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Save Point: A game deal roundup for the week of July 7

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  1. phoenixrises
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    meta comment: https://primegaming.blog/celebrate-prime-day-2024-with-suicide-squad-kill-the-justice-league-chivalry-2-and-rise-of-the-23c94a652992 Prime gaming is giving away the new Suicide...

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    https://primegaming.blog/celebrate-prime-day-2024-with-suicide-squad-kill-the-justice-league-chivalry-2-and-rise-of-the-23c94a652992

    Prime gaming is giving away the new Suicide Squad, Chivalry 2, and Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary edition next Tuesday! This comment serves as a reminder to myself and to others who probably care more than I do haha.

    5 votes
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    phoenixrises
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    EGS free game of the week: https://store.epicgames.com/en-US/p/the-falconeer
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    1. randomperson
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      I wish it had mouse and keyboard controls as I find it very hard to play with a gamepad compared to other "flying" games, mostly due to the way camera operates using analog stick which doesn't...

      I wish it had mouse and keyboard controls as I find it very hard to play with a gamepad compared to other "flying" games, mostly due to the way camera operates using analog stick which doesn't click for me. Other than that it seems really cool.

  3. kfwyre
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    Her Story is 90% off on Steam. (Which is odd, because we just had the big Steam Sale where it was only 75% off) The game is a short FMV investigation game. You search a database of video clips,...

    Her Story is 90% off on Steam. (Which is odd, because we just had the big Steam Sale where it was only 75% off)

    The game is a short FMV investigation game. You search a database of video clips, entering key words to find different snippets to watch. As you watch those, you uncover more information, which lets you search for more things in order to piece together the bigger picture.

    It's been probably seven or eight years since I've played it, but the game has stuck with me. It's short, innovative, and interesting. The acting is good. The way the game is made is really smart -- I think that, similar to something like Outer Wilds, it's entirely knowledge-gated? It also doesn't overstay its welcome: I'm pretty sure I finished the full thing in only one or two sittings.

    I will say that if you are interested in the game, I highly recommend that you avoid looking up any additional information about it. Due to it being an investigation game, its appeal is toast if you go in with foreknowledge. Do yourself a favor and start it with a blank slate. It's much more interesting and exciting that way.

    3 votes
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    kfwyre
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    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is 85% off over at Fanatical. That's a new historical low and beats the Steam Sale price by an additional 10%. The game is made by a former Castlevania producer...

    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is 85% off over at Fanatical. That's a new historical low and beats the Steam Sale price by an additional 10%.

    The game is made by a former Castlevania producer who successfully Kickstarted it as a spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. If you liked that game, it's probably safe to say you'll like this one.

    Not only did I thoroughly enjoy it, but I ended up putting a lot more time into it than I expected to. The game has a satisfyingly grindy "shard" system where you can gain different abilities from specific enemy drops, and you can re-fight those enemies for additional drops that make those abilities more powerful (I think this mechanic was pulled from Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow?). After beating much of the main game, I stuck around to grind these out, finish up secrets, and go for the 100%.

    If you enjoy the Castlevania formula, it's a steal at its current price.

    3 votes
    1. phoenixrises
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      I didn't participate in the key giveaway for this season but turns out I have an extra key for this! First person who comments and tells me their favorite show they're watching at the moment will...

      I didn't participate in the key giveaway for this season but turns out I have an extra key for this! First person who comments and tells me their favorite show they're watching at the moment will get it!

      1 vote
  5. kfwyre
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    Humble Summer Sims 2: Astragon Anthology I’m on mobile so I’m not going to link out each game like I normally do, but I want to highlight ABRISS. I actually just started playing it a week ago. The...

    Humble Summer Sims 2: Astragon Anthology

    I’m on mobile so I’m not going to link out each game like I normally do, but I want to highlight ABRISS. I actually just started playing it a week ago.

    The game is a physics-based destruction game. The campaign gives you different challenges where you have to use the available building blocks they give you to create a structure that will knock over/explode/destroy your targets. It’s not a one-to-one match, but playing it reminded me of playing The Incredible Machine way back in the day and Boom Blox less back in the day (but still pretty far back there — I’m getting old!).

    Now, while ABRISS is fun and satisfying, it’s also sort of the perfect bundle game. It’s got enough issues that I wouldn’t recommend it at full price, but I definitely think it’s worth picking up in a grouping like this one (assuming you’re interested in some of the other games on offer).

    A big-ish issue is that the game is non-deterministic, so running the same structure repeatedly under the same conditions won’t always yield the same results.

    This is admittedly a design issue in a game like this which feels like it should be deterministic, but it’s also one I can generally look past. Pretty early on in the campaign you get items (e.g. bombs) for which you have to manually time their activation once the level is already in progress. This gives those levels an automatic non-replicable human element anyway (since none of us have perfect split-second timing) that makes the non-deterministic point mostly ignorable for me.

    The other big issue is less forgivable. I haven’t tested this personally, but the reviews for the game say that if you repeat a level, your score gets overwritten. So, if you score 95% destruction on a level and redo it and only get 60%, then you keep the 60% instead of the 95%. That, to me, discourages returning to levels and trying out different creative solutions, which feels like it goes against the spirit of the game.

    Finally, there are some QOL issues. There’s no way to move things as a group in the building mode, so if you make a nice magnificent structure and realize you need to move the whole thing to the left a bit, you have to deconstruct and rebuild it entirely. Also the camera isn’t great. It’s locked a bit which makes it easy and simple, but there are times where I had to go to free-cam to be able to build what I wanted. Neither of these are dealbreakers though.

    All told I’d recommend the game in the context of this bundle or on sale. It’s ultimately quite satisfying to build things for the exclusive purpose of destruction.

    EDIT: Forgot to mention that the game runs great on Linux via Proton.

    2 votes
  6. Wes
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    Build your own Jubilant Bundle, a rock solid bundle from Fanatical. Includes many small but well-polished games. I can personally recommend Ittle Dew, but there's lots of other 90%+ rated games...

    Build your own Jubilant Bundle, a rock solid bundle from Fanatical. Includes many small but well-polished games. I can personally recommend Ittle Dew, but there's lots of other 90%+ rated games too.

    2 votes
  7. kfwyre
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    Classic Marathon 2 is now out and free on Steam. Also, in case you missed it, the first game is also free.

    Classic Marathon 2 is now out and free on Steam.

    Also, in case you missed it, the first game is also free.

    1 vote