Hey, folks. It is that time of the year again… Steam Summer Sales are back. Like every seasons, we fear them, hate them… and crave for them. We cannot wait, while thinking they would better never come again. Definitely an awesome time to get the most out of cheapness, anyway ! I never regretted a game I bought – expect for maybe one… a very shitty one : the price of a tramway ticket, the annoying-ness of a terrible trip.
The concept of the sale this summer : a board game. Players are separated into different teams. Crafting badges get your team points. By the end of the day, a team wins, and thirty lucky players get a free game from their wishlist. Got #TeamPurple – my favorite color. And we already won day 1, leading day 2 !
As few friends consult me, every time, I decided to live-tweet the sales, giving tips on what to buy / vote. I wish my humble opinion will eventually help you ! The article will be updated couple times a day. Enjoy !
Monaco is one of my all-time favorite games. Multiplayer or solo, the missions are really challenging, each character giving a whole different gameplay. If the story does not interest most of the players, there is still some nice ring to it, making the game even more charming. A zombie mode and multiple levels have been added since April 2013, not to mention the variety of work-shop levels by users. As for the FPS games… well, they are underrated. Meaning they are, in fact, pretty good.
The game Thomas Was Alone is a very nice little platformer with an amazing soundtrack. The story going on is not such a big deal, but narration actually adds a touching bit. Also, I really want to buy The Bridge. Dino Orion : The Horde, one of the so-called underrated FPS. The game has a deplorable metascore, and reviews used to present it as “ultrabuggy”, that “could have been good but is not”. The game was entirely remade since, and people just love it. Did not play yet, but wanted it for quite some time, now. An FPS with dinosaurs cannot disappoint. Never.
Here, it really depends on your own tastes. I love all four of these games, but they are quite different. Natural Selection is a co-op alien extermination. Sanctum is a tower-defense, more of a strategy thing. Killing Floor is a wave-by-wave zombie hunt. Payday is a batch of heists. Caution, skill needed.
Age of Empires II (HD remix), for those of you who miss the old times, and want to keep LANning old-style. Multi issues resolved (ohw yeah !), graphics
slightly ameliorated. Stanley Parable, one of the best narrative experience you could ever have, and so much more to say – damn, I really love this one. Terraria, to play with friends (or not), awesome little survival. Surgeon Simulator 2013 – also one of my favorites -, a fun challenging parody of the “simulator” concept. Rocksmith 2014, a serious Guitar Hero, to actually learn playing guitar / bass.
This summer, interesting promotions are getting rare… For me, mostly because I already own most of the game I though to have a great – or alright – potential. But also because there is no cheap enough / good enough game available ! Damn. What’s up, Valve ? Wake up ! Give us meat to chew on ! Well, well. Today, I recommend Borderlands 2 – again, a personal favorite. Variety in characters and gameplay, awesome world design, funny quests. Add Sleeping Dogs to it. Apparently, Reckonning is also worth it !
Rogue Legacy is fun, challenging, and you will probably want to rage-quit. Faster Than Light is not my thing, but even if I do not like / play, I know when to recognize a great game – strategy & spaceships, go for it. Castle Crasher is a nice little game, advancing through stages and killing mobs – easy concept, lot of fun. Magicka is the game that will make you hate your friends for throwing fireballs at you… inadvertently – it is still very enjoyable. Awesomnauts is there for .99 $ only, better grab it. I just tried very quickly, but, well… definitely worth one buck. It is the MOBA for people that do not like MOBAs – and people that like MOBAs – : platformer 2D, 3v3, cartoonish graphics, lot of content. Reminder for Surgeon Simulator 2013 !
Brothers, A Tale of Two Sons, a co-op with yourself, a beautiful adventure accompanied by awesome landscapes. For people having trust issues, I guess it is the choice. The Blackwell Legacy, first point-an-click of a series of five, that are short, but very good. It is not .44$ anymore, but 1.12$. Worth it. The others are the same price, except for the last one. Then I just bought The Lego Movie Videogame – mixed feelings in the reviews, still more good ones than bad ones, seeming pretty enjoyable (and damned, I loved the movie).
World of Goo is a little game where you need to think to construct Goos-made towers, in order to finish the levels (.99$). Bastion, sweet little action-RPG, by the same guys that recently did Transistor – and you will like that one too (around 2$).
Mirror’s Edge is a classic, if you do not own it already, go for it – first person, beautiful environment, escape. Gianna Sisters & They Bleed Pixels are 2D platformers. The first one was greenlit some time ago, you need to collect gems, etc in order to save your sister – Trine-like, except it is solo. Second is a Super Meat Boy-like, with sword battle. Then the big guns : Batman and Bioshock, no need to say more.
Mass Effect is a great series of games (maybe not the third…), definitely worth playing. Go save the universe !
Trine is platform game, in which you can play three different characters, solo or co-op. One of the greatest. Lot of fun. Play the magician that can move objects, the robber with her bow & arrows, or the knight along with sword & shield. Dishonored is a classic. Stealth or genocide – choose your style. Goat Simulator is a complete parody, that was not even supposed to see the public’s light. Great it actually did ! Alice Madness Returns is an awesome piece of work, gameplay wise & world design wise. Dark, beautiful, challenging.
Deus Ex is also one of those fantastic “stealth or massacre” games, one of the best to be precise – if not the best. Alan Wake is a survival horror, telling the story of a
very handsome writer that somehow gets the reality mixed up with his novels. Light is your safe-haven, and your weapon. If you have heart problems, do NOT play. Reus is a quite enjoyable game, based on creating life with basic elements, and evolving nature, managing villages, etc.
That is all for this time. Hope you still got a bit left to eat your next meals… !