We continue our coverage of the 2022 Steam Summer Sale with a look at the best deals for action / adventure games! There’s quite a few big-ticket items on this list, so buckle up for an adrenaline-filled play session!
As usual, we’ll have links to the games’ pages as well as current prices at the bottom of the post. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
We’re starting off with the most action-pumped game on the list. After being trapped for years in development hell as ‘Doom 4’, DOOM launched in 2016 as a soft reboot to the franchise and, having played through it, it’s the perfect power-trip experience.
It’s no secret the DOOM games are light on story. Most of it is “go here, go there, do this, do that” and basically serves as a vehicle for why you’re going places, to kill things. With how fast-paced the game is, there’s really no place for five-minute exposition drops. You’ll be rushing from one set piece to another, churning through demons and bullets in a frenzy.
If that wasn’t enough, the game also boasts a massive archive of custom, player-made maps alongside its multiplayer. I don’t think the multiplayer itself is too populated these days, considering DOOM Eternal leeched most of its population when it launched in 2020 as well as the fact that Quake Champions exists and is very similar to DOOM’s multiplayer.
Regardless, this title is a must-play for anyone looking to mindlessly plow through hordes of enemies.
Control Ultimate Edition
For those of you looking for a more story-focused experience, Control is here to sate your appetite. It’s hard to describe Control: It’s an excellent game, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also weird, in that it’s unlike any game I’ve ever played before.
You take on the role of Jesse Faden, a woman with a mission. She’s looking for her long-lost brother, taken by the Federal Bureau of Control (FBC) years ago after the two triggered a paranormal event, as children often do.
Without spoiling too much, this game is a must-have for those of you who enjoy reading about all the crazy paranormal conspiracies surrounding the CIA, Area 51 or the SCP series. Things keep getting weirder the deeper you go into the game, with mind-bending set pieces, room connections that make no sense, random objects running about killing people and a healthy dose of amusing inner monologue.
In terms of gameplay, expect to spend most of your time shooting things, telekinesis-ing other things, reading documents and watching bizarre videos captured with real actors. This game is a delight to play and if you become truly immersed in its lore, you’ll find yourself going on endless rabbit holes, googling things like ‘panpsychism’ and ‘synchronicity’.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
The Master Chief collection is a steal, even when it’s not on sale. It contains six Halo titles (all but Halo 5: Guardians and the recently-released Halo Infinite), all bundled up in one install. You can go through Master Chief’s entire saga from Halo 1 to Halo 4, or see what else the franchise has to offer with critically-acclaimed spin-off Halo: Reach and Halo: ODST.
The content offered in this collection of games is massive. Aside from six campaigns, including remastered versions of Halo 1 and 2 which let you toggle between the old and the new mid-game, there’s also the multiplayer. You can queue to play a combination of dozens of game modes, spread across all titles and team compositions, offering an infinitely-replayable experience which is probably a good thing, since there’s 700 achievements for you to hunt down.
While the game has recently moved from its ‘seasons’ content cadence (due to Halo Infinite taking up that burden), the 800 cosmetics are still available to unlock by doing weekly quests. Recent updates include custom map support for some of the games, with more planned to be included in a future patch this summer.
Red Dead Redemption 2
It’s not too often that you see a sequel to a game perform as well as Red Dead Redemption 2 has. The game is a prequel to RDR1 and is set in 1899, following the story of Arthur Morgan, a member of the infamous Van der Linde gang. RDR2 features young versions of several characters from RDR1, so if you’ve played the first installment you’re in for some surprises.
The game is open-world and includes exactly what you’d expect from a Western: Shooting, hunting, heisting, riding horses, getting bounties if you’re being bad and swimming (you couldn’t swim in the previous game!)
RDR2 made $725 million in sales in its opening weekend and exceeded the previous game’s lifetime sales in just two weeks. It has won a metric ton of awards and sits at a cozy score of 93 on Metacritic.
God of War
God of War, the eighth installment in the series and sequel to God of War III (but missing the ‘IV’, of course, because it gets hard to keep count after a while) is an excellent game, especially if you’re looking to role-play as a dad that has a hard time connecting with his naïve young son.
The game received universal praise for its… well, for everything. It received numerous Game of the Year awards, sold 19.5 million copies as of August 2021 and becoming the best-selling Playstation 4 game ever.
Now, obviously, this is a Steam Summer Sale post, so rest assured we’re talking about the PC version here. The game is not only stunning, well-written, musically gorgeous, wonderfully designed and overall perfect, it’s also epic. Few games manage to achieve this feeling of being part of something epic, but God of War is one of them.
I’d like to make sure everyone knows who composed the amazing soundtrack to this game: Bear McCreary. You may know his work from watching The Walking Dead, the modern Battlestar Galactica, Outlander and of course, games such as Assassin’s Creed Syndicate: Jack the Ripper, Call of Duty: Vanguard and League of Legends.
Prices & Discounts
Prices may vary based on your region.
- DOOM ($4.99, 75% off)
- Control Ultimate Edition ($11.99, 70% off)
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection ($15.99, 60% off)
- Red Dead Redemption 2 ($29.99, 50% off)
- God of War ($39.99, 20% off)
Are you excited to play any of these huge games? Have you already churned through them? Let us know in the comments below!
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