I swear to all that is gaming that I have a massive, huge, bigish post on my experiences with the DK2, and what games work the best coming… but in the mean time Steam has just released it’s huge “Discovery” update.
There’s a lot to like with the update, and it goes some way towards what I had wished Steam had done a long time ago – make it a social network for gamers.
In lieu of that, I have been using Google+, but ultimately it’s not the best fit.
Unfortunately, the update doesn’t quite do everything I want (such as being able to tag people as well as games) but it does have nice improvements to your news feed. An area I’m sure most people neglected, but maybe now will give another look.
Most significantly for me, is you can now follow “curators” who can recommend games to you. In fact, your store page now recommends games to you based on a magic algorithm, part of which is which curators you follow.
So my advice: Give me a follow! I’m not even trying to pad my numbers, I just like giving people the low down on the best games, and now you can get it straight to your Steam box.
So I backed Massive Chalice at the level that allowed me to add my own house to the game.
Double Fine do a live stream each week showing off the game. I decided to check out live stream 24 … and my house appeared in game! Check it out: my house Arnold-Amon (it makes an appearance a few seconds in)
Then at 7:50 my battlecry gets quoted!
At 22:00 my descendant is married and given a keep: Huntsville! (named after my cat :))
How damn cool does that look? XCOM wildwest, with HOMM overland map? Oh god yes. Just check out that gunfight!
And the mechanics they’re espousing:
The combat is fast. The whole combat encounter takes no more than 5-10 minutes. It’s short, bloody, and decisive. All it takes is one well laid shot. It’s just not that easy to put yourself in the proper position.
No peeling off HPs. HPs represent the ability to withstand a shot or two, alternatively to sustain a powerful blow.
There’s little randomization: you either make good predictions and good decisions to land a kill, or you die. There’s no victory without risk, but it’s a well calculated risk.
BANGBANGBANG! Look at ‘em go! I’m a backer. Maybe you should be too?
It’s the last day of the Steam Summer Sale, so if there were any deals they’re back and this is your last chance. Here is a list of games that are on special, and if you don’t own them yet – SHAME ON YOU.
(all prices are AUD. Click to jump to Steam.)
Tomb Raider – this was an amazingly good game, now only $5
The Stick of Truth – It lived up to the hype, now $37
XCOM: Enemy Unknown – One of the greatest games ever made for $13. Steam is crazy.
Civ V – the crowning jewel of the Civ series… and that’s saying a lot. $13.50
State of Decay – An amazingly fun, and unique, take a zombie apocalypse. It is a bit rough here and there, but for $5 it’s a bargin.
Banished – An extremely fun and challenging city builder. Nothing like starving a fledging village of outcasts during the winter! $10
Payday 2 – I’ve been getting a LOT of mileage out of this game. Get a crew together for an fantastic co-op experience that has great theme, depth, and RPG-like elements. You’ll get many hrs for your $6
Stanley Parable – I’m not going to try and explain this one… but for $6 you really should try it to see what all the fuss is about.
Batman: Arkham Origins – It was missing a little something-something from the other Arkham games, but it was still worth sinking 22 hrs into. $7.50
Dragon Age: Origins – A good RPG, you’ve probably heard of it. I go against the grain and claim the second was better. I mostly suggest this one now, because the upcoming Inquisitions is looking really good so for $7.50 you could catch up on the “story so far.”
Wolfenstein: The New Order – Just a straight up fun FPS. Captured “Wolfenstein with modern computing technology” really well. A-grade fun here, boys! $40 (expensive, I know, but that IS 50% off.)
Portal 2 – Who would have thought they could improve on the original? Well they did! Play it now. With a friend is a good option too. $5
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare – a standard multiplayer FPS with a easy-to-use-hard-to-master melee system. Plenty of fun to be had here for $5.