My Steam Summer Sale Gaming Wishlist

It’s that time of the year again! The Steam Summer Sale is expected to begin tomorrow (June 11th) and I thought I’d list the top games on my wishlist that I hope to pick up.

I did something similar for the winter sale, which you can check out here, and surprising enough I did stick to it quite well. My highlight and favourite purchase was Telltale’s Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us series which are certainly worthy of their positive reviews.

I’d love to hear what’s on your wishlist or if you have any recommendations or thoughts on the games below!

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Alpha Protocolalpha protocol steam

It wasn’t until recently that I knew about this. Seeing this game alongside Fallout New Vegas on Obsidian’s wiki page made me look it up and it actually sounds really interesting. If Mass Effect was a Spy movie.

 

FTL: Faster Than Lightftl steam

This on the other hand is a game I’ve known about for a while and I think it’s about time I actually bought it! It sounds very difficult but its setting and replay value make it one to definitely try out.

 

Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Seriesgame of thrones steam

I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan, and this sounds a great match for me having enjoyed Telltale’s previous games and it providing more material to enjoy in the Game of Thrones universe.

 

NEO Scavengerneo scavenger steam

This is a turn-based strategy game with the aim to survive in its post-apocalyptic setting. I was a bit put off by the interface but the reviews have convinced me to give it a try. There is also a demo to check out first.

 

Pillars of Eternity pillars of eternity steam

I don’t expect this game to get much of a discount but I’ll probably buy it anyway. I love lore heavy, well-written games, and this sounds perfect. Sure it’ll take a few hours to complete but it’s a long summer!

 

Remember Meremember me steam

This looks gorgeous but apparently wasn’t as successful as hoped. It’s often described as underrated, with the story and graphics especially praised. The main criticism is the combat but using a controller is said to help.

 

Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Directors Cutshadowrun dragonfall steam

Another turn-based strategy game, but in a cyberpunk setting. I haven’t played any of the Shadowrun games so I’m unsure where to start exactly, but I’ll be sure to purchase this one at least, if the price comes down.

 

Sunless Seasunless sea steam

This game looks so intriguing and full of surprises that it’s been so hard to hold off buying this on release. I’ve waited patiently until the sale where hopefully it’ll receive a discount to make my wait worthwhile.

 

The Banner Sagathe banner saga steam

A gem from 2014 that everyone has been talking about. I’ve heard so many good things about this tactical RPG. The art style looks beautiful and the story and soundtrack have also been highly praised.

 

Valiant Hearts: The Great Warvaliant hearts steam

Finally Valiant Hearts. Any game with a story so engaging and emotional that it will make you cry has got to be checked out of course. To the Moon and the Walking Dead almost managed it with me so I’ll see how it goes!

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What are you hoping to buy? 🙂

 

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One Year of Blogging: My Favourite Video Games

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For my first year milestone of blogging, I thought I’d talk about my favourite subject, gaming!

My first post was a look at my video game origins, which you can check out here, and I thought it would be fitting to try to continue on with how my gaming tastes have shaped into the present with what I have narrowed down to my top three favourites over the years.

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May Update and Music

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Exams are over! I’ve finished my second year of university now and I’m feeling much more positive since my last update 🙂

Several blogs that I follow have grown almost as quiet as mine over the past few months and I don’t think that’s a coincidence, but now I’ve got several months of freedom I should be posting much more regularly.

As mentioned in my last update, I’m very close to celebrating my first year of blogging, with my first post about my video game origins being posted on May 28 2014. I have no idea how bloggers usually celebrate this but I’ll try to think of something interesting!

So what’s happened since April? Only that Leicester performed a miracle and survived with a game to spare! I can’t get over how amazing this fightback was and it will hopefully get remembered as one of the best of all time.

I’ve barely played any games with all my revision occupying most of my time but I did finish Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller which was a traumatic and engaging story I recommend you check out. I seem to be a bit obsessed with ‘point-and-clicks’ at the minute as I’ve also finished the first Deponia game and I’m currently working my way through the Inner World.

Just looking at my recent posts on the right makes me realise how little I’ve been posting this year, hopefully I’ll make this up over the summer. I’ve got my final Premier League review I’d like to do after the season ends, obviously I’ve got to cover Leicester’s survival in detail at some point, and I really want to go back to posting more game reviews as my last one was back in October :O

I’m not sure what your thoughts are on my monthly music update feature but I’m deliberately only using one artist once so hopefully I’ll find something for everyone. Here are my three favourite tracks that I’ve been listening to this month:

What an album.

I love songs with layers like this.

If you haven’t seen the TV comedy show Friday Night Dinner then you should! Catchy theme for it.

April Update and Music

A bit of a late one sorry, my lack of posts has been pretty awful but I’ve been really struggling the past few weeks to find enjoyment and motivation to do anything, video games and football included.

My university course is nearing its end with just a couple of exams left and the blog is so close to celebrating its first year, I’d hate to be posting content of poor effort.

Hopefully this mood of mine will pass and I can get back to what I love most!

I haven’t been playing much but I have tried out Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller and have just finished the first episode. It’s interesting so far although I do find some aspects to be quite slow, the reviews mention how it picks up as the story progresses.

A bit of a range this month music-wise, hopefully you’ll enjoy these, I’ve only recently discovered ‘Daughter’ but her songs are just beautiful.

 

Premier League Review 2014/15: January/February/March

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Apologies for the delay in writing this, we’ve just past the 3/4 mark in this Premier League season but hopefully it’s not too late to write my third review of it.

I’ll be looking how my pre-season predictions compare with the current table at this stage, with just eight games remaining for the majority of the clubs, and consider if each clubs league position matches their expectations.

You can find the pre-season predictions here

August, September and October review here

November and December review here

I realise it may look a bit confusing if you haven’t seen my earlier reviews, but basically the number in brackets is the difference between the current league position and my pre-season predictions. An example would be I predicted Manchester United to finish 6th, they’re currently 4th, so that’d be (+2).

Hopefully you’ll find it interesting to look back at how the Premier League teams have progressed throughout the season, I can happily say that despite a couple of exceptions (thanks Southampton!) I wasn’t as far off with my predictions as I had feared!

Who do you think will finish in the top 4?

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1st (+0): Chelsea – The top 2 has almost perfectly matched my predictions throughout the season but I don’t think there were many doubts this year would be a joint battle between Chelsea and Man City. Chelsea’s position doesn’t look as secure as it did a couple of months ago but it would have to take something special for anyone to reach them at this stage.

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Gravity Soundtrack

Just a quick post. I watched Gravity for the second time last weekend and if anything I was more blown away by it than I was on my first viewing.

Oh my, it’s not often I get emotional from films but sometimes they just hit me the right way.

The soundtrack by Steven Price was awarded an Academy Award and it just fitted perfectly with the suspense throughout the film.

If you haven’t already seen it, go watch it!

Or do the next best thing and listen to this:

Definitely my favourite track from the score. Admittedly I thought the scene where this plays was a bit overly dramatic but that doesn’t take anything away from the music!

March Update and Music

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This is my monthly update for March where I talk about what’s coming up on my blog and briefly about the video games I’ve been playing and what the mood is like regarding football.

I’m pretty much at the half way point of all my assessments before Easter, but fingers crossed I’ll be posting some content finally in the coming days as I’ve got a lot to talk about!

I’ve just finished Kingdoms of Amalur and I want to write a review for that as I was actually quite disappointed with it. Deciding to gives RPGs a rest for the time being, I’ve been playing a bit of Crusader Kings II, I don’t think there is a more rewarding game once you grasp the basics.

I’ve been doing a quarterly review of the Premier League throughout the season, roughly every 10 matches, with comparisons between my pre-season predictions and the current table. I really need to post in time for the final quarter of the season, so I’ll aim to write this in the next few days.

Since my last update, Leicester have managed a 2-2 draw away at Everton – so easily could have been a win – and a closely fought 2-0 defeat at the champions, Manchester City. If this was the start of the season these results would be perfectly fine, and to be honest, who expected us to get a single point here? Yet the gap to reach safety widens. The only thing left to cling on to is the final ten games are all very much winnable, and if we do find our form and produce results our performances this season have warranted, then perhaps relegation isn’t so nailed on.

Anyhow, I’ve decided to theme the music this month on Leicester’s current situation…

The soundtrack for Inception is great, and as you can guess from my avatar, I do quite like the film too.

I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Florence + the Machine with her new album coming out soon. This track was a real gem from her debut album, and I think I’m right in saying it wasn’t released as a single.

Ben Howard is one of my favourite artists and I love the build-up you experience in this song.