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Steam Holiday Sale Day 2(r/Games)
Sorry about the delay, but USPS was a pain and there was heavy traffic.
The Darksiders Franchise: A disclaimer, don’t buy these games off of Steam, as Amazon is offering the entire series plus the DLC for Darksiders 2 for sightly cheaper than Steam’s prices. Get it here. That being said, the Darksiders series is a hybrid of many other games including God of War, The Legend of Zelda, Prince of Persia, etc. Essentially, you play as one of the horsemen of the apocalypse in each game, and you traverse various environments, solving puzzles and stabbing badies. While I wasn’t that big of a fan of the first game due to the rather slow and clunky gameplay, the second game was an incredible experience that felt very fluid. The combat in the second game boasted a lot of visual flair and was silky smooth as opposed to the rather chunky combat of the first game. However, in the sequel, you’ll not only be stabbing enemies with your scythes, you’ll traverse the beautiful worlds on your horse, leap on walls, and take control of ancient mechs and smash everything in your path. The plot wasn’t too interesting, admittedly, but the core gameplay of thew second game was phenomenal. The PC version isn’t as bad as people have made it out to be, as it runs very well and has solid keyboard and mouse controls, although the UI and textures are still fairly bad. I can’t comment quite as much on the first game, because it lost my interest quite quickly. Overall, do check out these games, especially the second one, but buy them on Amazon as the collection is cheaper and you get a greater value.
The F.E.A.R Franchise: The F.E.A.R franchise has been known for two things traditionally: 1). Horror 2). Strong FPS combat. While I can’t say much for the horror, as it scared me as much as a piece of wet cardboard (less so, since wet cardboard can get bacteria), the combat in the games were pretty solid. The first game is arguably the strongest, as it had the best combat (due to the rather smart AI) and the scares weren’t as contrived in the later games. F.E.A.R 2 was rather mediocre, as the combat felt rather bland in comparison and it wasn’t scary, and F.E.A.R 3 is essentially a Call of Duty clone with some horribly executed “scares” that made me laugh. However, it did have some very interesting co-op that nobody plays. If you haven’t played the series and you’re looking for a solid FPS game, I’d give the first game a look, or if you’re looking for a bro-op experience with some buddies, then check out F.E.A.R. 3 (although the community is dead, so you will need friends to play it with), and the second game isn’t bad by any means.
Psychonauts: All you really need to know is that you can set squirrels on fire. With that in mind, welcome to the bizarre experience that is Psychonauts, an action-platformer with a lot of charm and a very quirky sense of humor. While the gameplay itself wasn’t anything to write home about (although competent), the sheer uniqueness of the game is practically unmatched. You’re simply not going to find another game like Psychonauts, at least not in the modern gaming market, and for the price of 2.50, it’s a steal. The Steam version was patched a little while ago to add in controller support, cloud saving, achievements, and make the Meat Circus more bearable. Overall, I’d definitely pick this up if only for its charm alone.
Simcity 4 Deluxe Edition: I picked up Simcity 4 in a whim from my local Goodwill a few years back, and I fell in love with it. You start off with a fledgling town, and eventually you build up to a grand city. It offered very robust tools for building your dream city, be it a green metropolis, or another Pittsburgh. What I didn’t expect was how difficult the game would be, as I would constantly find myself in insurmountable debt and forced to dump toxic waste onto my lands. Eventually, I conceded defeat and had Godzilla or UFOs destroy my city along with all of my hopes and dreams, only for me to start over again. If you want a robust city builder that will bust your balls and consume ~~a lot of your time~~ YOUR SOUL and leave you an emotionless shell of your former self, then Simcity 4 Deluxe is for you!
Dishonored: Dishonored is the game that made me realize that I would become a horrible assassin in real life, as any attempts to complete my objectives would end up in Corvo becoming swiss cheese. But, moving past my pitiful anecdote, Dishonored is a rather open first person action game where you can use stealth or brawn and testicular power to take down your marks. Of what I played of it, it was quite fun, as you got a fairly large amount of freedom to muck about. The art style was quite nice as well, as the water color look certainly gives it a nice bit of visual flair. At this price, I’m not sure if it offers enough content to justify the price, but it was quite fun. If you like rather free form first person experience, you might just be interested in Dishonored. I haven’t tried the DLC, so I cannot comment on that.
The Tom Clancy Franchise: I’ll be honest, I haven’t played every game in this series, as there are far too many games to capture my interest (even though I cycle through games very rapidly). I’ve only played Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 1 and 2, Rainbow Six: Vegas, and Splinter Cell: Conviction. Of those games, they offer a nice variety of “tactical” gameplay. GRAW 1 and 2 offered large and robust environments filled with hostiles that you and your squad have to take down without dying horribly in the process (and they’re very difficult). Unlike the console versions, these games take place in first person and have a heavier focus on squad management, so they place more like the original Ghost Recon games. Rainbow Six Vegas has you tactically take down terrorists while not dying horribly as well. Of what I can remember, it plays quite similarly to GRAW, although the levels aren’t as large. Finally, Splinter Cell: Conviction is like the video game equivalent of the Bourne movies. While it tones down the stealth aspect of the previous games, the core action is very nice. As a result, you always feel like the predator, waiting to strike on unsuspecting prey.
I am Alive:It’s a bleak journey set in a desolate town. To anybody who has read The Road by Cormac McCarthy, you’ll feel right at home. The game makes survival a challenge and forces you to make hard decisions, do you save a dying man, or do you keep that md-kit for yourself in case of emergency? While the gameplay, graphics, and voice acting aren’t the greatest, the atmosphere and sense of hostility created by the game might draw you in.
Farming Simulator 2013: I know nothing about this game, nor do I care to know anything about it. If you somehow like this sort of game, then you probably already own it. It might be fun to mess around in with friends, but I don’t know.
AirMech Starter Pack: The only action-RTS I really play is Dota 2, so I know very little about AirMech. It seems rather competent, but I don’t know much about it. The base game is free to play, so give it a shot. If you like it, then pick up the Steam starter pack if you want to continue playing it.