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It’s time to break out your wallets and head over to the Steam Holiday Sale

Don’t put that wallet away just yet, Steam has kicked off their holiday sale and there is an enormous selection of games on sale. This will run through the New Year (Jan 2) and already includes hundreds of games and will rotate through a huge part of their catalog.

Lots of games in my Wishlist are on sale like Gauntlet, Flockers, The Golf Club, Life is Feudal just to name a few. And on the main page games like Next Car Game, Grid Autosport and all the DLC, Road Redemption, SpinTires, Batman, the Total War series, Nancy Drew titles, Kerbal Space Program, Terreria and Assetto Corsa just to hit a couple of highlights.

The amount of titles on sale is pretty damn staggering. I don’t really need anymore games, since I’ve mainly switched over to playing Shroud of the Avatar these days, but some of these titles really have my interest. You can even pick up casual titles like Dead Man’s Draw and The Room.

I think I’m going to swoop in and grab some of the DLC for Grid Autosport. Then I might get a new game called Frontiers that has my interest, or I might just go all in and get Life is Feudal. Honestly, there is so much to pick from I have to pace myself or I might go broke.

There’s some great deals out there so head over to Steam and keep checking back for more games on sale.

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Big Game Sale Going On at Steam!

If you haven’t checked it out, head over to Steam and check out some of the big sales they have going on. If you’re into racing now is the time to buy with Grid Autosport on sale for $13.59 and Next Car Game Wreckfest for $14.99 and the mud-slinging, gear grinding adventures of SpinTires for $10.19.

There are tons of others on sale as well. From the look of things, damn near 5,800 games have a discount going right now. If you’re looking for something new, head over there before prices jump around again.

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Behind the wheel of a fast automobile – Grid Autosport

image Grid Autosport was on sale the other day and it was too tempting a deal to pass up. I’ve got Grid and Grid 2 from Steam as well as Dirt 2, 3 and Showdown and they’re all a hell of a lot of fun to play. Grid Autosport seemed to cause a divide though. Was it too arcade or was it too much simulation?

I found it to be wildly entertaining! It is far less arcade style than the previous Grid games and is more closely aligned with the experience you get in F1 2013 or F1 2013. I spent almost all of my time in the Touring discipline and it’s quite challenging. It’s not easy to get and hold a high position in a race. Small mistakes will cost you a ton of time and wildly slinging the car with complete disregard for damage won’t get you anywhere. I saw my chance for an overtake in a tight turn and used my car like a battering ram. I ricocheted off my competitors and shoved my way into an open slot. A lap later the right front wheel was shot to hell and the steering was ruined. The car so out of alignment I couldn’t finish.

Seems you have to use a bit of skill, timing, strategy and some luck in order to gain positions in this one. My battering ram approach didn’t work out so well. Let me rephrase, it did work out, just not over the long term. Looks like I’ll need to improve my driving skills.

The graphics are excellent as is the sound. It’s a very good experience and oddly I think this is more along the lines of what Assetto Corsa is trying to put together. Except this game can brake in the turns correctly. It definitely needs a more refined touch in order to race effectively. It’s a great deal of fun, but far more challenging than the other titles. Going through a Season of racing should have you on the edge of your seat looking for an opportunity to make up some ground and throwing your hands in the air when a minor mistake costs you several positions. Nitrous won’t help you recover lost ground from a poorly timed turn.

I’m not a huge fan of all the "Power Packs" and add-ons available for Grid Autosport. This is far too much like the nickel and dime mentality of Electronic Arts and no one should follow that model. That didn’t stop me from enjoying this game, I just think it’s a terrible model to follow.

If you just want go get behind the wheel and tear up the track you’ll be frustrated with Grid Autosport. You’d be better off with Dirt 2, Dirt Showdown or Next Car Game. However, if you want to race through seasons where timing and strategy can win a race, then Grid Autosport will make you happy. I got this on sale and am very satisfied with the purchase.

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Epic Boss Event Prizes and Syndicate Rewards – Crime City

It’s a relentless stream of events in Crime City, almost to the point of being monotonous and a grind, but the prizes have been pretty high end. The pace is pretty grueling, but these rewards have had a big impact on my character. Not to mention this latest Epic Boss Event and the tiered reward structure. I got my 100 wins in within 48 hours. Life and work got in the way of me completing the 24, but I’m not going to quibble. I’ve managed to pick up the big gun, the big car, another big gun and now 4 of the Specter Faulds. Not a bad haul over these last few events, but damn I wish Gree would take a break. Do we really have to multiple event running every day of the week? Come on, how about some down time? How about just one event a week and maybe you take a week off? I’m all for playing this game, but damn, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

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SpinTire for Sale on Steam – 40% Off

image Here’s something for the holidays (yes, Halloween is a holiday!) SpinTires is on sale at Steam for 40% Off. This brings the price down to $17.99 from the regular $30. That’s not too shabby.

If you haven’t seen SpinTires, it’s an offroad adventure full of heavy duty military trucks converted to the logging business. The goal is to explore the map, carry out tasks (such as loading lumber) and not get stuck. The getting stuck part is probably the hardest to avoid.

Now, before we get too far, this is indeed a slow paced game. This isn’t racing. Not only is the top speed a mere crawl since you’re in an 8 wheeled transport rig, but the terrain is insanely difficult, full of trees, rivers and mud that will try to swallow you whole. The countryside will blur by at a blistering 8-10mph if you’re lucky. But that’s not the point.

It’s all about exploring the landscape and testing your mettle as a driver and the power of your rig. Did you pick the right truck for the job? Do you have enough fuel? Do you even know where you’re going? Expect some long hours behind the wheel where you put in a slow, but deliberate pace.

I’m not sure this qualifies as a casual game, but that’s in the eye of the beholder. I missed getting this on Kickstarter, but the Tech Demo was loads of fun. I haven’t bought the full version yet, but with this sale, I think that’s about to change. If you’re looking for some offroad fun and challenges, SpinTires might be just what you’re looking for.

SpinTire for Sale on Steam – 40% Off

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