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Yes, Gamers, it is that time of year again—time for the Steam Winter Sale, which becomes more of a normal seasonal sale and less of a gamified mess with every year that passes (for better and for worse). 2021 was a pretty great, albeit odd, year for video games, so I wanted to bring that strange, messy energy into my end-of-year recommendations. Without further ado, here are some games to check out as part of Steam’s massive Winter Sale:
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Risk of Rain 2
Risk of Rain 2 is one of the most video game-ass video games there has ever been. In it, you are one of almost a dozen little guys and you run around defeating enemies and collecting items to make yourself stronger. There are a lot of enemies, and many more items. You will become an ascendant aspect of Death, you will kill the King of Nothing, you will be crushed by a planet time and time again until you manage to barely claw your way out. Easily one of the best roguelites of the last few years, the game is about to receive its first expansion in early 2022 so now is the perfect time to hop on.
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Guilty Gear Strive
2021’s signature fighting game, and my excellent introduction to the genre, is on sale for a delicious 30% off. Strive manages to be a perfect introduction to a famously hostile genre through its relatively simple combo structure and difficulty floor, and its plethora of system mechanics which allow for more experienced players to draw a lot of depth from the experience.