A Paladin’s Steam Sale: Winter 2014 Day Two

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Day two has arrived with lots of guns, swords and stabbing. This series is about recommending or cautioning you about Steam games that are on sale today based on the information I know about each one. I also try to recommend games that aren’t on the front page if I notice a good deal for them.

As a general reminder, you want to wait until the game is on a daily feature sale, flash sale or a community choice sale. All of which can be seen on the front page of Steam. These will be the cheapest sales you will find during this event. You should also keep an eye on HumbleBundle.com, Amazon.com and GreenManGaming.com as they will sometimes do even better sales than Steam for the same copy. I will try and make you aware of any significant ones I see. So, without further ado, let’s begin:

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  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance: This is my favorite hack-and-slash game to come out this year. Possibly of all time. It’s gloriously over the top and the action is insanely addictive and enjoyable. The best part is that the combat mechanics are very deep but remain flexible to the player’s skill. Its port from the console was very well done and gives me a lot of hope that Japanese developers will finally give the PC platform the attention it deserves. However, I recommend you use a controller as the game was built with that in mind. The game includes all the DLC that was released on the consoles to boot. If nothing else, the soundtrack is really awesome.
  • Killing Floor: Considered by quite a few to be a more fleshed out co-op experience than L4D2, Killing Floor has gotten a lot of support from the developers over the years. From what I’ve seen, this game has a lot of love and content behind it and I’ve always wanted to pick it up. But, I haven’t had a lot of interest from friends to do so.
  • Depth: A asymmetrical death match underwater game, it was released to pretty reasonable reviews. However, the main complaint for it that lacked content. There was only one mode released on five maps and that just didn’t give people much to play with. A recent update came out for the game which gave you a new mode, a new map and more content.
  • Neverending Nightmares: A psychological horror game inspired by struggles with depression and OCD, this was released to pretty reasonable reviews and is on my wishlist. There’s some really gritty visuals and the art style is incredibly oppressive from what I’ve seen. What I’ve also seen is that gameplay is minimal at best, so, that’s something to keep in mind.
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel: Everything I’ve heard about this one is that it’s more of the same. Whether you like that or not is up to you.
  • Castle Crashers: The very popular XBLA title got ported to PC last year and I’ve heard it’s a good game…with friends. Playing it by yourself seems to be a bad idea.
  • Valkyria Chronicles: I’ve heard good things about it….that’s it. This game came out way too recently for me to know much about it.
  • Age of Wonders III & DLC Expansion: Currently on a deep discount, Age of Wonders III is one of my favorite turn-based grand strategy games to come out this year. Beautiful soundtrack, great visuals and lots of content. It has some minor performance issues but they’ve been steadily working on patching those up. There’s another expansion currently in the works to boot. It’s lots of fun solo or with friends.
  • Nihilumbra: a 2D puzzle platformer I’ve heard pretty decent things about is currently 79 cents on HumbleBundle’s store. You lose nothing if you hate this game for some reason but you probably won’t. I am intrigued by this one so I’ll probably pick it up, I mean, 79 cents…not really losing much here.
  • Serious Sam: The First & Second Encounters HD edition: If you like some good old-school large scale FPS games, these are the ones to consider. It’s ridiculous, over the top and you will go through more bullets than there are stars in the sky. The graphics aren’t aging as well and sometimes the glut of enemies can start to get old/frustrating at times, but it’s still a decent time.
  • Capsized: A weird puzzle platformer with physics, I’ve actually played this one a little bit and it’s a decent time. At $1.49, it doesn’t hurt to try it. Graphics are highly detailed and good to look at and the OST is good to boot.

Warning and Caution for these Game Deals:

  • Fable Anniversary: The controversial series from Lionhead Studios got a re-release in HD….to even more controversy. The graphics are higher fidelity in some cases but a lot of it is a major step backwards according to critics. The settings menu is not mouse driven, the animations are janky, character models look poorer and more. The game was released in an iffy state and while some of the reviews are indicating that the game is in better shape now, it’s still up in the air whether this version is better than the original edition of Fable.
  • Assassin’s Creed: Unity: Released in a really poor state, Unity has crashing problems, lots of performance problems, models missing textures, game balance problems, uPlay problems and the list goes on and on and on. The real kicker is that Unity learns nothing from the more popular Black Flag entry, as it doesn’t change any of the now-boring assassin gameplay that has remained largely unchanged since the beginning. Sure, it’s got co-op now, but what does that matter when you’re basically a one-man army?
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Besides it being a film license game (and those are always iffy at best), Amazing was released to mixed reviews. There was some questionable game mechanic decisions that seemed to require you being everywhere at once…and you’d still get punished in some way (whether it was public relations or otherwise) for not doing enough.
  • Hack ‘n’ Slash: I really don’t know anything about this game.
  • Batman Arkham Origins: Another released to mix reviews game, Arkham Origins is a holding pattern for the series. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t really add anything to the Arkham mechanics or game as a whole. It’s more or less an expansion in the series which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but might not be all that interesting for you. There were quite a few performance/buggy problems reported as well. Which, last report I read, WB had no intention of fixing them.
  • Ryse: Son of Rome: The “next-gen-console” title of the year is a fairly meh hack-and-slash spectacle fighter with some reasonable visuals. It’s just “ok” from what I’ve heard.

I should note here that I’m going to try my hardest to get these posts out within the first couple of hours after the new deals are released. However, I am working irregular hours so it’s likely a few posts will get published late at night. The consolation is that these deals go for 48 hours so you have time to wait.

Check back tomorrow for more steam sales commentary! Thanks for reading and supporting this series!


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