Steam Summer Sale 4

Okay, this is getting tiring now. Remind me next time to turn my Steam Sale feature into a video feature. At any rate, let’s take an in depth look at what’s available today (yesterday…).

Serious Sam 3! The next part in the amazing Serious Sam franchise that shows First-Person Shooters how they should really play. The game is more linear than the previous outings, but it doesn’t stop the gunplay being really good. It’s an incredibly challenging game, especially in comparison to the more ‘casual’ audience targeting titles we’ve been getting lately. I heavily recommend picking up this title if you can, as the 75% discount only makes it even more worthwhile. You can view a WTF is on Serious Sam here.

Next on the bill is Saints Row the Third. This sandbox third person action game is said to be a better Grand Theft Auto than Grand Theft Auto. The game is off its head with just how crazy it is. Anyone who found Grand Theft Auto IV too serious would most likely love this game, as it delivers the experience that many gamers enjoyed from previous titles such as Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. While it does fall at points due to some modern conventions (turret sections are a prime example), the game still delivers a pretty enjoyable experience. I recommend picking this title up, especially at the 75% discount that it’s selling at. You can find a review here.

The Darkness II is the first title of the franchise to be released on PC, and is a first person shooter which also plays into the psychological horror genre. The game proudly features demon arms as a core game element allowing things such as quad wielding guns. That’s kinda cool. And brutal. I can’t forget brutal. It’s a fun game and it’s selling with a 75% discount, but honestly this isn’t enough to recommend it full-heartedly. While heavily reduced, the game is still double the cost of many games at that discount; although that’s because it’s relatively new. The game is good, but not completely amazing. I will suggest that you check up some extra details to see if this game is for you. You can find a review here.

Up next is The Walking Dead. Whilst my rule of thumb is to avoid purchasing games with a 40% discount or lower, this is a title that nearly made that exception – and would have had I the budget. The Walking Dead, based on the popular graphic novel and hit TV show, follows it’s own story set around the time of the outbreak. The game is developed by point and click adventure game enthusiasts Telltale Games, who do a great job at bringing alive the horror of the undead. Even just watching a video, the game felt tense, and this is one that I’m excited about picking up. I definitely suggest taking a look at the game, with the only reason to avoid it being that it could sell for far more during a later sale. The Walking Dead is an episodic game, but you will already own all five parts upon purchase. You can find the particular video I enjoyed here.

Trine 2 is a side-scrolling puzzle game developed by indie developer Frozenbyte. The game is absolutely gorgeous to look at it, and is incredibly stylish while looks really distinctive. The game is really interesting with it’s physics based puzzles and also features online and local co-op with three players, meaning even more fun should you be able to get friends to pick up the title too. It’s a fairly interesting game, and it’s already cheap let alone the 75% discount that it’s currently selling at. I definitely recommend this title. You can read a review here.

Next on our list! You can pick up Hitman: Blood Money at a 75% discount if it’s your thing, baring in mind that it’s a fairly old game. Hitman is a stealth and action game. It’s certainly worth picking up at the price it’s going for, but there isn’t much more I can say on it. I do recommend it if you can get a chance, and you can find a review here to help tie you over.

The remaining titles consist of the usual indie bundle fare that you should pick up, as it contains some strong titles, but I know there are people who like to avoid indie games too. This contains Sanctum, which alone is worth the sale. It also contains the fantastic Atom Zombie Smasher, an the very intriguing A Valley Without Wind. I recommend this bundle to everyone willing to pick it up, as it contains a good enough variety that would have something you would likely enjoy, while the sale price warrants the risk of picking up the other titles.

Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword is dirt cheap and might be worth picking up. It’s a strategy game set in a sandbox environment with quests. It’s an interesting mix of genres, and at the 75% discount it may just be worth taking the gamble and purchasing. I’d suggest this title on that premise alone, but the overall reception towards the game seems to be that it’s fairly average. You can take a look for yourself here.

Finally, our very last is Cities 2012 XL, at a 75% discount. The answer to this one is relatively simple, given reception. Avoid. We can always pick it up cheaper in another sale.