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Hey Poor Player Holiday Buyers Guide 2021 – PC

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Holiday Buyers Guide

Welcome to the Hey Poor Player Holiday Gift Guide. From Monday, November 8th through Friday, November 19th, we’ll be bringing you a guide to all the games, accessories, systems, and other hot items players will be looking for this holiday season. With Black Friday and other Holiday sales set to start in the coming weeks, we thought now was the perfect time to help draw attention to just what you players should be looking for in the coming weeks. So whether you’re looking for a gift for someone else, or maybe something for yourself, we’ve got you covered. Please keep in mind that as we move into our individual game lists, we’ve limited each game to one list to help spread the word about more great titles released in 2021. So if a game you love shows up on a genre list but not on one for a system, it doesn’t mean we didn’t love it. It just means that let us showcase more great titles.

Today we’re looking at some of the PC games players will be looking for this holiday season. Not only are all of these games we enjoyed a lot this year, they’re all PC exclusives, at least for now, using the platform in ways that just make sense and allow for options that are harder to pull off on consoles.

 

Age of Empires IV

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Price: $59.99 (Our Review)

After many years away, Age of Empires IV returned to find a landscape very unlike what it left. Big budget RTS games are almost extinct, which gives places this excellent title in a pretty unique place in the market. While it didn’t change as much as you might expect from a series that has been MIA for so long, it still provides an experience genre fans will enjoy. Here’s what I said in my review:

“While there’s very little wrong with Age of Empires IV, this is a game that could definitely have been used to take more risks. A part of me wondered what a modern Age of Empires game would feel like. It turns out, like more Age of Empires. You may at some point wonder why you didn’t just go back and play the series’ earlier titles. Excellent production values help to make the case, however, and there’s just so much to do. I fear I’ll pour far too many hours of my life into this game in the coming years. Fans who have been waiting for more Age of Empires or a good RTS that doesn’t feel like it had to be developed on a shoestring budget will find what they’re looking for in Age of Empires IV.”

 

Impostor Factory

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Price: $9.99 (Our Review)

To The Moon might be the most successful RPG Maker title ever made. Receiving wide critical acclaim, it has been ported to multiple consoles and often gets mentioned as one of the best indie games ever. Yet the sequels, though still well received, have slipped under the radar a bit. That’s a shame, because they’re still excellent and do a good job of saying more about the concepts introduced in that original game. Here’s what our own Heather Johnson Yu had to say about the latest entry, Impostor Factory:

Impostor Factory offers yet another tear-jerking, emotional roller coaster with murder mystery flair. The very definition of bittersweet, Impostor Factory’s emotional climax will only make sense to those familiar with the series, so if this is your first foray into the franchise, please grab To The Moon and Finding Paradise first before diving into this sentimental adventure. Where To the Moon sought fantasy from reality and Finding Paradise sought reality from fantasy, Impostor Factory blends them together in a beautifully unexpected way, reminding us to live life while we have it.”

 

Inscryption

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Price: $19.99 (Our Review)

Deck builders are in these days. This isn’t even the only one on this list. Yet Inscryption stands out as something more. Combining escape room puzzles and a horrifying style, this is a game that has something even for those who don’t usually enjoy the genre. Here’s what Daymon Trapold had to say earlier this year:

Inscryption is refreshingly unique. With all the roguelike deckbuilders popping up these days, they can all start to blend together. Inscryption manages to stand out from the crowd in all the best ways. Complex card strategies blend with escape room puzzles far better than should be possible. And the whole package is wrapped in such wonderfully creepy trappings that it’s perfect for the Halloween season. Just remember: don’t ever assume you’ve reached the end.”

 

Roguebook

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Price: $24.99 (Our Review)

See, I told you Inscryption wasn’t the only deckbuilder on this list. Roguebook is perhaps a bit more traditional, but no less interesting. From the makers of Faeria, with an assist from Magic the Gathering creator Richard Garfield, this one has a pedigree that’s hard to ignore. Here’s what Daymon Trapold had to say:

“Honestly, I have very little criticism for Roguebook. You can feel the inspiration from earlier deck-builders, but it’s very much its own thing. Unique combat mechanics, gorgeous visuals, and addicting exploration make for a roguelike deck-builder that’s polished and keeps you going back for more”

 

Song of Farca

 

Holiday Buyers Guide

Price: $19.99 (Our Review)

A surveillance simulator certainly hits close to home today. The idea that someone, somewhere, is watching at all times feels obvious. Yet Song of Farca manages to make this rather horrifying concept sing thanks to an excellent story and clever mechanics. Here’s what Heather Johnson Yu had to say about it earlier this year:

Song of Farca is a top notch surveillance simulator that will simultaneously please players and make them paranoid that someone like Song is watching their every move. With intense cases that require invasive tactics to solve, Song of Farca asks players to make morally ambiguous and legally gray choices that will affect not only Song’s life, but Farca’s future. This was one of the few games I’ve played this year where I was glued to my chair from start to finish, unable to pry myself away from the scintillating story and cleverly addicting gameplay. Song of Farca is an absolute must-play and one that I really can’t recommend enough — just like I recommend keeping your webcams taped over.”

 

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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