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Bargain Exchange: Steam Summer Sale Day 5

That’s us halfway through the sale! Have you picked up much yet? I’m surprised that my low budget has survived this long, but we’ve only hit the halfway mark. I’m also halfway through my budget. Looks like I could be in a spot of bother. Anyway, let’s take a look at Today’s Deals.

First title I’m going to touch on is the incredibly well received Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Set long, long before the movie series, Knights of the Old Republic stays faithful to Star Wars lore as well as developing its own. It’s highly regarded amongst Star Wars fans and gamers alike. The game itself is a role-playing game developed by Bioware and released in 2003, so you can expect that classic Bioware flavour to the game. With the 75% discount, I heavily recommend picking this title up. You can’t go wrong at that price. You can read a review here.

Metro 2033, developed by 4A Games and published by THQ, is an atmospheric first-person shooter. Selling with a 75% discount and already being a relatively cheap game outside of sales, Metro 2033 is an incredible bargain for the budget gamer. The only draw is that it’s an incredibly linear game, but it doesn’t change that it’s a gem worth picking up. Especially at that price. I recommend grabbing yourself a copy. You can read a review here.

RAGE is a first person shooter that also follows the post-apocalyptic theme much like Metro 2033, with a rather unusual 67% discount. Set in a wasteland, there are plenty of quests to get involved in as humanity tries to rebuild as you play in an open world environment, complete with third person vehicles. The game itself seems to throw in everything that was popular for the past few years: guns, post-apocalyptic world, mutants, corrupt political movements, first person gameplay and an open world environment. I wouldn’t say that’s a bad thing, because you’re left with a game comprising of what gamers like to see. If you’re not sick of any of that, I suggest picking this title up too. You may watch the WTF is on RAGE here.

The entire Assassin’s Creed franchise is on sale right now, mostly at a 75% discount. The only exception is Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. That’s fine, because you should avoid Revelations. It’s not worth the price. I can, however, say that the rest of the franchise is worth the price including Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. The Assassin’s Creed franchise is a pretty great series of games with a unique and interesting conspiracy plot, well developed action elements and a decent stab at stealth. While it leaves room for improvement, it does deliver a pretty fun experience over all. My honest advice? I recommend purchasing Assassin’s Creed: Director’s Cut, Assassin’s Creed 2 Deluxe, and Assasin’s Creed Brotherhood separately. Don’t waste your money on the bundle. And for those who may only pick up one, get Assassin’s Creed 2. You may find a review on each title by clicking their name.

Men of War is predominantly a World War II real-time strategy series, but the Vietnam spinoff reaches into Vietnamese territory. The Men of War franchise are great RTS games that aim to be realistic. With the bundle selling with a 75% discount, I recommend picking that up instead of any of the single titles, as it isn’t that much more expensive than the high liner. You can read a review of the original here.

Age of Empires is a fantastic real-time strategy franchise; however, the third has aged poorly and isn’t anywhere near as great as the second title. Even with the 75% discount, I would suggest that you avoid this title and pick up its predecessors. While the game looks great and it’s not that bad, you can get a much better deal elsewhere. You may also read a review here.

A bit of a controversial game up next. Dear Esther has been the centre of debate as to what defines a video game. Dear Esther is more or less scenery with a strong soundtrack and interesting narration. It strikes me as more of a narrated virtual tour than a video game, but I digress. For those into experimental titles or willing to give such a game a chance, I suggest you take it out. But otherwise, it’s a solid avoid. Don’t expect much ‘play time’ either. You can read a review here. It’s for some, but not everyone.

Personal favourite of the hidden summer sale, Audiosurf makes an appearance in the fifth indie bundle. Accompanying Audiosurf is Ys: The Oathin Felghana, Gemini Rue, Greed Corp and The Tiny Bang Story making for a very solid recommend. This is a pretty brilliant bundle, and each title is worth the current price (given a 75% discount). Take a gamble and help the indie industry, there’s certainly a title in here for everyone. Promise.

Avoid.

Trailer: Zone of the Enders Comic-Con

Just released this weekend, Konami have set out their Comic-Con trailer for the action/mecha franchise’s HD remake – Zone of the Enders HD Collection. The trailer shows off the neat visuals, but also show off more of what the game is actually like. It’s enough to get anyone excited.

Zone of the Enders HD Collection contains both Zone of the Enders titles in 720p at 60 FPS (frames per second). They’ve been putting a lot of effort and time into this port, and it shows. The game has yet to receive an official release date, but is due to launch sometime this Summer. Given that we’re in July, that doesn’t leave a lot of time left! I’ve got this collection pre-ordered. Do you?

Activision Releases Comical Deadpool Press Release With Hidden Nuggets of Information

Activision just released the press release for High Moon Studio’s upcoming Deadpool video game. The press release contains small nuggets of new information hidden away. But what was even more interesting was that the press release was written entirely in first person. For full details, read after the jump.

Confirmed by Deadpool himself in the press release, Marvel writer Daniel Way has been hired to write for the title. Daniel Way is currently writing the current Deadpool comic book and has been since its inception back in 2008, so if anyone knows Deadpool well enough it will be him.

Deadpool also dropped a big hint that some X-Men stars will also be making guest appearances. I’m pretty certain one of them will be Wolverine, but I guess that is pretty much a case of stating the obvious. You can read the full press release below.

 Hey suits, listen up ‘cause I’ve got some pretty sweet news to break.  I, DEADPOOL, today announced that I’ve…(ahem…we’ve) …yes, right…WE’VE decided to make a kick-butt, butt-kicking new video game based on the awesome-ing-ist Super Hero ever known to man …(and woman, if you know what we’re sayin’) – starring yours truly,ME – DEADPOOL.  I know, I know…I pee’d myself a little with excitement just now too (you call that ‘a little?’).

Some of you may know me as the Merc with a Mouth, (or the mercenary for hire) – what can I say; I have skills!  (You know who else has skills?) High Moon Studios has skills, and I hired them to make my game, because they’re awesome, and so am I.  But they’re not as awesome as I am, if that’s what you’ve heard.  (Who’d you hear that from?)  (Wait, listen…you smell something?)

Anywho, where was I?  Oh yeah, ME, and my game DEADPOOL!  With some cashola I ‘borrowed’ (ha!!! riiight…‘borrowed’) from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI(blah blah blah), and some of the big cheeses (mmmmm…cheeeeese) from Marvel Entertainment, my DEADPOOL game will feature all of my favorite things – katanas (check), big guns (and not just these amazing arm muscles) (check), crazy poop-your-pants action (check), hot chicks (check),  maybe some of myX-MEN™ friends (well, depending on what they’re wearing), burritos, bouncy houses and of course ME!!! (check)(check) And check!

And now, a quote from me about my game:
“I, DEADPOOL, ‘hired’ Peter Della Penna and his physically embarrassing team at High Moon Studios for two reasons.  First, because of their close proximity to Mexico so I can get fresh, authentic chimichangas delivered daily,” said DEADPOOL, newly self-appointed Head of High Moon Studios, and Supreme Commander of PR, Marketing, Legal, and just about everything I want to be in charge of at Activision Publishing, Inc. “Second, if High Moon can make an amazing game about big transforming robots look cool, then they can surely make me look amazing in a third-person action video game, from all angles (seriously Peter…my bottom is my good side, so don’t screw this up).”

And now, a quote from that other guy at High Moon Studios:
“We weren’t actually planning on making a DEADPOOL game,” said Peter Della Penna, formerly Head of High Moon Studios and now second in command.  “But,
DEADPOOL came by the studio one day, said he was taking over, and that if I didn’t h ir e Marve l writer Daniel Way p ronto and m ak e the most amazingDEADPOOL video game, he’d break both of our arms and beat us to death with them.  I have kids, so we’re making the game.”

Speaking of ME, for your viewing pleasure (or other pleasure – hehe) check out this awesome teaser trailer and find out more information for my newDEADPOOL video game at this web thingy www.deadpoolgame.com, and be sure to follow me on what’s-yer-face at www.facebook.com/deadpoolgame

(Image from Joystiq)

Steam Summer Sale 4

Okay, this is getting tiring now. Remind me next time to turn my Steam Sale feature into a video feature. At any rate, let’s take an in depth look at what’s available today (yesterday…).

Serious Sam 3! The next part in the amazing Serious Sam franchise that shows First-Person Shooters how they should really play. The game is more linear than the previous outings, but it doesn’t stop the gunplay being really good. It’s an incredibly challenging game, especially in comparison to the more ‘casual’ audience targeting titles we’ve been getting lately. I heavily recommend picking up this title if you can, as the 75% discount only makes it even more worthwhile. You can view a WTF is on Serious Sam here.

Next on the bill is Saints Row the Third. This sandbox third person action game is said to be a better Grand Theft Auto than Grand Theft Auto. The game is off its head with just how crazy it is. Anyone who found Grand Theft Auto IV too serious would most likely love this game, as it delivers the experience that many gamers enjoyed from previous titles such as Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. While it does fall at points due to some modern conventions (turret sections are a prime example), the game still delivers a pretty enjoyable experience. I recommend picking this title up, especially at the 75% discount that it’s selling at. You can find a review here.

The Darkness II is the first title of the franchise to be released on PC, and is a first person shooter which also plays into the psychological horror genre. The game proudly features demon arms as a core game element allowing things such as quad wielding guns. That’s kinda cool. And brutal. I can’t forget brutal. It’s a fun game and it’s selling with a 75% discount, but honestly this isn’t enough to recommend it full-heartedly. While heavily reduced, the game is still double the cost of many games at that discount; although that’s because it’s relatively new. The game is good, but not completely amazing. I will suggest that you check up some extra details to see if this game is for you. You can find a review here.

Up next is The Walking Dead. Whilst my rule of thumb is to avoid purchasing games with a 40% discount or lower, this is a title that nearly made that exception – and would have had I the budget. The Walking Dead, based on the popular graphic novel and hit TV show, follows it’s own story set around the time of the outbreak. The game is developed by point and click adventure game enthusiasts Telltale Games, who do a great job at bringing alive the horror of the undead. Even just watching a video, the game felt tense, and this is one that I’m excited about picking up. I definitely suggest taking a look at the game, with the only reason to avoid it being that it could sell for far more during a later sale. The Walking Dead is an episodic game, but you will already own all five parts upon purchase. You can find the particular video I enjoyed here.

Trine 2 is a side-scrolling puzzle game developed by indie developer Frozenbyte. The game is absolutely gorgeous to look at it, and is incredibly stylish while looks really distinctive. The game is really interesting with it’s physics based puzzles and also features online and local co-op with three players, meaning even more fun should you be able to get friends to pick up the title too. It’s a fairly interesting game, and it’s already cheap let alone the 75% discount that it’s currently selling at. I definitely recommend this title. You can read a review here.

Next on our list! You can pick up Hitman: Blood Money at a 75% discount if it’s your thing, baring in mind that it’s a fairly old game. Hitman is a stealth and action game. It’s certainly worth picking up at the price it’s going for, but there isn’t much more I can say on it. I do recommend it if you can get a chance, and you can find a review here to help tie you over.

The remaining titles consist of the usual indie bundle fare that you should pick up, as it contains some strong titles, but I know there are people who like to avoid indie games too. This contains Sanctum, which alone is worth the sale. It also contains the fantastic Atom Zombie Smasher, an the very intriguing A Valley Without Wind. I recommend this bundle to everyone willing to pick it up, as it contains a good enough variety that would have something you would likely enjoy, while the sale price warrants the risk of picking up the other titles.

Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword is dirt cheap and might be worth picking up. It’s a strategy game set in a sandbox environment with quests. It’s an interesting mix of genres, and at the 75% discount it may just be worth taking the gamble and purchasing. I’d suggest this title on that premise alone, but the overall reception towards the game seems to be that it’s fairly average. You can take a look for yourself here.

Finally, our very last is Cities 2012 XL, at a 75% discount. The answer to this one is relatively simple, given reception. Avoid. We can always pick it up cheaper in another sale.

First Look @ WWE ’13

Being a big fan of wrestling since a young age, I always get excited when news comes out regarding one of the new games. WWE 13 seems to be no exception, between the reworks of the Predator Technology to the Collector’s Edition content, my inner child has a lot to look forward to with this upcoming title.

Well, the first feature that caught my eye was the Collector’s Edition Content.
As well as the game, you receive the following goodies.

  • Exclusive foil packaging featuring embossed Stone Cold Steve Austin skull.
  • Exclusive collectible art card personally autographed by Stone Cold Steve Austin.
  • Exclusive Stone Cold Steve Austin in-game attire: red skull t-shirt (circa 2001).
  • Exclusive Stone Cold Steve Austin in-game ATV ring entrance (pictured).
  • “Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar of All Time” (DVD)  (available to 360 and PS3 owners).
  • Access to WWE Hall of Famer and WWE ’13 global pre-order offer Mike Tyson playable character.

Now, I would have been happy with the in-game content, but to include the DVD that retails for £11.99 too is such a nice bonus. Especially when the Collector’s Edition would normally only have a £2-3 increase in cost.

As predicted every year, they will try their hardest to beat the previous year’s game. So far they have introduced the Predator Technology2.0, which features new animations, transitions and modified controls that will return to deliver intelligent, fluid and engaging WWE action, resulting in a smoother gameplay experience than its predecessors. Also returning are the popular WWE Universe and Career-style story mode which have now been improved to dynamically introduce matches, make alliances, rivalries and the unpredictable moments all from each decision the player makes, on the road to becoming the WWE champion.

Another new feature that I, personally, am very excited about, is the “OMG! Moments”.
OMG! Moments has a wide range of features, including: ring breaks, barricade breaks, announcer table breaks, and more interestingly, reversing mid-air finishers.


There are even more new features, including the all-new “Creation Suite”, which will allow players to finally be able to fully customize Superstars, entrances, arenas, finishing moves, storylines, highlight reels and more, as well as share them online and download the communities creations. 


So there you have it, all the information so far released, and now all here for your reading pleasure. One thing is for sure, this winter is definitely going to have some serious Attitude. The title is due for release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 30th this year in the US, or November 2nd anywhere else where this will be hitting the shelves. 


First Look @ JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver.

In keeping up with the announcements for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Capcom have announced that the old JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure game released in the arcades back in 1998 will be getting a full fledged HD remake. The game, released in the west on the original PlayStation and the Dreamcast in 2000, is based on the popular Japanese graphic novel series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, as you’ll know if you keep up on any news we post. Screenshots and details after the jump.

The game is based upon the third part of the franchise, Stardust Crusade. In Stardust Crusade, various individuals obtain a spiritual power called a ‘Stand’. One such individual is Jotaro Kujo, the youngest in the line of the Joestars and grandson of the protagonist of part two, Joseph Jostar. The story follows Jotaro as he and his companions travel half the globe to battle the vampire Dio who has been locked in combat with the Joestar family for one hundred years.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. will feature a brand new multiplayer lobby where players can compete with up to eight other players. Winner plays on as each loser is replaced with someone else in the lobby. Furthermore, replays can be saved allowing players to re-live or share their best moments, whilst learning from the very best players. Fans of Super Street Fighter IV and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will also recognise the matchmaking system where the player may select opponents based on a multitude of factors including location and connection speed.

The game is set to launch from the PlayStation Network on August 21st for $19.99, and Xbox LIVE Arcade on August 22nd for 1600 Microsoft Points. You can view the screenshots below, and don’t worry if you don’t like the new appearance as Capcom have promised that you will be able to play in an Arcade SD Mode to enjoy the old look.

Honestly, the game seems a bit expensive for an Arcade game, but I can’t help but feel excited that I can finally get my hands on this game once more. I really like the sounds of the lobby as well. It brings us closer to having the offline multiplayer experience online.

Bargain Exchange: The Steam Hidden Summer Sales

So everyone has been getting pretty excited with the big summer sales on Steam this year, but how many people have noticed the other sales that never make it on to the main page? Well some kind person from Reddit has compiled a list of every game in the sale that you may not know about. Read about it after the jump.

Now I have highlighted games well worth the prices, and you can click each link to go to the store page, which is a bonus. Hope this helps you all get some good games at a good value.

Reddit - funnymonk15’s self.GameDeals post