My favourites of the steam summer sale so far

Once again the steam sale is upon us meaning that Your bank account is going to be taking a beating while your steam library grows at an alarming rate. Or is that just me?

So I thought I would do a few of my personal favourite things I’ve seen in the steam sale so far, and also mention some others that are at a very large reduction.

To start the ball rolling we have Civilization, I personally a huge fan of this game series and did pre order the most recent one. And my 300-400 hours combined on both of these games will say a lot. I feel they are some of the best strategy games on the market and for £5 the older one is still very much worth it with the difference between them being somewhat aesthetical on the surface!

 

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My summer car is a very nice game, although it’s still in development you could sink so many hours into it. And because of how much depth it goes into when building the initial car I found it so immersive and fun. Although I wouldn’t say this is a game for serious player it’s more for fun and a bit of a laugh. And although it’s only a 20% saving it’s still under £10 for a game I could very confidently say will take hours and hours from you

 

 

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The next game on my list is SimAirport, this game is a very simple but addictive simulation game in which you are tasked with creating, operating and managing an airport. Again this game is still in development and as a result is constantly improving. Again the saving is only 20% but when the game is only £15.19 and not £18.99 I fell its a nice little saving for a game that has so much potential when it is finally completed.

 

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The forest is the name game in question and having seen it for years and always putting off getting it I feel that was a huge mistake. It’s a survival horror game with a rich environment and lovely crafting system and feel to the game. It has a similar feel to game like 7 days to die but has more of a story and the buildings look so beautiful. And for £7.36 33% might not seem like a lot but it will be worth every penny I promise .

 

 

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And last on my list is Hacknet, this game has tempted me in so many time due to my cyber security back ground. But I have always been hesitant to purchase it because I could see it being fun for the first half an hour and then growing old very quickly. But how wrong I was. It’s basically a terminal that lets you access other machines on the networks and simulates hacking. Although the game play is time commands into a conle it’s surprising fun and engaging. And for the sake of £2.50 it’s well worth it even if you only play it for a couple of hours.

 

 

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Other notable mentions –

Rise of the tomb raider – 60% off so it’s only £15.99

Ghost recon wild lands – 33% off so is only £26.79

Doom – 50% off so it’s only £9.99

The Hitman Franchies

Grand Theft Auto V

Steam Link and Controler

When I first saw the steam link announced I was not sure how I felt about it, at the time my home internet was very slow and I didn’t think it would handle it very well. But since moving my connection speed is now significantly greater also great for more options. 

So when the Steam Link came on sale and you got the control with t as well for about £30-£40 I decided that it might be worth a try as it would be nice to play some games of my PC in the lounge and not sat at my desk.

It’s a small little package that I personally feel looks really nice and sleek, and it can either be hidden behind the TV or looks sleek on a TV unit.  This means it’s also fairly portable, so if you used a gaming laptop to play games and fancied playing games on large screen it would be ideal. 

The OS it’s self is very simple and offers a few options when it first loads up and offers a list of PC’s running steam on the network. Meaning if a few people in the building or on the network could share a steam link and play each of there own games. It also allows you to connect the Xbox one controller directly to it, meaning you don’t get stuck with the questionable steam controler. 

I have mixed views on the controler as it does somthings really well, but other I find it cumbersome. One aspect where it excels is that when playing games that would normally require keyboard and mouse. As it lets you control the cursor using one of the pads on the control. And with the amount of custom configurations that the steam community has published it means there probably won’t be a game that hasn’t got any options out there.

The control will also save to your account meaning you can connect it to a different computer or steam link and all your default mappings will be with the controler. 


Over all I feel as a combined package during the sales it is worth buying both, but if it was a case of paying full price and buying the both separately I would maybe save on the controler and put the money towards an Xbox one controler but that is just personal preference

Lenovo T400s: Ubuntu Machine Part 3

Another worry before delving into Linux is the lack of support for game, this turned out to be a common misconception. I will expand on that further in the next section, the first place for anyone wishing to play computer games these days is to download Steam. You can do this by either going onto the steam website, or the slightly more time-consuming way by going into the terminal and adding it that way. I opted for the quicker and more straight forward way as I didn’t see the requirement to use the terminal when steam offers a direct download.

After i installed steam and logged into my account i was concerned about the availability of games that i will have access too. And out of the 250ish game that i have connected to my steam account around 110 where available to play on my Ubuntu machine. For the record these where majority indie games such as Game Dev Tycoon and Software inc. Both of these games require low hardware specification, but i was very surprised to see ARMA 3 was available. I feel this could be largely due to steam trying to push Steam OS (Steams Linux Based OS) but there where still a vast amount of games to play. This was a genuine surprise to me as i was very much under the impression that Linux didn’t have game or supported them very well. I have not yet checked the compatibility of other game distributors such as GOG and Origin.

Another option is to use the Ubuntu software center i have only briefly looked through the games there and downloaded one to see what it was like. although it is a limited selection of games when you’re not paying for them it isn’t to much of a worry if you only download it to kill a little bit of time. playing games on Ubuntu wasnt without its challenges though, one of the games i attempted to install just would not load, and the download speed was terrible. I have a 10mb connection but was averaging 100kb-300kn max. This was frustrating because my windows Laptop on the same network was downloading games at about 8mb. After reading into this it is a common fault and there where a number of methods to fix this. I simply rebooted the device and it seemed to sort its self out that time. But if the problem persists then i will pursue the solutions i have found on-line.