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Fri Dec 30, 2011, 04:03 PM

It's Steam Sale Season!!!

It's that wonderful time of the year when my wallet cowers in the corner and begs for mercy because Steam sales are on. So, my fellow gamers, what have you acquired during this most wonderful time of the year?

I've been pretty good so far, only got Just Cause 2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky and KOTOR.
But today's a killer; Deus Ex Human Revolution is mighty tempting...

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Reply It's Steam Sale Season!!! (Original post)
LeftOfSelf-Centered Dec 2011 OP
Ohio Joe Dec 2011 #1
LeftOfSelf-Centered Dec 2011 #3
ZombieHorde Dec 2011 #2
LeftOfSelf-Centered Dec 2011 #4
ZombieHorde Dec 2011 #7
LeftOfSelf-Centered Dec 2011 #8
Riftaxe Jan 2012 #13
LeftOfSelf-Centered Jan 2012 #15
Riftaxe Jan 2012 #18
Hong Kong Cavalier Dec 2011 #5
LeftOfSelf-Centered Dec 2011 #6
AZCat Jan 2012 #9
LeftOfSelf-Centered Jan 2012 #10
AZCat Jan 2012 #11
LeftOfSelf-Centered Jan 2012 #14
AZCat Jan 2012 #16
LeftOfSelf-Centered Jan 2012 #17
Riftaxe Jan 2012 #12

Response to LeftOfSelf-Centered (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 04:40 PM

1. Didimatic is a great way to figure out Steam sales

http://didimatic.com/dd/en/onsale/steam

Different ways to sort the list and if you register, you can filter out games you are not interested in.

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Response to Ohio Joe (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 08:36 PM

3. Interesting website

Good way to get all the discounted games into one list. And it also shows any ongoing sales by Good Old Games, which I often forget to check; though I just picked up Fallout 2 for 2,99 a couple of days ago.
Thanks for the link!

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Response to LeftOfSelf-Centered (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 04:53 PM

2. I saw that sale.

I saw Fallout: New Vegas for $4.99 on their home page, which is a pretty sweet deal. I like New Vegas more than F3 because its harder, and there are more factions to join or destroy.

I just joined Steam so I could play the Penumbra games and Amnesia, but my graphic card seems to be too lame. My computer may be able to play the first Penumbra, but I can't tell. Money is tight for the next few weeks, so the $4.99 would be a loss if it doesn't work. I have been craving some decent horror games, but PS3 only has a few decent ones right now, such as Siren: Blood Curse and Dead Island. I am very much looking forward to AMY, I am Alive, and maybe Silent Hill: Downpour.

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Response to ZombieHorde (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 30, 2011, 09:06 PM

4. I have both Amnesia and the Penumbra series

I already picked up New Vegas during the summer sale, but I have yet to play it (just finished my Fallout 3 replay with all the DLCs, only took me 3 months ). I am missing some DLCs though that weren't out yet last summer, which I'm picking up.

I've played Amnesia and it's a great game, I recommend it. Penumbra: Overture I've started, but so far I haven't really gotten into it. I also have Dead Space 2, which I still have to download and play.
I can also recommend the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games; they're not really horror games per se, but they do have some horror style bits, but they do have some of the best ambiance that I've ever come across in games. Just make sure to set the brightness so that nighttime is realistically dark.

As far as graphics cards are concerned, if you have a desktop, you can probably pick one up that is capable of running the games you mentioned for relatively little money. I don't remember Amnesia being a particular resource hog. My rig is four years old and has an nVidia GeForce 8800GT, and I've yet to come across a game that I have trouble with; I guess that's the lone upside to the consolification of PC gaming, it stopped the hardware arms race.

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Response to LeftOfSelf-Centered (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 01:44 PM

7. I'm jealous!

I may have to actually purchase a graphic card. Where are good places to buy graphic cards?

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Response to ZombieHorde (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 03:24 PM

8. Graphics cards

Can't help you on the buying front because I'm in Italy and actually get my components from a local store. Also the last time I was really up to date on graphics cards was four years ago, when I bought mine.

But if you do a little research online you should have no trouble finding the right compromise between budget and performance and also finding a good place to buy. Maybe you can pick one up from the previous generation for cheap, and if you get a mid-range one it should be plenty to run a lot of games.

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Response to ZombieHorde (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 06:16 AM

13. I picked up Fallout 3 for the $4.99

One of my best purchases i suspect, not tried new vegas yet but am looking forward to it.

for me fallout 3 was much like oblivion, the game itself was average at best, the mods made it shine

I wait for the sales myself A game has to get below the 70% discount for me to forgive how limited it must be if it was released for a console.

But mods even make Bethesda's titles of Click now (1 or 2 or 3) enjoyable


I truly feel sad for console players these days, the hardware is getting so much closer to PC...but never enough... the gap between an intellivision and a TRS-80 model III was there 30 years ago, and is still around.

Why pay a console price when you get get a PC +power supply + graphic card for same price that will outlast it for years?

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Response to Riftaxe (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 09:43 AM

15. Fallout 3 for 4,99 is a great deal.

Was it the vanilla version or the Game of The Year edition (with all the add-ons)? As I mentioned before it took me 3 months to slog through the GOTY version!

I've never used any mods for Fallout 3, are there any particular ones you recommend?

I also tend to wait for sales to buy; I hardly spend any money except for those 2 or 3 times year when the big sales come around. The only game I've pre-ordered in recent years is Portal 2, which was totally worth it.

I agree about the consoles; the only reason I'd like a PS3 is to be able to play Skate and NCAA Football, because those games aren't released on PC (grrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!! ). For everything else I'm happy with my PC, but then I've always been a computer gamer; I started out on a Commodore 64, graduated to an Amiga 500 and then to the various 386s, 486s and Pentiums.

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Response to LeftOfSelf-Centered (Reply #15)

Fri Jan 6, 2012, 04:03 AM

18. It was the vanilla version

but with mods 100's of hours of fun

So i am sure i am missing quite a bit But Bethesda is always a bit light on content anyways...hehe

Did get the Oblivion Goty edition, i think it added maybe 12 hours or content, and a prettier horse.

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Response to LeftOfSelf-Centered (Original post)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 01:21 AM

5. Deus Ex: HR is so worth it.

It's like they took the first game and just updated the graphics. The levels are huge again, you can pick locks and hack computers, and you have biomods all over the place.

I would highly recommend it.

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Response to Hong Kong Cavalier (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 31, 2011, 05:33 AM

6. I'm pretty torn on the first Deus Ex

I loved the storyline and the setting, but I thought the game was completely unplayable.

The weapons felt underpowered and useless (an unusable machine gun? seriously???), sneaking was tedious to the point of being painful, enemies running in random patterns (without any regard for physics or anatomy) while shooting at you... the list goes on. I just remember loving the world, but finding playing through the game a tortuous experience. If they could have given me the Deus Ex story with Half Life's game mechanics, then I would have been a happy camper. I guess I played too much Half Life and expected perfection from all games...

As if I've not already trampled my gamer street cred enough, I'll even say something positive about Invisibile War: lots of songs by the kidneythieves!

Anyway I'll definitely get Human Revolution, thanks for the recommendation.

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Response to LeftOfSelf-Centered (Original post)

Mon Jan 2, 2012, 10:26 AM

9. I just picked up the last S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

I already own the original and Clear Sky (which was a lot of fun). I have a lot of time into JC2 also, but the main plot never held much interest for me - I was busy exploring and blowing things up. Speaking of that, there is an interesting video on YouTube of player impact deaths in JC2.

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Response to AZCat (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 2, 2012, 04:45 PM

10. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is awesome.

I picked up Clear Sky during the sale because it was the one I was missing. I'll never forget the feeling I had in the original climbing all over the Chernobyl power plant and then seeing pictures of the real thing and actually recognizing the place, like I had been there. Kinda creepy.

I had heard what you said about Just Cause 2, that just riding around causing mayhem was more fun than the actual game plot. Well, I'll see once I get around to it. I was wanting to pick up Saint's Row the Third for much the same reason (I mean, you can play the game as a toilet!), but didn't want to spend 33; I'll wait for it to come down, I've got plenty of backlog. I did pick up Human Revolution and Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (I loved Escape from Butcher Bay).

I also wanted to get Gemini Rue, but ended up missing the deadline because I was out all day... Oh well, next time...

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Response to LeftOfSelf-Centered (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 3, 2012, 07:32 PM

11. SR3 was fun, but I was a little disappointed.

I think I liked SR2 better, but I'd have to go back and play it to get a good comparison since it's been over a year.

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Response to AZCat (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 09:29 AM

14. I was very tempted to get SR2

But then I read that they did an awful job porting the game to the PC, and that you need a good rig just to get the game running smoothly. Apparently they didn't bother to adjust the game to running on PCs. And since my PC is four years old I didn't want to risk having a game that it cannot run. It really annoys me when they put out lazy ports for the PC.

Do you have it on PC, and if yes what's your experience running it?

I've never played a Saint's Row game, but the concept appeals to me. Also I haven't played a new GTA game since San Andreas, so I hoped that SR would fill the gap. I actually have a copy of GTA IV that I got for my birthday, but I have yet to install it, since I don't really want to bother with Games For Windows Live, Rockstar Social Club and all the DRM they piled on.

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Response to LeftOfSelf-Centered (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 01:43 PM

16. Now that you mention it, I remember the problems with SR2.

The game was okay before they patched it, but then my performance bottomed out. Something about multiple processors - I forget the details. The game plays fine on my more recent machine (Core 2 Duo processor) but sucked on the previous one (Dual Core processor).

GTA4 is not San Andreas, but the expansion packs bundled in Episodes from Liberty City come close. I especially enjoyed "The Ballad of Gay Tony".

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Response to AZCat (Reply #16)

Thu Jan 5, 2012, 06:09 AM

17. Hmm, then I might actually have a chance to play SR2...

If you say that it runs fine on a Core 2 Duo, then it should run on my computer. I was able to pick a Core 2 Quad cheap last year after the original processor (a Core 2 Duo) in my computer pooped out. So there is hope! I might have to pick up SR2 soon...

I've been toying with buying the GTA complete pack on Steam when it was on sale for 7,50, but given that I already have the older games and my misgivings about GTA IV, I never did. I love the older GTA games starting with GTA III (never played the original top-down ones), but somehow I have never been able to bring up much enthusiasm for GTA IV. I guess the long delay of the PC release, coupled with the fact that it's supposedly a resource hog and all the hoops you have to jump through just to play just kinda soured me on it...

Plus my friends bought me a retail copy of GTA IV, and I have the vague suspicion that it's the Italian dubbed version, and I prefer playing the original version.

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Response to LeftOfSelf-Centered (Original post)

Wed Jan 4, 2012, 05:50 AM

12. One game I did pick up from steam was Sins of Solar Empire Trinity

well game and 2 expansion packs, but you hardly notice the Xpacs anyways.

One of the few games that come so close to the ultimate empire game, then falls flat on it's face since every game will always be the same (expand, forget development of empire,strategy or tactics (T stands for time) just throw things till you get next logistics node).

Still it is fun, and once you learn that technology is pointless, ships are worthless...errr right there you just flushed 90% of a game down the crapper.

It can be enjoyable

for me it has almost everything a RTS can have, shame it is so and completely focused on zergling for resources...if you go in with a lead boot<only recomended strategy,>. you will be fighting in all the star systems to conqueror (it not matter if you win them, tis a zerg fest in the end).


It really is not as bad as it sounds, and then much better! but even worse, LOL i suspect it was built to satisfy the zerglings, and even with that it is a damned good game, but it could have been so much better

on a fun scale it definately rates a 8.4

if you actually play a bit, that rating drops down to a 7.1 but still fun (if you enjoy taking the strategy out of RTS)









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