Steam Winter Sale 2020 Haul

So, last year (wink wink nudge nudge) I posted about the games that I was eyeing this sale. There were a bunch of great deals in there but I decided to not go for certain sales.

For starters, I was quite excited about Humankind… but I’m hesitant now about pre-ordering it. I doubt that the 10% discount is all that worth it for a game that I haven’t seen much from yet. I think I’ll rather wait for it to come out, maybe get a few patches, and eventually, I’ll get into it. Until then, I’ve got plenty of time to get through other titles by Amplitude like the up-coming Endless Dungeon or the Endless Space games I own… or Endless Legends (which I actually enjoyed so far). 

Fe and Sundered were both available for four euros but I wanted to decide for just one of them. I wasn’t too sure on Fe as, while it looked interesting, I’m not too sure how it feels and plays. Alas, I decided to go for Sundered instead as it’s a roguevania and I’m sure I’ll like it.

On top of purchasing Sunset Overdrive, I also got Yakuza 0 to play it before the other Yakuza games that I own. Yakuza 0 was available for about five bucks, so I felt quite good about that purchase, especially as it looked like a ton of fun from what I’ve seen so far. I’m looking forward to getting into Sunset Overdrive eventually, although there are a bunch of other games lined up before it. 

Moons of Madness was 50% off but as Jeromai pointed out there was a bundle available on Humble Bundle that included Moons of Madness and a bunch of other games at the same price. Alas, I decided to go for that instead as it featured Deep Sky Derelicts, Tacoma, Still There, and Moons of Madness. All of these are nice additions to my library and my ever-increasing backlog. There are also a bunch of keys in there for games I’m not interested that I may give to friends that like games like that. On top of that, there was a key for Breathedge in there but as I already own that game, I’ll have to give it away, too. Incredible game, btw. 

Instead of buying Ni No Kuni, I ended up going for Doom Eternal. In hindsight, this was a great choice as I’m enjoying Doom Eternal quite a bit right now. I also bought Doom 2016 as it was available rather cheaply and as I’ve been told that some like that title more than Eternal… so I’m looking forward to trying that out after playing through Doom Eternal! 

If I don’t count the Bundle that I got, I spend 40€ on games this sale. I spent 13€ on the bundle (I added a bit extra because of the charity stuff there and the value that I got out of it), so that adds up to a total of 53€. The games that I got on steam alone were worth about 140€ with Doom Eternal being the priciest at 60€. The games in the bundle that I registered to my account were worth 74.50€, resulting in a total of 214.5€ worth of games acquired this sale for a price of 53€, so basically 75% off.

Honestly, I’m glad that I got some of these games but I want to make an effort to play through more of my titles. Right now, I’m getting back into Ratropolis and Hades again but also playing a fair bit of Doom Eternal and Minecraft. Next week, I’ll start my playthrough of Bioshock 2 on Twitch. After I’m through with either Doom Eternal or Bioshock 2, I’d like to play Sunset Overdrive and potentially the first Yakuza game. After that, I’ll have to try out other games and see where things will lead me. Streaming and blogging are helping me chunk away at that big backlog of mine, slowly but steadily. Alas, I hope that I get to go through some of those in this year.

What did you guys buy? Is there a purchase you decided against? Let me know!

Cheers!

This post originated on Indiecator and was first published on there by Dan Indiecator aka MagiWasTaken.

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Thoughts on the Game of the Year Award

So, yesterday, Belghast actually published a post on his games of the year 2020. His list featured a variety of games that I have either been eyeing or that I’ve watched or even played. I definitely recommend his post!

But this lead to me thinking… what is a “game of the year” anyway and why does it have to be just one and no more than one title?

In my opinion, the title of “game of the year” should go to a game that really coined a year. A game that you couldn’t escape from no matter where you went… a game is omnipresent on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, and on all other streaming platforms, media outlets and websites. I feel like a game like that is probably hard to make. A game that doesn’t get outshined by other games despite being released before any other games. I feel like that would be a game of the year.

The Game Awards nominated six games for the title: Doom Eternal, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Ghost of Tsushima, Hades, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and The Last Of Us Part II. In the end, I had to google who won and apparently Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us Part 2” is now the game of the year 2020 which actually surprised me.

The surprise mostly came because I didn’t really realise that it came out this year. At the same time, the hype wasn’t that big around it, if I remember correctly, and it wasn’t as present on Twitch as Ghost of Tsushima, for instance. On top of that, I also heard a lot of bad things about TLOU2 and the one instance of me watching a stream of that game… was not good. I’ll post on that eventually as well but uh spoilers and stuff.

Anyways, that resulted in me checking up on how nominees are selected in the first place and what kind of authority the game awards are to be able to just decide what game deserves that title… and well, apparently, that’s a stupid question. I mean, The Game Awards apparently are kind of a big deal and I just wasn’t aware of that, really. There is an “international jury of over 95 global media and influencer outlets, selected for their history of critical evaluation of video games” in place that decides nominees based on a lot of factors, also including categories like esports and accessibility. The producer of the Game Awards, Geoff Keighley, himself is not a member of the jury and doesn’t vote on winners or nominees. As far as the nominations go, the jury I mentioned above votes via ballots and votes on their top five titles. Based on those votes, five titles are nominated each year. In case of a tie, there will be six nominees, just like this year! 

Alas, it makes sense that there are titles by big studios like Nintendo and Square Enix while also smaller studios like Supergiant Games represented in the top six, this year. Hades probably would have been my vote as I didn’t play any of the other games (although, I did buy Doom Eternal and will play that soon). I’m not too fond of remakes, especially after what they did with Destroy All Humans earlier in 2020… and I don’t own a Switch so I won’t be able to play ACNH anytime soon. I don’t own any consoles, making it hard for me to play Ghost of Tsushima or TLOU2. In the end, I only played Hades (as far as the nominees go) and would probably have nominated Lightmatter, Drake Hollow, Risk of Rain 2, and some other titles.

Obviously, “The Game Of The Year” is not a game that coined the year… but I just feel like the title kind of implies that. It kind of implies that it’s THE game of THAT year. When you’d talk about 2020 in gaming you wouldn’t be able to talk for two minutes before bumping into that game… It is the game of the year after all… So maybe I’m a bit hung up on that name or the title or my definition but it doesn’t seem like it actually means what it, in my opinion, entails or implies.

When I think of titles that coined the year, I’d probably think of Fall Guys or Among Us. I literally couldn’t escape Among Us for the longest time, so I played it as well, got burned out, and eventually, it came back to me when friends from my old high school chatted me up and wanted to play it with me. Even Ms Magi who doesn’t really play any games was aware of Among Us and did install it on her phone at one point, resulting in us having conversations about it… although she wasn’t too captivated by it.

Anyways, Among Us probably wouldn’t be eligible for nomination since it came out two years ago… or it didn’t get nominated. 

But there’re also other categories and Among Us ended up being the “Best Mobile Game” and Fall Guys, for instance, also scored in quite a lot of categories. Hades won Best Indie and Best Action, which was lovely to see. It was great to see Carrion, If Found, Spiritfarer, Through the Darkest of Times, and some other indie games also seeing love. 

In the end, I don’t really think highly of game awards like that but I love seeing that Indie Games stand close to other games in categories like “Best Action” or whatever. I love seeing a lot of games that I’ve watched or played be nominated for big awards like that but I don’t really care about the winner, to be honest, unless it’s a game I’ve never heard of – in which case, I’d google and potentially wishlist it. So, while I enjoy seeing the nominees, I don’t like the actual award being handed to a title, as I most likely would wrap my hands around my head and wonder why that specific title got that specific award. 

This sounds like I’m constantly whining about why my favourite game didn’t win or whatever but in reality, it’s just me complaining that “of course The Last Of Us Part 2 got the GOTY award” for a minute or two before sipping my coffee and moving on. It doesn’t really matter much… I mean, there’s going to be a GOTY edition of this game that I probably won’t play. Again, more on that soon. But in the end, it doesn’t affect me. I don’t have these annoying friends anymore that would just try and annoy me by saying that they were right and that I was wrong or whatever. Honestly, I don’t care really. I just moan about it once and forget about it two minutes later as I browse who else got nominated for the indie titles that actually interest me. 

Congrats to the winners. Congrats on the nominees.
Happy New Year to everyone else!

Cheers.

This post originated on Indiecator and was first published on there by Dan Indiecator aka MagiWasTaken.

Steam Winter Sale 2020

Merry crisis and a happy new fear! It’s time for more anxiety as the Steam Winter Sale is approaching – the great disaster that leaves many a wallet empty. Hence, I wanted to talk about sales (like this one), some of my wishlisted items, and potential good deals.

So, first up: The Steam Winter Sale is here from December 22nd (aka two days ago) until January 5th (10 am PT) granting us the opportunity to save big bucks on many titles! Buy your favourite titles at lower prices than usual and earn points to buy cosmetic items and emotes for Steam’s social functions. Obviously, Steam’s competitor, Epic Games, is also running a Winter Sale but their concept of handing out coupons whenever you claim a free game kind of irritates me and honestly, most of the games that I’d like to get aren’t that much cheaper on there, even with the coupon, compared to Steam. Apart from that, I also like Steam’s functions a lot more, as well as the social aspect of it, so Steam’s the clear winner here, I think.

My issue with Sales is that they influence how you treat games and their value over time. Games are sold at a bargain during sales, so you effectively will more often than not refrain from buying a game on other times, so that you can grab it for cheaper later. At the same time, you’ll probably buy more on a Christmas Sale than on any other month as the sales are worth it more.

This idea of “worth”, “pricing”, and ” value” is a rather tricky topic and I’d like to elaborate on my thoughts and concerns about that idea in a later post… in 2021… once I’ve found some time to edit it and add pictures and stuff. 

Anyways, I didn’t really buy any games for the last couple of months due to my financial situation but since I’ll be paid back for the last couple of months, I might be able to spend a little bit of money on this sale. In that sense, there are a few games that I’d love to buy this Sale but I know that I won’t buy all of them. I’ll probably make another post on “my haul” in 2021 once I actually made all my purchases. 

Sundered: Eldritch Edition

Sundered is an Action-Roguelite-Metroidvania-Mashup by Thunder Lotus Games that features a chaotic and enigmatic hand-drawn art style as well as combat revolving around ancient eldritch powers that you either resist or embrace. The idea behind Roguevanias like this one (or Dead Cells) is actually something that I’ve really enjoyed in the past and I love it when you get to choose between the good or the bad side in games, so naturally, this title has been on my wishlist for ages. Currently, it’s 80% off on Steam, costing only 4€ instead of the usual 20€.

Fe

Zoink’s dark Sci-Fi-Action-Puzzle-title is about a creature called Fe in a nordic forest that has a lot of exploration to offer to you. Personally speaking, I have little to no idea what to expect from this title but it’s been on my wishlist ever since release in 2018, so I’m looking forward to potentially grabbing it and playing it sometime soon. The art style looks fantastic and I love the themes and the premise of it, presented by the trailer… but yeah, I know basically nothing about it apart from that. It’s currently 75% off on Steam, available at a price of roughly 4€.

Sunset Overdrive

Insomniac Games’ “Sunset Overdrive” kind of looked like Jet Set Radio to me… but with a post-apocalyptic and open world, as well as unique weapons and customizable abilities and stuff. Honestly, what I’ve seen from this title in clips and videos has looked like a ton of fun, so I’m really looking forward to grabbing this title eventually. Currently, however, it is 75% off, so check it out for sure.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered

I know I said that I don’t like a lot of JRPGs but I love Level-5 as a Studio and I love Studio Ghibli for their movies and art styles, which is why Ni no Kuni has been on my wishlist ever since the PC-port was announced. I’ve been looking forward to this game for ages. Alas, it’s a pleasure to see that it’s 70% off on Steam, available at 15€ instead of 50€. This could very much be the game with the biggest bargain in my wishlist.

Moons of Madness

First-Person, story-driven Cosmic Horror… in SPACE?! Count me in! I think I’ve actually seen info about this title about a year ago at or before the GamesCom in Cologne and really liked the style of it and the idea behind it, so naturally, I put it on my wishlist, even though I’m such a huge scaredy-cat. At 12.50€ or 50% off, this one’s still a bargain, in my opinion, so it’s definitely going to be a title that I’ll consider buying later.

DOOM Eternal

Hell’s armies have invaded Earth, so it’s time to clean up, eh? This title came out only this year and is already available at about 20€/67% off, which is honestly quite great. I heard that it’s satisfying to play and that the soundtrack is fantastically brutal. Alas, I’m going to consider this one as well.

HUMANKIND

Being a fan of Amplitude Studios’ Endless series is probably the biggest reason behind this title being on the list. I love strategy games and 4X games and while I haven’t played too many yet, I’d love to get into more. Humankind is going to be a title that will allow you to play through the entire narrative of humankind, letting you create your own civilisation in our world that will be as unique as you are. What values, culture and history will you push for? 

Honestly, I’m really looking forward to getting this myself eventually. The issue is… it’s coming out in April 2021 if it doesn’t get delayed. Alas, I may pre-order it now while it is about 10€ off and enjoy it later in April as a late birthday present… to myself. 

Anyways, I don’t usually do lists like this one but I thought it would be fun as a post during the holidays. Obviously, there are a lot more titles on my wishlist and Steam has a ton more Indie games to offer… but I probably own a lot of the ones that I want to play and review already… or they’re not that cheap or they’re games that I’d buy at the full price anyways. Personally speaking, I don’t like spending too much money on Games these days, especially as I’ve been having less and less time to play games and as my library has been growing more and more as of late, too. Part of the reason for that is most likely Humble Choice as I’d sometimes forget to pause it or as I’d sometimes go for it even though I have too many games to play in my backlog… stupid decisions and no decisions, eh? Alas, there are plenty of unplayed games in my backlog and I’m looking forward to getting through the pile eventually. I’ll just have to practice self-discipline more often during sales like this one and limit my funds to spare more. 

Hence, I feel like a spending limit of at most 60€ would be quite appropriate. That’s basically my free-time-funds anyways per month and I guess I could go a bit above it as well if I end up buying Humankind, considering that I’ve never bought a birthday present for myself. 

That’s what people do sometimes, right? They buy something nice for themself, right? Right? 

Uh, either way, I’ll have to see how much money I have available to myself at the end of this month. I’m basically getting my funds from the state soon and will have to pay my rent and bills anyways, then I’ll have to decide my spending limits per week for food and stuff in January… Then, I’ll need to consider what to get for my little sister’s birthday… and when all of that is done and dusted, I’ll have some left-over money that I may save… or I may use it for “free-time-funds” aka buying games. Will have to see.

I hope you’re enjoying the Christmas holidays! Take a breather and relax for a bit. Enjoy your time. 2020’s end is nigh, so it’s time to hope that 2021 is gonna be better. Have some nice time off and some have a great start into the new one!

What purchases are you going to make if any at all? Have you considered games and not gone for them? Has a sale ever changed your mind of going for a game despite initially not having wanted to? Let me know!

Cheers!

This post originated on Indiecator and was first published on there by Dan Indiecator aka MagiWasTaken.