Hello! This has been a rather strange week. It started with being in transit for about 40 odd hours, and ended with a volley of newswriting for RPS. (This may happen again soon. Maybe. We’ll see.) In between, I lost my wallet and started writing about polygamy in the Song Dynasty, and continued my interactive fiction piece for Choice of Games. My brain is sizzling. Slightly. The smoke wisping out of my ears has dulled to threads. While I recuperate from the week, have this bucket of bargains and the tiniest, awesome-st hedgehog this side of the hemisphere. I am taking name suggestions!
FREE! FREE! FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
The biggest find this weekend, of course, is Metro 2033. Hands down, this will be the cheapest you will ever find this game. How much does it cost? Nothing. Nothing at all. Zip. Zilch. Zero. It’s certainly worth grabbing if you have a fondness for survival horror, and first-person shooters based in post-apocalyptic Russia. I can’t really decide if I like this or its sequel better, but both games come highly recommended. Like all other titles, they have their faults, but the moody atmosphere and the perpetual sense of tension may make up for those inadequacies.
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
Military simulation games aren’t my jam, unless they involve alien invaders and mechas. But Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising could very well be your jam, or your peanut butter. (Or even jelly, but know we’re just splicing semantics here.) Regardless of where you stand on that sandwich divide, here’s the game going for 80% off. It is based on a fictional conflict on an island somewhere, with the protagonist taking the role of a US soldier fighting against Chinese forces. (I feel slightly dirty commending this, now.) Anyway. The main hook here is, apparently, its adherence to realism. How true is that? I don’t know. But you, Buckeeters, can tell me. (Right?)
Borderlands 2: Game of the Year
Oh, Borderlands 2. How I’ve written about thee. It feels like just yesterday I was pointing people to you, raving about your range of artillery, your marked-down price tag. I love you, I honestly did. I spent far too many hours hanging out on Pandora because of you. Er, flights of fancy aside, I feel like I should point out that Borderlands 2: Game of the Year is, for the umpteenth time, on discount yet again. I adored it passionately, and while I’d love to be able to tell you if it’s any better than Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, I’ve yet to play the latter. Yes, I have run out of clever things to say about Borderlands 2. (Used most of them up a few months ago.) No, I am not ashamed. (Don’t forget the NOVEMB-ERGMGX-20XOFF code!)
Endless Legend: Founder Edition
Endless Legend is possibly the only game I’ve purchased after binging on its trailers. Science fantasy has quickly become one of my favorite genres recently, and Endless Legend fits the bill. In case you haven’t read all too much about it, Adam’s got a low down on this 4x strategy game which features Dust vacumm robot people, manic cultists, and humans attempting to make sense of a long-dead civilization’s technology. Some people even think that it is better than Civilization: Beyond Earth, although that may be a matter of personal taste. Either way, this is the cheapest this lovely has been, I believe. But buyer beware, Steam Christmas sale is on its way so you may want to hang onto those dollar bills.
Also of note:
The Journey Down – $0.70/£0.50/€.60
The Journey Down is probably one of the first few adventure games I reviewed at the start of my career, and I’ve enjoyed it tremendously. More than that, I think I’ve enjoyed watching them take the game apart and build it again in an engine of their own. There’s a lot of love in The Journey Down, even though it hasn’t really crashed into the mainstream. Character designs are based on African tribal masks, in case anyone is wondering why the entire cast is disconcertingly eyeless.
Bedlam – $9.99/£6.29/€8.02
I’m curious about Bedlam. Much of it has to do with the fact it is based on a novel by what appears to be a popular fellow. It also looks like it borrows from everything that the shooter genre holds dear, fillings its game world with skeletal faces and pixelated graphics. Someone in the comments called it a “history of first person shooters meets a sort of Tron/reboot story.” I’m okay with this. You? (Note, this is still in Early Access and, as such, is not very long.)