Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention. I’ve just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. I need all of you, to stop what you’re doing and listen.
From November 27th – December 3rd, Steam is having it’s Autumn 2013 sales. For those of you who do have some money to spare, these are the ones that caught my eye:
Prison Architect – £8.75/€10.49
Though still on Steam Early Access, this is a game that caught my eye a few months ago. You control your own prison, and must manage the various miscreants that go through it as well as the prison itself. Riots and upsets are all possible, and it’s up to you how you deal with them. The character models are pretty endearing too, if you find yourself able to get attached to Larry the Butcherer.
Outlast – £5.38/€6.45
For those that have seen some of my videos, you’ll know that Outlast is an incredible take on the horror genre. You enter an asylum and quickly discover, like most asylums, that you don’t want to be there. The new DLC, Whistleblower, is supposedly on the way in the new year too, so get this into your library at all costs.
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim – £6.24/€7.49
If you haven’t played the best fantasy adventure game ever, then now is as good a time as any to start. As well as a plethora of things to do and master, as well as an incredible landscape to discover, The Elder Scrolls games have one of the most dedicated modding communities around who live to make the game even better.
Left 4 Dead 2 – £2.91/€3.49
An award winning zombie survival horror with some awesome co-operative stuff to do. This is one of the games I’ve caved on and purchased, and looks like immense fun.
Garry’s Mod – £3.33/€3.99
Pure unadulterated sandbox madness. There’s no missions, no objectives, no goals. You have the tools to spawn things in and weld things together to form ridiculous contraptions. If you think it sounds too good to be true, just search it on YouTube and see what you’re missing.
Portal & Portal 2 – £3.95/€4.74
The best puzzle games ever, hands down. You have a gun, primary fire shoots a portal entrance, second shoots a portal exit. You have a sophisticated physics system. In the second installment, you have Stephen Merchant. Seriously, what the hell more do you want?
Contagion – £5.99/€6.99
Another survival horror game, but an equally good investment. Built on the Source Engine, Contagion is still in it’s beta stage; something which speaks volumes as it is already being hailed as a sensational game in it’s own right. You have to watch and conserve your ammo and make sure you watch your back – or zombies gonna getcha’.
The Orange Box – £5.99/€6.99
Still arguably one of the greatest gamepacks of all time, The Orange Box contains Half Life 2, Half Life 2: Episode 1, Half Life 2: Episode 2, the genre defining multiplayer FPS Team Fortress 2, and the immense puzzle game Portal. If you’re interested in this pack and the Portal pack, then Portal 2 is also available on sale for just £3.12/€3.74.
Don’t Starve – £6.99/€8.39
A very unique indie survival game, Don’t Starve throws you out the the wilderness and gives you control of the most esteemed scientist Wilson, who has had the misfortune of being trapped in an mysterious land by an evil demon. If you’re a fan of the series, you might want to check out the Kickstarter project from developers Klei Entertainment too.
These are just some of the ones that caught my eye for a good price, but I’m almost certainly missing out some sensational titles. The full list can be found on Steam’s official website – are there any that people would recommend?
Edit: PCGamesN posted about the sale too, and commenter ‘Dog Pants’ made a nice list of what he thought was worth a punt – worth a look.