A Paladin’s Buyer Guide for Steam’s Summer Sale. Day Nine: So Many Franchises on Sale Today. June 19, 2015.

Flash sales recommendations: Serious Sam Franchise, Just Cause Franchise, One Finger Death Punch.

Flash sales recommendations: Serious Sam Franchise, Just Cause Franchise, One Finger Death Punch.

*ponders*. It’s the 9th day of the Steam Summer sale.

So many franchises are on sale today it’s ridiculous. But at least you aren’t spoiled for choice.

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

Kung-fu Beat Em Up

How have I still not reviewed this game… For $1.24 you’re going to get the most low-budget yet fun game on sale today. You’re restricted to two buttons but it is so difficult and so fun that you forget how few buttons it uses. Well worth your time and money. Get it now, you won’t regret it if you like fast-paced beat em up games.

Classic RTS game for Windows

Yet another strategy game that I own but haven’t played yet. That being said, I can recommend this one because the discount is incredibly good at $3. This is Age of Empires II, updated and enhanced for a Steam release on modern systems. They just recently launched v4.0 this past week with a whole new host of fixes. This is an old game made a new with Steam Workshop support, multiplayer support and an improved AI. It’s not the best graphics and there are some creaky mechanics given the game’s age, but from what I’ve heard it’s a good bit of fun. Been meaning to play this with a friend here soon.

Insane Open World for Windows

If the GTA series is the serious older brother that can’t ever laugh, Saints Row is the younger brother that doesn’t take itself seriously ever. Well, not since Saints Row II. They’ve embraced the silly, over the top action and then sent into the next dimension. Saints Row III was a good time (and I’ve been meaning to review it at some point). Saints Row IV I own, I just haven’t gotten back into the open world mood enough to play it. Saints Row Gat out of Hell is an expandalone title where it’s a musical in hell, basically. Or something to that effect. It’s gotten some pretty decent reviews too. The entire franchise is worth getting, even Saints Row II which will be a different experience from its sequels. The discounts are pretty darn nice too. The only major annoyance I have with SR is the silly amount of DLC they have, but there are some good ones buried in there.

Space Simulation Physics Sandbox

Where you’re trying to develop a space program with cute little Kerbals and reach not just the atmosphere, but the mun and the stars above. It’s a lot of fun and I’ve given it a poke here and there. But I really just need to sit down and give it a fair shake. At $30, it’s more than worth the asking price for this game. Includes a growing modding scene and tons of content. Oh and it left Early Access after spending three years in that program. Or was it two?

First Person…exploration? Game for all platforms

A Paladin’s Steam Review: The Stanley Parable

Final Thoughts
This is one title where I don’t think it matters what I think, but more of what you think about it. As for myself, I think its worth checking out. Just keep in mind that you’re interactions with this game will be limited and its a lot of walking and introspection being done here. Take time to appreciate the meaning and subtext of everything that’s going on around you because that’s the most important part of the game.

This is a different kind of experience, with its minimal amounts of gameplay and narrrative focus. But it has a lot of meaning and subtext to absorb. This is an experimental game so your mileage WILL vary. However, I did like it and for $3.74, you aren’t losing too much money.

Games I’m Unsure Of

City Builder Sandbox for Multiple platforms

I own Tropico 3 though haven’t played it yet. The Tropico series is a city builder where you play as a dictator on a remote island nation. You must expand your dictatorship through your dynasty, research and armies. Tropico series has had a contentious history with memory and optimization troubles. I’m honestly unsure of how any of these stack up right now. The discounts are pretty good though.

Fighting game for Windows

I could have sworn there was something wrong with this game, but I’m not seeing anything. Even when I check PCGamingWiki. I mean, there’s some letterboxing and pillarboxing going on, but that’s hardly a crime. Anyway, if you’re a fan of the Dragonball anime/universe, I’ve heard this is a pretty decent time. The discount is pretty good too for a three month old game from a major franchise. This is an over-the-top fighting game where you can play as your favorite characters from the Dragonball series. I’m somewhat familiar with the series but not enough to get into this game.

Early Access FPS Co-Op Zombie Game for Windows

Currently in BETA, the sequel to the hugely popular Killing Floor 1 is well on its way to being a hit from what I’ve seen. The discount is ok, $24 isn’t a bad asking price for a game that’ll probably be a lot of fun. Comparisons have been made for days about how Killing Floor and Left For Dead 2 stack against each other. For the most part, Killing Floor has beetter gun handling whereas L4D2 has better modes. KF2 hopes to continue to build it out for even more zombie killing. I haven’t personally been able to take on Killing Floor but maybe this year. There is a vague release date mentioned of late 2015, but they aren’t certain right now.

Early Access Survival game for Windows and Mac

One of the few open world survival games to catch my attention this past year. Stranded Deep launched onto Early Access and seems to have a lot of potential. And hey, the devs actually have a development roadmap of features they want to make and what they want to finish by the end of the year! That’s better than 99% of similar titles. (Wow that’s sad…) I’m not sure why it’s on the front page of Steam as that isn’t a different discount from the past week. As for whether this game is worth buying, I’m not sure. This is definitely one where you should wait until it’s finished before getting invested into it. And by the sounds of it, they want that to be at the end of the year.

“Comedy” Open World game for all platforms

It’s a game about being a silly goat in a physics sandbox. If the trailer doesn’t sell you on it, then don’t buy it. I didn’t, because I didn’t really find it all that funny from the gameplay I saw. But as I’m told, I have a weird idea of what is and isn’t funny. The 75% discount of $2.49 is the lowest this game has ever been at. The devs have been updating it infrequently with a MMO and Zombie modes. What you see is what you get.

FPS RPG Post Apocalyptic Titles for Windows

This is, what, the 10th franchise on sale today? Good grief. I have only played a bit of Fallout 1. I own Fallout: New Vegas and it’s on my to-do list to get around to it. As far as I’ve heard, the Fallout series has an excellent world and atmosphere to enjoy but limited questing and mechanics. New Vegas is generally considered the better of the series but that’s a contentious debate among fans. Fallout 1, 2 and Tactics are not in the same genre, with 1 & 2 being cRPGs and Tactics being a more XCOM-like title. Discounts are mostly good unless you want the DLC then they aren’t so great.

Grand Strategy for all platforms

This is another on my to-do list. One of Paradox’s four premiere Grand Strategy titles. It’s got a lot of depth, a lot of gameplay and a lot of DLC/Updates since its release in 2013. I’ve been meaning to finally take a look and see what all the fuss is about. For $8, you’re probably doing ok. Though I’d probably put in the extra money for the collection or extreme editions and get all the DLC. If you want. I don’t know much about the prior Eureopa Universalis games. Though I apparently forgot that I own Europa III. Whoops.

Games To Avoid

The Resident Evil Franchise

The Resident Evil franchise has a lot of problems. It started strongly out of the gate with the first entry….and fell apart over the years, ending with Resident Evil 6 which is considered the worst piece of crap this side of 2013. Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a poor attempt at banking on the success of Telltale’s business model and isn’t worth your time. Resident Evil 6 is more action gunplay than a useful horror experience. Resident Evil 4 was pretty good from what I remember. I’m not sure what RE: Revelations 1 was about. Resident Evil 5 still has Games for Windows Live DRM as far as I’m aware.

If you’re going to get any game, Resident Evil / biohazard HD REMASTER (really silly title) is really good from what I’ve read, a truly well done remake of the old classic. I’ve got in my library and I’ll be getting around to it as soon as I can.

Dinoasaur Hunting Open World Game for Windows

There’s a lot of reviews claiming that the devs released the game into early access, promised a lot of features and then just published it without implementing any of them. The mixed rating on Steam is definitely concerning. So, you should definitely do some research into The Hunter Primal for what’s going on or look at another game entirely.

Gory Fighting game for Windows

Lackluster discount aside, Mortal Kombat X is a mess. The PC port is a hot mess of problems with multiple complaints of the multiplayer netcode not working and the DLC character not working if you don’t have an online connection. To say nothing of the framerate problems, the incredibly poor state this game launched in and many other issues. The DLC isn’t even on sale and what’s there is pretty awfully useless. Maybe in a while this will be worth buying (like say, a year) but right now? No. There’s better sales and better games to play.

Open World Assination Titles for Windows only

I’m going to get some flack for this but I don’t recommend any of the Assassin’s Creed games. Uplay DRM, horrendous PC ports, a narrative that has long since left the rails and very questionable game mechanics plague the entire franchise. You’re not even really an assassin, you’re just a one-man army of death. Ok, complaints aside…. If you put a gun to my head and told me which game you should get, it would probably be Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Simply because the boat sailing in that game makes the entire experience not suck from what I’m told. I have played the first and second Assassin’s Creeds. They were mostly decent action games with a minor amount of stealth in them. But their potential was wasted into what it has become. You know, somehow I missed that Rogue came out this year. I’m not sure how I managed to miss/avoid that news. So I have no idea how that stacks up. Then there’s Syndicate coming out soon….

It doesn’t help that they push these games out every year and expect them to not suck. This is one franchise I wish they would slow down and actually put some thought and effort into them.

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


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