(Wondering what to buy in this year’s sale? Check out last week’s 2012 gaming review on the Cat Context Podcast.)
In three days (December 20th) the Steam Christmas Sale, that most bountiful of Steam Sales, will begin. In five days my Christmas holidays begin. The rest of 2012 should shape up pretty nicely after that.
Of course, just blindly going into a Steam Christmas Sale is madness, or at least it is with my poor impulse control. I certainly do love games, but I have to also admit that I’m a collector. Back in the scary old analogue days I used to collect magazines, and I still collect books. Games are even better because I don’t have to pack and carry anything whenever I move!
There’s nothing wrong with being a collector, of course, but there’s also nothing wrong with a little frugality. Here are the titles I’ll be particularly checking for during the Steam Sale:
One of the big indie darlings of this year, Hotline Miami is apparently very fast-paced and super violent. As the name implies this game is all about the aesthetic of the 1980s — loud, bright, and fast. Players should expect to die a lot (and use the fast respawn feature) to master getting through each level. This isn’t my usual style of game, but Hotline Miami seems to be unique and critically lauded, and at an indie game price point it’s worth grabbing for a look.
Spec Ops: The Line
This is another game in a genre I rarely play, namely military first person shooters. As you probably already well know, though, Spec Ops: The Line is more of a narritive experience dealing with PTS on the battlefield, and the morality of military action. I hear the actual gameplay of Spec Ops is pretty generic, but the story is unlike any FPS before it.
Jet Set Radio
Console classic Jet Set Radio was finally ported to PC this year. Players ride around on roller blades while rocking out, doing awesome tricks, and tagging gang signs. Not every game has to be serious business!
Arkham Asylum / Arkham City
No, I don’t own either of these yet. Yes, I am full of shame. Both Asylum and City got great reviews, but I also read many comments that both play a lot better with a controller than with a keyboard/mouse combo. One of my plans for Christmas break is to build a PC box out of spare parts just to run Steam’s new Big Picture mode in the living room. Sounds like the perfect time to pick up a few controller-friendly titles, so this pair of games is back near the top of my list.