What to buy in the Steam 2021 winter sale
Steam’s Winter Sale has plenty of great deals, and with so many titles to browse, here are five must-play games.
The Steam Winter Sale is underway and will be live until January 5, 2022. As with Valve’s other major seasonal sales, dozens of AAA and indie games have been slashed. While some of these can be bought for pennies on the dollar, larger titles are likely to grab the attention of curious gamers looking to snag some bargains this holiday season.
With big discounts of up to 50 percent, PC owners can save big bucks on newer and older titles over the next couple of weeks. That said, the game selection below is not based on the release date but on the content that these titles have to offer. It’s also worth mentioning that some of the five entries cost less if purchased as a bundle with other AAA titles.
Detroit: Become Human ($ 19.99; 50% off)
Detroit: become human is the latest addition to the rich library of narrative games for which Quantic Dream is best known. The game was originally released in 2018 as a PlayStation exclusive and was ported to Windows in 2020. For those who missed out on the Quantic Dream masterpieces of the PS3 era, a 60% off pack is also available.
Set in a dystopian techno future, Detroit: become human addresses some of the core concerns of humanity regarding the advancement of technology. In this third-person adventure, players follow the story of three characters whose paths cross repeatedly. Their fate is shaped by the choices made via dialogue decisions and rapid events, which are highlighted in a flowchart during and after a given chapter. This mechanism allows players to seamlessly rewind and reshape their actions in the event of an unfavorable outcome.
Disco Elysium – The Final Cut ($ 19.99; 55% off)
Originally developed and published by ZA / UM in 2019, Disco Elysium – The Final Cut is the definitive version of this revolutionary role-playing game. It also comes in a pack with Remedy’s Control the ultimate edition at 66% off, which may be a better deal for those looking to expand the Alan wake the universe before the arrival of the sequel.
In Disco Elysee, players take on the role of an amnesiac detective tasked with solving a murder in a multicultural city recovering from war. Since this is a non-traditional role-playing game, all events are resolved through dialogue trees and skill checks rather than combat. An internal dialogue system called the Thought Cabinet is also available for players to explore. From there, they can support or suppress the protagonist’s personality traits and ideologies. The game features an English voiceover, which adds to its already impressive layout.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 ($ 7.99; 84% off)
Developed by QLOC and DIMPS and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, Dragon ball xenoverse 2 was originally released in 2016. While new add-ons will arrive during 2022, the game received a highly anticipated Legendary Pack 2 DLC last month.
As successor to the original Dragon ball xenoverse, this action multiplayer role-playing / combat game comes with improved graphics and more detailed Dragon ball world never created. Players can experience the story by traveling through time and reliving epic moments in the Dragon ball universe through 3D battle arenas modeled after iconic locations from the franchise. On top of that, Dragon ball xenoverse 2 features a downtown seven times the size of the original game, along with in-depth character customization, mini-games, quests, and race-specific transformations. In a way, the game provides a unique opportunity to interactively participate in one of Akira Toriyama’s greatest works to date.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered ($ 12.49; 75% off)
Studio Ghibli, Level-5 and QLOC collaborated on the development of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, which was released by Bandai Namco Entertainment in the West in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and ported to Windows in 2019. The game is an improved version of Ni no Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn, originally released in 2010 as a Japanese exclusive game for the Nintendo DS.
Into the colorful remastered world of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, players experience events from a third-person perspective. They play as a boy named Oliver, who sets out to save his mother. While the narrative is linear, there are no restrictions placed on aspects of self-serve play. The available locations on the map and modes of transportation gradually increase as players progress through the story. While much of the gameplay centers around befriending familiars and battling opponents with their help, Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Witch is considered one of the best family role-playing games ever.
Traveler Octopath ($ 29.99; 50% off)
Developed and published by Square Enix in collaboration with ACQUIRE Corp., Octopath traveler was first released in 2018 for the Nintendo Switch. After a successful year of Switch exclusivity, the game was ported to Windows in the summer of 2019.
Which makes Octopath traveler Standing out in a sea of other RPGs is the number of playable characters whose stories and paths differ but eventually converge as players progress through the game. They can choose from eight characters scattered across the map with different jobs and attributes. Each character has a unique path action, an ability that allows them to interact with NPCs in a specific way and contributes to their own reputation. Octopath traveler sports a mix of modern and retro graphic aesthetics, also known as “HD-2D”. It successfully strikes a balance between a leisurely paced script, relaxing background music, and sublime humor.
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