Regardless of what people might say about video games being violent, it is a form of escapism that no other visage of media can match. Especially when it comes to titles that hand you a bunch of tools of destruction and set you free upon unsuspecting video game NPCs. We all love things that go boom, with flashy alpha effects and bombastic set pieces that zing our minds and tingle our senses, especially where the destructive path is as creative as we can envision it to be. That being said, here are 5 games from the currently ongoing Steam sale that let you live the power fantasies of your dreams.
Just Cause 3
Now before some of you raise your pitchforks saying that Just Cause 2 is the better game, hear me out (I know this still won’t happen). Just Cause 3 expanded on everything that made the JC2 great – a bigger world, a larger arsenal of tools and A WINGSUIT that allowed you to zip around the map at a much faster pace than the parachute. To top it all off, I actually was able to complete the story of JC3. Can’t say the same for JC2 despite having invested considerable time in both. Once the base mechanics ran out of gas, I proceeded to mod the game, adding 20+ more hours of fun with the unlimited tethers, increased tether strength, and range, increased explosion impact etc.
The game did have optimization issues when it released back in 2015 and it most likely still does, but with people having upgraded their PCs ever since, it won’t be giving issues to many. I played it on an i5-6500/GTX1070 setup back in 2016 and was happy with the performance hovering around 70-80 FPS on 1080p Ultra settings.
Saints Row 4: Game Of The Century Edition
I know what you’re thinking: Saint’s Row 4 is the worst mainline SR title, and I agree wholeheartedly. There are no two ways about that. However, it’s not a bad game on its own – not at all. Especially not as a “superhero” game.
Yes, it’s essentially Saints Row 3.5, with the same dull open world and lackluster design. Yes, it often comes across as tryhard in terms of writing and the plot even jeopardizes the future of the franchise (unless rebooted entirely). But here’s the thing: if you can look past those issues, there’s a whole lot to enjoy. One of the easiest and most fun traversal systems yet? Check. Tons of powers to experiment with? Yep. In-depth customization that the franchise is known for? It’s there. In short, there’s enough gameplay variety here to turn the boring grey-brown blocks of Steelport into a massive playground to dart around and blow things up. It might not be a good SR game but it’s for sure the definition of “power fantasy”.
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
“Memes. The DNA of the soul”. This one line from Platinum Games’ cult classic hack & slash entry in Konami’s Metal Gear universe describes the game well I feel; because MGR is as whacky as it is serious. One moment you’ll be saving a kid from imminent danger with the protagonist Raiden chiding the child for being careless, the next you’ll be jumping across missiles, slicing up giant robots into two halves. Then the game mixes things up with heated, metal clashing, sparks flying battles against goofy bosses that spout philosophy and politics.
It’s not the best looking game out there or even the pinnacle of its genre. It even throws away traditional Metal Gear gameplay for balls-to-the-wall swordslashing, combo pumping action – one of reasons why series creator Hideo Kojima doesn’t like to acknowledge it. But it’s unique, challenging and fun – precisely why it’s so beloved. And if you haven’t played it yet, what are you waiting for?
It’s genuinely hard not to feel sad for Sunset Overdrive – it’s not just one of this gen’s best new IPs but also fresher than having an ice cold lemonade splashed one your face during a hot summer day. Yet it’s all but forgotten now by the masses and probably thrown into the depths of dormant IPs now that it’s under Sony (courtesy of developer Insomniac Games).
Monster-exploding carnage at breakneck speed would be the easiest way to describe this 2014 TPS open world title. It’s replete with a kick-ass soundtrack and an even more kick-ass arsenal of weaponry to wreck havoc with. Sprinkle some vibrant, eye-popping Saturday morning cartoon visuals on top, and it’s an experience whose taste lingers long after the adventure is over. Not many games manage that these days and that’s a testament to the giddyness-inducing gameplay loop of Sunset Overdrive. This is one hell of a ride you don’t want to miss especially not when the entry fee is so cheap.
This list would feel empty without the godfather of FPSs in it. To be fair, any of the mainline Doom games can be put in here (except 3). 2016’s reboot just edges it out because it brought back the fun in FPSs. Following years of linear, cardboard corridor shooters with, Doom was a breath of fresh air. In Doom, you are the legendary “Doom Slayer” ripping and tearing through the forces of hell without a second thought. The motivations for both, the player and the slayer are simple – kill everything that moves with relentless aggression.
In what many have called a dance of death, Doom manages to pull you in through its combat design. From the speed of combat to its visceral nature, Doom makes you feel like a force of nature. Dispatching armies of demons with a huge arsenal of weapons and abilities at your disposal. As vapid as it sounds, Doom manages to feel cerebral due to the number of decisions the player has to make at any given moment. It is cathartic every moment that is made is precise and when every bullet is shot with purpose.
So what do you think about the list? Any games that you are interested in picking up? Let us know in the comments below.
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