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    Secondary Hivemind Nexus gundato's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by airtekh View Post
    FEAR 1 is a decent shooter; if you're into shooters you can't go wrong. Meaty weapons, decent AI and a few scares to be had as well. The level design is horribly uninspired (mostly bland warehouses and office interiors repeated ad nauseum) but isn't a huge problem.

    Haven't played the sequels so can't comment on them.
    FEAR 1 is definitely a solid shooter. It reminds me, to a degree, of AvP2 in that you have a sense of tension in that you realize that you are actually fairly evenly matched with your opponents so it is all about staying alert, watching your flanks, and conserving ammo. You need to use cover, stay calm, and identify threats quickly.
    The expansions are not canon and are pretty weak and much more unbalanced than the original. I suggest skipping them.

    FEAR 2 is also a solid shooter, but for very different reasons. If FEAR 1 is the shootout at the end of Unforgiven, FEAR 2 is a game all about The Lobby Scene from the only Matrix movie. Bullets fly everywhere, stuff is constantly exploding, and it is glorious.
    The expansion/DLC is nothing special, but if you enjoyed FEAR 2 you'll enjoy that.

    Never played FEAR 3, been on my to-do list for a while.

    Also: None of the games are scary unless you were indoctrinated by hollywood and japan to such a degree that the mere sight of a little girl with dark hair makes you poop yourself. Otherwise, FEAR 1 is mostly "Aww, its Alma here to say hello" (outside of one sequence in the first expansion that actually IS somewhat tense and scary) and FEAR 2 is "God damn it, crazy Alma is attacking me again" with one particularly great sequence at the end "Wait... is she... yup, she is raping me. Wow"
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    As said, FEAR 1 & 2 are solid shooters. Liked them both. Worth the 9.99 EUR I paid for the complete package in the 2012 Summer Sale. Still need to play FEAR 3 though.

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    Thx @ Tritagonist, Hiphat, The JG Man!

    I got Reus from the dev's site/Humble Store (saved ~ 1.20 vs. Steam's EUR price in the process).

    As for DoW: I think I may skip it entirely for now (nothing to do with the feedback, BTW).

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    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    That said, I do think the campaign in DoW2 and CR are much better than that of Retribution's. You don't need GFWL for that part of it, although you will encounter it on your way to play. There's a caveat to this though; Retribution's campaign isn't bad, it's just the part where they highlight "Every faction has a playable campaign" is a bit of a misnomer because they're all almost exactly played out the same, but for the first time it's pretty good. There's also The Last Stand co-op mode that's present in all three, but is most played through Retribution because of its access to the most heroes and DLC.
    I've been playing the campaign of DoW 2 and CR in co-op with my brother. Great fun, works really well.

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    FEAR is probably still the best FPS out there. FEAR 2 is the second best. FEAR 3 does not exist.

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    Hmpf ... I had my eyes on both The Secret World and DmC, but 50 % off? I'd rather not.

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    How nice. The Secret World is on sale on the US store but not elsewhere. I was prompted to go look as my client (based in Singapore currently) left a spot empty and so did the European store. Will buying it through the US store flag my account in any way?

    And yes Techno, DMC is really quite a cool game and even though I've played it tons.. I don't suggest shelling out $25 if you aren't an enthusiast.

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    I have to say, this has been a boring sale so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDreamlord View Post
    I have to say, this has been a boring sale so far.
    Same here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Battlehenkie View Post
    How nice. The Secret World is on sale on the US store but not elsewhere.
    Definitely available in Europe. The empty spot is caused by the missing Football Manager 2013 in my case.

    Quote Originally Posted by Battlehenkie View Post
    And yes Techno, DMC is really quite a cool game and even though I've played it tons.. I don't suggest shelling out $25 if you aren't an enthusiast.
    I surely am not an enthusiast so yepp, that's what I thought.


    Somewhat hidden deal: You can get all the older Assassin's Creed titles at 75 % off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoJellyfish View Post
    Thx @ Tritagonist, Hiphat, The JG Man!

    I got Reus from the dev's site/Humble Store (saved ~ € 1.20 vs. Steam's EUR price in the process).

    As for DoW: I think I may skip it entirely for now (nothing to do with the feedback, BTW).
    How are you finding Reus? I'm very interested in a god game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoJellyfish View Post
    Definitely available in Europe. The empty spot is caused by the missing Football Manager 2013 in my case.
    Ah. I only looked for the empty spot. It still makes no sense to me how games can be so regionally locked that they cannot be bought through Steam. I was even tempted by the -75% deal on Hitman: Absolution yet the store signified I can only buy and play the game in South-East Asia. That will be a useful addition to my game library for when I move out of Singapore and go elsewhere...

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    Today's recommendations:

    Alan Wake - So I thought it was okay. The gameplay was repetitive, the story fell flat, but the atmosphere was great and the environments were well done. At 90% (!!!) off it's probably worth it for a try. I recommend if you do play it though that you play it on the hardest difficulty to give it some element of challenge. The stand-alone-sequel I can't comment on, nor the DLC for the first. I've heard the DLC makes more sense of the story, which I think is both good and bad.

    Crysis - BUT CAN YOU RUN IT?! I enjoyed all of Crysis, even the second half and that one hated level at the end, but I also accept that I'm an anomaly in that case. The open nature of it meant, that for me, I kept repeating the tactics that worked, so early on it got a bit repetitive. Imagination will help here. Gameplay - the suit provides loads of fun options - and the gunplay is high calibre. Warhead is more linear, but I think a tighter and possible more fun experience. Mostly more of the same, however. 2, on the other hand, is much more linear than any with a bit of a hokey sci-fi story. That said, I still found it highly enjoyable and the level design, whilst narrower for sure, was still open for variable tactics. The MP is arena based in the style of COD4+. Probably doesn't have many people playing now.

    (So, that's a go for Crysis 1, Warhead and a recommendation for 2, but acknowledging it's a different game to the original)

    Devil May Cry 4 (I haven't played 3 or DmC [but have played 1]) - The game basically repeats itself in the second half, with an arduously repetitive penultimate level, but the action is hyper focused and extremely cool. Requires a real level of high skill to obtain the higher grades, but the satisfaction of pulling off certain combos is great. Dante's scenes and dialogue are ridiculously stupid and awesome. That other guy, whose name I've forgotten, is lame in comparison but has a cool specific move that works well in combat. (DMC 3 and 4 are 75% off instead of 50, and you can get them in a bundle that saves a couple of quid.)

    Serious Sam - WARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! So yeah, 90% off? Jeez. Buy everything. No, seriously - Serious Sam Complete Pack, buy it. SS First Encounter and Second Encounter (HD) are stonkingly great and equally challenging, whilst SS3 is a step-down from both, but still great in the current climate of shooters. The DLC for it I can highly recommend as the best content 'in' SS3. Double D is a fun side-scroller that very much carries the tone of SS and its highly silly weapon stacking is actually surprisingly complex when used. Haven't played Random Encounter, but there you go.

    (Specific recommendations there: SSFE, SE HD, SS3+DLC)
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    This is the first Steam summer sale I've got involved with so I'm not sure whether it's common to compare it to coming back from Vegas, but I've regretted every purchase I've made thus far. The interface in Lords of Football is awful and the player behind the mouse is so underused that I might as well not be there at all. Deadlight was decent but made me want to go play Flashback instead, and while Thomas Alone impressed me with it's ability to add more character to a literal square block than the entire AAA industry's laughable attempts with multi-million dollar graphics, the puzzles themselves are an unwelcome obstacle.

    So what do I do, cut my losses and run? Hell no. I'm going all in. Scribblenauts, Don't Starve, Amnesia, Sleeping Dogs, Mark of the Ninja. All of them CAN'T fail me, surely.

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    Sleeping Dogs wont fail. Scribblenauts is hit or miss from what I'm told. Amnesia you'll play until it scares you and then banish it from your HDD. Mark of the Ninja is probably good and I'll probably buy it too!
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    Not a good day - Crysis 1&2 Max Packs have been cheaper on Steam - let alone other places!!

    DMC has been around that price via places like SimplyCDKeys pretty much since launch (tho none of them have stock anymore it seems).

    Was hoping for a better price on TSW - it's been under 10 more than once already - I can wait until it is again.

    MoTN is brilliant of course - Sleeping Dogs is worth 5 (but had been cheaper I'm pretty sure) hmmmmz

    p.s. Scribblenauts is a 'what you make it' game - you can complete it by using the same ideas over and over - but you don't HAVE to do it that way. If you're a completion/achievements/score person, you won't get it - perhaps.

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    I have bought the following so far:

    Alan Wake Franchise
    Bastion
    Castle Crashers w/ DLC
    Cave Story+
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution w/ DLC
    Dishonored w/ DLC
    Don't Starve
    Euro Truck Sim 2
    Faerie Solitaire
    FEZ
    Hitman: Absolution w/ DLC
    Hotline Miami
    Mark of the Ninja
    McPixel
    Organ Trail: Director's Cut
    Poker Night at the Inventory
    Portal 1 & 2
    Reus
    Serious Sam 3: BFE
    Sleeping Dogs
    Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
    Super Meat Boy
    Surgeon Simulator 2013
    System Shock 2
    The Basement Collection
    The Binding of Isaac w/ DLC
    The Walking Dead
    Thomas Was Alone
    Trine 1 & II


    I still want the following:

    7 Grand Steps
    Gunpoint
    Half-Life 1, 2, Ep. 1 & 2 Bundle
    Monaco
    Knights of Pen and Paper +1
    Rogue Legacy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drake Sigar View Post
    This is the first Steam summer sale I've got involved with so I'm not sure whether it's common to compare it to coming back from Vegas, but I've regretted every purchase I've made thus far.
    The Steam Summer Sale, as every other (big) sale, gives you the opportunity to buy those games that you might have been interested in, but were clearly not flawless and thus not worth their initial asking price. There's bound to be some disappointments in there when you start them up and are confronted with those very flaws.

    You could use the sale to only buy last year's big studio releases, but I've always found it fun to look beyond those and try to find some less well known games that have original ideas, but are perhaps rough around the edges.

    So yes, it's common to be a little disappointed. But that's also the reason you wait for the sale to give these games a try. It's much less of a disappointment, I figure, to dislike a 2,50 game than it is to dislike that 60 game you pre-ordered because 'surely it can't be bad?'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Internet View Post
    How are you finding Reus? I'm very interested in a god game.
    I'll happily tell you wot I think as soon as get around to playing it (which probably won't happen this week).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkscare View Post
    I have bought the following so far:
    What the...? How are you going to find time for THAT many games?

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