A Paladin’s Buyer Guide for Steam’s Summer Sale. Day Three: I’m Really Uncertain About These Games. June 13, 2015.

Day Three

Welcome back to day three of Steam’s summer sales. It’s a good old fun time around here.

No real consistent theme with today’s sale.

As a general reminder, you should wait until the game is on a daily feature sale, flash sale or on the monster community choice. That’s when they’ll be the cheapest. All of which can be seen on the front page of Steam. You should also keep an eye on HumbleBundle.com, Amazon.com and GreenManGaming.com as they will sometimes do even better sales than Steam. I will try and make you aware of any significant ones I see. Also, you can see the previous days of sales I have covered at this link.

Games You Should Buy Today

Telltale Episodic Game Adventure for Windows and Mac

A Paladin’s Steam Review: The Wolf Among Us

Final Thoughts
I really liked TWAU. I enjoyed following the Big Bad Wolf in his journey to solve the murder mystery. The aesthetic, the atmosphere and the character interactions are great. What I really enjoyed most is that everyone has a backstory. Even the main villain has a good reason for what he’s doing. Even if the means aren’t justified. These characters are dealing the best they can with a terrible situation. Most of my problems with this game lay with the questionable quality of each episode and some of the bugs that cropped up. If you haven’t finished the story due to episode two being rather poor, I still recommend you finish it out. I’d like to see a second season of this game at some point but there hasn’t been any announcements just yet.

I think my final thoughts say everything about this game that I ever could. I really enjoyed The Wolf Among Us despite some of it’s problems. For $6.24, it’s hard to say no to that. I still want to see a season two.

City Builder Simulator for all platforms

I really need to get a review of this game going but, here’s the tl;dr: Get. This. Game. This is the SimCity we’ve all been waiting for. It’s incredibly well optimized with the ability to expand your cities out to very large sizes. It looks great, it plays great and the updates have been coming regularly for it. I’m really excited to see how Paradox treats this game for years to come. The only major complaint some people have been having is that traffic management can be overwhelming or difficult to deal with at times. Other than that, this is well worth the asking price.

Games I’m Unsure Of

Early Access First Person Zombie Crafting Survi—-basically DayZ clone for all platforms.

I’ve heard that this is one of the better DayZ-like clones in Early Access. And they still seem to be patching it regularly two years after release which is pretty good to see. Plus, there’s been a lot of good reviews about it. For me, I don’t have an opinion because I’ve been avoiding these early access survival games. However, I haven’t heard anything too bad about this one. So, it’s probably worth getting.

Borderlands Franchise, FPS Loot Games for all platforms except the first.

What is there to say about Borderlands at this point? It’s basically a loot game with lots of guns and well…loot. I haven’t played either of these. Mostly because I haven’t been in the mood to play this style of game solo for a while now. Torchlight II was the last one I played and it was a struggle to finish it out. So, I haven’t given this one a go yet. I haven’t heard any significant complaints about the series. I would probably get the game of the year edition as that’s only asking $8.79 for all of the DLC.

Early Access Top Down Strategy Simulator Prison Game for all platforms

I believe this was another Kickstarted game and it’s gotten a lot of positive reception. The devs have been releasing regular updates every month since its release. Pretty interesting idea of managing a maximum security prison. And I’ve had my eyes on it for a while but it being in early access has kept me away from it. I’d really like to see what its like when they finish it. I think it’s a pretty darn good concept. For $4.49 though? That’s a pretty tempting offer.

Co-Op Beat Em Up for Windows and Mac

I don’t have an opinion on this one. It’s a good local co-op beat em up that is apparently hilarious. As far as I’m aware, it ported from consoles just fine. Good with friends, not so great on your own. For $1.49, I’ve seen worse deals.

Survival Horror Gore game for Windows only.

I seem to recall reading/listening to some negative reviews for The Evil Within. It’s an interesting contrast to Steam’s mostly positive rating. I’m not super-into the gory horror genre like Saw Movies and what not. I just don’t find it enjoyable, that’s all. The discount for TEW isn’t too bad either. DLC seems pretty decent as well. I’ve got no complaints about it here.

FTL-like Lovecraftian Exploration game for Windows and Mac

Best to think of Sunless Sea as a story-driven FTL experience. That’s the impression I got from reviews. I’ve heard some complaints about the combat not being the greatest. But other than that, Sunless Sea seems to be a pretty good entry into this genre of games. It’s got a pretty cool aesthetic and piloting your own ship against Lovecraftian horrors seems like a cool idea all around.

Big Rigs Driving Physics Simulator

Want to go off road with some of the biggest Soviet vehicles that exist? Spintires is that game. It had a bit of troubled development after it was released. However, the devs seem to be back on the ball and updating it regularly. $14.99 isn’t too bad a price and if you’re looking for a simulation-like game to have fun with, this probably isn’t too bad for the asking price. Just a note, it might still be lacking for content.

First Personal Medieval Warfare for all platforms.

Chivalry released around the same time War For the Roses from Paradox did. While Chivalry survived the past three years and thrived with a very active community….War for the Roses didn’t. It’s gritty with brutal in-your-face sword-swinging action. There’s plenty of modes to choose from as well. It’s fun to watch and it’s fun to play. The devs are still supporting it and I’d be tempted to pick it up if I wasn’t currently stuck in SMITE right now.

Classic RTS title for Windows

Microsoft went through a spree of publishing a lot of their older RTS titles onto Steam with fixes and updates for modern systems last year. Age of Mythology is one of those titles. It’s on my radar to tackle at some point but as far as I’m aware, it works really well. Sorry, that’s not much to go on but it’s what I’ve got. Getting the entire RTS collection for $20 is probably well worth it if this interests you.

In-depth Football (American Soccer) Manager Simulator for all platforms.

For those that like this genre, they really like Football Manager. Or at least, that’s what I had heard. But the top most helpful reviews are mostly negative despite its mostly positive reviews overall. So, I don’t know what to think about FM2015. It’s $17. But I’m really not an expert on this genre.

Twitchy FPS team-based action for all platforms

There’s a good reason Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is still so popular. It’s just not a style of FPS play that I find all that fun so I haven’t gotten into it. Developed by Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment, it seems to be a very well balanced shooter that gets over 500K people every day. Even three years after it was published. Business model is still fair as well. But that’s Valve for you. If you need more twitch shooting in your life, well, CS:GO is probably the one to go for.

Open World RPG/Action Title for Windows

This has been on my radar to get. The Nemesis system built in with a Batman Arkham combat system seems like a really fun idea. $25 isn’t a bad asking price either considering it’s less than a year old. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. Otherwise, I don’t have a lot to say about it. They have been doing some updates to it and they promise that the Linux version is coming in Spring 2015. Though obviously it’s Summer time so…kind of missed the boat on that, didn’t we guys.

Games To Avoid

Open World “hacking” game for Windows and Consoles

Ubisoft’s Uplay DRM and typical game design is fully featured in this incredibly overhyped title. The sale isn’t that great considering the game is over a year old and frankly, there are better games in this genre. Steer clear of it unless you want an unlikable protagonist and a skin-deep “hacking” system.

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any feedback for this series.


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