Well, it's a new year and while everyone is clamoring over the plethora of fantastic sounding games prepped for release in 2010, I'm focused on all the old games I purchased during the big holiday Steam sale.
I picked up a crazy amount of games for a crazy low price. Overall I've been pleased with my choices so far.
Torchlight: Best. Game. Ever. I've been putting quite a few recent hours into this game and I was blown away by it. It's true that it's very Diablo-esque, but it has a unique signature and is just a fantastically put together experience. Admittedly, my favorite part of this game is my dog. He destroys the most annoying part of the Diablo games - having to go back to town to sell cruddy items every time your inventory is full. He does it for you! Not to mention, and I'm not sure why I'm so amused by this, I am physically unable to hold back laughter every time my dog heaves up and pushes a fireball out of his nose. Teaching him that spell was the best decision of my life. The game is like Diablo 1, in that you have one dungeon that you work your way farther and farther down. I found "normal" mode to be a bit too easy; I suggest playing at a higher level of difficulty if you've ever played a Diablo game before. Despite that I keep mentioning Diablo, I'd like to reiterate that this game has its own flavor, feels like a different game, and has surprisingly great graphics. You are doing a disservice to yourself by not picking it up immediately.
Crayon Physics Deluxe: I played the demo of Crayon Physics when it first came out and was impressed with it, but thought the price was a little too steep; it is a bit short. When I saw the game on sale, however, it was a no-brainer to pick it up. The puzzles become more fun and more frustrating as you advance through the game, but with a little imagination you can solve everything. That's what makes this game so unique - your own imagination is the only limit when it comes to finding a solution. There are no absolute right answers, just scribble your way to success and you'll enjoy yourself immensely along the way.
Time Gentlemen, Please! / Ben There, Dan That: I haven't had a chance to play much yet, but the little bit I have played has been hysterical! This game is a simple point and click, so you'll only enjoy it if you're looking for an interactive comic. It actually reminded me of a slightly more involved MS Paint Adventures. The dialogue is fantastic so far, and I was sold because in the description on its Steam page it says: NAZI DINOSAURS.
Audiosurf: I haven't played at all yet, but I've heard good things and picked it up based on a review/recommendation I saw on Epic Default (can't find the exact post at the moment). I also picked up Evil Genius on recommendation from Moradeth via Twitter, but I haven't played yet. It looks like some fun times though! My boyfriend sent me along to Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus /Abe's Oddysee and Shadowgrounds, which he thought I'd enjoy. The "Abe's" series looks cute and humorous. Shadowgrounds is definitely the type of game I would like based on my usual gaming preferences: lots of maniacal shooting and blood splatter.
The final game rounding off my "picked up but haven't played list is S.T.A.L.K.E.R. This one I grabbed on my own because it was a measly 2$ and looked like fun!
I won't have a Windows desktop for another month, but I couldn't wait to try out all my new Steam swag. So, with great pain, I defiled my Mac. Poor thing.
If you feel the need to make fun of my gaming preferences or the fact that I'm gaming on a Mac partition, feel free to add me on Steam! My username is eye_shuh!
Anyone else make out like a crazy gaming pirate during the Steam sale?