Five Cheap Steam Titles to Fall in Love With
Greg Johnson / Feb 13th, 2016 No Comments
Last year for Valentine’s Day we discussed games to play alone and games to play with the person you love, this year we’re just discussing games that you can love regardless of your romantic life, or bank account status. So sit back, cancel that reservation and order a pizza, Valentine’s Day is for video games.
5. Undertale ($9.99)
Undertale is not number 5 because it doesn’t deserve recognition, but simply because it has already gotten it. Everyone from near and far seems to be alight over this title, and rightly so. The game clocks in at or under a modest six to eight hours (and that’s even with exploring all the game has to offer), but has some of the greatest video game writing to date.
Why this title is something to fall in love with is its sheer understanding of what drives people, deep philosophical life questions, and spaghetti. Undertale is flippant enough to bring a smile to even the most cold-hearted cynic, while also open and vulnerable enough to break hearts and create tears. It has gone on sale numerous times since its release and will certainly continue to do so in the future, but even at a base price of $9.99, Undertale is well worth the experience. Try your best not to be filled with determination.
4. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy ($9.99)
Many Star Wars fans were disappointed when Disney unveiled that the new Star Wars trilogy would not be consulting the expanded universe, but luckily this doesn’t mean it was done away with entirely. The saga of Kyle Katarn starts with Star Wars Dark Forces and ends with Star Wars Jedi Knight II. While those titles (and the ones in-between) all have merit, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is the true heir to the force.
A plot set in the era of Luke’s Jedi Academy, players control one promising pupil of the force as they rise up the ranks, explore the galaxy and uncover a mystery involving the ghost of dead Sith Marka Ragnos. What makes this game truly great is the combination of a stellar plot and voice cast, coupled with a multitude of force abilities. Players will not be able to max out every power the game has to offer, but a sampling of each is possible.
The kicker is that despite having come out in 2003, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy still has servers and players, providing one of the greatest light saber fight experiences of all time. This title is worth falling in love with as it serves as a series of fan-fiction where you’re the star in the Star Wars universe; something every nerd, from storm trooper to Bantha herder, can get behind.
3. Terraria ($9.99)
Minecraft took the world by storm by essentially providing digital Legos with near limitless possibilities; the catch was that you had to collect the resources to make the “Legos” yourself. Thus came a slew of copycat pretenders and backhanded usurpers, but among them were a few gem titles that took the concept and truly made it their own: enter Terraria.
Featuring a retro art style and a 2-D aesthetic, Terraria had far more options in terms of what could be made than almost any of the competition, including the grandfather game of Minecraft. To top it off, Terraria featured elements of comedy in the enemies and bosses you’d face, and far more to keep players occupied including a hard mode and one Cthulhu style end-game boss to go after.
What makes Terraria worth falling in love with is the world it offers. One in which you can capture bunnies and fight slimes while also building pirate ships and fighting Pinhead of Hellraiser fame. As with Minecraft there are various differences between the platform versions of the game, but the PC can be constituted as the supreme being (partly due to it being the original) and for a low $9.99 the game is well worth the countless hours that will be spent within, just be sure to bring some friends to heighten the experience.
2. DC Universe Online (Free)
A “free-to-play MMO” is typically an oxymoron, as free-to-play more often than not means pay-to-win. DC Universe Online does not fall into the pay-to-win category but is one of the few great (and honest) free-to-play MMO titles. Sadly there is some extra gameplay content that does have a price tag, but it’s not required to fully enjoy the game as the base free content is expansive and enjoyable. Set in its own timeline in which Brainaic wins, following an all-out battle between heroes and villains that leaves many dead on both side. Lex Luthor travels back in time and grants powers to tens of thousands of random citizens in an attempt to prepare for the coming of Brainaic and his minions.
Players will have to decide whether to join the Heroes or Villains and then pick from one of three mentors per side, and subsequently one of six story lines. Thus begins their journey into coming to terms with their superpowers. The powers themselves are very obviously based off on specific DC heroes, which is actually explained via the story and lore of DC Universe Online, a nice touch for an aspect of the game that could have been washed away with “because we said so”.
This game is worth falling in love with because as with Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy it serves as a fan-fiction love letter to DC fans. The combat utilizes a pseudo 3rd person shooter mechanic with the hero or villains chosen weapon while taking advantage of keyboard shortcuts for powers in typical MMO fashion. This combination of gameplay styles makes DC Universe Online a very fresh game. When great gameplay is coupled with a stellar story line, talented voice acting (including big shots like Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy) and no initial or monthly fees, a truly great thing is born.
1. Postal 2 ($9.99)
Sadly this last entry will cost you some cash, but oh boy is it worth it. Postal 2 is one of the most notorious games all time, living it up with titles such as Conker’s Bad Fur Day in terms of upsetting the general public. Racism, sexism, animal abuse, murder, public indecency, Postal 2 hits every third-rail nail right on the head and then proceeds to laugh about it.
Set in the strange town of Postal, players control one aptly named “Postal Dude” who is just trying to get through his errands for the week despite living in a town of awful people. Players then get a choice, either go through with the tedious errands or to shake things up and get them done with murder and mayhem. One of the very first tasks involves buying milk, which can be picked up and bought after waiting patiently in line. If that sounds positively boring, players can instead take the milk, shoot up the store and steal it. Running With Scissors, the game’s creator, attempts an argument of “the game is only as bad as the player” but that’s a bold-faced lie as the game is plenty offensive without the player’s input.
Why is something so awful and vulgar worth falling in love with? Well it can’t be any worse of a choice than your last ex. Postal 2 is a game to be taken with a grain of salt as the gameplay is challenging yet fair, and the writing is still shocking and funny today as it was when it came out in 1997. For only $9.99 this game is an utter steal. After having been banned in numerous countries for a long period of time, it’s better to play it while you can.
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