As usual, GOG.com is up and about with a line of great titles for us weekend warriors with 5 strategy games up on sale at a discount of 50% each! All of these are turn-based strategy games (TBS) and are acclaimed series on their own. For fantasy lovers, there’s Disciples: Sacred Lands Gold and Disciples II: Gold while modern strategy lovers will like the Jagged Alliance series with the original, Deadly Games and Jagged Alliance 2 sequels in this sale!
The Disciples series starts off at the dawn of a new age filled with strife. Of course, the usual clichÃ© of having some age old prophecy will come to pass in this game’s story as well, and hence it does happen. However, the game is astonishingly well-balanced for its different races/factions. Each level-up is game-changing and a small group well trained troops can take on the enemy horde much larger than them with ease. The second game brought a long campaign and the same great gameplay to make a great series!
Guns! Cash! Insane Fun! The Jagged Alliance series is, for all its intensely action-centric game-covers, a very strategic game with its rewards. The first game, made way back in 94 is well made where every move you make has deadly (and frustrating) consequences. When Deadly Games released, the graphics were a big joke but the gameplay with its solid multiplayer component made for an inherently enjoyable experience. Jagged Alliance 2 dropped the top-down perspective for an isometric one and took on squad-based TBS to a great new level. For all I know, it’s still unrivalled.
So are you going to buy the Disciples and Jagged Alliance games for 50% off?
Oh yeah, this is big. Two awesome RTSs on Steam are up in a bundle pack for only $19.99! Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (DoWII) and Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising are both available for a complete bundle pack. This is really supercool because DoWII by itself is about $50 on its own.
If you haven’t heard about the Dawn of War series, it can be summed up in one word: brutal. Each and every one of the playable races is, in its own way, extremely brutal and violent with generous chainsaw, shotgun, battleaxe and other weapon-filled gore that satisfies the bullied young kid within us. A sampler quote, as always by one Comissar:-
Who told you to die? Keep fighting!
So, go ahead and buy this great bundle pack and start hacking some <insert enemy race here> flesh!
I officially believe that weekend sales are conspiracies against impulsive game buyers like me. So Stardock’s Impulse (that somehow manages to make a pun out of the previous sentence) has put up Gratuitious Space Battles (GSB) complete edition for $20.45 while its original price is $40.92. Why would I buy this inherently complicated sounding game bundle even if its 50% off, you ask? If you ask me, it centers around this line (especially the boldly italicized part):-
GSB also allows you to challenge other players by uploading your best fleets to serve as their opposition, in a massively single-player galactic smorgasbord of laser-death!
In GSB, all the battles are automated. The player plans the moves, customizes his/her fleet and their positions before the battle and then sees how well (or how badly) his fleet performs. It’s a single-player only game. However each player can design a fleet and upload it online. Other players can download this pre-programmed fleet and place their wits against another humanâ€¦ in a massively single-player galactic smorgasbord of laser-death!! (I had to use that line. I really had to.)
The complete edition includes the original game and three expansions: The Order, The Swarm and The Tribes expansions!
With the release of Source engine on Macs, Valve has decided to push for their entire catalog of Source-based games on the Mac. The games by themselves are nothing short of brilliant with Half Life 2 staying atop Metacritic rankings for PC games not to mention the fact that The Orange Box is also at number 3 (and the original Half Life is at number 4).
With a drop in prices and Steam Play announced for most Valve-developed games, many Mac gamers would be interested in these titles and nothing is better than a promo for these great games. With a 30% discount on Half Life 2, Episode 1 & 2 there’ll be quite a lot of transactions happening over Steam!
The Orange Box containing all three games, along with Portal and Team Fortress 2 is also discounted by 30% and is available for $20.99 which is a very sweet deal!
Go buy these games and tell us how they work on your Macbook!
The highly anticipated sequel to the legendary RPG The Witcher (yes it’s been just a few years since The Witcher released, but the game is by far one of the greatest RPGs I’ve ever played, so it entails the term legendary) will be released in the EMEA and Asia Pacific by Namco Bandai Partners S.A.S.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is scheduled for release in 2011 and will be based on a proprietary engine that has been built from bottom to top. The game’s breathtaking visuals are a testament to the developers at CD Projekt RED as is the non-linear gameplay. The morally ambiguous storyline that involved thought-provoking quests as well as grey choices whose consequences affected the player several gaming hours after the choice was made will make for a thoroughly engaging and mature story.
Considering just how amazing the first game was, I cannot wait for the second installment!
To expand on that slightly vague title, Stardock’s Impulse Digital Distribution store has put some of its best games on sale. The major games on sale are its beautiful and expansive Sins of a Solar Empire epic space strategy and Galactic Civilizations II Ultimate Edition. Both of these awesome games are up for $9.99 only region free!
What? Are these two games the only ones on offer in this awesome sale’ of yours? well sir, they most certainly are not! Over at the sale page, they have quite a number of games listed! The historical strategy game For the Glory, Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripayat Loyalty Edition, classic indie RPG Eschalon Book II and personal favorite Bob Came in Pieces are all on sale with various discounts! So go ahead and have fun playing these great games over the weekend.
Four classic first person shooters are on a 40% off weekend on our favorite classic games website GOG.com! AquaNox, Postal 2, Painkiller: Black Edition and Redneck Rampage are the four games with a lot of runnin’ and a lot of gunnin’! Needless to say these are the best ways to let off steam from a heavy day or even a heavy week!
AquaNox: Though most fans regard this as a flawed sequel to the Aqua series, it is still a decent game to play. Though technically not a run and gungame, it plays a lot like Freespace only it’s underwater!
Postal 2 Complete: You’re the Dude, dude! Shoot things, buy milk and kill everyone in a queue to return library books! Remember that this hilarious game is only as violent as you want it to be. So while you can play the entire game without (much) bloodshed, you can also play it with unnecessarily large amounts of blood too. Fun!
Painkiller: Black Edition: As one reviewer on the game page says, this is the one true sequel to the original Quake. Paying due homage to old-school FPSs, the game is all about level design, insane and horrifying enemy hordes and oodles of shooting fun! It’s a cult hit and the Black Edition also includes the Battle Out of Hell expansion pack for 3.5GB of gaming insanity!
Redneck Rampage: Crash-land UFOs, cuss at jack o’ lopes in the desert and ride over people in a Swamp Buggy and an armed motorcycle. Oh, did I mention that there was a lot of cussing? Play this hilarious game for weeks of redneck shootin’.
So which games will you buy in the Shooter Weekend at GOG.com?
While I bought this game for $9 (and no regrets, thank you), Sleep is Death is worth at least $15. There is a special level of pixelated charm that this storytelling device (as it does not entirely fit into the common definition of video gamein my opinion), and from all accounts this game is awesome. The games stories I played/made on this platform had a whole new level of new-ness attached to them.
So when Jason Rohrer, the creator of this game, tells you that you can buy this game for as much as you are willing to pay for it, you know it’ll make your day. Yes! Though you have to pay the minimum price ($1.75) that covers the cost of the bandwidth for download and payment processing, you get two copies of the game (since this game is two-player only). So, if you will take our advice, GO BUY IT!
As you already know, Steam has become available for Mac users around the world. With their Steam Play service, Valve has decided to give one license for both PC and Mac games. This means that if you own a PC version of a game that has a Mac version, you will be able to play it on your Mac without any additional fees!
To inaugurate this, Steam has put up two great Steamplay packages!
These packages are:-
The Steam Play Indie Pack is a collection of some of the best Indie games on Steam! These include the ever-adorable World of Goo and Machinarium as well as the cross-platform galactic strategy Galcon Fusion and the wonderful And Yet It Moves and Osmos. All these games for just $20!
The Telltale Steam Play Pack includes two episodic, hysterical adventure games. Tales from Monkey Island Complete Pack brings back memories of LucasArts’ hilarious games while Sam and Max: The Devil’s Playhouse is best described on its Steam page as an epic comedic saga. For $29.99 these two are steals!
Do tell us how you enjoyed these games on your Macbook!
What is your favorite kind of strategy game? Do you like to think it out like chess with turn-based strategy or ante up the offense with real-time strategy like Rook’s Revenge? How about tower defense? In this kind of strategy, your enemies will come in waves, and you have to construct turrets on their path to destroy them. Usually they need to be destroyed before they can destroy some invaluable building of your faction. I’m sure most of you have played some game of this type but I assure you that you have never played an FPS-tower-defense hybrid.
That is exactly what Iron Grip: Warlord is all about. Set in the Iron Grip universe, you are a defender of Atelia, a nation that is being consumed by the Confederacy. Over the course of several maps, you defend your Strongholds from basic soldiers to spider-walkers. While you can build your turrets and traps, you can also fight it out with muskets, rocket launchers and machine guns man-to-man!
The surreal effect of the entire game projects of war and a vague story reminded me a lot of Gone with the Blastwave, the game has a lot of addictive gameplay bundled with it. Based on the Quake 3 engine, the game looks decent enough by today’s standards and will run on most computers. However, many of the game’s features seem incomplete. Nevertheless the developers are actively at work, and have even started integrating Steamworks with their game.
Oh, yeah, did I tell you? This game is available on Steam for $7.99 this week only. Go buy it now! Orâ€¦ wait for my review that can take anywhere between one day and two years to arrive.