The Steam Holiday Sale is Upon Us!

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Yes Gamers, it’s that time of the year again when Great Father Newell pays our Steam accounts a visit and offers us wonderful discounts on our favourite titles!


A lot of people including myself hold off on our big gaming purchases until one of Steam’s big sales comes around (Bah-humbug…) so I for one am delighted to hear the bells ringing and the Ghosts of Xmas come tap, tap, tapping upon my door signalling the arrival of the Steam Holiday Sale. It’s a joyous event packed with excitement and frolics and maybe the odd “OMG you X#%^@*$ NOOB!!!” but lets not speak of that because we know that Linux gamers would definitely never act like that…never…ever…  Instead lets take a look at five of the best titles on offer for Linux during this holiday season.


Trine 2


Trine 2 is a sidescrolling game of action, puzzles and platforming where you play as one of Three Heroes who make their way through dangers untold in a fantastical fairytale world. Join Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight and Zoya the Thief in their adventure full of friendship, magic and betrayal.


Trine 2 is a must have for Linux gamers, it’s one of the best titles available for Linux at the moment. The graphics are stunning and the music creates a fantastic medieval atmosphere that will keep you coming back for hours of fun either in single or multiplayer modes.





Forced is a one- to four-player co-op arcade action RPG with puzzle and tactical elements. You are cast as slaves in the toughest fantasy gladiator school of them all, condemned to fight to the death, all the while attempting to win your freedom.


If gladiator style adventure gaming is your thing then look no further than forced. Great graphics, supports game controllers (a must for when the Steam controller is released) and overall is pretty damn good fun to pass a couple of hours.



Euro Truck Simulator 2

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Travel across Europe as king of the road, a trucker who delivers important cargo across impressive distances! With dozens of cities to explore from the UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and many more, your endurance, skill and speed will all be pushed to their limits.


Ok, I have to admit it, this is probably my favourite game at the moment. I just think it’s a brilliant simulator. If like me you are or were big into collecting trucks as a kid and dreamed about hitting the open road while trying to avoid other vehicles, then Euro Truck Simulator 2 is definitely a must have for you. The graphics are beautiful and the controls are very straight forward. You also have a good choice of trucks and customization options. Highly recommend this title if you can catch the sale!



Crusader Kings II

features_600_224_crusaderkings2The Dark Ages might be drawing to a close, but Europe is still in turmoil. Petty lords vie against beleaguered kings who struggle to assert control over their fragmented realms. The Pope calls for a Crusade to protect the Christians in the Holy Land even as he refuses to relinquish control over the investiture of bishops – and their riches. Now is the time for greatness. Expand your demesne and secure the future of your dynasty. Fill your coffers, appoint vassals, root out traitors and heretics, introduce laws and interact with hundreds of nobles, each with their own agenda.
A good lord will always need friends to support him. But beware, as loyal vassals can quickly turn to bitter rivals, and some might not be as reliable as they seem… Stand ready, and increase your prestige until the world whispers your name in awe. Do you have what it takes to become a Crusader King?


Crusader Kings II is probably the most in-depth historical strategy game I’ve ever played, in fact I’m only still trying to get into it. It’s incredibly detailed and is also very expensive when you add in all the DLC available. But if you’re a huge historical strategy buff then Crusader Kings II is a must have. You’ll grow old playing it but love every minute of it as it will devour your time (better get ready to spend lots on pizza as you’ll never cook again). But seriously, if you can get a good deal on not just the game, but also the DLC, I would highly recommend jumping on this one and adding it to your library while it’s on sale.



The Journey Down: Chapter One


In a shady corner of Kingsport Bay, at the outskirts of St Armando, Bwana and his trusted sidekick Kito struggle to make ends meet at their run-down gas station. Little do they know that they are about to be thrown into a spine-tingling adventure that will take them far from home and right into a twisting plot of corruption and danger.


The Journey Down: Chapter One has to be one of the most bizarre and entertaining titles I’ve ever played. It brought me right back to the days of Monkey Island on the Amiga 500. The storyline is solid and this game is definitely visually stunning, each of the characters have spooky looking African masks for heads. The puzzles are good without being impossibly hard, and the game moves at a nice pace. If you haven’t already purchased a copy of The Journey Down: Chapter One then you should, especially if you are a fan of the Monkey Island series.




I hope I gave you a few ideas on your next Steam purchases for the holidays. In case you’re thinking “Why didn’t he include…???”, well that’s very simple, I wanted to recommend five of my personal favourites and not just choose random titles that I’ve never played and don’t own. Plus the guys here at Rootgamer might have a few ideas they wish to share. You can leave your own recommendations in the comments section below if you’d like, we’d be delighted to see them. Happy Xmas everyone, have a great holiday and enjoy all the new titles over the season!!!


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Author: Kereltis View all posts by
Linux advocate, born in Liverpool, grew up in Cork City Ireland and currently living in Corvallis, Oregon. I love all things Linux, my favorite distro being Ubuntu followed closely by Kubuntu and Linux Mint (Cinnamon and KDE). As far as I'm concerned Linux is the future of gaming. Lets make the world as open and transparent as we can!

One Comment on "The Steam Holiday Sale is Upon Us!"

  1. Ultimoore December 22, 2013 at 04:10 -

    WOOOO Holiday sales!

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