Yesterday, Steam revealed its lists of the year’s most played and purchased games. Broken up by magnitude (Valve uses “platinum”, “gold”, “silver”, and “bronze”), the lists give us some idea of what games have found the most success on Steam this year, but games within each magnitudinal category are presented in a random order that changes with every page refresh, so we’re still left unable to determine just how well each title has done. Additionally, while the lists are presented nicely, the data behind them is also unavailable, so we’ll just have to trust Steam on this one.
With less than 24 hours left in this year’s Steam Summer Sale, we don’t have long until some of the best deals in PC gaming go into hibernation for another few months. To help you navigate the sale in its twilight hour, I’ve listed what I consider to be the ten best deals of this year’s Summer Sale.
Game: Far Cry 5
Made by: Ubisoft Montreal
Published by: Ubisoft
Available for: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Far Cry 5 applies Ubisoft’s familiar Far Cry formula to a cult-run corner of America, and while the game retains its entertaining gunplay and atmosphere, its unpolished story and overreliance on unnecessary narrative elements bog down the experience.
In the weeks leading up to this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Bethesda put forth effort in hyping fans up with promises of ‘more than one surprise’, as well as updates on their favorite games and franchises.
We streamed Bethesda’s conference, but if you couldn’t catch our reactions live, or you’re looking for a more detailed look, check out our recap down below.
Opening the floodgates as E3’s first official pre-show showcase, Electronic Arts chose to play it safe. Loyal fans of franchises like FIFA and Madden will find no cause for alarm, but players searching for innovation or surprise will be better suited elsewhere.
Regardless, we watched (and streamed) it all. Here’s our recap.
Two weeks ahead of E3 and at the tail-end of a multi-hour stream, Bethesda dropped a teaser trailer for a new Fallout title, Fallout 76. Here’s what we know so far.
Game: Civilization VI
Made by: Firaxis
Published by: 2K
Available on: PC, Mac, iPad
A step forward for the series with a compelling (though divisive) art-style and a number of new gameplay features; buyer beware, the AI leaves something to be desired.
Game: Jackbox Party Pack 3
Developed by: Jackbox Games
Published by: Jackbox Games
Available for: PC, Mac, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, NVidia Shield
For years, when I’ve gathered to play games with friends, the Jackbox Party Pack has been a staple, and though the Jackbox Party Pack 4 is out now, the third party pack offers a separate selection of games that all hold their entertainment value steady. As with all Party Packs, though, your enjoyment of the pack heavily depends on your enjoyment of the individual games included.
NOTE: Setting the Jackbox Party Packs apart from other games is that you and your friends need only one internet-connected device each to play. Put away the controllers, as long as everyone’s got a phone, laptop, or tablet, you’ll be able to play.
Game: Fallout 4
Made by: Bethesda Softworks
Published by: Bethesda Softworks
Available on: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Fallout 4 was the game I was most excited for in 2015, and it wouldn’t be incorrect to suggest it was the game I was most excited for for several years leading up to that point. Fallout 3 introduced me to action-RPGs, and Fallout: New Vegas is one of my favorite games of all-time. Naturally, I was excited to sit down the night of November 9, 2015 to experience the next entry in an esteemed series. Now, two years later, I think I’m ready to put together a real review of the game.
I’ve had a lot of fun with Fallout 4. I think there’s a lot the game does right, and I think there are some areas of major improvement when comparing the game to Fallout 3 or New Vegas. That established, I think one of the core design philosophies of Fallout 4 was experimentation; trying systems and ideas that hadn’t been attempted before. Some of these, like changing up the game’s gunplay, found success and acclaim, whereas others, such as the game’s inclusion of a voiced protagonist, have been received with criticism. Continue reading below and I’ll give you my take on the game the best I can.
Game: Fallout: New Vegas
Made by: Obsidian
Published by: Bethesda Softworks
Available on: PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Fallout: New Vegas is one of my favorite RPGs of all time. A follow-up to Bethesda’s Fallout 3, New Vegas brings back a number of writers and developers from the original Fallout games and offers them Bethesda’s development tools to craft a new Fallout experience set in Las Vegas and the surrounding Mojave Desert. What results from this merger is one of the most captivating and well-written roleplaying games of its age.