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

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Some really nice games today…

Day six is here. So awesome to see no early access games today as well. If you’re curious about what I thought about yesterday’s sales, click this link here. Also, note that GOG.com’s sale is still ongoing with plenty of flash sales. I’ve been keeping an eye on it to see if any older games I want go up for sale. I haven’t mentioned any of those sales in this post or anywhere else because they’re so quick that it’s hard to keep up.

Time to talk about those games…

1) Fallout New Vegas: From what I’ve heard, this is the best of the series. I personally couldn’t say as I haven’t played any of the Fallout games. Open-world post-apocalyptic RPG developed by Obsidian Entertainment. At 66% off, I’m pretty sure this isn’t the best sale it’s ever been on but it does come with all of the DLC for this game so that makes up for it.

2) Blackguards: I feel like I’ve seen this on Greenlight but I’m not sure. Blackguards is a turn-based strategy RPG, of which it joins about 100 billion other games in the same genre. It might be good, it might be terrible, I couldn’t say. Sorry, but I can’t possibly be expected to know about every game in this genre because it is flooded with lots of niche games by indie developers. If you’re ever thinking about making a game in this genre, I probably wouldn’t because you will get drowned in the noise. You have a better chance making a 3rd person RPG despite how many of those exist.

3) Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist: Talk about one of the most infamous series of games that I have little to no personal knowledge about. The sale applies to the DLC so that’s good. Warning: this does use Uplay DRM and is excluded from Steam’s Family Sharing Service.

4) Murdered: Soul Suspect: This game came out this month so that sale is rather quick, making me think that the game probably isn’t that good. Quick sales like this are usually a pretty good indicator. I don’t know anything else about it.

5) Age of Wonders III: At 50% off, that is a steal of a deal. It combines empire building, role-playing mechanics and turn-based strategy into one gloriously wonderful mix. I’ve played over 30 hours of this game and I see no chance of stopping anytime soon. It has great music, graphics and mechanics to really sink your teeth into. Would definitely recommend getting together with some friends but there is a vibrant multiplayer scene as well. It’s been updated with content patches regularly with Steam Workshop support coming soon.

Some notes about the state of the game so far: multiplayer is peer-to-peer and the game is very performance demanding. Regardless of how good your PC is, it will lag on max graphics settings. You’ll need to poke and tweak the settings but getting a solid 60 FPS all the time is near impossible. Also, you have to restart the game every time you make a change to the graphics. That’s slightly annoying but not a big deal once you get it all setup. The game handles peer-to-peer better than most. It will tell you how good your connection to other players as well as give you instructions on how to make it better. For me, I play with people in Sweden and the lag is there but it’s bearable. This is, after all, a turn-based strategy game. Otherwise, no reason not to get this game. It is just that fun.

6) Torchlight II: I’ve played this action RPG and it is…wait, I feel like I’ve talked about this game in this series already. *checks* I guess I haven’t. How weird. Must be all these aRPGs that are on sale right now. Torchlight IIis a quirky, steampunky world with one of the best modding scenes for a game like this I’ve ever seen. There is plenty to do in this open-world and the action is very meaty and satisfying. That said, the action starts getting a bit samey and repetitive towards the end of the original campaign. Still, I’d say its one of the best aRPGs of its kind.

7) Call of Duty Ghosts: Bah, I’m not going to talk about this one. It’s one of the most popular FPS franchises in the world and I have no opinion on it because I don’t play it. 50% off is pretty low considering how old the game is but not surprising. From what I’ve heard though, it wasn’t ported to PC that well…

8) Metro Last Light: one of the best looking FPS, RPGish cross-platform games out right now. I haven’t played it but I did play the previous one. It’s difficult, scary and very high quality graphics. I’m not sure I’m going to get it with Metro Last Light Redux coming soon. So, that’s something to keep in mind. Comes with all of the DLC that has been released so far.

9) Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons: My favorite game of 2013. Nuff said. Requires a controller and is really only good for one playthrough but I think that one playthrough is entirely worth it. You follow a tale of two sons as they try and get medicine for their father. The game is one of the best combinations of story and gameplay. They aren’t at odds with each other as many other games are, they are a melding of the two. That’s why I think it’s worth it. Read my review here.

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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