I've completely revamped my Steam sale spending habits and now I tend to buy ultra cheap bundles. I had a special 6 month discount with Humble bundles where I would get 12 games for $6 every month as part of the Humble Choice.
Every month there is a chorus of disgruntled moans at the Humble Choice reveal but November really banged out a winner. Most redditors and reviewers threw rocks and broken glass at last month's bundle and while I salvaged some enjoyment out of the October bundle from Sunless Skies, it's indeed a happy occasion to see games you are excited about playing. Here's a rundown after sampling most of the titles.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 - one of the best narratives in the Yakuza series
Darksiders 3 - flawed but totally fun hack n slash
Little Misfortune - a twisted and dark-humored point and clickLittle Misfortune is a short game(~ 3 hours) with an engaging dark narrative about a little girl named Misfortune trying her very best in a grim world. A dark voice inside her head pushes her towards a game of pursuing 'eternal happiness' which she wants more than anything for her sad "juice" addicted mother. The story takes more than a few wild imaginative turns best left spoiler free.
Crying Suns - sci fi tactical pixel art rogue-lite with rich story
Crying Suns - This tactical rogue-lite oozes atmosphere through it's stellar pixel art and moody sound track. As a cloned admiral resurrected to command a ship to make contact with the Empire, player traverses a procedurally generated node graph of star clusters filled with an diverse array of random events beyond just enemy encounters and resource scavenging on ship wrecks and on the planet surface. Game states there are 300 events and perhaps you will undoubtedly encounter a lot of repeats in subsequent runs. However as a casual player sampling Crying Suns, the events felt fresh even if most are sci fi tropes.
Even though I'm not much for tactics games like FTL but this rock/paper/scissors (drone/fighter/frigate) combat over a hex grid actually won me over. Crying Suns has a more cinematic feels than FTL drawing you in with the main storyline about a fallen Empire. The optional dialog is very heavy on the lore exposition but when a colonist tells you of "sex slaves and baby makers", you might want to read through more dialog.
Because of the dialog, the crew feels much more like individual human beings than the crew on FTL. There is a free Steam demo you can try. I'm not sure I would have gone out of my way to buy it but as a Humble Choice inclusion, I'm happy to play this title.
Darkwood - unique creepy survival horror out of Poland
Rover Mechanic Simulator - mind numbing tasks in a Mars garage
|Do you see how many screws each wheel requires?|
Imperator:Rome - worst of the grand strategy Paradox fillers
Imperator:Rome Deluxe Edition - you know a Paradox game isn't much without the many DLCs so Humble does us the courtesy of giving us the deluxe edition. However, Imperator:Rome is one of their worst entries in the grand strategy genre and was panned widely on release for lack of depth and content. Subsequent updates have only further alienated the player base judging by drop off in players and continuing increase in negative reviews. Personally, I think if you have to spend precious life time and energy on a Paradox game, Crusader Kings III is where it's at.
Youropa - doughboy gravity platformer
Tsioque - princess point and click
Smile for Me - yet/not another wacky indie point and click
Dregs: Darksburg, Townsmen
- Townsmen, a ported mobile building sim, need I say more. I'd rather play Stronghold HD or finally take a crack at Tropico 6 if I ever got in the mood for a building sim.
- Darksburg- coop roguelite, no friends to play with, don't want to play with randos neither