January 13 – January 20

I've talked Europa Universalis IV to death. I'm pretty firmly on record in that I think it's one of the best strategy games I've played, so I won't expend a ton more verbiage here talking up its first big expansion, Conquest of Paradise. It probably goes without saying, though, that I'm likely to lose another umpteen hours exploring the randomized New Worlds of Conquest. Along with improvements to the way colonies work and the mechanics of playing as some of the American tribal nations, Conquest promises to deliver lots of little tweaks and fixes.

Also this week, SpellForce 2: Demons of the Past extends the life of the now seven-year-old base game. The promised final installment of SpellForce 2 has, like previous expansions, been in development for as long if not longer than most full-fledged sequels, and carries forward the RPG/RTS hybrid.

I haven't gotten on the SpellForce train yet, but it does seem like the kind of game that would be up my alley. Odd as it may seem though, there's something a little intimidating about stepping into the back end of a game that's been kicking around since the Bush administration. I'm inclined to simply wait for a full sequel, though that feels a bit like someone saying they'll wait until George R.R. Martin finishes the Game of Thrones series before they read it.

Oh. Ok. Hope you packed a lunch.

PC
- Assassin's Creed Liberation HD (download - $20)
- Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise (download - $15)
- Nidhogg (download)
- SpellForce 2: Demons of the Past (download)
- The Banner Saga (download - $20)

Xbox 360
- Assassin's Creed Liberation HD (download - $20)

PS3
- Assassin's Creed Liberation HD (download - $20)
- Double Dragon (download - PSone import)
- The Raven - Legacy of a Master Thief (download)

Wii U
- F1 Race Stars (download)

Vita
- Age of Zombies (download)
- Doodle Devil (download)

Comments

Nidhogg is high on my list this week.

SpellForce 2 has an expansion?!?!? Wow.

Nidhogg finally sees release. Since I haven't been to a Con in ever I'm looking forward to finally getting my hands on this.

I'd like to try out Nidhogg, it's been so long since I first saw it. It's going to be hard to justify getting it after spending so much on the steam sale though.

Spellforce as a game might have been good, but the voice acting was so horrible that I couldn't stand playing it.

No Banner Saga love?

NathanialG wrote:

No Banner Saga love?

I don't know much about it other than what I've seen on it's Steam page, but it's bookmarked for future interest. If my pile wasn't so large, I'd be all over it.

Can't wait to play Nidhogg tonight!

NathanialG wrote:

No Banner Saga love?

I'm waiting for reviews. I'd be more excited if it weren't for the lukewarm response to that weird F2P spinoff they released last year too.

I've been oblivious to this whole Nidhogg thing (sounds like a monster of ancient legend, or a Lovecraftian nightmare), so for the most part my wallet threat level is damn near none.

I say damn near, because holy crap the PS+ sale this week.

Hypatian kindly gifted me Nidhogg; I'm preloading Banner Saga, and I've got a couple of games to pick up in the PSN sale tomorrow. So much for attacking the pile

Also, Broken Age Act 1 beta drops tomorrow for Kickstarter backers, so.. there's that, too

What happened to:
PC:
- Broken Age Act I (download only for backers)

Sonrics wrote:

What happened to:
PC:
- Broken Age Act I (download only for backers)

Doesn't it enter ''Early Access'' or something?

With as much as people seem to have liked Assassin's Creed 4, what is this Liberation HD title? A B-team effort, or something worth looking into?

ccesarano wrote:

I've been oblivious to this whole Nidhogg thing (sounds like a monster of ancient legend, or a Lovecraftian nightmare), so for the most part my wallet threat level is damn near none.

I say damn near, because holy crap the PS+ sale this week.

My favorite part of Nidhogg is the legend, the way it was only available to play if you found the specific arcade machines where it was installed. I found it once, past midnight in the dark corner of a dying party at the back of a deserted clubhouse. It added something magical to the whole thing.

I also found out that I was rubbish at playing it, so there's that.

I think I'm waiting on Nidhogg impressions before I consider getting it. I'm definitely interested to try it at some point.

I'm inclined to simply wait for a full sequel, though that feels a bit like someone saying they'll wait until George R.R. Martin finished the Game of Thrones series before they read it.

I think that's a burn on Rabbit, right?

Yes. Yes, it was.

Double Dragon huh?

Oh it's part of a Retro Rush promotion. New old game every week.

January 14th – Double Dragon
January 21st – Lucifer Ring
January 28th – The Firemen 2: Pete and Danny
February 4th – Hyper Crazy Climber
February 11th – Wolf Fang
February 18th – Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return

Keithustus wrote:

With as much as people seem to have liked Assassin's Creed 4, what is this Liberation HD title? A B-team effort, or something worth looking into?

It is the HD version of the Vita title that was released in 2012.

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Keithustus wrote:

With as much as people seem to have liked Assassin's Creed 4, what is this Liberation HD title? A B-team effort, or something worth looking into?

It's a B-team effort. Some nice ideas in there and I did finish it on the Vita, but not stellar. Lots of running around not doing a whole lot.

I'll be getting The Banner Saga, but only because I Kickstarted it. Games looks amazing, but I'm still going to wait and see how the game turns out before I bother firing it up.

Certis wrote:
Keithustus wrote:

With as much as people seem to have liked Assassin's Creed 4, what is this Liberation HD title? A B-team effort, or something worth looking into?

It's a B-team effort. Some nice ideas in there and I did finish it on the Vita, but not stellar. Lots of running around not doing a whole lot.

Which makes me sad. Seemed like a lot of neat narrative stuff in there. But then I get the feeling that AC3 and Liberation are the weak point, gameplay-wise, of the series.

shoptroll wrote:

I think I'm waiting on Nidhogg impressions before I consider getting it. I'm definitely interested to try it at some point.

Quick impressions. It's a lot of fun and super intense. Netcode is awful though so I would only consider it if you plan on playing locally or until it's patched.

Thanks, guys!