The Steam Summer Sale 2018 has started, and as usual it is easy to miss some gems. So let me suggest 10 titles that might be worth your attention.
To narrow down the list, I used four criteria as I always do:
- Games under 10 Euro/USD,
- You may not be 100% convinced to try them,
- Not always the newest games,
- I personally enjoyed playing them.
I’ve listed the games below, in no particular order.
A very interesting and surprisingly successful mix of many genres. It’s not easy to describe, but here’s an attempt: a tactical turn-based strategy game with third person real-time control of units with RPG and visual novel elements. It presents fictional conflict inspired by World War I in Europe with a strong Japanese feel to it. I realize that it sounds weird, but the tactical challenge and attendant satisfaction the game presents are very real. It has nice, slowly aging cell-shading graphics and it is a breath of something truly fresh. I highly recommend it.
Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition
Becoming Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse himself: not many games can offer that. And in this one Death is quite a badass, slaying his (sometimes giant) foes with style--and a scythe. There are also some not overly complicated riddles. All of this makes Darksiders II a sequel that improves nearly all aspects of its predecessor. With the third part just around the corner, this is a good opportunity to catch up on the series.
If it’s fast-paced action you’re looking for, Firewatch is not quite the ticket. But though it is a “walking simulator”, don’t think for a moment that this is a boring game. Firewatch offers lone adventure in the woods and mountains, but there is always something to drive you onward. Serenity is the thing here, if not perfection, but I recommend without hesitation.
Danganronpa Trigger Happy Havoc
Danganronpa is an investigation game that has become a classic. While it can be weird, what with its over-the-top manga characters, signature pink blood and teddy bear antagonist, it is precisely this weirdness that is its strength. Danganronpa offers a unique mix of gameplay mechanics, and would make a good choice for those looking for something different. Interestingly, even though this title isn’t new and doesn’t focus on graphics, it supports 4K resolution without a problem.
Warhammer 40k Dawn of War II
Yeah, some people do hate this game for not being a great RTS like the first part. But when you give it a fresh look and don’t treat it as a sequel, it turns out to be an enjoyable game set in the grim reality of Warhammer 40k. I personally enjoyed the single player campaign and was excited to finally equip my Astartes with Terminator Armor and bring doom to the enemies of mankind.
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
A somewhat underrated title with gameplay mechanics--and a lot of fun. Performing fast-paced absurd actions for the highest combo kill score can put grins on a lot of faces, a lot of times. The whole post-apocalytpic, but not too grim setting will surely also appeal to a good few. Cool characters and well-designed weapons also help with that. This game is at once old-school and fresh, and I personally can’t wait for the sequel.
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
A brawler with an interesting single-player campaign? Yes, after Mortal Kombat from 2011 AD, NetherRealm has done it again, bringing heroes and villains from the DC universe. They make for a cool option for parties with friends who may not be fans of torn-out spines and effluenting brains.
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel
While all Fallout games are RPGs, this one may not be as well-known as others. It focuses on tactical combat and eschews role- play. Nonetheless, it didn’t deserve the fate that befell it. As a turn-based tactical game with an isometric view, it offers fantastic gameplay in a very appealing Fallout setting. As a Fallout fan, I love this one, especially as it was the Fallout game I cut my teeth on.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Oblivion’s main quest is poor, period. But the world and the sidequests are a whole different story. You can lose yourself in this game for days, wandering from one location to another. The sense of adventure is pronounced in Oblivion. It may not look especially great, but apply some mods to boost the visual appeal. If you like open-world RPG games, this one is a must.
This is without a doubt the most controversial title on the list. The gameplay is poor and the combat is just terrible, but the visuals and atmosphere fully make up for it. Design- and graphics-wise it can be really appealing (if hellish images are your thing). If you approach Inner Chains knowing what to expect, you might find it worth your while.
I hope that you will find at least one title from the above list to your liking. Choose wisely and enjoy!