Fair warning to readers, this is going to be a complete opinion piece. I’ll be upfront and honest and say that as of writing this I don’t have first-hand experience with any of the games I mention below. I may have reported about some of these projects in the past, but I’ve never picked up a controller and delved into any of the experiences I’m about to display. That being said this also isn’t a paid advertisement, I’m not getting anything for making these recommendations. However, many of us have experienced that feeling of being overwhelmed with an abundance of discounted game options whenever these Steam sales roll around. In an effort to give my fellow gamers some thoughts on projects I’ve found interesting enough to sink a few Steam Wallet dollars into, I present to you my list of games you should check out during this year’s Steam Winter sale.
Coming in as one of the most significantly discounted games on this list we have Deponia: The Complete Journey. Developed by Daedalic Entertainment this collection of games seems like a no-brainer for point-n-click adventure fans who have a sense of humor, and who appreciate some high-quality artwork. The collection includes 3 titles including: Deponia, Chaos on Deponia, and Goodbye Deponia. Buying the bundle also comes with special bonus content not available by purchasing the individual titles, and is currently set at a whopping 85% discount coming to a total of $5.99.
Next up we have Shadowrun: Dragonfall-Director’s Cut. Produced by another veteran developer Harebrained Schemes, this game is sure to appease the tactical turn-based RPG fans who love a cyperpunk setting. While this is the second game since Harebrained revived the Shadowrun francise with Shadowrun Returns, the Director’s Cut boasts a stand alone experience, upgraded visuals and audio, additional character customization options, enhanced combat mechanics, and a load of other features all for measly $2.99. For those who already know they will fall in love with the series, then it may be worth it to invest a bit more and purchase the triple pack which features Shadowrun Returns, Dragonfall-Director’s Cut, and the newest expansion Shadowrun: Hong-Kong for $14.99.
While early access games should be properly vetted before sinking any money into them, I can’t help but feel like the talent behind The Long Dark are set to deliver. The Long Dark is an open world survival game set in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster which has effectively disabled most of the advanced technology that humanity used to keep safe from Mother Nature. The immensely talented voice over artist Jennifer Hale, best known for her role as “FemShep” in the Mass Effect Trilogy, voices the main protagonist in this game which immediately elevated the project in my opinion. Like many early access games it is kind of pricey coming in at $9.99 even with the 50% discount, but I really don’t think this will end up being disappointing to anyone looking for a gritty survival game filled with desperation and close-calls.
I wanted to make sure to put a cooperative game on this list, and I knew I found it when I saw ibb & obb. This two player puzzle game looks like what I would imagine if Pac-man and one of the ghosts decided to team-up and try to escape their own video game. The gameplay looks simple yet engaging, and the colorful backgrounds, geometric art style, and cute character designs makes this feel like a perfect choice to sit and play with your significant other. The title supports local-coop which is always appreciated by me, and also has full controller support. The game currently has several different deals with the cheapest being a single copy of the game alone for $4.79.
Finally we have Valdis Story: Abyssal City from Endlessfluff Games. This action adventure RPG made the list for it’s unique anime-inspired art style, fast paced combat, and the fact that I rarely see it go on sale. Unlike many other games, including indie projects, which may regularly pop-up on a weekly Steam sale, Valdis Story is one of those I only seem to see discounted during the big events. While many may feel like it is a risky investment at $14.99 throughout the rest of the year, with the current 50% discount dropping the price down to $7.49, few action platforming fans could argue it isn’t worth checking out.