Here at Duuro, we weave through the mess that is the PC marketplace, looking for the best deals so you don’t have to. Here are some hand-picked titles we believe you will enjoy and at a great price to boot.
First off, I would like to give a recommendation on the Gothic/Arkania series. While I am a relative fan of the all the games, I feel safe in advising to shy away from the original Gothic, as well as the expansion for Gothic IV: Arkania. Gothic 2, Gothic 3 and its expansion is where the series really shines and while Arkania is definitely a step back from those titles, I still felt it a worthwhile time. Especially for that price. That said, the bundle of all the games can also be had for cheap, so it may be worth just grabbing the lot of them anyway.
$12.49 (bundle) Steam
Nail’d. Even at the low price it normally is, I wouldn’t exactly recommend Nail’d. While not a bad game, it doesn’t quite meet up with other similar twitch racers that can normally be had for about the same price during most deals. At a measly buck though, there is definitely fun to be had here and the game boasts a rather decent soundtrack as well. Hard to argue this one at that price.
Fable: The Lost Chapters
Fable, in my opinion, was one of the best action-RPGs released. Ever. With its expansion, the Lost Chapters, the game had only improved. In terms of gameplay, the game more than holds up today, as do the visuals. Do yourself a favor and forget that the lackluster “HD” remake of the game even exists. The game still looks better here, plays better here and can be had for next to nothing. Do yourself a favor and if you don’t already own the game, now is the time to do so.
$1.49 Steam (Daily Deal)
Insurgency is one of the best competitive online shooters to be released in a long while. Very much a thinking man’s game, this is not your typical run-n-gun fair. That will get you killed; you don’t want to die. Check your corners, work with your team and have a blast. With the upcoming update bringing new maps and game modes, the game is only improving and this deal makes for a great time to get in on the game. Duuro highly recommends this one. You can check our review here.
A love letter to old-school FPS action, Shadow Warrior is a re-imagining of, and pseudo-sequel to, the original 1990’s classic by the same name. Certainly a modern title, though developed around the hardcore, twitch-action of shooter’s past, this game is one hell of a time. It’s pretty, runs well and boasts a rather lengthy and very much worthwhile campaign. Be warned though, there is no multiplayer to speak of. Very much a single-player focused experience, so don’t invest thinking you’ll be getting any more than that. One of the more enjoyable experiences I had with a game last year, this is also a highly recommended title from us here at Duuro.
Jet Set Radio
Truly a classic. While the controls may feel a bit stiff by today’s standards, this is still a fantastic game; one of the best to come out of the Dreamcast days, and, at this price, there is no reason for you not to try this one. Great graphics, fun gameplay and fantastic soundtrack make this one an all around fun experience that everyone should at least give a shot.
Certainly not a game without its faults, I still hold this game is a diamond in the rough. Gameplay can be a bit jank, and there were certainly technical issues at launch; some of which still lurking within the game today, but this is a fine, story-driven RPG with interesting characters and where player choice truly does impact the story in a substantial way. At this price, it’s definitely worth a try for those who have shy’d away from the title previously. This one may just surprise you.
A long-time favorite of mine; Condemned, as far as horror games go, has only really been de-throned by the recent release of Outlast. Dark, atmospheric, and damn frightening at times, Condemned is a horror title done right and is certainly, at least in my opinion, the best game to come out from Monolith Productions (not to be confused with Monolith Soft, developers of Xenoblade Chronicles). Certainly another big recommendation from us here at Duuro. The sequel, sadly, never really lived up to the original and the third game in the series, very much teased at the end of the second, never came to be.
Tomb Raider: Game of the Year Edition
One of my favorites of last year, Tomb Raider is essentially Uncharted with a lack of Indiana Jones’ influence and, in my opinion, better gameplay. A fantastic reboot of the series, even if they largely distanced themselves from what people enjoyed about the originals. Personally, I didn’t and I much prefer the direction that Crystal Dynamics has taken Tomb Raider. Fantastic visuals, solid gameplay and strong writing make this one another one highly recommended from us here at Duuro. Not surprising, considering it did land itself on our ‘Best Games of 2013’ list.
$10.49 Greenman Gaming