Steam, Day 4, ZOMG Deals!by Thomas Hruska on Jul. 03, 2011, under Arts
Fired up Steam and, lo-and-behold, there were deals waiting to be had and tickets to get for that grand prize drawing. A few games I’ve been waiting for are finally in my price range, which basically means you need to get them now. Here are my recommendations:
Assassin’s Creed Franchise (Assassin Creed II…finally!)
Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition
Transformers: War for Cybertron
For the casual and strategy gamer in you:
Defense Grid: The Awakening
By the way, yesterday’s Hoard challenge for a paltry ticket was ridiculous: Save 20 princesses in a survival-mode type of game. Wizard towers used to be cool, but now I really don’t like them.
Today’s freebie ticket is to first have a friend in Steam and own one Steam game (Free-to-play games appear to count for this) and then send them a game recommendation from the game’s store page.
I’m mostly excited about Assassin’s Creed II. I was hoping the price would drop to a reasonable level back at Thanksgiving or Christmas. It didn’t happen. Also, I saw Amazon’s ratings and all the DRM nuisance stuff put into it and I said to myself I’d wait for it to come down even further before getting it. I know I’m way behind the latest episodes – ‘Brotherhood’ and ‘Revelations’. But I’ve got so many games to play, it doesn’t really bother me.
The Transformers game is kind of an odd recommendation. It is a third-person shooter and I’m a sucker for those. Third-person shooters ALWAYS get rated badly by game reviewers – in this case, the console port control scheme apparently maps poorly to the PC or some such nonsense. I guess this means that I’m apparently more capable than game reviewers by being willing to adapt to weird control schemes. The user ratings are a little more generous and the gameplay footage I watched was pretty solid-looking, which basically confirms my suspicion that game reviewers don’t know what they are talking about half the time. I probably glanced over it before and said ‘nah’ because it was probably too expensive and Metacritic was getting down on it at the time. At this price point, though, it is probably worth the $7.49. If third-person shooters aren’t your cup o’ tea, then this should probably get a pass.