The Humble Store is currently having a Winter Sale, offering big discounts on hundreds of titles, and still giving a portion of sales to charity! With so many games to choose from, which should you get?
I know that my taste in games probably doesn't match exactly with your taste in games — that's a good thing, because it means that developers can make the games they want to make, and we can play the games that we want to play.
So with that in mind, this isn't going to be a "you must play these games or else you aren't a real gamer" post. While I’m tempted to call this my list of “must-buy games” from the current Humble Store Winter Sale, consider it instead a look at a few games I enjoy, that you can pick up on the cheap right now.
1. Darkest Dungeon
Originally released for Steam Early Access, #DarkestDungeon reached full release early last year. Featuring turn-based combat, permadeath, and a grim Gothic setting supported by a unique art style, fantastic narration and great soundtrack audio, this dungeon crawler focuses on the psychological effects on adventurers in the caverns beneath an old manor.
Once the stresses of battle get to be too much for a hero, they have a mental break, resulting in erratic behavior until you can get them back to town for treatment. The ever-looming threat of losing favorite characters forever makes each choice more meaningful.
Since the Early Access launch, several new character classes and new world events have been added. #RedHookStudios has announced there’s also a DLC release slated for later this year, meaning lots of reasons to come back to the game again and again.
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, Vita
Genre: Role-playing, Roguelike
Release date: January 19, 2016
Creator: Red Hook Studios
2. Rocket League
If you somehow haven’t played this one yet, there are a few things you should know: Yes, #RocketLeague is basically soccer with cars (except when it’s basketball or hockey), and yes, it’s ridiculously fun.
Developer #Psyonix is constantly working to improve the game experience, adding new game modes in free game updates. Some of these tweaks have been building the game out for eSports, some have been for more casual play. So whether you want to play professionally or just have some fun with friends, there's something for everyone here — and that something is rocket-powered battle cars.
The PC version also supports cross play with Xbox One or PS4 players!
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Sports, Driving
Release date: July 7, 2015
“Time only moves when you move.” While not actually true (time is just very slow), that’s the tagline for this FPS, but #Superhot is really more of a puzzle game than twitch shooter.
The super slow pace makes you feel like a superhero. You can dodge bullets, or even slice them mid-air with a katana. Punch an enemy to make him drop his gun, grab it before it hits the ground and shoot him with it all before he knows what’s happening. Complete a level, and you're rewarded with a full-speed replay showing just how badass you are.
Underneath the simplistic, monochromatic color scheme lies a deeply satisfying action/puzzle game with a great narrative. There are also lots of challenge modes so you can test your skills in even more ways!
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox One
Genre: First Person Shooter
Release date: February 25, 2016
Creator: Superhot Team
Big Brother is indeed watching, in this game inspired by George Orwell’s 1984. And in fact, Big Brother is you! #SurpriseAttackGames and #OsmoticStudios' #Orwell puts you in the shoes of a member of the surveillance-snooping state investigators in an effort to solve and ultimately prevent terrible crimes.
Using the Orwell system, you’ll comb through public information and private emails, phone calls and more to find the perpetrator behind one of the biggest attacks on The Nation. But information is just information. It’s the choices you make, the details you share that will impact the outcome here.
While the actual gameplay can be a bit simplistic (scan document for relevant information, which unlocks additional documents for scanning, etc.), part of the fun is trying to figure out what's not said in the text, how things all fit together in the story.
And what a story it is! It's an interesting thought experiment on what might happen if governments are given total authority. If you enjoyed games like #PapersPlease, I'd suggest giving Orwell a try. Originally released episodically over the course of a few months, all episodes are now available and ready to play.
Genre: Simulation, Adventure
Release date: October 20, 2016
So there you have it. A few of my favorite gems from the Winter Sale. Obviously, I couldn't cover every game I wanted, and I'm sure you have some top picks you'd rather see discussed here. The Humble Winter Sale runs through January 25th.
Which will you be picking up? Which favorites would you recommend to friends? Share your picks in the comments!