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langurmonkey: Is this game as hard as the Contra games?
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PenutBrittle: Not really, I didn't find it hard. More or less medium difficulty. You can take multiple hits, which is the key difference from the older shooters.
Just picked this up with a few other indies and DLC add ons. Played for about 30-40 minutes so far, and it's a blast. I'll second the recommendation for it.
Word of warning on Ghost Master. I have the Steam version and it doesn't run on modern AMD drivers. Something in the last year or two of driver updates broke the game. I'm not sure if every other version of the game has the issue or not.
Alright who's the one that just went and broke Steam?
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carnival73: Alright who's the one that just went and broke Steam?
It was a tall and short man, he went running that way ->
Dear Esther is in flash sale: £1.74 here. Well worth for one of the most atmospheric (non)games ever made
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Hawk52: Word of warning on Ghost Master. I have the Steam version and it doesn't run on modern AMD drivers. Something in the last year or two of driver updates broke the game. I'm not sure if every other version of the game has the issue or not.
That and the reason Omikron : The Nomad Soul screwed up is WHY i switched to Nvidia it has to do with AMD and the steam interface the only workaround is to get the *.exe Nocd patch but it also means you won't have access to the steam community in game that's the only workaround for the time being until AMD get their finger out and fix the problems
Post edited November 22, 2012 by fr33kSh0w2012
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amok: Interestingly, this summer was the only sale I did not buy a single game from Steam. I felt I had what I wanted, and the games I was interested in did not go on sale. If this continue, I will survive this sale also.
I bought quite a few games on the summer sale (Steam and elsewhere), and that was when I decided I should stop buying games. I only bought a couple since then, and yesterday I didn't even check Steam, which is unheard of. :)

Looking now, there's nothing which really interests me. I mean, there is, and a few games on my wish list are even discounted, but knowing that I won't play them I'll just pass. Unless they get a 75% discount suddenly. :)

Edit: I take it back. 90% off is always tempting. Toki Tori for $0.49 or Zeno Clash for $0.99 is not bad.
Post edited November 22, 2012 by ET3D
I'm broke so no steam sale for me!
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etna87: I followed the "sort indie games by price" advice by someone here and saw that Puzzle Dimension is 0.62€ right now (shows 2.50€ as regular price, maybe a pricing mistake?). It got pretty good reviews and looks like it could be fun.
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Asbeau: Well spotted, I got addicted to Puzzle Quest on 360, so I bought this in the hope it's more of the same.
I don't know Puzzle Quest, but I believe Puzzle Dimension has nothing to do with it. Sorry to possibly disappoint you...
I did not want to describe it, as I have not played it yet - I just saw that it got good reviews, and my brother likes it (and I usually like puzzle games).
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Asbeau:
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etna87: I don't know Puzzle Quest, but I believe Puzzle Dimension has nothing to do with it. Sorry to possibly disappoint you...
I did not want to describe it, as I have not played it yet - I just saw that it got good reviews, and my brother likes it (and I usually like puzzle games).
Yeah, I got a bit mixed up here. I actually bought Puzzle Kingdoms, which is very similar to Puzzle Quest and made by the same people.
I know there was an X-Com thread on here, but just for anyone who might be on the fence I'll give some thoughts.

I didn't discover X-Com until 2010 when I found Kikoskia's Let's Play of it. Since then I've put around 100 hours into it total, and played a bunch of spinoffs and retries.

Firaxis's X-Com is X-Com, but a simpler and in many ways more frustrating experience. The original X-Com was hard, it was dickish but it was fair. The aliens always played by the same rules, and once you knew the rules you understood it. The remake isn't like that. The remake flat out luck screws you. I've had aliens I couldn't see walk around corners knowing exactly where my soldier was, in cover, and kill them with a point blank shot. Absolutely nothing I could do. Then you have moments where the aliens will get critical shots in a row, killing even the most armored soldier you have. To me, I get the feeling that the game is out to screw me, where as the original X-Com was hard but firm in it's rules. The remake plays by it's own rules and seems to change them on the fly.

There's a whole bunch of things you can complain about mechanically such as the artificial increases in "panic" the game throws at you to simulate a world teetering, while keeping you restrained to one base which limits the global feel of the game, or the limited squad size (which makes absolutely no sense) but those issues are minor compared to how fickle the game can be.

If you enjoy modding your games, X-Com will probably be amazing in time. But given the glacial pace in patching by the devs, if you're not, I'm not sure if the game is ever going to get substantially better then it is.
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Hawk52: Word of warning on Ghost Master. I have the Steam version and it doesn't run on modern AMD drivers. Something in the last year or two of driver updates broke the game. I'm not sure if every other version of the game has the issue or not.
Works fine for me with AMD drivers.
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Hawk52: I know there was an X-Com thread on here, but just for anyone who might be on the fence I'll give some thoughts.

I didn't discover X-Com until 2010 when I found Kikoskia's Let's Play of it. Since then I've put around 100 hours into it total, and played a bunch of spinoffs and retries.

Firaxis's X-Com is X-Com, but a simpler and in many ways more frustrating experience. The original X-Com was hard, it was dickish but it was fair. The aliens always played by the same rules, and once you knew the rules you understood it. The remake isn't like that. The remake flat out luck screws you. I've had aliens I couldn't see walk around corners knowing exactly where my soldier was, in cover, and kill them with a point blank shot. Absolutely nothing I could do. Then you have moments where the aliens will get critical shots in a row, killing even the most armored soldier you have. To me, I get the feeling that the game is out to screw me, where as the original X-Com was hard but firm in it's rules. The remake plays by it's own rules and seems to change them on the fly.

There's a whole bunch of things you can complain about mechanically such as the artificial increases in "panic" the game throws at you to simulate a world teetering, while keeping you restrained to one base which limits the global feel of the game, or the limited squad size (which makes absolutely no sense) but those issues are minor compared to how fickle the game can be.

If you enjoy modding your games, X-Com will probably be amazing in time. But given the glacial pace in patching by the devs, if you're not, I'm not sure if the game is ever going to get substantially better then it is.
That was helpful, as I was considering it. My own two cents, as I've downloaded a bunch of games to test out for buying.

Of orcs and men: the story seems interesting but the combat system feels awfull to me. It's like playing rock-paper-scissor without knowing what the opponent will choose, pretty frustrating. Might make sense if you invest enough time, but I don't feel like trying right now.

Dishonoured: The gameplay seemed real nice, but the story pretty predictable so far (just about the beginning of the 2nd mission). I think I'll get this one if there's a half decent deal.

Borderlands 2: Weird graphics style, but otherwise appears to be a decent shooter. RPG aspect seems more centered on upgrading your shooting than in exploration. I might get this one too, but it needs to be a sweet deal.

I briefly tried a bunch of others, but these were the only ones I got a definite impression of
Anyone know if I can mix and match Max Payne 3 + Season Pass? The base game is cheaper on GamersGate, but the Season Pass is cheaper on Steam.
And holy cow... 28.5 GB download.
Post edited November 22, 2012 by SCPM
New Flash sales:
Simcity 4 (-70%) £2.99
Amnesia the Dark Descent (-75% £3.24
Tower Wars (-50%) £3.49