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Steam Summer Sale 2014 Thread - Day Eight!

  1. #787552014-06-24 17:55:29 *DarkChaplain said:

    Day Six (June 24-26)

    Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons -80%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/225080/header_292x136.jpg Buy this game. It is short, about 3 hours long, but very evocative, emotional and presents you with a world to get completely immersed in.
    However! Be aware that this game is completely designed around the use of a twin-stick Gamepad!
    If you don't have a gamepad, your experience will be significantly worse, as you control both brothers at the same time - one per stick and shoulder button. This does NOT translate well to Mouse and Keyboard.
    However, this game is Art

    Torchlight II -75%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/200710/header_292x136.jpg Better game than Diablo 3, need I say more?

    Metro: Last Light Complete -66%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/43160/header_292x136.jpg?t=1403181093 Metro: Last Light is the sequel to Metro 2033, which is 80% off. It does NOT follow the Metro 2034 novel, but instead follows on from 2033.
    This game oozes in dark and gritty atmosphere. Mankind, or at least russia, has gone underground, into the metro network, where factions rose to power. Survival in the Metro is not easy, and I can legitimately say that some encounters I had in these two games saddened me greatly. The games also feature horror aspects, as mutants are flooding in from the surface, and the darkness of the tunnels is generally creepy.

    Please note: Both Metro 2033 and Last Light will receive new versions this summer, as Metro Redux. These versions are aimed at PS4 and Xbox One, as the games are HIGHLY demanding in terms of graphics. Owners of the original PC versions receive a 50% discount, bringing them down to 10€ / $15 each. The improvements to LL aren't as great, but 2033 benefits from the newer, more polished engine of LL.

    Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition -66%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/2028016/header_292x136.jpg Good price, but I've seen it go down 75% already. Either way, this is usually said to be better than Fallout 3. Too bad Bethesda screwed Obsidian over with their payroll, due to Metacritic missing 1 point because reviews pointed out bugs - which were due to releasing an unfinished built instead of the latest QA one, on Bethesda's request...
    Either way, I don't exactly enjoy the open world here, too much brown, but there are rather colorful and interesting areas in this. You can also get Fallout 3 GOTY at 75% off today

    Murdered: Soul Suspect -33%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/233290/header_292x136.jpg While I believe this game is much better than critics made it out to be, and has a very interesting setting and plot, 33% aren't enough. Yes, the game just got released, but patience will pay off. Square Enix are quick to do deep discounts, and I assume this will be part of the Halloween sale for less.

    Blackguards -66%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/249650/header_292x136.jpg Really don't have any hands-on experience with this game. It is a turn-based strategy game made by Daedalic Entertainment, who are otherwise known for their damn good Point & Click adventures. A sequel is in development. Still, the price is still pretty high at 66% off.

    Call of Duty: Ghosts -50%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/209160/header_292x136.jpg

    NO

    Even the fanboys agree that this CoD is the weakest in a VERY long time. The PC version is SHIT, SHIT, SHIT. Performance issues, shit textures, shit everything. 90% negative reviews on Steam, and even critics slammed it with 68/100 on Metacritic - which is unheard of, considering CoD always seems to get an easy 80-90 pass.

    Splinter Cell: Blacklist -75%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/235600/header_292x136.jpg This game is buggy as sin. Glitches everywhere, server problems for coop and multiplayer, Uplay, a LOT of shit design decisions... A lot of the gadgets that you're used to from older SC games are basically useless, and the AI is crap. Can't recommend it, and I've got over 30 hours on record (most of which spent in coop, or rather trying to connect or dealing with broken AI and random game-breaking bugs.

    Age of Wonders III -50%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/226840/header_292x136.jpg Relatively recent game. Turn-based combat with 4X elements. Not as grand as it could have been, with many ways to eXploit the game (beyond what one of the Xs in 4X intends to imply). Still, Age of Wonders.
  2. #787622014-06-24 19:00:36 *hellstorm901 said:

    Armed Assault 2 Combined Operations -80% £3.39

    http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/subs/4639/header_586x192.jpg?t=1395775993

    This is one of the ultimate military simulators and while ArmA 3 has just been released and is on "discount" even with its physics engine improvements it still does not beat ArmA 2. What you are getting in this pack is ArmA 2 and ArmA 2 Operation Arrorwhead. ArmA 2 - You play as a USMC Force Recon team during a war against an insurgency and later Russian Federation. Interesting the game features a couple of "Open World" investigation levels where you go around the map investigating and carrying out Recon while also occasionally becoming embroiled in the political conflict within the country. The game features a number of endings including a damn well downer one if you royally screw up.

    ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead - You play as a member of the US Army OR if you play in co-op either a Special Forces team leader, an Apache Flight Officer or a Tank battalion commander. The conflict so totally is not the Iraq Invasion as you spearhead the way of a coalition to conquer the country and take out a man who is so not Saddam. Important note, Operation Arrowhead being mostly desert is less stressful on lower end PC's than ArmA 2's map while at the same time OA boasts more weapons and vehicles.

    Yes with these two games you can download the free version of DayZ or the singleplayer mod of DayZ, DaiZy. Another note is that Operation Arrowhead also includes a mini German Army faction specifically the Kommando Spezialkräfte and a user mod has expanded on this faction bringing in more German Army hardware which goes as an example to reinforce after this.

    If you're asking about the DLC in my honest opinion you do not need them. The DLC's are,

    British Armed Forces - exactly what it says on the tin, you get the British Army added to the game unfortunately this doesn't extend to their vehicles as they lack all of their Tanks and Artillery systems. The only "Tank" you get is the Warrior which is pitiful against what everyone else has. The campaign is short and plays out more like Afghanistan/Post Iraq-War.

    Private Military Contractors - This mod continues on from BAF where the main character joins a PMC as they carry out contract work in the post war country. The campaign is slightly more interesting and take advantage of a few new gimmicks but the PMC faction is lackluster. Half of their weapons were modded into the game to begin with and the other half are terrible, seriously, a long ranged battle with an AA-12 (Auto shotgun) just try it.

    Czech Republic - I don't have this one as it was not released at the time I got the ArmA X collection years ago but from what I can see the Czech Republic are nothing to splash money on, for the most part I'm quite certain their weapons have already been released by the modding community and their vehicles likely have too and on that note their vehicles don't appear to surpass what the base games US Army, USMC and Russian Federation have.

    (Note) after talking with a friend of mine who played ArmA 2 OA without the DLCs he told me that there is an official patch that allows you to use the content of the DLC's online (maybe offline, not certain) after asking him about any effects of this he said that the DLC weapons and vehicles are badly textured and look like crap to him. This means that the DLC's are little more than high quality texture packs that look nice for the person who owns the DLC.

    So in my opinion ArmA Combine Operations is worth it, the DLC's are not. If you want DLC there's a very active modding community who will provide you anything from the Macross Valkyries to the Colonial Marines and also addons that cover pretty much what you'd be paying for anyways. (the BAF DLC started as a user made BAF mod for ArmA 1 and 2)

  3. #789222014-06-26 11:26:42DarkChaplain said:

    Before I sleep:

    Day Seven (June 25-27)

    Batman: Arkham Franchise -75%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/209000/header_292x136.jpg Great deals. The 75% discount dumps the price for Arkham Asylum and Arkham City to 5 bucks each, Game of the Year editions, obviously. Games for Windows Live has been removed from both, so no worries there!
    Arkham Origins costs $7.49, and I must say that this is a good price for the game. I personally prefer its setting and atmosphere over Arkham City - City got tedious very quickly, and while the plot was fine and had a LOT of cool villains, I HATED the environment, and the density of Riddler trophies. City had a LOT of padding. For example, you cannot progress the Hostage Rescue missions unless you spend a long time hunting for enough riddler trophies first. The Zsasz side missions were also annoying, as you had to pick up a randomly ringing phone,then fly across the city to another, then do a dumb "keep your reticule on target" minigame while Zsasz talks, repeat 4 or 5 times.
    Arkham Origins was MUCH better than raving Rocksteady fanboys made it out to be. Yes, it launched buggy, but those bugs also were connected to graphics drivers and were generally easy to work around, should they occur, bar a progress breaking bug which was fixed soon after.
    The villains in Origins are more obscure, due to being from the early career of the Bat. Joker, voiced by Troy Baker, is in the game, as are Cobblepot and Bane. The Bruce Wayne here is less nice, more bru(te for)ce. Enemy variety is better than in City, and the boss battles were generally fun.
    Best also pick up the Season Pass, as it contains the Cold, Cold Heart DLC featuring Freeze, and the Initiation challenge DLC.

    Child of Light -25%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/256290/header_292x136.jpg Yes, this uses Uplay. Yes, the rhymes in this game are hit and miss, but god damn it is pretty, the soundtrack is incredible, and the combat is harder than reviewers playing on "Casual" would realize.
    The discount isn't the best, but then again, this game launched at 15 bucks. If you're unsure, play the demo! Thread

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/237990/header_292x136.jpg Go and ask @Kirn about this one. I'm personally waiting for 66% off at least, but 50% ain't bad.
    Thread

    Endless Space -75%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/subs/28756/header_586x192.jpg A very, very clean and easy to get into 4X game in space. It is pretty good, and was developed with a LOT of community feedback. This was, for all intents and purposes, an Early Access game, before Early Access officially existed. The devs took the time to listen to feedback, have votes on features, even held a competition for designing a new faction - which got implemented really well. The game isn't a graphical powerhouse (though the artworks and space battles do look pretty damn good), but it is very nicely customizable and fun. It also received a whole lot of free content updates, and one expansion pack. I'd recommend this on the basis of being made by excellent developers alone.

    FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn -50%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/262341/header_292x136.jpg It's a solid MMORPG. It has gotten a hell lot better. But at 50% it is still not worth it if you consider that you'll be paying 15 bucks a month to keep playing.

    Kerbal Space Program -40%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/220200/header_292x136.jpg Early Access. Has been in EA since March 30, 2013. I don't see this leaving Early Access anytime soon, and the 40% discount still isn't enough to make me want to play it with unfinished features.
    It is a sandbox game. You create a space ship, put all kinds of parts (useful or not) on it, and hope that it takes off and breaks the atmosphere without exploding, or falling back down to earth. It's a cool simulation, but tends to get old quickly.

    BioShock Franchise -75% / DLC -50%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/subs/36223/header_586x192.jpg What a shittily executed plot combined with completely counterproductive gameplay mechanics. Infiltrating a flying city is SOOOO effective when you gun down hundreds of people. The last 20 minutes of the game are basically a walking cutscene, loading far too much exposition onto the player. Yes, it may "blow your mind" at first, but once you start to think about it, it falls apart very quickly.
    The Season Pass / DLC is only 50% off, and the bundle bumps it up to 15 bucks. The Burial at Sea DLC, while mechanically better (at least part 2, part 1 is more of the same) and featuring a more well-developed environment (Rapture), did ruin BioShock 1&2 for me by what it pulled.

    No, I wouldn't recommend buying it if you like properly told stories, and get tired of the ever-same enemies running at you, waiting to get a bullet to the face. The shooting galleries here are boring, and the Handymen, unlike Big Daddies in BioShock 1 and 2, are just not fun to play against.
    Variety in this game sucks, and it is a downgrade in pretty much all aspects compared to BioShock 1 and 2. Buy one of those for 5 bucks, or at least get the Triple Pack if you don't own them yet, as you'll pay roughly ten bucks for all three games.

    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive -50%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/730/header_292x136.jpg 50%? Gotta be kidding. This has been 75% off countless times before. Don't buy it at only 50%. Valve is undeservedly earning enough off Steam Trading Cards this sale.

    Company of Heroes 2 -75%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/231430/header_292x136.jpg I want to love this game, as I loved Company of Heroes' original game and expansions, and I do love the Dawn of War games by Relic, and can definitely say that CoH2 is a good strategy game, but it runs rather poorly. It wasn't well optimized, and even on lowest settings your fps will drop and drop, which is really bad in real time strategy games. Disregard the Metacritic user score, however: CoH2 tackled the russian side of World War II, and depicted russia in a way that many russian players did not like, so they organized systematic 0/10 reviews on Metacritic...
    CoH2 also received a stand alone multiplayer expansion recently, so it is definitely getting supported, but you'll need a fairly strong PC to run it well. I'd recommend the CoH1 Complete Pack instead, but for some reason that's still only 50% off - which is weird, as its seen up to 90% before...
  4. #789452014-06-26 17:55:00DarkChaplain said:

    Day Eight (June 26-28)

    Dishonored: -75%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/subs/31292/header_586x192.jpg Brings the base game down to $4.99 or 3,74€. The DLC is only 50% off, I'm afraid, which sucks for me since I only lack the Brigmore Witches DLC, which now costs 5 bucks on its own. However, I cannot recommend the GOTY edition highly enough. Pay those 10 bucks for the complete game with DLC - Knife of Dunwall and Brigmore Witches are really good stuff! I'm not kidding: Buy this game. It's great. It offers both solid stealth and interesting abilities, and supports both lethal and non-lethal playstyles (though non-lethal is obviously slower, harder and results in differently paced missions due to the game reacting to your style)

    Civilization V: Complete Edition -75%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/subs/36075/header_586x192.jpg Yes, this is worth it. Don't just buy the base game, please. AT LEAST get the Brave New World expansion with it - though its easier to get the complete pack anyway. The expansions add a lot more depth to the game.
    And yeah, I have my problems with Civ as a franchise nowadays, as I believe that the gameplay mechanics and context of the game are highly uninspired. But hey, its a MASSIVE timesink!

    Resident Evil Franchise -40-75%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/254700/header_292x136.jpg?t=1403204586 The recent Resident Evil 4 HD release is 40% off. Kinda meh price, in my opinion, especially with how "HD" it turned out.

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/221040/header_292x136.jpg Resident Evil 6 is 75% off. Its... a really mixed bag at best.

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/222480/header_292x136.jpg Resident Evil: Revelations is another mediocre HD version, but at 75% off and considering it is a proper, good RE title that is fully functional, I'd say this is the one you should pick up.

    No sale on Resident Evil 5. Huh. Capcom.

    Banished -50%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/242920/header_292x136.jpg I like Banished, I really do. Its a cool game about resource and space management, a town builder. But it lacks endgame content. Once you get the smooth balance figured out, the only way to make things exciting (and frustrating as fuck) is by the rarely occuring disasters. I wouldn't recommend this at 50% considering what else is on sale right now, unless you're a massive builder fan.

    Rome II: Total War -66%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/214950/header_292x136.jpg Don't buy this. It is a testament to shit quality control, early launches and absolutely horrendous AI. Don't. It's not worth your time, as nostalgic as you may feel about the original Rome. They've been milking this with DLC quicker than the game was functional.
    Too bad the other Total War games are only 50% off right now, otherwise I'd have recommended Shogun II.

    Europa Universalis IV -75%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/236850/header_292x136.jpg Paradox does great Grand Strategy games. EU IV seems to be solid, but beware: You'll be reading through A LOT of things to really understand how this game works, and it is rather unintuitive for newcomers. Once you get into it, though, you'll find a lot of strategic depth that goes beyond "conquer the world".

    Train Simulator 2014 -85%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/24010/header_292x136.jpg ....this thing has $1,698.39 "worth" of DLC....

    Left 4 Dead 2 -75%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/550/header_292x136.jpg Why don't you own this already? They gave it away for free last christmas...

    Assassin's Creed Franchise -50-75%

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/15100/header_292x136.jpg Assassin's Creed was a fancy game, refreshing and creative. At 2,49€ / $4.99 (lol), it is worth picking up if you've never finished the story.

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/33230/header_292x136.jpg Assassin's Creed II is a significant improvement over AC1, and I'd recommend it very strongly. It is the first part of the Ezio Auditore trilogy, which continues with ´ http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/48190/header_292x136.jpg Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Not as good as ACII in my opinion, but a good one nonetheless. A few frustrating elements, and a bunch of new, yet somehow oddly implemented features. A lot of cinematic sequences throughout the game, and Ezio is as charming as ever.

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/subs/13858/header_586x192.jpg Ezio's story concludes in Assassin's Creed: Revelations, which also goes back around to Altair from AC1. Where ACII went from Florence to Venice to the Vatican, and Brotherhood was set in good ol' Rome, Revelations goes to Constantinople. A lot of things are pretty much the same as before, but Ezio gets to play around with bombs, and features added in Brotherhood were refined. The atmosphere is pretty good as well, and you owe it to yourself to see Ezio's journey conclude (although there's an animated short movie which is the final Ezio story).

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/208480/header_292x136.jpg I hated Assassin's Creed III. The new protagonist, Connor, is an unlikeable brat, his father is rather kickass, and the american revolution is oddly dull in this game. The DLC sucks due to being alternate reality bullshit.
    The freeroaming now includes trees, which is fun, but gets very samey. Civilians are now untargetable by the player, and overall this one is very tedious.
    The worst part, though, is how much good dialogue they cut, which resulted in a lot of good character development being wiped away. Some of it is still in the game files, and made me ridiculously mad.

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/260210/header_292x136.jpg Assassin's Creed: Liberation is 50% off and a HD port of the PSVita game. It features the first female protagonist in the series, and has some very neat twists and turns to the gameplay, but ultimately is the same thing as always. Still, worthwhile.

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/242050/header_292x136.jpg Black Flag isn't worth it at this 50% price. Also be aware that the base price in Europe wasn't lowered alongside the US price, resulting in a ridiculous price in the EU ($34 vs $20 in the US)

    http://cdn.highwinds.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/277590/header_292x136.jpg Freedom Cry is the stand-alone version of the Black Flag DLC. You play an ex-slave crying for freedom.

    TL;DR Pick up Ezio's games and the original, disregard the rest. You'll just get disappointed by the way the present day plot ends in the 3rd game, and how the 4th exploits it further.

  5. #789502014-06-26 19:11:11 *hellstorm901 said:

    Final Fantasy VIII -66% £3.39 http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/39150/header_292x136.jpg?t=1403171088

    Well it would be amazing to see it go lower than this considering it recently "came out" (In truth FF8 was already on the PC, has been for years, Steam only recently got it on their platform)

    This is one of my favourite Final Fantasy games for the fact that its cutscenes were a thing of beauty on the PS1. Now I haven't gotten around to playing the Steam version however I have played the old PC version in the past and it seemed to work pretty fine then. I would advise you to keep an eye on the price to see if it drops anymore but I really wouldn't hold hope on them budging from this.

    Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale -50% £6.49 http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/70400/header_292x136.jpg?t=1316028701 50% off is not much right now so I'm really advising you to keep tabs on this

    As just mentioned in bold, this could potentially go less than 50% and has done in the past so it may be worthwhile adding it to your wishlist at 50% so you will get notified if it drops further.

    Basically this is the game of something long been asked, "How must it feel to be the shop keeper in a Dungeon Crawler Game?" You play as the generic cute shop owner of a store that sells whatever needs be to the occupants of a Dungeon Crawler town and the adventurers who go into said Dungeon. You buy stock off other whole sellers or alternatively hire an adventurer and play as them to crawl through a Dungeon looting items that you can sell to customers.

    That's really the game in a nut shell and is it fun? Hell yes, except for that one annoying kid who keeps trying to buy shit with no money.

    So keep watching the lists people, just because it's not on the front page doesn't mean it isn't on offer/may get quietly reduced.

    So take it away Recette http://www.destructoid.com/ul/240474-is-steam-a-game-itself-/capitalism-620x.jpg

  6. #790192014-06-27 17:31:07DarkChaplain said:

    >OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE
    >I JUST TYPED UP THE WHOLE STEAM SALE DAY NINE POST
    >AND CL LOGGED ME OUT BEFORE POSTING
    >AND MY POST IS GONE
    >FUCK ME

    No Day Nine post for now. Fuck cookies. Buy Transistor.

  7. #790712014-06-28 17:49:55DarkChaplain said:

    FINAL 48 HOURS OF THE SALE!

    Tomorrow's deals will be a set of Encore Deals, nothing new! Only stuff that sold well over the course of the sale getting another 24 hour spot at their deepest discount!

    So Anything that WASN'T covered yet will likely NOT get any further discounted. Tomorrow's your final chance to pick up whatever else you were looking for before prices return back to normal.