I'm growing older all the time. It's getting to the point where it's embarrassing.
I think Dark Souls is a work of art that belongs in a museum. The Royal Ontario Museum disagrees, but I think I'm starting to wear them down.
When I was in grade 5 I went to school as Robin for Halloween. The costume was basically a pair of green lady tights and a tunic that had to be Velcroed at the crotch like a baby's onesie. My self esteem never fully recovered.
I believe Alan Wake was criminally under-appreciated. It's unclear if this notion stems from a legitimate love of the game, or my loyalty to any piece of media that is going to include tracks from Nick Cave, Poe, and Depeche Mode.
Some of my stuff has been front-paged. I'm super proud!
Halloween is just about upon us and so are the results of my SPOOOKY STEAM GIVE AWAY! But much like the psycho killer in a slasher flick, just when you thought it was over, the undead corpse of my contest has sprung to life with one final murderous offering!
I'm adding one of my very favourite spooky games of all time to the list. A title so near and dear to my unbeating heart that I have no idea how I thought I could have a Halloween give away without it – Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines!
Set in Whitewolf's grim World of Darkness universe, you take on the role of a fledgling vampire trying to survive not only the horrible hunger that now consumes you, but the deadly decedent court of vampire politics, merciless hunters, an ancient curse, and even stranger things that lurk in the night.
It combines the best elements of a Deus Ex style hub-world and a deeply customizable RPG. Every problem has more than one solution, and every play through is different from the next. It might look laughably rough by today's standards, but in terms of game design, its still leading the pack.
Vampire: Bloodlines has one of the most surreal and fascinating development histories I know of. Pushed out the door by a money-bleeding Troika Games and an almost hostile Activision in a rushed and unfinished state, Bloodlines was panned in reviews and left to die an ignominious death on the clearance rack.
But some fans saw through the (many) imperfections and did what they could to help the game live up to it's astounding potential. Data mining out cut content, working with former devs, squashing bugs and even adding new characters and storylines, Bloodlines was resurrected by it's passionate (some might say obsessive) fans. And much like the undead protagonists of its story, it doesn't show any sign of stopping. Nearly a decade later and Bloodlines is still seeing the occasional patch or mod. Its just that good.
The games up for grabs again are -
The Alan Wake Franchise (includes DLC and American Nightmare)
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
The Binding of Isaac (includes Wrath of the Lamb)
Fallout 3: GOTY Edition (includes the spooktacular Point Lookout along with all the other DLC packs)
Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
But wait, there's more!
Our friend OpiumHerz has kicked in a few games to add to up the spooky factor!
Now the package also includes -
Nation Red and
Pathologic (on GoG)
Thanks again amigo!
Again, all you need to do to enter is tell us your favourite game to play during the Halloween season in the comments of either blog. As ever, the games are yours to do with as you want, play them, re-gift them, trade them – so don't worry if you already have a few of these titles, everyone is free to enter!
I'll pull a random name on Halloween night and post the lucky winner. Have a happy Halloween everyone!