Steam’s Holiday Auction is still AWOL, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend some money on the site itself.
Today’s Daily Deal is a publisher sale for Night Dive Studios, a company that tends to focus on making old games work properly on newer systems – which means that today’s Daily Deal is basically a lot of older games. I would’ve said “classic” games, but some of the ones on sale probably don’t deserve that description. Sorry, Bloodnet. You were a nice idea, at least.
System Shock 2 is the crowning jewel of the sale, with its 90% discount dropping one of the finest FPS/RPG/horror hybrids to £0.69. If you don’t own this already then now’s your chance! And if you don’t own this by the time the sale ends, what is wrong with you.
The later Wizardry games – 6, 7, and 8 – are bundled together for £1.64, if you fancy some old-school RPGs for your winter holidays. The Tex Murphy Complete Pack, which isn’t actually complete thanks to the release of Tesla Effect, is £3.44. A lot of older Sid Meier titles (Colonization, Pirates!, Covert Action, Sword of the Samurai) are pretty cheap. I’d probably also throw out a recommendation for the slightly obscure (but excellent) Microprose adventure Dragonsphere at £1.24 if it weren’t for the fact that, uh, I’m pretty sure it’s completely free on GOG and has been for quite some time now.
That’s just a small selection of what’s on offer. Go have a look at the sale page on Steam for yourself and see if any of these older (and/or classic) titles pique your interest.