And don't forget to use "elder-geek.com" for those extra 5% (I used it twice already, so I don't think there is a limitation).
Double Fine Humble Bundle!
- Psychonauts + soundtrack
- Costume Quest
Pay more than average for:
- Brütal Legend + soundtrack
Pay $35 or more for:
- Broken Age
Pay $70 or more for:
- A T-shirt
Seems like a good deal.
Shift 2 and other Needs for Speed are on Sale on Steam.
Shift 2 is 12€ in here, the twats(EAmpire). How does it compare with GRID?
Shift2 is OK but it shares some of the problems it has with Shift - the main one being that it's trying to be too many things.
They've tried to make an arcade and near-sim game at the same time - the result is that it's not really great at either.
The stock settings for a pad, for example, are appalling - I've spent HOURS getting those to work.
At least Shift2 doesn't have the original's APPALLING drift events - it has it's own, less appalling ones :)
Both are worth the cost here if you like driving games but be prepared to spend ages getting the controls setup and it's also pretty punishing on hardware (it uses Physx so nVidia cards may fair better than AMD)
If you didn't like Shift2 - you won't like Shift for sure.
As for Grid2 - I noticed some Recommended Specs for it today which said Core I7/Bulldozer and some fairly peaky GPUs (and 4GB ram) so I suspect it will repeat Grid's trick of melting your PC in a massive way.
I'll pass for now then.
I don't know, I didn't like Shift 2 but I do like - and still play (from time to time) - Shift. It might be worth pointing out there are tyre physics mods for Shift 2 which remove the weird floaty unpredictable feeling (that Shift didn't have), but I have no idea how you install them because you need to "unpack" the game and I think the tools with which to do so are no longer available, or it's too much of a slog for me to be bothered when I could just play something else.
I'm not really sure what you mean by "empty", to me Grid and Shift were very similar (though I felt Grid's AI was a bit shitter than Shift's) and Shift 2 was a step in the wrong direction because of the floaty physics which feel nothing like any other game or sim. I honestly haven't played it that much, but what I did play wasn't fun because I was trying to work out how my car would respond to an input, whereas in any other game or sim you either know or you work it out after a lap or two. Shift 2 just kept me guessing, so I dropped it quite quickly.
At the end of the day though, they all have their strengths and weaknesses. I love point to point racing so Grid's touge events (and Dirt's hill climbs, but that's another matter) were great. I love modifying cars so Shift's Works mods were fun to try out (I think the Works AE86 is possibly more nuts than any AE86 you can make in Forza 4), and I... Err... Yeah, I should really give Shift 2 another try so I can remember why I dropped it so quickly. All I know is when I last tried it I was very much of the opinion that Shift was better.
So, the consensus is that Shift 2 isn't worth it, since I don't have a wheel, just a pad. Even worse the extortionist price EA is charging here. It's 5$ on the States. I'll keep trying to drive a Koenigsegg in a straight line then.
I'd like to second the suggestion of GRID; I especially enjoyed its meta-game of building your team with sponsors, second drivers etc. and among these console-focussed racing games it's probably the one to get. There's better arcade and better actual sim games out there, but Codemasters has done a good job planting itself in this in-between land with titles like DiRT, F1 201x and of course GRID.
Bethesda weekend over at gamersgate. Most if not all of it should be steamworks.
Anyone had a good poke at Hunted: The Demon's Forge? I think it was a console game first, anyone know if the PC port is anygood? £5 on Gamersgate now.