Steam Sale – Day 5 Picks

Wow. So, yesterday’s sale there was nothing at all that I’d really played before. Today is almost as bad! There are a few I can mention however:

Age of Empires III

Age of Empires III - 75% off ($9.99)

Age of Empires III – 75% off ($9.99)

Age of Empires was the game that launched Ensemble Studios, and they spent much of the next decade doing nothing but working on expansion packs and sequels. Age of Empires III isn’t the best example in the series (in my opinion, Age of Empires II is a true classic) but it’s an extremely competent RTS none the less. The only drawback for some might be the setting: while previous games covered significant chunks of human history (or mythology), AoE3 is set within the context of the colonization of America. If that period doesn’t interest you, it’s really, really hard to stay motivated through the campaign.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (75% off, $2.49)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (75% off, $2.49)

It’s a role playing game by BioWare. That’s all I really need to say to let you know of the quality of this game  – and, to be honest, the gameplay as well. Anyone who has played Dragon Age, or Jade Empire, or even Mass Effect will immediately recognise how this game plays.

Surprisingly, it hasn’t aged all that well. However, at this price you honestly can’t go wrong. It’s also a pretty rare example (especially for the time) of a Star Wars game that doesn’t suck.

Dear Esther

Dear Esther - 75% off ($2.49)

Dear Esther – 75% off ($2.49)

Not a game. Do not buy. I would call it an “interactive story”, but the interactive part is a stretch. It’s a narrative that you activate in pieces, by walking around an empty world. It’s pretty, but it’s not a game.

Honestly, you can get 100% of the experience for free, by watching a YouTube video of someone else “playing” it.

However, the emptiness and lack of objectives and lack of “game” tells a story in itself. There is a message in there somewhere deeper than the plain narrative.  But really, I can’t recommend it.

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