Saturday, June 20, 2015

Practiced Self-Control

Steam Sales are like alcohol in that it's easy to lose sight of your limitations and to easily spend all your money and be incredibly happy during those first few hours until you realize that you can't pay rent . . . or buy food . . . or own any clothes because you sold them all. The point is that you have to set limitations on yourself or else you spend entirely too much money.

I try to set my limits on such sales at $20. It makes it hard for me to get into trouble financially, but more importantly it forces me to be frugal and get the best deals for my money throughout the week long sale. This year that resulted in a pretty good haul of new games.

Final Fantasy VII

I first picked up this game nearly twenty years ago and have been in love with it ever since. It was the first Japanese Role-Playing Game (JRPG) I had ever had the pleasure of playing and it set the tone for what my expectations of a computer based RPG would be and how the experience of playing one should feel. Without exaggerating I've probably put in close to four hundred hours of play time on this game over the decades and would still be playing my original copy if a certain ex-girlfriend of mine hadn't stole the second disc.

FTL: Faster Than Light

This was a game that I had been looking at for a while before actually pulling the trigger and purchasing it (for like $1.29). The game is deceptively simple but infinitely complex. You're constantly having to shift your focus between what's happening inside your ship to what's going on outside of it and the result is often a cluster-fuck of an explosion. It's immersive, and an absolute soul-sucker of a game as it's easy to disappear inside it for hours at a time. Really worth checking out if you've been contemplating it.

The Detail

I picked this one up because the trailer captured my imagination. I love point and click games because often the most important aspect of the game is the story rather than how many times can I hit my left mouse button before it breaks. I'm not real sure about what the actual game will be like so I'll write more about it once I start playing it.

Hotline Miami

This is one of those games that I've been hearing about for years but have never sat down to actually play. It's supposed to have an amazing soundtrack - and the limited footage I've watched of it has borne this out - and the game play is reputed to be ultra violent. I can get behind both of those things. I'm excited to check it out. Oh, and I got it for $2.99.

Fallout 3

This is one of those games that I always wanted to play but at the time when it came out my computer was nearly eight years old and it was financially beyond my means at the time to upgrade (I was the only one working). When I finally was able to purchase a new computer I was warned off picking it up because of it's instability on Windows 8.1 (which is the version I own). Still, I've always wanted to play it and I've spent hours watching people like +Many A True Nerd explore it. So when it came available for $2.49 I decided to take a chance on it and see if I couldn't get it to work on my computer.

For those of you like me attempting to get this game to run on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 there's a guide that the community has created to make it functional. The Ultimate Fallout 3 Setup Guide has a lot of great information collected on how to get the thing to run and a pretty active comments section where people are bringing up problems that they've had and how they fixed them. So check it out if you're wanting to play this one.

Fallout 3: New Vegas

One of my best friends loaned me a copy of this game for the PS3 and I've just absolutely fallen in love with it. The game is incredibly deep and requires a lot of thought. Every action you take feels like it has a real weight behind it and there is this sense that at any moment your next decision could be the one that pushes your character over the edge and off into the abyss of being hunted by everyone you meet and have ever hoped to meet.

I would not have bought it without the Steam sale that knocked it down to $2.49 though. Playing it on the PS3 would have been enough for me, but at such a discount picking it up on PC for my very own seemed like a good idea. My PC is quite a bit more robust than my PS3 so I'm really excited to see the differences in how it looks and plays.

Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days

This is one of those games that I always wanted to play when it first came out. The game just looks fun to me though it may be a cluster fuck. Either way for $2.49 it was worth checking out. I'll have more on it when I play it a bit.

So did you cats pick anything up?

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