Steam Summer Sale 2020

I had convinced myself not to get anything in this sale because backlog. Then in the mail today I an unexpected check from my auto insurance company for $29. Apparently someone in my house got older and the check is for an age discount applied to the current year.

So now, hmmm, what to do with $29?

You have to spend $30, and you get $5 off your order. ;)

Indeed. I’m likely to get Tabletop Simulator for $10. Maybe Divinity Original Sin II, which is around $25 now I think.

Honestly, it’s this offer that has kept my wallet safe so far in the sale. I would have bitten on less than $30 a couple of times, but then thought, oh wait, I should add more from my wishlist so that it adds up to more than $30, and then when i add enough games that it’s more than $30, I look at the list and think “there’s no way I’ll play all these games any time soon, especially if I buy them all at once like this”.

Silly LK, the check’s for $29, so he has to spend $34 and get $5 off his order. :p

Decided to purchase a few items that are near the top of my wishlist:

Wildermyth - going to wait until it leaves EA if I can
Return of the Obra Dinn - because it seems really nifty
Slime Rancher - sometimes you just wanna do goofy stuff

Well Evil Banker only last 40 minutes on my hard drive…

So I’m looking at Transport Fever II, Stardew Valley, and Fields of Glory:Empire.

Any comments.

Stardew Valley feels like it should be a a love it or hate it sort of game to me (I hate because I just don’t get it), but it has Overwhelming Acclaim from players at large. I just don’t feel like there’s a game there, and I do feel like there’s too much waiting around for things to happen.

I suspect if it clicks with you you’ll adore it, like everybody else. But if it doesn’t click, you’ll be left wondering what the fuss is about. And I can’t even figure out what features are supposed to click or not.

Stardew Valley is apparently a Phenomenon at this point. It doesn’t look at all like my cup of tea, though.

I desperately want stardew valley but I want it on the Switch. No price drops though.

I can understand not enjoying it, but not seeing it as a game? It’s basically not that far off from any RPG. Talk to people, buy stuff you need, do work (substitute growing and feeding plants and chopping down trees, etc, for killing monsters) for money, rest, buy more stuff. Oh, and Stardew Valley has monsters to kill too, so it’s clearly a superior RPG.

ADDENDUM: And the reason it’s so beloved is because every element is made to a high quality bar and the elements all blend in just about the perfect mixture. It excels at what a lot of games (including many RPGs) have a hard time getting just right: Pacing and rhythm.

ANOTHER ADDENDUM: And I’m not even a super-fan, just a guy who appreciated the game.

Welp, after a lot of research, discussion and sleeping on it, I have my final list:

  • Dying Light: Hellraid - I’ll pretty much buy anything Dying Light at this point.
  • Reassembly Fields Expansion - Been meaning to get this one for ages now, and it was super cheap.
  • Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes - Really been enjoying the Crusades a lot so when this hit Steam, I jumped on it.
  • Astroneer - My usual co-op partner just gushes over this one, so it was time.
  • Earth Defense Force 5 - LOVED the co-op of EDF4, and was told this was even better, so I jumped on it now that it was at its historic low.
  • Survivalist: Invisible Strain - Another co-op game to stream down the line.
  • Constructor Plus - LOVED the original Constructor, and this hit its historic low.
  • Signal Simulator - One of my very helpful community members begged me to try this one.
  • Project 5 Sightseer - A vehicle-based survival game that hit a new historic low and apparently is fun in single player.
  • ADOM - This also hit its historical low, so I’m super excited to finally play it.

Overall I’ve got a lot of new stuff to chew on for future streams. Very excited!

I’ve played the last two and kinda wish I had the first instead.

Wow, I didn’t even know that was a thing! Awesome!

This is like the first time I haven’t bought anything in one of these sales. I think I’m just too bummed with everything I’ve ever played, and the things I would buy aren’t on sale and I can wait.

Some of this is just dissatisfaction with my two main genres, one I lost heavy interest in, and the other because the social aspect is gone and likely now won’t ever come back.

Yeah it seems some sort of medieval arena thing. I am all in.

Oh, I’m definitely getting Hellraid at some point.* Someone please tell me it’s not multiplayer-only.

*It looks like “Dying Light does DOOM.”

Question:

For games that I purchase as gifts, can I redeem it for myself?

I’ve played the first 2.
TF2 is a decent game, but you have to really want to play this type of game. You basically lay down roads/train tracks, ports, stations, etc to facilitate transport of good from 1 place to another. That’s the gist of it all. You don’t build towns, or any other infrastructure. You purchase appropriate vehicles for the time period you’re currently playing (in the campaign you start out in the gold rush era using horse drawn transport buggies). You set routes, and then meet the goals of the scenario. There’s usually 3 weird sub quests per level that have you play “find the right pixel to click on” but these are just fluff and add nothing to the campaign.

Stardew Valley is another game you have to be in the mood to play. Now, for my first playthrough, I totally dug it. I enjoyed the farming aspect, and especially growing my farm bigger and bigger as my funds increased. There’s a bit of a dating sim in that you bring gifts to people, and their affection towards you grows. You can eventually marry one of the other NPCs (certain ones only). Then there’s the mineral cave where you fight off baddies while mining rocks with a pick. There is a bit of a progression here too.

Then thing about Stardew Valley where I differ from more hardcore fans, is that I can’t get myself to want to playthrough it again. The ending I had in my first game made me want to, but then after starting, I ran out of steam for the game play loop, and especially the NPC interactions.

My preference of these 2 would be on Stardew Valley since I did finish it. I think I bailed out of TF2 mid-way through the campaign.

10% off is a historical low?