A Paladin’s Steam Sale: Day Eleven 12/28/2014

If you can sneak, outthink and survive the hell that is war, this sale is about you. 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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  • Dishonored: The very successful, immersive FPS stealth assassination game, Dishonored has a lot of good things going for it and not a lot of negatives. The game has multiple approaches to the same objective with a large amount of tools in your kit to accomplish your goals. While the game seems more biased towards the kill-them-all approach, you can also stealth and kill no one if you want to. It’ll just take a lot longer to get your goals done. The DLC of The Brigmore Witches & Knife of Dunwall expand the story out and give you quite a bit of good content to enjoy. On the other hand, Void Walker Arsenal & Dunwall City Trials aren’t that great as they only give you the pre-order bonuses and time challenges. At 75% off, if you don’t have this game already, you should try it out.
  • This War of Mine: From Tower-aggressive developers 11bit studios comes a really surprising game about the hell of wars on civilians. It’s not a big sale because it just came out last month and frankly I’m surprised its on this good a sale so close after release. I’ve heard nothing but positive things about this title. If you find this grim war game about making truly tough choices & crafting items to survive intriguing, I think this will be a good one.
  • Transistor: Created by the developers of Bastion comes a rather intriguing turn-based aRPG. I’ve heard mixed opinions about the combat system. Some find it too shallow, others find it too difficult and others still really enjoyed it. I have no opinion as I still hadn’t gotten the chance to buy it. But at that price, that might just be worth it. It’s a bit on the short side like Bastion was. The OST is also reportedly great so you might consider picking it up for a few more dollars.
  • Divinity Original Sin: Bit of an odd combat system that gets mixed views on, this aRPG turn-based game has gotten some positive press this year. It’s got a ton of content and even more so with Steam Workshop and in-depth modding support. I’ve been interested in picking it up at some point.
  • Tomb Raider: Not to be confused with Tomb Raider or Tomb Raider. I have mixed feelings on the reboot of the Tomb Raider game. Which, if you’re considering buying it, ONLY get the base game. All of the DLC isn’t worth a pack of peanuts. Skip them and buy the game at a glorious 80% off. I think at this price, it’s worth picking it up. It’s not really a survival game as they like to advertise but more of an action/adventure crafting game where Lara Croft gets the crap beaten out of her. Over. And Over. Again. I think you take less abuse in Dark Souls than you do in this game. Even some of the death animations are overly gruesome. Oh and if you’re insane about being a completionist, this game has it in spades. I think overall, it’s a reasonable experience but I’m curious to see where they take sequel off what they’ve built here. The Lara character created in this game is someone I’m interested in seeing explored further. Whether said sequel ever arrives on PC, well, only time will tell.
  • Age of Empires II: HD Edition: Now with new AI, apparently. Yet another Microsoft Studios published classic RTS republished to Stea and co-developed by Hidden Path Entertainment, I don’t know much about this one either. It has Steam Workshop support and is very compatible with modern gaming PCs so that’s nice. But the base gameplay still remains the same and graphically/animationally (not a word) its not aging as well as it could be. Other than that, I’ve heard reasonable things said about it.
  • Mount & Blade: Warband: I believe this is the good one of the open world RPG horse combat game. I get the titles mixed up sometimes. It’s getting on to five years old, this Paradox title, and I don’t know much about it. You can betray everyone, you can experience a very enjoyable horse combat system and it’s a decent looker. Beyond that……..yeah.

Warning and Caution for these Game Deals:

  • Max Payne 3Contains DRM: Rockstar Social Club & GameShield IronWrap. If you think this drm is pretty harmless, think again. Last week the service went down for a day and people were unable to play Max Payne 3 during the entire outage. (It would crash when loading RSC). Aside from that, MP3 is considered the cutscene heavy less engaging brother of its predecessors. I have personally never found the slow-mo action gun scenes to be all that interesting to play the game for. Add in multiple long loading times, online authentication and I’m steering clear of this one.
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution: Long enough name there guys? I have only seen a few seasons of the original anime series. That’s the extent of my knowledge of this series as a whole. As for the game itself, the biggest sin it has is that its capped at 30 FPS, which is incredibly unacceptable for a fighting spectacle game. >_<.

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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