A Paladin’s Buyer Guide for Steam’s Summer Sale. Day Seven: It’s Sometimes Tedious, Surviving the End of the World. June 17, 2015.

Flash Recommendations: Bastion, STALKER Bundle, Torchlight II

Flash Recommendations: Bastion, STALKER Bundle, Torchlight II

Day seven with some pretty good sales.

*Phew* This series is getting a bit draining. I’m not used to crafting posts within 2 hours on a daily basis. Not posts that are this long with all the content and opinions. It’s stretching me and I’m worried that the content is suffering a bit. That all said, I’ve only got a few days left to go. I will be doing an updated Steam review later today.

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

FPS/RPG Open World Games With Plenty of Atmosphere for Windows

A Paladin’s Review: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat

A Paladin’s Review: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series is one of my favorite open world franchises of all time. It’s just a tragedy that it had such a short life. Shadow of Chernobyl and Call of Pripyat have their own pros and cons. Shadow feels more open and alive while Call feels a lot more refined and clinical than its predecessor. Both games are well worth playing and I hope to play them again soon. Add some of the many mods developed for this series and have a blast in this playground. For the labs are dark and full of terrors.

City Builder Survival game for Windows

I gave this a go a long while back. Putting 12 hours into it and discovering that I didn’t really like it. But I think that was because it wasn’t the city builder I was looking for. That city builder was Cities: Skylines. So, my opinion has softened on Banished and I’ve been meaning to return to it and giving it a fair, full review. Because I’m certain I judged it far too harshly. So, until then, realize that this game is far more focused on surviving the harsh elements than building a megaopolis. You have to carefully manage your resources and keep your little town from dying out completely. Harvest resources, manage farms, build houses and other buildings and simply survive. I’ve been following the developer since he launched the game and he’s got some modding and multi-platform updates coming down the pipe. All in all, it’s an interesting experience for $5.

Early Access Strategy Simulation for all platforms

Despite the Early Access tag, Plague Inc: Evolved for PC is basically complete. All that’s missing is a competitive and co-operative multiplayer mode. Which are coming out in the very near future. For $10, you’re about to buy one of the better simulation games about killing the entire planet with a super virus, disease or any other number of plagues. It’s a really good game and most of my playtime was sunk into the mobile version. Though the PC version is incredibly well done. It’s a lot of clicking with a decent amount of strategy. Also, frack Greenland. They never die when I need them to…

Games I’m Unsure Of

Strategy Management Game for all platforms

Dungeons II launched around the same time as another dungeon lord game came out. It’s a combination of Dungeon Keeper and a light RTS, it’s gotten a reasonable amount of reception as well. However, this game has DRM. It’s a Kalypso Launcher, that checks to make sure your game isn’t a pirated version and checks home. Which, I believe, that DRM has already been cracked. Way to go on that Kalypso. (Repeat after me: DRM is punishing the consumer). I’ve stayed away from it because of the DRM. Life is far too short to screw around with that.

cRPG for all platforms

The resurgence of cRPGs is real. Pillars of Eternity is considered one of the most successful Kickstarter games. With an incredibly dense amount of content and game mechanics to enjoy. Though that Royal Edition, $80? Yowsers. Everything I’ve heard is yes, you should buy this game. I haven’t personally tried it because it’s a giant cRPG that will probably suck entire months out of my life. Maybe when things calm down, I’ll give Pillars a real go but not right now. Discount to $30 isn’t surprising as the game is only a couple of months ago and is probably worth the price.

Driving Open World Simulator for all platforms

Not the prettiest open world (or the most exciting) but I’ve put in…wow…only an hour? Ok. Weird. Anyway, Euro Truck Simulator 2 is great for what it is. A game about driving around in a big rig. If you want something far more exciting, look elsewhere. DLC currently adds up to $33.85 and most of it is just cosmetic paint. There are a few actual content expansions that might be worth looking at. It’s a complex simulator and I liked what I had put in so far. Need to play this a bit more often….$5 is a very fair price for it.

RTS World War II Franchise pack

I’m very lukewarm to this franchise. I think for me personally, it keeps coming at the wrong time. But for those that enjoy RTSes and want a more WWII inspired genre game, Company of Heroes isn’t too bad at that job. $24.99 for the entire franchise is very fair. That gets you all of the DLC, expansions and games. That’s all I’ve got for the CoH franchise, it’s not something I’ve invested into even though I own the first game.

Early Access Economic RTS for Windows and Mac

Stardock Entertainment’s entry into the economic RTS genre is very promising, if still incomplete. There’s a lot of problems that I’ve heard need to be worked out. But as the game came out in Feb, I can forgive that those issues haven’t been fixed just yet. This game is less about combat and more about corporate warfare through spies, tricks and abusing the economy. I’m definitely holding off on Offworld until it leaves Early Access. I don’t want to be spoiled on the gameplay until it’s finished. I’m surprised that the discount is 50% off though. I guess it’s to get their current player base off the ground, which hasn’t been doing so well.

Telltale Episodic Adventure for Windows and Mac

If you like Game of Thrones, have seen season three of the TV show already and want even more out of the world, then Telltale has you covered. This episodic adventure is full of story and QTE events. That’s about it but what it does, it does very well. It’s currently up to episode 3 of…six? I believe. Everything I’ve heard is that it’s yet another great Telltale adventure. I’ve certainly got my eyes on it when they finish all the episodes. The 50% discount is rather interesting but I’m still holding off.

Dynasty Warriors, Hack and Slash for Windows

Eh, not the best discount but this is the cheapest Dynasty Warriors 8 has ever been. It’s an…arenaish brawler hack and slash game where you can kill thousands of dumb NPCs with a single slash of your sword. I don’t care about Dynasty Warriors but it’s got fans. It’s also got $190 worth of DLC that isn’t being discounted today. Ok then…

Open World Military Realistic Sandbox for Windows

Arma has had a very interesting history. It was mostly an unknown genre in the public eye until a particular mod came along. Said DayZ mod spawned a whole new genre of survival games that have flooded the Steam market. For what I’ve heard, it’s generally considered a very  realistic portrayal of military fighting. The 60-80% is a pretty darn nice discount and I can’t believe it’s been a few years since Arma III launched. DLC seems reasonable as well.

RTS Space Game for all platforms

One of my biggest disappointments of 2014. Planetary Annihilation screamed out of Early Access in an incomplete-as-hell state. Just in time for Uber to launch a since-failed Kickstarter game. I think that woke Uber up to the fact that they had goofed and goofed badly. PA’s unit balance was severely lacking, performance was awful and there was a general lack of content. I’ll give Uber some credit, they’ve been constantly updating it since the launch. So, maybe at some point I’ll give PA another chance to win me over because I was hoping this would be the game to play. Instead, it was a giant hot mess that required so much multitasking that you had to be a god to win the game. It was beyond ridiculous. So, I don’t know if you should or shouldn’t pick the game up.

RPG Comedy Adventure for Windows

If you like South Park and want a South Park RPG, there’s no reason you shouldn’t get The Stick of Truth. I don’t like South Park or its humor. It isn’t my cup of tea. But as far as I’m aware, it fully deserves it’s “Overwhelmingly Positive” Steam rating. Discount is pretty good too.

Open world RPGs

Bethesda’s premiere RPG is one of the most popular RPGs every developed. I have only personally played The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. It wasn’t good. Some have told me I need to get to Morrowind at some point. As far as Skyrim is concerned, I’m not all that interested in it. I’ve heard it described as a large ocean as deep as a puddle. The combat isn’t that great, the visuals are stunning and the sheer amount of content is incredibly. But Skyrim doesn’t have much to really sink my teeth into it. The $4.99 discount is the lowest price it’s ever been on Steam as far as I can tell. The DLC is largely considered worthwhile but at times lacking.

Games To Avoid

4X Turn Based Space game for all platforms

From what I’ve heard, this game is still far from polished. The StarDrive developer has had a very controversial past and this new entry isn’t any less controversial. The first StarDrive was launched and a promised feature from Kickstarter (multiplayer) was never added to the game. The game also suffered from a variety of problems that went untouched. The dev simply moved onto the sequel. Which seems to host a bunch of problems as well. And there’s still no multiplayer. You know, I can understand if the engine you were using in the first game couldn’t support multiplayer, but you really couldn’t add it to the sequel? I think this is a game to avoid for now.

Short Stealth Action Game for Windows

It’s a glorified demo for Metal Gear Solid V. And frankly, with the announcement that MGSV is going to have in-app-purchases, I have no compulsion to support Konami’s milking of this franchise before it dies off. Especially when Hideo Kojima’s name is being completely removed from the credits of MGSV: The Phantom Pain. If Konami doesn’t care about its creator or PC gaming or giving a damn, I don’t care to support this series.

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



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