Every Steam summer sale starts the same.
“Well, I bought way too many games last year, and I didn’t even have time to play them all. But this year will be different. This year I will buy two games tops, awesome ones at that. That will be it. Nothing else. NOTHING.”
Fast-forward about two weeks, and we have all suffered the same fate. Once again, we bought way too many games, and we won’t even have time to play them all.
Oh well, it can’t be helped. The best we can do now is revel in our purchases and enjoy the games so much we got more than our money’s worth by the time we’re done. And that’s exactly what I intend to do.
My haul this year is as follows:
Antichamber FEZ Dark Souls Penny Arcade: On the Rainslick Precipice of Darkness Episode 4 Ys I + II Chronicles Mirror’s Edge FTL: Faster than Light Finally, I bought Thomas Was Alone as a gift for a friend, because Thomas Was Alone is still the best thing. As is she, for that matter.
Anyways, I’ve already played and finished some games from my haul. Namely, Antichamber, FEZ, Penny Arcade and Mirror’s Edge. All of them are good or even great. Antichamber is mindfuckery of in the best possible way; FEZ has cool art/music/puzzles although the math and alphabet systems are way too convoluted, especially for a non-native English speaker who doesn’t know the significance of “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”; Penny Arcade is good, but neither as fun nor as funny as the previous episodes; and Mirror’s Edge is still brilliant (played it before, but had to rebuy). I already started FTL too: it’s fun, but I wouldn’t choose it over something like Dungeons of Dredmor.
And of course there is Dark Souls. What a fool I have been for not getting this one sooner. I’m not too far in yet, but I’m loving the hell out of this game. I like how much planning and strategy is involved in even the most ‘simple’ fights, and I love how the world of Lordran has been set up. Dark Souls feels like Metroid Prime’s worldbuilding and ]Monster Hunter’s combat had a baby who hates your guts. As for my progress, I just passed the twin Bell Gargoyles yesterday. They were a massive pain, but upgrading my equipment and a touch of strategy eventually carried me through the fight. Having rung the bell, I’m not really sure where to go next. Dashing past the faceless lightning dude (no way in hell I’m fighting him with my current stats) into the Garden seems like a fair bet though.
[EDIT: I just beat faceless lightning dude, and pretty easily at that. How? Bow. Because of course it’s the bow]
Beyond the games I paid actual money for, I also got some games for ‘free’. I dumped nearly all of my Trading Cards on the community market, and got a grand total of €10 out of the deal. Not too shabby, if I say so myself! I spent those 10 bucks on games I wouldn’t have paid my own hard-earned money for (for whatever reason) but could still see myself enjoying. In the end, I found three games which fulfilled those criteria quite nicely, and cost just a little under 10 bucks combined. These were:
Overlord + Overlord II Pack Hard Reset Deus Ex: Human Revolution
So far I’ve only played a little of each, but it looks to me like it was ‘money’ well spent. I knew I would love Overlord, having played the original back in the day, and getting it together with the expansion and sequel is a fair deal if I ever saw one. Hard Reset, being an FPS, I was less sure about. However, in his review Jim compared it favorably to Painkiller, and that if nothing else will get me to buy your FPS in a flash. I don’t hate First Person Shooters per se, I just hate what they’ve become. Give me an oldschool shooter with tons of enemies in wide open spaces, health packs and enough ammo to swim in, and I’ll definitely enjoy it. So far, Hard Reset is nothing if not that. As for Deus Ex, I’m not far enough in yet to give a verdict. Of the three, this was by far my most ‘dangerous’ purchase, because I have no clue if I’ll like it at all.
And there is one final purchase to enjoy! Just not on Steam (and thus without a 75% discount unfortunately). Over here in the old world, Pikmin 3 will be out tomorrow! I should be getting it in the mail right away. I’m looking forward to it! I never actually played Pikmin 1 or 2, but the trailers for the third installment may have sold the series to me, not to mention Miyamoto playing with stuffed animals. What’s that? PS4 and Xbox One will have ‘teh polygonz’? Fuck your polygons. If WiiU can do this that’s more than I’ll ever need. Just take a look at those leaves and tell me they aren’t the prettiest shit.
So now that I’m done making my wallet cry recalling all that money spent, let’s get cappin’! And, you know, actually playing games.
Weâ€™ve all been there. A game presents us with a moment or situation that fills us with dread. It could be the inexorable approach of a supernatural menace or looking down from the top of an impossibly tall building. Games will play on your fears and push you. But how do you overcome and prevail?
In honor of the ween of hallow and the month of October, the Bloggers Wanted prompt is all about â€śovercoming your fears in video games.â€ť How did you face the digital demons and pixel poltergeists? Did climbing in Assassinâ€™s Creed make you feel dizzy? Or do underground levels make you feel like you canâ€™t breathe? Everyone has this moment in gaming. You can scoff at the mirror room in Silent Hill 3 but break out into a cold sweat if you see a clown. So what do you do to get past this? Have any tricks of the trade or anecdotes that youâ€™ve picked up along the way? We want to hear about it.
Take us to your moment and how you dealt with that fear. Let us see into your heart and reach out to touch the quiet truth of your words. All you have to do is write your story in the Cblogs and format the title as â€śOvercoming Fear: [your blog title here].â€ť It's delightfully easy. You may even find your story promoted to the Front Page. Thatâ€™s always a treat.
Youâ€™ve overcome this fear. You have this story, this moment. Why not share it with us? Maybe your story can help someone else overcome their fear.
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