Some older classics and some more recent indie funtimes make up this week’s bargain bucket, and I get silly and passionate towards the end. The two advent calendars from Gamesgate and D2D are still underway too, with a new deals every 24 hours til Christmas. Some great pre-Christmas discounts are available all over the place at the minute, so be sure to keep a keen eye on SavyGamer.
CounterStrike: Source – £3.50/€5/$5
I would have said that anyone who would want this would have it by now, but it would seem I’d have been wrong, as it has stormed right to the top of the Steam chart. I guess it has the selling points of being both a game with guns, and also supporting dedicated servers. For those not in the know, this is a very competitive, fast paced, team FPS that launched back with Half Life 2, based on what was originally a HL1 mod. I played it quite a lot in years gone by, and I was OK. I die very quickly whenever I decide to play it again now though. It takes me a few hours to get back into it, but I’m never as good as I used to be. It’s cheap, maybe gift it to people who don’t yet have it. I know people who play COD on consoles that might get a kick out of it.
Abe’s Oddysee and Abe’s Exoddus – £3.06/$4.99
A pair of cinematic platformers that are on the funny side of disgusting. These games have you taking control of an unlikely hero, who ends up saving the day via puzzle platforming. Some neat tricks they have up their sleeves are the gamespeak system – using a few button presses to communicate with other characters, the ability to possess enemy characters, and some very pretty animation. The two latter games in the series are getting a PC port at some point too.
Multiwinia: Survival of the flattest – £4.44/€4.95/$4.95
This is indie pioneers Introversion’s take on the multiplayer centric RTS. Anything can happen. Well, not really anything, but things can get pretty crazy. It’s as solidly put together as it is fun to play, it has excellent resolution support, and Alt tabs with no problems. Here’s my review, RPS coverage here, and demo here.
AI War + Gratuitous Space Battles – £24.55/$39.99
Arcen and Positech team up to show why indie developers are cooler than the big publishers. In a move similar to packaging Rock Band with Guitar Hero, these two games, which are technically in direct competition with each other, pair up to offer a discount when bought together. It’s a shame the discount is only by about £2. Still, this is a perma-offer, so no need to make a quick call of judgement. Aiwar demo here, RPS coverage here. GSB demo here, RPS coverage here.
Deal of the week
Samorost 2 -£1.99/€1.99/$2.49
There’s lots of good reasons to buy Samorost 2. Maybe you just finished Machinarium and enjoyed the charming little world it invited you into. Maybe you played the first Samorost, and loved just how off the wall the puzzles and presentation were, just bursting with character. Perhaps you like the gorgeous artwork of Machinarium, but struggle with the idea of paying a whole £12.50 on something that is essentially a flash game, however pretty it is. Maybe you think that playing a game that you might just fall in love with, and remember fondly forever, is worth the price of a pint.
It’s an indie game doing what indie games do well, and it does it with breathtaking style. Forget the nonsense about downloadable content, DRM, bugs, derivative design and Games for sodding windows live. Samorost 2, and everything Amanita Design has created, reminds me that sometimes games contain real beauty.
Bonus: Best deal if it were December 2007, Bioshock for £19.99 at Impulse, and they are not even getting a functioning link.
[Jim says: My book is now out in Europe and the UK in paperback, too.]