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

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Fairly diverse genres here

It’s the weekend and the sale is coming to a close on Monday. I didn’t make a post yesterday because I was out of town and when I got back, I didn’t feel like I had anything to add to yesterday’s deals. If you’re curious about what I thought about previous sales, click this link here. Just a reminder 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 won’t mention those sales because they come and go far too quickly for me to keep up.

Games, games and more games!

1) Portal 2: Does anyone not already own Portal 2? Fine, fine, I’ll talk about it. Portal is the series that popularized a new genre, Portal 2 continues where Portal 1 began by expanding with co-op, gels puzzles and a more fleshed out story. Where this game really shines, in my opinion, is the co-op area. The co-op campaign feels like a more complete experience than the single player campaign. Not that the solo campaign is bad but it drags a bit towards the end. Add on Steam Workshop containing over 100,000+ puzzles for you to play through, there is a lot you can do with this game and I highly recommend you get it. Cross platform too. Read my review here.

2) Football Manager 2014: From those I’ve talked to that play games in this genre, they really like it. This isn’t my genre, I have no personal information on it other than what it is: a football simulation sports management game. (It’s soccer btw, not American Football). Great to see that it’s cross-platform. 75% off seem like a really great sale for such a niche game.

3) Shadowrun Returns: Action RPG that I think was kickstarted, Shadowrun has gotten pretty reasonable critical reception. I’m personally not interested in it because I don’t find the genre that compelling anymore. That’s mostly thanks to the grind that tends to take place in these games and I’m not a fan of doing the same thing over and over again for an item reward. The DLC that comes with the game is only 60% off.

4) Garry’s Mod: the ridiculously popular Source engine sandbox where you take Valve’s characters and do whacky things with them. Anything ranging from silly faces to riding around on rocket propelled skateboards. Cross-platform and no DLC, Garry’s Mod has been supported since its launch in 2006 and that is very impressive for such a silly game. At $2.49, I really don’t see any reason not to get it.

5) Goat Simulator: aka a YouTuber bait game. Made by the developers of Sanctum and Sanctum 2, it’s hard to not feel like these guy’s reputation went down a few pegs with this one… You’re a goat in a simulation physics sandbox. I don’t think I need to say more. I’m not getting it because I think the joke of being a goat without any goals would get old fast and I think I could spend my money on something more enjoyable. Good for those that like these silly games I suppose. Cross-platform and doesn’t have DLC just yet.

6) Wolfenstein: The New Order: The reboot of the reboot…/remake? sequel or prequel?! I have no idea where this game fits in the series haha. It’s interesting that this game is already 50% off after having only launched last month but hey, I guess you can’t complain. From what I’ve heard, the combat is quite good. Other than that, it got a very good reception overall. Surprise, Bethesda can make good games. Who would have thunk it? 😉

7) Chivalry: Medieval Warfare: this game just came out at the wrong time for me. I really should be playing this. First person medieval multiplayer combat game?! Heck yeah! But I just never got around to it and that’s disappointing to me. Not having any time is why I haven’t gotten into this. Reception was very good with this game. It’s got brutal action, nicely done graphics and very intriguing game modes to sink your teeth into. Still being supported two years later with free content and only one DLC. Kudos to these guys, maybe someday soon I can get into it.

8) Baldur’s Gate II: I’m just going to say that the multiplayer doesn’t work at all in this game and because of that I never got into the game. The price is, in my opinion, far too high for how old this game is. Read my highly controversial review on this game. I’ll admit, I wasn’t very happy with multiplayer not working on this game and that definitely colored my review. I may revisit it sometime in the future on my own to see if the game is worthwhile.

9) Thief: the reboot/prequel, Theif was released to middling reviews. This FPS “stealth” game follows the journey of Garrett, a master thief. Many complaints about the games were the horrible audio balancing, low-quality graphics, janky stealth mechanics, linear & limited ways to approach a situation and immersion breaking third person cutscenes. The DLC is also fairly poor for this game. The game had a long and difficult development cycle and it shows. My main hope for this series is that it did well enough for them to do a proper sequel.

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!


One Comment:

  1. Honestly, for anyone who is a fan of deep strategy games and is looking for a new challenge, they should consider Football Manager 2014, even if they aren’t necessarily a soccer fan. It’s THAT deep and THAT good.

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