Yes, it's another post that mentions Steam, but on the other hand it's a post that isn't about Skyrim, so give me a break here.
Steam has become the standard for the online purchasing of games, much as Amazon has become the standard for the online purchasing of books. The reason is that it works, you get what you want, and - critically - it's often cheaper. This post is entirely about something that happened out of an attempt at buying some cheap games. Just remember that I'm not employed by Valve, and am in fact the one person on the planet that didn't think Half Life 1 and 2 were perfect games. Personally I found them a bit dull. Anyway.
Steam had a sale over this weekend. It offered 13 "Indie" games in a deal where you could buy the lot for 75% off. In terms of pieces of paper with Her Majesty on them, this meant a total price tag of £108.87 was taken down to just £27.22 so I went for it. The main reason I did this was that the deal included "Amnesia: The Dark Descent", which is something I've wanted to play, so I thought it was a good idea to, essentially, buy that for full price and get 12 free games. I've wanted to play that one since Yahtzee's review, a review he followed up by giving the game fourth place in his game of the year list. No, I'm not turning into a Yahtzee fanboi, but I loved Saints Row II after I bought it on the strength of his review, so I'm giving another one a chance.
Let's pick three of these games at random and talk about those, then I'll end up with a proper look at Amnesia, since it's the one I bought the set for.
AaAaAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
Now usually I like this kind of game. I loved Portal, for instance. But the trouble is that once you've done the first few challenges, it's just more of the same. People remember Portal for the Cake meme, and forget that after the a while the game involved nothing more than trial and error because you were bored with it. Ditto this one. If you like logic puzzles then you'll probably love this.
I played this for only a few minutes, but already I love the steampunk look to the game, and I know I'll end up playing it right through.
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