Steam Sales are nowhere near as exciting as the sales of yesteryear as the only freebies you get nowadays are stickers for Steam Chat but there's obviously still a whole bunch of games you can get at a discount. Many of you are already aware that there is a Lunar New Year Sale on at the moment to celebrate the Year of the Tiger but I thought as an exercise, what happens if I checked out all the games that have been highly recommended by Choicest Games (i.e. games rated 9/10) and then see what other games Steam recommends. I did this by visiting the Steam Store Page of each game that scored 9/10 on Choicest Games and then recording all the games listed in the "MORE LIKE THIS" section.
So, the following recommendations are basically a combination of what Steam recommends based on what Choicest Games recommends. After excluding games I already owned and games I never would be interested in (generally horror games) I came up with a list of 63 games that were at least recommended once. For the final list, I took those that were recommended three times or more and below are the eight games Steam recommended I look at.
Outer WildsNumber of Recommendations: 5
Developer: Mobius Digital
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Release Date: 18 Jun 2020
Tags: Space Exploration, Adventure, Mystery
Current Price: $21.57 (40% off)
This game is critically acclaimed and has won several awards. It also seems to merge two of my favourite genres: sci-fi and mystery. You're apparently a space explorer that has to figure out why a solar system is trapped in an endless time loop. Sounds intriguing and unlike many games on this list, it's pretty affordable.
Horizon Zero Dawn Complete EditionNumber of Recommendations: 4
Publisher: Playstation Studios
Release Date: 7 Aug 2020
Tags: Open World, Adventure, RPG
Current Price: $37.49 (50% off)
I've heard about this game a lot and can only assume it was a big commercial success (they are making a sequel after all). On the surface, this kind of game doesn't really tickle my fancy since open world games usually translate to huge time sinks and nowadays, time is a luxury for me. However, many talk up how good the story is in this game so it might be one of those rare gems where it has gameplay that can appease the masses yet have something deep and meaningful to say too. Maybe.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney TrilogyNumber of Recommendations: 4
Release Date: 10 Apr 2019
Tags: Detective, Visual Novel, Mystery
Current Price: $19.97 (50% off)
The Phoenix Wright games have been out for a long time and the three English versions were released on the Nintendo DS (does anybody even remember these consoles?) back in 2005, 2006 and 2007. I do like visual novels and the Phoenix Wright series is pretty big, especially in Japan where this legal drama series is also a live-action film and anime. Or maybe I just have a hankering to give a melodramatic, anime-style "OBJECTION!"
Red Dead Redemption 2Number of Recommendations: 3
Developer: Rockstar Games
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Release Date: 6 Dec 2019
Tags: Open World, Adventure, Western
Current Price: $44.97 (50% off)
Another critical and commercial success, like Horizon Zero Dawn, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an open world game which I don't really have that much time for (quite literally). However, so many people have the game, so many people want the game and it's become something of a cultural phenomenon in gaming circles. Oh, and it helps that it's a Western too.
The Outer WorldsNumber of Recommendations: 3
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher: Private Division
Release Date: 23 Oct 2020
Tags: Action RPG, Open World, FPS
Current Price: $29.68 (67% off)
I'm a fan of games created by Obsidian Entertainment and considering this game is a sci-fi RPG, what's there not to like? I've heard good things about this game so it's probably only a matter of time before I finally take the plungle with this one (especially when I heard there's the potential to get through this game without engaging in combat if you have the gift of the gab). It's under $30 at the moment which is a decent discount.
Detroit: Become HumanNumber of Recommendations: 3
Developer: Quantic Dream
Publisher: Quantic Dream
Release Date: 18 Jun 2020
Tags: Choices Matter, Story Rich, Sci-Fi
Current Price: $29.99 (50% off)
Quantic Dream have always been a company involved in making cinematic adventure games where your choices matter. I haven't played many of their recent games though since they usually found their way onto consoles before PC. I did play 2005's Fahrenheit though (aka Indigo Prophecy) and I enjoyed the game quite a bit. This is definitely one I'd like to take a look at and since it's not an open world game, there's a good chance I'd finish the damn thing!
The Great Ace Attorney ChroniclesNumber of Recommendations: 3
Release Date: 27 Jul 2021
Tags: Adventure, Visual Novel, Mystery
Current Price: $43.08 (25% off)
I've already mentioned a bit about the Ace Attorney games earlier in this article but last year they apparently released a prequel called The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. I'll probably hold off getting this one until I've at least given the original trilogy a try but if it's any similar, I guess it'll eventually be a must-buy.
Fall Guys: Ultimate KnockoutNumber of Recommendations: 3
Release Date: 4 Aug 2020
Tags: Multiplayer, Party Game, Battle Royale
Current Price: $28.95 (No discount)
Battle Royale became an immensely popular genre thanks to games like PUBG and Fortnite but they were still very much shooter games at the core. I found it interesting when developers started to experiment by placing the battle royale game mode into different genres. This seems to be what Mediatonic did with Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout where you and 59 other players have to run an obstacle course and see who survives at the end of it all. The only issue with this game (as is the case with any multiplayer game) is whether people are still playing it a year and a bit later. Also, the game isn't technically on sale during this Lunar New Year Sale so I'd hold off a bit to when it's actually on sale before giving it a shot.
So what do you think about the suggestions? Do you agree or disagree with them? Any recommendations you have for the current Steam sale?