Now Where Did I Put My Steam Sale Wish List?

I haven’t played or even tried out all the games I purchased during the Steam Winter Sale.  I had a really good list of things to look for next time.  Next time is here!  I’m ready to acquire some new items for my Game Library.

Casually looking this morning, I’m thinking Outer Wilds looks good as a new consideration.  There’s also a whole Mystery Category with 98 pages of games.  I’m sure I’ll find things there.   I’m in the mood also for Action /Adventure and Science Fiction.

There we go…from December’s list:

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Bioshock 2 Remastered

Day of the Tentacle Remastered

Blacksad

Elsinore

I shall report back from the depths of Sale Frenzy.

GameNotes December 31, 2019

Happy New Year!

In an attempt to do a best of the decade report, I looked at the best games of the year from 2009-2019.  In all but one year I picked a single game I have, and have played and enjoyed.   If I didn’t care for anything, I wrote None.  There are a fair few of those!

On the plus side, many of the games I bought recently and am looking forward to playing were on the top pc games lists for their years.  Good stuff ahead!

My Favorite Games 2009-2019

2009 Dragon Age: Origins

2010   Bioshock 2    and  Mass Effect 2

2011  Elder Scrolls Skyrim

2012 Torchlight 2

2013 None

2014 Dragon Age Inquisition

2015   Fallout 4

2016  None

2017  None

2018 None

2019  None

 

World of Warcraft, BFA

Atherne is at Exalted with Proudmoore Admiralty, Storm’s Wake and the Order of Embers.  I’m working to get the rest while the extra rep xp lasts, except for the dread Rustbolt.

My Paladin is also working on her rep and on gearing up.  She was further ahead ILevel wise than the other 120s, as I had sent her to Nazjatar at some point.    Somehow I’ve become a fan of rep grinding and can’t stop.

The third character getting limited playtime over the last week is my Hunter who is sailing through Pandaria with her trusty crab Oscar.   I took him in one dungeon, and at one point someone said “bad BAD crab!” so I guess I was not attentive and he pulled a few mobs.  Tsk.   Sorry, Oscar.

I’ve been decorating a few of my character’s garrisons for Winter Veil.  Atherne’s is the best because she has so many followers walking all around, it truly is festive.

Wow Classic

I had not played this over the holidays at all, or barely.  I’m back in working between my Feral Druid and my Paladin.

I did the Winter Veil quests only on my Paladin, who looks adorable as a gnome elf.   I fear I’m holidayed out, so a return to normal would be welcome.

 

More from the Steam Sale

What a fiend!

Moebius Empire Rising (Jane Jensen)

The Tesla Effect (Tex Murphy)

Shady Brook, A Dark Mystery Text Adventure

Full Throttle Remastered

Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb

Titanic Adventure Out of Time

I have a really nice list laying in wait for the next sale.  I also find myself looking at game reviews, and if they are mysteries and have puzzles, boink!   They go on my list.

So far, I’ve only looked at Bioshock Infinite, The Call of Cthulu, and Nancy Drew and the Silent Spy.

As you probably know, Bioshock Infinite and The Call of Cthulu are “hand games” with the Cthulu hands being all bloody and eeew.   As my son remined me, I did used to play these first person shooters all the time, including the much revered Half Life with its wrench.  I don’t recall the hands thing bothering me.  I did figure out why they bug me now though.  It’s all the crochet (and other)  You Tube videos where you never see the person, but only their hands.  And you notice their nails (and what’s under them eek), you notice the skin–smooth, scaly, whatever.  I kind of hate them.  So they’re what put me off the first person shooters with the gangly, bloody or claw-like hands.   There’s always a reason.

I originally played Bioshock Infinite only up to a certain point, in my first playthrough long ago. I haven’t gotten to that point again in my new game of it.  What a bizarre society.  I do like the clothes and storefronts and the floating city of a weird alternate 1912.

The Call of Cthulu is pretty grim and dark, but the lead guy is a detective, so I’ll likely enjoy it.

Nancy Drew and the Silent Spy is unexpectedly really good.  It’s relaxing, has lots of puzzles, I like the voiceovers.  The story is certainly interesting.   I like having my notebook out again for a game, taking clue notes, making drawings.

 

GameNotes December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas!  I hope you’ll find some good games under the tree or a Steam Sale Card in your stocking.  I looked at a few things during the “autumn sale” a few weeks ago, but nothing appealed at the time.  In a merrier mode this sale season, I had the best time reading about games I might like, looking specifically for RPGs and Mysteries, but also looking through current popular titles just in case.  By the time this posts (it was written longer than usual in advance) I will have peeked at a few of these.  I’ll save my thoughts till the December 31st game notes, so I have some interesting notes to finish out the year.

My purchases:

Bioshock Infinite (I have the disc but it was cheap and I thought it might be simple to just purchase and install on Steam)

Call of Cthulhu (While reading about The Sinking City, Call of Cthulhu kept coming up in comparison.  It also was well reviewed on Steam and came up in a few articles I read.)

Hollow Knight  (A platformer, but weirdly gothic looking and described as darkly atmospheric.  Well reviewed.  Wish me luck on the platform jumps.  Haven’t played a platformer in ages)

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (Mystery, well reviewed, cheap)

What Remains of Edith Finch (Mystery, well reviewed, a fair few bloggers seem to have played it. )

The Wolf Among Us (Telltale Games, have never played, always well regarded. A sequel in the works. Came up in Mystery game reviews.)

Sherlock Holmes Bundle!  (This has six of the games.  I was going to try the generally reviewed  favorite The Secret of the Silver Earring, but, yo, what a good deal.)

Jenny LeClue, Detective (episode one, it seems, but a Mystery, liked by Steamers.  Cute and has an attitude. Plink.)

Don’t tell my husband I bought all this. (Elder Scrolls just popped in there…have had for a long time….)

 

Looked at:

Blacksad, but lots of comments about poor controls, which can be maddening.  I’ll wait for a controls fix which will hopefully come.

Cuphead   I know it’s supposed to be super hard, but I may crack yet.

Disco Elysium  The graphical style is off-putting.  It takes place in a single city block? Isometric?

XCom 2   Not what I hoped it might be.  Thought more strategic, spy like.

Subnautica    May crack. I have dubbed the first person perspective games “hand games” because all you see are the creepy hands at the bottom of the screen.  It looked pretty, was well reviewed, seems to have interesting gameplay.

Dark Souls  The title comes up a lot so I thought maybe, but nope, looks all hack and slash.  Commenters mention the awesome armor…zzzzz….

Black Mirror 1  One reviewer compared it to the old game Sanitarium.  You won’t have played it, but it was fascinating, crazy, but very buggy.  I was compelled to play through despite constant crashes.  The trailer for Black Mirror was very odd, with this long sequence showing an old man writing in his study in a tower.  There appears to be something coming up the side of the tower towards his window.  The view switches between the two, and finally, finally the window bursts open and the old man gets popped out the window.  Reviewers on Steam liked the game but many mentioned how incredibly slow the narrator and everything in the game moved, which, if the trailer sequence is an indicator, could be torturous.

Return of the Obra Dinn sounded great but whoa, black and white graphics with an odd sparkling, strobing light effect.  My eyes hurt after a few moments of the trailer.

Nancy Drew  Jury is out on trying one.  I really like the CW series and am likely to try the first couple of books in the series too.  The games? Dunno.

Outer Worlds, another “hands game” that sounds so good but doesn’t look that great in clips and there’s the creepy hand thing.  On sale again though.

 

Need ideas?

From PC Gamer, the Best Detective Games on PC   https://www.pcgamer.com/the-best-detective-games-on-pc/

Games Radar  25 Best RPGs to Cozy Up with This Winter   https://www.gamesradar.com/best-rpg-games/

Rock Paper Shotgun’s Best RPGs on PC in 2019, but many of these just aren’t going to run.   https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2019/10/11/best-rpgs/

 

Steam’s 100 Best Selling Games Of 2018

It’s convenient to see a list of this year’s best sellers during Steam’s Winter Sale.

There are a couple of titles I’d consider that have sounded intriguing when played by others over the course of the year. In most years in the past my list would be small because I already had the top games released. That isn’t the case here, where there simply isn’t much that looks good. Luckily a New Year with new possibilities is almost upon us.

XCom 2

Dark Souls Remastered