Monday, June 30, 2014

Shovel Knight, Deadly Premonition, Game of Thrones, Steam Haul

Shovel Knight (3DS)

A cool retro action platformer that reminds you of the best games released on the NES.  The gameplay is a bit like MegaMan with some Dark Souls mixed in.   The game looks just like an NES game but on the 3DS the 3D is amazing, which is why I chose this version of the game, it's also on the WiiU and Steam.  You are a knight with a shovel and you are sent on a quest.   The overworld map resembles Mario World 3, so you choose different locations and a boss to fight.  Each level has 5 checkpoints so if you die you return there or you could destroy the checkpoint and receive a ton of gold that is useful in upgrading your weapons and abilities so it's a unique twist.  If you die you lose gold but can reclaim it if you can make it back to where you died so if feels a bit like Dark Souls. 

The music is amazing and overall the game is excellent.  It is quite unforgiving with some very tough platforming segments, but I've been able progress through the game with little difficulty.  There is a new game+ feature that will make the game harder so there is replay value.  Highly recommend.

Deadly Premonition: Directors Cut (Steam)

If you ever wanted to play a computer game version of Twin Peaks then you need to get this game.  It came out a long time ago and has a cult following.  I bought it on the 360 but the graphics were pretty bad so I didn't play it much.  The graphics still are not that great on the PC but having the game run at 1080P makes it much better.  The game is a 3rd person adventure type game with some Resident Evil vibes thrown in.  You play as an FBI agent sent to a town where a girl was murdered, the murder has some of  the same characteristics as some other cases so you are trying to solve the mystery.  The game has some good voice acting and there is some really funny dialog.    The combat is a resembles Resident Evil where you are fighting some very strange creatures, which I'm not sure if they are dream sequences or not.  I've put in about 3 hours and have really enjoyed it.

Game of Thrones (Steam)

This game came out last year and got some pretty bad reviews mainly because of the combat, the story however is supposedly very good so I thought I'd try it out.  The game has a unique story that is based off the books but it's not a retelling of the books, it also uses assets from the TV show and some of the voice actors.  You start off in Castle Black as a member of the Night's Watch and the very first scene of the game reminded me of the TV show.  There are dialog choices so it kind of feels like Mass Effect in the Game of Thrones world.  I did get to the combat and it's a bit clunky, it's a 3rd person action game that's kind of like an MMO where it will do basic attacks automatically and then you can queue special abilities which have cool downs.  I need to get more into the game to see if the combat is a hindrance or not if it is I'll just crank the difficulty down and just play for the story.  So far the game has been great and I've recognized 3 characters from the TV show.

Steam Sale

I have a disease and it's buying games that I'll never play.  Here is my steam sale haul and unfortunately Watch Dogs is not on it. 

Ironclad Tactics Deluxe Edition - A cool CCG game set during the Civil war.  Really good.
CAPSULE - A horror game that is played from just a radar screen. 
Game of Thrones
Nail'd - A decent action racing game.
Bookworm Adventures Volume 2 - I like word games.
Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut
The Last Federation - A 4x Space game that was recommended by Bill Harris.  He has a great blog, DubiousQuality.
Baldur's Gate 2 Enhanced Edition - I needed a 100 hour RPG. 
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
Adventures of Shuggy       
The Typing of the Dead: Overkill - Songs        -  This game is cool. 
Typing of the Dead: Overkill - Silver Screen       
System Shock 2       
Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches (ROW)       
Next Car Game       
Nidhogg Store   
GRID Autosport       
Borderlands 2: Headhunter 3: Mercenary Day       
Borderlands 2: Headhunter 2: Wattle Gobbler       
Borderlands 2: Headhunter 4: Wedding Day Massacre
Borderlands 2: Headhunter 5: Son of Crawmerax   
Borderlands 2 Headhunter 1: Bloody Harvest       
Borderlands 2 Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2
Bioshock Infinite Season Pass ROW       
Payday 2   
Master Reboot
Shadowrun: Dragonfall
Pixel Piracy
The Walking Dead Season 2
Divinity Original Sin

Ubisoft Watch Dogs

This game still has issues on the PC and then last week some other shocking news came out.  The current game looks nothing like what was initially shown and then one user found code in the PC version that had a ton of graphical tweaks and features that were still in the game files but were not in the running code.  He was able to mod the game and got the features to work with some small problems but it made the game look remarkably better and run smoother.  The real problem is the PC game could have looked much better than the consoles but Ubisoft did not want that to happen so they hamstrung the PC version so the new consoles wouldn't be shown as sub par. As a mainly PC gamer this is awful, once again the PC is hamstrung by the inferior consoles that just came out. 

New Releases - Quite a few games this week.  My pick is Divinity: Original Sin.


Divinity: Original Sin (download - $30) - Cool looking turn-based RPG that brings back memories of the good old days.
The House (download)
Ship Simulator: Maritime Search and Rescue (download)
Magicians & Looters (download)
Second Chance Heroes (download)
Shattered Planet (download)
Z (download)

PlayStation 4

Sniper Elite 3
Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition (download - $15) - A really good game.

Xbox One

Sniper Elite 3
Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition (download - $15)

Xbox 360

Sniper Elite 3
Far Cry Compilation (Far Cry 3 + Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon + Far Cry 2)
Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition (download - $15)

PlayStation 3

Sniper Elite 3
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn
Constant C (download)
Child of Light and Armillo

Wii U

Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition (download - $15)
Armillo (download)
Bombing Bastards (download)


Child of Light

Nintendo 3DS

Mysterious Stars: A Fairy Tale (download)

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