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A new business "Sim" in Steam Early Access – Arms Dealer

image I just saw there was a new game in Steam Early Access – Arms Dealer. It literally showed up last night and it has my interest. It’s a sim style game with a slightly different edge. Your goal is to build up your business, forge relationships and take out your competitors. Catch is, you’re a high level arms dealer and you need to stay one step ahead of the various government agencies out to stop your nefarious deeds. From what I can tell from the screenshots and promo video, you’re out to arm small factions, equip large armies and even help supply munitions to the underdog in a military conflict. This alone sounds quite exciting and new. I’m definitely up for something a little more devious than the standard has to offer.

The graphics look pretty neat and it all looks pretty straight forward. It’s still Early Access and from the reviews a few things could use some updates and changes. But that’s the fun of Early Access, right? Even the dev says the game is about 85% done with more work to come.

The reviews seem mostly positive, so I’m right on the fence as to whether or not I want to jump in. I really like the concept and I’m fine with playing a game that may not be complete, may need some fit and polish and may have some awkward moments. Nothing wrong with that.

I’m going to check out a few more reviews and maybe see what I can find on Youtube before making a purchase. I’ve never had any issues with Early Access game so far, and I have several of them, so I’m sure this will be in my collection before the day is out. The only reason I’m waiting, is because it just showed up this morning and I haven’t had the time to sort through the info. It’s only $13, but no need to throw money away, right?

If anyone has thoughts or comments, feel free to throw them out.

Arms Dealer now available on Steam Early Access

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Big Savings on Banished and Democracy 3 at GOG.Com

Well, take a look at this – GOG.com is having a sale on Banished and Democracy 3 as well as several other titles. If you remember I’m a huge fan of Banished and love playing it. The graphics are great and while the game is easy to play, it’s still quite difficult. One wrong move and you will scar your community for generations. It’s normally $19.99, but GOG has it on sale for $7.99. That’s a steal! I highly recommend grabbing a copy!

Democracy 3 is a new game I just picked up and while it seems easy, oh my goodness, Mistakes Were Made. Think you can run the country and make the right decisions? Well, give it a god. This is deep game with lots of choices that affect lots of different people and groups. I just started playing and have already doomed my political career. Let’s just say my approval rating isn’t on the rise. Steam just had this game on sale as well as the DLC. If you didn’t catch that, GOG can help you out.

There are other titles on sale so give the list a once over. See, it’s always a good idea to wait for a sale and then make your move!

GOG Weekend Sale

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What happened to the decent golf games?

I must confess to neither being a fan of watching or playing golf. Putt putt is about the furthest I’ve gotten and I admit to enjoying it quite a bit. However, I quite enjoying playing golf on the computer. Back in the day I was quite a fan of Links and then Microsoft Golf – yet another example of games Microsoft kicked to the curb. Taking up the mantle was Tiger Woods, but due to his penchant for not keeping his club in the bag, that game has been shelved as well. So where does that leave us? Why has golf fallen so out of favor?

I recently dug into the archives of the iPad and fired up the game "Let’s Golf" by Gameloft – one of their better titles in my opinion. Yes, the game is a bit "arcade" by the graphics are still quite nice, the swing meter is easy to use and it’s very enjoyable to pick a course and go for a quick 9 or even a full 18 holes.

But when you turn to the desktop arena, the selections seems to be in hiding. About the only game I can find is The Golf Club and the reviews are far too mixed to say it’s a solid contender. So what happened to the casual golf game? What is an armchair player to do these days? I suppose I could dig through my stash to see if I can find my last copies of golf and do what I can to get it to play, but why aren’t companies making new versions? Egad, you can’t get away from a new season of Madden of NHL, but to the devil if you want to play golf.

This seems like an untapped market these days. Of course if someone were to come out with a decent game, I’m sure they’d charge $59 and no one in their right mind is going to pay that. They would have to bring something impressive and keep the price under $20. Talking about my ass I know. But I can dare to dream can’t I?

I guess I will have to be content with Let’s Golf and Let’s Golf 2 for the iPad. To hell with that miserable excuse of a game Let’s Golf 3. There is something to be said for the close cut grass of the greens, the beauty of the fairway, the sound of the distant birds and the bright skies that still make golf a fun game to play.

Speaking of, does anyone remember the Microsoft published golf game that features zombie and other monsters on the course? I can’t remember the name and I can’t seem to find it in a search. It was actually an amusing game – for what it was. I wonder if I have that stashed somewhere.

There’s more golf tournaments than you can shake a stick at, but you can’t play it on your computer.

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Microsoft Studios Weekend at Steam – All Games on Sale

Well check this out, another sale has just started over at Steam and this time it’s games that Microsoft has published. Now, before you go and scoff, there are some worthwhile titles out there. For example, you can now pick up the brand new Rise of Nations Extended Edition for $9.99. You can also grab Age of Empires HD for $4.99. The new Zombie shooter, State of Decay is also $4.99 with the Expansion Packs coming in at $1.74 for Breakdown and $3.74 for Lifeline.

There is also an interesting game called Toy Soldiers which I’ve never seen before. From the trailer, it looks like an interesting spin on a Tower Defense. For $1.99 I can hardly go wrong in getting a copy. I’ve also been curious about Deadlight, a zombie runner that seems to be getting quite a few good reviews. It’s only $2.99, so for the cost of a couple of Coronas I might that add to my cart as well.

Looks like it could all be pretty interesting. To me the big news is Rise of Nations and Age of Empires, but since I already have those, I might have to go for some of these other titles. Looks like a fun weekend coming up.

 

Microsoft Studios Weekend at Steam

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Big Kalypso Sale at Steam – Save 85% – Aug 14 – 18

Here’s something for ya, Kalypso is having a multi-day sale over at Steam with different titles going on sale each day. The best sales will probably be early on and right now the entire Tropico line is one sale, as well as Omerta, Port Royale, Patrician and Rise of Venice. Serious discounts for these games. Looks like I’ll be adding a whole slew of new games and raking in some new DLC for the games I already have.

Kalypso Anniversary Sale

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