Video Game Deals Catch-All

Natus wrote:

Surviving Mars and its DLC are on sale at Humble. Can anyone enable?

I only really enjoyed the game with the green expansion. Teraforming mars and seeing it get green is nice and a fun objective. My only complaint is the lack of a real ending for it. Not even a splash screen saying your finished.

Definitely a fun game and worth the $10 to me.

Chaz wrote:
polq37 wrote:

The Sinking City is available for $10 on Xbox right now.

It's not a AAA game, but I like what it is trying to do.

Worth noting that there are two versions available, and two sub-versions of those. The version that's on sale right now, that's just "The Sinking City" and "The Sinking City - Necronomicon Edition" in the store, is the original version that came out for the original Xbox One.

There's another version, called "The Sinking City Xbox Series X|S", is the upgraded version, with these changes:

  • 4K (3840x2160) resolution
  • 60 frames per second
  • Improved graphical fidelity
  • Improved loading times
  • Additional quests - part of the Merciful Madness DLC (included in Deluxe Edition, or as a separate purchase)

Those two versions are essentially completely different games, and owning one doesn't get you access to the other. The reason is that there was some kind of legal conflict between the developer and the original publisher. Something like the original publisher wasn't paying Frogware what they were owed, so Frogware jumped ship. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is actually to check the publisher on the store page. "Frogware" is the newer, supported version. "Big Ben Interactive" is the old, unsupported version with the sketchy publisher.

Personally, I'd hold off on getting the older version and wait for a sale on the new one, both because it seems like the better option, and also because the old publisher seems pretty crummy and shouldn't get any money. I'm saying this as someone who bought the original not too long before the new version was announced.

Arrgh. I had held off buying this game for years because of the rights conflict. I really wanted to support Frogwares vice scummy publisher. (But, I also wanted to get it on sale.) I even did a quick search on the current status of the conflict before buying the game, but I didn't find any up to date info. I didn't even consider that there might be two different editions on the Xbox marketplace.

I regret my choices!

Dungeon Warfare 2 is on sale on Steam for a little over $5. It's a pretty nice little 2D tower defense game with Dungeon Keeper vibes and physics based traps. Seems more than worth the $5.

Absolutely worth the money. It's one of the finest TDs I've ever played.

Also available on mobile if that tickles your fancy.

Natus wrote:

Surviving Mars and its DLC are on sale at Humble. Can anyone enable?

I think it's worth it. It's on par with City Skylines not in simulation but in my opinion the bang for buck and mileage you can get out of it.

It's not overly complex but it has a lot of moving parts and systems where one failure can leave to a systemic collapse of a colony. The difficulty ramp up lies in balancing the rate of expansion with sustainable resource consumption/production. It's also fun to terraform Mars into a green planet but I think there's plenty of mileage in the base game as well.

It's not a rushed gameplay either. You can play at normal speed and just chill with your rate of construction so there's that, too. And the music is nice.