This week there are plenty of games on sale with several promotions running simultaneously. There are the usual Deals with Gold, a Spotlight Sale that highlights publisher Artifex Mundi’s numerous causal puzzler titles and EA’s The Sims series, a Ubisoft publisher sale, and the continuation of Anime Month discounts. Below are some recommendations for each category.
Deals with Gold
The Surge – Deck13 Interactive's second take on the Souls formula is solid action-RPG, that was successful enough o spawn a recently announced sequel. The limited variety of environments and bosses is an issue but I found that, overall, The Surge is a solid Souls-like title and Deck13 Interactive may one day compete directly against the fan-favourite series, especially with their unique and flexible approach to character levelling. Combat is fast, fun and rarely unfair, with simple crafting and upgrading mechanics that most players can delve into without consulting a Wiki guide. It is on sale for R319.60 but you can also snag the “Complete Edition” that includes to chunky A Walk in the Park expansion for R464.50.
Android Assault Cactus – On the indie front, this top-down twin-stick shooter is a great choice for some frantic solo or coop action, providing dozens of environments, characters and weapons to tear through (accompanied by a great soundtrack); all tied together with a suitably stupid story to match the title. It’s on sale for R111.75.
Remember Me – I don’t know why Capcom has not yet made this stylish beat-em-up/platformer/puzzler backwards compatible. You take control Nilin in near-future Neo-Paris, attempting to thwart the pans of an increasingly autocratic government by beating down hundreds of their goons and inserting yourself into the memories of others, altering their perceived events to change their allegiances. The combat, which includes a build-your-own-combo mechanic, is paired with stunning visuals and an amazing soundtrack. If you’ve still got your Xbox 360 plugged in, it’s well worth R62.25.
The Sims 4 – This current-gen sequel got off to a terrible start in true EA fashion – a half-complete game loaded with micro-transactions. Thankfully the backlash has led to a number of patches and improvement bringing the core game more in line with its predecessors. If you’re looking to lord over and ruin the life of a digital population, you can pick up the base game for R479.40 or The Sim 4 Bundle, which contains all the DLC, also for R479.40.
I honestly have no idea how about Artifex Mundi’s puzzler/find-the-missing-object games so feel free to let us know in the comments if any are worth a look.
Ubisoft Publisher Sale
Probably the highlight of this weeks deals, the list of games on sale are both a testament to Ubisoft's prolific output, their love of open-world design, and a crap-ton of sequels. Still, there are some great games on sale.
Assassin’s Creed Origins – The most recent entry in the long-running IP tasks you with stealthing and stabbing your way around a massive digital recreation of upper Egypt as you participate in the formation of the Assassin's Brotherhood and uncover the progenitors of the evil Templars. It’s on sale for R649.35.
Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection – If, on the other hand, you’d prefer to spend time with the classic games in the series, this remastered bundle of some of the best AC games from the last-gen is a great choice. Hylton enjoyed his return to the trilogy, recommending this to long-time fans of the series and newcomers alike. There are frustrations in some of the dated mechanics, but the core feeling of Assassin's Creed and the excellent tales of Ezio easily outweighed any negative feelings. It’s on sale for just R279.60.
South Park: The Fractured but Whole – The sequel to Obsidians unexpectedly great RPG-take on the South Park universe. It’s not as revelatory or relevant as the first game but the visual style, accessibility and deep turn-based combat make this a worthwhile RPG experience. It’s on sale for R399.60.
Watch Dogs 2 – The massively-improved sequel to Ubisoft's over-hyped but underwhelming original (which is also on sale) was a game that Lynley enjoyed. He praised the fun characters and vibrant world in particular. Mechanically, it ticked all the right boxes by providing more varied missions than the original (with only the driving letting it down slightly). It’s on sale for just R299.70.
The Ubisoft Sale also includes a ton of backwards compatible Xbox 360 games worth looking at if you missed them the first time. Far Cry 2 is an awkward but interesting look at Ubisoft's first foray into open-world games for R42.57. That said, you’d probably be better off sticking to the excellent Far Cry 3 (R79.60) and the even better spin-off Blood Dragon (R47.70).
Rainbow Six Vegas (R32.67) and Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (R42.57) are both fun tactical shooters – that probably mark the decline of realistic Tom Clancy games – and the second is particularly good in co-op. Splinter Cell: Conviction (R64.50), a fluid and action-packed take on the formula, has just become backwards compatible and has a fun co-op campaign in addition to the single-player portion. Now I’m just waiting for Double Agent and Blacklist to crack the nod.
Anime Month Sale
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - Paul thoroughly enjoyed his time with this brawler-RPG hybrid that has you travelling through time to ensure major battles in the Dragon Ball timeline play out as they should. Contrived plot aside, it offers you the chance to go up against some major character with your own custom protagonist. It’s currently on sale for R439.60.
OKAMI HD – The spruced up remaster (another one) of Capcom’s visually-striking action-adventure from 2006. You take control of a wolf – the physical manifestation of the goddess of the sun – and try to free the world from the grips of an evil demon. Traditional combat and platforming are supplemented by the “celestial brush” that allows you summon objects into the world or slash through enemies. It’s an incredible adventure and worth experiencing at the current sale price of R230.30.
For a complete list of sale items this week, including an inordinate amount of object-hunt games, check out the sales and specials page, the Major Nelson Blog, or Cheap Gamer for a list of games on sale with local pricing.
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