Monthly Archives: December 2012

Steam Steals

By the time you are reading this, the floodgates that are Steam’s 2012 winter sale may be open. Each year these holiday sales grow more and more popular, with more and more hype preceding them. And for good reason. Everyone loves cheap games.

So I figured what better way to celebrate the oncoming storm than to post a few of my favorite steals. These are five games I’ve purchased for mere pennies, and then played the snot out of. I’m going to focus specifically on little indie games that most people might not have even heard of.

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Far Cry 3, it’s like a tropical getaway. Minus the part where pirates want you dead.

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In Far Cry 3, you can be strolling through the jungle when passing enemies notice you flaunting your stuff. They don’t like that one bit and attack immediately. Before you’re able to blow their heads off, a random tiger rushes out of the underbrush. Suddenly, another patrol emerges from the jungle, attracted by the gunfire. Then a group of rebels, also lured, roll up, and a three-way arises between your enemies, the tiger, and the rebels. Then, once everyone is dead, you, having not lifted a finger, grab one of the abandoned vehicles and drive off into the sunset, cheerful island music playing on the radio. These unscripted, emergent moments make Far Cry 3.

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Hitman: Absolution

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The latest Hitman game, by IO Interactive, seems to have caused quite the splash, and by splash, I mean it has split gamers like the parting of the Red Sea. People are either perfectly fine with the game’s direction, or they hate it. Up until Absolution, I had not played any Hitman game. Quite the failing on my part, I know. Apologies. But at least I went into Absolution without a predisposition.

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