September 9 – September 15

It's been a few weeks of pretty solid releases. This week feels more like the kind of fare of late summer I might traditionally expect, which is to say there's a smattering of niche kind of games but no real solid anchor games. Arma 3 is a little bit of a big deal, but it's been out there in beta so long, it's a little hard to get worked up.

So, I'm giving game of the week to Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, which I am happy to tell you is a game I will never, ever play. I know about Amnesia, because I once watched several significant parts of the game online. From what I can tell about the game, it is a story where you wander around in the dark until something scary maybe happens and I shut the laptop down immediately.

Because the thing might get out or something.

I can tell that Amnesia was a solid game, because it's supposed to be scary and weird, and those are the immediate adjectives that leap to mind when I think about it. I don't know what the sequel is about, but I have to tell you that A Machine for Pigs is a name that immediately disquiets me for reasons I can't explain. Like, what does that machine do to pigs? Wait! I don't want to know.

If you're planning to pick up the game, have fun. I want no part of your world.

PC
- Aarklash: Legacy (download)
- Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (download - $20)
- Arma 3
- Huntsman: The Orphanage (download - $15)
- Iron Soul (download)
- Legend of Dungeon (download - $10)
- The King of Fighters XIII (download - $30)
- Volgarr the Viking (download)

Xbox 360
- DuckTales: Remastered (XBLA)
- NHL 14

PS3
- Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter HD (PSN)
- Dragon Fantasy Book II (PSN)
- Hunter's Trophy 2: Australia (PSN)
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix
- Mystic Heroes (PS2 Classics)
- NHL 14
- Puppeteer
- Sanctum 2 (PSN - $15)

Wii U
- The Wonderful 101

Vita
- Killzone: Mercenary

Comments

The first half hour of A Machine for Pigs (aka all I could cope with in one sitting) makes it seem like a considerable improvement over the original - still definitely Amnesia, but they Dear Esther-ed it up a bit.

Whoever did their sound design is some kind of evil, brilliant madman.

Oink oink!

Sonicator wrote:

The first half hour of A Machine for Pigs (aka all I could cope with in one sitting) makes it seem like a considerable improvement over the original - still definitely Amnesia, but they Dear Esther-ed it up a bit.

Whoever did their sound design is some kind of evil, brilliant madman.

From the original:

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD is sitting on my desk right now! The cover is a trainwreck, but so's the plot and that's part of the charm!

Sonicator wrote:

The first half hour of A Machine for Pigs (aka all I could cope with in one sitting) makes it seem like a considerable improvement over the original - still definitely Amnesia, but they Dear Esther-ed it up a bit.

Whoever did their sound design is some kind of evil, brilliant madman.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Oink oink!

Not you. He said "brilliant."

Demyx wrote:

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD is sitting on my desk right now! The cover is a trainwreck, but so's the plot and that's part of the charm!

HAHAHAHAHA this really cracked me up.

Though I must say the plot is still digestible until it hits 2... then I just want to punch Tetsuya Nomura in the scrotum repeatedly for hours.

Puppeteer is getting good buzz. Looks like a really solid and imaginative platformer for just $40.

brokenclavicle wrote:

HAHAHAHAHA this really cracked me up.

Though I must say the plot is still digestible until it hits 2... then I just want to punch Tetsuya Nomura in the scrotum repeatedly for hours.

You're right, KH1 is pretty straightforward, but this release also contains Chain of Memories and the excessively mindscrewy cutscenes from 358/2.

Also, this is why I call the cover a trainwreck: http://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Hearts...

Demyx wrote:

Also, this is why I call the cover a trainwreck

That seems about on par for the franchise.

Demyx wrote:
brokenclavicle wrote:

HAHAHAHAHA this really cracked me up.

Though I must say the plot is still digestible until it hits 2... then I just want to punch Tetsuya Nomura in the scrotum repeatedly for hours.

You're right, KH1 is pretty straightforward, but this release also contains Chain of Memories and the excessively mindscrewy cutscenes from 358/2.

Also, this is why I call the cover a trainwreck: http://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Hearts...

That game could be the most epic thing ever, but Goofy's optimistic smile will always have me chuckling and saying "you crazy kids".

Demyx wrote:
brokenclavicle wrote:

HAHAHAHAHA this really cracked me up.

Though I must say the plot is still digestible until it hits 2... then I just want to punch Tetsuya Nomura in the scrotum repeatedly for hours.

You're right, KH1 is pretty straightforward, but this release also contains Chain of Memories and the excessively mindscrewy cutscenes from 358/2.

Also, this is why I call the cover a trainwreck: http://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Hearts...

One of my goals is to sit through the 3 hours of 358/2 cutscene to try to figure it out.

Because I sure as heck couldn't while playing the game.

imbiginjapan wrote:

From the original

Neat!