Hello from surprisingly sunny London, which is looking absolutely lovely today, except for the fact I’m limping everywhere post-sparring session last night. But I’m hoping to visit Brixton Market today, regardless. If you have recommendations on what is good, or what should be avoided with extreme prejudice, I’d be totally happy to hear. This week’s plushie comes from rgk! As always, send me more, if you have any lying about!
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
It feels like only yesterday that I was making uncertain faces at The Witcher 3, unconvinced that I would appreciate the charms of its womanizing, gravelly-voiced protagonist. And you know what? I was wrong about him. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s combat may be flawed, the quests might not be all great, but it is wonderfully absorbing, nonetheless. Few games so thoroughly reward randomly skipping through a monster contract. (Then again, few games provide monster contracts to work with.)
Cities: Skyline – Deluxe Edition
Cities Skylines is the game that SimCity should have been, as opposed to the juggernaut of design compromises that it was. (I’m told the game is doing better now, after a mountain of fixes.) If you haven’t checked out this city builder yet, it certainly bears inspection, especially after eager fans helped put together an absurd number of mods. (And by absurd, I do mean absurd. There’s an absolutely stunning number of mods in the workshop.) Charming, sweetly luminous, and surprisingly engrossing, it promises hours of fun to armchair city planners.
Saints Row IV: Game of the Century Edition
Despite my best efforts, I never really got into Saints Row IV, and you might not either if you’re not a fan of over-the-top, neon-blooded games that will let you shoot people with guns that make them dance. Okay, who am I kidding? That sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Progressive enough to allow you to tailor the size of your male package, Saints Row IV, for those not in the know, is an open-world action adventure game that invites outrageous behaviour, while simultaneously asking you to fend off alien invasion as the one and only President of the United States. (That should say it all, no?)
Introversion Complete Pack
Uplink was probably one of my first introductions to indie games, an introduction I’d forever be grateful for, as it is has brought me so much low-priced pleasure. (Say what you will about indie games, but they’ve generally got triple-A goods beaten on price.) I took a little longer to warm to the other titles, but they’re generally excellent as well. Don’t forget to add the GMGSUM-MERSAL-E20OFF.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game
From what I’ve heard, Ghostbusters: The Video Game enjoyed considerable approval despite its flaws. Some even called it a decent use of the movie license, which is more than can be said about most game tie-ins. Although it won’t let you step into the shoes of the original cast itself, it will have you excitedly waving a proton pack at a menagerie of slimy, hideous, and wonderfully comical ghosts.
Also of note:
The Humble Book Bundle – Pay $15/£9.61/€13.85 for it all!
Although I’m usually the first to jump at new book bundles, I crinkled my nose at this press release. Kickstarted books? Sure. Over recent months, crowdfunding has left me deeply disillusioned, after seeing one too many projects fail to live up to expectations and others quietly dissolve like a bad smell. But this Book Bundle is a happy reminder that sometimes, things work out.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – $7.47/£4.79/€6.90
While the odious taste of the most recent Assassin’s Creed might have yet to leave our mouths, let’s not forget that the franchise has produced some admirable installments, including Black Flag, which seemed to have been universally adored. Set in the waters of the 18th century, it has players swanning about in pirate ships while trying to unravel the omnipresent Plot. Quite good fun, if you’re into nautical battles.