Humble Indie Bundle 12 (Update)

Update, September 17th

Three more games and soundtracks were added to the bundle, yesterday:

  • The Bridge [PC] +soundtrack [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Feb 22, 2013 by The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
    Metascore: 74

  • Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine [PC] +soundtrack [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Apr 24, 2013 by Pocketwatch Games
    Metascore: 83

  • Race the Sun [PC] +soundtrack [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Aug 19, 2013 by Flippfly
    Metascore: 79

The average to beat, at the time of writing, is $7.82. Less than a week left.

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Humble Indie Bundle 11 (Update)

Update, February 25th

Three more games (and two soundtracks) have been added to the bundle if you beat the average ($4.63 as of this writing):

  • Fez [PC] [pay above average to unlock, soundtrack included]
    Released: May 1, 2013 by Trapdoor
    Metascore: 91

  • Starseed Pilgrim [PC] [pay above average to unlock, soundtrack included]
    Released: Apr 16, 2013 by Droqen
    Metascore: 83

  • Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians [PC] [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Aug 6, 2013 by Reverb
    Metascore: 75

Beatbuddy has music by Parov Stellar? Um… Yes, please! (Sadly, no soundtrack included.) One week left to pick it up!

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Humble Indie Bundle 10 (Update)

Update, January 20th

Three more games (and two soundtracks) have been added to the bundle if you beat the average ($5.38 as of this writing):

  • Hoard [PC] [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Apr 4, 2011 by Big Sandwich Games, Inc.
    Metascore: 65

  • Strike Suit Zero [PC] [+soundtrack, pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Jan 23, 2013 by Born Ready Games
    Metascore: 65

  • Toki Tori 2 + [PC] [+soundtrack, pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Jul 11, 2013 by Two Tribes
    Metascore: 76

I’ve played quite a bit of multiplayer HOARD on PS3 (great for 3 player) and Toki Tori 2+ on WiiU. Recommend both.

This bundle is only available for another 13 hours.

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Next Gen Ads: Confident and Mysterious VS Informative

Sony’s leading the next-gen console charge with the PS4 on November 15th. Microsoft will follow with XBox One a week later, on November 22nd. Their marketing departments are, no doubt, firing on all cylinders.

PS4

XBox One

They’re both enjoyable and notably similar: a montage of high-budget, live action, game-related scenes strung together with a music track. But Microsoft’s is a much better commercial because it uses an extra 30 seconds and actually shows people using the console in new ways and shows game footage. Sony’s commercial could be for any console, any set of games, movie, or anything – it simply ends with “Greatness Awaits,” a release date and the PS4 logo. Confident, sure, but not informative at all to the average consumer.

Humble Indie Bundle 9 (Update)

Update, September 18th

Four more games (and soundtracks!) have been added to the bundle if you beat the average ($4.67 as of this writing):

  • LIMBO (soundtrack included) [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Aug 2, 2011 by PLAYDEAD
    Metascore: 88

  • Bastion (soundtrack included) [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Aug 16, 2011 by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    Metascore: 86

  • Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (soundtrack included) [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Oct 15, 2012 by Ratloop Asia Pte Ltd
    Metascore: 74
    Mac and Linux debut!

  • A Virus Named TOM (soundtrack included) [pay above average to unlock]
    Released: Aug 1, 2012 by Misfits Attic
    Metascore: 65
    Mac and Linux debut!

You have a week left to take advantage of this bundle.

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E3 2013 Impressions and XBox 180

First of all, there were many great looking cross-platform titles, and even cross-generation.

Metal Gear Solid 5

Battlefield 4, Dragon Age 3, Rayman Legends, The Division, Watchdogs, Destiny, Witcher 3, Dark Souls 2

I already wrote about exclusives by the first parties: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo.

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Nintendo E3 2013

Nintendo didn’t have the standard E3 press conference, but had a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct video and game demos at the show. 3rd party support appears to be recoiling from Wii U development, but I’ll be honest, I want pretty much every Nintendo game they showcased. And while I’m being honest, full disclosure, I’m a bit of a Nintendo fanboy.

Nintendo showed all the games they said they would and had one new game reveal, but lets go through these chronologically.

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Sony E3 2013

Sony’s conference started kind of slowly and generally had much more talking than was necessary. They finally revealed the appearance of the PlayStation 4 console, a modern looking, slanted box; not nearly as large as the XBox One and it can be placed vertically – I like it. There weren’t nearly as many games as in the Microsoft conference. A new game, The Order: 1886 was teased; a Victorian Steam-punk setting with …werewolves? Yes, please. inFAMOUS Second Son looks good and I’m sure Killzone: Shadow Fall will be a competent and pretty shooter and Knack looks decent. But nothing I saw made me think I must have “Next Gen” on day one (though that remains a strong possibility, regardless).

At one point, Sony had a bunch of indie developers each on their own piece of stage playing their game. It’s always great to see love for the little guys. The games that stood out to me were Mercenary Kings, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Outlast, and Galak-Z. And, of course, Transistor.

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Microsoft E3 2013

Microsoft started things out exactly how they said they would: games. Lots of games for the XBox One were shown, many exclusive (thanks to deep pockets), and many look very promising. It was a really strong showing overall, but I was particularly impressed with Titanfall.

I also have a soft spot for Killer Instinct, and both Quantum Break and Project Spark look intriguing.

The XBox One will be available in November for $499. The high price point was expected as the new, more powerful Kinect is included. It would be interesting to learn if Microsoft is selling units at a loss and how much of one.

Microsoft didn’t comment further on their controversial online requirements, which makes them all the more likely to be set in stone.