This Tuesday: Train Sim Expedition; Cryptic 10; Groupees Sakuwa, Diskonect
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My personal take
From Humble, one of those bundles that might turn some into bullet trains. Well, hold your horses’ power for a while more yet: while usually I tout them as unmissable (for the right person), this time around we are being given an engine focused bundle, that comes distinctly light in the routes department.
(If you’re wondering who this right person might be, it’s the one who enjoys the procedural nature and relaxing pace of Euro Truck Simulator 2 and the likes.)
Make no mistake, regardless of its being all about engines, Train Sim Expedition is absolutely incredible value: you will never, ever have a chance to pay anywhere close to this little.
Buck tier comes with the starter Train Sim '21 package, containing:
- Clinchfield Railroad: Elkhorn City - St. Paul Route Add-On
- Fife Circle Line: Edinburgh - Dunfermline Route Add-On
- Kiel - Lübeck Route Add-On
Is it worth springing for the upper tiers? The big Q is whether you have the routes required to use these trains. See, a train sim is serious business and there is no way it would let you use a kraut bullet train on a British line, that’d be just inconceivable: each engine may or may not come with dedicated scenarios, but to play them, owning the appropriate route is mandatory.
If you have hopped on the previous Dovetail bundle trains, this is a realistic possibility and getting this one is definitely worth of consideration: the warning applies more to new hands, so buyer beware.
In other news, a new Artifex HOG train pulls out of Fanatical station: the uninspired yet-another vibe emanating from Cryptic 10’s name, may suggest some lack of enthusiasm for the contents of these wagons, but the good news is these titles are new to bundles, as some probably would have already inferred, from the slightly higher price of 5 cu.
As for quality, there seems to be two hidden tiers in Cryptic 10, some better ones which clear the 85% bar on Steam, and those which can only muster a 70%.
If you have played any such game, though, you should be plenty aware that there is hardly any innovation in Artifex’s corner of the HOG world.
These are comfort food games for a specific kind of otaku, pleased by adherence to a highly familiar formula, where narrative ambitions or novel gameplay elements are forsaken, in favor of a brand of game-making that resembles an artisan churning out kitschy ornaments for collectors: they all look overly cute in isolation, but the one and very same to an outsider. Their degree of accomplishments is defined negatively starting from a baseline, and points are detracted for fouls, rather than scoring them with good moves.
Humble Train Sim Expedition - until 23/02/2021
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- PWYW, €1 minimum:
- Train Simulator 2021
- Train Simulator: BR Class 421 ‘4CIG’ Loco
- Train Simulator: Amtrak Acela Express EMU Add-On
- Train Simulator: Class 67 Diamond Jubilee Loco Add-On
- Train Simulator: DB BR423 EMU Add-On
- Train Simulator: Thompson Class B1 Loco Add-On
- BTA, €4.76, currently:
- Train Simulator: Strathclyde Class 101 DMU Add-On
- Train Simulator: BR Class 14 Loco Add-On
- Train Simulator: Union Pacific Challenger Loco Add-On
- Train Simulator: Norfolk Southern SD40-2 High Nose Loco Add-On
- Train Simulator: DB BR 474.3 EMU Add-On
- Train Simulator: DB ICE 1 EMU Add-On
- Pay €9.88+:
- Train Simulator: South West Trains Class 444 EMU Add-On
- Train Simulator: BR Blue Diesel Electric Pack Loco Add-On
- Train Simulator: Miami Commuter Rail F40PHL-2 Loco Add-On
- Train Simulator: Amtrak HHP-8 Loco Add-On
- Train Simulator: NJ TRANSIT Arrow III EMU Add-On
- Train Simulator: DB ICE 3 EMU Add-On
- Train Simulator: MRCE BR 185.5 Loco Add-On
Fanatical Cryptic 10 - until ?
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- Endless Fables 4: Shadow Within
- Family Mysteries 3: Criminal Mindset
- Family Mysteries: Poisonous Promises
- Ghost Files 2: Memory of a Crime
- Persian Nights 2: The Moonlight Veil
- The Secret Order 8: Return to the Buried Kingdom
- The Secret Order 7: Shadow Breach
- The Myth Seekers 2: The Sunken City
- Uncharted Tides: Port Royal
- Demon Hunter 5: Ascendance
Groupees Sakuwa - until 02/03/2021
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- Tier 1, $2 minimum:
- Music: Street Night Groove by Sakuwa サクワ
- Music: Future Funk by Sakuwa サクワ
- Music: Winter Season by Sakuwa サクワ
- Music: Impulse by Sakuwa サクワ
- Tier 2, $4 minimum:
- Music: Summer! Side A by Sakuwa サクワ
- Music: Summer! Side B by Sakuwa サクワ
- Music: Summer! Side C by Sakuwa サクワ
- Music: Party Vibes by Sakuwa サクワ
- Music: Love Groove (w/Moggモグ) by Sakuwa サクワ
- Music: Darling In The UwU by Sakuwa サクワ
- Tier 3, $6 minimum:
- Music: PASTELPASTEL by Sakuwa サクワ
- Music: Travel by Sakuwa サクワ
- Music: Summer! by Sakuwa サクワ
- Music: Pure Gem - Pure Love (Sakura Edit) by Sakuwa サクワ
- Music: Strawberry Station - Anita (Sakura Edit) by Sakuwa サクワ
- Music: Club2Tokyo - Puzzle! 🧩(feat. Nobelz) (Sakura Edit) by Sakuwa サクワ
- Music: Kotatsu by Sakuwa サクワ
Groupees DISKONEKT - launching on 10/02/2021
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- $6 minimum pre-sale; 29 releases.