Monday, April 9, 2012

Amazon Spring Game Downloads Sale has sales pretty often, but rarely are for they PC gaming and rarely for this many games. The Spring Sale started on April 5th and is running until April 15th, selling over 150 downloadable games at up to 75% off. There are some pretty good games in there and unsurprisingly some awful games, but you can get big name games like L.A. Noire for $5 or Warhammer 40k: Space Marine for $10. I have a splendid list of recommendations, but if you want to immediately go check it out I won't blame you, here it is.

The Saboteur: $5 (75% off)
Take the open world and missions design of GTA, combine it with the climbing of Assassin's Creed and also add in the destructive nature of Just Cause 2, all together it makes for a unique experience, plus it involves killing Nazi's. 

Crysis 2: $7.50 (75% off)
It's the newest Crysis, the most stable Crysis, but the least creative Crysis. It definitely is a lot of fun and looks gorgeous, but it's not the most unique experience out there. It also suffers from console porting problems, even still it's quite a good deal. 

Warhammer 40K: Space Marine: $10 (67% off)
I really enjoyed Warhammer 40K: Space Marine, it has some great action, some good Warhammer 40K Lore, great voice acting and some interesting characters. I will forever appreciate that it had a female side-character that was not portrayed as being weak or a sex object, instead she is shown to be very strong and saves Titus, the main character, several times. Campaign is about six hours long and it's got quite a bit of multiplayer content to try afterwards.

Magicka Collection: $6 (60% off)
Magicka is one of those games that is a ton of fun, but only for multiplayer. Got some friends interested in a game with a ton of content, giddy humor and some decent gameplay? Then Magicka might be just for you.  The one thing to consider is that Steam often has better sales for this game, especially for the Magicka Four Pack, this collection does have a bit of DLC in it.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl $5 (75% off)
Normally I wouldn't recommend a game as dated as the original Stalker, but thanks to a ton of fantastic mods, like Stalker Complete, the game still has a lot to offer. If you want to go with a newer experience there is Stalker: Call of Pripyrat for $15, but it is also $15 on Steam. If you somehow don't know the series, let's just say it's a FPS with some fantastic post-disaster Chernobyl atmosphere that has you dealing with npc's, monsters and anomalies. You travel farther into the center of Chernobyl as you seek to unravel a mystery about a man named Sterlok.

Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II Retribution $10 (67% off)
The latest in the Dawn of War series takes a unique approach. Retribution is still a RTS, but it gives you control of all of the major factions in the game, like Tyranids, Imperial Guard, Space Marines, Orks and Eldar. Unlike the previous games you can play each race, in story mode, and each race has a customizable group of units that you can level up. The game has a huge amount of content, but the big problem with it is repetitiveness. Each story mode is exactly the same, except you play it as a different race, that's it. If you can look past that it's got a lot to offer you, plus it has online, but it doesn't have too many people playing it still, nevertheless I still recommend it to fans of RTS games that like to play RTS's that aren't all that typical for the genre.

That's it for my list of recommendations, but do check out the whole thing yourself and nab something while it's on sale, here it is once again. There are some bad deals on here, so stay away from games like Kingdom of Amalur and Company of Heroes (Company of Heroes because they often have much much better sales for the games on Steam, Kingdom of Amalur because it's far too expensive.) Thanks for reading and I do hope you find something special in here that you have overlooked previously.

-Written by Sean Cargle


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