Summer Oxymoron Sale

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Is it just me, or is the title of this year’s Steam Summer Sale a little bit of an oxymoron? They’re promoting picnics and outdoor activities in the advertising, yet all of the games that are on sale would encourage one to stay indoors. I just thought it was kind of funny, not really a big deal though. I’m a sucker for a sale as you guys probably know by now, and not just counting this particular sale, I’ve come up on a metric shit ton of games in the past couple of weeks.

Somewhere a few weeks back, the daily deal was on Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (the 64-bit version of the game). As of now, I own every souls game besides the latest (Dark Souls III). I really need to make it through some of the older ones before picking up 3, and it’s likely that one will be cheap when I finally get around to buying it. I’ve also downloaded the latest Humble Monthly early unlock, which is called Hurtworld. It’s a survival sandbox-y type game, and it looks semi interesting but with my experience with other survival games it’s likely I won’t spend much time on it. There’s just a couple of days left before the rest of the bundle unlocks, so I’m hoping for a couple other decent titles that I’ve thought about purchasing, rather than what’s been the case where it’s part “meh” and part “gifts for friends.”

The Summer Sale started this week, and I told myself I wasn’t going to go crazy. There were some games I had in mind to look for when the sale hit, because they were still selling for more than I wanted to pay for them, or would just be on a deep discount so I could get more bang for my buck. One of those games was Wolfenstein: The New Order, which Bethesda put out a couple of years ago and I skipped over thinking it wouldn’t be all that great. Then I played the new DOOM and realized that this Wolfenstein would probably be pretty awesome. I haven’t confirmed this just yet, but getting the game for $10 was nice. I also sprung for Pillars of Eternity for $18, and the expansion for that as well. It’s one of those titles I’ve had on my wishlist for a very long time but very rarely goes on sale. I loved all of the Infinity Engine games from back in the day, so I have a feeling I’ll enjoy this one as well. I also sprung for the Baldur’s Gate enhanced editions as well only because of the new content that’s been added pretty recently, but I decided against it. I may change my mind again before the sale is over.

Lastly, I picked up the Legendary bundle of Skyrim for PC. I played the shit out of that game but at the time I had a crappy laptop, so I ended up picking it up for my PS3. I also bought all of the expansion content and finished my playthrough a couple of years ago. However, with the announcement of the new special edition and the fact that it would be free for those who own the original game and all of the content for it, I thought it was a good idea to pick up another copy. I have a feeling it would be too hard to prove that I own all that stuff on PS3 in order to get a PS4 copy of the special edition. I realize too, that I could easily download the game and install a bunch of mods to essentially replicate the new features of the special edition, but I might just wait for the upgrade in October to play through one of my favorite RPGs of all time, once again.

Speaking of favorite RPG series, I finally picked up the GOTY edition of Dragon Age: Inquisition. I’ve been meaning to buy this game for far too long, and having owned and played the shit out of the first two games in the series, I know I’m going to enjoy this. I saw MMO fans complaining because of it’s side quests and similar busy work, but since I don’t play MMOs very often, this shouldn’t faze me. I loved the first two, I’m sure I’ll love this one as well. It’s on sale for $20 on Origin with all of the extras, so it’s definitely worth it for fans of the IP.

All told, I ended up spending about $100 on games. I got some awesome stuff, even if I won’t be able to play it all right away. My wallet was happy that I managed to contain myself, but my backlog has begun to gently weep. More on these titles as I get to them.

What did you pick up so far in the Summer Sale?

Where To Sink the Time?

My birthday is coming up this next weekend. 33 doesn’t feel like it means much outside of being one year older. It’s old enough to feel like an adult, but young enough to still be in touch with society and culture. One thing that hasn’t changed is my love for video games, and that doesn’t look to ever change, considering it’s been about 30 years since I first played one. Sure, I get irritated with the state of things here and there, and sometimes I don’t feel like playing anything but I can’t imagine myself not being a gamer until arthritis or carpal tunnel steal my ability to be one. With that said, I think it’s going to be a long while before I’m not longer interested in the medium, if ever.

I was given the option to pick a game as my birthday gift by my father. It’s been the usual gift over the years, and I do love getting a new shiny when the opportunity presents itself. So, given a price range of $60, there were plenty of options that I had been considering. The biggest titles that I’ve had on my wishlist for a time but haven’t picked up yet and have been contemplating were Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Grand Theft Auto V, The Witcher III, Dragon Age Inquisition: GOTY Edition, and Fallout 4.

Having played Blops3 a bit on my friend’s PS4, I can attest that I really enjoy the game, and it’s a return to greatness for the series. However, despite glowing professional reviews of the PC version of the game, the reviews on Steam are still filled with contempt for shoddy optimization. People with better GPUs than I were having trouble with the game. I have a system that is only a few months old, and assumed I would be able to play the game flawlessly, but that hasn’t been the case for many people. Granted, it has only been out a few short days, and apparently some of the issues have already been fixed, but I’m thinking it might be best to scratch that one off of the list for now. I would just wait and buy it once I have a PS4, but I hear there will be modding and custom map support like the good old days of CoD on PC in the future, so perhaps that will be the time to pick it up. Either way, I can still play this one at my friend’s house, so it’s off the short list.

Grand Theft Auto V was another strong contender, mainly because the PC version is supposed to put the console version to shame and already has mod support. I have played bits of the game in the past and rather enjoyed it, this feeling being a similar return to the glory days similar to that which I described about the new CoD above. However, the game is old if you go by the original release date, despite coming out on PC early this year. Still, I think this one would be best purchased when it’s on sale, and it isn’t currently. So scratch that as well.

The Witcher III looks incredible. Eri had nothing but positive things to say about it for the long while she was playing it, and I would like to get in on that experience. However, it’s not a franchise I have any history with (from what I’ve read, the first game is pretty bad and the sequel was only passable) so it doesn’t have the pull of some of these other titles. I also know that it has a ton of DLC, some of which is free but more is on the way, so it seems to be the type of game I should wait to purchase, preferably when it’s a GOTY package on discount. I’ll get it one day, but I’m not dying to play it.

That brings me to the last two games, both of which I have been really excited to play for a long time.

Dragon Age Inquisition released about a year ago, but since then has seen multiple DLCs, and just last month released the GOTY package that includes everything for the full box price. That’s more of a deal than the $60 would have been a year ago when the game was new. I also know from playing through both DA:O and DA2 + all of their DLCs that the full experience is so much better than just the base game. I’ve read mostly positive reviews about the game, and though most people agree that DA:O was the better of the two, I liked both of them and know that I will enjoy DA:I.

Fallout 4 released this evening. I’ve read horror stories about Bethesda game launches in that they tend to be buggy messes. Most of the reviews from both professional journalists and those from players on Steam are all reporting that the game is running surprisingly well and though there are some bugs still, it’s nothing compared to recent launches from the company. I first learned of Fallout 4 back during E3, and I knew it was a game I was going to want to play, even going back and playing New Vegas through most of the way to get back into what a Bethesda game can offer. This one is also $60 out of the gate and has a $30 season pass which will most likely be worth the purchase even at a later date.

I’m torn between the latter two, because I know they will both provide a deep engaging RPG experience, and many hours of gameplay. I’m a big fan of BioWare and Dragon Age, while I have enjoyed portions of Fallout in the past and would love to jump into that on day one.

So my question to you, dear reader, is what game would you choose, given the option? Reasons can be given in the comments.

E3: My Most Anticipated

So E3 has come and gone. There’s always such a big hype train happening during this time of year, where we get the announcements for big titles coming during the holiday season, and trailers for things on the horizon. There’s always some controversy to boot. If you were one of the people who were the test audience for my podcast project, you’ll recognize this discussion from the show. That was a pilot episode of sorts, so because it’s not seeing the light of day just yet, I thought I’d post my portion of that bit here. Plus, J3w3l already did one for her most anticipated. So these are my 10 + 1 most anticipated games from E3 (in no particular order):

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Why I’m excited: I’ve been playing Dragon Age since day one. I’m the guy that bought all the DLC and even enjoyed Dragon Age 2, despite all the changes. This game will be awesome, I’m already sure of it.

The Order 1886

Why I’m excited: Uncharted game-play meets the supernatural. Need I say more?

No Man’s Sky

Why I’m excited: Who wouldn’t be excited by this trailer? The possibilities are endless. However, wtf are we supposed to be doing with this awesome world? Questions need answered.

Evolve

Why I’m excited: It’s PvP meets co-0p on a scale that’s different from the everyday shooter. Playing as the monster is almost always fun.

Uncharted 4

Why I’m excited: I loved the cinematic feel of all the other Uncharted games. It’s the real Indiana Jones game that was never made.

The Evil Within

Why I’m excited: The OG creator of the Resident Evil series. There is much to be excited about, as this might be the RE fans have been clamoring for.

Dead Island 2

Why I’m excited: Dead Island has this strange appeal. It’s like Skyrim meets zombies. Really, it’s pretty awesome. This trailer doesn’t give much, but I am excited nonetheless.

Alien: Isolation

Why I’m excited: Survival Horror. For some reason I can’t explain, this genre speaks to me. This game looks like an Alien game worth playing. But they’ve done that before in trailers. Here’s hoping this game lives up to the potential the IP has.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Why I’m excited: Another IP with a long list of failures. Most Middle-Earth games don’t appeal to me, despite loving the lore. The Nemesis system looks to do something different with the AI, and I’m intrigued.

Bloodborne

Why I’m excited: It’s a different take on the Demon’s Souls/Dark Souls genre. I enjoy difficulty. This game looks promising.

Bonus: H1Z1

Why I’m excited: H1Z1 is a game that came out of left field, and I’ve been excited about it since day one. Though I haven’t played DayZ, I always thought the concept was great. This game is doing a lot of things I don’t see other MMOs doing, and I want to see more of it every chance I get. I haven’t been excited about an MMO launch for years. This one has me foaming at the mouth.

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