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.
In case you've been living under a rock or just waiting on NieR: Automata (thanks for the delay Amazon!), Nintendo just launched its newest console. Whether it's a success or a failure remains to be seen, but many people have bought themselves this shiny new console for their home. It's been a while since we've seen this sheer amount of excitement over a console, and a Nintendo one, no less, considering the amount of goodwill they probably have since the Wii U.
But the QP has been having endless buzz over the Switch, despite concerns over hardware faults in the Joy-Con or cheaply produced docks. Personally, I'd love one despite the lack of software on day one. I mean, I could play Zelda while at work. And not a handheld Zelda either. A proper, huge console-designed Zelda! Asides from that, it's all about the love of having shiny new tech in your hands. So that's what this month's bloggers wanted will be about: console launches, the hype and the release into getting it into your hands.
To participate, title your blog "Let's Do Launch: [your title here]" and use the "Bloggers Wanted" tag, and in a general sense, talk about your favorite launches. We've had the PS4 and Xbone years back but were we genuinely excited or just looking forward to it? Or how about where you were when the GameCube released? Don't worry too much about celebrating the exact launch date, either. I still clearly remember the time I got my Sega Genesis from Costco, complete in a bundle with Ecco the Dolphin and Donald Duck's QuackShot.
Don't worry about being positive or timely. Did you grow up to see the Vectrex launch? Go ahead and enlighten us youngins about how much of a love/hate relationship you may or may not have. Still rocking an Ngage? I'm sure you are. So how did it feel to purchase such a mistake of the universe? Go ahead and let us know, and eventually, we'll get around to promoting it to the front page!
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