Humble Bundle Inc has just released their fifth collection of video games and it is a dizzying collection.
LIMBO, Bastion, Sword & Sworcery, Psyconaughts, and Amnesia: The Dark Decent, PLUS all 5 soundtracks all available to you for the total price of…. you choose.
That’s right, keeping with tradition, Humble Bundle allows you to set the price you pay for all 5 games (though in order to access Bastion you need to pay more than the average customer, currently less than $8). Did I mention you even get to choose what percentage goes to the developers, to Humble Bundle Inc, and to the charities EFF and Child’s Play?
Buy it for yourself, buy it for a friend, you’ve not had a chance to get hipster cred this cheaply since you found that collage of 90s movie posters at goodwill. Just click the link here.
Oh, and hurry, the sale ends June 14th
Here’s a link to an interesting article by Venture Beat in an interview with one of the creators of Journey, Jenova Chen, claiming that PS3 owners seek out more artistic forms of gaming.
I’ve spent hours trying to figure out what makes Dark Souls such an engrossing game, trying to find out what new feature utilized by the people of From Software that created a game so difficult, yet so inherently rewarding that its garnered a cult fanbase devoted to subjecting themselves to the murderous rampage of this game playthrough after playthrough after playthrough. Strange thing was, every aspect I explored was met with examples that already existed in other games. Simple controls, flexible battle system, cooperative gameplay, an immersive world to explore, and the incredible difficultly that has become an internet fad with games like Super Meat Boy, I Wanna Be the Guy, and Splosionman.
Ico is a game that could not have existed in the ’90’s, yet much of its gameplay and puzzle solving reminds me of games from that era such as Myst and the Legend of Zelda series. Indeed, it most strongly seemed like a 3rd-person installment of Myst. It is an interesting combination, an experiment that paved a way for more peculiar games and arguably began the whole idea of alternative/hipster video games if Myst didn’t already own that distinction.
So now we know why there hasn’t been much news on the upcoming release of Journey. It’s because there IS NO UPCOMING RELEASE. Journey has been delayed until Spring 2012, a bittersweet opportunity to play the other dozen or so great games coming out. I still can’t wait, but now perhaps the delay will enable me to give it the proper attention it deserves.
In case you’re wondering what to expect, here’s a rundown of all the reviews I have planned through the end of the year and a snippit of what I’m expecting.
Right now for what I imagine to be a very limited time Sony is giving away the first episodes for “Back to the Future” and “Blue Toad Murder Files” for free to all Playstation users. This hasn’t been widely advertised so be sure to at least “purchase” the game which will unlock it for download even if they later go back to full price. Be sure to tell your friends to do the same!
The almost universal opinion on Catherine floating around the net right now is that this is a game that does choice right. It sheds the typical polarity that dominates games that utilize morality. Infamous, Mass Effect, and Fable all fall into the habit of creating a situation where, if you don’t commit to your allegiance right from the start, the bulk of the perks and end game benefits are lost. Forcing you to align yourself with a particular extreme, Hero or Infamous, Paragon or Renegade, right from the start. Doing this causes all dilemma that is essential to a game that is trying to challenge your beliefs to be lost. The choices cease to be choices and simply become a strategy based on your particular play style. Catherine does this differently, and succeeds these other attempts by miles.
Again, SPOILER WARNING, these dissections of the story are uncensored so viewer discretion is advised.
There are so many promising games coming up that I can’t wait to play, but at the top of this list is Catherine. Out July 26th, I already have my copy reserved to be at my door that day.
If someone tries to sue Atlus over this game because they didn’t know there were “sexual themes,” I will simply direct their attention to the cover art they somehow overlooked. This is certainly not a game for your 6 year old, but it’s also definitely not a lewd Leisure Suit Larry knock-off.