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is coming, and that means sales. At the time of this writing, the Humble Bundle
Winter Sale has begun on their website, and according to a leak (which
was accurate about the fall sale) a while back, the humongous Steam Winter Sale
begins tomorrow. The games going on sale are numerous, but I'm going
to tell you which games YOU should look out for. I haven't played all of these
games, but I have heard great things about many of them. I will rate how much
you should look out for deals, and give a brief blurb about the game if I've
played it. Some games like Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and Castle Crashers
won't appear because in order to play Brothers and have a good time in
Crashers, you need to hook up a controller to your computer.
My wallet has survived past
sales, but I'm not hopeful this time.
to be my favorite indie game ever. While Bastion did release originally on
XBLA, it is now available on Steam and usually gets a really large sale. Also,
Bastion has one of the best soundtracks ever (two of the four songs nominated
came from the game which it won, and also got best soundtrack in the 2011
VGAs), a perfect blend of story and gameplay and one of the best narrators
ever. Oh, it also looks really good.
this game on sale, as it is really worth it.
is a puzzle game that reminds me a lot of Portal. The puzzles are really
brain-bending (this game pays no attention to the laws of space), and they
entertain throughout. There is a lack of narrative, but with puzzle solving
this good, it's amazing. You can return to a central hub at any time if you get
stuck which will happen quite a lot. To the best of my knowledge, Antichamber
is PC exclusive, and given the amount of positive reviews of the game, expect
it to be on sale.
one of the biggest successes when it comes to downloadable games. When released
with the Orange Box, people didn't know what it was. Now, people can't stop
saying "The Cake is a Lie!" and a full fledged sequel came out
in 2011. The narrative is strong, and the puzzles are great. The game is
short, but the challenge modes make you think outside of the box by limiting
your portal number and the steps you take. I'd be surprised if you have not
played Portal yet, but if not, give it a try
of you may argue that Gone Home is a game, I consider it to be one. I played it
through in about two hours, and I enjoyed the entire game. Gone Home is a
fantastic experience whether you count it as a game or not. The story is one of
the best I've experienced all year (Note: I haven't played Bioshock Infinte,
The Last of Us, or GTA V), and even today I still think about it. Kudos to you,
platformers are accused of not having a good story (Mario mainly), but Cave
Story+ has an amazing story. Cave Story was developed by one guy and it's
really impressive. I would recommend it to almost anyone, as the end gets
incredibly challenging, with challenge mode even more so. The story seems quite
simple, but it evolves the more work you put in trying to find hidden secrets,
and the game's endings revolve around what you decide to do. I actually played
through half of this game again because I made a choice I didn't want to, and I
another puzzle game. While originally XBLA exclusive, a port was brought to
Steam, and again it is another great indie game. It's a combo of platforming
and puzzle gameplay, with both being intertwined very closely. The titular Fez
allows Gomez, the main character, to shift his perspective. This is used for
some truly great puzzle solving. QR codes, a secret code, and it's 8-bit
graphics make it a great throwback while still being new.
actually still playing through Monaco with my friends as recently Monaco has
been having some server problems. If anyone gets a copy, message me and I'll
play with you. Monaco is a stealth game, with classes that help you with
thieving objectives. Either I'm bad at stealth, or this game is hard as I have
experienced many game overs, especially playing two player. From what I've
heard, it's basically a 2-D Payday. The gameplay excels, and there is a
workshop available for crafting your own heists.
rating: 8/10. +1 if you're gonna play with me.
right. The Psychonauts from Super Replay. And the Meat Circus is a lot worse
when you experience it in person.
its a great 3-D platformer, with some of the best humor ever in any video game.
The levels are incredibly memorable, with standouts like The Milkman Conspiracy
and the horribly difficult Meat Circus. The characters are quirky, and I was
laughing throughout. The psychic powers are also really useful, and enhance the
experience without making it easier.
Quantum Conundrum was made by
Kim Swift, the creator of the original Portal, and this game feels very
inspired by it. There is a voice constantly over the intercom, the puzzles are
physics based, and the gameplay is incredibly solid. Some problems arise when trying to
first-person precision platform across tables and chairs. Also, the DLC and the
soundtrack aren't the best
Buy it rating: 8/10 +0 for DLC
Minecraft except it's more focused on surviving and digging down to the center
of the earth. I have barely logged any hours on it, but it is a lot better with
rating: 8/10. +1 if you play with friends
lumping these together as I played them both in two days’ time (but that was
really focused hardcore playing). The Trine games are puzzle platformers with
RPG elements with Hack and Slash tidbits. They are both very fun games, but
sometimes the puzzles are a little to easy and the level-ups a little over
powered. But the Trine games look stunning. I just had this happy feeling the
entire time I was playing the game because it was so incredibly pretty. I
haven't played the Orc's Story DLC for Trine 2 for quality testing, but if it's
like Trine 2, it's worth it. Also, the Trine 2 complete story pack goes on a
90% off sale sometimes.
rating: 9/10. +.5 if you have a HD PC.
the beginning of the list of games I haven't played yet. But everyone has been
talking about the Stanley Parable since it released and comparing it to Gone
Home. With how much I enjoyed the latter, I'm hopeful for the Stanley Parable.
I did try the demo, and would recommend the demo as it doesn't have anything to
do with the story.
Buy it rating: 9/10
What used to be a PSN
exclusive is now available on Steam. The rave reviews have me excited, and the
theme seems to be similar to the bullfighting level in Psychonauts.
Again, I know little, but what I have seen
has me excited. Puzzle games seem to be the theme of this list, as a lot of
indie puzzle games are very well made.
going to link to this trailer. There.
Papers, Please is a game where you check
passports and get punished if you do it wrong. Sounds like the type of fun Dark
Souls or Super Meat Boy are. Speaking of,
Super Meat Boy is said to be one of the most
challenging platformers ever. I'm looking forward to the challenge
Buy it rating: 8/10
Honorable mentions: FTL: Faster Than Light,
Final Fantasy VII, Braid, Dungeon Defenders, Final Fantasy VIII, LIMBO
Well, there's the list. Miss any? Any games
you think I would like? Feedback or criticism? Tell me in the comments below!
P.S. If there are any font problems i.e. certain blocks of text being bolded, I have tried to fix them, but it might not transfer into the post.
Also: Guacameele! is on sale at the Humble Store.com Still haven't played it yet, but it is purchased. I might do another blog talking about all of the indie games I got during the Holiday Sale and which ones were worth it. Stanley Parable is worth it already.