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Gaming on a Budget #4 – July 20th 2012

Posted on July 20, 2012 AT 01:35am

NOTE FROM THE WRITER- If you do not have a Steam account, you should get one now. CLICK ME! The Steam Summer Sale began last week, and I’ve already hit my banks overdraft!
Welcome to the weekly series of Gaming on a Budget. While video game prices are on the rise, there are plenty of great games, great deals, and great steals for those who don’t mind playing games after they have been out for a while. My objective in this article is not necessarily to review games, but introduce you to lesser known games, websites, and deals that may be hard to find. I help you get through the week with upcoming weekend sales, free play weekends, and a recap of games you should always have ready to play.

FREE TO PLAY- Battlefield Heroes- This 3rd person shooter with over 10 million registered users was released in June 25th 2009 and is on the Refractor 2 Engine and developed by EA Digital Illusions CE. This was EA’s first Battlefield game released under the Play 4 Free model which allows revenue to be generated from advertisements. The game is modified to make it more fast paced with lower spawn times, and offers an intelligent spawn system putting players to the closest battle, sometimes even behind enemy lines! Sign up and choose your side at the the BFH Website right now.

FRANCHISE DEAL- THQ Collection- Original Cost- $389.85. Bundle Cost- $49.99! Over on Steam you can pick up the THQ Bundle that has a great list of new and old games for you to check out. From Warhammer 40k, Company of Heroes, and Saints: Third Row, you have your choice of puzzles, RTS, FPS, and RPG style games to allow you to play for long periods of time. Don’t’ forget to check out Nexuiz, which is powered by the CryENGINE3 and gives you a great feeling of the older Quake/Unreal style games!

INDIE SPOTLIGHT- Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale- A very interesting game that takes what you’ve learned from auction houses in World of Warcraft and Diablo III, and puts it to the test in the game market by attempting to buy, sell, trade, and bargain for items to sell in your shop. The game is very quirky but if you can grab it on Steam during the summer deals, or even paying the full price at $19.99 is still a great deal for a lot of fun. Pick it up on Steam and Capitalism Ho!

KEN’S SPOTLIGHT- HOARD- This game is very simple. Burn villages, capture princesses, and defeat your opponents by killing and stealing their gold. The term hoard is meant to describe the hoarding you will do with the gold you collect, as you play a dragon who flies around, destroys towns and crops, and collects gold. Until July 23rd, this game and all the DLC will only cost you $5.99 on Steam and is by far my favorite game since the Steam sale has began.
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