Sundae Funday: Three Very Different Kinds Of Games

By Ishaan . July 10, 2011 . 10:29am

Sundae Funday! And the last day of Steam summer sales. I’m proud to say I only spent $5 this year. Sadly, I also ended up spending another $30 on an import game from Play-Asia. At least it was at half price…


All the visual novel news of late has been making me want to step away from “regular” games for a bit and spend some time catching up on all the visual novel games I’ve missed out on in the last year or so, too. Kara no Shoujo is on that list, but I do find myself wishing there were more quality visual novels for portable game devices. I hope the digital stores on 3DS and Vita make those kinds of games more viable for publishers to bring over.




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This week’s ice-cream is from the Japanese Ice-cream Blog. I spent a surprising amount of time browsing the site while writing this post.

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  • IceRomancer

    Good job tightening that wallet ishaan! I wish I could say my play asia bill was that small right now :(

    Typical Japanese food, beautiful and delicious looking :P

  • Steam didn’t rob me as badly as previous sales, but that’s mostly because I’ve already bought most games I’m interested in. :P

    The Last Remnant
    Civilization V
    Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale

    The Last Remnant being surprisingly awesome. Much better so far than reviews pegged it in my humble opinion.

    • malek86

      I only bought two games from Steam during the summer deals: the epilexia-inducing Beat hazard, and Dark Fall 3, which i had wanted for a while, but i won’t play it until I get the previous ones too (which hopefully will be put on sale by GOG one of these days).

      If you are into indie games, and while the sale is still there, may I suggest VVVVVV or maybe AaAaAA? (yeah, trust me, despite those titles they are awesome games)

    • Exkaiser

      I bought Mass Effect 2 and Sanctum, myself. I went in with barely any money, so they didn’t have much to pry out of me.

      • I didn’t have the money to spend this year either, otherwise I probably would have picked up Dead Space 2, Fallout: New Vegas, etc.

        I got the vast majority of my Steam games from one sale last year, thanks largely to publisher packs and what not. Suppose I should count myself lucky, because that was murder on my wallet.

    • DanteJones

      How did you like Recettear? I’ve been interested in getting it, just haven’t quite decided yet. And yeah, Last Remnant was a blast to play. I can see why the squad setup could turn some people off from it, but once you got the system down it was pretty fun.

      • I haven’t gotten too far into Recettear yet. I usually stick to playing one game at a time, which at the moment is TLR, but I had a hard time pulling myself away from Recettear when I went to test it. I can see myself sinking quite a bit of time into it.

        My only complaint is that the maximum resolution is 1280×720, but that’s pretty minor.

        There’s a demo available on Steam so you can give it a spin before you buy.

        • DanteJones

          Oh what! I had no idea there was a demo. I’m gonna go do that right now, thanks!

        • DanteJones

          Oh man, just wanted to say I’m trying out the Recettear demo and it’s AWESOME. I’m so buying this when I get paid. XD Thanks for the letting me know about the demo!

    • FireCouch

      Jamestown is such a great game, I picked it up as well.

    • TrevHead

      I picked up more than what I planned to

      The Last Remnant
      Beat Hazard Complete
      Left for Dead 2
      Kings Bounty 2
      (And ill probably be getting Zeno Clash)

      I bought Jamestown when it first released, fun game

      I might of spent to much considering Ive dipped into the money set
      aside to buy myself a replacement 360 tomorrow. Looks like ill have to
      wait another week

      Im playing Recettear atm, I never thought I would like this kind of game I was (very) pleasantly surprised

      • TrevHead

        I also fell lucky with ARMA2 since i was gonna buy that from steam but chose not to. Luckly another DD site is giving away the game for free this weekend aswell as 2 other games. Applies to UK only buy I heard US/ Canada can get it aswell, the info is in an article at Destructiod

  • TrevHead

    Steam has made a few mistakes in this sale, one was to put Terrania at 75% off instead of 50% ($5) Valve didnt fix the error until 5 hours into the sale day, so the poor dev will have taken a massive hit to sales.

    What I find really disheartening in th number of gamers who missed out on buying the game for $2.50 going crazy on the steam forum demanding the game be set back to 75%. (sigh) ill just call them acting self entitled and leave it at that

    • malek86

      I don’t believe that a mistake. Whenever a mistake happened, it was usually fixed in no more than ten minutes. Rather, I think they noticed it was selling boatloads, so they thought it was a good idea to increase the price a bit.

      Same deal for a couple other games, which had their discount decreased for some reason (TDU2 was 5€ for many hours, and then suddenly went to 13€). Very annoying. Some say it’s because the higher discount was for a limited number of keys, but then, shouldn’t they have said so?

      What’s even more annoying, is that some of my friends had the price change even though they had already put the item in the cart, and without any warning. Is that even legal?

      Also, from what I heard, the Terraria developers aren’t exactly a shining example of friendliness, so I wouldn’t put it past them to willingly increase the price.

  • Never fails. Everytime they post an ice cream dish that looks more delicious than the last. Now I’m hungry again. >_<

  • blah blah

    First sunday I’ve seen all 3 stories.
    That makes me feel nerdy.

  • PrinceHeir

    Kara no Shoujo :P

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