A Paladin’s Buyer Guide for Steam’s Summer Sale. Day Six: Racing and Flying Through the Clouds and Space. June 16, 2015.

Flash Recommendations: Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, Distance, System Shock 2, Deus Ex Franchise.

Flash Recommendations: Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, Distance, System Shock 2, Deus Ex Franchise.

Somewhat late edition, but no less relevant. New day of Steam sales.

I had an appointment take all day, so this one is super late. I think this will be the last one to have that happen.

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

Classic Cyberpunk Horror FPS for all platforms.

A Paladin & A Moon Wolf Play System Shock 2

With a stable modding scene, plenty of content and an atmosphere that is horrifying, System Shock 2 for 99 cents is highway robbery. It’s more RPG than FPS admittedly and some of the mechanics can feel clunky at times. But Shodan is an experience few gamers forget and for good reason. Or you can watch our series where we do all the work for you. 😉

Open world martial arts/crime fighting game for windows

Yes. For $7.49, yes. I actually played the previous edition on Steam that’s no longer available. So, my name won’t show up on Steam. Which means I have to rebuy the game if I want to review it, don’t I…curses. The fighting system is a refreshing change from the usually gun-heavy counterparts in the genre. The story isn’t groundbreaking but the absolutely gorgeous look and atmosphere of Hong Kong more than makes up for it. Definitely worth a buy.

2D Sandbox for Windows

My Incomplete Review on Terraria

This isn’t the cheapest that Terraria has ever been priced at but that’s because it was at $1.99 a while ago. It’s $2.49 now and comes with at least 20+ hours of gametime. I sunk 32 hours into it. It’s gotten sporadic content updates and spawned an entire new genre on Steam. It’s got a ton of content and a very competent combat system. Regardless of whether you’re looking for a 2D Minecraft or a platforming action/boss fighting game, Terraria provides plenty for both. I can definitely recommend this game as-is.

Games I’m Unsure Of

Co-Op FPS online action for Windows only

Payday 2 has gotten a lot of positive reception. It still gets around 15k-20k players every day even two years after release. Same reason for why I haven’t gotten into it as a lot of the others, I just haven’t gotten anyone else interested in tackling it. It’s a bit DLC heavy but they’re all on a good discount today. Outside of some not-so-great marketing moves, I haven’t heard of a solid reason not to play PayDay 2.

Singleplayer FPS Puzzle Title for all platforms

Oh that, that’s tempting. That discount is probably enough to get me to buy this game. For those that don’t know, The Talos Principle is developed by the same people who crafted the Serious Sam franchise. How a dev company goes from an ultra-violent arena shooter to a calm puzzle game with philosophy, I’m not exactly certain. And that intrigues me all the more so. Damnit Croteam, I was hoping to avoid this game this time around but that might be too good a deal to pass up. Oh wow, there’s even a Serious Sam Voice over pack DLC. Clever girl…

Racing Simulation Game for Windows only

This is on my wishlist though I can’t remember why. Oh wait, now I do. Because I have some interests in getting back into the racing simulation genre and potentially review it. Assetto Corsa is one of a few slated for that project but there’s no ETA on when that’s happening. It may never happen. It might happen tomorrow. I feel the same about racing games that I do about strategy games, that there aren’t enough of them and the really good ones don’t get the attention deserved. Anyway, rambling, apologies. I don’t know much about Assetto Corsa. Discount isn’t too shabby and the game doesn’t have a brick ton of DLC either. Seven months later, wonder what’s wrong with them. ;).

Early Access Sandbox for Windows

Early access game with a lot of positive reception. I haven’t played it. *Insert the usual warning about early access games and why I haven’t played them*. It’s a sandbox title about working in space, building ships and stations with varying sizes and uses. That’s the extend of my knowledge. That sale is pretty nice though. $12.49? Yeah, I can get behind that. If you’re feeling even more engineery, you should probably pick up the Medieval and Space Engineers combo pack. As I hear Medieval is pretty good as well.

Open World Space Simulation for Windows and Mac

Hi Elite Dangerous. Not sure why you’re discounting yourself 25% off a couple months after release, but I guess that’s your choice. As far as I’m aware, this game is quite good. It’s on my to-do list but a game this size….*whistles* I’m just not sure when I’d ever get around to it. This is a very content reach game so keep that in mind if you’re interested in it. Otherwise, I have no outstanding reason you shouldn’t buy it.

WW1 FPS Multiplayer Game

I seem to recall featuring this on my Journey Through Steam series. A 50% discount already? Hmm, according to the stats it’s getting about 1.5K players average so they seem to be doing well for a relatively unknown game. I don’t know anything about this game outside of my first look through of the game. It’s a World War 1 FPS game about being in the trenches with a realistic spin on it. You know, I’m not even sure that the Call of Duty franchise really touched on World War I all that much. So, I’m curious how authentic Verdun is. Again, this might be worth checking out. The 50% discount certain doesn’t hurt, putting it at $11.49.

Early Access Open World Base Builder for Windows

Yet another sandbox title that came out this year. I think I can be forgiven for not knowing much about it. I couldn’t tell you much that isn’t already on the Steam page. Frankly, this is another: wait until it’s done case.

Fighting Simulator for WIndows

Like Wrestling? If yes: probably fine. If no: just move on. This is the first WWE2K title on PC in a very long time. No idea how this game plays out. The 50% discount two months after release is noteworthy, making me think the game isn’t selling all that hotly. At least it includes all the DLC with the purchase price.

Open World Flight Simulator for Windows

Flight Simulator X is actually 10 years old, but this Steam edition is a massive upgrade to the original game. Designed to make it not suck on modern Operating Systems. This is actually being developed by the same company that’s working on Train Simulator 2015. So, this is what you can expect. A great simulation game with great graphics, controls and mechanics plus a ton of DLC. Which is currently sitting around $229.26 worth. All of which is basically optional. I’ve had my eyes on this game for a while now and that price sure is tempting. It’s $5 right now.

The Final Fantasy on PC franchise

This series is a giant hot mess on PC. Between shoddy ports, inept games and unnecessary DRM, I just don’t get why everyone gets so hyped about this franchise. Final Fantasy VII itself has online DRM login that’s still required for an ancient game. But I can’t move it to the avoid section because I haven’t personally research every single title. I have mostly avoided this franchise because of the sequalitis problems its currently suffering. I say stay away but there’s a lot of people that would probably disagree with me. And frankly, I don’t have the knowledge to say otherwise. If you want to step into a franchise that has mines littered all over the place, be my guest. I just think there’s other better jRPGs you could get into.

Games To Avoid

“Open world” “MMO” for Windows

Between the Ubisoft DRM, poor gameplay and even more poorly executed multiplayer, this game is an avoid from all accounts. The sale isn’t that great either considering it has a brick of DLC to sell. There are much better racing games that weren’t shoved out the door with poorly designed open world mechanics. Main criticism? Untapped potential. So, don’t even bother. The fact that it’s still retailing for $60 is eye raising to me.

Open World Medieval Sandbox title for Windows

As skeptical as I get about some of these survival titles, this one definitely has something iffy going on with it.

Quote from the developer: In appreciation of your support all Life is Feudal:YO owners will receive Life is Feudal:MMO currency which later upon the release of the MMO version can be used to purchase a ticket for one character to gain full permanent access to the gameworld in Life is Feudal:MMO.

Ok, that’s definitely a warning bell, when a developer is already planning an MMO version. Especially an untried developer who’s probably in over their heads. With Life is Feudal getting released in September in what looks to be an embarrassingly incomplete state, yeah, no thanks. No matter how you slice this game, this is definitely an avoid until the developers figure out what’s going on.

Turn based strategy franchise

Big fat nope for this series. Too many of these games have too many problems. Creatively Assembly has overhyped and undelivered far too many times for me to forgive them. I haven’t heard anything about Attila, but Rome II was a giant cluster with hilarious bugs and problems. Shogun is a poorly ported from mobile game. The rest have a wide range of problems that I’m not going to go into. Avoid this series if you don’t want to run into a giant headache.

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


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