Bargain Exchange: Steam Summer Sale Day 10

As the minutes count down to the final hour of the sale, just before Valve “surprise” us with their bonus sale day featuring all the highlights of the sale, here I am writing this bargain exchange on the sale. Let’s get this over and done with, I’m supposed to get excited.

Biggest title on sale today is also the cause of the most disappointment I’ve had for the past few days. Batman: Arkham City (as well as Arkham Asylum and Gotham City Imposters) are on sale with a 66% discount. That’s actually pretty good, so what’s the problem? The problem is that it brings Arkham City to £6.74. I only have £5 left in my bank. If the title was 75% off, I could afford it! For those of you with money, however, this is a must have. I also definitely stand by you picking up Arkham Asylum and all the DLC for both titles, but make sure to avoid Gotham City Imposters. It’s not worth your time. And, if you’re feeling nice, do me a favour and gift me Arkham City too, can you? Sniff. You can read an Arkham City review here, Arkham Asylum review here and Gotham City Imposters review here.

Fable III is back on sale, and this time Fable: The Lost Chapter is not on sale with it. With the 75% discount, Fable III is nearly worth it, but frankly I’d still avoid the game. While it delivers an action role-playing game experience, it also delivers a lesser experience than the original Fable and its sequel. Give this one a miss and pick it up when the full price has also been reduced, because frankly, you’ll be wasting your time right now. You can read a review here

Torchlight is on sale with a 75% discount, but despite the incredible quality and the fun experience that this game delivers, don’t do what I did and purchase it. Instead, avoid this game. You can do yourself one better by pre-ordering Torchlight 2, which will also snag you a free copy of Torchlight. I’d recommend you do that instead. Torchlight is an action role-playing game with an isometric view. You can read a review for the title here

Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II is a pretty good real-time strategy game set in the Warhammer 40k universe that boasts a non-linear single player campaign. The game is on sale with a 75% discount, including the wide range of DLC that’s available. I’d recommend this, especially if you’re a Warhammer fan. You can read a review on this title here

We also have Arma II available with a 75% discount. The thing about this title is that the experience you get with the game isn’t why people are buying it. This is sought after for a very special reason, and that’s a pretty famous mod named DayZ. It’s so popular, in fact, that the Steam store page Arma II informs the reader that DayZ is not playable without it. This isn’t even done for popular DLC on other games and it’s a testament to the mod’s value. I’d definitely recommend this for DayZ, but on it’s own I’d avoid and wait for another sale. You can read the review on Arma II here

As per usual, the Indie Bundle is absolutely worth it. Indie Bundle X is on sale with a 75% discount and is, unsurprisingly, a must have. The bundle contains personal favourite Beat Hazard – a brilliant audiovisual game in the style of a birds-eye view and bullet-hell arcade shooter, as well as other fantastic titles such as the likes of All Zombies Must Die! and BIT.TRIP Runner. You have no excuse for not picking this bundle up. 

As for the rest? Prince of Persia dumbed down the franchise a bit, but it’s still well received. It’s worth looking at, but I can’t really recommend it too much. The other titles would be much better. Quantum Conundrum is an interesting puzzle game, but only boasts a 40% discount. Lastly Evochron Mercenary is an indie title that wasn’t so greatly received. These are titles I’d personally avoid.