Another day; another sale. And today’s a big one. That’s right, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has gone on sale! And it’s absolutely… underwhelming. A fifty percent discount leads the game to be about £17 here in Britain. While it’s a good discount, I mean they did cut half of the price off, it’s just pretty expensive compared to anything else in the sale. That may just be me though, but I go by the rule of only buying games during Steam sales at -75%. Sometimes I pick up a title for 66% off. 50% though? I mean, if I waited this long to get the PC version I’m sure I could wait for it to get even cheaper. It just seems more like one of those special sale weekends. It’s not really that special at all.
Anyway, without further delays, the first thing that tickles my fancy this time is Orcs Must Die! Developed by Robot Entertainment, is an indie game involving tower defence mechanics. It launched around a similar time as the acclaimed Dungeon Defenders, which often lead to people to debate the two as to who is better. The general consensus? Orcs Must Die is usually regarded as a better tower defence game – at least for the single player campaign. Unfortunately, Orcs Must Die lacks multiplayer, but at a 75% discount, I heavily recommend this title. You can find a review here.
A frequent occupier of daily deals, Borderlands Game of the Year Edition is also heavily discounted at 75% off. Developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K games, Borderlands is an AAA first-person shooter title that combines elements from the role-playing game genre. It looks spectacular with its use of cel shading, has a fantastic four player co-op experience, and is an all round good game. Unfortunately, the bland environment can lead to the game progressively getting tedious – especially in the single player campaign. I’ll suggest this to anyone who has friends who they can play this with, as it’s still great fun to play. And remember, if you do pick it up: make sure to grab the Game of the Year Edition. You may find a review here.
Frozen Synapse is a game that many should have by this stage as a result of the Humble Bundle. For those who missed it, Frozen Synapse is a turn based strategy game developed by indie studio Mode 7. The title is on sale at a whopping 80% discount, making it incredibly cheap and an amazing bargain. The game also has a demo available for download through the Steam client, so it’s always cool to try it before you buy it. You can find a review of this award winning title here.
Next up we have Two Worlds II, a role-playing game developed by Reality Pump Studios and published by Zuxxez Entertainment, is the sequel to the notorious Two Worlds – a game made famous for being terrible. Two Worlds II is a vast improvement, but still features a myriad of problems. While this would normally result to the game just being ignored and not even getting a mention here, Two Worlds II still does some neat stuff. It’s no Elder Scrolls, but it’s worth taking a look. I can’t help but feel the need to suggest that you look at it, but I’m not so confident as to just outright recommend it completely. It certainly helps that it’s discounted at 75% off. You may find a review for it here.
Also relatively notorious for being broken, we have Dead Island on sale at 66% off. While being pretty disappointing, especially at launch, Dead Island is an interesting action game with the same ever-so-popular role-playing game elements that seem to make their way into a vast number of games lately. Furthermore, it also followed the standard theme at the time – it was filled with zombies. To its defence, it has a good four player co-op experience and is handled fairly well minus a few hiccups. I suggest checking it out. You can find a review here.
Lastly, we have Tropico 4. While being a pretty poor sequel, being that it doesn’t really add too much more, the game is certainly worth picking up should you not own the third title. Tropico 4 is a strategy and simulation game where the player may build and develop their city and land. It features social networking integration, a reasonably good campaign, and a number of natural disasters. It’s certainly a fun game, and well worth the 75% discount. Tropico 4 is a game that I recommend. Take a look at a review here.
And that’s pretty much it. Skyrim could have been reduced more (a comment that’ll probably upset a number of people), Dirt Showdown isn’t really worth much of a mention as far as I’m concerned, and the Indie Bundle this time was good, but nothing we’ve seen before. If you don’t often buy indie bundles, pick it up. Otherwise: I’d avoid the remaining three items.