A Paladin’s Steam Sale: Day Ten 12/27/2014

Day Ten. Here we are with a few open worlds and in-depth strategy games. 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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  • Fallout: New Vegas: western post-apocalyptic RPG that has gotten a lot of positive reviews over the years. At $2.49, it’s really hard to not suggest buying it because it’s so cheap that you’re barely losing anything. It’s considered by many to be the more focused and superior version over Fallout 3 but of course there is some debate about that. It is four years old so the game is starting to get on.
  • Shovel Knight: The 8-bit retro darling platformer of the year, Shovel Knight has an awesome soundtrack and a lot of callbacks to platformers of yesteryear. This is the first time Shovel Knight has been on sale since its initial release in June which is rather surprising. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this game and I am very much interested in picking it up at some point.
  • Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II: Retribution: I think I have the first RTS in this series…..and yes I do. I wasn’t all that impressed with the RTS when I played it last year but I don’t think I was in the RTS mood at the time. I should give it a try again. I know that this is one of the more popular RTSes to come out of Relic Entertainment. I’m not all that familiar with the Warhammer franchise and have only dipped my toe in a time or two.
  • Crusader Kings II: Got 30 hours to burn? Love strategy games? Love depth? Then this is the grand strategy game for you. Crusader Kings II is considered Paradox’s best title of their strategy lineup (and they have quite a few). It’s a dense game so I haven’t invested any time into it just yet but I’m hoping to fix that next year. We’ll see.
  • Shadowrun: Dragonfall – Director’s Cut: Cyberpunk aRPG title that I don’t know anything about. One friend mentioned that he really enjoys it and it’s got quite a few good reviews. At this price, I’m contemplating picking it up. Though I really don’t need another aRPG.

Warning and Caution for these Game Deals:

  • The Long Dark: Early Access game that is a “thoughtful, exploration-survival experience that challenges solo players to think for themselves”. This sounds very intriguing as a game concept and it’s nice to see a survival open world game that doesn’t have zombies for once. I’ll keep an eye on this one and wait till it’s out of the initial stages of development because I am very intrigued by what they’ve got here.
  • Tropico 5: The remote island nation version of SimCity heh. This series has always been plagued with performance problems and this one seems no different. Once you build your city to a certain point, everything about the game lags hard to the point of being unplayable. Still, a competitive multiplayer mode to this genre is interesting and I’d be intrigued to see how it works.
  • Watch_Dogs: Contains Ubisoft’s Uplay DRM. Watch_Dogs was released to mixed reviews because Ubisoft was insane enough to overhype and overpromise on this game. Compared to the original promises and trailers shown about the game, the graphics were downscaled, the scope of the game was downscaled and the draw distance is hilariously small compared to other open world games. It doesn’t help that the protagonist is a bit of an unsympathetic ass to boot.  We have so many open world games to choose from that I don’t think dealing with an un-optimized game is worth your time.
  • Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition: Dead Rising is a series I never really got into but then, why would I be interested in a zombie slaughtering simulator? I’ve got L4D2 for that ;). This game has a lot of performance troubles and even the beefiest of machines cry as they try to run this title. Add in some bugs & glitches and you’ve got a party here.

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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