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My Steam Halloween Sale Haul

Since moving out I haven’t really had a chance to use my Steam account. We’ve got a family PC which I couldn’t take with me, my laptop is in no way built for games, and I don’t have the space or money to buy my own PC. Kinda sucks. (Although I do have a PS4, Xbox 360, PS Vita and Nintendo DS, so I’m not exactly lacking in gaming. Privileged bitch.)

BUT seeing as I visit my parents about once a week (it’s more of a “hi.. *boots up PC* how are you.. *puts on headphones* that’s nice.. *loads up game* mhmm..”) I do get to have a tinker on the odd Steam game here and there. Lo and behold there was a Halloween Steam Sale this weekend, so I had a perusal through for some cheap as chips games. I gave myself a budget of £10 (because I’m supposed to be a responsible adult now, Christmas is round the corner and I have a ridiculous amount of unplayed games stacking up..) and I think I’ve done pretty well!

The five games I managed to get in my £10 budget are:

Outlast Whistle blower DLC – £1.49

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Does a DLC count as a game? I think it does. It’s a mini prequel game to Outlast, not just maps or more items etc like your typical DLC. According to howlongtobeat.com, Whistleblower takes 4 hours to complete, so I’d definitely call it a game, albeit a short one.

I had a quick play of Whistleblower on Sunday, and forgot just how jumpy Outlast is! It has no mercy at all and found myself dying pretty much instantly when I tried to hide in a locker. Off to a great start. When I get a bit of a backbone I’ll have another try and hopefully get the game finished in a scary afternoon session.

Grim Fandango Remastered – £3.73

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The original Grim Fandango was released in 1998 (I was eight!), and was a game I always wanted but never had. I don’t know why. Fast forward 17 years (holy shit) and Grim Fandango Remastered was released! Praise be, I can finally play it without trying to play an old copy on a mate’s PS1. I decided to wait a little while before buying it because I have an issue with spending more than £10 on digital games. I am very much a budget gamer (*cough*stingey bastard*cough*), and seeing as you can’t trade or sell digital games, I don’t like spending too much money on them. But I digress, I’m so excited to finally play a game I’ve waited 17 years to play.

The Room – £1.99

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The Room was originally an iOS puzzle game, and was hailed by Apple as the best iPad game of 2012. An enhanced version of the game was released for PC in 2014, so seeing as I’ve never played the iOS or PC version, I’m hoping it doesn’t let me down!

Symphony – £2.03

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Symphony is your classic arcade style shoot-em-up game with a twist – it uses your own music. It’s not exactly like Guitar Hero where you’re playing along with the song, but the game picks up on the beat and rhythm of the song playing, and incorporates it into the game. On my first play I chose Take on Me – Aha, and it was bloody hilarious. I’ve only played a few times through and already know that I’m going to get hooked, it’s also a small enough file that it works fine on my laptop, where all my music is saved. Bring on the musical fun!

Haunt the House: Terrortown – £0.99

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The  final game I bought was Haunt the House: Terrortown. A while ago I watched YouTuber NerdCubed have a play and it looked so cute and silly, so when I saw it was only 99p I couldn’t resist! The premise of the game is to possess objects in a haunted house and scare the bejeezus out of the occupants, the more people running away the more points you earn. I haven’t had a chance to play it yet, but I’m sure I’ll have fun with this little game.

So.. the overall total for these fives games? *drum roll* £10.23! I was 23p over budget, but I think I’ve done pretty damn well. It just shows that a little bit of patience can pay off, especially when it comes to Steam Sales!

Anyone else pick up a good bargain this Halloween Steam Sale?

– AmyGames

Twitter: @littleamyhere

You Know You’re Playing a Good Game When:

  1. You’re constantly clock-watching to see how long you’ve got before you can go home and play.

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2. You can’t get the soundtrack out your head – and you don’t mind at all.

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3. You talk about the storyline like the characters are actual real people.

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4. You turn into that annoying person, calling people into the room to watch action replays or videos you’ve made over and over again.

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5. You start dreaming that you’re in the game. (I was having Portal dreams for weeks..)

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6. You constantly recommend the game to people, and can’t seem to find the words to describe just how good it is.

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7. You want to buy ALL THE MERCHANDISE.

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8. Who needs food? Who needs sunlight? Who needs friends? AM I RIGHT?!

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9. You feel a sense of pride when you complete the game, but can’t help feeling sad as you watch the end credits roll, knowing you’ll never experience the game the same way again.

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Have a good weekend, everyone!

AmyGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/littleamyhere

First Look: Rocket League – The Game I Never Knew I Needed.

I don’t like football. I especially don’t like playing football video games, after spending a large chunk of my youth sat between my brother and step brothers having to play FIFA ’98. Tough times.

However – playing football with a suped-up, jumping car? You have my attention.

Rocket League is the sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars by Psyonix, a game I personally haven’t played, but from reading up on it I found mostly average reviews, and reviewers calling the game “okay.” From what it looks like, Psyonix have been listening to the critics to create a similar, but improved game. It also has a better name, clearly.

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It’s currently free to download through Playstation Plus during July – I recommend if you have PS Plus that you go download it right now, if you haven’t then why the hell do you have PS Plus and not download ALL the free games?!

The best quote I’ve heard about the game comes from my favourite gaming YouTuber, OfficialNerdCubed, who said “I’m not great – but I have fun.” You can take this game as serious or not-so-serious as you’d like, honing your skills to become a really great player, or enjoying the game on a more casual level. Personally, I’m more of a “drive around manically laughing” kind of player. It’s a miracle if I actually score a goal in the online play..

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One issue I have with Rocket League is the main menu. I find the writing to be quite small, especially when setting up an online match, where the set up screen is a box in the top right hand corner. It’s so small I end up leaving the settings as they are, so I haven’t ventured away from the default games just yet. This could just be me with my not-so-good eyesight, though!

Other than the one issue with the menu, the game is bloody great. It easily makes my Top 10 Games of 2015 list. The gameplay is great, it’s incredibly addictive, the graphics are spot on, and you have the option of playing split screen with up to four people (not that I have enough controllers or friends for that but shhh..). The customization options for your car are hilarious, with the option of bubbles instead of flames shooting out your exhaust, car hats and crowns, and the PS4 exclusive – the special unlockable vehicle, Sweet Tooth. SWEET TOOTH. FROM TWISTED METAL. THE SCARY ICE CREAM TRUCK FROM TWISTED METAL.

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NOSTALGIA.

If you’re not a PS4 owner, Rocket league is currently on Steam for £14.99. Do I think it’s worth £15? Maybe. £15 is the cut off point I’d pay for a digital game, and I think this game provides plenty of hours of fun to make it worth the price tag. If it’s too pricey for you, keep an eye out during the next Steam sale!

Anyone else had a play on Rocket League? What do you think? Let me know!

– AmyGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/littleamyhere