One Hour Steam Game Challenge! In which I try to play at least one hour of every game I own on Steam, since Valve torments us all by giving us such great deals on games we can't help but buy them regardless of whether we actually want them or have even heard of them. My goal is to get my Steam list to 100% played
OK, after my giant Baconing post, here are some short reviews of a couple more "one hour games" that I played. This is how I meant to do this project, but sometimes I just have a lot to say. ;)
Tribes: Ascend (2 hours) - This one is a Free to Play! I am counting it for the One Hour Steam Game Challenge because a pack for it was on sale, so I bought the pack to get free XP boost and gold.
The game itself is super fun. I was worried that (1) people who already love this game would get pissed and me for sucking and (2) that I would have too much trouble with the rocket pack mechanic. As to the first one, I decided to play a Technician which involves a lot of repairing things and throwing out a little turret, so my job was pretty easy. To be honest though, I am a better shot than quite a few of the people we were playing against so I'm not going to be afraid to try a different class next time. Heh. As to the second point, uh, yeah, I super duper suck at it. Like, a lot. But that's OK! I'll get the hang of it eventually! And to my surprise and delight, even though there is a lot of focus on the flying, it is not 100% required to play or have fun. You just have to pick a more stationary role like Technician or sniping.
Play again? Heck yes! In fact, I am a little afraid I'm not going to have more games to put in this blog post since I am writing this during a dinner break.
I restrained myself and played one more!
Dungeon Siege 3 (76 minutes) - I have no idea where this game came from. A gift that someone got me because I thought it looked interesting and added it to my wishlist? (Beau informs me his brother got this for us from a Christmas Sale a couple years ago.)
I really enjoyed this game! It has beautiful graphics, very unique and interesting characters to play as, a good story so far, and absolutely fantastic game mechanics. I was not expecting to like this game so much! Dungeon Siege 3 is the definition of a solid game! The menu navigation is so wonderful it made me want to cry. Your inventory and equip screen clearly point out new items and the equip screen automatically puts any items you hover your mouse over in a nice big side by side comparison with what you're already wearing. The characters themselves have interesting background stories and abilities. I am looking forward to exploring them more. Probably my favorite feature, and I may get a little teary eyed with joy just typing this, is that when you press "r" some blessed little gold balls tell you which direction to go for your currently highlighted quest.
Beau says it's for people who are toddlers and need their hands held through a game. I think he is a jerk. It is wonderful. I might up my difficulty setting to hard or expert since I don't have to worry about getting lost and having hordes of enemies constantly surrounding me as I run in circles. This game takes away or improves everything that other games half-ass that get in the way of actually playing. In Dungeon Siege 3 they clearly want you to sit back and enjoy slicing through bandits without having to worry about crappy inventory screens or backward mechanics. I love a game that is difficult to defeat but easy to play.
Play again? It is a wonderful game so far and I will definitely keep playing. I can't decide if I will keep going now or knock it out once I've done a few more one hour games so that I can give it my full attention. HMMMM. I also can't play it just once! Three out of the Four characters looked right up my alley so I'll have to play again to at least see their stories at the start!