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#61 Souffrir   Eternally Training CAG CAGiversary!   4174 Posts   Joined 6.1 Years Ago  

Posted 20 March 2014 - 05:28 PM

I keep seeing this series come up but I don't know jack about it. What kind of game is it? RPG? Adventure? Text adventure? Visual novel?

 

It says "hacking simulation," but the only thing I can figure out from that is 2code4me.



#62 dfg   Impecunious Ass Gamer CAGiversary!   3132 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

Posted 22 March 2014 - 04:42 PM

Haven't bought a BS in a while because of all the repeats. Great prices, but I won't drop a few bucks on a bundle just for a single non-repeat.



#63 BobbyTastic   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   8340 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 08:37 PM

I keep seeing this series come up but I don't know jack about it. What kind of game is it? RPG? Adventure? Text adventure? Visual novel?

 

It says "hacking simulation," but the only thing I can figure out from that is 2code4me.

The first two games are actually "hacking simulators", just with a plot/story added to them via missions, so you're not just hacking for no reason. Most of the gameplay is through a command line, but there are other elements (you upgrade your computer and stuff).

 

Don't worry though, you don't have to be a master coder to get it (there's tutorials and stuff).

 

Here's gameplay of the sequel, Untold (the original is more of the same), skip to 3:30 in the video, the LPer goes a bit slow, but just hang in there.

 

 

Duality's a little different. It drops some of the realism for more fun, getting rid of the command line stuff. Here's a review -> http://www.neowin.ne...olution-duality

 

and here's some gameplay ->

 

I think the bundle is a pretty good value for $3 since it comes with all the DLCs aside from the music packs from each of the three games (BundleStars said there were legal/licensing issues so they couldn't include them, but the music for Untold is currently 50% off on Steam), and all the items included normally cost over $60 (the bundle on Steam just for the 3 games plus part ONE of the major DLC for Duality is $30).

 

But don't take my word for it, each of the three games has their own demo, so there you go.

 

If you like it, other hacking games I'd recommend are Uplink, and the free flash game Lego Spybotics: The Nightfall Incident.



#64 BobbyTastic   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   8340 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 08:52 PM

I know this is a double post, but while checking for info on the Hacker Bundle, I found out that the Blaze of Glory bundle is being removed in 35 hours.

 

Blaze of Glory Bundle is $3.50 and includes:

 

  • Commander: Conquest of the Americas Gold
  • WWIII: Black Gold
  • KnightShift
  • East India Company - Gold Edition
  • WWII Panzer Claws 1 & 2
  • Pirates of Black Cove - Gold Edition

All are Steam keys, and all are Windows-only (unless you get something like WINE).



#65 Souffrir   Eternally Training CAG CAGiversary!   4174 Posts   Joined 6.1 Years Ago  

Posted 22 March 2014 - 11:41 PM

If you like it, other hacking games I'd recommend are Uplink, and the free flash game Lego Spybotics: The Nightfall Incident.

I actually have Uplink in my backlog from some bundle or other. I guess I'll try one of those demos, see what I think. Thanks for the detailed account!



#66 GauRocks  

Posted 22 March 2014 - 11:59 PM

Since the comparison to Uplink came up, I have to ask how similar the Hacker Evolution games are.  Uplink was very unintuitive in the early game and had some strict time limits on story missions, to the point where you might not actually realize there was a story.  But it was also enough fun that I played it through for different endings.  Given that I already have base Duality with no DLC, should I pick this bundle up or skip it?



#67 BobbyTastic   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   8340 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 12:19 AM

I actually have Uplink in my backlog from some bundle or other. I guess I'll try one of those demos, see what I think. Thanks for the detailed account!

No problem. Tell us your impressions if you don't mind.

 

 

Since the comparison to Uplink came up, I have to ask how similar the Hacker Evolution games are.  Uplink was very unintuitive in the early game and had some strict time limits on story missions, to the point where you might not actually realize there was a story.  But it was also enough fun that I played it through for different endings.  Given that I already have base Duality with no DLC, should I pick this bundle up or skip it?

Well, I've posted gameplay of the second game (the first one is pretty much the same thing) and noted that Duality plays completely differently. I believe the guy in the video for Untold mentions Uplink. Uplink is similar to Hacker Evolution except instead of all that clicking, there's a lot of typing. I think you would enjoy both classic Hacker Evo games if you liked Uplink.

 

As for whether or not the bundle is worth it? Well, it's $3, and you'd be getting both Hacker Evo games, the Hardcore DLC for each game, and you'd be getting the Inception expansion (it's in three parts, and ports all the levels from the original two games into Duality's engine) for Duality, as well as the two hardcore packs, and a "bootcamp" DLC.

 

The way I'd break down the price in your situation is:

 

$1 - Hacker Evolution Complete (Base game + hardcore DLC) - $13 value before sales

 

$1 - Hacker Evolution: Untold Complete (Base game + hardcore DLC) - $13 value before sales

 

$1 - Hacker Evolution Duality DLC Pack (All 3 Inception DLCs, Both Hardcore DLCs, and boot-camp) - $18 value before sales

 

(Total is $44 before sales, so $3 is more than 90% off)

 

Since 2/3rds of the value is based on the original two games, I'd recommend you play both demos and see what you think. As for the DLC for Duality, it's more of the same (but it's a LOT of content), so if you enjoyed the base game, the DLC is worth it, no question.

 

As for the lack of the music pack for each of the three games, it's $3 each for the first two games (the one for Untold is currently on sale for $1.50), and $5 for Duality. But unless you've got DLC OCD they're skippable as they're not really worth it for the price. 90% off sale would be nice though.. :-P



#68 GauRocks  

Posted 23 March 2014 - 03:35 AM

Well, I've posted gameplay of the second game (the first one is pretty much the same thing) and noted that Duality plays completely differently. I believe the guy in the video for Untold mentions Uplink. Uplink is similar to Hacker Evolution except instead of all that clicking, there's a lot of typing. I think you would enjoy both classic Hacker Evo games if you liked Uplink.

Good enough for me.  Given that it's separate keys, I'll definitely pick this one up and figure out what to do with an extra copy of Duality later.  Thanks.



#69 TrumpCat   knows more about being a cat than anyone, believe me CAGiversary!   4611 Posts   Joined 5.0 Years Ago  

Posted 23 March 2014 - 06:41 AM

I know this is a double post, but while checking for info on the Hacker Bundle, I found out that the Blaze of Glory bundle is being removed in 35 hours.

 

Blaze of Glory Bundle is $3.50 and includes:

 

  • Commander: Conquest of the Americas Gold
  • WWIII: Black Gold
  • KnightShift
  • East India Company - Gold Edition
  • WWII Panzer Claws 1 & 2
  • Pirates of Black Cove - Gold Edition

All are Steam keys, and all are Windows-only (unless you get something like WINE).

I've been passing over this bundle since it came out. There's no single "gotta have" title and no cards either.



#70 BobbyTastic   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   8340 Posts   Joined 8.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 06:52 AM

I've been passing over this bundle since it came out. There's no single "gotta have" title and no cards either.

Understandable. I got a few keys from the bundle from a nice CAG so I don't feel too bad missing out. However, the Metacritic scores for the titles in the bundle are surprisingly high, at least.

 

Commander: Conquest of Americas Gold Edition -> 68 (Also has achievements)

WWIII: Black Gold -> 71

KnightShift -> N/A

East India Company Gold Edition -> 67

WW2 Panzer Claws -> 61

Pirates of Black Cove: Gold Edition -> 56 (Also has achievements)



#71 gilby   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   4719 Posts   Joined 6.4 Years Ago  

Posted 23 March 2014 - 03:05 PM

Understandable. I got a few keys from the bundle from a nice CAG so I don't feel too bad missing out. However, the Metacritic scores for the titles in the bundle are surprisingly high, at least.
 
Commander: Conquest of Americas Gold Edition -> 68 (Also has achievements)
WWIII: Black Gold -> 71
KnightShift -> N/A
East India Company Gold Edition -> 67
WW2 Panzer Claws -> 61
Pirates of Black Cove: Gold Edition -> 56 (Also has achievements)


The only one of those I've played is Pirates of Black Cove, but it is stupidly fun. Of course, you could probably find a spare key from someone in the trade thread. Like me, perhaps.

#72 juanjava   El ojo en el cielo CAGiversary!   4082 Posts   Joined 6.9 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 03:07 AM

I'm looking at the neo:retro bundle... I kind of want Inquisitor... but everything else... I don't know. I loved Arkania back then, but I don't know, it feels it didn't aged too good. Jets N' guns looks great, but I don't think I'll play it more than an hour. 3079 and 3089 are games I won't ever play. Universe sandbox looks 2deep4me. Already have Ethan and don't know anything about Chronicles of Mystery.

 

Any thoughts?



#73 hal   Game Hoarder CAGiversary!   5656 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 03:31 AM

Well, I played Universe Sandbox a while back. It was entertaining for a couple of minutes. To get more out of it, I'd have to know more about how to operate the simulation. Also, I'd have to care. Don't buy the bundle for that game unless you're an astronomy sim nerd. 

 

Other than that, backlog+8. 



#74 BossKey_Fox   Better Than You CAGiversary!   20647 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:26 AM

Well, I played Universe Sandbox a while back. It was entertaining for a couple of minutes. To get more out of it, I'd have to know more about how to operate the simulation. Also, I'd have to care. Don't buy the bundle for that game unless you're an astronomy sim nerd. 

 

Other than that, backlog+8. 

I haven't played it yet, but this is the reason I haven't.  Just felt like that type of game.  I still haven't been able to get into Gary's Mod and that one is a lot less...abstract than this one.  



#75 agentghost   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5113 Posts   Joined 9.9 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:24 AM

Understandable. I got a few keys from the bundle from a nice CAG so I don't feel too bad missing out. However, the Metacritic scores for the titles in the bundle are surprisingly high, at least.

 

Commander: Conquest of Americas Gold Edition -> 68 (Also has achievements) --> Snooze fest

WWIII: Black Gold -> 71--> very old game play and fugly by today standard.  Waste your time on RUSE or World of Conflict instead

KnightShift -> N/A --> another shovelware.  Gift this to the lurkers :P

East India Company Gold Edition -> 67 --> Try Anno series.. even the old ones blow this one out of the water 

WW2 Panzer Claws -> 61 --> an earlier release of WWIII Black Gold.  Outdated mechanic & graphically fugly x2

Pirates of Black Cove: Gold Edition -> 56 (Also has achievements) --> the only "decent, less than garbage" of the bunch.  I would suggest you play Sid Meier's Pirates instead.  After 15 min of gameplay, it get REALLY repetitive & the AI is dumb as a brick



#76 BossKey_Fox   Better Than You CAGiversary!   20647 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:04 PM

THIS IS HOW YOU DO A SIM BUNDLLE!

 

http://www.bundlesta...extreme-sims-2/



#77 MrNinjaSquirrel   Emo Blogger CAGiversary!   12143 Posts   Joined 6.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:05 PM

Extreme Sims Bundle 2 - $4.99

#78 akmgmer   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   998 Posts   Joined 13.2 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:22 PM

Wow that is a really solid bundle.  Roller Coaster Rampage and Air Conflicts Vietnam are the ones I'm interested in but I won't say no to Towtruck Simulator and Warehouse Simulator for my steam account.



#79 spoderman  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:27 PM

All I have from the Sims 2 bundle is Ride 'Em Low, which is terrible. Kind of tempted to buy it for the rest though, but all I really need is Race WTCC + Caterham expansion.



#80 Detruire   Would have finished the dark skin first CAGiversary!   5395 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:43 PM

And it's half full of repeats again. Damn Bundle Stars :wall:



#81 spoderman  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:44 PM

And it's half full of repeats again. Damn Bundle Stars :wall:

Half full? I count 2 repeats.



#82 mabman   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   152 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:53 PM

Simulators. Simulators everywhere



#83 BossKey_Fox   Better Than You CAGiversary!   20647 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:56 PM

Half full? I count 2 repeats.

I guess Professional Farmer is technically a repeat from Humble, but I wouldn't count it.  And still more like a third.  But again, I wouldn't count it since it was the $10 game wasn't it?



#84 Detruire   Would have finished the dark skin first CAGiversary!   5395 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 04:58 PM

Half full? I count 2 repeats.

 

I'd swear that Air Conflicts is a repeat - that image+colour seems familiar, and I thought that RACE was (supposedly not after talking to spoder.)



#85 Motoki   Big Fish Grandma CAGiversary!   16775 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:10 PM

I could swear that Race game was in some bundle(s) but admittedly there's like 20 iterations of it.



#86 The Sifu   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1653 Posts   Joined 15.5 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:11 PM

I'd swear that Air Conflicts is a repeat - that image+colour seems familiar, and I thought that RACE was (supposedly not after talking to spoder.)

 

Air Conflicts: Secret Wars was in Indie Gala 6 and the Superpower Sims bundle.  Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers was in the Humble BitComposer Weekly and the Superfly Indie Bundle, but AC: Vietnam has not been previously bundled.

 

Similarly, RACE On and RACE Injection were in previous bundles, but I can't find any mention of RACE WTCC w. Caterham.



#87 Detruire   Would have finished the dark skin first CAGiversary!   5395 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:13 PM

I could swear that Race game was in some bundle(s) but admittedly there's like 20 iterations of it.

 

I'm pretty sure at least a few of those overlapped, too.

 

 

Air Conflicts: Secret Wars was in Indie Gala 6 and the Superpower Sims bundle.  Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers was in the Humble BitComposer Weekly and the Superfly Indie Bundle, but AC: Vietnam has not been previously bundled.

 

Yes, I know that - but neither of those use that colour in their images.



#88 Modest Package  

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:14 PM

I could swear that Race game was in some bundle(s) but admittedly there's like 20 iterations of it.

Groupees Clash of Worlds Scandinavia bonus?...

 

was Race Injection



#89 juanjava   El ojo en el cielo CAGiversary!   4082 Posts   Joined 6.9 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 05:36 PM

My kids loved world of zoo on their wii. Maybe I should buy it for their steam account. I'm interested in roller coaster and pole position. Maybe air conflicts to complete my collection

#90 agentghost   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   5113 Posts   Joined 9.9 Years Ago  

Posted 25 March 2014 - 06:35 PM

ANYONE want to sell Air conflict Vietnam to me?  I have paypal