Slightly later than billed, here's our pick of today's best time-sensitive Steam sale bargains. Some of these deals can either be found cheaper elsewhere or tend to crop up regularly (such as the Men Of War offers), so enjoy our edited highlights. These deals will expire tomorrow morning, so you've plenty of time to make an assessment.
Assassin's Creed II is the game that launched Ubisoft's series from pure potential to absolute dominance. It's still a cracking free-roaming kill-a-thon, and for £3.74, you'll even get the deluxe edition with some extra DLC. If you already own the standard edition, you can optionally upgrade for an extra 99p. Check out our Assassin's Creed II review for more details.
Is Dear Esther a game? Is it performance art, an interactive poem perhaps? Either way, at £1.74, you owe it to yourself to find out. 8/10 review here.
Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic is generally known as a prime example of BioWare being on top of their game. Which, of course, means that it's a must-play for anyone who enjoys RPGs, Star Wars or good games that rock.
Just in case you don't already know, Metro 2033 is an atmospheric and unconventionally bleak shooter that doesn't pull any punches. We rate it.
Indie Bundle V rocks my world and makes me uncomfortably aroused. For £6.99, you'll get the stonking Gemini Rue (who says adventure gaming is dead?), Greed Corp, The Tiny Bang Story, an Ys RPG and Audiosurf. Mmm.
Hexes, by and large, are a thing of the past... but Greed Corp has made them cool again. Turn based strategy and hexagonal tiles have been injected with a massive booster shot of stylish visuals, quick games and genuine personality. Don't be fooled, though, because you'll still need rock solid tactical prowess to succeed. Dynamic terrain allows players to target ground as well as enemy walkers; adding a new dimension into the proceedings. GAME's price is the cheapest around, though be aware that you can also get it as part of Steam's From Holland With Love bundle.
Holland is an independent development powerhouse, and Steam's From Holland With Love bundle showcases some of the best Dutch talent from the last couple of years. £7.99 will swing you steampunk masterpiece Greed Corp, which is worth the price by itself, bolstered with the lunatic Serious Sam: The Random Encounter, the brilliant Swords & Soldiers HD and Toki Tori - amongst many others. It's a serious saving, and while Steam will take its cut, I'd still recommend this pack wholeheartedly.
We’ve reached the last day of the Steam Autumn Sale, with one more round of titles on offer that will expire at 6pm today. Here are our highlighted picks from the final cycle of the sale.
Thief: Deadly Shadows (£1.99): A sequel may well be in development, but until then you may want to relive the antics of master thief Garrett with this classic title. There may not be a huge saving with this one, but at £2 it’s worth a look if you want to experience a classic stealth title.
Dead Space 2 (£4.99): While not as groundbreaking (or scary) as its predecessor, Dead Space 2 was still an excellent sci-fi game that saw Isaac Clark return to tear up more Necromorphs. Definitely worth a fiver if you want to entertain yourself for a few nights (or more if you want to play the multiplayer.)
Greed Corp (£1.99): Those of you after some turn-based strategy action should pay attention to this one, as Greed Corp is a cracking title. Dynamic terrain keep things interesting in what is already a challenging affair, and at this price it’s almost a steal.
To check out all of the games on offer, check out the full list here!
Greed Corp became a sleeper indie hit when it released last year. Its old school turn-based vibe and destructible landscape turned a lot of heads, but Vanguard Games mainly received overwhelmingly positive feedback about the adorable mechs and slick cartoon world in which the action took place. Vanguard clearly wanted to capitalise on this unique selling point, and the result is Gatling Gears: a twinstick shooter that puts players into the cockpit of cute, devastating walkers and gives us a more personal look at the Greed Corp universe.
We dropped by the latest EA showcase to check out the title in action, and with Vanguard designer Nick Kuppins on point to take our questions, we blasted our way through a couple of levels.
In short: it's shaping up nicely.
Throughout thirty stages split into six colourful themed levels, players will wield a deadly mech as they stroll upscreen and tackle hordes of tanks, aircraft and enemy walkers. The tried-and-tested twinstick mechanics make the action immediately accessible, and Kuppins explained that great pains were taken to ensure that the walker handles responsively without being too twitchy. Poor controls and lumbering characters can ruin a good shooter, and I was delighted to discover that the mech's movement speed provides a perfect balance between precision, speed and heft.
You'll need every little bit of manoeuvrability at your disposal, though, because the enemy onslaught comes thick and fast. While it's technically incorrect to label Gatling Gears as a "bullet hell" shooter, enemy attacks frequently fill the screen with incoming fire and require some serious reflexes and pattern recognition to withstand. Luckily the invulnerable projectiles glow a bright red, making them instantly recognisable amongst the debris and explosions. A health bar also relieves a little pressure and limited lives are reset at the end of each 10-15 minute stage.Click here to continue reading our Gatling Gears Preview >>
Hexes, by and large, are a thing of the past... but Greed Corp has made them cool again. Turn based strategy and hexagonal tiles have been injected with a massive booster shot of stylish visuals, quick games and genuine personality. Don't be fooled, though, because you'll still need rock solid tactical prowess to succeed. Dynamic terrain allows players to target ground as well as enemy walkers; adding a new dimension into the proceedings.
Despite being a profoundly American phenomenon, Black Friday fever has gripped the UK. As well as the excellent fire sale, Major Nelson has announced a bevy of new deals that are good for one day only!
The Xbox Original full game deals are astounding- especially the likes of Halo: Combat Evolved and GTA: San Andreas that are available for 400 Microsoft Points! The awesome 'Splosion Man is also down to a ridiculous 160 MSP, replete with many hours of content, plenty of achievements and nifty avatar awards. It's an 80% saving. Go buy it. Drop whatever you're doing and buy it now.
Game Add-Ons and Avatar Items
I don't mean to sound like a broken record... but you should go buy 'Splosion Man immediately. Don't buy the lightsaber instead. Seriously.
This week heralds the triumphant release of Joe Danger, the cell-shaded lovechild of Trials HD and Excitebike. It's garnering rave reviews and buzz- and you can expect us to offer our own thoughts soon enough. Unfortunately, you'll need to buy it before 4 o' clock this afternoon, as the PSN store will be going down for maintenance. Sorry!
In terms of deals, there are a few standout items that deserve your attention. Section 8, the incredibly divisive multiplayer FPS, has been reduced by over 50%- and £8.69's a very reasonable price for its downloadable drop-pods and gunslinging. Why not check out Brendan's review? A number of PSP essentials have also had their prices permanently slashed, including the glorious Patapon 2, Pursuit Force and LocoRoco. This brings them down to competitive levels- and PSPGo users should definitely check them out.
(Available until the 23rd of June)