Steam Sale – Day 8 : Great Day to Pickup Some Fun Multiplayer A-RPGs

Given that my game library is currently full of games that I still need to play and finish, I haven’t really spent a lot on buying new games during this summer sale, except on Day 1 of the sale when I picked up Bioshock Infinite and Dark Souls. Today’s line has some great multiplayer A-RPG games which I would highly recommend to anyone looking to play some multiplayer A-RPG with friends.

Personal Picks:

From today’s line up my favorites are Torchlight II and Magicka. Torchlight 2 is a great improvement over its predecessor and with multiplayer its a blast. The story line is still quite poor, but the game has some excellent combat. The enemies have way more affixes than the ones that Diablo 3 monsters had, and are more fun and challenging at the same time. One drawback of the game is that there is no option to respec completely. The game allows you to only respec the last three talents that you’ve chosen, however, there is a player mod which adds a respec potion to your inventory, which will allow you to respec. With a level cap of 100, the game promises hours of fun with friends. I’ve myself reached level ~90 as a mage. The great thing about the game is that, unlike Diablo 3 you are not locked into playing the same story line over and over again. After you finish the game the first time, you unlock mapworks, which allows players to buy random dungeons maps with various predefined affixes on players or monsters for endless fun.

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Steam sale – Day 7

Dark Souls : Prepare to Die edition is up for sale again as a daily deal today, if you missed the flash sale on Day 1.

 

Personal Picks:

I haven’t played any of the games listed in today’s deals, but I am really excited about playing Dark Souls : Prepare to Die edition, which I picked up on the first day during a flash sale for the same price. The game looks fantastic, though it is recommended that you should play it with a controller. The mouse and keyboard port is not that great and though there are mods which fix a few issues, people still complain that the gameplay is not really smooth with mouse and keyboard. So unless you own a Xbox controller for the pc (~30$), this may not be a deal for you. The game itself costs 20$ on the console.

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Steam Sale – Day 6

I haven’t picked up any new games since the deals on day 1. This is very surprising since usually on steam sales I pick up something almost every other day. I’m not sure if I already own the games that I wanted to play this time around, or the daily and flash deals are actually not that exciting this time around.

 

Personal Picks:

I would recommend Serious Sam 3: BFE if you love shooters. This is a serious load of fun, playing solo or with friends, though it is a much more difficult game when playing solo, since multiplayer allows you to re-spawn upon death, as long as one of the players is still alive. Like it predecessors, Serious Sam 3, the maps are large, mostly open space, and the game sends hordes of enemies at you from all directions. The story is almost non-existent, but that is usually what you expect from a game like Serious Sam, which is all about mowing down enemies with the largest weapons you can find. For $3.99, it is a steal.

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Steam Sale – Day 3 : Tomb Raider, Witcher 2 and more in the great lineup!

I didn’t pick up any games yesterday, but today’s deals look a lot more interesting. It also seems that all the summer getaway card games will eventually make it to the daily deals, from the pattern of the past 3 days.

 

Personal Picks:

My personal pick would be Tomb raider which is another highly rated game that came out this year. However, I’m currently on the fence whether to get the steam version, which I would have to play with mouse and keyboard, or get an Xbox version later. I usually prefer playing games with mouse and keyboard instead of controller, but after my gameplay experience with Assassin’s Creed, I’m wary of trying out games on pc, which were built for consoles with pc as an after thought.

I would recommend Witcher 2 as a must buy from today’s deals, having already played Witcher 1 and being halfway through Witcher 2. Witcher 2 is a big improvement over the first game as far as combat is concerned and you don’t need to have played the first game in order to play this one. There are also combat overhaul packages, which fix a lot of combat issues, regarding ability lag and make combat much better.

Steam Summer Sale Begins – Day 1

The time of the year has come, when gamers’ wallets bleed out dry. Steam sale began today at 1pm EST and will have its usual daily deals, community choices and flash deals every day until July 23rd. Remember to not buy a game until the last day of the sale, unless it is a part of daily deals, flash sales or community choice. Past experiences have showed that you can get the lowest price on a game during a daily deal or flash deal than otherwise.

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Witcher 3 : Wild Hunt

Last week at E3, CD Projekt Red revealed the game play trailer for the final installment in the Witcher series, Witcher 3 : Wild Hunt and I was completely stoked. The following video gives a sneak peek of the massive world of Witcher 3 and dynamic combat against various monsters that we can encounter during the game.

The game boasts of a vast completely open world, one much bigger than the previous game Witcher 2 : Assassin’s of Kings, with no loading screens for a smooth experience.  The game also promises a great non-linear RPG experience with over 100 hours of game play, half of which are devoted to the main quest, which is supposed to be a continuation from Witcher 2.

Geralt still uses his twin blades, along with his alchemy potions, oil and other armor and blade enhancements, which players of previous games would be familiar with. There are some revisions in combat skills trees, and magic signs will also have two modes, one for single target and another for continuous casting to create an area of effect spell.

One major change is that, potions can now be consumed and then later activated during combat. This is a vast improvement over Witcher 2, where you had to consume potions before combat, and then hope that you will encounter enemies before the potion effects run out.

The screenshots of the game look absolutely fantastic and the environment feels alive and immersive.

With a massive open world and the improvements to the game from the previous two games, Witcher 3 boasts to trump Skyrim, and if you have played Skyrim you know what a feat that would be to accomplish. With its immersive open world world that is supposed to be 20% larger than Skyrim, beautiful sweeping landscapes and over 100 hours of game play, the game promises to deliver a fantastic solo adventure.

The game doesn’t come out for another year, but it is definitely a game to watch for.

 

Images sourced from: http://www.pcgamer.com and http://www.edge-online.com

RollingPin’s new look – Shado-pan transmog

I feel like I have finally completed my shado pan transmog for my monk RollingPin. I was inspired to do a shado pan transmog after reading a post by wreckage88 on reddit a few months ago. Even though I started out with this recommendations, I eventually used only the chest and the leggings from his list.

Here are the items I have used for the transmog to get this look:

Most of the items, namely the chest, gloves, boots and leggings, are acquired from doing low-level quests in Azeroth and require very little time, except for the Booty Bay Pantaloons which are acquired as a quest reward from a rather long quest for Bloodsail Pirates. These quest can be completed in an hour, especially for high level characters, however, the remaining items may take much longer.

The helmet can be bought from Shado pan quartermaster after becoming exalted with them, and this took weeks in patch 5.1, however, now that 5.2 is live and allows you to gain reputations towards 5.1 factions from doing heroics, this may be much easier to get. The shoulders and the belt are a random drop from doing Ulduar 25 man (shoulders from Steelbreaker and belt from Mimiron), and I got them both in my recent run, a couple of weeks ago. Getting these might take some time, since you can do Ulduar only once a week and drops may not drop the first time around. If you have some friends, running 25 man Ulduar can give additional drops from the bosses, increasing the chance of getting them.

Since drops from Ulduar can take quite some time, you can use the following items from wreckage88’s original recommendations to complete the transmog:

Puncture-Binding Spaulder – I sported the look of these one-sided shoulders for a while, until I got the drop from Ulduar and they look great.

Mud’s Crushers – These gloves share the same model as Gloves of Fanatical Zealotry, used in my set. However, I had already finished the quest for mud’s crushers, so I chose to go for gloves of fanatical zealtory.

Black Featherlight Boots

Green Belt of Quiet Understanding – I liked the look of Brown Belt of Humbling Gravity better and wore that instead for a while until I got the Waistguard of the Creator from Ulduar a few weeks ago.

There is unfortunately no alternative for the shado pan helmet, but even without it the transmog looks amazing.

Now I need to find a good looking transmog set for my healing gear. Until then, here’s another picture of RollingPin looking awesome:

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