Steam's massive summer sale is going to save us (and make us spend) a lot of money over the next few days- but we're here to shine the Dealspwn spotlight on the best of the bunch. They're currently charging £21.99 for the Call of Duty Collection, which includes Call of Duty, it's expansion pack, Call of Duty 2, Modern Warfare and World at War. This is a major coup, providing you with a virtual saving of £67.96... and is seriously impressive when you consider that the cheapest physical copy of World at War is currently £17.99 by itself!
Right, well let's get on with this. Frankly, I'm sure most of you know (and even own) many of these games, but let's go for a quick rundown anyway.
- Call of Duty: The game that started it all. Whilst it looks dated by modern standards, the original CoD is still a handy little shooter that'll make you realise why you fell in love with FPS in the first place. Thrown into the shoes of several allied servicemen, you'll re-enact some of the major (and lesser-known) engagements of World War II with authentic weaponry and some seriously taxing levels.
- Call of Duty: United Offensive: The expansion to the game that started it all. United Offensive was praised by critics for ramping up the scale of the set piece battles... though it's admittedly not that lengthy. Still, it's part of a bundle deal now!
- Call of Duty 2: The game after the game that started it all. Joking aside, CoD 2 builds on the strengths of its predecessor with slightly improved graphics and some excellent gameplay variety. This truly heralded the start of the series' excellent pacing; with rock climbing under fire, crawling through a pipe with a sniper rifle and night-time raid on a Tunisian village only being a few examples of the epic set pieces that Infinity Ward had to offer. Still a corking game after all this time.
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Many still believe the original Modern Warfare to be a superior game to its high-octane sequel... and in many ways, it is. Frankly, you should already know everything there is to know about this one- and if you don't already own it, now might well be the time to pick it up.
- Call of Duty: World at War. Treyarch's CoD debut focuses on several lesser-known World War II engagements; specifically, the Pacific Islands and the Russians' 'victory' at Stalingrad. It retains the fluid combat and excellent pacing of its predecessors... and then throws a bunch of awesome zombie-killing cooperative levels into the mix for good measure. For some reason, WaW frequently attracts a lot of unwarranted hatred... and I can't really understand why. Still, feel free to set me straight in the comments.
So, there it is. Whilst it excludes Modern Warfare 2, this deal is still the cheapest and most convenient way of getting your hands on an entire slice of FPS history.