Hello, readers. Today, I take a break from my busy schedule of not playing much Dirge of Cerberus and not giving a shit about Call of Duty news to bring you all something I have never done before: mini-reviews of Steam games for which I feel writing a full review would be unnecessary or games about which I do not have a full article’s worth of text for. So, without further ado, have some impressions/mini-reviews of games from my Steam backlog!
The first game I would like to talk about is Bastion. Two other staffers (or former staffers) have reviewed this one already, and there is not much I can add to it. Many people have described Bastion as one of the best games of recent years, and I certainly agree. It may be worth it to wait on Bastion as it tends to go on sale fairly often; console gamers could also pick this one up for the 360. Bastion is an action title with some RPG elements and very solid gameplay. The actual narrative may not be revolutionary, but the method in which the story is told is phenomenal. The story of Bastion is told entirely through narration by one of the game’s few characters and is extremely well-paced, with the full plot of the game being revealed bit-by-bit. Buy this game, readers. It is definitely worth it.
Recettear: an Item Shop’s Tale is another game to receive a Lusipurr.com review, and another game that hopefully most of the people reading this article have already played. Recettear is a wonderful little game that fuses shop-running with action-RPG dungeon crawler and does both surprisingly well. The game tells the story of Recette Lemongrass, a debt-stricken girl, and her fairy companion Tear, a loan shark. The two of them come up with the idea of running an item shop to pay off the massive debt Recette’s missing father left her with, and the two convert Recette’s house into a store to do it. The dungeon-crawling is one of the ways in which Recette obtains inventory for the shop. Anime fans in particular are highly advised to check out this one; Recettear has a very anime-esque humor and storytelling style, as well as anime-styled graphics. Helping a child escape homelessness has never been so fun or so adorable.
Zeboyd Games’ follow-up to Breath of Death VII, Cthulhu Saves the World, is a refreshingly classic Dragon Quest-like RPG. CStW has players taking the role of Lovecraft’s abomination as he –surprise surprise– is forced to go out and save the world in order to regain his powers. Gamers who liked the original Breath of Death VII should definitely play CtSW, and indeed anyone who bought the first game on Steam already has the follow-up. Cthulhu Saves the World uses the exact same battle system as the first; enemies start at a baseline power and get stronger as battles go on, party members regain all of their health and a few MP at the end of battles, and upon leveling, there are two options for how a character will gain stats or abilities, with the player being forced to choose. Cthulhu Saves the World also takes its predecessor’s refreshing random battle mechanics: the player can initiate random battles in dungeons by using the menu to seek them or by walking around, and once the player has fought enough battles in an area, the battles will no longer appear while walking. I highly recommend that fans of early Dragon Quest titles looking for a traditional-styled RPG drop the $3 it takes to get a Steam copy of Cthulhu Saves the World, especially since Breath of Death VII comes with it.
One final game I feel worth talking about is the original Half-Life. This game has held up unbelievably well, thanks mainly in part to Valve’s excellent Steam support of the game. Despite being close to thirteen years old, Half-Life runs almost perfectly on modern computers; the occasional hang-up when loading into new areas is the only real issue with running the game. Half-Life is one series with which any hardcore gamer should have at least passing familiarity; it is simply one of the greatest FPS’s ever made. Gordon Freeman’s adventure through the Black Mesa facilities and beyond admittedly falls apart in the last hour or so, but the journey up to that point is one that still holds up as an excellent gaming experience, even today.
Well, readers, I hope you have enjoyed this article. If you have not, then by all means let me know. I highly recommend that any reader who has not played these four games look into them; every one of these games was a game I thoroughly enjoyed playing through. Until next week, readers!