As we reported earlier this week, the first Steam sales have arrived. A few hours later than we would have liked, but here nonetheless. And if you're looking for some cracker bargains, here's 10 picks to help you out.
All prices below are in Aussie dollars, although the exact cost may change slightly due to currency fluctuations.
A giant medieval battle simulator crossed with an RPG, the Mount & Blade series has been kicking along for years. Apart from being an incredibly good base game, Mount & Blade has some outstanding mods converting it into a Game of Thrones RPG. Or a samurai simulator. Or a game set in the Roman Empire.
Like tower defence, with a third-person shooting element and co-op? Orcs Must Die! 2 fits the bill perfectly. It's a fun, cheerful game that will set you back less than $10, which is great value if you want to play something with a partner. It's also a great alternative to getting all those ancient WarCraft 3 tower defence maps working again.
There's nothing quite like firing up Morpheus and throwing on a good old Instagib mod. The original UT is always good for a blast, and plays nicely on modern systems. You can also grab UT2004 for under $10 if you want a more involved UT campaign.
Given that Visceral is no more, it's only appropriate to spend some time acknowledging some of their excellent contributions to the hobby and industry we all love. Dead Space 2 is a great place to start.
A cracking good stealth strategy game from one of the masters in the business. If you need more convincing, Luke's review puts forward an excellent argument for Klei's stylised spy roguelike.
If you didn't grab Avalanche Studios' take on the savage post-apocalyptic desert, $8.87 is a pretty good entry price. It should run smooth as butter on today's systems, and the models look an absolute treat when you bump the game up to 4K and beyond.
Be warned, however: the game can be a bit of a grind. However, you're paying less than $10, so you should be able to get your money's worth pretty easily.
Orbt XL is the kind of thing you play to unwind. It's a simple endless game where you chase the highest score possible while you try to avoid being sucked into the black hole, or colliding with other planets.
Be warned. This is infinitely more addictive than you'd expect.
It wasn't available officially in Australia at first, and the developers told locals just to pirate the game. Many did. But it's still excellent, and if you haven't thrown a few dollars at Dennaton Games since, now's a good time to do so.
Just watch the trailer. That's all I'll say.
Image: Rise of the Triad
The Apogee Throwback Pack is basically the original Rise of the Triad and Blake Stone, plus an expansion for each. It's a great little investment if you want to hark back to the old days of shooters, where levels were almost labyrinthine in their design, enemies were more troublesome for their number than their AI, and gibs was the phrase of the day.
Both games have widescreen support and come with a separate launcher if you want to throw mods into the mix, and it plays just nicely on Windows 10. I'd pick up this pack for the original Rise of the Triad alone, but getting the expansion is a definite bonus. Great pick-up for a dose of FPS nostalgia.