Steam Summer Sale 2014

I didn’t own any of these games five days ago.

They’re all on my HTPC now.

Brothers - Haven’t played it yet, expecting it to be as confusing and beautiful as Okami was, which I don’t think we ever completed more than 1% of. 

Dead Rising 2 - Disliked it on my PC w/ kb/m, thought it might work as a couch-based controller game (I recall lots of melee combat and not much gunplay). Also, Steam is inviting me to run it on my gaming rig ~through~ the htpc, and I wanna see how that goes… badly, most likely.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - This’ll be a kb/m game, but I bought it through the htpc so here it is… 

Lego Movie Video Game - The kids have taken a liking to it, but also get frustrated because the game is confounding: unclear actions and goals mean you have to try everything twice, and the use of text instructions is stupid in a game built for pre-K’ers. 

Limbo - Fuckin’ DARK! And I often find it just 10% too hard for me, til I quit and then return to it a day later and get past the “hard” part on the first try. (This has happened four times now.) Coolest game on the list. 

Mirror’s Edge - I played this before, but never finished it. Laughably impossible for me with a controller — I died ten times IN THE TUTORIAL.

Rocksmith - Diggin’ it. It took a while to get used to what they were doing, and to reading the jumble of numbers they flash at you, but if you let it, it WILL teach you. Start with songs you don’t know how to play, tho! (One criticism: the strings are randomly colored instead of going from lighter to darker, in gradations, so you have to remember that yellow = 5th string.)

The Swapper - kinda weak platformer that I expect to stop playing fairly instantly. (You can spawn clones to get to buttons you can’t reach, to open doors, so you can find more buttons out of reach.)

Thomas Was Alone - deplorably cutesy 8-bitty crap. Fuck off, Thomas!

Trine 2 - I shoulda played the demo. Seems like a pretty and competent platformer, but I lost interest fast. To Tinkerbelly, but maybe the kids will enjoy it.

[Anyone know if Kentucky Route Zero is more like Journey or more like Telltale’s Walking Dead snoozefests?]

Bought this “Enter the Dragon” Lego tee in a shop in Takeshita Dori — before that Chuck Norris meme or the Universal Legofication of Everything — because it was the only thing in all if Harajuku that fit! It survived many a mosh pit.

Golllllld-feinGAH!

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