Tom Marks: Symme-try again
Overwatch's , and I'm pretty happy about it. Not because I thought she was broken before or because these changes are particularly revelatory, but because it shows Blizzard isn't afraid to make big changes to pre-existing characters. That sort of flexibility will be important for Overwatch down the line—for example, there are few old League of Legends champions left that Riot Games hasn't touched up or revamped in some way, and LoL is better off for it. So while the effects of these specific Symmetra changes remain to be seen, I'm glad to see they are more than just some number tweaks.
Phil Savage: Deal me in
The common complaint to every new Steam sale is that it's not as good as it was in the past. Maybe that's true, maybe it's not. I suspect a lot of that perception is down to the fact that, thanks to past sales, most long-term Steam users already own most of the older impulse buys. But if you're a newer PC gamer, this week is a bonanza. You can fill your library with excellent games—some of them relatively new—for mere pounds.
Here are a few of my highlights. is 75% off. If you've not been convinced by our repeated claims that it's good, you should honestly give it a go. is 70% off—offering potentially hundreds of hours of strategic role-playing (if you can get past its incredibly dated look). is a great 2D stealth game, now 75% off. The cheerfully absurd is less than £2. The complete less than £4. There's even good deals on newer stuff, like at 67% off and, over on Origin, the brilliant with 33% off.
Compare that to the consoles, where the digital sales are much smaller, because they're not operating from a decades long history. Here, we've got a richness of offers, from new releases, to old classics, to quirky cult favourites and experimental indie gems. For more of the latter, consider , currently on offer at itch.io. It's a bundle of up to 151 games, all for $20—with almost 100 of those available at the $2 tier. That's a lot of weird and wonderful treats for an amazingly low price, and 100% of the money raised is being split between the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
Chris Livingston: Coasting
I'm happy , because boy do I need it. Holidays are stressful, the internet is stressful, Twitter is more or less unreadable and Facebook is a living nightmare. While I've been enjoying a few multiplayer games lately, like , Ark, and , I'm feeling a need to lock myself in a room and play something by myself long into the night. Managing an amusement park feels just about right, something soothing, relaxing, and not too taxing. Just laying down paths, building rides, designing coasters, downloading , and maybe, just maybe, . When the real world gets to be too much, it's nice to dive into a game world for a while.
Samuel Roberts: YARR-ly access
I really enjoyed what I played of Rare's co-op pirate-'em-up Sea of Thieves at an otherwise dull Gamescom this year. In that form, it was a slight but immediately entertaining pirate ship deathmatch game, with the full thing described to me as a kind of living project, shaped by its community. How the finished thing will play, then, is a total mystery at this stage.
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