A Paladin’s Journey Through Steam: July 2nd, 2015. It’s Still Hot But Here’s Some Interesting Games.



It’s now July but the hot weather is still here. Got a few mixed/anti feature games to look at today.

I feel a bit better about today’s post, so, enjoy!

This post is part of a series where I feature the most interesting new releases on Valve’s Steam store. With my first impressions commentary to go along with each. Learn more about this series at this blog post.

Mixed Feature: The Battle of Sol

Space Dogfighting action title for Windows only.

Space Dogfighting action title for Windows only.

I. Hm. I’m not sure how I feel about The Battle of Sol on first impressions. It seems reasonable but the trailer and screenshots just don’t quite win me over for some reason. I dunno, but I felt like putting a mixed feature for the space game anyway.

Mixed Feature: Legends of Eisenwald

Strategy RPG for Windows only

Strategy RPG for Windows only

Hmm, looks like someone got inspired by the King’s Bounty series. Not a bad idea either. Kind of seems to be on that edge of being indie but almost AAA quality. If I was more into this genre, I might be interested in picking it up. But I haven’t even decided if I like King’s Bounty just yet. Am I really far behind and should have played that game by now? Yes. Welcome to the life of a typical PC gamer ;). Anyway, thought I’d give it a nice little feature here because a few people might like this genre.

Mixed Feature: Devouring Stars

RTS game for all platforms

RTS game for all platforms

I’ve watched this trailer multiple times now and I can’t figure out what to make of it. It looks like a much more tricky Eufloria but at the same time it isn’t. So….I don’t know what to make of it. It’s lucky to get a feature because….I dunno what to make of it.

Mixed Feature: Prismatica

Puzzle game for Windows and Mac

Puzzle game for Windows and Mac

Ohhhh this, this is the kind of puzzle game I love to hate. I can just see myself getting incredibly frustrated with it in the later levels. As it gets more complex and my brain just gets more confused. Yeah, this is, this isn’t a game I’ll get anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean I won’t feature it because it looks like an interesting spin.

Mixed Feature: Gravity Core – Braintwisting Space Odyssey

Not-casual puzzle? game for Windows only.

Not-casual puzzle? game for Windows only.

I’ve looked at the trailer for this one and went no, just…no. I hate these kind of games and they tend to be mini-games in other titles. They’re very rarely fun because you’re mostly guessing a lot of the time where your ship is in relation to the other objects. All the while hoping that you won’t ram your ship into the obstacle because you didn’t turn at just the right time. But hey, for those that want this kind of game, here it is.

Anti-Feature: How to Survive: Third Person Standalone

3rd person survival zombie game for Windows

3rd person survival zombie game for Windows

The previously top-down survival game is now in glorious 3rd person view. Except that it costs $10 and is essentially the same game as before. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think it’s worth that kind of money. Not when all you did was change the perspective. Oh sure, I’ll bet there are some changes to accommodate the 3rd person perspective. But still…. Sadly, all it’s done is make How to Survive look like a generic 3rd person survival game. I don’t think that’s a win.

Anti-Feature: NotGTAV

"Parody" and "Satire" Game.

“Parody” and “Satire” Game.

-_- ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

At least they’re only charging 74 cents for it right now. That’s the best compliment I’ve got for it. It strikes me as an obvious attempt to cash in on GTA’s popularity by making a questionable-at-best title and claim it’s a parody. Thank the lord for Steam refunds….

Side Notes:

F2P City Builder for all platforms

You ever heard of the Anno series? Well, for those that haven’t, it’s been Ubisoft’s version of city builders for a long while. Unfortunately, someone at Ubi saw SimCity 5 and decided that emulating that title was a good idea. Which is why Anno Online currently has a mostly negative rating. It’s a free to play online city builder and we all know how those turn out. What a waste. But the upside for me is that it’s easy to just pass these games by. Between the terribly designed game, the title has multiple problems including networking issues, business model issues and more. On Linux especially, you’re required to have Chrome installed before the title will work at all. Nice.

Casual puzzle game for all platforms

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I’m not saying those reviews are suspicious buttttttttt………they’re really suspicious.

First person puzzle game

Hmmmmmm…..this game’s visual style has a very striking resemblance to another puzzle game. Ah right, Antichamber. It’s almost uncanny how similar the style is…. No, they aren’t the same developers.

$1.39 for a waste of time.

I’m only mentioning Medieval Mercs because I want to talk about Digital Homicide real quick. If you truly want to get into the mindset of a developer who makes lazy half-assed titles and expects to get money for them, listen to their interview with Jim Sterling. I listened to about…20-30mins of it before I couldn’t take it anymore. It’s…..hard to describe how…amazing it is that this guy is a 35 year old with three kids. The things he doesn’t understand or get. I don’t think he’s trolling either, but its entirely possible that he is. Anyway, if you have a couple of hours to burn, have at it. It’s…..special.

Thanks for reading!


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