Now that the Steam Sale is finally over, I guess it's time to assess the damage. So, in about two weeks, I got the following games:
Borderlands 2 (base game only)
Battleblock Theater (you might start to see a pattern here)
Transformers: War for Cybertron
Dishonored (base game only)
Cloudbuilt Super House of the Dead Ninjas
One Way Heroics
Zeno Clash 2
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Swords and Soldiers
and ms. Splosion Man
So yeah, quite the haul! 17 new games, although I can't get one of them to run properly, and I think I paid about 20 to 30 bucks total. It helps that I managed to get Brütal Legend, Gone Home, Dishonored and Enslaved all off of Trading Card money. I had a lot of games left that I could idle for their cards, and when all of the Summer Sale trading cards go for $0,20 a pop that adds up quick!
All in all, I think I did quite well. I got a lot of new games to play in co-op with my IRL friend (although of course everyone on Dtoid is also welcome to invite me to play!), and some games I've been meaning to check out by myself. From what I've already played, they were good choices indeed! Some quick comments about the few games I've already spent some time with:
Monaco is way more difficult than it first appears, and it's taking me quite a while to get accustomed to it. You need to be patient for this game, but for some reason I can't put myself to be patient. It also doesn't help that my friend tends to pick the Mole and bashes through fucking everything.
Battleblock Theater is super fun. Funny too. That's all you really need to know. Go get it.
Gone Home is an interesting experiment. Most people seem to hate it, but I think it was good for what it was. It's not the next step in video game storytelling some critics made it out to be, but it doesn't deserve the mainstream hate either. The ending felt kind of simplistic, but I thought the rest of the relationship was pretty endearing. Definitely not a game worth the $20 it normally goes for, but for $3 (or nothing, if you get it from trading cards) it's completely fine. I've paid more money for worse games, at any rate.
Enslaved is beautiful, and I really like the relation between Trip and Monkey so far. I think it's interesting that they're both slaves to one another: Trip has Monkey completely under her control, but at the same time she has to follow Monkey's orders if she wants to survive. And when the mutual slavery starts to turn into a more respectful understanding, it becomes quite an interesting dynamic. Gameplay-wise it feels like Prince of Persia 2008, except not shit. The camera doesn't always agree with me (to put it mildy), but otherwise a good game.
Finally, Dishonored has me incredibly impressed. Goddamn this game is good. The devs managed to create a fascinating world of slums combined with magic, which you can explore to your heart's content. Moreover, the stealth gameplay combined with magic powers is incredibly satisfying. Your Teleport (Blink) in particular is loads of fun, because you almost feel like you're cheating at the game. Dishonored makes you feel like you're super smart for figuring out that you can simply take to the rooftops to bypass a difficult enemy, even though the devs obviously intended for you to be able to do that. The only game that ever made me feel like I was cheating (even though I was not), was Portal 2, but ever since I've been looking for a game that manages to pull off something similar. I've finally found it! When I bought this game, I wasn't sure I was going to like it, which is why I only bought the base game, but I'm already beating myself up over not getting the DLC as well. Dishonored might very well get on spot on my favorites list, it does everything right for me.
Finally, I want to extend a word of thanks to Sir Davies, who recommended that I play Dishonored with all of the HUD turned off. That was a great idea that is getting me even more immersed in a game that already makes you feel like the sneakiest badass.
Last week, in the quick posts of Destructoid's community, we saw the rise and fall of community manager Wesley J. Russow. He rose to prominence with his immutable power, only to see it come crashing down as the working class clambered beneath him and tore him down. Truly, the life and times of Westopher G. Raggamuffins was a lesson in live fast, burn hot, crash spectacularly.
Wes went from community darling to lovable despot over the course of a few days. It was a thing of beauty to behold. Truly, nothing is better to witness than a real-life heel turn. Wrestling is nothing without these terms after all. A "Face" is a good guy wrestler who fights the man, stands up for the little guy, and fights fairly while still winning. A "Heel", on the other hand, is a despicable, dastardly villain or even anti-hero. I loved Kurt Angle's antics as this gold medal Olympic winner turned wrestler who wasn't necessarily as likable as his gold medals imply. I loved hating that guy! A good heel is fun to hate, and there's nothing quite like the gasp of shock when watching the turn, when a face uses dirty tricks and turns into a heel.
Let me ask you this: is Kratos a hero? Before we see Kratos return in what I'd call Dad of War, let's not forget Kratosâ€™ sordid past as a hero. In the first game, it was a revenge tale. It was a story of a mythical Spartan warrior who wanted revenge on the God of War who betrayed him. But as the series went on, it became a story about the lengths Kratos would go to justify his vendetta against people who wronged him. He would literally destroy the world just to destroy his enemies. Sure, we played as him, and we were taken on a ride, but would you really put your bet behind him and say, "Yeah, look at that hero!"
This month's Bloggers Wanted is about your favorite heel-turns or anti-heroes (in case a heel turn is too specific). Do you like it when Ryu turns into Evil Ryu? Or maybe you like Injustice, with its built in heel-turn Superman? I won't claim to understand the time line of Revolver Ocelot between Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriots, but I love that knucklehead.
To participate, just start a blog in our community section and title it "Heel-turn: [your blog title here]." Write to your heart's content, and if its up to snuff, you'll see your stuff published on the front page! Just remember, you're telling us about your favorite heel-turns and anti-heroes, not becoming one yourself, like Wes. Rest in spaghetti, never forghetti.
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