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

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The games.

The time has come for day seven. We’ve got a pretty wide range of games available today. 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.

Here we go!…

1) Batman: Arkham Origins: I’ve heard that this is the weakest in the series. Competent but with many bugs and lacking anything new. It was designed to be a filler game while the original development team worked on the next Batman Arkham game. Last news story I heard about this game, the publisher wasn’t going to fix any of the bugs still remaining in the game even though it was going to release new DLC for it. Because money.

2) The Banner Saga: one of the most controversial indie games released in recent memory and not for the usual reasons. It got hit with a trademark claim by the developers behind the Candy Crush Saga due to Banner’s use of “Saga”. That claim has been dropped since. Then the soundtrack composer behind the game got fined $50,000 by his Union due to violating Union rules. Amazing that such a turn-based RPG could attract such attention. So what about this game? I’ve heard pretty decent things about this kickstarted game. But other than that, see yesterday’s post about this being an oversaturated genre that I don’t have a lot of interest in.

3) Company of Heroes 2: it’s pretty rare to see a new RTS made by a AAA company. So to see COH2 is a nice surprise. I personally didn’t get into the original Company of Heroes and I think a lot of that has to do with being bored with the subject material. World War 2 is overdone. I’ve heard reasonable critical reception of COH2 (though it oddly got some controversy from Russian players who didn’t like how Russia was portrayed). DLC is only 50% off compared to the 75% off of the base game.

For some reason, Final Fantasy VII was swapped out for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on the front page after publishing this post. I have kept my original opinion up and added my 2 cents for XIV.

4) Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn: It’s an MMORPG that’s a reboot of Final Fantasy XIV. Heard pretty good things about this reboot too which is encouraging to see that Square Enix can learn from prior mistakes. That said, I retired from MMOs. I have no idea if it’s worth playing.

4) Final Fantasy VII: a 15 year old game that requires a Square-Enix account in order to play a single-player offline RPG. Yeah……no. That alone would be enough to keep me away but let’s add on to it: if the screenshots are telling the truth, they didn’t even enhance the resolution or update the graphics in any way. And they demand $11.99 $4.07 for it? I got a 10 year old game from GOG.com for $2 yesterday. Wow. I recommend staying away from this silly mess.

5) Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: developed by Valve in co-operation with Hidden Path Entertainment (of Defense Grid fame), CS: GO is considered one of the strongest entries into the online FPS genre. This is another genre that is just too flooded with choices and options to play them all. I’ve heard good things about it so that’s something. It’s got game modes for both casual and hardcore FPS players and so far doesn’t have DLC. Add on a growing Workshop community and it makes for an attractive package if you need a new FPS online experience in your life.

6) Endless Space: for whatever reason, the past few years have seen the launch of multiple 4X games and Endless Space was one of the front-runners. But, it launched to disappointing reviews. Bugs, minimal or simplified mechanics and too much focus on prettiness. It’s certainly not the worst 4X game that was released but it’s of questionable quality. When I saw a gameplay video of the combat, I was a little bemused that it was nothing more than a really pretty, shallow card-game. Alrighty then….

7) Child of Light: this game came out of left-field for me. It looks like such an indie game that I was surprised to learn that it was a Ubisoft developed and published game. It’s a side-scrolling RPG with turn-based combat and a really fluid animation style. Keep in mind that this uses Ubisoft Uplay DRM. It also has a lot of DLC “packs” that are and aren’t on sale. Bit of an odd game.

8) Bioshock Infinite: one of my more controversial opinions here is that I think this game looks overrated and dull to play. It prizes graphic prettiness and world building over interesting and in-depth mechanics. And I really should play it at some point to see if my opinion is validated or not…but I really don’t want to because I’m pretty sure that it’s right. I’m really tired of FPSes that have simplified mechanics and bullet-spongy bosses. The DLC is only 50% off.

9) Kerbal Space Program: one of the few early access games I was gifted with earlier this year. I’ve barely played enough to have an opinion on the game other than it shows a lot of promise for such an “incomplete” game. It’s a cross-platform game all about making your own space program and launching Kerbals to their doom in a simulation sandbox. Most of the time. It’s got a lot of depth, great graphics and customization to enjoy. If I ever get the time to play it….

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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