Just to follow up on my last post, I replaced my failed video card (a Radeon x1950 Pro AGP), with a Sapphire Radeon HD 3850. I didn’t really expect to see any major improvement in gaming performance what with my CPU bottleneck, but I was very happy to see a very noticeable difference. I loaded up a few different games to check it out, and Call of Duty 4 runs much better (at slightly higher settings too) than it did on the x1950, as well as Oblivion. So far, I’m pleasantly surprised.
I have now bought “the last AGP card I’ll ever need” for a second time. Yes, I know I need to get a new PC. The problem is that we’re trying to save money for too many other things that we need. Which brings me to the title of this post. The sales on Steam these days are crazy, and I’ve had to show a tremendous amount of restraint to keep from spending every hard earned penny I’ve got on their deals.
I have picked up two titles however, the first being Braid for a completely reasonable $2.50. I had been meaning to pick this up for a while on Xbox Live but just never got around to it. I still think I’d prefer to play it on my 360 as opposed to the PC, but I just couldn’t pass it up for $2.50. It’s a nice little game to play in short bursts (which typically have turned into long bursts), and so far I’ve managed to complete worlds two and three, and I’m half way through four. There has only been one puzzle so far that has sort of stumped me, but it turns out I had the right idea, just my execution was off. I eventually got it down after a whole lot of do-overs. I fully intend on finishing the game without looking up the solutions, no matter how far into insanity it drives me.
The other game I picked up was Trine. I have heard a lot about this game lately and it was only $4.99 so I picked it up. I have only gone through the opening tutorial, but so far it seems pretty cool. It also seems like it’ll be good for short bursts at a time, hopefully acting as nice filler material in between Dragon Age sessions (when I finally get going on that one).
I had to talk myself out of picking up The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind for $4.99. I was very tempted, because it’s one of my favourite games of all time. I have it for my original Xbox and actually never finished it, surprise, surprise. One day, I promise! The PC version looks so much nicer, but realistically, I doubt I’d ever get around to playing it knowing that I’ve got a bunch of hours sunk into my Xbox save file.
The other game I seriously considered picking up was Torchlight, also for $4.99. Again though, I had to be realistic; I’ve got un-played games coming out of my wazoo already so I certainly didn’t need to add another one to the pile. I tell you though, this Steam stuff is tempting, and I know it’ll only lead to trouble.