Jess’ EB Expo Games Round-Up

Provide games, and the nerds will come.

Provide games, and the nerds will come.

Last weekend, Britt and I attended the EB Games Expo in Sydney to check out a bunch of upcoming games and get a feel for what’s in gaming’s near future. This year, the focus was shifted from home-grown indie games to the multitude of AAA titles that were announced at E3 in June, meaning hype levels were high and lines were inevitably long. I was only able to attend for a day, but I did manage to experience some of the most highly anticipated titles on offer – even if only in the usual brief, convention-style manner. Britt had a bit more time at the expo than me, so she will probably be able to cover things in a little more detail, but here are my thoughts on what I did manage to see.

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The Bridge console release this month

An infinite loop. Classic Herbert…

Dazzling 2D logic puzzle game The Bridge is making the jump to console this week, and we’re excited for the chance to revisit the gravity-defying and troubled life of Herbert- I mean of the fictional Isaac Newton, as he traverses the magnificent and ridiculous rooms of his mansion. The beautiful black and white lithograph art style is integrated perfectly into the gameplay itself, and two and a half years after first experiencing it, this title has left a lasting impression as a must-play brain teaser.

The Bridge will be available first for Xbox One on August 14th, then for PS3, PS4, PS Vita and Ouya on August 18th, and for Wii U on August 20th. I’ll be picking it up on PS4 next Tuesday, how will you be crossing The Bridge?

For more information on The Bridge and the legendary independent team responsible for it, check out this site.

For the ever-eloquent review for the PC version we wrote back in 2013, follow this link!

Semi-Retro Game Reviews

Hello dear readers! Sorry for my absence!

I will return to album reviews soon, but I thought I’d try out a little idea: semi-retro reviews. See, the way I see it, “retro games” were released before the turn of the millennium. It follows that retro gaming sites and magazines primarily focus on those games. Similarly, “contemporary games” were released after 2007/8ish, and make up the vast majority of games covered by all those famous websites and whatnot.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? There’s a big gap there, right? The only reviews for most games released between 2000 and 2007 are from the game was first released. So, I thought, I should write new reviews for kind of old games.

I’ll still keep up with game and music reviews and whatnot, but I’ll try to get some focus on my semi-retro reviews. You know, if I don’t get slack again.

If only I had the skill to host this on an independent website.

Perils of Summer Sale on Steam

For those of you who use Steam, I’m sure you’ve all seen the sale that’s been going for the last two weeks or so, called the Perils of Summer sale. Pretty much every game in the shop is on sale in one way or another, plus, every day even more sales are announced which change daily. If you have absolutely no idea what to get, let me help you out:

  • Introversion Complete Pack ($5). This 4-game anthology of Introversion’s critically acclaimed, revolutionary, genre-defying games has been reduced from $40 to $5, which is cheap for even just one of the four games in the pack, let alone all four. Contains: Uplink, Darwinia, Multiwinia, and DEFCON.
  • Defense Grid: The Awakening ($5). This is the game that converted me to the world of tower defence games. Easy on the surface, ball-bustingly difficult deeper in, you’ll be playing it for hours. I’ve only had it for a week, and already I’ve got 20 hours out of it.
  • Team Fortress 2 ($13). This is really a no-brainer. If you haven’t got it, get it now, even though you really should have it already. Definitely a must buy.
  • Civilization III Gold ($3.50). One of the best strategy games of all time from one of the greatest PC franchises of all time, Civ III broke all barriers when it was first released. Not as good as Civ IV, but if you can’t afford the $30 asking price for Civ IV Gold, then III is your next best bet.

We still have one more day left, in which I’m hoping we see a further discount on The Witcher. If not, I’m going to buy it anyway, but it’d be nicer to get it for cheaper.

Personally, on the first day of the sale, I went through and picked up about $30 worth of interesting looking, $1-5 games and multi-game packs, and came away with:

  • 1C Racing Megapack ($5), with 4×4 Hummer, A.I.M. Racing, Classic Car Racing, Death Track: Resurrection, GM Rally, Streets of Moscow.
  • Alpha Prime ($1.50)
  • And Yet It Moves ($5)
  • Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 ($1.70)
  • Chrome + Specforce Bundle ($2)
  • Full Pipe ($1.25)
  • Indigo Prophecy ($3)
  • Introversion Complete Pack ($5), with Uplink, Darwinia, Multiwinia, DEFCON
  • Port Royale 2 ($1.30)

I also picked up a whole bunch of games from the daily sales, like Street Fighter IV for $10, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising for $5, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for $7.50.

If you haven’t been keeping up, sucked in to you. But with the few deals I mentioned right on the top, you too can come away a winner😀

Half-Life 2 and Episode One now have Achievements

Damn you, Valve. Seriously, damn you. I was resisting the urge to play your silly little games because I had school work to do. Well, what do you go and do to me? You give the game achievements. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, and you do it the weekend before I have an assignment due. Now, I have one goal and one goal only – get those fucking achievements.

You have me wrapped around your finger, Valve. Now I’m not so sure if I’m ready for an Episode Three – sure, it’d be awesome, but I think that, if it were announced, my head would explode and I would be dead.

For everyone else’s interest, HL2 is now on special for $6.99 on Steam. Sure, not as good as the special that I saw when I bought every single HL and HL2 game for $17.99 (from memory). The episodes are going for $5.59 each. Oh, and to round it off, if you want them all then why not just buy the Orange Box, on special for $20.99? That way you get all the HL2 games, as well as TF2 which is awesome and Portal too, if you didn’t get it when it was being given away. All those games for such a small price? My advice, to everyone, BUY NOW.

Half-Life 2 on OS X

A new trailer appeared on Steam today. Because it was a trailer and had something to do with HL2, I nearly came in my pants, assuming we’d finally got a teaser trailer for Episode Three. Alas, it was not to be. While it doesn’t interest me (as a non-Mac user), HL2 is coming to OS X today. The trailer is a very clever parody of the classic Orwellian style Mac ad, featuring Alyx smashing a huge TV screen giving orders to the masses by throwing a crowbar into it.

I want to play HL2 again now. Sadly, studies are in the way😦 how I miss the holidays. If you have a Mac, you must buy HL2. Now. Now now now. Your life will never be the same after playing it. In the meantime, I’ll wait like a crazed fanboy for the announcement of Episode Three.