Celebrate the 4th of July With These ‘Merica! Games From the Steam Summer Sale

No, that’s not a typo in the title. While the celebration may have passed, nothing’s stopping you from keeping the party alive in the virtual world!

These aren’t games made by an US companies (in fact, most of them aren’t), but they’re games that will make you shout “‘MERICA!” for one reason or another. So put on your headphones, turn them to the max to drown out the fireworks, and let’s see what Steam has to offer!


Metal Wolf Chaos XD

From Software is a company that needs no introduction. Their games created their own genre, and are known for their grand boss fights, somber atmosphere, and environmental storytelling, all set in a grim-dark fantasy setting where tragedy can be found at every corner.

Metal Wolf Chaos is NOTHING like that! Released in 2004 (6 years before Demon Souls) for the original Xbox, you play as Michael Wilson, the 47th president of the United States (2023 elections are looking spicy). After Vice President Richard Hawk takes over the country, Michael must take it back the only way he knows how: with a giant mech!

Gameplay-wise, the game is a stage-based third-person shooter. You control the mech through destructible environments, destroying enemies and saving civilians. The game has over 100 weapons you can use, but you can only have up to 8 equipped at a time.

The XD version, which is the one we’re talking about, was released in 2019 by Devolver Digital. It offers modern quality of life improvements, like support for modern controllers and 4k, 16:9 resolutions.


Broforce

Keeping the streak of insane, over-the-top games, we have an homage to 80s and 90s action movies. In Broforce, you play as a collection of characters that were… uhm… inspired by heroes of decades gone by, like Rambro, B. A. Broracus, Brominator, Double Bro 7, Indiana Brones, Mr. Anderbro, and a lot more.

The game is a side-scrolling shooter with completely destructible environments. Each Bro dies in one hit, at which point you respawn at the last checkpoint as another random bro. You gain lives and unlock new characters by saving captured Bros, who then replace your current Bro. The levels see you going in nondescript countries full of terrorists, landmasses infested with Aliens(the 1986 movie), and Hell itself.

The game also features up to 4-players co-op. If you want to get a taste how this game plays, you can download Expendabros, a short game where you play as characters from The Expendables movies, that can be seen as a demo for Broforce.


Spec Ops: The Line

Changing gear to a more serious tone, Spec Ops: The Line is a third person squad shooter. You play as Martin Walker, a Captain in the US Army, who goes to a sandstorm-ravaged Dubai to look for a an army evacuation team. The gameplay is pretty basic, with you controlling Walker as he shoots stuff and hides behind walls, while also giving orders to your two squad mates.

Where The Line really shines is the story. Can’t reveal too much here, as that would spoil the game. What we can say is that what seems like a typical military shooter where you headshot the bad guy and save the day gets a lot darker and a lot more real very quickly. Go into this one as blind as possible.


Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin’s Creed III would probably be a better fit for this list. You play as a Native American character, during the events of the American Revolution, and you meet with some of the greatest people in US history, like George Washington or Benjamin Franklin. But Black Flag is just more fun. Also cheaper.

In Assassin’s Creed IV, you play as Edward Kenway, a pirate in the early 1700s. After killing a member of the Assassin Brotherhood, you’re dragged into their ranks and start helping their cause. The assassination gameplay in IV takes a bit of a back seat to naval combat, which was introduced in III but is expanded upon greatly in this game. Still, the game is swashbuckling fun, and still a good time even today.


Far Cry 5

Just noticed that the 4th and 5th entries on this list are AC4 and FC5. Cool! Anyway, we round up our list with Far Cry 5, an open-world FPS set in Hope County, Montana. You play as a junior deputy sheriff who tries to stop Joseph Seed and his cult, Eden’s Gate.

The Far Cry games after 3 have a pretty well established formula. You roam an open-world while liberating bases, driving vehicles, and climbing towers, all while shooting anyone that gets in your way. The best part of most Far Cry games, however, is the villain, and Joseph Seed does not disappoint. Though you’ll find there’s something very… familial about him.


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Which of these games are you playing to celebrate the 4th of July? Anything else we didn’t wave under the flag? Let us know in the comments below!

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