And just like that, the year is over, leaving us a year closer to death, and a year richer in experience. There’s something gorgeously wistful about endings, really. No matter what kind they are. Between you and me, I have a habit of never truly finishing a game. I always leave it just before the last boss, the last fight before the curtains close. It lets me pretend that the adventure isn’t over and I can go back. What about you? Do you have any rituals to deal with endings? (Also, Merry Christmas and have a great New year, everyone.) This week’s bloody adorable plushie is from Melody.
The Big Stuff
Gamestop: Would you believe that Gamestop actually sounds like they’re having some kick-ass sales? I know! Seems crazy to me too. But I am told that America’s often maligned retailer is actualy making itsef a valuable resource for a change, with things like Dragon Age: Origins – Ultimate Edition going for as low as $4.99 and there’s even Borderlands 2: Game of the Year going at 92% off. I can’t tell you for sure, o’course. For some reason, Gamestop refuses to function as a website, even with Hola. But. Well. Consider this your PSA.
Playism: We’ve got one of their games locked down in the “hey! This is a superb deal!” category of things, but they have a whole bunch of other games available for you to peruse. Keep in mind that flash deals are probably way better, but who has time to sit and stare keenly at the internet, anyway? Oh. Oh, wait.
Onlive: Fancy some cloud gaming with your holidays? Great! Because Onlive is doing this 90% off for the first month deal, which reduces its subscription cost to ’bout 0.50 pounds. Of course, that isn’t inclusive of the fees of the games themselves, but at least it’s something?
Everything else: Pick an online distributor. They will have a sale. I am almost willing to guarantee it.
The usual suspects
Guild Wars 2: Heroic Edition
Vertical progression is probably not for everyone, least of all people who thrive on quantifiable definitions of value. But it is an absolutely gorgeous MMO that is further bolstered by interesting races and the fact it runs like butter on aging systems. I’ve enjoyed it tremendously, and would play it more if I still have actual time outside of work. We also have a Guild Wars 2, er, guild, hiding somewhere in the woodworks.
Take No Prisoners Strategy Pack
Good grief, those are a lot of games on sale. Admittedly, most of them are old enough to be crochety old people with cigar pipes. But that shouldn’t deter you from sitting down with the classics. There’s a ton of beautiful classics, including Ghost Master, Uplink, and Jagged Alliance 2. You may find something you love, or you may not. Either way, it’s not much for a lot to muck around with.
Yay, Playism! Not only are the people who work there rather spiffy, they’ve also got a lot of interesting stuff. La-Mulana is an “archaeological ruins exploration game” which will have you dying a fair bit, as is often the case with such side-scrolling titles. Fiendishly difficult as only such games can be, La-Mulana will test your mental fortitude and willingness to be abused again and again and again.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Have I mentioned how much I love Nuuvem recently? Because I love them. A lot. They’ve got an entire roster of discounts laid out over here, which is a miracle onto itself. But, moving on. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has consumed those rare hours I have to spend on casual gaming. It isn’t a particularly philosophical excursion, nor does it attempt to be. The game’s essentially more Borderlands with your Borderlands, a rather satisfying romp through more of the same.
Also of note:
Rocksmith 2014 – $7.80/£4.99/€6.38
Music has always been a great part of my life, but I’ve always been a dancer rather than any sort of musical virtuoso. Instruments are definitely not my forte. But they could be yours! If you’ve been wanting to pick up Rocksmith 2014, it’s going for quite, quite cheap right now. (Alternatively, you could hang around and wait for a sale. That’s not a terrible idea given the season.)
Aviator Bush Pilot – $3.00/£2/€2.45
I won’t lie. This one is here because I was attracted to the zebra stripes on one of the airplanes. But, who knows if you might enjoy it? Sometimes, hideously broken games can open new doors to entirely fresh realms of entertainment.
Bioshock Triple Pack – $5.60/£3.58/€4.58
Three times the murder, three times the fun! Bioshock Triple Pack is exactly what it sounds like: a trifecta of games that range from iconic to “kinda sorta cool.” I am going to choose to believe I don’t need to introduce the Bioshock games. I shouldn’t. Honestly. You’re RPSers. This is about as familiar as the back of your hands, right? Right. (Also: take note that THIS particular price isn’t valid until the 29th.)
B-B-B-Bonus: Cool French game jam games! Ta-da!