It is that time of year again everybody! As we move into the New Year, we have a whole new set of games that I looted from the Winter Sale. These are games that do not typically fall into the 2015 review section, so I am just going to give a brief synopsis of all three of them and my final score of each of them! Also, happy New Years everyone! I can’t wait to get out the 2015 in Review articles as well as two more 2015 reviews before this is all said and done. With that said, let’s get to the three games on my list of spoils from the Steam Winter Sale.
Grim Fandango Remastered
This one is a bit of an easy one. Grim Fandango Remastered is an updated version of Tim Schafer’s video game classic that was published by LucasArts in 1998. While a lot of point and click adventures have been criticized in recent years for their fair share of ‘hand holding.’ Point and clicks have always been a type of game that are defined by their series of challenges and puzzles in the game. If the puzzles are too difficult the game is unbalanced and players become frustrated. If challenges are too easy, then the game becomes little more than an interactive movie. Video games have been leaning towards the latter of these two with games like Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls being apart of the mainstream gaming experience. Even praised games like TellTale’s The Walking Dead is less about puzzles and more about a story being told by you clicking on objects. Grim Fandango remains one of the greatest games within the genre for creating a challenging experience while also telling one of the most fun loving stories in video game history.
The remastered version of this classic game is the perfect kind of remastering. It updates the graphics and the story being told without removing the original sparkle that made the game a classic. Just like any other point and click, the game has some problems with balancing the puzzles. But beyond that, you will find yourselves lost in an amazing and wonderful story.
Final Score 4.5/5
DLC Quest is an absolute bargain. It is a fun little 8 bit game that takes a jab at the rampant use of downloadable content used by the video game industry today. Basically, you take control of our intrepid hero who has to save the princess from an evil dude. Tragically though, in order to do that you need to buy some DLC in order to accomplish this. With great packs such as the ability to move left, jump, and the all important sound pack, you can play this wonderful game as it was intended… As long as you spend enough coins. Of course, you do not spend any actual money beyond the money you spent on the game. You have to collect coins in order to purchase DLC. But the joke is pretty clear that parts of the game that used to come standard as a completed game are being hacked off and sold to people as ‘DLC’.
This fun little game is a steal at only $3 dollars and you can get it on sale for even less than that. It is a one time only play tragically as there is little else you can do with future play throughs, but the joke is well worth the minuscule price. Playing this game reminds me of the festering pile of dog turds that was the worst ‘video game’ of 2014 for me, David O’Reilly’s Mountain. While that ‘game’ tried to tell a similar joke of the money that we consume for catch phrases such as ’40 hours of gameplay’ and ‘a truly immersive experience’, that game seemed to mock the people who play games and use them as tools for enjoyment. This game is a joke of the video game industry from the part of the people who play them. It makes fun of a horrible trend in the video game industry instead of making fun of the people who enjoy playing video games.
Final Score 3.5/5
This War of Mine
… I wish I had played this game in 2014, this game would have been in serious contention for the best video game of 2014. I could even go back in time and make a strong debate that this game is better than Five Nights at Freddy’s 1 & 2. You take control of 1-4 survivors forced to live through a horrible siege in the Eastern European country of Grazina that is engaged in a horrible civil war. These people have to find ways to keeps themselves fed, keep them warm, and keep them healthy as they struggle to stay alive in this hellacious environment. You will be forced to steal from others as others steal from you and it makes for one of the best gaming experiences that I have ever had the privilege of playing.
You feel absolutely immersed from day one as you last to day X. You love the characters, you are sad when they are sad, you can feel the cold and horrid conditions as you suffer along with them. The game, just like Papers, Please, is a very human experience. All things considered, even the cons of this game are overshadowed by the experiences that you have playing it. I suggest anyone who doesn’t own this game to buy it right now.
Final Score 5/5
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