Hola, Sushians. If you can’t tell, we’ve been on a bit of a break due to the holidays and the fact that most gaming news has ground to a halt. On top of that, we’re actually busy playing tons of games for a change (XCOM, you have my heart), so that we can vote on our Top 10 Games of 2012 list and also because games are amazing.
On top of clearing out a backlog (which has been made impossible due to the Steam sale), one of my goals over the holiday season was to finally purchase an adapter of some sort so I could play certain PC games with a 360 controller. While I enjoy a keyboard and mouse for shooters and RTS style games, there are a number of gametypes I’d prefer to use my 360 controller for — to the point where I wasn’t purchasing some great deals on games because I didn’t want to play with a keyboard and mouse.
Well, I’ve finally hooked up the adapter and tried out Big Picture Mode, Steam’s new UI built for a controller and a TV, and wow, guys — I’m a total believer in a Steam box. With all the games I grabbed from the Steam Sale perfect for a controller, such as Sleeping Dogs, Half Minute Hero and Hotline Miami, I can’t wait to use this interface more as I tackle super cheap games I never would have been able to play on a console for that price. Add to that the fact that games look even better, then a Steam box is the perfect foray into the next generation if you’re wary of jumping into Microsoft or Sony’s next entries with both feet.
This probably all seems obvious to those of you who have been doing this for some time, but this really was a game changer for me in terms of how I approach the next generation. I’m obsessed with the idea of either turning my current PC into a Big Picture box for my TV and then upgrading, or keeping my current box as a desktop and building a cheaper, smaller Big Picture box. Either way, I think Steam is about to be my next gen console of choice.
How many of you have toyed around with Big Picture mode? What games have you grabbed due to the Steam sale? Go!