Sunday, February 9, 2014

Outdated Shadows

So a couple of weeks ago I decided impulsively to pre-order Thief 4 from Green Man Gaming. The game was already discounted by ten percent and GMG were kind enough to send me a coupon for another thirty percent on top of that! Why? I don't really know. I have a fondness for the franchise even though I've only played just a portion of one game out of the three. I guess it's my love of stealth games coupled with a nice heavy discount.

So in preparation for Thief 4 I decided to give Thief Deadly Shadows a spin, a game I've only played a few hours of back a number of years ago. The first thing after installing the game via Steam was look for John-P's Collective Texture Pack - a mod that replaces quite a few things, mainly up-scaling the textures in the game to look less better. Unfortunately I couldn't remember the name of the mod and after about an hour I was able to download, install and start playing.

Here's where things sort of fall off this Thief bus - the game is just butt ugly even with the mod. Honestly the graphics didn't bother me all that much, it's the awful controls that really ruined the game for me more. It's unfortunate that for me, TDS just doesn't hold up well in 2014. When you consider the more recent Splinter Cell games, Assassin's Creed and Dishonored, there are just better options to satiate one's need for stealth action over a game that is so dated.

Don't get me wrong, TDS isn't a bad game and I'm sure there are many who will not have any issues with the game like I do, after a few hours I just wasn't having much fun. At one point I went and searched out some old reviews to see how well the game was received back in 2004, and surprisingly they were pretty good. I seem to remember TDS not being as well received from gamers because it was consolized unlike the previous two games. Funny how after ten years people still use that argument for multiplatform games that release on the PC.

So in short, I've decided to forgo Thief Deadly Shadows and instead fill my time with a replay of Deus Ex Human Revolution Director's Cut till Thief 4 is released later this month.

Monday, February 3, 2014

AC4 Is Mine!

For someone who has wanted to curb his spending habit, I have sure been loose with the purse strings this month. First I bought Sim City, then I reserved Thief 4, and the other day I picked up Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. To be fair, each game was discounted quite substantially.

I don't have a clue as to when I'll get to AC4, I kind of want to marathon through all the previous games first, but I do know that I will curb my World of Tanks addiction enough to play Thief when that comes out at the end of the month. With Sim City I'm just waiting for the big patch that removes the online only aspect of the game, which is the only reason why I bought the game.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Add Two More To The Pile.

I don't know what was my first digital purchase nor when I began making digital my primary method for purchasing games. I do, however, know that I started saving my emails for digital purchases on 6/22/2010. After making my list of games purchased in the year 2013 I went back to look through 2012 and noticed that a lot of those games I have actually played and many of them I finished. That means nothing to anyone else, but does tell me that World of Tanks has eaten quite a bit of my gaming time this past year. I don't think that will change this year.

As for 2013 I noticed that I pre-purchased two games: Space Hulk and Shadow Run Returns. Why do I bring that up? Well because Green Man Gaming had a sweet deal on a pre-order for Thief which comes out in February. I was sent a code for 30% off of the game that was already discounted by 10%. I love stealth action games and was kind of interested in the new Thief so I decided to be impulsive and make the pre-order.

I also picked up Sim City on a nice discount from Amazon as well. And here I thought I was going to slow down on the impulse buys. Oh well, I love sales.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Have Game, Will Buy!

I've come to learn that I don't do well with resolutions for a new year. I really wanted to make more time for posting on my blog and here it's almost the end of January and I've done nothing. Personally I blame World of Tanks. But enough of that.

Game of the Year Awards are nothing new, every gaming website, publication and even blogs do something these days. I myself have considered doing some sort of GOTY post the past few years, but let's be honest, I've just been way too lazy when it comes to the blog.

So when I began to think about doing a GOTY post I came to the realization that I couldn't remember what if any game I've played this year actually released in the 2013 calender year. I've become such a frugal game shopper that I have stopped make day one purchases almost entirely. There are a couple of reasons for this - I tend to impulse buy games and not play them and games tend to go on sale much quicker these days now that digital distribution has become so popular. Lucky for me I keep every email of all the digital purchases I make. I decided to write down the date and name of every game I made in the year 2013.

Here is a number that kind of surprised me: I've purchased 89 games and pieces of DLC in the year 2013. That sound you hear is my wallet that just cried out in sadness. 89 games? That is honestly way too many purchases. I also realized that only two games I purchased were day one releases: Shadow Run Returns and Space Hulk.

Back at the end of August I did make a conscious effort to curb my impulse buying and did pretty well if I do say so myself. Between September 1st and November 27th when I made my first purchase of the Autumn Steam sale, I bought only two games! That was NASCAR the Game and Ultima 7 Complete Edition which was less than a dollar, so it almost doesn't count. Of course the Autumn Sales and Winter Sales I went a bit bonkers.

So to reel this all back in, I may just have to do something like favorite game I played this year since I'm guessing that most the games I've played and finished this year were not actually released in 2013.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Sales Everywhere.

It's no secret that I like a video game sale. So much so that I've purchased a number of games over the years because they were on sale but have played little to none of said game(s). I chalk it up to having way too many interests and not enough time management skills to play those games.

Back at the end of August I made a conscious decision to not purchase a game on sale if I knew that I wasn't going to play it right away. Between the months of September to November I purchased a total of two games, a record for me. Those were Nascar on Steam which I did play but didn't like because of the bad controller support, and an Ultima game for less than a dollar on GoG.

I decided that I would loosen the purse strings for the Holiday sales come the end of November and into December. Honestly I think I bought more games this year between the Thanksgiving and Christmas sales than any other year. The Christmas holiday sale isn't quite over yet, and even thought I'm sure I've purchased all I want, I'm going to wait till the New Year to post a damage assessment. Should be interesting.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

So Many Games, So Little Time Before ESO!

I find myself in an interesting predicament (at least to me) with my gaming hobby. See, now that I know when Elder Scrolls Online is launching I have this weird need to try and schedule what games I'm going to play until that day arrives.

I've really wanted to replay some of the awesome games I've already finished, yet with World of Tanks and some of the games I have yet to play I kind of feel like I'm in this state of flux. A couple of years ago I purchased Rift and was starting to get into that when the release date for The Old Republic was announced. At that point I just quit playing any and all MMO's cause I knew I wasn't going to play them once TOR was released. I'm in that position again.

The difference now as oppose to then is that so many games are now using the F2P model. Still, I purged my computer of a few of the MMO's that I haven't played in ages and with ESO around the corner I doubt I'll get to them any time soon.

I did keep a few games like STO cause I have a hankerin' for some ship combat, TSW is probably has the best f2p business model and it's my favorite MMO right now, Champions Online I have a lifetime sub and Defiance is more like a coop game anyways.

The odd one out is TOR. I've played not nearly as much this year as I did last year and only a couple of times since September. I continue to sub and support the game because it has the worse f2p model right now and I love Star Wars. Really not sure what I'm going to do with this one.

The backlog is not immune to this either, I continue to make some headway but my time is spent mostly in WoT which leaves little time for other games.

April is still a long ways off and honestly I have no idea what will be going on then gaming or personal, and even though I'm interested now in ESO that could all change by then. This is probably Much Ado About Nothing I'm just a lunatic with too much time on his hands to think about these things. Yeah, that seems about right!

Monday, December 16, 2013

It's Coming!

I haven't played much of The Secret World over the past three months and even less of Star Wars The Old Republic. Playing Hearthstone lately has given me the unfortunately desire to get back into World Of Warcraft again, but that changed when this happened.

I know little about the game, I've kept myself on a media blackout as to not get too overly excited and anxious for the release. I am, however, a fan of the previous Elder Scrolls games and I do love Bethesda as a developer so I am naturally interested in ESO. Personally I don't see the need for an 'online' version of The Edler Scrolls, instead I would have rather liked a new single-player TES. Still I can't help but be excited.

I wonder if it's too early to ask for some time off at work......