It’s now day 4 of the summer sale, and with E3 literally right around the corner, it’s going to be an interesting next week on TechRaptor between the sales, the E3 coverage, and the chaos that is the gaming world right now. It’s weird, as I’ve grown older, I’m less inclined to get excited about E3 and shows mostly because of one reason: there’s so many good games that I haven’t played yet that are out there that I’d rather spend my time looking at them. Maybe part of the reason is the triple A bombs that have happened over the last several years, but hey, I’ve played some fantastic games over the last 6 months that never got the main stream gaming media coverage they deserved. Anyway, on to the sales.
First of all, let’s look at the daily deals:
- Transistor – 75% off – A fantastic game from the guys who brought you Bastion. A beautiful world with a fantastic sound track mixed in with a combat style that mixes action and tactical RPG elements. Came close to getting a near perfect score.
- Grim Fandango: Remastered – 50% off – One of the biggest games in the point and click adventure genre got remastered last year, in which Georgina Young indicated in a review that its “An incredible game that stands up to the test of time“. Also, it’s not the PS Vita version, so that’s a plus.
- Aliens Franchise Games – 75% off – Alien: Isolation is one of the best horror experiences (especially in the triple A realm) within the last several years. As Alex Taylor put it: “The game that Alien deserves. A solid survival horror experience with incredible sound design. While not perfect, it does the series justice”. There’s also Colonial Marines here as well, which has gotten several improvements specifically from its disastrous launch state, but may be worth a play just for laughs.
- The Banner Saga – 75% off – As put by Editoral editor Andrew Otton: “Anyone who plays games to get lost in a world and its story will love The Banner Saga.”. A Tactical RPG with a unique style and beautiful setting.
- The Vanishing of Ethan Carter – 66% off – Gives you a fantastic world with great environments, and lets you take a little bit of a detective role in this mystery game. Story writing is well put together and stands out as a unique experience. We have a great interview with one of it’s creators, Adrian Chmielarz.
- Sid Meier’s Civilization Franchise Games – 60-75% off – Note that Beyond Earth is the lowest price it’s ever been at 60% off, and it may be worth it at that price even though it didn’t do too much different from Civilization 5 to justify it being it’s own game. And if there’s any reason you were waiting on Civ 4 or Civ 5, there’s not a lot of reasons to keep waiting at this point, especially with the complete edition for Civilization V.
- Farcry Franchise games – 50 to 75% off – You know what you’re getting out of the franchise with 3 and 4 with its open worlds, and dangers around every corner, but if you haven’t gotten Farcry 3: Blood Dragon yet, now’s a good time to do so.
- Insurgency – 75% off – A cooperative military shooter that goes more for the realism side of things, and is a good on the cheap type of game to pick up if you need another shooter. Still seems to have an active player base as well.
- Endless Legends – 50% off – As Don Parsons, our news editor put it, “With great ambitions come great opportunities. Endless Legends doesn’t quite make it but is a solid title. May be worth a look if you need a 4X fix, and it has been getting a lot of free updates as well.
- Call of Duty Franchise Games – 25-51% off – Advanced Warfare is the lowest its ever been if you really need a shooter at this point, although why the older games are still as pricey they are with multiple sequels out, I’ll never understand. Personally, I only ever play zombies with this franchise (although the gold edition for the game does have it here). But Advanced Warfare did get a reasonable score from Ben Kuyt, so it may be worth a look.
- Game Dev Tycoon – 50% off – Now you can make your own game in this simulator game of the industry we cover on a daily basis. Now I can make the successors to The World Ends With You and Chrono Trigger that they deserve, only to watch the industry over look them. Oh, good times. It’s a reasonable simulator with not a whole lot of depth to it.
- Fable: Anniversary – 75% off – Honestly, avoid this one. The remastering was minimal and had several technical problems even to this day, and frankly your money is best spent elsewhere.
- Left 4 Dead 2 – 80% off – Honestly, do I really need to say anything about this? If you don’t have it in your library now, you never will. It’s good quality from a co-op shooter from Valve, but yeah, it’s always in these sales.
- Reign of Kings – 40% off, Early Access – Oh hey look, an open world survival type game, but this time you can be king. Oh I just can’t wait to be king. Wait, yes I can. Avoid.
- H1Z1 – 50% off, Early Access – Oh hey look, an open world survival game with zombies. Are you seeing a theme with each day on these games? Anyway, avoid in my opinion, unless you really need ANOTHER survival game fix. Also, you’re basically paying for in game microtransactions with the purchase, as when the game comes out of early access, it’ll be free to play. Have I mentioned to avoid this one?
As for the highlights of the Flash Sales that end at 10 AM PST:
- Defense Grid 2 – 70 % off – The Definition of the Genre was the title of our review, and there’s a reason for that. It pushes the limit of the tower defense genre but keeps within its bounds, and frankly is a game at that price you can’t ignore.
- Red Faction: Guerilla – 80 % off – You buy this game for the ability to blow things up. Really, that’s what it comes down to with this game, and it’s fun in that regard in its open world setting. Explosives everywhere, making buildings crumble.
- Bully – Scholarship Edition – 80% off – An often overlooked title from Rockstar. It has an interesting Factions system, as well as a lot of content within the game such as the class minigames, and just plain screwing around. A good all around title.
Other games in the flash sales include: How to Survive (95% off), Town of Salem (50% off), Luftrausers (75% off), Thief (75% off), Wargame: Red Dragon (75% off), Facerig (20% off, Early Access), State of Decay: Year one Survival Edition (70% off), Train Simulator 2015 – Standard Edition (80% off), Warhammer Franchise (50% off), Murdered: Soul Suspect (80% off), Super Meat Boy (90% off), Gauntlet (75% off)
Now, there was a set of games that were released at 10 PM PST yesterday that are still on sale, that will end at 10 PM PST tonight. The games include the highlights of:
- In Verbis Virtus – 75% off – Ever wanted to be a wizard? Ever wanted be a wizard who actually casted their spells via voice commands? That’s what this game is centered around, and it’s more so a puzzle/exploration game that will play to those people who want Myst like experiences. Take a look at it, it may be up your alley.
- Super Time Force Ultra – 70% off – A side scroller that let’s you manipulate time (of course), but is more puzzler more then anything else in the genre. Totalbiscuit did a very good video on it if you’re looking for more information.
- Invisible Inc. – 33% off – Yeah, it’s cheaper then it was on GOG yesterday. All the same information applies. Here’s a review for more information
The other games in this list include: The Legend of Korra (76% off), Apotheon (75% off), Blackguards 2 (85% off), Road Redemption (60% off early access), RPG Maker VX (85% off), Bound by Flame (75% off), Agarest: Generations of War 2 (66% off), Metal Slug Franchise Games (20-75% off), Orion Prelude (51% off), Mount Your Friends (60% off), and Natural Selection 2 (30% off).
And finally, there’s the games that got unlocked with the Monster Clicker game that last until 10 AM PST tomorrow: Plants vs Zombie: Game of the Year Edition (78% off), Prototype 2 (76% off), Lost Planet 3 (75% off), Evoland (75% off), Gas Guzzlers Extreme (80% off), J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars (75% off), King’s Bounty: Dark Side (80% off), Sanctuary RPG: Black Edition (50% off), and Survivalist (40% off).
And by request of a user on twitter, I decided to also include some highlights from the GOG sale going on. The times here are different, so keep that in mind if you’re taking a look at games over at the DRM free service.
- Game of Thrones – 50% off – It’s what you expect from Telltale Games at this point: a team that knows its source material and knows exactly how to deliver in that experience. We’ve covered all the episodes in the games series, including the last episode here.
- Wadjet Eye Adventures Bundle – 67% off – An interesting combination of games here. There’s some good ones, like Primordia, which Don Parsons (news editor) writes: “
- Outlast and Outlast: Whistleblower – 80% off – We’ve seen a bunch of the horror genre over the last several years, and while we’ve had a lot of games go for jumpscares and not set up tension at all, Outlast is a good mix of the two. It nails its atmosphere early on and puts you on the edge without relying on the jump scare to push you over the edge: but knows when to mix it in to really get inside your head. And the DLC is no slouch either, really taking the games atmosphere to another level.
- Jazzpunk – 75% off – It may be short, but it’s a fun ride none the less. A lot of people give it the term “interactive comedy show”, and I think that’s appropriate for this game that’s a little bit out there, but is funny none the less. One of the more unique experiences on this list, but that’s along with the next game.
- Hatoful Boyfriend – 75% off – You’re a girl looking for love from birds in this dating simulator. Yes, birds. This is the peak of civilization here. But in all fairness, the game has reasonable writing, and the absurd nature of the game just plays so well, especially if you decide to get a bunch of friends together and do the characters voices.
With E3 around the corner, keep on tuning into TechRaptor to get the latest news on the yearly event, but obviously you’ll be spending so much time with that, you’ll need something to recap the day of Steam sales that you may have overlooked. So keep checking out these articles, alright?