Now that the Steam summer sales have been over for a couple of days, I thought I’d give you another round of cheap games to help fill your shelves. If you are looking for more deals, Gamestop is having daily sales on PC games here
Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Bioware is arguably the make of some best RPGs since for years. One of their latest series focuses on a science fiction epic that is all about how your decisions are supposed to have a lasting impact not only in the game they take place in, but the rest of the series. Focusing on the great characters Bioware is known for and giving you real head–scratching decisions puts this up there with any of their other games.
Mass Effect 2 fixed what some would say was the only lack luster part of the original, the combat. It’s more action packed and feels like a third person shooter, making it much smoother and leaving you feeling like the military soldier you are supposed to be. Now that the third in the series is on its way this is the perfect time to pick this game up if you’d never played it. And the original is even cheaper!
Assassins Creed 2 (Xbox 360, PS3)
The original game set up a mystery. Anyone who hadn’t read the previews were unprepared for what the game was truly about and the ending that left players wanting more. And the sequel delivered to the story what was wanted. It delved deeper into the mystery that was set up and gave a glance at some of the rich story that the game series is setting up.
The sequel did something very strange to modern games. It keeps the same character, but instead puts you in the shoes of a entirely new ancestor from Desmond’s past. Jumping centuries ahead to give a bigger picture look into the scale of what was going on. It didn’t disappoint.
Alan Wake (Xbox 360)
Horror is a hard genre to pull off in this day and age. Most games go for the jump scares that while get your heart racing, don’t really stick with you. The games that try to rely on older scare methods either come off as cheesy or stale. Alan Wake manages to do it right. It switches between day and night sections. While the night sections work off of the day parts that feature a small town that gives you a uneasy feeling that seems straight out of twin peaks.
The night parts only seems to work because of what is set up in the day sections before them. On top of that the game features a unique system to take into account light. The evil only seems to happen at night, so you are forced at night to not only use light as a weapon against the creatures, but also a beacon of safety when things become too much to handle. The atmosphere of this game is absolutely brilliant. While it is a shorter experience, now that it’s cheaper it may be worth the price if you are a fan of horror.
Deus Ex (PS2, PC)
Some games offer a false sense of freedom of choice. Telling you that you can approach a goal any way you want when really they all come to the same path. Deus Ex is not those games. This game gives you a mission, gives you a playground, and lets you go nuts. While the end points are usually in the same location, it’s getting there that’s the fun. If you like exploring, you’ll find multiple ways into any scenario and if you look hard enough, find things that’ll make your life a lot easier down the road.
The greatest part about this game is that you really can complete a mission any way you want. You can go in guns blazing, you can go covert and take people out from the shadows, you can rely on your skills of breaking and entering and avoid as many people as you can, and you can try to talk your way out of some situations. If you’re a fan of choices, look into this classic.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)
When you think about Elder Scrolls games what comes to mind? Scale? Choices? Hours of game play? Getting lost doing absolutely anything? All of this is true when it comes to Oblivion. I have friends that have spent hundreds of hours on that game and still haven’t done everything.
This game is absolutely massive. There are not only multiple major quest lines that don’t even involve the main story, but there is also countless side quest, places to visit, and things to do. You could spend as much time as it takes to play some games today just collecting plants, and have a great time doing it. While I have some bitter feelings about some of the things in this game, (Maybe a later GameBreak?) I can’t deny what a deal this game is and that you will get your money’s worth with this one. Just tell your friends and family that you’ll miss them before you put the disk in.
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
Link is on par with nearly every iconic video game character. It is hard to find someone who doesn’t recognize the blonde haired kid with the green tunic and hat. And this title on the Wii and Gamecube didn’t disappoint. With some of the same great game play that you’ve come to expect from this series, such as engaging puzzles and a great story filled with memorable characters.
The newest element in this game features a new side world called ‘twilight’ that when Link enters he becomes a wolf. While basic game play remains roughly the same. In this form you cannot use items, but you can access areas you couldn’t otherwise as well as go into a new heightened senses mode and dig into the ground. The new mechanic keeps this installment in the series fresh enough while not appearing like a gimmick to derive from the rest of the game.