Winter is here, and you know what that means, Steam sales! Endless Steam sales! While the big Christmas sale hasn't started yet, there's still some good stuff to be found at the moment and we'd like to push you guys in the right direction.
The Best Games In The Steam Winter Sale
There's something for everybody in this list of the best picks in #Steam's winter sale. But if I'm going to be truly honest, there's something for everybody and a whole hell of a lot for #AdventureGame lovers. For a genre that people like to claim is dead, there sure are a lot of cool studios keeping the fire alive.
The New Adventure Company Hits Collection
For those of you looking to exercise your brain a little and get those puzzle solving muscles working again, The Adventure Company has bundled together their greatest hits in an 80% off package. If you're looking for suggestions on what to play first I'd recommend the charmingly tongue-in-cheek fantasy point and click Book Of Unwritten Tales series or the chilling Black Mirror series of horror adventure games. Just make sure you've got your brain switched on, these puzzles won't go easy on you.
Try this if... You've waded through enough corpses and want to think your way through your problems for a while.
Total War: Warhammer
The latest installment in Creative Assembly's #TotalWar series is a huge disappointment, not because of the gameplay, which is excellent, but because they could have named it Total Warhammer and didn't. Outside of the baffling choice of name, Total War: Warhammer is probably the best Total War game since Shogun 2. The diverse sides and fantasy monsters bring a whole new dimension to the Total War gameplay formula and the new Wood Elf expansion looks like it will add a ton of awesome content to the game.
Try this if... You want to conquer the world with a legion of the dead while doing a silly Dracula accent.
This indie title is in the running for one of the most beautiful-looking-and-sounding games of 2016. Valley is a first-person action platformer that puts you in control of the L.E.A.F suit, an advanced exoskeleton that grants you the power over life and death, but also sweet, sweet super jumps. Valley has probably the most satisfying first-person movement since the original Mirror's Edge, and a killer soundtrack to boot. There's also a gorgeous system that links the natural life of the valley to your own, which means that the more you die, the more the valley changes around you.
Try this if... You've been sitting at a desk all day and need all the thrills of running free through nature without any of that 'going outside in the cold' nonsense.
Shadow Warrior 2
If there's one thing I love in a game, it's some visceral melee combat. Luckily Shadow Warrior 2 delivers that in sharpened spades. You play as Lo Wang, a foul-mouthed ninja mercenary straight out of an 80s kung-fu action film and must carve your way through an army of demons with one of the largest arrays of weaponry ever seen in an FPS. There's plenty of gunplay to be had, but where the game really shines is in its swordplay, which lets you dash around between enemies, carving them into chunks in a whirl of steel and terrible one-liners.
Try this if... You want a game that's everything the Duke Nukem revival could have been.
From ultra violence to something more abstract, Linea is a short but addictive little game that will test your reflexes. The game is simple: Survive for 60 seconds or more through an obstacle course of minimalist shapes while you listen to some thumping chiptunes. If the lightning fast twitch gameplay doesn't hook you in, the awesome soundtrack will at least get your toes tapping.
Try this if... You're tired of all these 'moral choices' and 'logic puzzles' and want some pure enjoyment and twitch based gameplay.
Rocket League is the greatest sport that doesn't exist but really should. Imagine soccer, got that in your head? Good, now imagine soccer played by rocket powered cars. No wimpy Brits clutching their knees to try and score free penalty kicks here, if someone fouls another player, you'll know it because they'll explode. This game is exactly as insane and fun as it sounds, just check out the footage our editors took from the recent Rocket League Championship Grand Finals in Amsterdam.
Try this if... You think rocket powered cars playing soccer sounds amazing, if you don't, check with your doctor because you might be dead.
Daedalic - Gigantic Bundle
It's a good weekend for adventure game fans with even more old school style puzzle solving from Daedalic. From classic point and click adventures like Anna's Quest to Braid style puzzle platformer Munin, the pack's bound to put your brainpower to the test. If you get bored of puzzle solving, there's also a smattering of RPG and RTS action to keep you occupied, and oh, did I mention it's 90% off?
Try this if... You think diversity in video games should include playing as a cockroach.
What games are you planning to pick up in the winter Steam sale? Anything you're hoping goes on sale at Christmas? Let us know in the comments!