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I guess I just like liking things

I don’t buy a lot of games normally. I’ll usually get one and play it relentlessly before getting the next one. But this past week there’ve been some crazy deals on the Xbox and I ended up buying nine games. Now I have to work up some sort of schedule and work through them, and the worst part is what I really want to do is buy the last piece of DLC for Mass Effect 3 and play through that. Life is rough all over.

Here are the nine games I got, with a few thoughts on each. The cheapest of the bunch was 99 cents, and the most expensive one was $10. I’ve put them in alphabetical order because I needed some kind of order and that’s the only one that made any sense.

Asura’s Wrath – I… don’t know what this is. I’m a sucker for third person action-adventure games, but I don’t know what’s going on here. One description I read of this game (after buying it) said it was very much like anime in game form. I don’t read anime, and I’m thinking that might be fundamental to understanding what’s going on here. I’m 15 minutes into it and there’s guys without spacesuits standing on the outsides of space ships and hitting other giant space things with their fists and making them explode. I’m a little out of my element here.

Bejeweled 3 – I’ve never owned a full version of a Bejeweled game, so I couldn’t pass up the $1.07 price tag on this version. It has been equal parts soothing and maddening already, so money well spent I guess.

LIMBO – “Critically acclaimed” and “atmospheric” so, sure, I’ll buy that.  It’s all black and white and grey and kind of silhouette-y and it was creeping me out even before the giant spider stabbed me and hung me from a tree. I don’t know if I’m ever going to make it through this one. I feel like the ESRB rating should have had a “GIANT SPIDERS THAT WILL STAB YOU” descriptor.

Overlord II – I played the first one and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it, and I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. It finally got cheap enough for me to hop on board and so far it seems to have the same sense of humor the first one did, so I think I’ll be all right.

Pool Nation – As I was downloading this one I tweeted “Why is a pool game 1.12Gb?” and then “Why am I downloading a pool game?” I still don’t have the answers to either of those questions, though “It was 99 cents” probably starts answering that second one. I doubt I’ll play this one much, even though it looks really, really nice. Very shiny.

Sonic Generations – I’ve always had a soft spot for Sonic the Hedgehog games, even while I’ve always been terrible at them. This one’s a mix of old-school Sonic and nuSonic, and it fast and flashy and fun, but it seems I’m just along for the ride most of the time. I honestly have a hard time following the action occasionally, so it’s making me feel old. Thanks, blast processing.

State of Decay – An open world zombie survival game that a friend recommended. I don’t normally go in for zombie games, but this one feels a bit more like The Walking Dead TV show, what with having to group up and find supplies and whatnot. This was the most expensive game I bought during the sale.

Viking: Battle for Asgard – I first played this game in May 2008. I rented it and only got through about half of it and never rented it again. The $3 price tag made this an easy decision, and I liked about 90% of the game. The end game, though? The part leading up to the final boss? So. Frustrating. One of the most unsatisfying endings ever on top of that, too. In fact, the ending frustrated me so much that I immediately deleted the game once I finished, instead of going back through and picking up collectibles like I normally would. Good riddance!

Walking Dead Season 2 Ep 1 – Hey, speaking of The Walking Dead. I would have gotten this at its normal price, I just hadn’t yet.

Some of the fun for me over the last week was seeing what the new deals would be. Major Nelson would post the next day’s deals some time after 10p, and I looked forward to it every day, and that was a new experience for me. I guess I do like shopping, it just needs to be the right sort – not having to leave the house is a huge part of it.

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