A Paladin’s Buyer Guide for Steam’s Summer Sale. Day Eight: Dinosaurs are Always Eating My Shovels. June 18, 2015.

Flash sale recommendations: GemCraft: Chasing Shadows, Infinifactory, Spec Ops: The Line, SimCity 4, FTL: Advanced Edition, Back to the Future: The Game

Flash sale recommendations: GemCraft: Chasing Shadows, Infinifactory, Spec Ops: The Line, SimCity 4, FTL: Advanced Edition, Back to the Future: The Game

Doodeedoo, here’s day eight of Steam’s Summer Sale.

I busted this out in an hour because I have an important appointment today. Apologies if there’s a grievous error but I don’t think there is. The rest of the week will be far slower and more methodical to avoid any errors.

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

Age of Wonders Franchise, 4X/RPG/Turn-based strategy mix for Windows

All four of the Age of Wonders games are worth buying. I’ve spent a good amount of time in Shadow Magic and Age of Wonders III personally. With a minor amount in one and two. This series is a unique mix of genres and is incredibly fun to play. Age of Wonders III just recently launched it’s final expansion “Eternal Lords” which has added a ton of new content, balance and game mechanics to the game. If you can afford to pick up the AoW III Collection, that’s worth it. To be AoWIII is long overdue for a review from myself but for now, I say get it. They even added play-be-email if you don’t have entire days to sink into this 4X series.

Telltale QTE Adventure for Windows and Mac

A Paladin’s Steam Review: The Walking Dead (Season Two)

Final Thoughts
The Walking Dead Season 2 improves upon the original season while still remembering what it’s about. It’s character-driven narrative, involving the player as much as possible even during what would otherwise be “boring” cutscenes. There is one thing I found really refreshing though. Telltale shows us that they can still have a very character driven story with dramatic moments that are personable and realistic without giant explosions or deus ex machinas getting in the way. It keeps the universe’s bite throughout the five episodes, no pun intended. I am slightly concerned that Telltale may be biting off more than they can chew with the many series they are running concurrently right now. There are a few odd moments in the series where it felt like the writers might not be on the same page. That or maybe it was the naivety of certain characters that made them say one thing only to do something that contradicted themselves.

Ultimately, should you get The Walking Dead Season 2? Yes if you’re entering the series new and yes if you’re wanting to follow up on Season 1. The characters, overall story and continued improvements on what Telltale started in S1 are worth enjoying in this sequel.

At 75% off for $6.24, I can heartily recommend it. I think my final thoughts sum up everything I have to say about this season and series as a whole. I can’t wait for Season 3 of this series. I’m aware of the spinoff series coming later this year with Michonne of the comic books/TV series.

2D Old School Platformer

I’ve got less than an hour into this game due to being busy with other games. But from what I’ve played, I can almost easily recommend this retro platformer. It’s got a lot of fun old-school elements and the platforming is decently challenging without being too overwhelming. Well, for now. Realize that it’s a first impression. The $10 price tag is pretty ok.

Games I’m Unsure Of

Strategy crafting game for Windows only

I’ve heard some reasonably good things about the Escapists. This isn’t that other prison game I should add, you’re actually trying to escape from prison instead of maintaining one. It recently left Early Access too. Other than that, I haven’t heard much about it. The 50% discount is quite good for a four month old game. Surprisingly good. I might just pick that up…

Story-based Episodic Telltale Like game for Windows

I’ve heard good things, I’ve heard bad things. Square-Enix’s foray into a genre that has been solely dominated by Telltale is an interesting move for them. And so far, it seems to be working for them. All that said, the sale today is really kinda rubbish. You only get a 50% discount if you buy the first episode. The other four episodes are only 20% off. Frankly, wait. Wait until all five episodes have been released before you pick up this game. Said game is about a girl in high school who has the ability to time travel a little and undo decisions she has made.

Early Access Survival Game

Ark: Survival Evolved is the current flavor-of-the-month when it comes to the survival game genre. It probably doesn’t hurt that a certain Jurassic World movie made over $500 million this past weekend. Which is making dinosaurs cool again. As for me, I don’t know enough about it other than no one has mega-complained about it. The 17% discount isn’t that great though…

Racing Simulator for Windows only

I’ve recently stepped a foot into the Grid franchise, so, I don’t know much about Grid: Autosport. It’s supposed to be the racing game that fans of this series have been wanting. The jury is still out on that. 75% off puts it at a very good price range. Wish I could tell you more but I can’t right now.

2D platformer for Windows only

The flavor of the year indie platformer. Looks great but has story is rather questionable. That’s what I’ve heard at any rate. This price is ok…not that great. There’re a ton of indie platformers and Ori joined with reasonable critical reception. I guess I’m not surprised that the discount is fairly meh as it came out only three months ago. It’s probably the best discount this game will ever be at until Winter time. I’m not sure what to think about Ori right now.

RPG/Card Game genre mix for all platforms

Generate your own unique adventure through card building. I’m really intrigued by the concept of this single player game and this price point may tip my hand at getting it. There are some complaints about the RNG screwing you over and maybe the combat system not being the most fantastic. But everything else seems to work. I can think of worse things you can buy for $12.49. The free update is nice to see as well, since that’ll (hopefully) add a lot more content.

Early Access Sandbox for Windows only

I feel like I talked about this just yesterday. Oh right, that was Space Engineers. Same thing as before, it’s an early access sandbox game that has a lot of potential and is apparently very fun right now. I don’t think the discount is all that great considering how very early in development it is, but hey, that’s up for you to decide. This is all about building medieval buildings and equipment to craft siege weapons, castles and a whole lot more.

3rd person combat game for Windows and Mac

I’ve honestly been very lukewarm towards the Batman franchise. It didn’t help that my first foray into it was dealing with Games for Windows Live on Arkham Asylum. I think that has finally been removed so I may give this another go…but I’m not sure right now. Arkham Asylum is a very directed semi-stealth, semi-action game where Batman has to deal with the Joker taking over the prison. Arkham City is a much more open-world entry into the franchise. Both games have their pros and cons. Origins was a very safe sequel that went into the storyline before Arkham Asylum though it has a multitude of bugs that won’t be fixed. Arkham Knight is due to be released after the Steam sale so I have no opinion other than you shouldn’t pre-order it. Pre-orders are bad, mkay? The 75% discount for both Arkham Asylum and City is hard to argue with.

Early Access 3rd person tower defense action game for Windows only

I never played Dungeon Defenders I despite getting gifted the entire game by Hidden Path Entertainment during their Kickstarter deal with Defense Grid II. So I have no real opinion on this series. I do find it interesting that they’re doing that significant a discount when the game isn’t quite finished, but whatever. This series is about placing towers and casting spells to keep the enemies from reaching the end of their maze race. You know, I don’t think I’ve heard anyone’s opinion on this series. Good, bad or otherwise. Odd. Anyway, the player base does seem to be on the smallish size as well.

First person open world parkour survival zombie game for Windows and Linux

It got mixed critical reception but rather positive reception by non-professional reviewers. This parkour game mixes a few mechanics that many open world games didn’t so that made it feel fresh. Zombies are less threatening by day but at night, that’s when the real terror starts. I’m not all that intrigued by it right now because first person parkour/platforming tends to be more aggravation than I personally think is worth. But I’ll give them credit for creating a survival open world game that doesn’t seem to suck. 25% discount isn’t that great but I guess if the game is selling well, you probably won’t see better until later this year. DLC seems to be a mixed bag.

Games To Avoid

Co-Op Multiplayer game for Windows

2K’s glorified DLC-selling platform game. Evolve has $142.20 worth of DLC (which is the current discounted price) and much of that came with the game’s initial launch. While Evolve was a very intriguing concept of asymmetrical FPS combat system of a squad of soldiers vs a giant beast, it was very repetitive and much of it’s potential was wasted. The discount isn’t even that great to bother trying out. Skip this, there are better games out there.

Futuristic City Builder for Windows

Big nope to Anno 2070. It includes both Ubisoft Uplay and Tages DRM (which limits the amount of times you can activate the game). And, it will notice any changes in hardware and that counts as a new activation. If you want to suffer through that kind of DRM be my guest but I have never liked nor wished to deal with Tages/SolidShield DRM.

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



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