In case anyone was curious as to what I was squeaking about last week, this happened. Totally snoopydance material, don’t you think? But that’s plow on, and plough deep into the fields of interactive excess. This week, we cheat a little with the whole ‘bucket’ requirement of user-submitted plushie. Isn’t this midnight-black bunny from rgk worth the exception? Come on, guys. Tell me it isn’t.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Is this the cheapest the game has been? Possibly. Certainly, it’s the cheapest you can find right now. It stars the katana-wielding Raiden, the cyborg with a million armor variants. (Ssh. Hyperbole. I know.) Don’t judge me. Despite some raised eyebrows being directed at its general tone, the game reviewed reasonably well, winning over critics with some slow-motion chopping action. (Cyberpunk chefs were once totally in.) An interesting note for potential buyers. If you’re in Europe, it’s cheaper to pick up the game from the European sub-divisions. Also, it looks like folk from my side of the pond won’t be able to activate the title. Boo.
Divinity: Original Sin
Divinity: Original Sin has, unfortunately, become a permanent part of that ‘Games I really want to play but can never find time for’ backlog. It’s just massive. And slightly grindy, I’ll admit. But so good, anyway. How many games allow you to chat with the local puppies, or to have conversations with a cow? This shouldn’t be a selling point for me, but. Well. I want Witcher 3 because it includes realistic beard mechanics. (Other games in the ‘fantastic RPGs I will never, ever finish’ list include Wasteland 2 and Pillars of Eternity.’)
Killer is Dead: Nightmare Edition
Slick, stylish, but definitely not quite the best game in anyone’s arsenal. Killer is Dead is kind of trippy, kind of fun, kind of thronging with lunar monstrosities. Once billed as a ‘Dark Side 007’ game, Killer is Dead isn’t without its problems. The combat is tepid, the story is puzzling, and there’s even this bit where you’re supposed to hang out and gawk at women. (Honestly, what?) But it is a pretty, pretty thing. If that sounds like your weekend indulgence, why not pick it up? (I’m not entirely certain if this coupon will work, but you’re welcome to give it a shot: SAVE20-APRILD-EALSON )
Assassin’s Creed Unity
What’s your most salient memory of the Assassin’s Creed games? Is it of cool parkour? Flowing capes? Dodging guards in the most inane manner possible? Or misbehaving, giggle-worthy character models? (Guess which is mine. Just try to guess it.) Assassin’s Creed Unity is, sadly, not one of more impressive titles in the long-running series, although it does provide the opportunity to jump on co-operative multiplayer and take on missions in the French Revolution. I’m personally rather ambivalent towards the series, but this looks like one of the cheaper deals that have recently come up. (Given that this is Nuuvem, don’t forget to check if the game will work in your region and to whip out Hola.)
Also of note
Total War: Rome II – Emperor Edition – $10.45/£6.99/€9.67
How far will you go for Rome? Where lies the boundaries of your megalomaniacal leanings? You don’t know? That’s okay. Total War: Rome II is here to satisfy those questions, and any desire you have to see people skewer themselves on the spears of your armies. Personally, I’m rather take over Japan than Rome. But I am told that the game is excellent. The add-ons are possibly a hit-and-miss kind of deal, depending on how eager you might be to pretend you’re King Leonidas.
Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor Bundle – $29.99/£24.08/€33.58
Ah, Shadows of Mordor. Murder simulator extraordinaire. You don’t need to enjoy Tolkien to sink your teeth into this offering, but it helps. That said, the language of brutality is universal, and if you enjoy dominating helpless orcs and sawing through their necks, this is going to be a game for you. The real question here, of course, is whether you really want all that DLC to go with your bloodletting. Well. Do you?