A Paladin’s Steam Sale: Day Thirteen 12/30/2014

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Some developers sure have a lot of fantasies if they expect us to tolerate the assassination of prices. Or is that the other way around? *shrugs* 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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  • Arma III: The successor to Arma II, which got a ton of attention when a mod called DayZ was created and took off like a rocket. You’ve probably heard of it at some point. This military simulator is quite the thing if you find this sort of genre interesting. It’s not in my interests though, at least, not right now. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this title.
  • Metal Slug 3: Side-scrolling action shooter, Metal Slug 3 is actually a PC port of the arcade machines. I knew I had seen this game somewhere else before. It’s graphically impressive for an arcade title and probably still holds up today because most side-scroller art has aged incredibly well. It has resolution options but widescreen resolutions will upscale with black bars or stretching so that’s something to keep in mind.
  • Wasteland 2: This game is making a lot of top of the year 2014 lists. This kickstarted title, which made a silly amount of money, is the successor to the original post-apocalyptic turn-based strategy RPG. I don’t know much about either and frankly my opinion doesn’t mean for much, when I feel like others have described the game better than I ever could. Let’s see…Superbunnyhop does a fantastic review of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnxdNncArdo
  • Lethal League: A really odd competitive projectile fighting game. Best played with friends with its crazy action and silly things that go on. The main complaint seems to be a lack of content but its been getting constant updates since its release with an update on December 15th, so that’s encouraging to see.

Warning and Caution for these Game Deals:

  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition: This is one of the games that made my most disappointing games list. While it’s graphically impressive at times (when textures aren’t missing or the short draw distance isn’t distracting you from the game’s beauty) with great story telling, voice acting and writing, everything else is clearly of lower priority. The combat system flows erratically from overpoweringly easy to ridiculously frustrating. The chapters follow a repetitive pattern and the QTEs never ever change, which makes plenty of activities in the game incredibly dull. The Witcher series seems to have that constant problem of never knowing what it should do with the combat. The previous title being nothing but a spam fest of spells and potions until your enemies died. I can only hope that the Witcher 3 will finally fix the combat systems’ problems and deliver an RPG worth playing not just for its story but combat as well. Keep in mind that you can redeem a code on GOG.com for a completely DRM-free version when you purchase the Steam edition.
  • Child of Light: WARNING: Uses Uplay’s DRM system. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was just another indie platformer game. It was actually developed and published under Ubisoft. It’s gotten somewhat decent positive reception. As I still have a Uplay DRM ban on my machines, I did not play this game, even though it’d probably be right up my alley.
  • The ForestEarly Access Title. This survival horror game has been getting some reasonable reception but I’ve stayed clear of it because I have no interest in helping a survival horror game get to completion. I’d much rather play it when it was complete.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Bwhahaha no, no and no on this one. This is an incredibly overpriced port of the 1998 playstation game. The framerate is capped at 30FPS (with 15FPS during combat and FMVs for crying out loud, that is awful for a 2012 released game). It requires a Square Enix account in order to work regardless of whether your doing the single player campaign. Otherwise, this game is not a whole different from the PC version and not worth the price Square Enix is demanding for the title.
  • Lichdom: Battlemage: It’s considered an ok game at worst. The First person spell slinging game has gotten fairly positive reviews with mixed reception on the combat itself. Which isn’t particularly good considering how much of it is dependent upon the combat being good. I’m passing on it right now.

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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