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Steam Specials Weekly Wrap-up #2

Steam Specials Weekly Wrap-up #2

Now that Steam Family Sharing has been officially out for a few days have you all been making use of it? I certainly have, joining my account with a few of my friends and suddenly I have over 250 games available to me. I have even considered rotating purchases of new games between these friends so that we all have access to everything we want. Even if that doesn’t end up happening I know that I probably won’t need to buy a new game (at least on PC) for a very long time now, and this could even delay my purchase of a next-g… sorry ‘this-gen’ console.

Some people just can’t have enough games however, and if you fall under that category this list of discounts below is certainly for you.

The Night of the Rabbit – £8.49 (50% off)

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The Night of the Rabbit Steam Sale Specials #2 Valve PC Daedalic Entertainment

Developers Daedalic Entertainment are well versed in the genre of adventure gaming and if you like a good story and a good puzzle then The Night of the Rabbit is the game for you. I had this to say when I reviewed the game back in 2013:

From the initial scenes of Jerry waking up to discover he still has two days of summer holiday left to the exploration of Mousewood, The Night of the Rabbit really performs well at keeping me engaged in the story. The unravelling mysteries of the forest keep me second guessing the direction of the story and how to progress with the game. Who are the mysterious foxes and lizards seen in Mousewood? Will I ever get to meet the Great Zaroff? And just what exactly is blue juice made from? The Night of the Rabbit is not without its flaws of course and with so many directions in which to venture the pacing of the game does suffer somewhat after the first visit to the town of Mousewood. It’s almost as if the games has its own Inception of puzzles, within puzzles, within… you get the idea.

Bounce over to Steam quickly as discount ends on March 17th.

F1 2013 Classic Edition – £9.99 (75% off)

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F1 2013 Steam Specials Sale #2 Codemasters Valve PC PS3 Xbox 360

The F1 franchise is probably the only type of sporting games that I would consider buying on a semi-regular basis. It seems that these days every year or two F1 is having a major overhaul to the rules, drivers, competing teams or there is some kind of scandal going on that will change the way the sport is run. With all this in mind it means that unlike other yearly sports games, there are usually significant changes to each F1 game as it is released.

With F1 2013 you of course have driver changes and new tracks along with the new challenge mode and the inclusion of classic cars and tracks to race on as well. There is also improved multiplayer, although I haven’t had a chance to play this yet so who knows if the harsh penalties of F1 2012 multiplayer will still be in effect or not.

Speed your way over to the Steam page as discount ends on 17th of March.

GTA: IV & GTA: San Andreas – £5.99 (80% off)

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GTA IV San Andreas PC PS2 Xbox Android iOS Steam Sale Specials Rockstar Valve #2

San Andreas is a classic in the GTA franchise. I still remember my first gang war, my first trip to the gym, the first tattoo and of course the first time I got fat from eating too much pizza. GTA III‘s plot and characters were probably more memorable to me but it was when playing San Andreas that I realised that Rockstar were pushing the game to be something more than just a rehash of the same ideas again and again and credit should be given for that. If you buy this bundle you also get GTA: IV included and if GTA isn’t really your thing, check out the rest of the Rockstar sale here.

Better shoot as the discounts end on 17th of March.

Steam Specials Weekly Wrap-up #1

Steam Specials Weekly Wrap-up #1

Along with the announcement that Steam Family Sharing has left it’s beta phase and is now available for all far and wide, Valve have also reported that they’ve handed over control of game sales to the developers that made them. For anyone not hooked into Steam and the amazing seasonal sales they suck wallets dry with this might not seem like much of a big deal, but it’s a big move by Valve who have previously ruled with an iron fist over sales through their software.

The response to this new found freedom has been large and at the current time of writing there are 148 games on sale as developers try to cash in whilst interests are high surrounding the new sales approach. Whether this peak will die down after a few weeks or not is yet to be seen, but I for one am happy that the developers have been given more control over their own products.

With so many games on sale all the time it’ll be easy to get lost in a clutter of numbers, percentage signs, weekly sales, developer sales, seasonal sales… you get the point. To remedy this each week I aim to point out games which, in my opinion are some of the best picks of the sales. Whether that be for discount value, general awesomeness, or otherwise I’ll be sure to let you know. I also aim to cover all genres, old and new games and maybe occasionally DLC as well.

Coincidentally the first week of picks are available for your perusal below.

Trine 2: Complete Story – £2.09 (85% off)

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Trine 2 Steam Specials Weekly Wrapup

Trine 2 is the beautiful side scrolling puzzle platformer that was brought to you by developers Frozenbyte in 2011. It stands out because of it’s beautiful art direction and approach to puzzles, having three controllable characters each with their own abilities that manipulate the surroundings in various different ways.

As if the incredible price wasn’t enough, the complete edition also includes the Dwarven Caverns DLC and should not be missed by all puzzle and platform lovers. The original Trine game is also on sale for a mere 69p and can be found here.

Hop to it, offers end on 14th of March.

The Walking Dead: Season 2 – £12.72 (33% off)

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Steam Specials Weekly Wrapup

In The Walking Dead: Season 2, Clementine once again has to fight for her survival in a brutal and unforgiving world. Many months have passed since the end of season 1 and she has had time to come to terms with her decisions. Player choices from previous episodes have been carried over and will continue to affect the outcome of your story in unique ways. In terms of gameplay season 2 picks up right where the original letft us. The story, characters and brutal decision making all mould The Walking Dead episodes into stand out games that really shouldn’t be missed especially at discounted price.

If you are one of the few that hasn’t played the first season, it is also on sale and can be found here. Additionally 400 days the inbetween series DLC episode is also on sale and can be found here.

Hurry though, because all this undead goodness will cease to be alive come the 7th of March.

Receiver – £1.35 (66% off)

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Receiver Steam Specials Weekly Wrapup

Originally released in 2012, Receiver was created as part of the ‘7 Day FPS Challenge’ which saw people from around the world create first person shooters within seven days. Receiver features a procedurally generated world in which the player must navigate to find eleven hidden tapes. Sentry turrets and drones litter the maps with one hit from either of these meaning game over.

What makes this game so interesting is the shooting mechanics. In order to fire your gun you need to follow all the procedures any person would have to in real life. Unload the empty magazine, reload a full one, pull the sliding chamber, turn the safety off and so on.

Lily Fox gave us her first impressions on it not long after release:

Remembering what to do and when to do it is the trick to not being horribly murdered, which happens extremely often. There are 11 cassettes to collect across the map, and I have not so far survived long enough to find more than 1 – there is no save function. The soft aim, high lethality and mechanical complexity often led me to screaming such apparent obscenities as ‘cock it, COCK IT!’ and ‘why aren’t I shooting?!’

Make sure your wallet’s loaded as discounted rates for Receiver are Wednesday 5th only!