Stardock’s Impulse digital distribution website has always been one of the premier sites to buy games and other software content provided by Stardock and a variety of other publishers online. Like most other digital distributors, Impulse also caters to a wide audience of gamers and provides special discount sales now and then to boost sales. These sales usually comprise of one or two games or publishers over the weekend or so.
However, since the 30th of August, Impulse has over a hundred games on sale with several publishers lined up in its sale queue. The reason being that this is no ordinary sale! Stardock has partnered with Child’s Play Charity an organization that provides toys and games for sick children in over 60 hospitals in organizing this charity sale called Play for the Cause. A portion of each purchase you make on Impulse between the 30th of August and the 10th of September will go to Child’s Play Charity. The Humble Indie Bundle was also organized along with Child’s Play Charity, if you remember.
The Dragon Age Bundle, King’s Bounty: Gold edition and the THQ Ultimate Bundle are all available for cheap on this sale! Among the publishers are EA, Meridian4, Paradox Interactive, Kalypso Media, the 1C Company and THQ.
So which game will you be buying in the Impulse + Child’s Play Charity sale?
If you are really into espionage and infiltration then the Splinter Cell series would be all too familiar to you. These games bear the trademark name of detailed military insurgency novelist Tom Clancy and are as good as (and in some cases) better than reading one of his novels! Now Steam is offering all the games in the Splinter Cell series ever released for $45.99 on their digital distribution platform! These include the original Splinter Cell, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Splinter Cell Double Agent and the acclaimed next-generation sequel to the series Splinter Cell Conviction deluxe edition!
While the earlier three games are available standalone at $9.99 each, Conviction by itself is $59.99 (deluxe edition) and thus this pack is a great deal!
The Deluxe edition features some great new in-game content including the infiltration mode for extended replayability and co-op fun!
Remember what I told you all about weekend sales being a conspiracy against people like me? Well, Stardock’s Impulse digital distribution platform has only cemented my view on this topic. They have placed an unbelievable blowout sale. With the aggressiveness of such sales, it’s really hard to decide which digital distributor to stick to! Since there are way too many games to actually talk about, I’ll just deal with the best of the lot –
The THQ Ultimate Bundle (with mostly all of THQ’s best games) is half-off at $49.99 with 18 games in it. A stealis not a good-enough phrase to tell you just how awesome this bundle is.
The Hearts of Iron mega bundle contains all the great World War II strategy games for a mere $42.49. Awesome.
Sins of a Solar Empire is down to only $3.99. Yes the game of the year 2008 is less than $5 just for you this weekend. Please buy this. You absolutely have to just to keep it in your collection and experiencing the effects of its awesomeness.
More bundles are here but these are probably the best of the lot that I know of. Go have a blast at the sale and buy me some games too!
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!
Remember the Humble Indie Bundle? The bundle of five great Indie games that you could buy for whatever price? For those who have purchased, or will purchase, Amanita Design has added Samorost 2 a point-and-click flash game as an added bonus!
Amanita Design? Who? Heard of the beautiful, artistic and wonderful Machinarium? These people created that game.
If you have already bought the bundle, you should have received an email right regarding the game’s code. For future buyers, I’m sure you can find all the keys at one place.
Have a great day and support indie gaming!
You are not a retro strategy maniac if you have not played the X-Com series. The five games in this series have defined the genre where it comes to the mash-up of strategy and Science-Fiction. Aliens, mostly, will be what you will be fighting. If you love controlling soldiers and shooting down Independence Day aliens, boy are you going to love this series. Stardock’s digital distribution website, Impulse, has put up the entire series for the unbelievable price of $9.99 for a limited time only. Yes, X-COM: UFO Defense, X-COM: Terror from the Deep, X-COM: Apocalypse, X-COM: Interceptor and X-COM: Enforcer are bundled together in this fabulous limited-time only offer!
X-COM: UFO Defense: Set in 1999 when a strange encounter of the nth kind has happened (do forgive the cheeky reference) UFOs are attacking and disrupting Earth’s skies. As the commander of the formidable X-COM you will defend Earth with the finest technology known to man and add alien tech to your growing arsenal.
X-COM: Terror from the Deep: The slumbering aliens that have crash-landed on our planet do not yet have any sort of organization. Soon, however, a dilapidated computer network seeks to awaken the entire colonization army and wreak havoc on our Earth. X-COM will be doing the needful here as well, saving Earth from these evil colonial aliens!
X-COM: Apocalypse: Alien interference seems to have broken socio-physical fabric of human lifestyle in the last remaining mega-city on Earth. As X-COM prepares to covertly investigate this matter, an unknown danger rears its head.
X-COM: Interceptor: With the depletion of the Earth’s natural resources, corporations and humanity take to the stars. However an old adversary has put a stop to human expansion in the resource rich Frontier region. Command battleships and manage resources in this strategy game!
X-COM: Enforcer: As a 3rd person shooter, this game stands out from the rest of the X-COM roost. As an X-COM special soldier an Enforcer battle hordes of alien invaders with your robotic suit and advanced weaponry.
Do not miss this opportunity to get the entire X-COM series on Impulse for $9.99!