Friday, September 6, 2013

This Week On Steam/GOG # 10: Castle of Illusion and the Newest Night Dive Miracle

Welcome back to As The Steam/GOG Turns, the continuing story of two competing digital distribution services that compete for everyone's attention.

It's a light week for dual releases this week, folks.  Steam has some, and GOG has a biggie and an indie title in the wings.  First, we'll talk Steam.

The first release I'm featuring this week is Disney and SEGA's collaboration, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, the new 3D remake of the classic Sega Genesis / Mega Drive game.  I have, like, no experience with the original so I will cede to others who have to let me know if this is worth picking up.

Next is Total War: Rome II, the newest Total War game from SEGA.  This one apparently had its fair share of day one / launch week issues, so I'd recommend staying far away from this one until the issues are fixed (or it goes on steep Steam sale, one or the other).

The final release I'm featuring this week (and no I'm not featuring the horror game Outlast) is Paranautical Activity, a classic Doom-like FPS mashed up with modern-day roguelike elements.  It's in "Steam Early Access" now, so if you were interested before, this is the time.

And now on to GOG.com's releases this week.

We thought the next Night Dive Miracle would be available on Tuesday (given the level of the teasing by Night Dive themselves) but we got a game called Megabyte Punch instead.  It's a side-scrolling beat-em-up.  If you love these games, you buy it.  If not, there's always Baldur's Gate.

The newest Night Dive Miracle finally did surface on Thursday.  What is this game, you may ask?  The Harlan Ellison sci-fi horror classic point-&-clicker "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream".  They only want $5.99 for this one folks, guess Harlan Ellison stopped counting his royalty checks long enough to find out people wanted this one.  This one's a no-brainer at that price if you like sci-fi horror.  If you're like me however, and don't necessarily like sci-fi horror but have been curious about the game, I'd wait till it was on sale for 50% or more off list.

So, that does it for this week.  And until next time, the Steam/GOG conflict ever turns...