Hello? Hello? Why am I at work? Where is the eggnog? What is going on? Oh. Dammit.
Anyway, remember how I said before the holidays that I saved up all my game-buying for the Steam Christmas Sale? I predicted three titles that I would probably pick up, which I felt was generous at the time, but now that the frenzy is over I see that I was just fooling myself. Behold the terrifyingly large list of games I bought:
- The Stanley Parable: I’ve actually watched multiple walkthroughs of this game already but it’s really really really good, so I wanted to give some money to the developer.
- The Testament of Sherlock Holmes: I’ve had a craving for more point-and-click games after The Wolf Among Us, and this one got some okay press when it was released. Plus: murder! And mystery!
- Surgeon Simulator 2013: This is one of those stupid physics games that people like to play on YouTube because they can be cheerful idiots and look it was $2.50, okay? … I’m the worst.
- Guns of Icarus: You and a few friends pilot a steampunk airship around, blowing up other people’s airships! This looks like great co-op action, so I picked up a 4-pack to spread the joy.
- Dust: An Elysian Tale: Jumpy-choppy-actiony titles aren’t necessarily my thing, but this game was highly recommended by a few people I trust and what else are Steam sales for if not trying new things?
- Roller Coaster Tycoon 3: Finally, something from my wishlist! I love builder games like Tropico, and although this game was originally released in 2004 I hear it’s one of the best.
- Shelter: An indie title, I bought this ENTIRELY based on a guildie telling me it involved “saving baby badgers”. I may have had a touch of Steam madness by this point, but it DOES look legit good (I checked later).
- The Swapper: This game caught my eye back when RPS looked at it, although that was mostly because of the name. This has turned out to (thus far) be the jewel of all my holiday purchases. It is precisely my kind of puzzle game, with the bonuses of beautiful graphics and freaking freaky setting. More on this game later!
And as if that wasn’t enough, I was also fortunate enough to receive a few games as gifts! Like these:
- Starbound: I super extra wanted this game, so hooray! It’s Terraria in space! I’ve only played around a bit since there’s a character wipe coming soon, but I feel like this will be big in my future.
- Papers, Please: Another great game! I played the heck out of this in beta, and I am happy that dev Lucas Pope got some money on my behalf.
- Tower Wars: According to the internet, this is “competitive multi-player tower defense”. Co-op gaming is going to be a thing for me in 2014, and I love tower defense.
- Hammerwatch: More indie co-op games from the indie co-op specialist. (Thanks, you!) This looks like a hack’n’slash title, although I haven’t had time to get into it yet.
The only proper conclusion from all this is that I have too many games. Therefore, I declare 2014 to be The Year of the Backlog. I am gonna play all these games, dammit. The terms of said project are still being determined with a few co-conspirators, but prepare yourself, game library, to be played!