I realise I won’t demand an answer to “What are you playing this weekend?” until tomorrow, but here’s an easy suggestion so I’m not left nagging you: Condemned: Criminal Origins. JOHN. Just a suggestion. The crime-investigating first-person face-cruncher is one of the finest horror games, Adam will tell you, and it’s free right now. As Sega continue their Make War, Not Love event, they’ve set another few games free for a few days. You can also nab Binary Domain, a shooter whose characters get annoyed when you yell at them, and splendid ’90s beat ’em up Streets of Rage II.
Condemned is alternately about investigating crimescenes and beating homeless people to death, with an awful spooky semi-supernatural tone and very few guns. It’s good and creepy and I’ve never finished it because I’m a big baby. Streets of Rage II is ye olde beat ’em up from the Mega Drive, and Binary Domain is… a game I’ve been curious about, because it sounds weird. It’s a third-person shooter where squadmates listen through your microphone to commands and comments, and their fondness for you is affected by what you say. If the voice recognition works. How curious! Here’s Wot John Thinks of it.
Sega have changed the process to get the games. Pop your e-mail address in here, follow the e-mail they send to confirm a subscription to the list (presumably we can later remove ourselves), and they’ll send Steam keys within a day.
The first freebie threesome was Jet Set Radio, Golden Axe, and Hell Yeah! Wrath of Dead Rabbit, which I’m sorry to tell you are no longer free. The next set are coming over the weekend: Gunstar Heroes, Renegade Ops, and Viking: Battle for Asgard.