Steam’s brief Halloween sale grants deals on Elite, Black Desert, and more MMOs

    
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It might not be the absolute biggest sale of the year, but Steam’s Halloween bash has quite a few surprisingly good deals for the MMO enthusiast. There isn’t much time left to pick these up, either, as the sale ends on November 1st.

For straight-up MMOs, you can get Elite Dangerous for just $9, enter Black Desert for a mere $5, explore Boundless for $20, visit Gloria Victis for $10, peek into Gran Skrea Online for $5, get a good deal on Echo of Soul ($1), and snap up Project Gorgon for $30. MMO-lite players might enjoy Destiny 2: Forsaken ($15), Dark and Light ($12), Broke Protocol ($2), PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds ($15), War of Rights ($15), and Conan Exiles ($20).

Speaking of Steam, Valve is asking select users to revisit and re-review certain games after spending more time playing them. It is unclear who is being picked for this and why the company is doing it, although it does make a certain amount of sense.

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Arktouros

Fallout 4 GOTY finally on sale.

Now I get to find out who this Preston is and why he’s telling me about something under attack.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

GOG.com has also a Halloween sale. It of course has few games covered here, but Grim Dawn gets occasional notice here and the basic game plus Ashes of Malmouth, Crucible & Forgotten Gods are on sale there – as is Funcom’s The Park.

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sophiskiai

Not an MMO, but if anyone’s looking for a Hallowe’en themed game delightful indie gem “Graveyard Keeper” is worth checking out. Think spooky dark-comedy Stardew Valley involving zombie servants, dark rituals, and cannibalism.

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zoward

Seconded on this – I have like 100+ hours into this one, it’s not very expensive and has very gentle system requirements.

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EmberStar

If someone were looking for something a bit different (but not necessarily MMO related at all,) I’d like to suggest a couple

Duskers” is an odd little rogue-lite where you control a team of combat roombas as they explore an apparently dead galaxy full of drifting derelict starship hulks. You control everything using an interface right out of the original Alien. And your little team of roombas might not be alone one those dead ships.

And “Cultist Simulator.” Despite the name, this has almost nothing to do with the terrible wave of “noun simulator” games that popped up. It’s an odd little storytelling card game from one of the people behind “Sunless Seas.” You are an aspiring cult leader in a Lovecraftian themed world, and the cards are the components of the story of how you (almost certainly) die a horrible and tragic death. There is a *LOT* of reading here, so this is not the game for people who skip all the quest text. I’d also have to say that it’s totally not “cheating” to use the pause button so that you have time to read what’s going on – almost every card you play has a timer before it takes effect (or decays out of existence) and it’s pretty likely you could have ten things all about to happen at once, any of which could kill you or push you a step closer to your goal. Or both.

I think they’re both fascinating because the strange simple interface (in my opinion) adds to the appeal. Duskers can be amazingly tense as you watch the simple map, hoping to spot the blip of whatever just opened the door to the engine room before it can reach your heroic (but probably doomed) little engineering roomba, while you desperately try to remember the commands to move your only armed robot into the room in time. (If you’ve seen the original Alien, think of the scene where the captain goes into the ducts with a flamethrower while the lady watching the scanners desperately tries to guide him over the radio.) And Cultist Simulator is like a surreal cross between a chose your own adventure book and Solitaire and a plate-spinning simulator. And the cards want to drive you mad, and the plates are secretly plotting to eat you as soon as you drop one. o.O

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Barnoc N'Draak

No man’s sky is half off again as well. (I’m not sure if it counts as mmo yet.)

I’m tempted every time they do this, but haven’t nibbled yet.

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I envy you for not trying the game yet. It’s quite a great experience when you first experience it and gearing up. If you like Sci-fi and space games, this one is must have :).

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Eboni

I picked up Boundless and Towers United. I played Boundless during a free week and enjoyed it. I wanted the game, but I’m just cheap and didn’t want to pay $40 for it.

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camren_rooke

Is Black Desert worth the 5 dollar admission price?

Is Boundless worth 20?

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Koshelkin

5$ for bdo? yes, even if it’s just to max out one class and dip your toe into the world of bdo. a word of caution: grind is the name of the game from a certain point onward.

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Natalyia

If you like the aesthetic of the game and the world, then yes – it’s worth $5 just to explore the place and take stunning pics. :)

If you want to play the actual game, then you probably won’t get away with just $5. The game showers you with loot from events and logins, but I’d buy one pet. You’ll get more from events and such, but having the little guys loot for you is something you’re going to want. If you’re just casually playing, one bought pet will likely do – you can snag at least a couple more free ones over time.

Couple possible pain-points: There’s open-world PvP. Outside of the “best” grind zones it’s quite uncommon, but it can happen. You can avoid it by not ever reaching level 50 and doing the gating quest, so if all you want to do is play tourist you can go that route. But as someone who very nearly skipped the game because open world PvP? It hasn’t been an issue.

The gear-enhancement systems is nutso at the very high end. Until you reach that last few % of stat-points? It’s not bad, and has become progressively better over time. You can utterly ignore the RNG-heavy nature of it until that very end, or buy gear off the market, but until those last couple tiers of enhancement, it’s fine. If not having “the best” gear is going to be a constant low-level annoyance for you? That might be a problem. Again, outside of a very few ultra-high-end monster areas, it’s not an issue in PvE. If you’re trying to be high-end-PvP competitive? That might be an issue.

You can’t trade to other players – outside of potions and a couple other consumables (which cannot then be sold), you can’t give folks stuff. If part of what makes an MMO for you is player-player trading, that’s not going to happen.

The classes are gender-locked. While there are “mirror” classes for some of them, it’s not all of ’em, and they’re not identical.

For a game I almost didn’t play at all, I’ve spent an astonishing amount of time in it, and it’s one I quite adore – it’s beautiful, the combat is fun, and the world is a vast, seamless explorable vista.

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EmberStar

For me the PVP would be a complete no-go. Not in the sense of “never hit 50 to avoid it.” In the sense of “never try the game to avoid it.” My contribution to PVP metrics is that I won’t even enter a mixed PVP zone. Not that it makes any difference whatsoever, I’m clearly such an outlier in that regard that I’m not even on the chart.

Steam manages to annoy me because I can’t tell it not to consider PVP when making recommendations. But if I block the PVP tag, it seems to completely block any game that includes that tag (even if it’s not a primary feature.) And the vast majority of my /played time on Steam is in Warframe, Ark, Borderlands 2, Space Engineers and Conan Exiles. All of which Steam considers to be “multiplayer PVP” games. Even though Warframe is the only one I play in anything even resembling multiplayer mode. (And even then I mostly solo.)

So Steam Sales flood my recommended sale items list with Call of Warface: Medal of Headshooting Elite games, and bury stuff I might actually be *interested* in (such as Cultist Simulator, Abzu, Antihero or Armello) under the heaps of shooters, if it shows them at all. And there’s nothing I can do about it, because I can’t tell Steam which tags I actually care about and showing anything is “all or nothing.” :(

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Don’t forget Grimdawn.