Thursday, July 5, 2012

Steam Game Recommendations

I decided to recommend a few of the games I like on Steam.  I've crossposted them here in case anyone is interested in hearing what I have to say about a few of my favorites.  There's a character limit so they're all pretty short, but that works well in its own way.

Batman Arkham Asylum:
 Very fun game. Gameplay is smooth and you can progress Batman as you see fit. Be a tanky, indestructible martial artist or a sneaky little bat-man who hangs from gargoyles and throws batarangs at people.

Pros:

A+ gameplay/Combat
Fun Character Progression
"Feels" like you're the vigilante himself

Cons:

Story 
Platforming can get tedious

Great action game. Combat and gameplay is especially well done. A-

Bastion:
 Great little action RPG, soundtrack is quite well done as well. Not the longest game, but the outstanding narrative style definitely makes it a fun play and it has some replay value added to it with multiple endings and different ways to develop your character. Easily worth the price charged, grab the soundtrack at the same time if you can as it is especially worthwhile for this game.

Pros:

Music
Gameplay
Fun Factor
Aesthetics

Cons:

Playthroughs are Short

One of the best little games I've played this year. A+

 Half-Life 2 (Valve):
 The one, the only: Half-Life 2

Old, but has aged incredibly well, still one of the best FPS's out there. If you haven't played it yet do it immediately, then get in line with the people waiting for HL3.

Pros:

Aged extremely well
Story
Fun Factor
Gameplay
Polish

Cons:

Some events can be tedius
Quicksaves can put you in a bind

One of the best games of all time. Pick it up if you haven't already. A+

 Lone Survivor:
 Extremely creepy indie game. Check it out if it's on sale for cheap. Fun, fresh, and unique, but the gameplay style leaves something to be desired. Pick it up if you can for <5$

Pros:

Creep factor
Story (see above)

Cons:

Gameplay
Controls

Creepy game, pick it up for yourself around Halloween and play with the lights off. B

Duke Nukem Forever:
 The infamous Duke Nukem Forever would displease no matter how good it was. Haters are gonna hate and this game is no exception. Really, I enjoyed it, it wasn't the second coming of Christ, and I didn't expect it to be. Funny, solid, oldschool gameplay, and the endless fun of blasting monsters left me fairly satisfied with this game. Plus, all the negative reviews have made the price hit rock bottom. Pick it up if you're in the mood for a laugh and an explosion or two.

Pros:

Humorous
Fun Gameplay
"No-Frills" Shooter
The Duke
Price

Cons:

Can't live up to impossible expectations
"No-Frills" Shooter
Immature

If you're into toilet humor and want to blast things without thinking too much grab this game for cheap and have fun while the haters still hate on it. B

Hard Reset:
 Awesome indie shooter. Plenty of particle effects and explosions. Runs my graphics card extremely hard so make sure you have a good computer setup before you try to turn up the graphics on this bad boy. No-frills, oldschool shooter where you make robots explode into tiny little transistor-bits. Instead of picking up new weapons as you go along there's a very cool upgrade system that lets you progress as you desire with new weapons, upgrades for your existing weapons, or upgrades to your character/HUD.

Pros:

Old School, Healthpack picking up, no crouching shooter
Customizable Character and Upgrade Tree
Great Graphics
Solid, Clean Gameplay

Cons:

Old School, Healthpack picking up, no crouching shooter
Fairly linear level design
Repetative Environments

If you want to blast some stuff and want a graphically updated version of the shooters you've loved in the past grab this indie gem. B+

 Alien Swarm (Valve):
As far as free games go, this is a really good one to kill some time with a few friends while you're waiting on someone/something. Doesn't have a lot of longevity, so don't expect to put more than a couple hours into it, but there are several different character classes and weapons to unlock in this third-person, top down, action/adventure shooter.

Pros:

Fun, Addictive Gameplay
Free
Well Polished

Cons:

No real staying power (outside of SDK, if you're into that)


It's free, so download it and give it a shot. I recommend playing with a friend or two as teamwork is a vital part of this fun little game. B-

 DotA 2 (Valve):
 This game is outrageously addictive. If you're into this type of game then there isn't any reason to not be in the beta. It isn't too hard to get in and the gameplay is solid, the development team is fast and responsive, and the polish of the game is already outstanding. Play it. It may be difficult at first (especially if you didn't play the original DotA or any of its clones) but if you read up on the game, watch videos, and dive right in you'll pick it up before too long.

Pros:

Extremely fun
Competitive
Exciting
Replayability is off the charts
Free

Cons:

Too addictive
Public matchmaking isn't perfect
Language barriers in public games
Steep difficulty curve

The only real cons with this game are that it's free to play, meaning the community won't necessarily always be the best. Language can also be a barrier in public games (as with any online, heavily multiplayer-based game). The difficulty curve (as mentioned above) can also be pretty steep. Don't let that stop you. A+

Limbo:
Beautiful little game. The aesthetics are very pleasing and the music was quite good as well. I'd pay around 5$ for it, as it's a pretty simple puzzle/platformer that doesn't have much replay value.

Pros:

Aesthetics
Fun on first playthrough

Cons:

Limited Replay Value

Grab it if it's on sale or in a bundle. B+

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