Avast, ye – no, I’m not even going to try. But, it is apparently Talk like a Pirate Day and I won’t judge if you fill my comments with growly, ocean lingo. As some of you might already know, I had the distinct pleasure of having fellow columnist Cara Ellison over in Malaysia for a few weeks. I also played host to Aaron Souppouris, a colleague from the Verge. Naturally, both brought plushies to the altar. (P.S: I haven’t figured out a name for the cozily-garbed bear. If anyone would like to contribute a ponder, go right ahead.) Personal updates, enjoy this week’s bucket of bargains.
Steampunk 3 Groupees Bundle
Windforge is the standout name for me in this bundle. Why? Because most games won’t let you excavate dead, flying mammals. Windforge will let you cut holes through flying whales, and build a life from a strange, aerial world filled with steampunk aesthetics. Of course, that’s hardly the only intriguing title in this nest of bargains. The bundle also comes with a score of other video games, comics, one ebook, and a lot of relevant-sounding music. Will it be excellent? Maybe. It will certainly be very indie.
Age of Wonders III
I have a confession. My first experience with the game involved a pirated edition, a good friend, and a bottle of cider. Age of Wonders III is almost frustratingly good at inciting that “one more turn” itch, and it had me playing for more hours than I ever imagined possible. To be fair, however, Age of Wonders III isn’t a fast game, or even a game that would be universally beloved. It is a game that demands a love for conquest, dragons, and global do – actually, you’d probably like it plenty, wouldn’t you? Yeah, of course you would.
Far Cry 3
I don’t know if I like Far Cry 3. I mean, I think I do. I have memories of interviewing one of the people involved in its creation, and asking them why they wanted to make another FPS game. It has unusual ideas, some good and some bad. Weirdly, my biggest beef with Far Cry 3 is, I think, with its naming convention. Rakyat means “people” in this here parts, and the idea of calling an indigenous people just “people” just seems peculiar. That said, Far Cry 3 sort of makes up for this misdemeanor by allowing me to visit tigers on my enemies. I’m not usually a forgiving person, but I can make exceptions.
The Book of Unwritten Tales – $2.49/£1.53/€1.94
I feel like I spend an absurd amount of time discussing the Book of Unwritten Tales, almost as much time as I spend complaining about the abundance of Rockstar bargains. But, we’re allowed our little weaknesses, aren’t we? I love The Book of Unwritten Tales passionately, in spite of the fact it isn’t incredibly hard. It is a graceful nod in the direction of the old LucasArts games, a pretty experience, and ever-so-slightly sly. Definitely something to consider. (But you already knew that.)
Two Worlds: Epic Edition – $0.99/£0.69/€0.99
It feels like the Internet’s response to Two Worlds can be summed up in a word: eh. Shrug. Okay. Flippant sounds, and careless indifference that doesn’t necessarily translate to “bad.” I haven’t played Two Worlds, personally, but it’s 90% off right now, so I might be forced to change that. (Does anyone here play it? Anyone have input on it? Anyone at all?)