Wednesday, July 13, 2016

My Haul From Steam Summer Sale 2016

Wow, from the 23rd of June upto the 4th of July was so damn hectic and confusing to say the least. I had about 11 bucks in my Steam Wallet and got a 20$ gift card for the sales, so totally about 30 bucks, had to reach level 5 for getting the card drops (was on level 4), so I had to craft a few badges too.
Then was the tension and excitement of participating wholeheartedly on a Steam sale for the first time was a fun experience unlike any others. In the end I got the following games -

"The Banner Saga"
The Banner Saga is a Viking-themed tactical role-playing video game developed by Stoic, a trio of indie game developers formerly of BioWare, and published by Versus Evil. The core of the game is a single-player campaign of turn-based combat engagements inspired by games such as Final Fantasy Tactics and Shining Force, with the player controlling and being able to build up a party of characters with complementing abilities. The Banner Saga has an aggregate score of 82 out of 100 (based on 32 critical reviews) on Metacritic, signifying "generally positive reviews".

"Borderlands GOTY Edition"
Borderlands is an action role-playing first-person shooter video game that was developed by Gearbox Software for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. It is the first game in the Borderlands series. The game was released worldwide in October 2009. Borderlands includes character-building elements found in role-playing games, leading Gearbox to call the game a "role-playing shooter". Borderlands received positive reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Xbox 360 version 85.83% and 84/100, the PlayStation 3 version 84.07% and 83/100 and the PC version 80.86% and 81/100. In late 2011, Borderlands was named 35th on IGN's Top 100 Modern Video Games list.

"Dust: An Elysian Tail"
Dust: An Elysian Tail is an action role-playing video game developed by independent designer Dean Dodrill, published by Microsoft Studios. It was released on the Xbox Live Arcade on August 15, 2012, and it was subsequently released for Microsoft Windows on Steam on May 24, 2013. Dust takes place in the fictional world of Falana, inhabited by anthropomorphic animals. Gameplay is presented on a 2D side-scrolling plane. The player controls the titular main character, Dust (Lucien Dodge), as he tries to remember his past. Dust: An Elysian Tail received generally positive reviews from critics.

"Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition"
Injustice: Gods Among Us is a fighting video game based upon the fictional universe of DC Comics. The game was developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U. It was released in April 2013 in North America, Europe, and Australia, and June 2013 in Japan. An expanded version of the game, titled Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, was released in November 2013 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows. Injustice: Gods Among Us is a fighting game in which players control characters with different fighting styles and special attacks, engaging in one-on-one combat to deplete their opponent's life gauge. The game features 2.5D graphics; movement is restricted to a two-dimensional plane, while the characters and backgrounds are rendered in a three-dimensional fashion.Injustice: Gods Among Us received positive reviews from critics. The Ultimate Edition was given 83% and 80/100 for the PlayStation 4, and 80% and 79/100 for Microsoft Windows.

"Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut"
Shadowrun: Dragonfall is a turn-based tactical role-playing video game developed by Harebrained Schemes set in the Shadowrun universe. It was originally released as downloadable content for Shadowrun Returns on February 27, 2014. An expanded version was later released as a standalone game on September 18, 2014, under the title Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut.The Dragonfall expansion was warmly received, earning an average score of 81/100 for the DLC version and 87/100 for the standalone version on Metacritic.

Transistor is a science fiction action role-playing video game developed and published by Supergiant Games. The game was released on May 20, 2014, for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4. Transistor sold over 600,000 copies across all platforms by January 2015. Transistor utilizes an isometric point of view. The player controls the character Red as she travels through a series of locations, battling enemies known collectively as the Process in both real-time combat and a frozen planning mode referred to as "Turn()". Transistor's soundtrack was written and produced by Darren Korb. The musical style of the soundtrack has been described by Korb as "old-world electronic post-rock". The soundtrack sold 48,000 copies within the first ten days of release. Transistor has been well received by game critics; receiving an 8/10 from GameSpot, 8.5/10 from Destructoid, 9/10 from IGN, and an 8.5/10 from Polygon. It also has an 83 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 47 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

"Valdis Story: Abyssal City"
Valdis Story A.C. is a side scrolling action adventure for P.C. with an emphasis on intricate and rewarding combat as well as deep play style customization. The player will assume the role of Wyatt as they explore the ruins of a holy city that was lost many years ago. Wyatt must battle various types of demons, angels, and a new threat tentatively known as Ferals using swordsmanship, martial arts, and sorcery. There are many customizable skills and equipment that will aid Wyatt on his journey. It Currently has 83 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

[Some of these games I had my eyes on for a long time (Borderlands, Dust, Valdis Story etc.); some I bought on the whim of the moment (Injustice, Shadowrun etc) but all of these I am hoping to play and enjoy immensely. Do let me know what you guys think of my choices and also share stuff you may have gotten.
PS: I also bought some games very cheaply for steam trading card farming, these are numerous and are not really stuff I am interested in so I would not mention them here.]

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