We’re about three weeks into 2015, and I’m already bristling with things to tell you about. So many things. All of the things, in fact. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you anything till March, at least. Such an unfortunate thing. Have I abused variations of the word ‘thing’ enough yet? Okay. I thing so. Okay, okay. I’ll stop for real this time. Sure thing. (P.S: That’s a Maneki Neko plushie!)
The big ones:
Indiegala: Humble Store lookalike Indie Gala has an interesting array of titles this week, including Journey of a Roach, Patrician 3 and the Double Dragon Trilogy.
GOG.com: You can always count on GOG to provide some quality entertainment. This weekend, they have Leisure Suit Larry, Overlord, the Creatures franchise, and more.
Humble Stuff: I really, really like the Weekly Bundle this time around. It features an exorbitant amount of punching despite looking rather cutesy. More importantly, you should consider nabbing the latest Book Bundle because it is absolutely rad. I personally endorse Elephantman, The Wicked + The Divine, Walking Dead, Sex Criminals and SAGA. Good grief.
The regular stuff
Civilization: Beyond Earth
Love it, hate it, think Endless Legend is the superior game, Civilization: Beyond Earth is one game you can’t pretend isn’t there. You’re going to have to try the latest installment in the long-running series eventually, which puts you in control of a fictional Terran faction, one that is usually cobbled together from a mix of cultures. As always, there’ll be diplomacy to consider, political rivals to compare genitalia length with, and land mass to conquer. Unlike previous games – and like Alpha Centauri – this one adds angry sand-worm-alien-thingies to the mix. Happily, BE is currently available for free this weekend so you won’t have to commit unless you like the game.
I spent a long time not really liking Tomb Raider. In part, I’ll admit, because she was more bountifully endowed than I could ever hope to be. (Tomb Raider envy was horrible for teenage me.) But this recent installment offers a different, grittier take on this pop-culture heroine, a take that I loved to no end. True, there’s something to be said about the pageantry with which Lara meets her demise in this game, things that more articulate people than I have already commented on. But it isn’t just a game about violence. This origins story is taut, commendable, and – actually, just go read our Wot I Think.
Saints Row IV
More deals? What’s with you people and cheap deals? Oh, all right. Have another. Keeping to our unofficial triple-A-theme, let’s move on to Saints Row IV. If Grand Theft Auto V is a wish fulfillment fantasy, Saints Row IV is a teenage gamer’s fever dream. There are many, many games which attempt to be irreverent but Saints Row IV has them all beat. It’s energetic and manic and completely self-celebratory, so much so that it’s hard not like this crazy little game.
Also of note:
Kerbal Space Program – $17.99/£13.79/€17.79
Everyone knows that Early Access games are plagued with bugs, risks, and other reasons to hang to your purse strings instead of allowing your money to come out and play. But Kerbal Space Program is a good bet to hedge on, in my opinion. The game has been out for a couple of years, is already robust and fun to play, and continues to be updated at a reasonable speed. Plus, honestly, don’t you want to blast cute little things into space?
Designers, Dragons, and More – $21.49/£14.19/€18.59
With 2014 only recently transformed into a memory, I can’t help but feel nostalgic for the old days. Which is why I’d like to call your attention to this interesting little bundle, a trip down memory lane condensed into literary form. Ever felt like sitting down with several good tomes on the history of RPGs? Well, now’s your chance.