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#1 Edited by Slag (4864 posts) -

@mb said:

@slag said:

I'm passing on DS2 for now, the DLC/Season Pass is stil full price. So I'm just going to wait for Sins of the Scholar.

Same here. I think there will be a much better deal to be had later down the road with Sins.

Also I'm struggling with Black Flag for $10. I haven't finished an AC game since Assassin's Creed 2, but I hear that ACIV is the AC game that people who really aren't that into AC.

yeah I think Sins even at full price is potentially cheaper ($16.79 [base game]+24.99 [season pass]=$41.78 vs a possible $39.99 new retail for the whole thing).

i'm already late to DS 2, I can wait a while longer for the complete hassle free version that will likely cost less.

hah now I wish I had waited for Black Flag! I think I paid $14.99 and was happy with that.

If BF is marked down that much, I bet the standalone DLC Freedom cry is marked down even further,you might want to give that one a look to see if BF might be up your alley.

#2 Posted by Slag (4864 posts) -

Most of what I play every year is older games. Function of backlogs and sales. Counting only things releases in 2011 and earlier

  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
  • Q.U.B.E.
  • To The Moon
  • L.A. Noire
  • Rocketbirds Hard Boiled Chickens
  • Dungeons and Dragons: Shadows of Mystara
  • Dungeons and Dragons: Tower of Doom
  • Saints Row 2
  • Bioshock
  • Braid
  • Hydrophobia Prophecy
  • DLC Quest
  • Venetica
  • Rochard
  • The Shivah
  • The Deponia games
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Costume Quest
  • Civilization V
  • Grotesque Tactics
  • Spelunky
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
#3 Posted by Slag (4864 posts) -

Harold Andraste

That is just brilliant! Dang I wish I had named my Inquisitor that now.

#4 Posted by Slag (4864 posts) -

@slag: Damn it -- I wrote a pretty lengthy reply and the GB servers ate it after I hit submit. Somewhat shorter version:

I wonder how Nintendo sees the Wii U internally. A lot of us are looking at the low hardware sales and predicting doom, but (for instance) MK8 was sitting at 3.5m copies sold as of October. Nintendo games don't drop in price like most other big publisher titles, and they're presumably taking home more money on each sale because they're a first party developer (and one that operates the direct-to-consumer eShop). It may have found a profitable, Vita-esque niche in which it makes money(?) without setting the world on fire.

I feel your reticence to recommend DA:I. I'm still somewhat skeptical that it'll end up hooking me, but I've heard enough good things to keep an eye out for a deal.

I feel you dude, that's happened to me 4-5 times today.

Given Nintendo investor calls 2012-present and the Business media's coverage of them, sadly I suspect the low install base of the WiiU is probably doing for them financially what it looks like it's doing. With companies of that mammoth size it's not enough to have profitable products (I don't think the WiiU is profitbale fwiw, they may technically turn a profit on every unit they move but they probably haven't come close to recouping their years hardware R&D costs from creating it), they have to be profitable on a very large revenue number...

I honestly don't know for sure, they don't have to publish filings to EDGAR since they are listed on the Pink Sheets in the United States. I haven't tried to find out for awhile.

Funny you mention those specific ones, because all of those were ones I was pondering when making my next gen decision (well Type-O is a very nice surprise)

I'm hoping all of those will come to PC. I think MGS V, ME 4 are practically locks to come here. FF XV is probable. KH 3 and Type-O? Well one can hope.

Even just ago generation ago I thought I'd never go mainline PC (I've always been a console man), but it's amazing how much the landscape has changed in the past 3-4 years in terms of Ports. When I thought about what I was going to do last fall, I just took a look at the Steam marketplace and what I expected to come out and figured for me at least the PC was the best value with the most titles (and with lower prices).

I can be patient and wait a year or more to play some of these after they come to consoles. They just need to get here eventually for my choice to be worthwhile.

@slag:

I feel your reticence to recommend DA:I. I'm still somewhat skeptical that it'll end up hooking me, but I've heard enough good things to keep an eye out for a deal.

Yeah not trying to turn you off it. I like it quite a bit, but I also know I'm not nearly as demanding as you are when it comes to polish and mechanics. That's all.

When/if you get around to it, be curious to see how someone who didn't get enthralled by origins views it.

#5 Posted by Slag (4864 posts) -

@slag said:

Hey @grantheaslip !

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Thanks! I went out of my way to try not to sound unduly authoritative. Even calling it "my favourite games of the year" was an attempt to set a subjective tone from the get-go. I played so few games released in 2014 this year that calling this list "games of the year" would be kind of ridiculous. The games I did choose to play were also skewed -- I might not have played Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2, or Persona Q if I hadn't taken advantage of a Best Buy Canada 30%-off pre-order sale during E3 (many those pre-orders extend into next year). I suspect at least one of the games in that "did not play" list might have made it onto my top 5, and there are probably games that weren't on my radar that I'll end up l looking back on as 2014 favourites.

Yeah kinda crazy to think how much Sales may shape our preferences perhaps more than we consciously admit. If I had known Best Buy did that, I might have purchased a console this year.

One thing I've noticed about my own playing habits since pretty much becoming a PC first gamer last year when I built my new one, is that I'm playing a lot more games, but a lot of them are lower quality. In some cases much lower quality (Evoland in particular was wretched). Steam sales and Bundles sales definitely have changed how I play. I feel like this more like how I gamed in NES/SNES days when I rented a bunch of stuff (why Buy Mega Man II for 60 dollars when you can rent it two-three times for a total of 9 dollars and still get a full experience out of it?). I played everything I could get my hands on and was open minded, but in the process I played a lot of junk. A whole lot of Junk.

It's been fun to see all these games and developers I've long wondered about (like Daedalic), but I have a new year resolution for 2015 to buy fewer but better games.

@slag said:

It's arguable that the WiiU had the best slate collectively of AAA exclusives this year, but due to the WiiU's low install base I don't think Bayonetta 2, Smash, Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors and Capt Toad are going to make many top 10 lists as some of them should.

It's interesting to me that I chose Wii U and PS Vita (systems that aren't exactly tearing up the charts) games in a year in which you'd expect the PS4 to start getting landmark releases. I got a PS4 very late in the year, but even so, I don't see any big next-gen exclusives that feel like must-play classics.

@slag said:

Yummylee's excellent review of Dragon Age: Inquisition you might want to....

I've saved that review, but I'm going to hold off on reading it until I've played the game myself. I'll probably snap it up when it drops below $30, or just wait for the inevitable "GOTY edition." What turned me off of Origins was the general sense of "jank," at least in the PS3 port. The difficulty was all over the place, the menus and controls were clumsy, the animations were rough, and the performance was poor. The game clearly wanted me to be micromanaging combat but didn't include the PC version's tactical view. I had the sense there was something there worth seeing, but not enough to want to keep playing it. Inquisition seems to retain what was interesting about the Origins world and characters, except with a lot more polish and streamlining. I liked the Mass Effect games, so I know Bioware has it in them to hook me.

@slag said:

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I wonder if they made the change in the control scheme for Diva F 2nd so it could be played on Vita TV as well?

The Vita TV might have something to do with it. I also suspect that it's a result of Project Diva f being a very early Vita release in Japan (August 2012) -- it might be that they felt more compelled to include Vita-specific functionality at that point, and have since heard feedback from those who didn't like the forced touch screen interaction.

re: WiiU-I agree with your assessment

to be fair to Xbox and PS4... Nintendo ,you would think should have had the advantage this year if they were ever going to. They have had an additional year on the market to get everything rollin and unlike the other two still have great in house first party development.

If this the business theme of this generation 8 is traditional AAA Third Party powers especially the Japanese ones(Capcom, Square Enix, SEGA, Konami, Tecmo etc) are struggling to stay in the console business,hardware tech for all systems is not revolutionary and the one key major differentiating factors for these systems is exclusives - You'd think those situations would favor Nintendo since they make their own high quality exclusives and their hardware is less comparatively underpowered than it first might seem. And yet they still lag far behind in sales.

In retrospect I think Sony is extremely lucky Microsoft shot themselves in the foot, because the landscape, their personal finances and their title selection seem be against them the most. I have thus far found the PS4 lineup to be very lacking, surprisingly so. I have to wonder if I'll get a PS4 at all now, especially if Kingdom Hearts and FF XV get ported to PC. The WiiU is the only system I see at the moment with worthwhile unique games.

To make a long rant short , I think your platform choices reflected where the best games do happen to be right now. The Vita probably has the most interesting handheld imports since the 3DS to me seemed to have a light year and the WiiU definitely had the best console exclusives this year imo. It's perhaps more odd that the consumer market isn't rewarding that quality for either platform.

re: DA:I- makes sense. If you are know you are going to play it for sure. No need to bias your opinion ahead of time. Although if that's what bothered you about Origins, without going into it I don't know if you are going to be very happy with Inquisition. Fwiw I played Origins on PC. There is no question for that game that, that platform offers a dramatically better experience than playing it on consoles.

re:Diva 2nd- That's a very good point. I hadn't considered that angle.

#6 Posted by Slag (4864 posts) -

Argh. Does anyone know if you purchase this now whether you can download it later after it gets removed?

#7 Posted by Slag (4864 posts) -

I doubt Dark Souls II will go lower, but there is the whole new version to consider. Hopefully it will come back at the lowest price the last day of the sale?

I'm passing on DS2 for now, the DLC/Season Pass is stil full price. So I'm just going to wait for Sins of the Scholar.

#8 Edited by Slag (4864 posts) -

Hey guys, sorry if this is a silly question - never bought from Steam before (console gamer)

Do collections/bundles of games go on the daily/'flash' sales or just individual games?

I'm really tempted to get the Sherlock Holmes Collection which is 50% off atm, just wondering if its likely to drop in price further in this sale

I've been watching that one for months, 50% off is the lowest I've ever seen it go.

btw if you aren't already I recommend using Enhanced Steam extension for Chrome (hat tip @fattony12000 who I saw champion it a good while back), it pulls in price history data from Isthereanydeal.com. Which helps you piece of mind you are getting a good price.

#9 Posted by Slag (4864 posts) -

Hey @grantheaslip !

I really really like the way you structured this list.

I especially like the fact you started off mentioning what you didn't play, As I get older I get more and more certain that these lists (at least for me) are won and lost at time of purchase. Afterall we aren't reviewers and most of us don't have $$$ or platforms to really comprehensively play the 10 "best" games (if such a thing could be ever said to truly exist).

It's arguable that the WiiU had the best slate collectively of AAA exclusives this year, but due to the WiiU's low install base I don't think Bayonetta 2, Smash, Mario Kart 8, Hyrule Warriors and Capt Toad are going to make many top 10 lists as some of them should.

If you haven't read Yummylee's excellent review of Dragon Age: Inquisition you might want to.He does a really good job laying out exactly where it comes up a bit short. It's going to be on my GOTY list somewhere (only 21 hours in so far), but that's largely due its competition rather than its own merits. And well I'm a sucker for that kind of game.

I'm enjoying the heck out of it, but there is no question it is a flawed game that is not nearly as good as Origins was. So if you struggled with that one, I don't know how you'll like DA:I. I guess it depends what about Origins did or didn't grab you.

I'm not a Rhythm game person so I'll take you word for it on the Project Diva games, your other three will probably all make my list as well or at least come close to it.

I wonder if they made the change in the control scheme for Diva F 2nd so it could be played on Vita TV as well?

#10 Posted by Slag (4864 posts) -

Well I got very lucky and just won a GiantBomb Steamgifts giveaway, so Divinity: Original Sin for me!

I'll try to finish up South Park and Dragon Age: Inqusition too.