Spent most of the last week playing Shadowrun Returns. I was initially put off by the amount of text – not enough gameplay for me – but eventually and game won me over. The story is linear, but good, and like Deus Ex you'll find different character builds have different ways of dealing with obstacles. My main complaint is the save system – no quicksaves, so make sure you have 45 min free when you start a session. Still, good stuff. There are already tons of mods in the works, including a remake of the SNES title. Plus, with the minimal system requirements this is a game anyone with a PC can enjoy.
* It's finally out! If you want it, I suggest getting it on their website – it's only $8 there, and that gets you a DRM-free version, a Steam version, and the soundtrack. There's a demo there, too. Downloads are handled through the Humble Bundle store. So far the Steam key and soundtrack are up, but not the DRM-free version.
* Hammerwatch is a Gauntlet-like game with pixel graphics, 4-player coop (online and local), and RPG and puzzle elements mixed in for good measure. Comes with a full editor, too. I'll try to have some impressions next week.
* It's like a Humble Bundle, but with Japanese indie games. I don't know much about the Doujin scene, but there are some cool looking titles in here, representing a lot of genres. As a Western gamer, I was caught by War of the Human Tanks (strategy), Ether Vapor (schmup), and Yatagarasu (fighting). Cherry Tree Comedy Club looks fun, too, and it and Ether Vapor come with Steam codes. All offer DRM-free versions as well. The bundle is up for a few more days, and the minimum is based on how many of the games you choose for your bundle. It's a little over $5 max, so it's about the same as the Humble Bundles.
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