Steam’s Summer 2012 Sale: Day 3 (strategic looting edition)

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What’s better than a sale? Video games. What’s better than a video game sale? Steam. What’s better than a video game sale on Steam? Magic..

Unfortunately, magic has not been discovered yet, so we will have to settle for video game sales on Steam. Today’s daily deals on Steam are more strategy and RPG oriented, as the subtitle of this day hinted at. While action and racing fans are not left out in the cold, they were only thrown one bone each. As before, the following prices are in US dollars;

  • Borderlands – $4.99 (75 percent off, all DLC is $2.49)
  • Dead Island – $10.19 (66 percent off, all DLC is $3.39)
  • Dirt Showdown – $24.99 (50 percent off)
  • Frozen Synapse – $4.99 (80 percent off, ‘Red’ DLC is $1.99)
  • Orcs Must Die! – $3.74 (75 percent off, all DLC is 75 percent off)
  • Tropico 4 – $7.49 (75 percent off, all DLC is 75 percent off)
  • Two Worlds II – $7.49 (75 percent off, ‘Flying Fortress’ DLC is $4.99)
  • Skyrim – $29.79 (50 percent off)

Yet again there is another indie bundle simply labeled Indie Bundle 3. The bundle includes BIT.TRIP BEAT, Braid, Bunch of Heroes, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, and Runespell: Overture. Admittedly, this bundle contains much more high-profile titles than the previous two, making it the overall best indie bundle to appear in the Summer sale.

Unfortunately, the evil and cruel Flash Sales are still present today and will presumably remain until the Summer sale becomes a thing of the past. Ignoring my disappointment, here are the current Flasj Sales;

Once again, yesterday’s sales are still ongoing. For little over ten hours, the games from yesterday’s daily deals will retain their sale prices, so if you missed any of the sales you still have some time. I personally forgot to pick up Payday: The Heist, so I’ll be taking advantage of the extra time.

As the same as the first day of the sale, I have not played many of the titles in the daily deals, but I will give my recommendations about what games I can. Borderlands is a very interesting title; while being an addictive first-person shooter/RPG hybrid, the storyline quests are rather dull. It is also a game where the co-op aspect was one of the central focuses, meaning that the game can feel lifeless without a group of friends. I also do recommend picking up the DLC, as the base game is rather dull in terms of its locations. Frozen Synapse is a game that I would recommend to everybody and not just genre fans. To sum the game up, it is a the equivalent of an early Rainbow 6 title but only turn-based and orchestrated from an overhead perspective. When I first started playing about this game, I was turned off by the combat system, but as I got more and more into the game I quickly started loving the gameplay. It just feels so different and unique enough compared to the dozens of other strategy games that it is worth checking out by everyone. The last game I am going to recommend for today is Brink. While I only played it during a free weekend, I was able to get a solid seven or more hours in the game. The game definitely fails on its goal of trying to blend a single-player and multiplayer experience together. However, as a multiplayer game it is not as bad as some have made it out to be. True, there are other, better multiplayer experiences, but I could not see a major fault in this game while I was playing it. However, be warned; the community may or may not be dead at this point in time, so make sure you take that into account while you are thinking about buying the game.

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  • I exercised my Iron Willpower on this one. Dead Island, Tropico and Two Worlds made it into my basket, but only Dead Island survived to checkout. Apparently Tropico 4 is really only Tropico 3.25, and Matt says Two Worlds is crap (good crap, but crap nonetheless).

    Anyway, if anyone has demonstrated greater willpower than this then we need to hear about it 😀

  • I've only spent $5.73 on Payday and The Binding Of Isaac's 'Wrath Of the Lamb' DLC. Although I imagine I will end up like everybody else at the end of the sale.

  • yes indeed! unfortunately, I'm stuck in the campaign, so I am angry at the game right now. still one of the best games I've ever had the pleasure of playing.

  • You played the campaign? Haha, Synapse was one of the very few games I was happy to stick to multiplayer with.

    Must start playing again, actually…

  • The steam sale bug got me. Picked up frozen synapse today along with Borderlands GOTY, BoA and from dust yesterday… The ball is rolling, not sure if I can stop it.

    Guess I need to get a PC that actually works now.. 🙂

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