I found a couple of cheap, fun games in [Hidden Gems](https://www.reddit.com/r/GameDealsMeta/comments/vj1qvs/steam_summer_sale_2022_hidden_gems/) thread that I can recommend: [King Oddball](https://store.steampowered.com/app/525450/King_Oddball/): Physics game that's said to be a clone of Angry Birds, which I never played. Blow up cartoon tanks and soldiers by slinging rocks through various obstacles. Good levels and a bunch of side/secret levels. Some humorous side content including a strange text parser where you get to quiz the protagonist. [I'm on Observation Duty](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1046820/Im_on_Observation_Duty/): Horror twist on the 'spot the differences' theme. View several rooms through security cameras, notice when paranormal entities have disturbed something, and file a report. The horror content is very light; more weird than horrific.


>I'm on Observation Duty I love that series of games! I definitely agree with the horror thing though. It's more uncanny/stressful than it is scary. There's a few jump scares in every game, but it's really more about unsettling the player and making them doubt themselves than it is about being scary. It's *miles* better if you play this with multiple people watching and all shouting at stuff they think might have changed. If a streamer is looking for a pseudo-horror game to play, this series is a couple days of insane fun.


Clorthax's Summer Sale Quest is over I think, can't be completed anymore Edit: Fixed.


yeah. The required promotion pages have been removed already. Impossible to start.


Does this mean I can’t complete the badge too from collecting cards?


You should be able to complete those badges for another few weeks


About a month, based on the expiration dates


I just completed, crafting badge is unaffected of course it brings Valve shitload of money


Looking for recommendations for story rich horror-ish games that instill feelings of melancholy and dread. Games like SOMA, Outer Wilds, Hellblade. I'm currently playing through Lobotomy Corp.


Subnautica, i cant recommend that game enough


Played it as an epic freebie. Had a blast with it, though I never had thalassophobia hit me like I'd imagine many others did. It was a great exploratory sandbox in my books. Never did bother to launch the rocket though.


I wish the VR port was better. So annoying to have to play with an Xbox controller instead of the motion controls.


Disco Elysium is not a horror game, but it will absolutely make you feel *bad*. There’s nothing else in gaming that’s written like that, it is a full spectrum bummer while also being super funny and genuinely sweet at times. It has a lot of character, in a way that games rarely do. What do you think of lobotomy corp, by the way? I’ve had that one on my radar but I don’t hear a lot about it


It makes you feel bad, but in the end it has maybe the most hopeful and antidepressant message in any game I’ve ever played. The boat sequence to the end of the game is so incredibly uplifting. I’m only saying this in case someone passes by and gets the misconception that all disco elysium is is a sad sad game for sad sad gamers. Its more than that.


[Pathologic Darkness](https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/24217/Pathologic_Darkness) bundle (Pathologic 2 + Darkwood)


What Remains of Edith Finch


This. This has some of the most unsettling scenes you can play as a parent.


Detention is an amazing point and click story with strong horror elements and a depressing atmosphere.


If you haven't played any of the Amnesia games then I recommend those; they're the same developers behind SOMA


I have played the first Amnesia, though it didn't stick around in my head as much as SOMA did. Like other recommendations with Subnautica and Darkwood, surrealist, otherwordly horror isn't exactly what I was looking for here. SOMA on the other hand, sent chills of existential dread as you peer into every individual last moments. I don't know if rebirth does anything of that manner, though I will give it a check out if so.


I'm assuming you played the Outer Wilds DLC, Echoes of the Eye, but if you haven't then I'd definitely recommend it if you enjoyed the base game. It's a little different but has a similar vibe.


Loved the heck out of it. Didn't get the sense of satisfaction of solving the puzzles like I did in the original (mostly because I was too dumb for em and had to look for hints) but the concluding narrative really hits it out of the park.


Ooh Lob Corp’s really good. Definitely yoink the sequel, Library of Ruina. The world building gets much more extensive in the sequel, and LoR is probably one of my all-time favorite games.


Games that I bought this sale Disco elysium Alba a wildlife adventure Ff13 La noire Bugsnax


Thanks for posting this, I didn't even realize Bugsnax was on Steam yet! Buying it right now


I’m sure it’s too late or might not even apply to you but it’s also on GamePass 👍🏻


How is Dune Spice Wars?


Have you played Northgard? It's made by the save devs on the same engine It feels similar to Northgard in that it's not very fast paced and more like a "semi grand strategy RTS" kinda. Manage ressources and building, etc It's an interesting engine and the game is overall fun


Reviews seem to indicate it needs more content. I sense they're going to release more DLC, and I usually wait for the GOTY editions before I jump in. By then you can get a good deal on the complete game, the DLC smooths over the rough edges, and they've fixed the major bugs.


Ok so I'm an avid fan of northgard and a general fan of RTS-strategy games, and had the opportunity to play this during the closed beta. It needs work. Like general balancing work, quite badly. There's a variety of different systems in the game, and unfortutely they don't come together in a way that makes it enjoyable to play. The worse affected areas are sadly the most thematic parts of the game as well, in both the espionage system and the landsrat requiring a lot of your already haggered attention and not having enough feedback to give any sense of interplay. Combat is good, but that's it. This genuinely needs considerably more time in the oven, in my opinion.


Any recommendations for games similar to frostpunk?


I really want something with a feel like Stardew Valley, but less focused on the farm sim elements, and heavier on the exploration. Like an ARPG with a home to build, crafting, resource gathering, a town full of interesting people and improvements to be made, and all that. But it's all in service to a progression where you go dungeon diving or exploring the region to find stuff to build up your home/town/life. I've looked for something like this, but haven't found anything. At this point, I feel like I might have to make it myself.


[Graveyard Keeper](https://store.steampowered.com/app/599140/Graveyard_Keeper/) kind of fits your description. Your farm becomes fully automated as you build a zombie workforce to do menial tasks while you explore to find a way back to your home time period.


I've been intrigued by Graveyard Keeper for a long time. I think it's time to just get it. Thanks for the recommendation.


Of the DLC: Game of Crone and Stranger Sins are worth it since they add meaningful additions to the game's lore and entirely new things to do, whereas Better Save Soul really just gives you an overly complicated way to make your zombies even more efficient.


Graveyard Keeper is an insane grindfest, so if that's not your thing then just heads up. I've put in 37 hours and I still feel like I haven't really gotten anywhere. It's a bit too tedious for my taste, but your taste might differ!


Have you checked out [Littlewood](https://store.steampowered.com/app/894940/Littlewood)? It might be right up your alley!


I checked some gameplay when it first came out, but I haven't tried it for myself. I'll give it a shot. Thanks for the recommendation.


I would look into My Time at Portia, similar to Stardew but has a bunch side stuff to do.


I have My Time at Portia, but haven't put more than a few hours into it yet. My Time at Sandrock looks pretty nice, too. Thanks for the recommendation.


Have you tried Rune Factory 4 Special? It’s basically got (almost) everything you mentioned: a lively town full of interesting characters to befriend and/or marry, dungeons to dive, loads of items to craft, and a farm to keep you busy, although to a lesser extent than Stardew. RF5 is releasing soon on PC and had a pretty buggy launch on Switch (hoping the PC port will be better but who knows), but RF4 is one of, if not the best, game of its kind. You really can’t go wrong with it if you have even a passing interest in farming sims. Also there’s Harvestella coming out later this year with a similar ARPG/farming hybrid focus, but it’s still too early to know how the game will play out. That said, both games have more of a fantasy flair and are less grounded than Stardew in terms of setting, so they may not be exactly what you have in mind. There’s still a lot of room for the genre to grow, so if you’ve got an idea for a game, go for it!


I had no idea Rune Factory was available on Steam. Thanks for the info!


StoneHearth is similar


Steam reviews talk about it being abandoned by developers. How playable is it?


You might enjoy [DYSMANTLE](https://store.steampowered.com/app/846770/DYSMANTLE/): it's less base-building / townspeople focused, but very big on resource gathering, exploration, skill / crafting improvements, etc. I picked it up during this sale and it's distracted me from any other game all week. (Also I'm a huge fan of Littlewood / Portia / Rune Factory / Graveyard Keeper and second all of those great recommendations, too!)


ty for posting this. i thought i was the only one one being unsuccessful on this exact hunt and i felt like it was a secret the internet was keeping from me


[Core keeper](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1621690/Core_Keeper/) is what you're looking for. I've been having a blast playing it. It's like the best parts of stardew minecraft and terraria combined.


its final day already and i havent bought anything


I built a cart full of "maybe" and Steam dumped it, so I'm taking that as a sign.


Did you add it on mobile? If so, then it will still be in the cart visible only on mobile. For some reason, the mobile and desktop versions of steam maintain two different carts.


The same thing happened to me and this was with a cart on desktop that then got emptied on desktop. First time it has ever happened.


Oh, that's weird :(


Been this way for a while now


I bought Deep Rock Galactic a few weeks ago, and that's literally all I've bought in probably a year..


Picked up Homeworld remastered, Star Wars Empire at War, and Heat Signature, all games I hadn’t heard about previously, excited for the first time in a while for these, haven’t had that space RTS itch scratched in a while. Empire at war seems to have a strong modding community if anyone is on the fence


Highly recommend Homeworld: Emergence as well if you enjoy the remastered for homeworld, it drops to $1 on GOG quite often.


This is Cataclysm for the OG Homeworld nerds. I didn't know it got renamed.


You can thank Activision Blizzard for that, they trademarked the word "Cataclysm" for the WoW expansion, forcing them to rename it from Homeworld Cataclysm to Homeworld Emergence to be able to sell it again on GOG. It's unfortunate too be cause Cataclysm fits perfectly for the story of the game.


Heat Signature is so much fun! I played about 15 hours when it first released and it exceeded my expectations, there are many different ways to play that are all satisfying!


Went wild this time. Mass Effect Legendary Edition God of War MGSV Phantom Pain Risk of Rain 2 DLC Slime Rancher Monster Sanctuary Dragon's Dogma Dragon Age Origins Dead Cells


ME legendary Edition will be on prime free games next month if you have prime.


Next month? It's next Tuesday 12th July


Lol I'm still living in June.


I'm not the first to mention this, but push through that first insane hour of MGSV and you'll be in for a good ~100 hours of good times.


DAO Ultimate Edition is fantastic. One of the best of the last AAA CRPG's. Awakening is good. Loved Leilana's Song DLC and Witch Hunt DLC is very good too. Mass Effect series is great; especially ME2 and its DLC's. About ME3 - do all the quests before you do the Final Mission, but save Citadel DLC for doing that right before the Final Mission. Might wanna quit there, after finishing Citadel DLC....and NOT do the Final Mission.


Played the OG Mass Effect series and Dragon Age back when it launched on Xbox360. Excited to give em another run through.


Slime Rancher is my favorite game on that list, everything about that game feels so satisfying


I don't think I've ever gotten as addicted to a game as I did with Phantom Pain. The first mission is a SLOG but once the game opens up I honestly had SO much fun playing.


You got some of the greatest games ever made there. DA Origins has such an amazing party control system. You can fine tune it, practically programming your other party members into a well-oiled machine. Dead Cells is awesome. God of War is the single best game I've ever played in my life. A masterpiece in every regard.


I just picked up Hypercharge: Unboxed. It's super solid for anybody looking for a fun 4 player co-op tower defense game, but you're action figures


Is it more focused on the tower defense or FPS aspect? Looks like a fun game but I never play tower defense style games, mostly shooters or like action rpgs


It's a good mix of both. Basically there's 1 - 3 towers you need to keep alive and waves of enemies trying to kill them, and you. It's pretty fun tho they have a demo if you wanna try before you buy


Do y’all recommend sekiro? I played elden ring and loved it.


Definitely, but understand that it’s very different. Elden Ring is huge and varied, Sekiro is focused and specialized. The downside of that is that you don’t get a whole bunch of crazy options, but the upshot is that you will eventually kick ass at doing the thing it wants you to do. It’s much harder, but it’s much more rewarding when it clicks.


Sekiro is great - similar brutal difficulty and vague story telling to Elden Ring, but other than that it's pretty hard to compare gameplay-wise. There aren't really the same build options in Sekiro (just upgrades to gear), and it's waaay more linear. But I think you'll enjoy the boss fights and the combat, definitely.


Please buy Sekiro!


Any similar games to Final Fantasy tactics? It is my favorite game ever and i would love to play something like it


Fell Seal is the closest you'll get right now.


Dunno how the ports are but a bunch of Disgaea games are on Steam now if you didn't see already


Haven't bought anything so far, any unmissable deals for solid single player games I should grab before the sale ends? Ideally things I can pick up and play easily


Check out Phoenotopia: Awakening. Its kinda like a zelda game but with a platforming pov, with puzzles and moderately challenging combat.


Some of my favorite pick up and play games: * Hardspace: Shipbreaker * Monster Train * Slay the Spire * Valheim * Euro Truck Simulator 2 * Darkest Dungeon * Grim Dawn * Deep Rock Galactic * Broforce * Borderlands 2 * Killing Floor 2 * Doom (2016) * Gunpoint * Streets of Rogue


I can really recommend Valheim! Bought it today and spent 6 and a half hours straight playing it with friends. It's also a decent deal since it's on an all-time low this summer sale. Other games I've bought are Phasmophobia and Detroit: Become Human. Both games had good discounts and a positive rating of over 90%


Really not an unmissable deal, but Crystal Project is a great JRPG, using a job system for paty composition, à la FF5, but with an open-world progression and some platforming which allows for a lot of fun and some sequence breaking. Stacklands was a lot of fun, although very short and not too repayable.


Any recommendations for something that plays just like Disco Elysium? I already completed Divinity 2, which isn't the same but it's similar enough


Don’t really think there’s much like it, it’s really unique. Planescape torment is what everyone says is the closest.


Planescape Torment: Enhanced.


Definitely this. When I started playing Disco Elysium, it immediately reminded me of Planescape Torment.


Updated my Journal.




I was just looking at this one and some reviews were comparing it to Disco. I haven't played it though. https://store.steampowered.com/app/1578650/Citizen_Sleeper/


Citizen Sleeper is fine, but doesn't come close to the depth or agency of DE. And the quality of writing is worlds away.




This is a good one. Just be warned, Disco Elysium is still way better imo. Not a slight against NORCO -- it has a good, mature narrative and even scratches some of the same trippy, abstract concepts with drugs, religion and a washed out artstyle. It's very good. Like a 8.5/10 to Disco Elysium's 10/10.


The shadowrun trillogy might be what you wanna check.




Well he did mention divinity 2 as a game he played.


Got Vermintide 2, has been fun with friends. Finished my FF collection with 6, 7 and 9. Got Touhou Mystias Izakaya which has been a very chill Reccetear Cook Serve Delicious slow paced baby management game. Got Cyber Hook, haven't played it yet, couple Dread X Collections too which havent been played. Bought some Sseth merchants guild recommendations like Songs of Conquest and a couple really fun lewd games I was skeptical on before but they've definitely delivered like Third Crisis and Claire's Quest. Nice sale!


"Finished my FF collection with 6, 7 and 9." Did you save these for last because you already played them, or have you not played these yet? If so then talk about saving the best for last!


I haven't played them yet. They're a lot of my friends' favs yeah. Looking forward to them (especially with some mods)!


Wow that makes me so jealous haha. Have fun!


Before trying 7, get the 7th heaven mod manager to install the upscaled backgrounds and 60fps mod. It improves the experience.


Never played Vermintide 2 other than maybe a demo or trial of some kind (may have bee nthe first entry though). I plan on getting Darktide though this September so is it even worth me trying to get into Vermintide 2 right now? I'm currently played through the new Monster Hunter Sunbreak DLC which just feels like a better melee experience game to me


Vermintide 2 is an awesome game, worth it IMO. Even pickup games are really fun. Lots of content, nicely challenging game.


Recommendations on RPGs just like Divinity 2? Turn based combat but real time world traveling?


Wasteland 3 as well.


Pillars of Eternity 2 has a turn-based option, but you'll be completely lost if you don't play Pillars of Eternity 1 first, and sadly, that one is strictly RTwP. It is a phenomenal game though.


Ploughed through the lesser known of the sales and picked up some cheap games that look interesting. Zof, a set of Myst like puzzles without a storyline. Destropolis, arena shooter with interesting aesthetic. Pendula Swing, a CRPG focused on building relationships. Void Destroyer 2, an open universe adventure. Cecconoid, a reconstruction of Cybernoid, a 35+ year old spaceship shooter game that I used to play all the time when I was a kid. It was a top game for early home computers. Gibbous a Cthulhu Adventure. Had this on my wishlist for ages, then dropped it. But it's cheap enough now to go for it. A point and click adventure with Lovecraft tones. Worlds, a single dev game where you infiltrate bases. Seems like a lo fi mash up of deus ex and Metal Gear. Doesn't show up in search though unless you narrow down with the tags Indie, Adventure, Action, Violent.


So... What's the deal with Stellaris? Is it good at $10 or do I need to spend $100 on DLC too?


https://old.reddit.com/r/GameDeals/comments/vp6bdc/steam_summer_sale_2022_day_9/iehbajx/ I asked about Stellaris a couple days back and I found the answers I received to be quite helpful


I definitely recommend Cities Skylines to anyone who likes Sim City but felt let down by the newest one.


Reminder that deep rock galactic is part of July's humble choice :)


Rock and stone to the bone!


How is it for single player?


It's alright. When you play solo there's a little robot that will follow you and help fight, plus you can order him to mine out resource patches or the mission objectives in the walls. The robot has its own upgrades too. It's definitely better with other people though, since the different classes synergize with certain things. For example, the engineer has a platform gun that can shoot a platform up high on a wall, which a scout can use his grapple gun to get to easily. Playing with random people works perfectly fine though, I've only had a couple bad experiences. For the most part the community is pretty chill and people work together.


I think it's fun to play solo - they give you a "helper" robot to go with you. It's more fun multiplayer, but you can do solo.


I play alone, joining lobbies is extremely easy and the game is very smart towards this solo-queue experience, it’s very easy to communicate w/ your team!


I posted a response to someone else but had me thinking more, what game options are out there that focus a lot on base building? Think like RTS where you can build walls, defenses, etc. but where the base itself is more the goal or at least something really enjoyable. I found myself mostly doing that when I played Age of Empires back in the day. Stronghold is another good one I can think of, defending against occasional attackers. Factorio and Rimworld were also good ones in this vein. The idea of having to protect and defend from occasional attackers or to try and survive from something else I really enjoy. Wondering if "They Are Billions" might be something I would enjoy. Or if there are any games instead of tower defense, it's building up a base to withstand attacks. Dunno if that was just me though, but even in games like Command and Conquer I just liked building big bases with tons of defenses. I did the same in the old Earth 2150 games, and only really finally killed the enemy once I had a super fortified base and easily stopped their attacks.


Age of darkness: Final stand and Diplomacy is Not an Option are both early access games similar to They are Billions


Gone a little overboard with this salesevent. * GAMES * [Cyberpunk 2077](https://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/1091500/) * [Horizon Zero Dawn](https://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/1151640/) * [Teardown](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1167630/Teardown/) * [Wreckfest](https://store.steampowered.com/app/228380/Wreckfest/) * [Hades](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1145360/Hades/) * [Stacklands](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1948280/Stacklands/) * [Vampire Survivors](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1794680/Vampire_Survivors/) * [Warhammer: Vermintide 2](https://store.steampowered.com/app/552500/Warhammer_Vermintide_2/) * [20 Minutes Till Dawn](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1966900/20_Minutes_Till_Dawn/) * [Death's Door](https://store.steampowered.com/app/894020/Deaths_Door/) * VR GAMES * [GORN](https://store.steampowered.com/app/578620/GORN/) * [Boneworks](https://store.steampowered.com/app/823500/BONEWORKS/) * DLC * [Risk Of Rain 2](https://store.steampowered.com/app/632360/Risk_of_Rain_2/) DLC * [Dead Cells](https://store.steampowered.com/app/588650/Dead_Cells/) DLC Thinking of picking up some missing Snowrunner DLC still.


Any final recommendations for Steam Deck? My deck is arriving tomorrow.


Into the Breach. The pixel graphics would look great on that screen (like playing Advance Wars on the Gameboy Advance) and it has native Linux support.


Streets of Rogue!


It's been updated to "unsupported" status recently by the way. Not sure why, but haven't tried it either.


Dead Cells and Binding of Isaac


Any recs for games like The Riftbreaker or Subnautica? Games that feature collecting resources to expand a base in hostile territory and involve controlling a single character. Factorio was more complicated than I wanted.


Hands down No Man's Sky.


Mindustry is a more simplistic logistics tower defense game like a factorio lite, and you go to different zones like riftbreaker. They Are Billions is basebulding and expanding against a threat, Age of Darkness: Final Stand is like they are billions. Creeper world series seems like that as well, but I haven't played it compared to the previously mentioned 3. EDIT: sorry, I forgot the single character requirement, only Mindustry would fall into that.


Any of those 'work simulators' like House Flipper or Powerwash simulator under 5 bucks? Wanted something like those games but kinda in a tight budget. Thanks


Bought Cyberpunk 2007, Hades, Fallout 4, Forza Horizon 4 and Deep Rock Galactic saving money now for Winter Sale.


Cyberpunk 2007... This is a game I would like to play.


Cyberpunk 2007: V takes out a mortgage to buy a house


A ninja subprime loan


Featuring notorious villains like Fannie May and Freddie Mac.


I am in doubt to buy Cozy Groove. I play it on Apple Arcade and like it so much I want to have it instead of through subscription. The question is, can I just use my iOS save file for the Steam version? Is there any differences between the PC & mobile?


Dunno about differences, but you can move your save file from iOS to Steam. https://support.spryfox.com/hc/en-us/articles/4402233611415


Guys, I have 2.5 $ left, give me a good recommendation. I would prefer a solo short game.


Portal 2?




Bought these this sale: Hades Black Mesa Getting Over It with Bennet Foddy Hypnospace Outlaw Broken Reality Spelunky 2 Patrick's Parabox Little Inferno BattleBlock Theater Kingsway Hylics Stacklands


Hypnospace is better than it has any right to be


There's a new FPS coming out that's a spin-off from Hypnospace!


Are there any other "spaceship in trouble" - kind of games? I think I got them all: Tharsis, Prey, Observation, Tacoma, Deliver Us the Moon. Anything else I have missed? Also, how is Days Gone compared to State of Decay 1/2? SoD is fun for the exploration part, but I don't have time / don't want to do a lot of repetitive quests. Is Days Gone more like Last of Us?


> Are there any other "spaceship in trouble" - kind of games? Tin Can — I haven't played it but it's you in a spacecraft trying to maintain its various systems while everything falls apart around you.




Two more really good platformers: The Messenger and Katana Zero


Hollow knight is one of the best games ever made. Enjoy buddy.


Any last minute recommendations for eerie/creepy/ominous horror games rather than gore/jumpscare? (No first person, tall ask but it gives me nausea.)


As the other person commented, I'm On Observation Duty is a great series. It's "First person", technically, but you're just shifting POV from one camera to the next, so no real movement. Here's [their comment and my reply!](https://www.reddit.com/r/GameDeals/comments/vsuy4v/comment/if3jtsh/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3)


I'd highly recommend [Darkwood](https://store.steampowered.com/app/274520/Darkwood/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw5ZSWBhCVARIsALERCvzT8WTvowePZVe9M6cDLNxNdxzLGiO9E7ObpjDRSAWiyxwRIBlTc44aAg40EALw_wcB). I think it ticks all those boxes


Looks intriguing, thank you!


World of Horror


[Have you tried Detention?](https://store.steampowered.com/app/555220/Detention/)




Oooooh! Ty!


Any turn-based games like Advanced Wars? I already have CIV but hoping for a smaller scale that doesn't make my shitty laptop go crazy. Any game that's almost like Diablo 3 or Immortal?


> Any turn-based games like Advanced Wars? I already have CIV but hoping for a smaller scale that doesn't make my shitty laptop go crazy. Wargroove is pretty decent, though I personally hit a difficulty plateau with it and gave up. Other more determined players may get more enjoyment out of it. > Any game that's almost like Diablo 3 or Immortal? Grim Dawn, Torchlight 1&2, Titan Quest Anniversary Edition, FATE, Dungeon Siege


And also Sacred 1: Gold and Sacred 2: Gold.


For tactics games, I really like The Last Spell and Into the Breach, they play more like puzzle games then traditional tactics games. If you want something a bit more traditional XCOM has been the industry standard since it came out for tactics game design, and I've heard good things about Battle Brothers (this is the only one out of the 4 mentioned I haven't played yet)


> games like Advanced Wars [Wargroove](https://store.steampowered.com/app/607050/Wargroove/) > Any game that's almost like Diablo 3 [Path of Exile](https://store.steampowered.com/app/238960/Path_of_Exile/), [Grim Dawn](https://store.steampowered.com/app/219990/Grim_Dawn/), [Torchlight II](https://store.steampowered.com/app/200710/Torchlight_II/), [Titan Quest](https://store.steampowered.com/app/475150/Titan_Quest_Anniversary_Edition/), [Last Epoch](https://store.steampowered.com/app/899770/Last_Epoch/)


In terms of Advance Wars, I think you might like Kaiju Wars: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1508400/Kaiju_Wars/


I have not played it, but [Fuga: Melodies of Steel](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1357860/Fuga_Melodies_of_Steel/) seems to be pretty much a new spin on Advanced Wars, and it has a 91% positive feedback score. It is a bit steeper than I usually jump on games at ($20 or so is when I start to get a little pickier) but it could absolutely scratch the itch.


Into the breach is somewhat similar to advanced wars


Definitely wargroove for advance wars. I just got it and am having a blast. Also look into dark deity. A little more like fire emblem than advance wars but quite fun.


It was a good promotion, I bought at least 10 games with $50


What did you buy 😊


Anyone got any recommendations for some metroidvania games or platformers similar to Touhou Luna Nights, Bloodstained, or Strider? Been looking for something to play on the side.


Castlevania Advance Collection is made by Iga who made Bloodstained as a spirtual succesor to those games after he left Konami. Aria of Sorrow in particular will be very familar.


Timespinner is damn good. I'm sure you're familiar, but Hollow Knight is also a pretty good game (main criticism being the map system sucks, kinda spoiled some of the fun for me.)


Not *exactly* what you are looking for, but I bought Wuppo for $1.50 and it is the most delightful adventure platformer I think I've ever played.


I think steam world dig 2 is fantastic. So are the guacmelee games. My only problem is guacamellee 2 was just more of the same. Still good. The best though, is hollow knight by a mile. It was really incredible. The class was Castlevania symphony of the knight. Make sure you have played it also.


I tried Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth on Gamepass and it seems like a decent take anime metroidvania.


Haven't made any purchase yet, curious if anyone has any input on the following games I'm considering! They are a bit all over the place. God of War, Days Gone, Chivalry 2, and Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, DOOM Eternal


I liked Days Gone - quite a slow-burn, but the protagonist and the setting grew on me, and I found the mechanics quite satisfying. I can see it being a slog if it doesn't quite click with you though - there's a good couple of days of gameplay in there, and it takes its time getting to the best bits.


I second this, I really liked Days Gone it starts pretty slow and the main character is kind of unlikeable (it gets better, I guess it's a writing choice). Once the main quest really gets going it's a great game.


Is the outer wilds dlc worth it? Loved the base game, so probably hah.


Does anyone recommend Ruined King? I know nothing about League of Legends except for what we got with their Netflix show Arcane.


Ever played Battle Chasers: Nightwar? Ruined King is quite same but improved game from same developer. I also never played LoL (DotA player here), but I liked Ruined King.


Picked up: - zombie army 4 (and two expansions) - zombie army trilogy - sniper elite 4 - Strange brigade - Sonic team racing (mario kart vibes for wife) * Prey * Wolfenstein 2 * Evil within * Aragami 2 * Train valley 1 and 2 * Learn japanese 5 dollar bundle Held off on: * Ghost recon wildlands (super wanted this, but all recent reviews say the servers have been unreliable shit.. dont want to throw miney at ubi if I dont have to) * Mechassault 5 * Ace combat 7 * Forza 4, the crew 2, nfs heat (Was hopeful, but nothing caught my interest for the price) * Cyberpunk, ghostwire tokyo (half off still too expensive for something I probably wouldnt jump on too soon) * Hades, call of juarez, gunslinger (have access to from library sharing, although I really wanted to add hades to the collection) * Redout 2 (not on sale but I love f zero nostalgia) Aragami 2 and zombie army 4 have been awesome so far.


Games I've purchased this steam sale: [Chivalry 2](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1824220/Chivalry_2/) - 40% off, I like it a lot, pretty goofy medieval first-person action game that's easy to learn but a decently high skill ceiling. It's pretty janky and the party system is awful though. Worth buying if you want more medieval content, or something a bit more casual to play with friends. [Risk of Rain 2 DLC](https://store.steampowered.com/app/632360/Risk_of_Rain_2/) - 50%, I'm including this even though it's a DLC purchase because Risk of Rain 2 is one of my most played games on Steam. It's a great see how long you can last rogue-like game, scales well 1-4 players. There's a lot of variety so it takes a while to stagnate. And, it does have endings if you want to experience story elements. [The Last Spell](https://store.steampowered.com/app/1105670/The_Last_Spell/) - 25% off, Tactics RPG. Plays similar to Into the Breach where the goal is to mitigate your building's damage as much as possible, but with a tower defence/base-building aspect. Highly recommend if you like tactics or turn-based RPGs. [Gang Beasts](https://store.steampowered.com/app/285900/Gang_Beasts/) - 50% off, one of the few games multiplayer games you can go over 4 players that isn't a party game or MMO. It's a goofy physics fighting game. It's good when you have a big group, get's tiring quickly, in 30-minute sessions it's good for a laugh. **Top played steam games with good sales I want to mention:** [Deep Rock Galactic](https://store.steampowered.com/app/548430/Deep_Rock_Galactic/) - 67% off, [Slay the Spire] (https://store.steampowered.com/app/646570/Slay_the_Spire/) - 66% off, [Bloons TD 6](https://store.steampowered.com/app/960090/Bloons_TD_6/) - 70% off, [They Are Billions](https://store.steampowered.com/app/644930/They_Are_Billions/) - 25% off, [Dead By Daylight](https://store.steampowered.com/app/381210/Dead_by_Daylight/) - 60% off


I *think* I went too ham on this sale. I got over 75+ new games; some from bundles, others from steam and such but still, it's the most I've spent on games by far. I was originally going to post the entire list here but it was getting way too long. I got some old stuff for very cheap like Driver Parallel Lines, Mafia (original), Castle of Illusions, Alone in the Dark Collection and the Dawn of War Master Collection amongst others just for collection's sake. I ain't playing Silent Hill Homecoming but I'm happy I own it. Talking about morbid curiosity, I bought Mighty No. 9 and RIDE because they were extremely cheap. I wanna see what's that all about. Maybe one day we'll get Balan Wonderland for a buck so I can test that one too. Now, I finally, FINALLY bought Grim Dawn's DLC so I can play Reign of Terror and Dawn of Masteries and forget Immortal exists. I need my ARPG fixes, I need my legendary drops! I also got Trials of the Sky's three chapters. It was heavily recommended to me and I gotta start somewhere. I haven't played much of what I bought so far because chronic anxiety is a bitch but Godfall ain't that bad; I've really enjoyed the first 40mins and MOTHERGUNSHIP has potential but slap some invincibility cheats and it's my kind of turn brain off and shoot stuff. I still got Tales of Berseria from like four sales ago that I just began and it feels amazing. I was gonna grab Subnautica too but looking at my backlog now... it can wait, y'know? I should wait on that one and a couple others for now. I got a very eclectic batch of games that I will play at some point if I can take a quick break from Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel and Wild Rift. Anyway, thanks for reading. Buying games makes me happy even if my brain is fucked up and doesn't allow me to enjoy them as much as I'd like to.


I have been having SO much fun in Chivalry 2. So worth it!


How is Tales of Arise? I don't usually play that much JRPGs.


As a Tales fan, I found myself disappointed in the end. The games blows its big climax too early imo, which leaves the last \~35% of the game feeling like a huge slog. This problem is made worse by combat not really evolving and feeling super repetitive **and** later fights being damage sponges that take way too long. EDIT: I wanna clarify its not a bad game, and probably very much worth it @ $30. But as a Tales fan waiting years for this release and paying full price for it, I wasn't satisfied.


Fully agree. The last third of the game really was a slog. It’s a shame too, because before that point the game is like a 9/10. But that last chunk is so tedious that I’d give the game like an 8/10 overall


if you're considering going into the Tales of series, consider Tales of Symphonia, it's old, but considered one of the better ones


Arise reminded me that critical reviews aren’t always a good gauge of a game actually being good lol. I consider myself a major 3D Tales fan. Having played Symphonia, Zestiria, Xillia, Vesperia, Graces f, Berseria, some of Hearts, and Arise (and the sequels to Symphonia and Xillia) I think Arise might have been my least favorite of the lot of them not counting those sequels which were imo actively bad. Arise isn’t bad, but it’s *aggressively* mediocre and I found myself baffled by critics praising things like the darker story and characters when Symphonia handled similar themes about twenty times better about twenty years ago. It’s like the pandemic made critics so thirsty for anything that they saw a generic revolution/uprising story and decided it was JRPG of the Year material. The story just sort of jumps from one event to the next and one region to the next with minimal meaningful development of the world or the group. Half of the Big Twists are exceedingly predictable and the other half are just silly. The combat is pretty fun though it gets a bit stale, there *are* some big moments that are genuinely really enjoyable, but by and large it was a miss for me. There’s one single main party member who I think would even be in my top half or so of all-time 3D Tales party members >!Dohalim!< and everyone else feels like they can be distilled down to like two or three simple and/or dumb tropes and that’s their entire character. I learned more about Ryuji as a person in the first three hours of Persona 5 than I learned about anyone in Tales of Arise in the entire game. Swing and a miss for me. It started fairly strong and then went absolutely nowhere with it. I also personally dislike that the new combat mechanics required removing co-op as I have played several titles co-op with friends. Can’t do that with Arise.


Any recommendations for turn-based tactics? I've played dos1/2, xcom1/2/chimera, wasteland 2, battletech, valkyria chronicles, shadow tactics (even if it's not turn-based, and also alrdy have desperados3), shadowrun trilogy. I also played banner saga but didn't really like that sort of tactics (like final fantasy tactics or fire emblem style), I prefer dos1/2 with rpg elements, or xcom style. Not really a fan of 4X also. I'm thinking between gears tactics, Warhammer mechanicus, or wasteland 3.


Build variety in wasteland 3 is fantastic and overall its a great game. Gear tactics is good too but they force you to do side quests to progress which I didn't appreciate as it padded the game length by quite a bit. Haven't played Mechanus but heard good things about it. Troubleshooter abandoned children is a fan favorite.


Check out Transistor. It's from the studio that made Hades.


I've gotten Mechanicus, as well as Battlesector, in recent sales. Both are fun x-com style. Mechanicus is a little different, because there is no cover, and your base troops are really supposed to be cannon fodder so that your tech-priests can learn more about the enemy over time and make you stronger. Battlesector is more traditionally x-com style. Neither has a lot of additional content (Battlesector is newer, so more is hopefully coming). Daemonhunters has gotten a lot of good press but is still pretty high priced. I'm still quite new to the Warhammer-verse so I am still learning the lore, but these are a lot of fun.


So my haul this sale: * The Room 2 [finished playing] * The Room 3 [finished playing] * The Room VR: A Dark Matter [currently playing] * The Room 4: Old Sins [next up] * I'm On Observation Duty * Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted * Zero Escape: The Nonary Games * Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma * Eternal Threads * Boneworks I will most likely play either Boneworks or Eternal Threads when I'm done with The Room franchise.


Winner so far for me is For the King. Co-op table top like RPG that is really fun to play with a couple friends. Has some rogue-like elements to it, and some solid replay ability. $8 for the deluxe and $5 for the standard I think. Totally worth the money. A sequel is coming soon.


I picked up: * Cookie Clicker * Cuphead - The Delicious Last Course * Lugaru HD * SHOGUN: Total War - Collection * Thrillville: Off the Rails Bought one of my friends Mafia Trilogy, another friend GUILTY GEAR Xrd -REVELATOR- Deluxe + REV2 Deluxe, and another friend some birthday gifts: * Batman: Arkham Knight Premium Edition * Call of Duty: Black Ops II - Uprising DLC * Final Fantasy VII * Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast


Should i buy persona 4? I'm not used to jrpgs but that looks cool


It is cool. Go for it.


Initially thought the same but now 70+ hours in I'm converted On the first playthrough don't look anything up. You can play as inefficiently as you want and new game+ should make 100%ing a lot easier to my understanding I stressed way too much about combat where now I'm just op a f, not worth the stress


I also agree with erasethenoise, but I'd also like to raise the point that it will join GamePass for windows PC in a year or so along with Persona 3 and 5, and Microsoft occasionally do 3 months for $1 promotions if you're frugal (or for first timers I think? Make sure to turn off reoccurring billing so you don't get billed for a full month). Also, every time they do the promotion, you can pick up another 3 months for $1 unless you're currently subscribed Downside is that you need to have at least Windows 10, a microsoft account, and then deal with their store, which your computer will need to support... So if you want everything in one place, steam is fine


Game pass isn't available in my country, but i prefer to buy my games anyway


Can anyone recommend a good co-op game I can play with my teenage nephew, to try and show him there are more games than Fortnite and FPSes?