By Cassandra Khaw on January 11th, 2014 at 11:00 am.
Have you ever sat down and thought to yourself, “Man, I’m not going to have a life when this comes out?” I’m eyeballing Everquest Next: Landmark the way a geriatric cat would monitor a drunken bird. The moment it hits? I’m pouncing. What games are you looking forward to this year, Bargain Bucket readers? I don’t get to talk to you much outside of these weekly encounters so I want to make the best out of fleeting meet-ups. (While you’re waiting to see if reality lives up to your videogaming dreams, why not take a moment to browse through this week’s Bargain Bucket of goodness?)
Hey, look! A properly indie Humble Bundle for the PC! The tenth in the series, the latest Humble Bundle features four games I keep ranting at my friends about: To The Moon (it made John cry ) , Papo & Yo (it made other people cry), Reus (it didn’t make anyone cry but is still a properly interesting game) and Surgeon Simulator 2013 (it’d make the in-game characters cry if they woke up midway). You’d need to pay at least $5.31 in order to unlock Reus and Surgeon Simulator 2013 but I think it’s worth the opportunity to play God.
The Whispered World
Above all things, The Whispered World is tooth-achingly pretty. Really, really pretty. I’d love a TV series from these people — so long as they promise to keep the leading clown’s trap muzzled. Despite the loathsome voice acting and the sometimes ridiculously illogical puzzles, The Whispered World isn’t without its merits. The writing is mostly wonderful, the jokes mostly superb and Spot is easily one of my favorite side kicks ever. Best of all? The Whispered World is currently cheaper than a cup of tar-black coffee.
Hitman Absolution: Professional Edition
(with a bonus cameo by Hitman: Blood Money!)
I don’t know how I feel about Hitman Absolution. Mostly because it felt slightly less like a proper Hitman game and more like an attempt at … something. I don’t know what. But it isn’t terrible and, ignoring the absurd fetish nuns and how it deviates from the original formula, can be decent. Adam wrote a Wot I Think so you might want to flit over and check out what he thought before picking this one up. (Bonus 25% voucher code: GMG252-0YUM5-VKMVU)
Or, you could just, you know, buy Hitman: Blood Money for $2.24.
Tales of Monkey Island
Ah, back to more familiar seas. Have I mentioned I really, really like point & click adventure games? I continously rail against their absurdity but I love them anyway. It’s a dysfunctional relationship. You probably already knew this but Telltale Games did a kick-ass job with their continuation of the Monkey Island series. If you’ve been hankering for a reason to go back to tropics, here’s five of them. Mind the grog.
While Metro 2033 doesn’t quite demand you keep a spare change of underwear close by, it’s still another piece of evidence supporting the hypothesis that Russians and Ukranians really know post-apocalyptic creepy. Metro 2033 isn’t perfect but it’s certainly likeable. If nothing else, the world they’ve constructed is elegantly claustrophobic. You should get it if you enjoy having mutated rat things lunge at you from the darkness.
Dominions 3: The Awakening
Dominions 3 is imposing, like all of the other Dominion games before and after it. There’s a complicated colossus of mechanics and strategies to navigate, each of which might be potentially essential to your campaign to be the one true god. Have I mentioned the absolutely insane 300 page PDF manual? Because it has a 300-page manual. Who even does that anymore? But Dominions 3: The Awakening, in spite of its eccentricities, remains something you can properly sink your teeth into. Best played with like-minded friends to ensure optimal godly bickering.
Disclaimer: I’ve never played this. I don’t know why either. I suspect it may have been because I was wrapped up in something else or transitioning between airports. But John’s dissertation on why this is something we all should have checked out and its low price tag has me convinced I should give it a spin. In case you’re utterly in the dark as to what I’m talking about (and can’t be bothered to read the article), Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is probably best described as a single-player, action-RPG that wants to be all of the coolest RPGs in the market at once. Which sounds kind of entertaining, honestly.
Note: Discount is only for US residents.
Also of note:
Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition - $1.74
I’m absolutely smitten with Deus Ex: Human Revolution yet everyone tells me it doesn’t hold a candle to the original. As such, I’m picking this up. I didn’t need the extra cup of coffee, anyway.
Torchlight 2 - $4.99/£3.74/€4.74
Pew pew pow pew! Torchlight 2 is a whirlwind of colors and particle effects. It’s also an excellent ARPG that doesn’t try to be anything more than a conduit for obsessive-compulsive hoarding.
Back to the Future: Season 1 – $3.74
Did you know that Dr. Brown is voicing Dr. Brown in this adventure? Well, you do now. It’s a decent tribute to the movies.
Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition - $4.99
Borderlands might be ancient in the eyes of many but there’s no denying that it’s excellent co-op fun. There’s a 90% chance most of you already own both Borderlands and Borderlands 2, but just in case you don’t? It’s going for 83% off on GameFly right now. (Note: Discount is applicable for US residents only.)
As always, I’d love for you to send in any tips you might have about upcoming deals. Also, photos of plushies in buckets. Don’t you want your favorite stuffed animal to make an appearance on the front page? Hmmm? Don’t you? (This week’s plushie is a counterfeit Wailmer from a store in Singapore’s Vivocity. He scores 6/10 in cuddliness.)