Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Megabit’s Pick of the Games on Demand Sale

When Microsoft announced a week long sale yesterday, in which some On Demand titles would have up to 75% off, fans were sceptical, and the disgruntlement increased when the list of titles was announced. Unsurprisingly, there’s not a Triple A title to be seen (come on, what did these entitled brats expect?) 

Amidst the howls of disappointment, we at Megabits thought we’d offer a voice of reason. Sure, these aren’t the most polished of games, and at least one stands out as an absolute stinker (naming no names but we’re looking at an Atari title).  Nevertheless, some of these rough diamonds are actually well worth a look…

Kameo Elements of Power
A slightly Fable-esque romp full of enjoyable and inventive shapeshifting gameplay, the only complaint you could ever lay at the feet of Kameo was that it was very short for the money. Thanks to the 75% discount, that no longer applies.

Blazing Angels: Squadrons of World War II
Too slow and stodgy to justify a full price investment, Blazing Angels suddenly seems like a bargain at its newly discounted price. It has a powerful, well told story with a broad scope that keeps you absorbed even when the gameplay can’t.

Button bashing hack-and-slash action, mythical villains despatched using QTEs, Ron Perlman voice acting and a convincing representation of the mythical Hyborian age are more than enough to excuse the games unpolished graphics and occasional liberties with the source material (Conan using magic? Robert E Howard would not approve.)

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
A squad based cover shooter with tactical elements, a choice between 1st and 3rd person views and multiplayer options. Oh, and it won numerous game of the year awards and has a 90% rating on Metacritic. If you can get past the gun fetishisation and the barely concealed homoeroticism of all things Clancy, then you’ll really enjoy this.

Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands
Don’t quibble at the simplistic combat when you could be enjoying great looks and sound layered over complex, cleverly designed levels. Forgotten Sands is hardly the Prince’s most innovative outing, but it's solid and enjoyable stuff.