It's now day 6 of the Steam Summer Sale 2015, and everyone is coming off the high of the E3 trailers and footage. The Last Guardian? Final Fantasy VII remake? Shenmue III? Pfft, we've got actual games that are released to cover here! Ones that you can buy, right now, with your own money! What could be better then that? OK, a lot of things I suppose, but dang it, there's good games to pick up. Anyway, on with the sales.
First of all, let's look at the daily deals:
- The Talos Principle - 66% off - A real cool take on the puzzle genre of sorts, comparisons to portal are made but aren't really the main focus here. Beautiful scenery plus actual difficult puzzles that will test you, and a reasonable story line to follow along with. Overall, a great pick up if you haven't done so already.
- Sleeping Dogs - Definitive Edition - 75% off - Honestly, I always thought this game was overlooked, it's no Grand Theft Auto V by any means, but the focus on some melee combat and the Chinese/undercover cop theme always worked for me in terms of gameplay. If you're looking for some open world mayhem, you may want to give it a shot.
- Elite: Dangerous - 25% off - OK, now for something a bit different. And a game that actually came out of early access. While the discount is low, this is for those flight simulator kind of people who love an attention to detail. Not my cup of tea. It's one of those games where I think if you already own a flight stick/setup: you probably want to take a look at it.
- Final Fantasy Franchise Games - 30-50% off - Honestly, with the remake around the corner on VII, I can't recommend that. I hated XIII to the core, but some people like it. I'd recommend IV if you haven't played it.
- Payday 2 - 75% off - This is a weird one for me, because I think the game is fun (even though it's not my cup of tea), but its elements of progression and the play base there, I think it just is sorta too late in the cycle for me to recommend it, even at that price. If you have friends that are willing to play it with you to level you up: then yes.
- Verdun - 50% off - Came out of early access recently, a World War I military shooter that I admit doesn't necessarily appeal to my tastes, but may appeal to those classic realistic FPS fans out there. Go watch a video with Mr. Sark on it, as I think it gives a good impression of the gameplay.
- Terraria - 75% off - Honestly, if you haven't gotten it at this point, why start now? 2D building and world here, but it's been on sale many times before. It's fun for stretches.
- Total War Franchise - 33-50% off - Attila may be worth it at this point, based on the review here, and Shogun 2 as well. Avoid Rome 2. Avoid Rome 2. Avoid Rome 2.
- Space Engineers - 50% off, Early Access - Again, early access warnings here, but I admit I'm intrigued by this one, mostly because we have an interview with the developer coming out in a tiny bit. Takes sandbox elements to a new level, and is open source. May be worth a look, but again, not my cup of tea.
- Assetto Corsa - 50% off - Can I say it's not my cup of tea? I mean, it's got high review scores all around, and I've heard nothing but good things about it. It addition, those high review scores on the steam page have a heck of a lot of hours into gameplay, with is a good sign. So, if you like realistic racing sims, this may be for you?
- The Crew - 50% off - It's....on sale? Today has been a serious number of games that don't interest me in the slightest. Online racing, there's more DLC coming, but it's had several problems since launch. I'd still avoid. There's an expansion on the way too. Whoopee.
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition - 80% off - I wanna fly like an eagle.......
- WWE 2K15 - Bugs, Crashes, framerate issues. Very slow combat, and missing things. Avoid.
- Grav - 30% off, Early Access - An open world survival game in space, which is in course, in early access. I mean seriously, I get it, it was the big trend at the time, but why are ALL these games still in early access?
- Life is Feudal - 50% off, Early Access - A little bit different. An open world medieval sandbox game in early access. And yet, I still don't care.
As for the highlights of the Flash Sales that end at 10 AM PST:
- Skullgirls - 85% off - The best infection vector for people that you want to get into the fighting genre. This is my favorite fighting game in the last 10 years. Great style, an actual tutorial that actually TEACHES you something, and great characters.
- Grow Home - 50% off - Great 3D platformer that's been underrated. Exploration and its world is the strength of this game, if you like just messing around and jumping around to new places: the game is for you.
- Deus Ex Franchise Games - 80% off - Avoid Invisible War and The Fall - Everything else is toward the top of its genre in terms of stealth combat options in the first person, and playing how you want to play. And the storytelling is great as well.
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:
- Ironcast - 50% off - A great mix up of a roguelite and a Match3 genre, you drive steam powered mechs into battle, targeting specific parts of your enemy while gaining energy/coolant/ammo to try to be the last mech standing. You can find some video first impressions here.
- To the Moon - 85% off - My feels. That is all I need to say about this game. You want a touching experience? Buy it. Now.
- Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball - 66% off - The title says it all. And it's actually fun! Elements of dodgeball mixed in which a disco like aesthetic, catching and throwing dodgeballs at your friends is just a riot in this game. Great controls and just one of those games where you can play against a bunch of people and be laughing and smiling the whole time.
And finally, there's the games that got unlocked with the Monster Clicker game that last until 10 AM PST tomorrow: Driver: San Francisco (75% off), Dino D-Day (95% off), Take on Mars (33% off, Early Access), realMyst: Masterpiece Edition (66% off), The Fall (80% off), Lords of Xulima (50% off), Republique Remastered (33% off), Sony Movie Studio 13 Platinum - Steam Powered (34% off), and bit Dungeon II (50% 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.
- Legend of Grimrock Bundle - 79% off - A dungeon crawler for the new age. The second enhanced on the first's experience with just more content all around, with puzzles that will challenge you, and enemies that don't just boost in terms of stats with levels, but become more aggressive overall. Based on what I've heard, I'm picking this up, you should consider it as well. Good modding community here as well.
- Spelunky - 80% off - A charming puzzle roguelike which plays on your ability to adapt and not get caught up in routine, or you'll get handed your death. The difficulty is high but rewarding. Be weary though: this version seemingly doesn't have the daily challenge, if the GOG reviews are to be believed.
- Legacy of Kain Bundle - 75% off - Do I really need to talk about this? Fantastic story mixed with interesting combat that relies on logic and smarts more then anything else. If you haven't played the games: give yourself a treat with picking this one up.
- Beyond Good and Evil - 75% off - The best way I can describe this game is heart. It has a certain charm and heart to it, and while it won't be for everyone as its simple gameplay may not play to everyone. It's story will have you connect to the characters in question, and honestly, it's one of those games that it's hard to really put into words where it's true strength lies because I feel it's due to your personal connection to the characters in the game. Give it a shot.
- Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut - 80% off - This is the curveball of the list. Honestly, this game is just weird. It's not the greatest in gameplay, or in sound, or in graphics, but it stands out as a game that is unique enough compared to everything else. The PC port has had issues, where people are indicating that it has been fixed. It's absurd, it's out there, and you'll be wondering what the heck is going on by the end of it.