So What Games Did You Get from the Steam Sale?

Posted in DLC, Gadgets, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, My Stuff, PC Gaming, Surface Pro 2 on December 26th, 2013 by thelonegamer

So many titles, so little HD space…

As if synced perfectly with my recent acquisition of a Microsoft Surface Pro 2, Valve’s Steam Store went on their awesome Christmas Sale, so gobs and gobs of games can be bought at wondrously low prices- I mean, these are appstore-level prices with a lot of cool titles under $5 or so. So like any steamy gamer, I’ve been buying my own share of titles and downloading them to my Surface’s meager hard drive for playing next year. Yeah, I have to stuff them with Skyrim, so space is a premium but hey- I can install or reinstall at my leisure anyway. So, what titles have gotten your attention and made you click that Buy button? Here are the games I got during the past several days.

FTL (Faster-Than-Light). I’ve been hearing great things about this starship simulator, which puts you in the role of captain, trying to keep your command together despite everything from alien attacks, hull breaches, supernovas and lordy knows what else. This may be what inspired Star Command on iOS, which I love but felt could be a lot deeper. I love these kinds of games- it satisfies my inner Captain Kirk.

Don’t Starve. I saw this on Giant Bomb’s Quick Look a long time ago, and it stuck on me. The odd but endearing art style and the creative gameplay which has you trying to survive in a harsh wilderness like a cartoony Bear Grylles, trapping and eating the local flora and fauna to keep yourself breathing (though I doubt you’ll need to drink your own pee). Can’t wait to get into this.

Castlestorm. A mix of Angry Birds-style demolition, Tower Defense, RTS and hack-and-slash where you get to command knights or vikings? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?

The Typing of the Dead Overkill. Sega’s foul-mouthed grindhouse-style on-rails shooter turns into an on-rails typer on PC. What better game to make use of my Surface Pro 2′s overpriced Type Cover 2?

Legend of Grimrock. A first person RPG/dungeon crawl that puts you in command of a party of four prisoners who have to make their way out of a deadly labyrinth. Old school values and concept, slick and modern execution. AND it has a tiny install footprint. YAY!

Age of Empires II HD. Yeah, it’s old but the gameplay of this classic is timeless. Sometimes you just want to kick back and build a castle, raise an army and watch them pillage the countryside like a plague.

Left 4 Dead 2. It’s FREE. Really! Well, for today that is. So download it ASAP if Steam doesn’t crash on you first.

Without a doubt, I’ll be getting a lot more games as they come in the months ahead, whether there’s a sale or not. A lot of titles I want are still in development or Early Access titles. I intend to make the most out of my mobile gaming rig as much as I can. HAH! Who needs Next Gen consoles? Whahaha!

Gaming with the Surface Pro 2 (and Ignoring the Next-Gen)

Posted in Gadgets, Game-related Events, Gaming, mods, My Stuff, PC Gaming, Surface Pro 2 on December 25th, 2013 by thelonegamer

Another gadget joins the Lone Gamer’s arsenal.

Yep, I now own a Microsoft Surface Pro 2. It joins my iPad Air in the same room, which makes me a bit of a double agent and one true gadget freak who must have it all. You would ask, why would I want a SP2 when I already have the Air? Well, simply put, they are two different animals, two things that give totally different pleasures. Whereas the iPad Air is the true great tablet of our time, portability and mastery of all in a slim, light and lovely package, the Surface Pro 2 is a mobile PC base camp- not really a tablet per se in truth, but a most capable ultrabook you can have for almost-anywhere PC computing.

First and foremost, I AM after all the Lone GAMER. So there’s the main reason I got the Surface Pro 2. To enjoy and play my PC games- to be more specific my Steam library- even when I’m away from home and my desktop gaming PC. There are of course, other ways to do this you may say- for the price of my 128 GB Surface Pro 2, I could have gotten much cheaper full laptops. Thing is, I have gone through two laptops before and they just came up short. Also, I don’t want to lug around full laptops- and the really slim, really powerful notebooks aren’t really for gaming, and are very pricey as well.

Then there was the Razer Edge (or Razer Edge Pro). To be fair, this device was a possibility, but reviews weren’t stellar, it was bulky (especially with the game controller attached!) and heavy and ultimately, much too pricey.

I guess when I got the means late this year, the one gadget that kept popping up in my mind (after I got my iPad Air) was the Surface Pro 2. The reviews were great and numerous vids online confirmed that the tablet could play games excellently- in particular, The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim (at low settings) played smoothly on the device. I was sold.

Funny thing is, for the price I paid for my Surface Pro 2, I could have easily gotten both an Xbox One AND a PS4 (whether any were available readily is another matter though). However, as of right now, I have no inclination to get either. Simple reason- NO GAMES. Well, no games are screaming at me to ‘GET ME’.

Where is my Next Gen Tekken? Streetfighter? Still no word. I feel that they are inevitable, but I’ll pony up when Namco, Capcom and maybe Sega or Tecmo commit.

As for the games that look awesome- Metal Gear Solid V, Dragon Age Inquisition and such- they’re far, far away. When they’re available months down the line, conceivably it will be easy as pie to acquire these next-gen consoles, at a much more reasonable price rather than the amounts early-adopters are shelling out now. This is, I guess, a first for me- this is the first wave of Next-Gen consoles which totally underwhelmed me. Really- the launch lineups of both Microsoft and Sony are SHIT. They are. They really, really are.

Till you get your goods together, Microsoft and Sony, I’ll be playing my PS3 games and my Steam library of not-new but still awesome games (which is growing by the day, actually). I’ll be playing a 2-year+ game named Skyrim. And I’ll take the ever-growing FREE universe of mods with my ESV than any DLC of these next-gen crap.

What can I say? This Next-Gen can’t stand up to Then-Gen and Now-Gen. At least, for now. In some ways, that’s awesome.