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On Steam This Week: Castlevania, Memoria, and Shelter

Marcus Estrada

This week Steam saw another huge batch of game releases. As we head closer to the coveted holiday buying season we can only expect this trend to increase. Both indie games and big name launches were present which means there are likely games for everyone available now.


First, there was the PC release of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Ultimate Edition. Of course, the game originally came to consoles and focused on a very interesting take on the Castlevania series. A sequel is coming soon so you can prepare with the original for $29.99.


Amiga fans will likely be the only ones to recognize The Chaos Engine. This remake of this steampunk Victorian top-down shooter comes with both a classic and remake mode, meaning everyone should be pleased. It can be had for $9.99 or $16.99 for the two player set.


Game Dev Tycoon is one of the successful Greenlight candidates released this week. As the name implies, you take control of a developer and seek to make successful games and basically keep your company from crumbling. It is 20% off for a week at $7.99.


MOBA fans may be willing to check out the latest addition to the genre: Guardians of Middle-Earth. Of course, it's based on The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings worlds and characters. Although the game itself is only $19.99, the DLC-filled collection cranks the cost up to $79.99.


Lost Planet 3 was the main "big" release this week. The series, which began on consoles, has now seen life on PC. Players must explore alien territories in harsh weather and generally kick butt. Fans of the series or newcomers can both jump into it for $49.99.


Memoria is one attractive new adventure game from Daedalic Entertainment. The point and click adventure title looks so good because the art is hand drawn! In any case, it mixes fantasy and RPG elements in to create a unique experience for $17.99 (which is a 10% discount).


If you feel like most of these games aren't offering a more relaxed challenge, then perhaps Perfection will be up your alley. The puzzle game is all about cutting up shapes and features a simple, colorful visual aesthetic. The game costs $2.99 and that's without any discounts.


PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate is a fancy smanchy rendition of the older PixelJunk Monsters game. This tower defense title has some cute, cartoony graphics and multiplayer. Single players can grab it for $19.99 or invest in a two player pack at $34.99.


Another Greenlight success is Shelter. Developer Might and Delight created an intriguing new adventure game where players are immersed in nature. As such, they see the difficulty of life for animals up close and also get to do so with a seriously attractive landscape. The game is discounted to $8.99 currently.


Sid Meier's Ace Patrol is the latest game from Sid Meier (duh). Over nearly 200 missions, players must handle World War I planes and succeed in dogfights. Whether you play in single or multiplayer, the game costs a fair $8.99 until September 4th.


Dragon's Lair has a less popular "sibling" and that game is Space Ace, which is now available on Steam. The Don Bluth-animated title certainly looks good, and takes much from its predecessor in regards to requiring rapid movement to survive each cutscene. It is currently 10% off for $8.99.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is another non-indie release. Instead of the turtles we're fond of, they have been redesigned into something far more realistic. Multiplayer can be had via local or online play although there is no two/four player purchase option. Instead, you can buy it for $14.99.

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