Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’ve all had a happy festive period. I know I did. Unlike a lot of bloggers, I’m not going to do a 2016 retrospective, that would have required a lot of planning and forethought on my part and anyone who knows me, well they know that’s not me.
Instead, as a gamer, I thought it fitting that my first blog post of 2017 should be all about the new games that the last month of 2016 left me with. I’m lucky in that December doesn’t only bring me Christmas, it also delivers to me my Birthday. For us gamers however, December has one more surprise up it’s sleeves, the Steam Winter Sale. So you can imagine, I do look forward to December.
I’ll start with the board games that were left under the tree for me when I woke up, all bleary eyed on Christmas Day.
Seven Wonders Duel
This game was recommended to me some time ago on twitter. Then after reading reviews of the game on sites such as Meeple Like Us, I’d made up my mind, I had to have it. My wife saved me the money and the effort though. I had an inkling that I would find this game sitting here waiting for me, as my wife had let it slip some time ago. It didn’t diminish how excited I was to finally get the first member of my tabletop collection though (outside of the usual fair of Monopoly and such like).
Pokemon Monopoly – Kanto Edition
Speaking of Monopoly. My mum, bless her heart, knows that my wife and I are both into gaming. Knowing this and my wife’s love for Pokemon Go, she thought that Monopoly, Pokemon Edition would look right at home among our other games, adorning our games shelf and she was right.
Monopoly Game Of Thrones Edition
As Pokemon is more for my wife than me really, my mum also bought us Monopoly Game Of Thrones Edition. Let me tell you, she hit the nail on the head with this one too, thanks mum.
Winter Is Coming
Holding onto the money I received for my Birthday in anticipation of the Steam Winter Sale, I was rewarded for my patience when it began on the 22nd of December. Below is a list of the games I picked up during the sale.
I hate them, yes, I hate the person who introduced me to this game. It has soaked up so much of my time and as a serial procrastinator I don’t have that much time to spare. Anyway, it’s A beautifully simplistic game available on PC as well as mobile.
Being a PC gamer at heart though, I chose to wait for the winter sale to see if I could pick it up at a nice discount which would bring it closer to it’s mobile OS based equivalent. OK, hate might be a bit strong, love might be a better word to describe how I feel, about the person who pointed me in the direction of MiniMetro.
If I was to describe this game, I’d say it was a cross between a mid evil RTS game and a city builder. I bought it based purely on how it looked and I can’t wait to find the time to get stuck into this one.
Golf With Your Friends
I have very little to do with my buying this game. When I mentioned how excited I was about MiniMetro being available for a discount during the Steam Winter Sale, a really good friend of mine @ also picked it up. So I thought I’d reciprocate the gesture and grab a game she recommended to me. That game being Golf With Your Friends.
Brings the joy of Crazy Golf to your desktop, allowing you to share the experience with your friends around the world. We’re yet to play it together but I look forward to it.
I know what you’re thinking, “Did I buy this because it reminded me of my wife’s cooking NO, how could you think such a thing…” (I’ll pay for that little dig at her cooking skills, just you wait). No I picked it up because it looked like an awesome local co-op game that my wife and I, as well as our extended family would have loads of fun playing together. This is probably one that would have made more sense buying for the PS4 but we’ll wait and see.
This is a game I’ve been looking at for a while. I was reminded about it recently though by a tweet from another member of the blind gaming community @. So when it was included in the steam Winter Sale with a pretty steep discount, I just had to grab it.
The Gift Of Giving
I don’t hoard all the games to myself, oh no, I share my love for gaming with as many people who will listen, but as Croc (not his real name), my brother in law and my wife are right here with me , so I tend to give them gaming gifts when the occasion calls for it.
Croc is a console convert. When I first found him, he was hooked up to an XBOX, it seemed to be feeding on his Call Of Duty rage while supplying him a steady stream of frags to keep him hooked. It seamed a dangerous cycle, turning him into some kind of monster!
It took me some time but I finally weaned him off of consoles and onto the PC. He took up RTS games in a big way with games like Rome Total War and Stronghold Kingdoms. That being said he still likes hiss FPS games , a hang over from his console days. So Anime and I thought we’d treat him to The Culling.
My wife @ , (commonly referred to by me as Anime), has expensive tastes, this floods over onto her gaming habits too, so despite the heavy Steam Winter Sale discounts, I still found a lot of the games on her steam wish list a little pricey (not that she’s not worth it). Star dew Valley stood out though as one of the big hits of 2016 at a great price, after seeing her reaction to the trailer I just had to pick it up for her. Merry Christmas Anime. Maybe next year the other games on your wish list will be cheep enough for me to buy them for you.
You’re Still doing it wrong!
I know, I know. I said some time ago that I would start buying games based on their accessibility rating, however the number of games being released always out paces the communities ability to review or rate them all, based on their accessibility. Plus, I’m impulsive, sometimes I just have to have it, whatever it is.
Anyway, that’s me all spent up, so impulses or not these will be the last games I get for a little while at least. Once I’ve had time with them, you can expect either written reviews, YouTube game play videos and reviews or both, so look forward to that. If I find them impossible or difficult to play you’ll hear about it and then they’ll either get retired to the shelf or to my ever growing steam library.
What did you find under the Christmas Tree?
Now you’ve read the list of games I’ve added to my collection over the Christmas period, I’d love to hear what you found under your tree. Did your family pick you up a game you’ve had your eye on for ages, or did you treat yourself to a rare gem, let me know.
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