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? 🙂

 

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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Going into games blind and those first experiences (Elder Scrolls and Dragon Age)

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Rohan?!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I thought I’d attempt to make amends by (hopefully) giving you something nice to read, accompanied with a hand-picked selection of my very own screenshots.

In this post I’m taking a look at those nostalgic first encounters and how these experiences are so key for open world RPG games. I promise I’ll return to posting more frequently, I’ve just had trouble finding time recently.

The first recent game that crossed my mind was Elder Scrolls Skyrim, a game that everyone must have played with such high critical acclaim making it impossible to ignore. I’ve really being dying to do something Skyrim related on my blog for the amount of enjoyment and time I spent playing it.

A good indicator I find for how much I like a game is how much I want to collect all achievements and achieve 100%, as by doing so I should discover most of the content. Including Skyrim, I’ve only managed this feat seven times… although some games are just evil! Ahem Civ 5.

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A ‘treasure trove’ of experiences…

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The Hidden Surprises of Game Bundles

square enix christmas surpriseI bought the Square Enix Christmas Surprise a couple of days ago, the first ‘surprise bundle’ I’ve ever tried, which required you to pay £4.99 for six steam keys and three special offers usable in their store.

The catch was that as it was a surprise, those six steam keys could be for any Square Enix game. This meant there was plenty of speculation prior to the reveal and it was all quite exciting on the day of the announcement – at least for me!

Thankfully I don’t own many Square Enix games already or this may have been an issue for people who did since there was a significant chance of receiving the same game. I was just hoping to avoid Just Cause 2, Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider which were all luckily not included.

Those which were included were: Deus Ex: The Fall, Lara Croft and the Guardian of the Light, Murdered: Soul Suspect, Nosworth – Warlord Pack, The Last Remnant and Thief: Master Thief Edition.

Now from those, bearing in mind the bundle cost £4.99, I was delighted to see Thief. This was a game, despite some negativity from those familiar with the franchise, that I was hoping to play at some point anyway. I wasn’t too impressed with the rest however on first glance.

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My Winter Gaming Wishlist

I thought I’d best try to prepare and limit any unnecessary purchases this year after taking previous steam sales a bit too enthusiastically. In fact I’m still yet to play Deus Ex Human Revolution, Dishonoured, LA Noire, Legend of Grimrock, Tomb Raider, which I truly feel terrible about. I will get round to them eventually!

Anyway, below I’ve listed my top 5 games I’ll be looking to buy this winter, as well as five games on my wishlist that aren’t as high priority but I’d still like if the price comes down enough.

Please share what you’re looking to buy this winter, I’m always looking for recommendations!

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Divinity: Original Sin

This game looks like it was made for me. Fantasy + RPG is just the perfect combo. It has really positive reviews that has made it difficult to wait so long to buy it but I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

 

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Football Manager 2015

I’ve surprised myself by holding off on FM15 for so long, but my football manager urges are beginning to rise. I’m a bit concerned about the negative reviews regarding the match engine so I’m hoping by Christmas it should be all patched up and fully playable.

 

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The Walking Dead / The Wolf Among Us

Having seen that the Game of Thrones video game will be developed by Telltale Games, I’m intrigued to see what these two highly rated games are like to give me an impression of what to expect.

 

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This War of Mine

A truly depressing game by the looks of it, yet it’s got that appeal that I want to experience anyway! I don’t really have a lot to say about it but it looks an interesting dark survival game.

 

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Wasteland 2

This looks a very similar game to Divinity: Original Sin but in a post-apocalyptic setting. It is a topic I’m less keen on but I did enjoy Fallout enough for me to still look forward to playing this.

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Digital vs Physical PC Game Purchases

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The attraction of the sales!

Deciding whether to buy a physical copy of a game or to download digitally has been something that I’ve been torn about recently. Digital downloads have grown in popularity in recent years, and with games now requiring a lot more space, you can quite often receive as many as five disks to install your new game from, with slower installation speeds than an internet download.

Steam is the most used digital distributor for games, and I’m guilty of stocking up my library with more games that I know what to do with. The legendary Steam sales, especially the Summer and Winter ones, are just asking you to advantage for those 75% off deals. I’ve also recently set up an account with GOG for their fabulous Witcher series pricing a couple of months ago, which also boasts heavily discounted prices that I don’t think physical games can match. Lastly I created an account with CD Keys for their £25 deal on the new Sims 4, much cheaper than the pricing for physical game – currently £35 on Amazon.

Physical games of course do go on sale too, but as they are not simply a virtual download online, it’s rare that they ever drop as low, at least not until several years later when they are struggling to sell. Thinking back exactly to the last physical game I bought: Dirt 3 or Skyrim in 2011? It must have been Guild Wars 2 in 2012. Admittedly I bought the first Harry Potter game off Ebay in the summer but I don’t think that counts! The discovery of Steam in 2010 when Football Manager offered steam as disk-free software to play it has led to a huge decline in my purchases. Prior to this I’d been proudly filling my shelves with PC Games.

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The Sims 4: First Impressions by a Sims Newbie

The Sims series is so popular and successful that I finally decided I had to see what the fuss is all about. I came into the game with no previous Sims experience, and to be honest very little at all with simulation games altogether. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and more importantly, whether or not I’d find the game enjoyable.

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Okay here we go!

From launching the game I was taken straight away to Create-A-Sim. All very simple and thankfully easy to use, with tons of customization possible including “shaping” using your mouse, making it possible to create whoever you want. A neat feature that I discovered here was that you can save your Sim – or even Household if created a family – to this online Gallery in-game where other fellow Simmers can download your creations, also allowing you to do the same with theirs. I was very impressed with this and even spotted some Sims based on real-life celebrities that made me laugh!

After spending far too much time trying to create a virtual me (perfectly normal I’m sure!) you’re then directed to choose where your Sim or Household will be living. You have two options here, either a pre-made home or an empty lot. I chose the empty lot – a decision I quickly regretted! While it’s a lot cheaper to buy a empty plot of land, it does requires you to actually build – yikes! Luckily there is a tutorial in “build-mode” explaining the new features to Sims veterans, as well as some basics tips for beginners, but I still found myself lost despite the slightly irritating tutorial pop-ups every second. When I finally got my head round the building basics and created myself a block to live in, I was just feeling frustrated and already questioning whether the game was right for me.

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