By Cassandra Khaw on May 24th, 2014 at 12:30 pm.
Who knew cosplay events could be so packed? I spent the earlier part of today cautiously inching through a local mall in search of candid moments. Unfortunately, I didn’t come home with too many photos. I was shy, and everyone else had a better assortment of camera equipment. Also, the shoving. Oh, the shoving. On the bright side, I managed to come home in one piece – you’d really be surprised as to how eager some people are to punt passer-bys out of the way. Obligatory rambling aside, here’s hoping that your week has been excellent. As always, we’ve got a bucket full of cheap games to tempt your impulsive side. The backlog demands feeding. (Dosbox’s dragon sends his greetings to all the ladies.)
Sci-Fi/Fantasy NaNo Bundle
Pay above $10.00/£5.94/€7.34 for everything
The National Novel Writing Month is essentially a promise, a promise to complete a novel of respectable length within thirty days. Because most of the participants tend to be amateurs, the quality of the writing can vary. Still, if you feel like supporting those aspiring talents, this new Storybundle may be the way to go. It features a curated handful of science-fiction and fantasy novels from a bunch of nascent authors. The summaries for some of these tites make me a little skeptical but Storybundle’s new collection could be your gateway to telling friends, “I knew this person before they were famous.”
Fightin’ and Brawlin’ Bundle
Oh, Amazon. I see you’ve picked up the bundle bug too. And, what an infection! Depending on how much you like to punch things, the Fightin’ and Brawlin’ Bundle may well be right up your alley. It features Batman: Arkham Origins, the Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition, the ultimate edition of Injustice: Gods Among Us and that Lords of the Rings game that people occasionally seem to like. Either way, there’s a whole lot of button-mashing to go around. I’m fondest of Batman: Arkham Origins, personally. And while I’m told that Injustice: Gods Among Us is a spiffy game, I don’t think I’ve quite gotten over what they did with Harley Quinn’s design. (Boo. Hiss.)
Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy
Think fast. Half Minute Hero isn’t one of those RPGs that will let you stroll languidly through its world, wide-eyed with appreciation for its carefully-manicured landscapes. (Hello, Skyrim!) No, this retro-flavored offering’s all about the comedy and getting things done as quickly as possible. This version of Half Minute Hero comes with all the bells and whistles. It’s crammed with game modes, additional content, and everything else your heart could possibly desire. Laugh, cry, beat up bosses, and do it all again as rapidly as you can. You have less than four minutes to save the world. Get to it.
Mafia II isn’t great, but it is okay. Good, but not phenomenal. The controls are clunky and the game itself is somewhat repetitive. However, Mafia II benefits from entertaining dialogue, decent voiceovers and a few moments of brilliance. If you found yourself put off by the “eh, could be better” ratings it accrued over the years but wanted to give it a shot anyway, this might be an awesome time to pick up the game. The Mafia II Complete Pack is 80% off on Green Man Gaming right now and, as the name suggests, comes with all the DLCs you could possibly want .
Also of note:
Postal 2 -$2.49/£1.49/€1.99
I won’t lie. Postal 2 alarms me. It isn’t such a blood-soaked funfest, it’s a psychotic clown-killer with its own reality show. That game just delights in its own sense of excess. Still, entertainment is entertainment, and it’s on sale at the Humble Store. Enjoy, but not too much.
Cannon Fodder 3 – $1.00/£0.71/€0.88
A tactical action game that many have described as “okay” so long as you ignore its full price, Cannon Fodder 3 is currently 90% off. Does that make it cheap enough to risk a few hours on and a dollar? Maybe.
Dark Sector – $1.00/£0.71/€0.88
In many ways, Dark Sector reminds me of those big, dumb action movies we so often see smeared all across the telly. It’s nothing terribly ground-breaking, but there’s plenty of relatively stylish killing to be had.
The Really Creepy Bundle – $4.50/£2.67/€3.30 is the price to beat
Fancy having a frightful weekend? Lovely. Step right up, and behold what Vodo has in store for you. The bundle features a six-months subscription to Nightmare Magazine, a handful of short films, eerie games, and even creepier music.
The Horror Bundle – Pay at least $3/£2.20/€2.20 for everything
More frightening stuff? Yes, well. I’m trying to get a headstart with the Halloween spirit. Hush. As is often the case with Groupees’ bundles, this one’s a tangled mess of “interesting” and “meh.”