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Game Recommendations : Round 1

Try to throw up rudimentary, sometimes cringe-worthy quality recommendations on Steam of the PC games I’m playing. Figured that with my minimalist friends list on Steam that there may be some more benefit reaped from those inexpertly written reviews by posting them here as well. So without further ado, here are the first batch:

Osmos

  • Great little game with some fun physics (think elliptical orbits). Soundtrack is superb!

 

 

Steal Storm: Burning Retribution

  • Great arcade feel and tight controls, engaging soundtrack, strong visuals and explosion sprites accompanied by well done sound effects. Addictive.

 

 

Crayon Physics Deluxe

  • Fun. Each level can be as easy or complex as you wish… Can be pretty tricky to flag levels. Cute.

 

 

Borderlands

  • Amazing! Cell shaded FPS in all it’s glory… doesn’t get much better than this for an RPG/FPS. Tough game.

 

 

Chessmaster Challenge

  • The old chessmaster I remember from systems like Gameboy but now with really great tutorials. Also has a mode that teaches you advanced strategies (openings, defenses, etc) from chess champions in a tutorial format.

 

Prince of Persia

  • Ubisoft+PoP+cell shading … greatness all around. Beautiful game and supremely enjoyable adventure. Very relaxing!

BUT — broken with steam. Overlay won’t work and does not register any playtime, etc, with steam. Can buy and launch through steam just fine though. A 3+ year issue that hasn’t been fixed but don’t let it hinder you from buying and playing the game… just a heads up.

 

Sid Meier's Civilization V

  • Total crack… that’s all I’ll say. If you don’t mind countless, back to back all-nighters then go ahead and play, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

Trine

  • One of the most beautiful games I’ve ever played. Excellent gameplay, engaging story and characters, a lot of depth across each of the 3 playable characters, and did I mention it was insanely beautiful?

Got this game on sale and actually felt really bad playing it and realizing how little I paid for it. That says everything you need to know. Buy it, play it, love it!

More to come…

MiniAES CMVS

I will soon be writing something up in a more complete fashion, but I was too anxious to get the photos posted.

For now, I’ll mention that the MiniAES CMVS was a project I had in mind for a while to build a small 1C CMVS that was a minified version of the Neo Geo home console.

MiniAES

I am in the process of writing things up, so in the meantime here are the photos.
* I apologize for the hasty construction of that photo page. I just threw up a quick thumbnail index with imagemagick and a bash echo loop.

The full writeup will be posted under the Games section and I intend to go into a little detail about the build as well as what a CMVS is, how it’s used, and why it’s something that we Neo nerds cherish so much.

Cave’s Akai Katana coming to 360 (JP only)

Looks like it is getting close to the time to scrape the couch for money to get a JP 360.

Cave shmup Akai Katana coming to 360 in region-locked Japan release

“Unlike some other Cave Xbox games, the company announced that Akai Katana Shin will be region-locked when it arrives in Japan. “Hopefully one of our publisher friends will be interested as it looks grand.” Aksys Games published Cave’s Deathsmiles last year, so Cave does have at least one “publisher friend.”

Cave's Akai Katana Shin