Video Game Deals Catch-All

Of Orcs And Men is on sale on Steam for 75% off ($7.49) until August 26.

Wargame: Airland Battle on sale 50% off ($19.99) on Steam.

Don't Starve. For the price of a burger. $6.72 @ GMG with GMG20-4B9NY-L4FEN .

Not a game deal, as such, but Origin is to offer full refunds.

Could be interesting removing some of the risk with buying a game if there truely is a no questions asked refund available.

omnipherous wrote:

Not a game deal, as such, but Origin is to offer full refunds.

Could be interesting removing some of the risk with buying a game if there truely is a no questions asked refund available.

They should have introduced that before SimCity...

That's completely uncharacteristic of EA. I'm dumbfounded.

Well, it is only within 24 hours. With SimCity, I wouldn't have known for sure it was a refund within my first 24 hours (EU release was after US, so a lot of the initial connection problems had gone).

That's a charity bundle, and digital game refunds within a couple of weeks of each other. Who are you, and what have you done with EA? Next up, hopefully they drop the 2139823792873 DLC per game bankroll

X-Com: UO, downloadable. Steam code? $11.99 Newegg.

Never bought a code from Newegg before, but since the game is Steamworks, seems it would have to be a Steam serial code.

It references Steam activation in the fine print.

Other Requirements & Supports:
Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, DirectX and Microsoft .NET 4

For those interested, Play Asia has Radiant Historia on a weekly sale for $23.90.

Humble Bundle just recently came across my radar. Wow! Such a great idea, I picked up both bundles this week. I actually don't have any of these games on pc and they only one i've played before is Mirror's Edge. Checked in on Dead Space and Botanicula a little bit last night and have enjoyed them so far.

For someone who's played all or most of them, which would you say is the best game in each bundle?

random elusive wrote:

Humble Bundle just recently came across my radar. Wow! Such a great idea, I picked up both bundles this week. I actually don't have any of these games on pc and they only one i've played before is Mirror's Edge. Checked in on Dead Space and Botanicula a little bit last night and have enjoyed them so far.

For someone who's played all or most of them, which would you say is the best game in each bundle?

If you like FPSs, I just played through Medal of Honor and enjoyed it. It is short, I finished it in 5 hours, so there's really no reason not to burn through it.

and even if you have all the games in the bundle, you can stockpile goojer gifts for next to nothing while helping charity.

random elusive wrote:

Humble Bundle just recently came across my radar. Wow!

It's safe to say that you should buy just about every Humble Bundle for the foreseeable future. It's arguably one of the best values in gaming.

or helping Humble :).

PWAlessi wrote:
random elusive wrote:

Humble Bundle just recently came across my radar. Wow! Such a great idea, I picked up both bundles this week. I actually don't have any of these games on pc and they only one i've played before is Mirror's Edge. Checked in on Dead Space and Botanicula a little bit last night and have enjoyed them so far.

For someone who's played all or most of them, which would you say is the best game in each bundle?

If you like FPSs, I just played through Medal of Honor and enjoyed it. It is short, I finished it in 5 hours, so there's really no reason not to burn through it.

Cool, I don't mind FPS and have planned to play Medal of Honor at some point ever since it came out. Liking the fact that it's short, as I've got a ridiculous list of games piled up to play so that sounds good. Moving it up the list.

random elusive wrote:

For someone who's played all or most of them, which would you say is the best game in each bundle?

Not Battlefield 3. The single player is kinda a pain, and MP is useless without premium.

Burnout Paradise is an awesome open world racer as long as you don't bring baggage of expecting it to be like the previous Burnout games. Paradise was my first Burnout and I loved it. Play with a 360 pad.

Thomas Was Alone is awesome in it's simplicity. Don't let the minimalist graphics throw you. It is worth every second.

mrtomaytohead wrote:
random elusive wrote:

For someone who's played all or most of them, which would you say is the best game in each bundle?

Not Battlefield 3. The single player is kinda a pain, and MP is useless without premium.

Burnout Paradise is an awesome open world racer as long as you don't bring baggage of expecting it to be like the previous Burnout games. Paradise was my first Burnout and I loved it. Play with a 360 pad.

Thomas Was Alone is awesome in it's simplicity. Don't let the minimalist graphics throw you. It is worth every second.

Care to elaborate why BF 3 MP is useless without Premium? Don't think I'm willing to dish out more money for it.

Haven't played any of the Burnout games. Not really a big fan of racing games in general, but I was looking at lists of best games ever on the 360 a year or so ago, and I seem to recall one of the Burnout series was on the list, had planned to check it out but never got around to it. Was it Paradise, or one of the others? (ie. is one of those games considered to be pretty great, and better than the rest?)

Unfortunate to hear that about Battlefield 3. Haven't played any from that series either but was looking forward to getting a taste from this game.

Definitely plan to play Thomas, I've heard very good things.

random elusive wrote:

Haven't played any of the Burnout games. Not really a big fan of racing games in general, but I was looking at lists of best games ever on the 360 a year or so ago, and I seem to recall one of the Burnout series was on the list, had planned to check it out but never got around to it. Was it Paradise, or one of the others? (ie. is one of those games considered to be pretty great, and better than the rest?)

Unfortunate to hear that about Battlefield 3. Haven't played any from that series either but was looking forward to getting a taste from this game.

Definitely plan to play Thomas, I've heard very good things.

Battlefield is great. But, you need to level up to unlock stuff, so, unless the matchmaking is good and it matches you with low level players, you'll feel outgunned and outclassed. If the matchmaking works correctly though, Battlefield is an awesome multiplayer experience.

Balthezor wrote:

Care to elaborate why BF 3 MP is useless without Premium? Don't think I'm willing to dish out more money for it.

There are quite a few people playing the normal maps, so I'd not say that. Although premium is frequently $15 now, so if you like regular maps, it's really worth it.

PWAlessi wrote:

Battlefield is great. But, you need to level up to unlock stuff, so, unless the matchmaking is good and it matches you with low level players, you'll feel outgunned and outclassed. If the matchmaking works correctly though, Battlefield is an awesome multiplayer experience.

BF has a pretty decent learning curve, and there are some things that you want to unlock. However, the best guns in most of the classes are the starter guns, so you're far from helpless. (M16, M4, M27, etc)

random elusive wrote:

Haven't played any of the Burnout games. Not really a big fan of racing games in general, but I was looking at lists of best games ever on the 360 a year or so ago, and I seem to recall one of the Burnout series was on the list, had planned to check it out but never got around to it. Was it Paradise, or one of the others? (ie. is one of those games considered to be pretty great, and better than the rest?)

Burnout Paradise is the best Burnout game on 360 (the only other was the previous Burnout Revenge), and one of the best racing games of this generation. It draws together hallmark elements of previous Burnouts into one ambitious and beautiful open world. Interest in racing games is not a prerequisite for enjoying Burnout—it has cars sure, but it's more about breakneck action.

FWIW, the Ultimate edition is also an insane deal. The final version of Paradise is in everything but its core a very different beast from the Paradise that was originally released. Not that you'd be able to tell, but you're getting a game that already set a precedent, plus over a year's worth of extras (unfortunately not the Big Surf Island expansion though, which was never released on PC).

MannishBoy wrote:
Balthezor wrote:

Care to elaborate why BF 3 MP is useless without Premium? Don't think I'm willing to dish out more money for it.

There are quite a few people playing the normal maps, so I'd not say that. Although premium is frequently $15 now, so if you like regular maps, it's really worth it.

PWAlessi wrote:

Battlefield is great. But, you need to level up to unlock stuff, so, unless the matchmaking is good and it matches you with low level players, you'll feel outgunned and outclassed. If the matchmaking works correctly though, Battlefield is an awesome multiplayer experience.

BF has a pretty decent learning curve, and there are some things that you want to unlock. However, the best guns in most of the classes are the starter guns, so you're far from helpless. (M16, M4, M27, etc)

When I gave up on BF3 it was a bit after premium went live and it was really tough to find decent servers that were only using the default or even first expansion maps. Part of it was so many servers were modified to have 500 or 1000 tickets (Random Elusive, tickets in Battlefield are allocated lives you have per team each round) and would take more than 30 minutes each round. At the time, I couldn't manage to get time for such long rounds and didn't want to even if I could. So basically, there was a terrible server finding meta-game that just ruined it for me. I'm pretty sure there's was other stuff, but it all stemmed from the server settings everyone used that I didn't like.

Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 HD is $10 on Xbox this week. Can I solicit some (dis)enablement, for Snake Eater in particular?

I'd love another stealth game, and haven't had much experience with MGS games. I tried MGS2 back in the day, but I wasn't hot on the floating exclamation marks (Garrett ain't got no time for that), and then checked out at the first boss battle since boss battles are stupid, on top of being totally at odds with stealth proper. So maybe MGS isn't for me, I thought.

But I've heard much better things about MGS3 (Idle Thumbs readers will remember Chris Remo talking about it last week), and stealthing around a Cold War Soviet forest sounds really interesting—if it's proper stealth. Then I check the Wikipedia page and read something like...

[...] The Fury, a disfigured former cosmonaut armed with a flamethrower and a jetpack; The Pain, who can control hornets to both defend himself and attack his enemies; and The Sorrow, the spirit of a deceased medium.

...and think that is the dumbest sh*t I've ever heard. And it seems to portend boss battles.

So is there something there I'll discover and enjoy? Or is it better not to spend my time?

Gravey wrote:

Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 HD is $10 on Xbox this week. Can I solicit some (dis)enablement, for Snake Eater in particular?

I'd love another stealth game, and haven't had much experience with MGS games. I tried MGS2 back in the day, but I wasn't hot on the floating exclamation marks (Garrett ain't got no time for that), and then checked out at the first boss battle since boss battles are stupid, on top of being totally at odds with stealth proper. So maybe MGS isn't for me, I thought.

But I've heard much better things about MGS3 (Idle Thumbs readers will remember Chris Remo talking about it last week), and stealthing around a Cold War Soviet forest sounds really interesting—if it's proper stealth. Then I check the Wikipedia page and read something like...

[...] The Fury, a disfigured former cosmonaut armed with a flamethrower and a jetpack; The Pain, who can control hornets to both defend himself and attack his enemies; and The Sorrow, the spirit of a deceased medium.

...and think that is the dumbest sh*t I've ever heard. And it seems to portend boss battles.

So is there something there I'll discover and enjoy? Or is it better not to spend my time?

MGS3 is probable one of the best in the series. That being said rather insane boss fights are a hallmark of the metal gear series and this is no different. Although you'd probable like the boss fight against the end (probable the best in the game). Metal gear always had a few certain things: Really hammy dramatic dialogue, crazy weird boss fights, and a card board box.

Archangel wrote:
random elusive wrote:

Humble Bundle just recently came across my radar. Wow!

It's safe to say that you should buy just about every Humble Bundle for the foreseeable future. It's arguably one of the best values in gaming.

List of Game Bundles I know of:
Humble Bundle (+Weekly)
Indie Royale
Bundle Stars
Indie Gala

Non-Game Bundles:
Game Music Bundle
Story Bundle (Currently featuring Dr. Who books)

Has anyone posted about August's XBLA Gold free games? Dead Rising 2, and Case 0

Gravey wrote:

Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 HD is $10 on Xbox this week. Can I solicit some (dis)enablement, for Snake Eater in particular?

I'd love another stealth game, and haven't had much experience with MGS games. I tried MGS2 back in the day, but I wasn't hot on the floating exclamation marks (Garrett ain't got no time for that), and then checked out at the first boss battle since boss battles are stupid, on top of being totally at odds with stealth proper. So maybe MGS isn't for me, I thought.

But I've heard much better things about MGS3 (Idle Thumbs readers will remember Chris Remo talking about it last week), and stealthing around a Cold War Soviet forest sounds really interesting—if it's proper stealth. Then I check the Wikipedia page and read something like...

[...] The Fury, a disfigured former cosmonaut armed with a flamethrower and a jetpack; The Pain, who can control hornets to both defend himself and attack his enemies; and The Sorrow, the spirit of a deceased medium.

...and think that is the dumbest sh*t I've ever heard. And it seems to portend boss battles.

So is there something there I'll discover and enjoy? Or is it better not to spend my time?

It sounds like you just won't like MGS. If you do give 3 a shot, you should really watch a few youtube videos to see what's possible once you get used to the controls. The game doesn't do a good job of explaining things and you'll miss out of what makes the game part fun if you never get exposed to those bits. CQC is particularly bizarre until you understand it.

While you can play stealth in these games, there is so much fun in the CQC and grenades that I'd say it's more like Batman. You use stealth to confuse the enemy enough to then go and kick butt. Lots of face smashes, choking, and tranquilizers to the head.

Eldon_of_Azure wrote:

Bundle Stars

Whoa. That's like 10 Steam games. And I don't own a single one.

$5.04 minimum... hm...

That's crazy!

Looks like a few of those games dip down into the 50s ratings on metacritic... hm... maybe they'd be fun to play, just maybe not tie myself to finishing them?

Sheesh...

Sniper: Ghost Warrior Gold Edition
Men of War: Condemned Heroes
AirBuccaneers
Numen: Contest of Heroes
Tower Wars
Dogfight 1942
Chaser
Really Big Sky
Genesis Rising
Pid