The holiday sale on Steam is hardly the best time to release your little game. Unless you’re selling like hot cakes, you’re not going to come anywhere near the front page. So, here’s all the most interesting-looking games released from December 17-January 2, during Steam’s 2014 Holiday Sale.
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I’ve reviewed a few indie games on this site that try to combine roguelike risk-reward gameplay with another genre for maximum indie game appeal. Coin Crypt tried to be an amped-up deck-building game with permadeath, Magicite tried to be an amped-up crafting game with permadeath, but few songs are sung for the indies that try to be a genuinely good roguelike. This is where Dungeonmans comes in.
In one of the more surprising free weekends in recent memory, Steam has offered up the multiplayer portion of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. You’ll find it in your Steam library until 10am PST on Monday the 15th. This looks like the most interesting CoD multiplayer since, I dunno. Black Ops? Black Ops.
The game is also undergoing a 25% markdown, lowering it to $44.99. Check it out here.
You may remember a freeware gem from 2011 called Nitronic Rush. If you played it, you certainly do remember it – it’s a fantastic game about a car that can leap and spin in the air. The developers have been hard at work at its delectable spiritual successor “Distance” and as of today it’s available on Steam Early Access for $16.99 until 12/16, when it will bump up to its normal price of $19.99.
This game is guaranteed to pan out, and it’s exceedingly playable at the moment with just about as much content as Nitronic Rush had, right off the bat. The soundtrack is full of hot bangers. I picked it up myself earlier today and can confirm that this is some good shit. Read on for a beta trailer!
Sometimes it can be hard to keep track of new Steam releases when under fire from all the $3.74 and $7.49. Here’s all the most interesting-looking games released from November 26-December 2, during Steam’s 2014 Autumn Sale.
Shovel Knight is not a trailblazer. Shovel Knight isn’t going to be remembered for being the first of its kind in any detail whatsoever, but in 10 years, people will be playing Shovel Knight just because of how damned good it is.
Lifeless Planet is a perfect example of a game for which nearly everything has gone wrong. Like TinyKeep, almost every feature is contradicted by another feature until the game is a boring, confusing mess. It’s one of those new-fangled narrative-driven games, but no – it’s a 3D platformer. It’s a 3D platformer, but wait – the controls are absolutely god-awful. The controls are absolutely god awful – oh, yeah, this game is terrible.
MOBA’s are pretty big. With the recent The International 4 reaching a massive prize pool of nearly $11 million, it’s safe to say that changing anything would be similar to changing a rule in a sport.
Mid Lane Hero will be my venture into the MOBA genre, covering the major patches to the two big ones, Dota 2 and League of Legends as well as anything that is trying to break into the scene.
Every once in a while (and unfortunately, increasingly often on Steam), you come across a game so lackluster it’s almost worse than if it were a certifiably bad game. Sometimes a game is so repugnantly bland it becomes something much, much worse. TinyKeep is one of these games.