Trouble Thinking

July 5, 2011

Steam Update Again: Yes

Filed under: Game News — Tags: , , , , — Durandal @ 4:16 pm

Because you all need me to guide you through these troubled times, I appear bearing

Things you need to buy:

AI War: 3 dollars. Three fucking dollars. It’s as cheap as it will ever be. I don’t know if you know this, but AI War is the only RTS you will ever need. It’s a massive, sprawling single-player experience that’s unequaled by any other game in the genre. It’s a randomized cavalcade of interesting strategy every time you start it up. It’s fun with friends and a grand old time and FUCKING BUY IT jesus I hate you all

Stalker Shadow of Chernbyl: For $5 you get a game that’s almost unique in the genre. It’s a bit like the new Bethesda Fallout games, only it’s better because it’s Russian. It straddles the line between RPG-ish freeform game and linear shooter, but it does a damn good job of straddling that line. Fun, interesting, well worth $5. Get the Stalker Complete mod, which is easy to install, in order to crank the graphics up to pretty much modern.

Deus Ex: Look, just grab it, why not? It’s a great old game, a bit long in the tooth graphically but still good fun.

Monday Night Combat: It’s not TF2, it’s not League of Legends, it’s not quite well balanced enough to be a classic, but it is its own brand of really fun gameplay. Well worth the $3.74.

Things you could buy but whatever

Monkey Island: Fun series I suppose, but I mean, you probably know if you want this already

Shift 2 Unleashed: who cares

Wings of Prey: Middling reviews, but if you like plane games well, you only really get like 2 of these a decade right?

Civilization 5: I know it’s silly, but the balance/AI complaints have been so highlighted in this version that I feel like anything I do doesn’t “count”. If you like Civ games, you either have this or you’ll get it now.

King Arthur: I’m actually downloading the demo, because it looked kind of interesting. I’ll see if it’s worth $3.

Things only an asshole would buy

Call of Duty 4: $10 for what, a shitty single player campaign and a community of people who will immediately eviscerate you?

Guild Wars Trilogy: I’m not saying it’s irrelevant now that the sequel has been announced but I am saying don’t buy it because it’s irrelevant now that the sequel has been announced.

Beat Hazard: Argh, this game was not much fun when I tried the demo. Get Audiosurf to play with your music collection.

 

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