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Thread: The Onward March of the Bundles
19-08-2014, 06:49 PM #5501
I was surprised by Bundle Stars desire to pump this Titanium bundle as the Steam bundle of the year, basically... weird. Maybe having the Xbox hits in it is giving them fuel in their tank?
19-08-2014, 07:07 PM #5502
19-08-2014, 07:40 PM #5503
Humble is back with the Jumbo 2 bundle:
PWYW: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Complete, Deadlight, Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition
BTA: Terraria, The King of Fighters XIII Steam Edition, Crusader Kings II + 3 DLC
BT15: Age of Empires Legacy Bundle
Once again, I like the PWYW tier.
19-08-2014, 07:42 PM #5504
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19-08-2014, 08:03 PM #5505
19-08-2014, 08:23 PM #5506
Dat new HB tho... really impressive bundle from Humble again. Even if you go all the way up to the BT15... it's a solid bundle. Not a huge AoE3 fan... but 2 is great fun and with Steamworks integration, has lots of life to it. I'm debating picking up the HB even though the only game that I actually don't have is KoF.
19-08-2014, 08:31 PM #5507
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Thoughts on Deadlight and Van Helsing? The first looks interesting, and the second one looks ok even though I'm not much of an ARPG player. That said, I'd probably buy it on the offchance that I have some game-playing friends who I haven't yet convinced to get into CK2....
19-08-2014, 08:33 PM #5508
Deadlight was great until I hit a certain spot and then just didn't get any farther... stupid timed nonsense. And as far as Van Helsing... it wasn't a great ARPG, if you want a really good one, then just wait for Torchlight 2. ;P It wasn't a terrible one though... just a bit boring. They do a sequel though, so apparently they had the support to do that.
19-08-2014, 08:39 PM #5509
I think someone here described it as a "good ST:TNG episode," and that sounds right. From what I've seen, the writing is Great For A Game (ie. it's OK, and even occasionally good - if you overlook the poorly written lore dumped unceremoniously into the news database which, unfortunately, is necessary to inform some choices). The concepts are genuinely original. And it's an RPG in the true sense: one of the few games where you play a role, and feel some pressure to be consistent.
There's a really compelling vision of a game in there. I just couldn't quite see it clearly through game-breaking bugs, messed up dialogue trees (at a couple of points I had the option of asking a very specific question about something I had never encountered), and uneven tone. When I played, the point at which it started opening up in to something really interesting was also the point at which it started repeatedly collapsing under its own weight. Maybe it's more my fault than the game's that I quickly lost patience, though.
If it seems interesting, and you want to try a game whose choices seem to actually matter, or which comes close to proper hard sci-fi (though still based on a huge techno-magic macguffin), it's worth it at this price. Especially if you want Betrayer too, which... I kind of do.
Any thoughts on it? Or on Whispering Willows? It looks like it might actually be good.
19-08-2014, 08:47 PM #5510
Whispering Willows reviews seemed to criticise it heavily for being very slow and simplistic (I note the most recent Steam news post is the devs saying "No, we will not make her able to run!" <_< ), but I really wanted to see that art, and find out what the story was about.
On Consortium... ah. Didn't see any mention of crippling bugs on RPS' Impressions... but maybe they just didn't play far enough. Still, I'll give it a try. The Groupees titles all seem to be a little on the "It's good, but..." side, and yet I still think it's potentially really good value for money. One of the best, or at least most attractive bundles outside Humble I've seen in a while.
Deadlight was a gorgeous, gorgeous game that made surprisingly good use of its setting and mechanics - it was just a shame it had a truly awful story with an even worse localisation. Absolutely dire. But it looked amazing, and though it was pretty simple the platforming was pretty solid. Lots of people complained about the timed sections and the underground puzzles but none of these bits ever really bothered me. It was made by Tequila Works, who're currently working on Rime for the PS4, one of the Sony exclusives that really, really makes me wish I could afford to own a console.
19-08-2014, 08:55 PM #5511
I've been waiting for CKII for ages and this the cheapest it's been. Also Terraria is of interest, yes?
I already have Gal Civ 2, so give me a shout if you want it.
19-08-2014, 09:28 PM #5512
Just tried Meltdown for a few minutes and I'm quite impressed, FWIW. Fairly straightforward little twinstick shooter where it's obvious it was on phones and tablets first, but I always meant to try it there - and it seems quite solid on PC from a quick play, with decent chunky 16-bit style art design and modelling, responsive controls and some seeming amount of depth. I'm just posting this in this thread rather than What Are You Playing because... well, no idea how it'll hold up in the long term, but I'm pretty sure it makes the Groupees PWYW tier worth it by itself if you enjoy this sort of thing.
19-08-2014, 11:49 PM #5513
Gah, lost a sizeable bunch of RepeatDB updates once again (first time ever was a few days ago) because of a bug and an oversight on my part. Anyway, done with the updating for today.
New on Steam: Trace Vector (BaGB5). No new keys.
20-08-2014, 02:20 AM #5514
20-08-2014, 06:55 AM #5515
I had a quick look at isThereAnyDeal.com, which suggested the lowest it's been was £3.92 on Nuuvem. OK, so that's only 80p more than I've just spent.
Besides that, it doesn't appear to have gone below £5, and I've had my eye on it for ages.
20-08-2014, 07:43 AM #5516
20-08-2014, 08:12 AM #5517
My logic is that I can play the base game for now to get into it, having invested only a tiny sum, and then if I fancy the DLC I'll pick up the complete pack when I see it on sale.
20-08-2014, 08:39 AM #5518
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20-08-2014, 09:27 AM #5519
Why might I want Van Helsing or Deadlight? I already have Gal Civ 2 (on CD no less!)
20-08-2014, 09:52 AM #5520
Deadlight - absolutely gorgeous 2D side-scroller (really, really beautifully done) which prioritises slow, careful play over dashing about, but it's fairly simple, short, the story's mediocre and the localisation is horrendous. More than a few people didn't like some of the trickier platforming sections, though those never really bothered me.
Much as I hesitate to be an enabler, I'd say those two are a fantastic bargain for a dollar, if that's all you want to pay.