A Paladin’s Recommendations: Steam’s Summer Sale 2014 Day Two…

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Early Access Much?

Day two is here and the amount of Early Access games on sale today is making this a bit silly. Note that if you want to know about yesterday’s sales, click here.

Let’s get started with the early access games then.

1) Plague Inc Evolved & Prison Architect: please keep in mind that I’m not saying these are bad games in any way. I certainly have my eye on these two and want to get them eventually. But buying incomplete games seems silly when you have all of these others that you can play right now. I think it’s just worth your time and money to hold off and buy complete games now and wait for these two to get out of BETA.

2) Speaking of incomplete games, The Walking Dead: Season 2: at 50% off I’m sure this is a good deal but I’m waiting until the entire season has been released. From what I’ve heard and seen, these episodes are pretty short and take a long time to come out. Up to six months long and this is episode 3 of 5. This game came out in December 17, 2013. I’d be willing to wager that it’ll be 2015 before this game is finally complete. While Telltale did popularize the episodic release schedule again, I’m still not a fan of it. I’d hold off until the season is complete and buy it then, enjoying the full experience in one go. But I guess it is entirely up to you. Other than that, I have nothing to really say about The Walking Dead. I played the first season and enjoyed it immensely for a point-and-click. Whether this season lives up to the same reputation, I do not know yet.

3) Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs: the sequel to the ridiculous popular The Dark Descent game has been reviewed as a major let down. For some mind-boggling reason, Frictional Games gave The Chinese Room the reins on this project. The same team that created Dear Esther aka The Oregon Coast Walking Simulator. From what I’ve heard, it’s a step backwards from the original. Simplified game mechanics, less boo-scares and more creepy-atmospheric scaring. I haven’t played it as I’m still trying to work up the courage for The Dark Descent. So, that’s that…

4) Game Dev Tycoon: I have played this game, about time something on this list is something I’ve played, and I enjoyed it. You can read my review of it here. At $3.99, the game is certainly worth getting and enjoying at least once. If you’re into this sort of genre of games.

5) State of Decay: Single player zombie survival game that I know little about and don’t really care to know more to be quite honest. It’s a very over-saturated genre with mediocre games at best and this may be one of them. Do your research on it.

6) RPG Maker VXAce: all I know about this software is that a lot of games get made with it.

7) Xtreme Legends Dynasty Warriors 8 Complete Edition: all I know about this game is that you kill a lot of brain dead NPCs with ridiculous weapons and moves. It has a dedicated fanbase behind it and is apparently fun. Apparently. To me it looks like a ridiculous slaughterfest with pretty graphics. But hey, if that’s your thing, this might be for you.

8) Bound By Flame: a RPG that I know absolutely nothing about. Talk about extremely insightful commentary today heh. This game clearly flew under my radar along with the bunch up above.

9) Tidalis: a completely underappreciated puzzle game. Great graphics, fantastic soundtrack and a very deep puzzle game experience. But maybe that’s the problem, it’s too deep for most puzzle game players. There is a lot to play here and it can get quite hectic but I rather enjoyed my time with it. If you’re looking for a unique puzzle game experience that has none of the in-app purchase nonsense of current puzzle games, this is the one to seriously consider. Read my Steam Review.

Thanks for reading, I hope this helps with your purchasing decision. If you have any thoughts or suggestions on this series, please let me know. Otherwise, I will see you tomorrow!


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