By Lewie Procter on July 2nd, 2011 at 2:50 pm.
I’m fairly sure Valve are trying to kill me. Over 1,000 games on sale at once? What’s a SavyGamer to do. Well, I stuck the whole sale into a list here, which I will keep up to date with whatever is on sale throughout the Steam Summer sale. Valve aren’t the only one’s with cheap games this weekend though, so here’s my selection of the best deals from across the whole internet. You can always find more cheap games over at SavyGamer.co.uk.
This is an incredible game, and it absolutely has a place in the PC’s growing catalogue of glorious indie puzzlers. Alongside the shimmering, yet evasive brilliance of Braid, or the charming wit of World of Goo, we now have a straight-up genius. There’s no other word for it- like all geniuses, it can be demanding and even problematic, but there’s no questioning what Zachtronics has achieved here. This is top-of-the-line entertainment. If you’re a puzzle game fan, buy SpaceChem immediately.
Puzzle heads should not miss out on this sale.
Just Cause 2 – £3.49/€4.99/$4.99
Warning: requires DX10 (therefore Vista/Win7).
Another today only offer, with also just 3 earth hours left. John couldn’t get enough of blowing things up in Panau, here’s Wot He Thought:
A playground of idiocy, with astonishing capacity for letting you have maniac fun. It is so enormous, so densely packed with minute detail, littered with hidden surprises, and just there to be played with. If you see a vehicle you can drive/sail/fly it. The most work involved will be hitting a few number keys in time to remove the current occupant, then it’s yours to do with as you will. In a way familiar to those who have fallen for Burnout: Paradise or Red Faction: Guerrilla, it’s almost impossible to travel any distance to a particular target without getting distracted along the way. Perhaps you’ll be flying a chopper over a mountain to reach a faction quest on the other side, but what’s that nestled in the peak? A military base? With some sort of rocket deep into the mountain? Well that will surely need blowing up.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Subtitle – $4.99
Is this one of the games with the ‘orrible UbiDRM? In all the furious thrashing against it, I seem to have forgotton which games actually use their always online DRM, and which had it patched out. After removing most of the platforming and challenge from the previous one, Ubisoft decided to do another Prince of Persia that was more like the one everyone liked. They sort of pulled it off, but I’d still take Sands of Time over this any day. Also, if Ubisoft are going to keep letting save glitches into their Prince of Persia games (they’ve all had them), they should consider using a save system that doesn’t mean you have to start from the beginning when it breaks.
Everything’s £1.86/€2.06/$2.99 a pop is this sale, and there’s 32 games on offer. There’s classics like the Descent series, Fallout series, Giants: Citizen Kabuto, and lots more. I thought the Earthworm Jim games were utterly brilliant when they first came out, but I would have been around 9/10 when I played them, so don’t hold me to that. I still have a bit of a sweet spot for 16 bit platformers though. There’s other Shiny Entertainment games on sale too, MDK, Messiah and Sacrifice all for cheaps. Something for everyone.
Deal of the week
Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines – £7.50/$13.39
This is only available in the UK and North America, sorry EU types. It’s a bloody long time since this has been reduced, I know a few people have been on the lookout for it for cheap. That Kieron fella originally reviewed this for Eurogamer, and Jim contemplated how come very few other games have tried to outdo it:
Bloodlines is something like an action soap-opera. I truly wish I could say that of more games. So few games have attempted to access this most natural of game approaches: analogy of the real world, with conversation and violence intermingled, rather than simply delivering uninterrupted carnage, or endless management. These ‘immersive sim’ games are tough to make, granted, but when you play something like Bloodlines they also feel like they’re the games we deserve.
He’s not wrong, you deserve to give bloodlines a try.
Also of note:
Sam and Max Season 1 – 3 – £10.55/€11.66/$16.95
Head to SavyGamer for cheap games throughout the week.