There are still a few days left of the 2020 Steam Summer Sale. The sale will run until July 9th, so if there’s any time to buy a load of games you’ll never play then now is the time. But if you want to buy some quality games you will definitely play, we’ve got you covered.
The Witcher: Wild Hunt is a story-driven open world RPG set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher, you play as professional monster hunter Geralt of Rivia tasked with finding a child of prophecy in a vast open world rich with merchant cities, pirate islands, dangerous mountain passes, and forgotten caverns to explore.
The Witcher 3 has won over 800 awards and currently has a 93 score on Metacritic. My friend who has put 1294 hours into this game described it to me as “the best game I’ve ever played”, so that was all I needed to hear. Witcher 3 has been out approximately 5 years, and I’m ashamed to say I’ve only just bought it during this Steam Summer Sale, and I regret waiting so long. Only a few hours in and I’m having such a blast. I can already tell that every second of gameplay was made with passion, and nothing seems to be there just to kill time. If you like RPGs and have yet to grab this, now is the perfect time to do so, especially as we wait for Cyberpunk 2077.
For the first time, the series that changed console gaming forever comes to PC with six blockbuster games in one epic experience. This bundle includes all titles in the collection that will be delivered over time, beginning now with Halo: Reach and ending with Halo 4 in 2020.
Featuring Halo: Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST Campaign, and Halo 4, The Master Chief Collection offers players their own exciting journey through the epic saga. Starting with the incredible bravery of Noble Six in Halo: Reach and ending with the rise of a new enemy in Halo 4, the games will release in order of the fictional story. When complete, the Master Chief’s saga will total 67 campaign missions.
Each game released into The Master Chief Collection brings its own multiplayer maps, modes and game types. When finished, the collection will have the most diverse and expansive Halo multiplayer experience to date, with more than 120 multiplayer maps.
When you think of Xbox, you think of Halo, and now Halo is on Steam. The Master Chief Collection was originally released on Xbox One and included Halo Reach & Halo 1-4. These games originally came out on the original Xbox and Xbox 360. Halo 1 & 2 are also the remastered 360 ports, too, so no 2001 visuals, which is good. Halo set the gold standard for modern console FPS and is still the flagship of the Halo brand. The MCC is releasing a bit differently on Steam, though. Rather than all together, they are releasing one by one a few months apart. This is actually a great move, in my opinion, because it gives players a chance to fully experience each game as well as the multiplayer modes and maps from each game rather than being overwhelmed with five campaigns and 120 maps in multiplayer. With Halo Infinite right around the corner, this will be a great history lesson to new players as well as a nostalgia trip for older players.
Choose your fate in Assassin’s Creed® Odyssey.
From outcast to living legend, embark on an odyssey to uncover the secrets of your past and change the fate of Ancient Greece.
A galaxy-spanning adventure awaits in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a new third-person action-adventure title from Respawn Entertainment. This narratively driven, single-player game puts you in the role of a Jedi Padawan who narrowly escaped the purge of Order 66 following the events of Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. On a quest to rebuild the Jedi Order, you must pick up the pieces of your shattered past to complete your training, develop new powerful Force abilities and master the art of the iconic lightsaber – all while staying one step ahead of the Empire and its deadly Inquisitors.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order takes place in between Episodes 3 & 4, a great era to place a video game in. You play as a young Padawan who survived Order 66 and tries to survive and grow as a Jedi under the constant threat of the newly-formed Empire. After a shaky run with the Star Wars franchise, EA knocked this one out of the park.
The Divine is dead. The Void approaches. And the powers lying dormant within you are soon to awaken. The battle for Divinity has begun. Choose wisely and trust sparingly; darkness lurks within every heart.
Like The Witcher 3, Divinity Original Sin II is a masterpiece RPG. The game is more a top-down style of RPG, something not often seen today. The game also features 4 player co-op, another unusual thing to see in an RPG. Divinity Original Sin II is often hailed as one of the best RPGs ever made, and with 50% off, now is a good time to try it.
Hell’s armies have invaded Earth. Become the Slayer in an epic single-player campaign to conquer demons across dimensions and stop the final destruction of humanity.
This is Doom. There isn’t much else that needs to be said. If you’ve played Doom (2016) then you know what you’re getting yourself into. High action, fast-paced demon slaying and every second of it is glorious. Doom Eternal is much more high action compared to Doom (2016); it’s almost constant carnage, and that is not a bad thing.
Hollow Knight is a classically styled 2D action adventure across a vast interconnected world. Explore twisting caverns, ancient cities and deadly wastes; battle tainted creatures and befriend bizarre bugs; and solve ancient mysteries at the kingdom’s heart.
Hollow Knight is a perfect Metroidvania style game. The world is expansive and the art style and animations are charming and very well designed. This is a must play 2D platformer for this generation.
When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber and a terrifying psychopath find themselves entangled with some of the most frightening and deranged elements of the criminal underworld, the U.S. government and the entertainment industry, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a ruthless city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other.
With each game, GTA just gets better and better. GTA V is perhaps one of the best games ever made. The story is rich and huge, and it centers around three different characters so there is a lot of variety. It is easy to sink dozens and dozens of hours into GTA V, and that’s not even taking the online section into account. While the online is a cesspool of toxic players, it can still be a lot of fun. And GTA V has some incredible mods, including the hugely popular role playing servers. GTA V also ranked #1 on our top 100 games of the last decade list, so I think that says it all.
The genre-defining masterpiece Resident Evil 2 returns, completely rebuilt from the ground up for a deeper narrative experience. Using Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine, Resident Evil 2 offers a fresh take on the classic survival horror saga with breathtakingly realistic visuals, heart-pounding immersive audio, a new over-the-shoulder camera, and modernized controls on top of gameplay modes from the original game.
In Resident Evil 2, the classic action, tense exploration, and puzzle solving gameplay that defined the Resident Evil series returns. Players join rookie police officer Leon Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield, who are thrust together by a disastrous outbreak in Raccoon City that transformed its population into deadly zombies. Both Leon and Claire have their own separate playable campaigns, allowing players to see the story from both characters’ perspectives. The fate of these two fan favorite characters is in players hands as they work together to survive and get to the bottom of what is behind the terrifying attack on the city. Will they make it out alive?
When it comes to a remake, Resident Evil 2 is a masterpiece on how to do it. Completely remade from the ground up, it stays true enough to the original while also becoming its own story and game. The story is great, the character development is amazing and it looks great and is truly terrifying. This is my personal favorite game of the last decade.
SOUTH PARK™: THE STICK OF TRUTH™
An epic quest to become… cool. From the perilous battlefields of the fourth-grade playground, a young hero will rise, destined to be South Park’s savior. Arm yourself with weapons of legend to defeat underpants gnomes, hippies and other forces of evil. Earn your place at the side of Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny as their new friend.
SOUTH PARK™: THE FRACTURED BUT WHOLE™
In the quiet mountain town of South Park, darkness has spread across the land. An entire squad of superheroes will rise, led by a nocturnal scavenger sworn to clean the trash can of South Park society. As the newest member of Coon and Friends, create your own superhero, build up your notoriety, and use your superpowers to save South Park.
These games are basically South Park movies in video game form. South Park has had some pretty terrible games over its history, but these are as close to the TV show as it gets, and they are highly entertaining. The games are RPGs but not overly complex to learn. I highly recommend these games.
Two years after Commander Shepard repelled invading Reapers bent on the destruction of organic life, a mysterious new enemy has emerged. On the fringes of known space, something is silently abducting entire human colonies. Now Shepard must work with Cerberus, a ruthless organization devoted to human survival at any cost, to stop the most terrifying threat mankind has ever faced.
Mass Effect 2 is one of the best games to be released in the last decade. While Mass Effect 1 was a good game, this took the series to a whole new level. You also don’t really need to know anything about the first game to dive into this one; it is very accessible. The game plays a lot like the Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic series and is very solid. The story is rich, the character development is 10/10, and I couldn’t recommend this game enough.
Winner of more than 200 Game of the Year Awards, Skyrim Special Edition brings the epic fantasy to life in stunning detail. The Special Edition includes the critically acclaimed game and add-ons with all-new features like remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, and more. Skyrim Special Edition also brings the full power of mods to the PC and consoles. New quests, environments, characters, dialogue, armor, weapons and more – with Mods, there are no limits to what you can experience.
When people think of modern RPGs, Skyrim is probably the game they think of, the game that has been ported everywhere and for good reason. It is a truly fantastic game and once again shows why The Elder Scrolls is the pinnacle of RPG games.
BioShock is a shooter unlike any you’ve ever played, loaded with weapons and tactics never seen. You’ll have a complete arsenal at your disposal from simple revolvers to grenade launchers and chemical throwers, but you’ll also be forced to genetically modify your DNA to create an even more deadly weapon: you.
The Bioshock trilogy is, in my opinion, some of the best FPS games I have ever played. Every second of all three games was nothing but a joy to experience. These games are true masterpieces, and I don’t need to say much else.
FINAL FANTASY X tells the story of a star blitzball player, Tidus, who journeys with a young and beautiful summoner named Yuna on her quest to save the world of Spira from an endless cycle of destruction wrought by the colossal menace Sin.
FINAL FANTASY X-2 returns to the world of Spira two years after the beginning of the Eternal Calm. Having been shown a mysterious but familiar image in a sphere, Yuna becomes a Sphere Hunter and along with her companions Rikku and Paine, embarks on a quest around the world to find the answers to the mystery within.
After a list full of Western RPGs, now it is time to talk about JRPGs. Final Fantasy X is often hailed as one of the best JRPGs of all time. It’s the first Final Fantasy released on PS2, and it did not disappoint. It is a truly incredible game.
Fun story: I actually bought FFX while in Spain, so the text was entirely in Spanish. I can’t speak Spanish, so that was fun.
DRAGON QUEST® XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age™ tells a captivating tale of a hunted hero and is the long-awaited role-playing game from series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama and composer Koichi Sugiyama. While it is the eleventh mainline entry in the critically acclaimed series, DRAGON QUEST XI is a completely standalone experience that features entirely new characters, a beautifully detailed world, finely tuned turn-based combat, and an immersive story that will appeal to longtime fans and franchise newcomers alike. After its release in Japan, DRAGON QUEST XI won multiple gaming awards and received critical praise, including PlayStation’s Platinum Prize and a perfect 40/40 score from Famitsu (an influential video game publication in Japan).
Another JRPG to finish off this list, and this is one of the best in recent times. The game looks fantastic, the story is great, and I love the art style. It’s very bright and colorful, and it is great to see Dragon Quest getting more mainstream attention.