Random Ys Blather

This lasted about half a day but it was nice to see:

I personally did not pick it up but that’s because I am a crazy person and imported the PC version ages ago. But the days of sending form letter-esque emails to Falcom to order items are over thanks to XSeed. Living in a world where I can buy Falcom games like the Ys games and The Legend of Heroes and not have to fuss with translation patches is pretty cool.

The one drawback about buying things digitally is that you don’t get fancy editions like this, but it’s a small sacrifice.

(Please release Ys Origin soon before I go even madder waiting it out for an English version)

Steam Summer Sale Shopping Spree

The Steam Summer sale is now over, which means that I am thankfully not tempted to buy any more games I won’t play for dirt cheap.

This may make you feel better about yourself and worse about me, but here’s what I picked up during this year’s sale:

  • Fallout 3 – Game of the Year
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Fallout: New Vegas – Dead Money DLC
  • Fallout: New Vegas – Honest Hearts DLC
  • Hinterland
  • HOARD
  • Jamestown
  • King Arthur Collection
  • Magicka Complete Pack
  • Oblivion Game of the Year Deluxe (I will never play this and bought it because I am dumb)
  • STALKER: Call of Pripyat
  • STALKER: Clear Sky
  • STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (for $2.50 I figured it was worth having it for PC as well as the XBox)
  • The Heroes Pack (Heroes of Might and Magic V complete and they also force you to buy Dark Messiah of M&M)
  • Stubbs the Zombie (I destroyed my CDs by accident last year)
  • Swords and Soldiers HD
  • Terraria
  • Toki Tori
  • Trine

The most expensive purchase was Fallout: New Vegas at a whopping $15. I thought about picking up Two Worlds 2 for $17 but the console price has already dropped considerably and since it’s a SteamPlay game if I find a good deal on the PC version I can just enter the serial number and download from it from their interface. The cheapest pick up was Toki Tori for $1.25.

Sorta Hidden Sorta Gems in the Steam Summer Sale

The Steam Summer sale is only going on for a few more days so I figured now would be a good time to highlight some of the games that are on sale in publisher catalogs but unlikely to be a featured sale item. They are not necessarily world beaters, but I found all four of the games below to be very solid and fun and definitely worth the $5 and your time.

Children of the Nile Pack – $3.12 (75% off) – Tilted Mill Entertainment was founded by former members of Impressions Games and is the current home of much of many of the developers and designers from that studio. Children of the Nile is the first game they produced and it is a city builder like Caesar, Pharoah and Zeus. The production values are not quite as good but Children of the Nile is still superior to pretty much every non-Impressions city builder out there. It is a deeper game than Pharaoh with different citizen and city concerns so don’t worry that you’ll be playing the same game again.

Freedom Force: Freedom Pack – $5.01 (33% off) – Ken Levine made games before Bioshock, including these two super hero RPGs. They feature an assortment of JSA-esque chqracters in a Jack Kirby inspired world. Beyond the two very good games there is also a fan community who have created skins and missions based on Marvel and DC heroes.

Avencast – $4.99 (50% off) – Solid action RPG set in a magic school. No, it’s not like Harry Potter. You pick the way you want to play by selecting the type of magic you want to specialize in. Avencast won’t blow your mind but it’s an enjoyable ride.

Stubbs the Zombie – $2.49 (75% off) – Find out how the other half lives by playing Stubbs and eating a lot of brains. Eating brains or meleeing humans to death give you a shiny new zombies who obeys your commands. The one real drawback? The game is pretty short. But that’s why you should buy it now for $2.50.