There’s only one game that I have played in this weeks selection. Oh er. Lets see if I can successfully blag it, and convince you lot that I know what I am talking about. I think I’ll just rely on Alec for most of them. For more electronic cheapness get yourself over to SavyGamer.co.uk.
Dirt 2 – £14.99/€24.99/$19.99
Dirt 2 is a game where you play the role of a bloke sat inside a metal contraption. The game interprets your pressing of buttons as the bloke inside operating the machinery. As the simulated machine’s cogs turn, the metal discs coated in inflated rubber tubing at the base of the machine start to rotate, and then the device, or “car”, goes around a track. The better you are at getting around the track quickly, the more points you get. It supports DX11 (and DX9 for XP/DX9 card users), and this is half price just over a month after release. There’s no concrete verdict on this from the RPS megacomputer, so you are going to have to settle for my rating of 5 wheels out of 5 (the bonus one is for the steering wheel).
AI War: Fleet Command – Half Price (roughly £6/€7/$10)
To coincide with the release of the brand new expansion pack, The Zenith Remnant, Arcen games have Tachyon Beamed the price of the original game in half. Alec reviewed it for PC Gamer, which you can read here, and there has been plenty of rock paper chatter about it too. Alec said:
“It doesn’t ever get easier: it just gets bigger. More fronts to assault and defend, bigger ships to kill, and bigger ships to kill your bigger ships. Nukes, ion cannons, planet-sized forcefields, near-indestructible Astro Trains. A foe that never sleeps.” Demo of the original game here, and demo of the expansion here (which you will need either the original game, or the demo of the original game, to try out).
There are four places to you can buy it from (Impulse, GamersGate, D2D and Steam) all half price, so pick based on either which is cheapest for your region, or which you prefer.
Dawn of War 2 – $19.95
This deal is USA only, however DOW2 is one of those games that you just get the serial from D2D, then stick it into Steam, and then it is added to your steam account. So you could always get a USA based friend to buy it for you, and just give you the serial (although beware, if you try to buy the same game twice on one acount, D2D won’t like it). Here’s what Alec said about it:
“Dawn of War II is one of very few (perhaps even the only) strategy games I’ve played in which I could swear blind those little guys are truly fighting. They’re not just going through the motions, falling over at the right moments and flailing with intangible swords at a handful of pixels somewhere near their target. This is proper, meaty carnage. Melee troops collide with bone-crunching thuds, grenades scatter corpses outward in an orbiting ring of death that smashes through walls and vegetation, while dozens of subtle, tiny animations grant your troops a visible grim resolve: men fighting and responding to the fight, rather than robotically awaiting your instruction. Its graphics are not especially high-tech – instead they’re precise, artful, thoughtful and absolutely Warhammer 40,000.”
Deal of the week
Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000 – £2.99/€2.99/$4.99
Or Aliens versus Predator for anyone who doesn’t work for Rebellion’s PR department. This has the advantage over the new one of not splintering the playerbase for the multiplayer from Day 1 by making some multiplayer maps exclusive to the Collector’s Edition (HMV exclusive: £40), not the regular edition (Amazon: £17.99). It’s nice to see this up for so cheap, since I don’t think we need to worry about a future price drop any time soon, and I bet you would pay this to not have to find your disc again. If you never played it first time round, when I played it again a couple of years ago, it held up pretty well. You’ve got three campaigns of single player, one as a Predator, one as an Alien, and one as a weak fleshy human, and it’s biggest success is making you really feel like you are in control of a member of whichever species you are supposed to be in control of. Hopefully we’ll see the also very good sequel up on Steam too. Alec has a look back at it here.
Note: The multiplayer isn’t working as of yet, but it is on the way.
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