The human mind is drawn to sales. It’s less the impact of the sale price itself, but the opportunity of a good deal and the potential to save money that settles in the dark recesses of the brain.
Plenty of variety to be had this week. Even if you can’t tear yourself away from The Witcher 3 when it’s released on Tuesday, there’s plenty to stock up on to see you through the summer lul – especially for Strategy and RPG fans.
In addition to Capcom’s sales, Iceberg Interactive is featured in the publisher weekend sale this week. A number of games including Horizon and Starpoint Gemini 2 are bundled at 80% off, or individual titles can be picked up at various discounts.
gog.com has two deals currently ongoing.
The first is the Darksiders Series pack, which nets Darksiders and the superb Darksiders II with DLC and soundtracks for $17.47. Not a huge saving, but not bad. Vigil’s games are slightly rough around the edges, but offer plenty of Zelda-esque gameplay wrapped up in a gorgeous artstyle, courtesy of famed comic book artist Joe Madureira. It’s a shame that the studio never got to finish the series before they got caught up in the fallout surrounding THQ’s bankruptcy.
The second is the Witcher series sale, with the first two Witcher games discounted to under $2 each in anticipation for the upcoming The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. Both are great, though the first game is undoubtedly starting to show its age. Still, if you want to catch up on the series before the third game arrives on Tuesday you can’t go wrong. Just don’t expect to be able to finish them both before Wild Hunt arrives – they’re both huge.
Indie Game Stand has Unrest as its pay-what-you-want deal, an adventure RPG focused on story and choices set in ancient India. It’s a decent game, with an interesting art style and a unique setting that makes it stand out.
Bundle Stars has its usual staples this week, plus S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Call of Pripyat in the Killer 3 bundle, which can never be recommended enough.
- Killer 3 bundle ($4.99 for 10 games.)
- Victory Mega bundle ($2.99 for 14 games.)
- Tex Murphy bundle ($2.49 for 5 games.)
- GRID 2 Complete bundle ($14.99 for GRID 2 + 11 DLC)
- LEGO Super Heroes bundle ($14.99 for 5 games.)
- Guardians of Middle Earth bundle ($4.99 for Guardians of Middle Earth + 7 DLC)
- Shadow of Mordor bundle ($29.99 for Shadow of Mordor + 18 DLC)
- Reboot 4.0 bundle ($2.99 for 6 games.)
- Reboot 2.0 bundle ($2.99 for 6 games.)
- Hacker (Reloaded) bundle ($2.99 for 13 games.)
- RPG Champions bundle ($4.99 for 6 games.)
- Reboot 7.0 bundle ($2.99 for 6 games and DLC.)
- Reboot 3.0 bundle ($2.99 for 6 games.)
- Blaze of Glory bundle ($3.49 for 6 games.)
Shadow of Mordor is a solid choice, though the DLC is rather spotty. Dale awarded Monolith’s open-world take on Tolkien’s universe 7/10 in his Shadow of Mordor review, enjoying the solid combat and the clever Nemesis system. He didn’t enjoy the empty-feeling world and under-cooked story, however.
If you’re a fan of slightly-shonky RPGs meanwhile, the RPG Champions bundle offers Two Worlds, its much better sequel (and expansion), Gorky 17, then pretty ancient Septerra Core and Enclave. Not bad for the price (Two Worlds 2 is worth it alone).
New this week on IndieGala is unfortunately just a new Monday bundle.
- The Lords of the Fallen bundle ($22.99 for Lords of the Fallen +5 DLC.)
- The Adventure Mega bundle ($4.99 for 11 games.)
- Hump Day bundle ($3.49 for 13 games.)
- Monday bundle ($2.99 for 6 games.)
- Friday bundle ($4.36 for 12 games.)
The Monday bundle looks decent, especially given Gunslugs 2. The Friday bundle is familiar from weeks past, and is still a reasonably decent deal if experimental indie games are to your genre tastes. Lords of the Fallen is flawed, but there’s fun to be found in its Dark Souls-lite gameplay. Brian Kale awarded it 6/10 in his review, concluding that it’s a solid foundation on which to build a franchise but lacking a little in terms of world building and narrative.
The Humble Paradox Bundle is the star this week. For strategy fans on PC, you can do a lot worse given some of the titans included. Crusader Kings II is no stranger to the Weekly Gaming Deals, and is one of the best grand strategy games money can buy. With Victoria II, Europa Universalis IV and Hearts of Iron III also included depending on how much you pay, it’ll be a long time before you’ll need to buy another strategy title again.
Pay what you want to get War of the Roses: Kingmaker, Magicka + Other Side of the Coin and Horror Prop item packs, Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition, Victoria II, Magicka Wizard Wars Platypus Wizard Robe and a “Helping Heart” Paradox Forum Icon.
Pay above the current average of $5.90, and you’ll also unlock Hearts of Iron III, Impire, Crusader Kings II (with the Sons of Abraham expansion), and a soundtrack. Stretch to paying $15, and you’ll also get Europa Universalis IV and its Conquest of Paradise expansion.
Meanwhile, this week’s weekly bundle is Humble Weekly RPG Edition Book II and will net you Fate: Hero and its sequel, Paper Sorcerer and bit Dungeon II. Pay above the average (currently $3.76), and you’ll also unlock retro-styled RPG Piers Solar and the Great Architects, SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition, Rollers of the Realm and Agarest: Generations of War Collector’s Edition.
Finally, there’s the Humble Mobile bundle 12, with an average of $3.90. Pay what you want for The Last Express, Spaceteam and Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous; or, pay above the current average of $3.90 and you’ll also get Monument Valley, Blek, Joe Danger, Groundkeeper2 and Highrise Word Heroes
For mobile gamers, that’s a pretty great deal considering that some of those games usually cost more than the current average by themselves. Monument Valley is absolutely superb, and the mobile port of Joe Danger does an excellent job of translating Hello Games’ 2d stunt-a-thon to touchscreen controls.
The highlight though has to be The Last Express, Jordan Mechner’s unique real-time adventure. Brian Kale took a retrospective look at the game just recently, awarding it a score of 10/10 and declaring it a “masterpiece”. You can check out his look at the game here.
If you don’t know what Destiny is yet, then you must have been living under a rock for the last few months, but check out Kyle’s Destiny review. He awarded Bungie’s first post-Halo game a score of 6/10 thanks to its monotonous gameplay and lack of content, but there’s no doubting that it’s proved rather popular.
Microsoft is following suit on Destiny this week, with Deals with Gold offering the not-an-MMO and its season pass bundled for $29.99.
Saints Row IV and its recent standalone expansion Gat Out of Hell also slide into Deals with Gold, though they aren’t headlined in the promotions page.
Nintendo’s Offers page continues to state the Mario vs Donkey Kong Tipping Stars cross-buy program. There are also two unique sales: the Shin-en Spring sale, and the Capcom Spring Sale.
Highlights include the rather excellent side scrolling beat-em-up-cum-RPG Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara on Wii U for $5.99, and Resident Evil Revelations on Wii U for $15.99.