Every year (sometimes more than once) I look at these $5 and $10 games on Steam, knowing full well I won't have time to play them, and I buy them anyway. Because a) they're so damn cheap, and b) I know they're good games that I should get around to. But as the Pile of Shame trickles over into the Pile of Never Did Get Around To That, do you think I learn my lesson? Nope.
It's Encore Day in the Steam sale - your last chance to take advantage of some of these deals. We thought we'd put together a list of some games we know are fantastic deals for the price, and give you the opportunity to do the same in the comments. We're all about to get a little more time-poor. Here are the games we've been playing and can guarantee their fun-factor:
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare - $6.24 USD A multiplayer medieval melee with brutal crunch sounds and often hilarious gameplay.
The Walking Dead - $6.24 USD Story and character driven take on the Walking Dead comics. Light on gameplay, heavy on the feels.
Torchlight 2 - $4.99 USD Top-down click-em-up without a lot of the restrictions of Diablo 3, but almost as addictive.
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion - $9.99 USD 4X space strategy played out in real-time. Massive space battles & economy management. Games can take many hours.
Saints Row: The Third - $4.99 USD Quite a recent open-world game with a very silly take on everything, going for very cheap.
FTL - $4.99 USD 2D space combat and exploration game with permadeath, akin to managing the Enterprise during a battle.
Hotline Miami - $4.99 USD A brutal combat game with some puzzle solving - lots of planning with an intense few seconds of action in each room.
Magicka - $4.99 USD Great co-op game in which you combine elements to cast different spells, and further combine those with your friends' spells.
Braid - $4.99 USD Jon Blow's masterpiece of classic game homage and puzzle solving. Brilliant level design.
Super Meat Boy - $7.49 USD Platforming perfection. Control a boy without skin, who sticks to walls, around deadly spikes. You will die many times.
Natural Selection 2 - $6.24 USD Very asymmetrical FPS/RTS with space marines vs aliens. One commander leading a team of soldiers in FPS mode.
The Last Remnant - $3.39 USD Not the best JRPG you'll play, but it's a steal. Combines real-time combat with classic RPG tropes.
There are way, way too many to list here - but think of this less as a "how to spend your money" list, and more as a "how to spend your time" list. I did consider adding DIRT 3 to that list, given its quality and current price of $8.49, but it has a large share of problems on the PC.
What games would you recommend to your fellow Kotakuers?