Ugh. Do you know what happens when you’re travelling in the United states, trying to adhere to a Malaysian schedule, and occasionally checking in to see what time it is in United Kingdoms? Chaos, that’s what. And being insanely late with the Bargain Bucket, which is embarrassing to no end. (Sorry sorry sorry, overlords and Bucketeers.) Okay, without any FURTHER ado, here’s a list of possible impulse buys for you. (Plushie is from MadKatrina!)
Dark Souls 2
Okay, look. Let me level with you. The price for this? It will go down. That is how the world is structured. That is how it all works. No matter how awesome the game, prices will eventually plummet, allowing you to pretend it’s already ruddy Christmas and all that. But, if you can’t wait, and you’d really rather get it before, say, Bloodborne shows up, Dark Souls 2 is going for pretty darn cheap. On the slight chance that you might not – who am I kidding? This is Dark Souls 2 we’re talking about. You probably know about it already. (Quick experiment: raise your hands, ye who has not heard of this kill-em-up?)
Murdered: Soul Suspect
People seem divided about Murdered: Soul Suspect. Half of them can’t stop raving about the damn game, while the other half think the protagonist rather needs a slap over the upside of his spectral head. (We fell in the latter camp.) But, it is pretty. And if you’ve been hankering for an opportunity to mix L.A. Noire with bits of Ghost Trick, this might just be the weekend indulgence for you. Personally, I prefer my investigators with a bit more wit, and a little less silliness but that’s entirely my own preference. (Note: You need to visit this site via, say, Hola. Otherwise, Square Enix will laugh you away to a higher price point.)
I keep recommending Ice-Pick Lodge, even though I know they’re so painfully broken. It’s a weird compulsion. Regardless of the execution, their ideas are often killer, filled with this impossible magic and sense of imagination. The Void is no different, really. You’re a soul trapped in the Void, a place not unlike purgatory. Color is currency here, and also everything else of importance. There are strange, naked women known as Sisters, and grotesque brothers, and whispering hues who tell you everything else is lying. It’s mad. And beautiful. And Quintin had far more to say about it than I ever will.
They Bleed Pixels
They Bleed Pixels is like Super Meat Boy, except with a purple lass and Lovecraftian monsters. It also has a fascinating save system, which I’m adored from Day One. There’s a meter which measures your performance. Play sloppily, and it will slowly trickle to life. Play well, and it will rocket forward, along you to deposit save points wherever you choose. They Bleed Pixels will literally award you for being a performance artist, which is fantastic to no end. Play it, then play it with friends so you can show off how much of a bow-wearing badass you really are. (Don’t forget to apply vouchers where applicable: U9OULG-XRTO1V-4VMUGZ)
Also of note:
Painkiller: Hell and Damnation – $2.99/£2.49/€2.99
Did we like Painkiller? I’m not sure. Do we like first-person shooters with a ton of strange enemies, an assortment of weird guns, and gore? Do we like not doing anything about just making things explode? Do we. I don’t know. Do you? If so, Painkiller: Hell and Damnation – Collector’s Edition is currently going at 90% off.
Brandon Sanderson’s 2014 Creative Writing Class – Free
So, Brandon Sanderson does some excellent stuff. He writes great books. He runs an excellent podcast, which is geared towards assisting beginner writers. He’s generally awesome. And, you can now watch an entire semester of him explaining how to be a better penmonkey online. (If that wasn’t enough, you can also watch his 2012 and his 2013 lessons. I mean, no biggie.)