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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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.

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.

February Update and Music

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A new (and hopefully great!) idea I’ve had to keep you up-to-date with what to expect on my blog is a monthly ‘update’ I plan to do. This means you’ll know what to look out for and I’ll be able to briefly talk about video games, football, work etc in a few paragraphs.

At the end I’ll embed some youtube links to three of my current favourites songs that I’ve been listening to a lot this past month and that I highly recommend you give a listen to, I’ll try to include a range of genres for everyone!

Hopefully I’ll be able to keep this going throughout the year as they shouldn’t take too long to write, and it will more importantly keep you from thinking the blog has died when there has been a long gap in posting!

Starting with uni work, if there is ever a noticeable delay in my posts then this will no doubt be the reason why! March is full of assessment deadlines that they conveniently crammed together so I’ve been working hard the past few days getting started on them. With the last deadline being the 20th of March, I’m going to be busy for another few weeks.

Unfortunately all of this work largely involves typing away on my laptop so to be writing reviews (I know it’s been a while sorry!) or anything else really, it’s just a struggle to motivate myself to do it.

With so much work I surely don’t have time for gaming right? Well I try to keep myself logged out of steam throughout the day, and play maybe a couple of hours in the evening as a relaxing way to end… I’ve just finished The Wolf Among Us which was great and really quite funny in a dark way in places. I really really want to get started on Dragon Age Origins but I think I need to set aside a good few hours for several weeks to get the most out of it.

I was preparing to write a review on Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning having put 63 hours into it and had just the Legend of Dead Kel expansion left to complete, but my controller had finally stopped working after quite an impressive life literally just as I had arrived on the beach! I’ll get a new controller soon and hopefully write that up near Easter.

Finally, football… Liverpool have been on a remarkable rise which has been a welcome relief but Leicester sadly look in serious trouble. I’m sure you’ve seen the Pearson sacking mess Sky made which was just awful but I’m not sure where I stand with him. We’re bottom of the league yet we haven’t truly been convincingly beat so far this season I don’t think, I’m relieved to see Kramacic get a couple of goals as that was a big risk signing.

Music time, feel free to comment with any recommendations of your own or games you’ve been playing. Enjoy!

I haven’t played Transistor yet but I did buy it in the Steam Winter Sale so I’ll get round to it at some point. The soundtrack has received great praise so I had give it a listen and ‘We All Become’ really did stand-out, I can’t wait to hear it in-game!

Holy Fire is such a complete album full of tracks that could easily be released as singles, it’s hard picking my favourite but ‘Stepson’ just has something about it that feels special.

Yeah this song just makes me smile!

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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