Before I sleep:
Day Seven (June 25-27)
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.
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!
Go and ask @Kirn
about this one. I'm personally waiting for 66% off at least, but 50% ain't bad.Thread
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...