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Another summer, another Steam Summer Sale. I've been a fairly heavy Steam user for the past few years, and
every year the service grows in size, content, and features.
The Steam summer sale is the perfect
example of this. The sale has gotten so large that every leading game
news site, including Game Informer, reports on the sales, sometimes multiple times a day. The whole thing has gone from a mere sale to an event, one PC
gamers everywhere wait all summer for. Valve founder Gabe Newell
descends from the heavens giving gamers everything they want and
didn't even know they wanted, as gamers in response throw wads of
cash at their computer monitors, buying up anything and everything
that sports a 75 percent off sticker. The introduction of the new
Steam trading cards only add more fuel to the fire, another incentive
to buy another game you aren't going to have time to play, but will
buy anyways just because it's $2.50.
So what was the damage this year? Not
too bad actually. I'm usually fairly conservative in my game
spending. I make a mental list of games I would buy if they were
discounted during the sale, and then I wait patiently for those games
to have their prices slashed 50 or 75 percent. This summer I picked
up 5 new games for roughly $24. Not too shabby. So, what did I snag?
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad
My first purchase of the sale was the
hyper-realistic World War II shooter Red Orchestra 2. I played the
original during a free weekend, and despite not having any experience
with realistic/tactical FPS games I really enjoyed myself. The sequel
came out a year ago, and now thanks to my new gaming PC, I decided I
would check it out. So far it's the game I've played the most this
summer sale. It's strangely addicting. The game is realistic and
challenging but not so much that it's frustrating. You die in just a
few bullets, so being patient, tactical, and working with your team
is essential to victory, unlike in other shooters like Call of Duty
where a "good" player can essentially be a one man army. It's a great change
of pace that I'm having a blast playing so far. Snagged this hardcore
FPS for $5.
My next game purchase, Reus, is a big departure form me.
Strategy and God games are one genre of games I've never really
gotten into, mostly because I'm terrible at them and feel like they
take too long to play. That being said, Reus really caught my eye. I
think it's mostly the beautiful artistic style used for the graphics,
but also the sheer simplicity of it all. It's a God game made simple.
All the information you need to know is up front, not hidden behind a
thousand menus or charts. While I'm still not great at it, it's
relaxed gameplay style and gorgeous graphics make it an easy
recommendation for fans of the genre or those like myself looking for
a more accessible way into God gaming. Reus was 50 percent off it's
$10 price tag, making it an easy purchase.
Torchlight II has been on my radar for a while now. I played the crap out of Diablo 3.
Despite Blizzard adding more content in the last several months, I
pretty much burnt myself out on Diablo two months after its release
after playing it for +70 hours. Me and my friends dabbled in the
similar free-to-play action RPG Path of Exile, but while fun didn't
keep us glued to our monitors. Still looking for a loot fix,
Torchlight II seemed like a perfect choice, and after some
encouragement from my friend I got it during a community vote sale.
Having played it for about 6 hours, Torchlight II is an enjoyable,
bright and colorful action RPG that has more in common with Diablo 2
than 3, though I'm not sure that's necessarily a good thing. Still,
there is fun to be had here, and plenty of loot to acquire. Got this
for $5, normally $15, so a good deal all around. If you are itching
for Diablo but don't want to shell out $60 for the third entry, this
could be the game you are looking for.
Organ Trail was something to the effect
of $1.50. This is what the Steam Summer Sale is all about. I could
have bought a candy bar for as much, and I definitely got more
entertainment out of this Oregon Trail spoof in 30 minutes than I
would a Snickers. This game is straight up old-school Oregon Trail,
except substitute pioneers traveling west in the 1800s with modern
day survivors of a zombie apocalypse traveling west searching for
safe-haven. Even though I probably won't touch this game ever again,
it's hard to feel guilty about $1.50.
Final Fantasy VII
For the Steam Summer Sale, 33 percent
off isn't much. I usually make it a requirement that a game must be
50 percent or more off before I will even consider buying it. But
Final Fantasy VII was different. Having only watched and played bits
and pieces of FF VII at a friends house, I've been wanting to fully
experience the RPG classic for more than a decade. When I saw that
price drop from $12 to $8, I knew what had to be done. I'm in no way
disappointed either. This new PC version of FF VII comes with cloud
saving, mod support, and the ability to "boost" your character to
get through tough fights so players uninterested in the challenge
aspect of the game can simply enjoy the story. I've always though FF
VII was probably more than a little overrated, but after +5 hours
with the game I can say it hold up surprisingly well, with themes and
characters that are still incredibly relevant today. All in all, $8
for a game that for years has been $50 if you wanted to buy it for
your PlayStation sounded like a good deal to me, and it was.
And that was my Steam Summer Sale haul
for 2013. My wallet didn't suffer too much damage, and I'll have
plenty of great entertainment to keep me busy until the holiday
season. What games did you pick up?