So it’s been two years since I self published Every One Fight, Bold Curves, A Thief at the Gala and Sector Bomb. How have my…
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We’ve been down this road before, but it was bumpier, a little jittery, and underpowered. Acceleration was poor and the brakes squealed, but it was our first ride. We’d paid for it with our own money and no one could tell us where we could go or what we allowed to listen to.
It’s 11:45pm, and I’m determined to try on the murder suit. Is it a murder suit? I’m sure my machine is going to curse at me. I haven’t run anything this demanding since, well, ever. So I launch it. You know, click “Play” on Steam.
PC gamers have it rough. Not only must we build and maintain our hardware, cover all of the associated costs of ownership, we’ve got to wade through what is – in 2015-16 – an endless sea of game bundles, remakes and remasters, demakes and community made mods. Sometimes the game we want isn’t even on our preferred platform, and we need turn to a console, be it the Wii U, PS3/4 or XBox 360/One.
Where does the best experience live, and how do you find it?
As always, if you’re in a rush, you can skip right to my list of the best game vendors in the industry.
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Humble Bundle, Indie Gala, Indie Royale, Bundle Stars and more. Choose what you pay bundles have become a go-to for budget gamers to fill out their otherwise sparse libraries. Some bundles even consist of music, movies, tutorials, courses, books and comics. In these cases your choice is obvious; buy if you appreciate the content, but as often happens, gamers face more subtle and frustrating annoyances.
Published/Developed by Facepalm Games – Link
Platform(s): XBox 360, Playstation 3/4/Vita and PC (Windows)
Retails via Digital Download
Steam ($14.99 CDN) -|- Direct from Developer $14.99 (CDN) -|-
GOG.com for $14.99 -|- XBox Marketplace for $14.99
Playstation Network for $14.99 – Search Results
I crept more than jumped at the chance to play The Swapper. Moody, dark, lonely games aren’t my usual fare. I prefer stories of hope with dramatic events. You are the unnamed and not so intrepid space suit bound adventurer unraveling an abandoned mining project. Did Theseus dig too deep? What has become of the crew?
Published/Developed by Drinkbox Studios
Platform(s): XBox 360, Playstation 3/4 and Vita, Windows, Linux & Mac
Retails via Digital Download and Your Local Gaming Retailer
Developer for $14.99 (Gold Edition)
Steam for $14.99 (Gold Edition) or $14.99 (Super Turbo Championship Edition)
GOG.com for $14.99 (STCE) -|- XBox Marketplace for $14.99 (STCE)
Playstation Network for $14.99 (Standard) or $14.99 (STCE) – Search Results
Note: The Gold and Super Turbo Champion Edition has been made available at the same price point with content differences and improved gameplay features. Changes included retuned levels, more combat, extra visual details and a “charge mode” that grants your character temporary bonuses. That’s it. Buy the ones your friends have or just buy STCE.
If a mask and tights are adequate protection and wrestling moves your preferred weapon, Juan, the broad-chested hero of Guacamelee! is your luchador. Armed with supernatural powers and the aid of master-taught abilities, his somewhat typical quest pays tribute the games that inspired it. Rescue El Presidente’s daughter and defeat the skull-headed mastermind, Carlos Calaca.
Published/Developed by Dylan Fitterer
Platform: (PC) Windows
Retails via Digital Download
Developer’s Site for $9.99 (USD) -|- Steam for $10.99 (CDN)
Consider also: Audiosurf 2 (my review) for $16.99 CDN via Steam or Direct for $14.99 USD
This heavily stylized ride puts you on an electronic superhighway generated by any piece of music you feed it. Threading through colored blocks to collect matching sequences while avoiding others contributes to a score which is immediately posted online to integrated leaderboards. Released on Steam in 2008, Dylan Fitterer’s AudioSurf has crested on the PC to the pleasure of many rhythm game enthusiasts.