It’s finally that time of the year again, the time when most every game on Steam is on sale and our wallets in serious danger. I’m sure we all have a list of games we are looking to buy, so I bring to you this list in hopes of bringing attention to some lesser known titles that are definitely worth your time of day or just a good game for the current price. These games are listed in no particular order.
An over the top Action game set in a wicked world. Go across multiple levels either alone or with a buddy (local coop only) and collect better weapons to fend off your foes. It features a decent enough story and if you don’t care about story in a action game there is an additional arcade mode where you can just play the game without interruption. Massive bosses, great though slightly repetitive music and multiple gimmicks that actually add to the gameplay like riding a dragon or sliding down a mountain using your enemies corpse as a ski really is a ton of fun. For the current price of less than 2 dollars it is well worth your time. For my full review Click Here
A very unique but dated game. It’s a CRPG of obviously low budget with barely (if any) music, cheap sound effects and poor visuals. What it lacks in production value it makes up for in both gameplay and creativity. It is set in a world where humans knows as Shapers have gained the magic to create new life and we play as a character wanting to join the Shapers on a voyage to an academy. Things go wrong very quickly and you become stranded in a island full of the creatures humanity once created and abandoned. You can play as one of three classes, the Guardian being great for melee and the Agent being excelling at offensive magic. The real star of the show is the Shaper class as he is much better in creating creatures to serve and die for you. Their are multiple stats to consider when creating a being into existence, one being intelligence. With intelligence your newly born minion will know you can erase him from the world just as easily as you brought him in and will listen to your orders. I can go on and on about this game but all you need to know is that if you like CRPGs and don’t mind extremely outdated graphics you should give this a shot.
Both a 2D and 3D Beat em Up depending on the level this is one title that will have you wanting to punch something due to it’s difficulty. Not much to say about this title other than it is has a decent amount of customization for your character and another game in this list that has local coop to double the fun!
A game developed by the same studio that made Heretic and the Jedi Knight series. It is set in a unknown Russian Island whose mission is carrying out time travel experiments. As one can guess with such dangerous and unsupervised experiments things quickly go wrong and a small team of US Marines are sent in. You play as Renko, a silent protagonist and a blank slate of a character. Quite a way in he gets his hands on said time travel experiments and gains quite an edge with his new found powers of freezing time in a surrounding area or just aging a person so much he turns into dust within seconds. As fun as the gameplay is, what I feel makes this title is the creepy environments you will be traversing and rather decent plot behind it. It is still a bit pricey with only a 50% off sale but this is one title you should not miss out on if you are a fan of the FPS genre or Bioshock. For my full review Click Here
I was rather hesitant to put this one on the list since their treatment to the PC version of the game has been less then great and it still after all this time lacks online multiplayer which was present in console versions since launch. In the end of the day though it is still a game worth playing and a ton of fun. You play as one of various characters and make your way across Tokyo and beyond, leveling up and unlocking new abilities. There are multiple difficulty settings, a decent amount of levels and a plenty of unlockable characters. To top it all of the gameplay is quite deep for a Beat em Up and really helps it from getting repetitive like others of the genre where you just mash the attack button. For my full review Click Here
In the Bullet Hell community if you were to ask what the best game in the genre was, the most common answer would be Ikaruga. Well I’d go as far as saying that Crimson Clover is at least just as good or even better than Ikaruga. Multiple ships to play as, kick ass music and brutally fast paced gameplay make this a blast to play.
An ARPG where you a brought back to life and must now serve the god Din until your sins are absolved. To do this you must travel from village to village and attempt to save them from their life threatening problems such as starvation, disease or good old fashion monster attacks. It is very obviously a game with low production value as you can see with the graphics but it has it where it counts. In the gameplay. There are various classes to choose from each featuring diffrent abilites and you can even mix & match your own classes, such as making a healing berserker or a necromancer archer. Everything is randomly generated in towns so none of them are the same and some towns will be beyond your skills to save as they suffer from frequent natural disasters and just lose the will to live and begin killing one another. Not the most cheerful of games but one you will lose many hours to if you can look past it’s sound and graphics.
Good old Titan Quest. Originally released in 2007 and is still being looked after by it’s developers as it quite recently just got Steam Workshop support. While most ARPGs go for the dark fantasy route, Titan Quest instead goes for a Greek theme and has aged well in the graphics department. If you enjoy the genre then you will find plenty to like here.
A charming title of the Runner genre. It has tons of content, hilarious physics and addictive gameplay that will keep you coming back. The levels are randomly generated and so is the entire Adventure mode which allows you to choose your routes as you tread onward. The enemies are rather interesting as well ranging from baby dragons to fellow horse lancers.
Astebreed is a very unique Shoot ‘Em Up that is constantly changing your perspective from vertical, horizontal and the third person point of view. It is a flashy game which could have easily been it’s downfall but it all somehow just works, making for a fun, pretty to look at game. An odd feature to the game is your ability to fight in melee with the giant sword your mech is carrying. Usually one would keep their distance in this genre but in this going in and smashing up all your foes with a mighty swing is not only a viable option, but an extremely fun one.
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