One of the sad realities of hitting your 30s is understanding that you’ll be talking your friends through some genuinely complicated situations, ranging from divorces to parental deaths. I’m sorting out the emotional ramifications of this epiphany right now, and it’s not a pleasant one. At least you can be there for the people you care about. Something something. This throwback plushie is from MadKatrina. Someone send me more!
Pillars of Eternity: Hero Edition
Pillars of Eternity is my current jam, even though Shadows are terrible and I’m still mucking around in the first city. (Which is almost horrifically large. How am I supposed to find anyone in here? Help, Internet.) It’s nostalgic in all the right ways. The look of it evokes memories of Baldur’s Gate, without it being unneccessarily retro. Similarly, there’s so much good to be said about the writing. The sheer overindulgence in prose — good god, I’ve missed games that practically mandate hours of careful reading. And, and – honestly, just snag the game. Maybe, not now. (Although this is an okay discount outside of G2A.) But eventually. Okay? Okay.
There’s a part of me that balks at the idea of recommending Bioshock games again and again, simply because they seem to be perpetually on discount. (Also looking at you Rockstar.) But, well. Here we are again. Bioshock Infinite is going for cheap, and well worth snagging if you’ve yet to hang out with Booker and Elizabeth. It should be noted, however, that this is in fact the Mac version. Which may or may not work with a PC. But. well. Stuff. Things. Mostly stuff.
DmC: Devil May Cry
Lurid colors! Redesigned Dante! Strange, beautiful environments rippling with opportunities to craft slick, stylish deaths! What more could anyone ask for? More, I suppose. That’s how human instinct works. But for those of you that are content with brain-tweaking architecture and butter-smooth combat, DMC may appeal extraordinarily much. Sure, it’s been around for a while, but that shouldn’t be a deterrent for anyone willing to wait this long to pick up a game. Be sure to include the code for maximum value. GBCAPCOM
Child of Light
Another game that I keep getting told to play, but never really find the opportunity to check out. It’s gorgeous, though. Like, “leave-as-a-fairytale-screensaver” gorgeous. Especially if you’ve got a thing for those waterschool paintings of old. Which I do. To be fair, it’s not without its issues. Those expecting a rich, complicated experience equal to the game’s aesthetics may find themselves disappointed. Combat is a straightforward affair, salad-lean as opposed to a meaty brisket. And don’t forget the code! EMCARAP78, to be precise.
Also of note:
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin – $26.23/£17.59/€23.87
Hello, beautiful. It’s been a while. Bloodborne’s been painting the town red. But, you never forget your old loves. Not if you know what’s good for you, at any rate. Either way, it’s good to see you. Now, let’s see what you’ve learned what you were gone. AHEM. It looks like Scholar of the First Sin has received a mix of responses, but almost everyone appears to be in agreement that it is a prettier version of the original. The site appears to have crumpled under the weight of demand, but who knows? You might get lucky.
Stranded – $1.00/£0.67/€0.92
Strange and quiet, like Proteus except not, Stranded tells the quiet tale of a dying astronaut. Your oxygen supply is dwindling, even as you trudge through an alien landscape, millions of miles away from salvation. What happens? I don’t know. You’re going to have to discover that, if you so desire.