This week has been a bit of a blur for me albeit in an awesome way. It’s not every day you’re startled into remembering that a beloved book series is being adapted for the television. (The Strain is squee, guys. Squee.) I can’t abide by the kind of vampires that have slowly crept into media these days. Flashy, sparkly things built for lust rather than terror. Ugh. Needless to say, the vampires in del Toro’s show are anything but sexy. Anyway, here’s this week’s conglomeration of bargains! Enjoy. (And tell me about your favourite horror movies in the comments.) The evil skeleton bunny is courtesy of lemming!
Three Dollar Treasures
Like anyone born in the ’80s, I have a soft spot for Sid Meiers’ games. Obviously, there is a decent selection of them over at GoG this weekend. The other games seem equally fascinating. Bloodnet is a “cyberpunk gothic” that has me charmed with its retro daydreams of the future. Vampires and aliens and big, old-school leather jackets? Sure. I’ll bite. Similarly, Darklands invites exploration with its promise of adventure in 15th century Germany. More importantly, it has a kick-ass character generation system. Instead of rolling for attributes, you provide a back story. The only one that makes me twitch is Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender. The title says it all, really. Someone please tell me it’s less crass than it sounds.
Anodyne is weird, beautiful and yet serene. It drips the blood of games from our childhood, a nostalgic experience that frequently turns horrific. The writing is skillful, the narrative thoughtful. More than anything, Anodyne is a reminder that personal games can be excellent. I’ve always wished that Anodyne would get more attention than it did. And since it’s on discount, I’m going to thrust it in your faces with the textual approximate of a meaningful look. (Read Adam’s Wot I Think for a better idea of what’s going on here.)
Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na, Batman! Seriously, this bundle is just Batman. The Caped Crusader from morning till Dark Knight. It’s just him, and his batarang, and whomever else he is battling in that given situation. Amazon’s Batman Mega Bundle isn’t something I’d describe as the bees’ knees, but it does include two Game of the Year versions. And punching. Lots of punching from a brooding, pointy-eared protagonist. Enjoy.
Borderlands 2: Game of the Year
Google Translate would like me to believe that this is the definitive version of Borderlands 2 for Mac users. Unless my memory serves me incorrectly, this is not the cheapest the game has gone for. Nonetheless, if you missed the previous discounts, have an overwhelming need to pick up Gearbox’s sci-fi shoot-em-all, and access to the site, this is a good opportunity to snag it. You could also wait for the next sales. In case you were wondering, I loved the core Borderlands 2 game. Madly. Deeply. Truly. However, the DLCs, generally speaking, did not impress me much. (Sorry, guys.)
Also of note:
IndieGala Encore Bundle – $1/£0.60/€0.73
This IndieGala bundle makes me happy in a way I can barely explain. I suppose it has a lot to do with the fact that it’s practically giving these games away for free. Lume? Tobe’s Vertical Adventure? The Cat Lady? For a dollar? Sure! Quick, go grab them before the organizers come to their senses. (Or the bonus period runs out.)
Beatbuddy – $5.03/£3.00/€3.69
Each time I see Beatbuddy on sale, I feel obligated to remind the world that this a delightful game. Sure, it might not haunt your dreams and conversations forever but not every game is supposed to do that. I think the music is stunning and anything that seeks to cultivate more rhythm in the world is A-Okay in my book.
3 games for $15.00/£12.20/€15.00, 4 games for $18.00/£14.64/€18.00, 5 games for $20.00/£16.26/€20.00
I think I’m running out of words for Rockstar games. They go on discount so often it’s beginning to feel like a sitcom’s laugh track. Grousing aside, Gamersgate’s Rockstar bundle allows you to put together a package tailored to your specific needs. Want all the Grand Theft Auto games? Sure. Go for it. Would you prefer one from each franchise? Do as you will! It’s all the same to them.
Combat Cats – $2.49/£1.48/€1.82
Um. Cats. In planes. With smiling faces. Sure, it’s Bejeweled with a splash of RPG, but there are cats in planes, damn it.
P.S: The Bucket demands more guest plushies!