The 2020 Steam Summer Sale is well underway. Here is a list of the games I decided to pick up while the prices were reduced.
This Year’s Summer Sale Was… Fine
To be honest, I think my biggest problem with all of the Steam sales these days is that I’ve just got too many games, and this Summer Sale is no different. Most of my library is made up of cool (or weird) indie titles. So these days it takes either a huge discount (like over 80%) or a game to look absolutely unmissable. Those things don’t seem to happen as much as they used to.
That said, I always end up buying something in the sales, so here’s the list.
Curse of the Dead Gods
A rogue-like/lite dungeon crawler with ARPG mechanics? This was always going to appeal to me. But I actually ended up refunding Curse of the Dead Gods in the end. Although I love the art style and I can see what they’re aiming for, I don’t think the content is quite there yet. And while the darkness mechanic is interesting, it doesn’t add anything to the game. Unlike Darkest Dungeon, there’s no improved loot drops for fighting in the dark, so all you’re doing is making life harder for yourself for no reason. Maybe I’ll check it out later in development.
Dicey Dungeons is a game I’ve had on my wishlist for a while. I love a rogue-like/rogue-lite and I enjoy deckbuilding mechanics. So to swap the cards for dice seems like such an obvious choice, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already! It’s got great reviews and it was 50% off, so I’m looking forward to finally getting stuck in.
Bonus: it’s available for MacOS, so I can play it on my laptop. Is Isaac over? Time will tell 😀
After I refunded Curse… I picked up Hades instead. Similar style of game, but it seems way further into development and has a lot more content. I haven’t played it yet, so I’ll update this again when I’ve spent some time with it.
Edit: Hades is definitely the better game right now. The combat feels nice and chunky, and the story is told with a great sense of humour. Well worth a look and I’m glad I made the switch.
I’ve had Hardspace: Shipbreaker on my wishlist for a long time too, and I think it has the potential to be a great, zen experience. Taking giant spaceships apart by slowly cutting them into pieces is something that doesn’t sound like it should be fun, but it is. There’s something very cathartic about the process of removing stuff and putting the parts into the correct places. It’s very slow paced, but when things go wrong, the go wrong. I’ve burned through the hours already, and I’m loving it!
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