Bargain Exchange: Steam Summer Sale Day 6

Today is probably the most underwhelming day for the Steam sale yet, but at the same time it also delivers one of the absolute best value offers I’ve seen. Contradictory, I know, but read on to find out what I mean.

We start off with Call of Duty: Black Ops, a First-Person Shooter that everyone who cares about it has the title. I wouldn’t call that an exaggeration either, being the best selling title at launch before the current record holder: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Black Ops already has a sequel on the way this year, so anyone who does lack this game may want to pick it up for that reason, but with it getting a measly 50% discount I would honestly suggest that you avoid it. You’re better off picking up Modern Warfare 3 for the same price, because I have little doubt in my mind that it will appear again in the final sale day. If you’re still interested despite my recommendation to avoid the title, you can read a review here. As a final note, many places gave Black Ops a score of 100/100, but this is just plain silly. I looked for a good balanced review, as per usual.

Best offer today. Railworks 3: Train Simulator 2012 boasts the largest downloadable content library which, even when the DLC is half price, costs £645.86. It’s absolutely crazy. Railworks 3 is the definite train simulator of last year and even features a Trains vs. Zombies DLC pack. Jest aside, the title does come with a 90% discount, but it’s less of a game and more of a simulator. The hint is in the name, I guess. This is an obvious avoid to be honest, unless you’re really into trains. Or you really, really, want to see Trains vs. Zombies. Now would be the best time for that given the discount.

Now we reach our real best offer for today. The entire Grand Theft Auto franchise – at least, the titles available on Windows – is on offer. Not only is every title discounted, but the bundle containing the lot is also on sale with a 75% discount. Here in the United Kingdom, the cost of the bundle containing: Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto 2, Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV (complete with Episodes in Liberty City) costs a total of £5. It’s absolutely incredible. You’ll be a fool to pass this offer up. I consider this a must have. No debate.

Next on our list is Company of Heroes, a real-time strategy game set during the Second World War. The game is of incredibly high quality and delivers great value, especially with the 75% discount. The bundle containing all three titles costs the same as getting them individually, so I recommend getting the first two titles. Unfortunately, the third game was relatively weak; although, it may be worthwhile for those who want to complete the franchise or get more from it. I recommend picking at least the first two titles. You can read a review of the first game here, the second here, and the third one here.

The award winning Limbo received a 75% discount. Developed by Indie developers Playdead, Limbo is an adventure and puzzle game that’s widely regarded as genius. It’s disturbing and uncomfortable, but it’s a great game about a young boy entering Limbo to discover the fate of his sister, and I recommend that you try picking this up, especially at the price that it’s selling for. You can read a review for this neat little title here.

Whilst Wargame: European Escalation is considered a great real-time strategy game that also looks fantastic, it doesn’t deliver as great value for your money at a pathetic 50% discount compared to the other RTS game that popped up today. I would avoid it, although you could do worse than purchasing it. You can read a review here.

The sixth indie bundle contains some pretty good titles. In particular, I’m a fan of Defcon. Defcon is a relatively old title by this stage, but it’s still a good RTS game. Unfortunately, with one or two exceptions, this bundle isn’t as strong as the last few. I’d suggest contemplating it, as it does contain some good titles. We recently looked at Trauma in a past bargain exchange, and the great sports game with a ridiculous title – AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome. I hope I got the correct number of characters.

Stronghold 3, sequel of the pretty great Stronghold 2, sees itself receiving a 66% discount. Unfortunately, it also sees itself receiving an solid avoid. There’s a good reason that Steam doesn’t reveal its metacritic rating on its page. The previous game is definitely worth grabbing if you can find it, but this title should be left in the bin regardless of the discount. You can read a review here.

33% discount? Avoid. You’re better off saving your money for something else, frankly. There’s little else I need to comment. It’s not a bad game, but it doesn’t do anything spectacular worth picking up with such a pitiful discount. Wait for the next sale.