June 22nd marks the 10th anniversary of the smashingly awesome FPS-RPG-stealth hybrid Deus Ex. Built on the basis of real-world conspiracy theories, you take on the role of government agent J.C. Denton as he sent on riskier and riskier missions. Soon he unravels a far reaching conspiracy that threatens the existence and world and trust me when I say that this game has very little clichÃ©s on the way.
Every mission in Deus Ex has more than one way of going about and for a game released in 2000, this is a big achievement. You could either go gung ho towards your objective, killing anyone and everyone standing in your way, or you could depend on some stealth and sneak through to your objective, or use a backdoor or an alternate route to reach the goal. Add to it nanotech augmentations that make J.C. more than human, and you have the seamless blend of Role-Playing powers and First Person immersion.
But enough of the game true fans will forever remain true fans of this cult classic. Steam is offering both the original Deus Ex and the slightly flawed sequel Deus Ex: Invisible War for a 75% discount! This means that both games are up for a total of $4.98. Go buy this classic this instant and prepare yourself for Human Revolution!
Real Time Pig Capturing Strategy is now a few mouse clicks away from you!
When I heard the name Sacraboar, I thought it would be yet another fantasy game about a sacred boar and — what? A sacred boar? Pig capturing strategy?
That’s right, in this game, you are given a set of units and you have to defend your boar while trying to capture the enemy’s boar. This is an RTS (Real Time Strategy) game that has no pesky resource gathering and all the other oddoties. It’s like chess only it’s in 3D, it’s indie and it has pigs. Needless to say, this is aimed for the multiplayer folks and its matchmaking and advancement interfaces are very similar to soccer tourneys.
This great indie game is available on Impulse for $3.99. Yes! Amazing piggy gaming for dirt cheap prices!
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!
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?
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!
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?
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.
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!
If you are expecting a long drawn post on what exactly makes the Dawn of War (DoW) series of games so darn good, then you will be disappointed. I do not think I can objectively look at a game that I played through high school with earnest. Sure, it was a gory, violent game. Sure, it was rated M and I played it just as I entered my teens. It’s not like I’ve managed to become a serial chaos killer now, have I?
I have, however, become a lover of all things Warhammer: 40,000.
So, when I hear Dawn of War Gold Edition is 50% Off on Impulsein my email, I can only tell you, reader, to go ahead and buy it. For $9.99 I can hardly think of a better deal on a bundle. Go forth and buy, minions!