weekend recap: the christmas splurge

It would figure that I’d need to make some serious additions and edits to my Games of 2012 post, because not 24 hours after that post went up, Steam had another sale.

Those fuckers.

I’ve gone and done foolish things.

  • Retro City Rampage
  • Mark of the Ninja (which I’ve already beaten on 360, but GODDAMN that game is amazing, and I’m happy to support the developer wherever possible)
  • Civ V – Gods and Kings
  • Dark Souls: Prepare to Die edition
  • Solar 2
  • Unmechanical
  • FTL

I’ve managed to avoid buying both Borderlands 2 and Hitman: Absolution, even though they’ve both been 50% off several times over the course of this sale.  (Leaving aside that I’ve already beaten Borderlands 2 and bought its DLC Season Pass on the 360;  didn’t I already say that I wasn’t ever going to play Hitman, because that marketing campaign was so hideous and because I’m tired of gratuitous violence?  Why am I even still considering it?  Am I that much of a slave to sales?)

The only other thing I’d like to pick up is Little Inferno, which has been holding steady at 33%.  If that goes down to 50+, it’s mine.


And in spite of all these new pickups, I’ve been playing a bunch of old stuff, actually.

On the PC, I’ve been playing Batman: Arkham City, which I’m enjoying possibly even more than I did the first time around.  I’m not really paying attention to every single Riddler challenge unless it’s something I remember the solution for and/or currently have the right equipment to solve, but I am doing all the side missions, which are fun and involving and interesting.  And GODDAMN, that game looks incredible.  I’d been playing Far Cry 3 at high resolution but with a somewhat shaky framerate; Batman:AC, on the other hand, is at a high resolution and is at a blazing 60+ FPS.  The difference is striking.

On the 360, I bought some of the DLC for Trials Evolution, and was instantly reminded of 2 things:  (1) that game is really, really fun, and (2) that game can be really, really difficult.  But my main focus has been on doing a Renegade playthrough of Mass Effect 3.  I guess I’d been thinking about it lately, and I’d heard good things about the DLC, and since I hadn’t even thought about the game since I first beat it in March, I figured it’d be a (somewhat) fresh experience.  And it is, it really is.  That game is still excellent.  And porting over my completed save – where my FemShep was at level 58 – means I’ve got crazy powers right from the get-go.  I’m not quite yet at the part where I have full control over the Normandy and can go wherever I want to go, but I’m pretty close, I think, and I’m very much looking forward to checking out the new DLC.

And on iOS, I picked up Poker Knight and Gua-Le-Ni.  Poker Knight is a puzzle/RPG where your attacks are based on creating poker hands – it pushes a lot of very good buttons.  And Gua-Le-Ni is something I heard about earlier today from SlideDB – it’s a really unique puzzle game for the iPad with a fantastic art style and a very neat gameplay hook, somewhat akin to a set of children’s letter blocks.

Here’s hoping you all had a lovely holiday.  Did you get everything you wanted?

Author: Jeremy Voss

Musician, wanna-be writer, suburban husband and father. I'll occasionally tweet from @couchshouts. You can find me on XBL, PSN and Steam as JervoNYC.

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