Happy 2010 folks. How much did you manage to “save” over Christmas? In the wake of the epic steam sale that was, you may be hoping to avoid splashing out on some cut-price interactive entertainment software, but nay, I say, nay! Spend more (in smaller chunks) play more, that’s the bargain bucket’s new year’s resolution.
Serious Sam: HD – £6.11/€6.79/$6.79
True story: I have a friend called Sam, and I issued him the new nickname “Serious Sam”. He loves it, despite not being much of a gamer, and he’s definitely never played the Serious Sam games. That’s how universal their appeal is, even people who haven’t played them like them. Serious Sam is a man with guns. He shoots the guns at the things. Then they die. The act of playing Serious Sam puts the player in to an almost meditative mindless state, where you lose yourself entirely in the act shooting dudes, and you see nothing but the crosshair. Serious Sam doesn’t give a damn whether games are art, he only cares that games are fun. Kieron does his thing on it here.
Supreme Commander Gold – £4.99/$14.99
Frankly, I like posting discounts for Chris Taylor’s game’s because it gives me another chance to post this, possibly the best question I have ever asked a developer. Alec Euroviewed both the original game and the expansion, and in doing so, contributed to them having “Generally favorable reviews” on the metacritic, so that pretty much means you have to play them. He said about it “Built on a solid foundation of what made l’il army games so compelling in the very first place – that is, WAR! – then pumped up with ungodly sci-fi steroids, it feels like a definitive statement. In some booming, oh-so-macho voice it inarguably intones ‘This. Is. How. It’s. Done.'” it’s a big was game for big war people. Looks like UK folk are getting it at a price a fair bit cheaper than the USAians.
King’s Bounty: The Legend – £5.95/€5.95/$5.95
Is Alec colluding with the digital distributors to get his favourite game’s more attention? I suspect he is, but can’t prove it (yet!). What I can prove is that this game is cheapy cheap, and it was one of his favourite games of 2008. He said “King’s Bounty is the future of PC gaming. Stop staring in horror at all those dying MMOs and mendacious, mercenary big devs fleeing for console shores. They’re no loss whatsoever. What we have here is great ideas supported by solid game-making – a new breed of developers freed from the cheerless, focus group-governed rules and oversights of most Western publishers, but now able to pair that with experience and expertise. The Russian scene is about to become absolutely phenomenal, and this charming, thoughtful hybrid is the herald of that new age.” RPS coverage here, demo here. The sequel is also (not quite as) cheap here.
Deals of the week
Crayon Physics Deluxe – Whatever you want
You can’t make me choose, so I am not going to. The first of this week’s pair of bargain highlights is Petri Purho’s magical Penny Crayon simulator, the one what won the IGF grand prize last year. He want’s you to to tell him how much you are paying. I’d like to invoke a $3 minimum please here folks, you can all afford that, and a saving of 85% from the normal price of $19.95 seems like it’s fair all round. Here’s what Jim thought, and there is a demo here.
Overgrowth + Natural Selection 2 – £25.72/€28.58/$39.95
Preorder these two hotly anticipated indie games for the price of just one. They might not play particularly similarly, but what they do have in common is that they are both slick, professional looking updates to great, albeit a bit more amateurish, indie games. What’s really cool about this is that although you are buying direct from the developer (and they get all the monies), you’ll be able to register your serial for Overgrowth onto Steam and/or Impulse if you like. Quite likely Natural Selction 2 too, but they can’t 100% confirm that just yet. Details on that, and other stuff here.