A Paladin’s Steam Sale: Winter 2014 Day Five

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I’ve found a game with the worst form of DRM(s) on the front page. So, you’ll probably want to find out what it is. This series is about recommending or cautioning you about Steam games that are on sale today. I also try to recommend other good deals on games if I notice them.

As a general reminder, you’re going to 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. Another further note, I was made aware that Origin has a 20% off coupon for games. GMG also has a 20% off coupon for their games as well. So, if you’re looking to buy an expensive game, that’s one way to go. So, without further ado, let’s begin:

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  • This War of Mine: Humble Deluxe Edition:  If you’ve been interested in the War of Mine game, Humble is selling a deluxe edition with the OST, Steam and DRM-free keys. $16.99 probably isn’t the best deal on earth, but it’s better than full price.
  • Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition: You can pick up this very good open world game on GMG for 66% off. (Plus 20% off if you use the coupon) It comes with all the DLC that was released for the game before. If you haven’t played Sleeping Dogs before, this is the way to go. I enjoyed the melee combat and exotic location. Hong Kong is not a common setting for videogames so it was a great change of pace. It’s graphically impressive and has a lot of content to explore.
  • Alan Wake & Alan Wake’s American Nightmare: The DLC is pretty terrible, corny acting, it repeats the same place three times in a row and the combat takes a major step back in my opinion. But Alan Wake itself is a very interesting horror mystery that goes on a little too long and its mechanics begin to drag at the ending. The facial animations are aging pretty terribly to boot but the setting is great and the gunplay keeps you on your toes. At $3.99, it’s a definite recommendation from me.
  • FTL: Advanced Edition: If you still don’t have this game, you’re missing out. This starship simulator….rogue-like…strategy….it’s a really unique game ok? It’s also a ton of fun with plenty of content to explore and the modding scene has really matured over the past year with all sorts of sci-fi ships to choose from and adventures to explore.
  • Train Simulator 2015: This game was made for those who love the idea of driving trains. Nothing else. The best part is that each edition they release is free to those who bought it before. As far as the DLC is concerned, they only expect you to buy a small portion of them that you want. This is one of the better Simulators on the market and I can give it a recommendation if you’re looking for something like it. If you aren’t: stay away. 😛
  • Saints Row IV: The insane open world comedy action game. At this point, I think getting the Game of the Century Edition is the best way to go so you can get all of the DLC in one shot. I played Saints Row III and IV is on my list. III was insanely stupid. From what I’ve seen, IV takes the stupidity and zaniness to the 50th dimension and punch that dimension in the balls multiple times as a superhero. It’s some of the most insanely stupid fun I think you can have with an open world and I’m considering getting it at this price, so, you should consider it as well.
  • Outlast: The first-person atmospheric horror game that got a ton of attention last year. At $4.99, you probably won’t go wrong with this one if you’re into this games that will make you crawl into the back corner of your closet and cry yourself to sleep in sheer fear. Pick up the DLC if you’re going to get it as its 75% off as well.
  • Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition: It’s Dynasty Warriors. You’re either going to love it or hate it based on that title alone. I have not played this series, not really sure if I’m all that interested in it. 66% off is a pretty good deal though.
  • The Walking Dead: Season 2: Been meaning to create a review of this game but I haven’t gotten around to it. The short version is that I really enjoyed this story about Clementine’s journey through the harsh post-apocalyptic zombie fest that this series is known for. That said, some of the characters behave oddly and some of the writing feels rushed. But overall, this is a really good continuation of what the Walking Dead: Season 1 started.
  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare: The brutal first person sword slashing multiplayer game that earned a lot of acclaim. This is an enjoyable one from what I’ve seen with plenty of different modes to play in and plenty of visceral combat to keep things interesting. The developers are still actively working on it and it only has one piece of DLC outside of the soundtrack dlc. I’ve been wanting to play it out to see what it’s really like.

Warning and Caution for these Game Deals:

  • Grand Theft Auto IV: So, this title uses THREE DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF DRM. Actually, four if you include Steam DRM. It has: Games for Windows Live, (IT STILL USES GFWL EVEN IF THE STEAM PAGE DOESN’T REPORT THAT IT DOES ANYMORE). SecuROM and Rockstar Social Club. SecuROM makes this an avoid by its own, if not GFWL. By the way, if you don’t think Rockstar’s DRM is bad, I heard that the servers died for a good chunk of time yesterday and their Max Payne III game was completely unplayable during that time. To make matters worse, GTAIV was not ported over to PC that well. I haven’t heard if that’s been patched up since. I personally consider this a MUST AVOID game.
  • The Escapists: Early Access 2D prison escape game that looks remarkably similar to another prison simulator game that came out on Early Access. Ok, maybe not but I’m amused by it :P. This is early access so I don’t know how it plays right now because it’s still in development.
  • Endless Legend: 4X turn-based fantasy strategy game made by the same devs who created Endless Space. This one slid under my radar as far as learning what it’s about or how it plays, whoops.

Note: 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. So, check the previous day’s post if you want to know my opinion for those.

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


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