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The Bargain Bucket: PAX Hungover

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I am fresh back from PAX! Which, I might note, was an absolutely bizarre experience. Who knew that not running around like a headless chicken could be so exhausting? Never had I imagined that being stationary, while endlessly repeating the same lines over and over, could be such a challenge. (Seriously, being an exhibitor is tough work. I salute those who have done it repeatedly.) Of course, after having survived the ordeal AND PAX plague, I will soon be off to Iceland where I will freeze to death. Sigh.

So, how has your week been? Ignoring everything else, mine’s awesome because we have a guest plushie! His/her name is Schwein. It enjoys sunshine, unicorns, sleep, and Don’t Starve. (Thanks for the submission, Lene & D3c0n!)

Cities: Skyline
$17.24/£11.69/€16.42
That game that the most recent SimCities was supposed to be, or so people tell me. I haven’t found an opportunity to check it out myself, but Alec’s got the full run-down on the game, and it sounds like the game is an elegant response to everything SimCity was suppposed to be. Like, the developers intentionally went out to fix what went wrong with that other city-builder. It also lets you ensure that your waterfront property stay beautifully picturesque, which is kind of neat. (And name every member of your growing city? Which seems kind of nuts.) P.S: Faux-Twitter is an excellent touch.

Payday 2
$3.08/£2.09/€2.93
My most salient memory of Payday 2 is walking into a bank in broad daylight, mask on, gun out, and thinking to myself, “Oh. Right. This WOULD make people scream in terror.” (I never said I was always on the ball.) It’s an interesting FPS, which has benefited from a variety of patches and additions. Competitiveness is minimal here. The key word instead is co-operation. Because there is absolutely no way you’re going to pull off a decent heist without working together. (Well, you can. But. That’s probably a terrible idea.) Curiously reminiscent of Monaco, Payday 2 rewards caution and strategy over blazing guns.

Endless Legend
$20.99/£16.19/€17.99
I like Amplitude Studios a lot. They’ve moved from strength to strength, growing the shared universe of their games, smoothing out old mistakes, and building on what they know. Endless Legend is a lovely 4x strategy game, with a deceptive simplicity. In particular, however, what I enjoy best is the lore behind the game. Unlike Civilization Earth, Endless Legend posits a reality where fantasy creatures have learned to consider the ramifications of space, which is shockingly rare both in literature and in games. Of course, there’s probably a reason for it: where do you draw the line when fantasy and sci-fi decide on meeting up in the middle for a drink? Pure madness, I tell you. Madness.

Journey of a Roach
$1.50/£1.02/€1.43
Mutant cockroaches! Nuclear wars! Barren wastelands, and an irrepressible sense of humor. Nothing says a good time like chocolate-shelled vermin. Unlike the landmark Bad Mojo, which still makes me squirm when I think about it, Journey of a Roach isn’t a nest of dead animals and loathsome scenes. Instead, it’s a buddy-comedy of sorts, which sees two roaches attempting to find their way to the world above them. Probably a bad idea if you’re human and aware life as you know it has ended, but these guys are roaches, man.

Also of note:

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition – $5.77/£4.11/€5.77
More stuff? More stuff. Sleeping Dogs, which has no relations to actual canines, is an open world action-adventure that will definitely delight fans of the Infernal Affairs. But even if you have not grown up with Hong Kong pulp movies, there’s absurd amounts to enjoy here. But, you knew that already. This game is practically geriatric in the eyes of the Internet. Punch out people, explore questionable locations, ride dangerous vehicles, and sing karaoke. There’s a bit for everyone in this game. B-b-b-bonus note: it includes 24 pieces of DLCs, making it, er, a definitive version, indeed. (P.S: Don’t forget the voucher: H3U5TZ-9726D1-JIPSHC)

Star Wars Epic Bundle – $9.95/£6.75/€9.48
Were you somewhere else when Humble Bundle had all of these marvellous Star Wars games on sale? You were. Well, then. There’s a charming Star Wars Epic Bundle available for acquisition, and it includes — actually, you already know the drill. Pick it up if you need a quick birthday gift, or somehow still lack these games.

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