So, The Novelist is out. It’s an indie game on PC about a family and their house. In that house, they have to deal with the fact that they’re all selfish and want their own conflicts to be resolved. It’s a pretty decent game about relationships. It’s almost like a book of sorts. You can read a review here.
It hasn’t been fun reviewing it, despite adoring this concept. In fact, it’s been a massive, personal disappointment. That’s only partially the game’s fault, so don’t expect any negativity there. Still, when recording the following gameplay commentary in the middle of the night, to make up for a lot of lost time before that, it’s harder to relate. There will still be relating and explaining, but it may be lined with some less clear thoughts.
You can gun the entire game in about an hour, so sit back and enjoy it all, if you want an extended demo. The slightly abridged video skips past anything beyond the gross lines though, so if you play it yourself, you’ll be able to discover many more attachments.
We’re still dedicated to bring you gameplay streams, in between game review duties and Half-Life 3 announcements. That’s why for our latest video, we’ll be detailing the Groupees Indie bundle. It’s named after Dan Long, whose moniker is “indie,” but it’s also an indie bundle with indie titles, so it matches up nicely.
Anyway, from this package of seven different titles, we’ll be playing a little 99 Levels to Hell, because we enjoy randomly generated action that goes ever deeper. In the meantime, you can hear what we have to say about the other features of this deal.
If you just wanted games, you can find the Groupees Indie Bundle here.
While Steam sales, Green Man Gaming and more sites are in full effect, there are still some bundles floating around, trying to get in on the action. For instance, the Humble Weekly Sale throws up some of their best titles. Perhaps that’s why this week, they didn’t feel like putting a theme together, instead just offering a grab bag.
From the selection of six Steam games, we’ll be playing some Space Pirates and Zombies, which also goes by the acronym SPAZ. Its space theme sets up a glorious range of loot and open-world adventures. It will give us the freedom to talk about the other neat titles in this bundle.
If you just wanted games, you can find the Humble Weekly Sale here.
In between all the game deals going around for Thanksgiving, there still are several bundles live right now. We should proceed with some more gameplay streams to show you what’s up with those, so we will. Our latest offering comes from the Indie Royale Debut 7 Bundle, which has seven games struggling to get on Steam, with six of them being known now.
To get a look at all the things inside, we will play a little Fleet Buster. It essentially works like tower defense, except it grants you the agency to do things for yourself. At least it keeps us entertained while we detail the rest. It is an unexpectedly loud game though, so plan accordingly when watching the video.
If you just want games, you can find the Debut 7 Bundle here.
It’s the season of sales and that means that every PC gamer in the universe is depleting their resources to a variety of commerce. Not only Steam is having a sale; you may want to check Gamersgate and Green Man Gaming as well. You know we always want the best for you.
While you scour for the game you’d like most, let us tell you about those you’d like least. We recently strung together an unfortunate series of less than stellar games for review. One thing we noticed they had in common is that they both were pulled from Steam. Some games are so poor that people even refuse to sell them. For some reason, we’ll play those games too and we don’t even charge for it. It seems like a missed opportunity now. You’re still free to donate though; just casually dropping that one.
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Our first offering is called Ashes Cricket 2013 and it’s not only bad because it’s cricket. Frankly, if a game could explain to us what the sport is about, we’d be thrilled. We don’t think, however, that a title where characters vibrate and twirl around in place are what the sport entails.
For our second serving of bad taste, we look to Dark Matter. This explorative adventure game does have some good ideas. It really does. Maybe that’s why it has come back to Steam, after initially being wiped. Sadly, it’s necessary to overcome its unfinished development at all times in the game. That makes it a lot less enjoyable. It’s like someone trying to punch you every five seconds, while you’re trying to play a game.
Say a little prayer for us for taking one for the team. You won’t have to bother picking these up.