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State of Decay and Starbound are my 2 favorites to come out on Steam this year.
As for Steam games that have been around for awhile that I still play:
FTL - is about to get a free expansion coming in 2014.
Spelunky - I was a skeptic of rogue-likes for a long time, and especially Spelunky, until this year. Now I'm doing the "Daily Challenge" as often as I can.
Dark Souls - By now, you probably know if you're up for this game or not. The art in Dark Souls is great and the man behind the Dark Souls Fix or DSFix is putting in work to help everyone see it at the highest resolutions. I think he's doing a similar fix for Deadly Premonition now.
Skyrim - I still enjoy modding Skyrim to get it looking like this:
Go with an unlocked i5. I'm not sure what the latest model is that is unlocked but that's the one you want. When I built my latest PC in 2011, I did a little research and went with an i5 2500k. Since it was unlocked it allowed me to overclock it from 3.3GHz to 4.0 and I just bought an aftermarket heatsink like this one and just installed it when I did the build. I had never overclocked anything before and this was by far the best decision I made. I had to jigger around with the BIOS and some testing software to overclock it, but since the day I set it up I have never had any problems with it, and cleaning the huge heatsink is actually easier than having a little dinky one. When the PC is just doing basic tasks it stays down at 1.6GHz or so, and then under load it kicks up to 4.0GHz and stays cool.
Just a couple superstitious things but I will say them anyway. I always recommend an ASUS board. My last 3 PC's have all used ASUS boards after I had problems with Gigabyte and MSI in the past and they have never failed me. Same with NVidia cards. I used to use AMD cards but now I'm all in on NVidia, their drivers are just better.
Oh, man. This is not going to be pretty. I was like you once. I liked AC3... until the last few missions and then the end. To be clear, it's not just the end, it is the way that the game wraps up (or doesn't) that really left a bad taste in my mouth.
Other people have pointed this out, I think Vinny even pointed it out during game of the year last year, so I'll try to keep this brief. I have played all of the games in the series and I agree with anyone who says the AC games are at their weakest when you are playing a CHASE on a mission. It makes the mission scripting very apparent, and forces you into a stupid memorization game that rewards you with a cutscene.
Now, Brotherhood and Revelations padded out their stories with chases every once in awhile. I think about half of Brotherhood was about chasing this dude "Cesare" around from mission to mission because he gets away from your failed attempts to assassinate him, but AC3 really takes the award for the worst chase missions mostly because they are combined with a terrible conceit of how this guy is getting away from you in the first place. THEN, the last thing you play in the AC3 story is well documented as the worst fucking chase in the whole game culminating in a long cutscene that many regard as the worst ending in the series.
As much as I enjoyed certain parts of that game, AC3 is the only video game I've played where the ending made me regret even starting the journey. I played it when it had just come out and maybe I might not have been so bitter about it if I had just watched the last few missions on youtube instead of playing them myself.
I'm just gonna put this out there because no one has mentioned it yet, but November 01' was THE best month in video games to top off a YEAR that could be considered the best. If you read a list of all of the games that came out in 2001 it's ridiculous, but here are a few of my favorites that released that year outside of November: GTA 3, Gran Turismo 3, Red Faction, Devil May Cry, and Final Fantasy 10. It was a crazy good year to be a gamer, and I was employed at KB Toys so I was putting in work stocking and hocking all these awesome games and I knew exactly when the consoles would arrive that played them. But, anyway, November has never been as good to me as this:
-November 5, 2001: SSX Tricky
-November 14, 2001: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
-November 15, 2001: The Xbox, DoA 3 and Halo Combat Evolved
-November 17, 2001: The Nintendo Gamecube, Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2 Rogue Leader
-November 20, 2001: Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Not November, but very shortly after:
-December 3, 2001: Super Smash Bros. Melee
From what I played it was damn near Neverwinter with an Elder Scrolls coat of paint. The combat tries to ape Skyrim's attack with the right hand, block with the left, but with the cooldown abilities in the mix and the dodging it's closer to what I played of Neverwinter. The 360 controller works well with the game since it requires so few keys. The graphics were impressive, I liked the environments I visited and I thought there was some good looking water and good looking lava flows around the red mountain. The only thing tempting me to play the game at launch is running around in the world and seeing parts of the continent I've never visited since I never played the older elder scrolls games like Daggerfall.
I think Saints Row IV is going to be on that list somewhere. Brad will make sure GTA V does not win. I don't think Brothers or Gone Home will make the list. Maybe Last of Us makes top 5. Maybe Dota 2 makes the list. Rogue Legacy and Gunpoint will make it in. And I agree with all of you saying AC4 might be the game they all can agree on.
GTA V. I like playing multiplayer with my best buds + everyone in the giant bomb clan on PS3. I'm looking forward to how the online might change over time more than any MMO. I'm crossing my fingers Rockstar doesn't just leave it to die.
The best thing about that thread is someone mentioning the coke chugging competition, which led to re-watching the coke chugging competition. It wasn't a complete waste of time. It also reminded me that The Besties tried to do this whole bracket competition last year to crown their game of the year and ended up just getting pissed at each other so they will probably never do it again.