Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018!

It’s that time again! That time where we get overly excited about seeing tons of games on sale that we don’t have enough money to buy or time to play! I pretty much just have fun predicting prices and seeing all the sales. All these sales go through Monday it looks like as well.

What I’m Looking For

Farcry 5 – I had a ton of fun with Wildlands. I’m told Farcry 5 is the same type of open world gameplay, but with FPS. It also has multiplayer so I’m in. Additionally it has a custom-map arcade, so the replayability is really high. I’m looking for something under $30 for the base game, but if I can get the DLC at a good price, I’ll buy that too.
Purchased: $29.99 off Humble with an additional 10% off for being a monthly subscriber and another 5% into my store wallet. I opted not to go for the DLC because it has bad reviews, and because I can always buy it later once I get a chance to try the game.

Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor Martyr – WTF is an Inquisitor, exactly? I’ve had my eye on this game for a long while. I’m a big fan of the 40k universe, and this game fits my holiday channel event perfectly. I’m also a big fan of procedurally generated games, which is what makes this game so massive.

Fallout 76 – I’ve been so up and down with this game. I’m not sure I like the RPG gameplay. I’m used to crafting a hatched to hack up rocks and trees. I’m also not sure I like the $60 price point. Seems a bit much for a survival game, even with the Fallout franchise behind it. I’m not expecting much in the way of a price drop since it just game out, but who knows.
Purchased: $39 on Amazon. Humble has it even cheaper!

Origin Sale

Runs through 11/26/2018. My recommendations include Battlefield 1 & Dead Space. I cannot recommend these two games enough, and they are both only $5. I continue to have a blast with Battlefield 1, and do so much better than other shooters. Dead Space was just such an incredible experience. I don’t normally play singleplayer games, or horror games, but Dead Space was well worth it. I’ve already picked up Dead Space 2 and Dead Space 3. I’ve also got my eye on the DLC for Dead Space 3 which is just $5 right now. I plan to buy it before the end of the sale.
Purchased: $4.99 Dead Space 3 DLC.

Fanatical Black Friday Sale

There are over 1500 games on sale at Fanatical. You can also use the code BLACKFRIDAY10 to get an extra 10% off. I have  partner link which will help me out with a commission if you purchase something. Monster Hunter: World is 37% off  with the code and Fanatical is having 48 hour flash deals every day. You’ll have to check back each day to see what the new games are.

Humble Fall Sale

If you want to do your bit for charity, Humble Bundle is also having a black friday sale. I have a partner link with Humble as well, so you can help me AND your favorite charity by purchasing through this link. My recommendation from here is the Elite Dangerous. WHAT a great game! I cruised right past 100 hours in this starship simulator. If you are a humble monthly subscriber, the extra 15% could make this website your go-to for the best deals.

Steam Sale

Loads of good deals. I’m just going to list the ones I own and recommend. You may see a Warhammer heavy list, and those reasons will become apparent soon.

  • Space Hulk: Deathwing – $13.59
  • Battlefleet Gothic: Armada – $7.49
  • Dawn of War II – $4.99
  • Total War: Warhammer II – $29.99
  • Vermintide II – $14.99
  • Foxhole – $12.99
  • Jurassic World Evolution – $21.99

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales 2017

Games I Want

  • Rainbow 6 Siege – Tried the free weekend and liked it, but missed the sale due to work. [PURCHASED]
  • Warhammer End Times: Vermintide DLCs – Love this game so far, but I don’t like to replay maps over and over so this DLC really needs to be cheap to be worthwhile. [PURCHASED]
  • Gloria Victis – This game was $10 not long ago and I passed on it. It’s a medieval MMORPG, buy and play.

Games I’m Watching

  • Star Wars: Battlefront 2 – All the drama could mean a hefty cut to boost sales. I’d buy it at the right price.
  • Destiny 2 – Never played the first one, but the second one was recommended by a friend. It’s also a Blizzard/Activision game, and I love to support Blizzard.
  • Dawn of War III – I enjoyed Dawn of War 2, but 3 is focused on base building. Still, it’s Warhammer 40k so we’ll see.
  • Lawbreakers – Had fun on the free weekends, but a little leery of the low population killing the matchmaking quality.

Games I Recommend

  • Foxhole – I love this game! It’s probably my game of the year.
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands – Another amazing game, probably my #2 for the year.
  • Company of Heroes 2 – My all time favorite RTS.
  • Warhammer End Times: Vermintide  – This game is probably going to be really cheap and worth picking up if you don’t have it yet. Only the party leader needs the DLC!
  • Space Hulk: Deathwing – Like Vermintide, but set in the Warhammer 40k universe.
  • Battlefleet Gothic: Armada – An RTS using capital ships, also set in the Warhammer 40k universe. Should be REALLY cheap considering a normal sale put it at $10 not long ago.
  • *Total War: Warhammer II – I recommend this if you have the first one. It’s a really amazing game. Loads of fun, and a super value if you own the first one (mortal empires campaigns).

Legitimate Websites to Shop

I only recommend licensed key resellers.

  • Some publishers/developers are giving decent discounts already through their launchers (Ubisoft Uplay, Blizzard launcher, etc).
  • Amazon – Might have to wait a day or two for a physical copy, but might be worth it.
  • Humble Bundle – Sales have already started.
  • Fanatical (Formerly Bundle Stars) – Sales have already started.
  • Indiegala – Sales have already started.

 

Monthly Gaming Update 2017.6

Current Game Plan

September is going to be a big month. In addition to multiple video games, I’ve also pre-ordered a booster box of the Magic the Gathering Ixalan expansion. Because dinosaurs. In addition to that, I’m also trying to build up my Warhammer 40,000 tabletop army. I’ve got about 1000 points, so I’ll need 500-1000 more points for a ‘standard’ size army. Plus whatever life throws at me, so money’s definitely an issue.

Creative Assembly

The new Arena bundles are the big news for Total War: Arena. You can check out my video detailing the bundles here. They range from $9.99 to $99.99 and all include beta access and premium time.

Total War: Warhammer 2 launches on September 28th 2017! I’m totally excited to start stomping out my enemies with an army of dinosaurs! Lizardmen, ho!

Other Games

Foxhole is introducing an Amphibious Warfare update! The concept art for the amphibious vehicles has been my favorite. I’m SO excited to try this update out! Look for stream and videos soon.

Conan Exiles has launched it’s first free expansion, The Frozen North. If you like the Conan universe, and lots of snow, this is now the survival game for you.

Squids from Space is getting some cosmetic updates. You can change the appearance of your character with wacky colors and clothes.

Blizzard Games

Thanks to the new Wrath of the Lich King update in Hearthstone, you can get some free card packs. Just log into hearthstone before October 1st 2017 and you will be awarded some free Wrath of the Lich King packs.

The latest World of Warcraft update looks pretty fun. High Exarch Turalyon and Alleria Windrunner are leading the assault against the Legion’s homeworld. It’s kind of nostalgic, being that their statues are the first you see when you walk into Stormwind. I can still remember the first time I walked through the Stormwind gates for the very first time. I’m toying with the idea of checking it out, largely depending on if I can find enough Alliance players on NA servers.

Games To Watch

I saw World of Castles in my Twitter feed. It’s a game of building your castle, and sieging your friend’s! Keeping my eye on it, it looks really good. It releases September 16th 2017.

I also came across the VR game Soldiers of Freedom, which releases September 9th 2017. Think the singleplayer campaigns of the Battlefield games, but in VR. Looks really interesting!

Virtual Reality Games

I’m slowly edging into VR games. So far I’ve mostly played Island 359, a dinosaur hunting game. I made it through the tutorial and tried a little of the arcade mode. I don’t think I like the arcade mode, but the base game itself was a lot of fun.

I have also just picked up Star Trek Bridge Crew! It was half off, so I couldn’t resist. If you or someone you know also has Star Trek Bridge crew, please let me know! It takes four people, and i’d really love to play it with a full group!

Content Channels

I’m actually happy with how my channels are growing. YouTube is slow, but steady. Foxhole is the top content, with 5 of the top 10 most viewed. Twitch is steadily creeping up to that 1000 follower milestone! I’m most excited about this, as I’m told it’s the first big milestone for getting recognized by developers for getting copies of the games to showcase. Foxhole and Arena are the big games I’m playing now, both continuing to bring in new followers.

A lot of the new followers are coming from people signing up for the Twitch. I think it’s a good thing overall, it’s just hard to gauge just how big a channel is. Those people who signed up may or may not come back. While it could be considered padding of numbers, it’s still an opportunity that someone may pop into the channel to see what it’s like.

August 2017 Gaming Stats

Foxhole Open World Shooter $19.99
Clone Drone in the Danger Zone Lobby Shooter $14.99
Squids from Space Lobby Shooter $0.00
Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator Lobby Simulator $0.00
PWND Lobby Shooter $29.99
Fortnite Open World Shooter $39.99
Saurian Open World Survival $19.99
Legends of Ellaria Open World RPG $19.99
Total War Arena Lobby RTS $0.00
Arma 3 Lobby Shooter $0.00
Left 4 Dead 2 Lobby Shooter $19.99
For Honor Lobby Fighting $0.00
Team Racing League Lobby Vehicle $9.99
Conan Exiles Open World Survival $29.99
Blood Bowl 2 Legendary Edition Lobby Turn Based Strategy $44.99
Beast Battle Simulator Lobby Simulator $9.99
Island 359 Open World VR $19.99
Range Day VR Lobby VR $19.99
# Games Purchased 2
Average Per Game Savings $5.80
Average % savings 29%
Total Savings $11.59
Average Game Price $23.07
Total Spent $28.39
Total Worth $299.87
Total Hours Played 127
$/per hour MSRP $2.36
$/per hour Bought Games $14.20
$/per hour Total $0.22

Contemplating Foxhole Early Access

Top Down Trench Warfare

Foxhole is a unique game experience. The main goal is simple: kill your enemy. If it’s red, it’s dead is a very successful and storied approach in video games. While Foxhole offers a variety of, shall we say, artistic supplies to paint the world red with, it also offers completely different paths. You can literally never fire a single shot in Foxhole, and still perform completely valid and necessary functions for your team. You can stay far behind the front line, scraping together materials and sending supplies forward to fuel the war machine. Alternatively you could go Hacksaw Ridge style and be a combat medic for your squad as all hell breaks loose. Whatever your playstyle, Foxhole fits you.

Everyday Life

I’ve stuck to the Colonial faction, or the Colonial Legions according to some of the bits of lore floating around on the maps. Bouncing from server to server, I generally come across at least one person I’ve played with on a previous server. It’s an easy way to start a group, because there’s generally always a new person around wanting to learn the ropes the right way, instead of following after someone who screams cliche war movie lines into their microphone. You generally also pick up that one person running alone on the road as you head to the fighting. Finding a group isn’t hard at all. Staying together once the fighting starts however, is another story.

Whatever role you want is chosen by the gear you carry. Rifles, HMGs, Carbines, SMGs and more are there for long-to-close range combat. Trauma bags and first aid kits for medic-healer types. HE grenades, frag grenades, gas grenades and more await you. You do have a weight limit which, if exceeded, slows you down considerably. The little encumbered warning that pops up is orange for a reason. Foxhole encourages you to specialize. Carry as much as you want, just don’t expect to move quickly, or at all if you want a little of everything.

As a general rule, I despise in game voice chat. It gets abused consistently, and I disable it as soon as I realize it’s in a game. With Foxhole, however, it’s an integral part of the game, and I like it. It’s purely based on distance, a very realistic mechanic. Enemies can also hear what you’re saying, so it adds an element of strategy to communication. It does need a little work however, primarily in the form of volume controls. Currently it’s tied to in-game sounds, which means you have to temper the game volume with the morons who think screaming into their microphone is a good idea. It is decent-sized problem, but not enough to turn away from the game. It’s my biggest complaint with the game in its current state.

Solo Play Versus Group Play

I’ve had a few ask if you can play the game solo. The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that it is a long and lonely road, and that in the mid-phase you’re probably going to hate life playing soldier. Logistics players most definitely can solo the game and feel very little impact. Soldiers are heavily impacted in contrast. You can’t heal yourself, you can only carry so much, and of course trying to take on four enemy players alone usually ends up bad. Usually.

Phases of Battle

If combat is your game, the battles in Foxhole follow a crescendo. Initially in game there’s a lot of infantry action. This is my favorite part of the game. There’s a ton of small arms shooting, doing the initial carving up of territory. Once the builders reinforce behind, the skirmishing comes to a screeching halt.

Now comes the age of foxholes and explosives. Pushing comes in small spurts, and only by the team with the best logistics support. HE grenades, mortars, and artillery field guns are key during this phase. Infantry plays a much smaller role during this phase. This phase can be a little slow as hauling enough grenades to take out a single foxhole, as well as a simple rifle and ammo, encumbers you. You become an easy target, and even if you succeed, you’ve simple knocked down one of 99 bottles of beer on the wall. I’m not sure if this is some kind of balancing issue or just not geared towards my mentality. My only other complaint with the game, but again it’s not a deal breaker. There’s usually more than one front to fight on.

Finally comes the steamrolling face. Howitzers, halftracks, and tanks are the tip of the spear. Infantry once again becomes invaluable, logistics more important than ever, but vehicle teams are what stand out here. Once all the foxholes are cleared away, the infantry has to clear the remaining soldiers hiding behind every wall and building. Cranking out the high end explosives, tank shells for example, is top priority for logistics. Vehicle teams have to keep their vehicle fueled up, full of ammo, and leading the push into enemy lines.

Logistics

Scraps are converted to basic materials(bmats), which are the life blood of production and construction. You can make all kinds of weapons, ammunition, gear, vehicles, and other equipment with these. Higher tier vehicles like tanks require refined materials(rmats), which come from somewhere. Storks for all I know, as logistics isn’t my cup of tea. Front line soldiers place orders in Team chat, and logistics players generally fulfill those orders, hurtling down roads towards some nameless FOB in their supply trucks like the fireball express. Logistics players arguably have the most important role in the game once battle lines are drawn.

Progression

You have to play Foxhole because you love the game. You don’t get rewarded with powerful weapons or legendary loot of any kind. There are no infinite staircases of levels and skill points to grind. Loving PvP for the sake of PvP should be your motivation for playing. The only real means of progression comes from ranks, which are gained by getting commendations from other players. Usually players hand out commendations for bringing much needed supplies or fulfilling a supply request. I’ve been given a few commendations for rushing out into the middle of a fire fight and reviving downed players. I’ve also handed out a commendation for best use of the phrase ‘satchel charges’ in a sentence. Whatever behavior you want to reinforce in the community is what you reward with a commendation. It’s actually pretty stress free in that there is nothing to keep up with. Someone could pick up the game a year from now and not be behind. There are a few privileges with rank, most notably being able to leave the equivalent of a post-it-note on the map to send a message. Otherwise, a fresh player has the same advantages and disadvantages as a major.

Bugs

Prominent features in early access games include bugs. Foxhole is pretty light in that regard. I’ve not crashed once. I have experienced a sound bug once which was fixed by restarting. There is a bug with crouch which I experience regularly. It can be fixed by crouching and un-crouching a few times though. There is also a stuck bug where you can’t move, and only dying will fix it. That’s it. Foxhole has had a seriously smooth launch in my experience.

Personal Notes

As I said before, Foxhole is an experience. I’ve gotten more than a couple of friend requests on Steam. I’ve had loads of fun chasing Gandalf the Grey around, talking Warden propaganda, and working with a group of people to take an objective. I get this sense of camaraderie from the community that I wouldn’t want to trade for anything. Foxhole is probably the closest simulation to WW1/WW2 that there is. At the same time it’s still a sandbox that you can get whatever you want from it. In it’s current state, it’s worth the $19.99 price tag. Any kind of DLC or updates are going to make it worth even more. Yes, I did get a key from the devs being a streamer, but free doesn’t always translate to fun. Truth is though, I’ve played over 60 hours of Foxhole since it’s release less than a month ago. That’d be less than $0.30 an hour for entertainment. There are very few games that reach that threshold for me, and yes, I do track my play time and spending. With Foxhole’s future wide open, I doubt the battles will be getting any less intense.

 

Monthly Gaming Intel 2017.5

Big Twitch Gains From Foxhole

Last month was a big month. Foxhole was a huge winner on Twitch, bringing in 200+ followers to the channel. I’m finally starting to get the hang of Foxhole, and getting to know each of the different maps. Lots of friends and followers are playing, and I’ve met a couple of streamers too. Look for lots of Foxhole this month! It’s a really great game, and I can’t recommend it enough.

Lawbreakers comes out today, August 8th! It’s an FPS lobby shooter with a zero-g spin. I had a lot of fun with the first beta weekend. I killed it with the Juggernaut! They made a lot of changes to the Juggernaut, and pretty much all the classes, for the second beta weekend. I wasn’t able to play in that at all due to work, so I have no idea what the balance is like now. I was really surprised at how well I did during the first beta, and all the changes make me hesitant to risk $29.99 on it since I’m usually not so good with the FPS lobby shooters.

Sudden Strike 4 is a new strategy game coming out. It’s a WW2 RTS coming August 11th. The US is a playable faction, so I’m interested! I watched a little bit of gameplay, but I’m not completely sold it. It looks good so far though. Haven’t had anything yet that can compete with Company of Heroes 2, so all competition is welcome! You can pre-order it now and start playing, and it comes with 15% off.

The Black Death has been doing a lot of big updates. It just keeps getting more and more interesting! They’ve added a new looting area called Reaper’s Rest, as well as Relics which are legendary items that only one player at a time can control. There are more updates, but these are the two that interested me most. Surviving in a medieval world has never been this fun!

Oculus Rift is here! It finally arrived after about two weeks. I’ve got several games for it, and several more free ones to choose from on the Oculus Store. There are also some pretty cheap games to choose from, one of which is a D-Day experience for $2.99 that I will probably get first. Expect VR streams and content SOON!

Space Hulk: Deathwing is keeping steady with its updates. Update 7 brings a few minor changes, but the big addition is the brand new Chaplain class. Mass group summons and revives! This game keeps getting better and better, and I can’t wait to see what it looks like come launch time for consoles.

Wild West Online should be heading into Alpha testing soon. I’m hoping to make the press key list! I’ve also got Secret World Legends waiting for more. It seemed pretty popular, but there’s SO much going on this summer it may have to wait till things settle down. Fortnite was an often requested game, and I finally managed to get a copy. I still have a lot to learn, but there are several people playing so I have plenty of help. Saurian is also finally out. A bit of a rough launch, but I can’t wait till more comes. Multiplayer is a promised feature, so there’s plenty of potential.

July 2017 Gaming Stats

The Black Death Open World Survival $9.99 7
Clone Drone in the Danger Zone Lobby Shooter $14.99 10
Secret World Legends MMORPG Shooter $9.99 6
Recession Lobby Shooter $9.99 3
Foxhole Open World Shooter $0.00 31
Angels Fall First Lobby Shooter $19.99 2
Squids from Space Lobby Shooter $9.99 2
For Honor Lobby Fighting $0.00 2
Left 4 Dead 2 RPG Shooter $19.99 2
Orcs Must Die Unchained Lobby Shooter $0.00 2
Space Hulk: Deathwing Lobby Shooter $0.00 1
Dead Rising 3 Open World Shooter $29.99 3
Insurgency Lobby Shooter $2.49 1
Battlefleet Gothic Armada Lobby RTS $0.00 1
Arma 3 Lobby Shooter $0.00 3
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Lobby Shooter $0.00 5
Citadel Forged with Fire Open World Survival $0.00 1
Total War Warhammer Open World RTS $0.00 1
# Games Purchased 3
Average Per Game Savings $8.96
Average % savings 51%
Total Savings $26.88
Average Game Price $17.31
Total Spent $25.59
Total Worth $242.36
Total Hours Played 176
$/per hour MSRP $1.38
$/per hour Bought Games $4.27
$/per hour Total $0.15