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – £8.99/$14.99
The most important question about DXHR is whether or not is a fitting follow up to the original. Gun to my head, forced to answer in a binary manner, I’d have to go for “yes”, but in reality it’s a bit more nuanced than that. Many elements felt totally right, I guess my lasting complaints (beyond the obvious boss fight/cut-scene problems) are that the original Deus Ex felt more like I was able to come up with solutions the designers never specifically intended, whereas DXHR didn’t really support that. It’s still a fun time, and the shooting feels way better than in the original game. RPS verdict here, and tonnes more RPS coverage here.
Batman: Arkham City – £11.98/€19.98/$19.98
Here’s comrade Adam sharing wot he thinks of Batman’s latest adventure:
The most exciting thing about Arkham City, beyond the sheer joy of actually playing, is that it’s not just more of the same. It’s more of everything else as well, which can be detrimental. But despite perhaps sounding overly critical of some aspects, I wouldn’t hesitate to say it’s one of the best games I’ve played this year. There is an enormous amount to do and now that I’m finished, I feel free to do it, no longer constrained by the fate of Gotham I can solve all those side stories. And even though I have a redwood-like backlog, I think that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
Did they ever sort out the DX11 mode?
Also of note:
And Yet It Moves, Bit.Trip Runner, Cave Story+, Cogs, Crayon Physics Deluxe, Gratuitous Space Battles, Hammerfight, Jamestown, NightSky, Shank, Super Meat Boy & VVVVVV – $5.30 at time of writing.
Scoregasm – Pay What You Want, $1 minimum.
Sengoku – £8.48/€10.18/$10.18
Pathologic – £3.98/€4.98/$4.98
Precursors – £4.99/€7.49/$7.49
Civilization V [Goatee Edition] – £10.18/€13.58/$16.98. Registers on Steam.
Steam Holiday Sale.
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