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Happy Lunar New Year! 2021 is the Year of the Ox in the Chinese zodiac, so today is the celebration of new beginnings, and comes with lots of parties and performances to enjoy with friends and family. Steam is recognising the event in its own way, and has slashed the prices of critically-acclaimed titles. Hey, it's a fact that cows like video games, so I guess a tenuous thread is there?
Not only are there lockdowns in the UK, other countries have also put in place restrictions in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. While we might be stuck in our houses for the foreseeable, this isn't to say that we don't have options for social hangouts. There are a load of online co-op and competitive games on sale in the Lunar New Year promotions, so fill your boots. For example, A Way Out,, following two convicts called Leo and Vincent as they escape from prison and seek revenge on the person that put them there, is £7. If you're a fan of gritty crime dramas, this one puts you in the driver's seat, and the players must cooperate across their split screen in order to evade the police. Alternatively, Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Edition is an absolute steal at the moment, with a 65% discount to £10, and the incredibly popular indie Castle Crashers is 80% off, knocking its price tag to £2.
Or, maybe you're wanting to convince your siblings or your housemates that video games aren't all shooty-bang experiences, and might even be fun sometimes. Enter these astonishingly entertaining and wonderfully simple local co-op titles. Heave Ho is completely bonkers, and requires four creatures with one head and two gangly limbs to work together to get to the other side. Attempting to build a bridge of your own bodies while in the pitch blackness avoiding dangers like spikes is so funny. Heave Ho is half-off in the sale, and just £3.
We've been playing The Jackbox Party Pack 5, which is £15 right now. Each Jackbox Party Pack offers a small collection of games that players interact with through their phones or tablets. Ideal for your mum and dad who aren't too familiar with a controller. The games vary from answering trivia quizzes, rap battles, alien combat arenas, would you rathers, and inventing a fictional device for a made up prompt. It's always a laugh, and you never know what'll happen next.
Platformers get a lot of representation in Steam's latest sale - Little Nightmares is £3, A Short Hike is £4, Sea of Solitude is £5, and Spyro: Reignited Trilogy is £12. Those are some stunning savings there, and it's a perfect time to catch up with Little Nightmares, as its sequel has only just launched (spoiler: Mark thought it was tip-top). Those who are a fan of their turn-based strategy titles are in luck too, with 75% off Civilization VI, bringing it down to £12, and Endless Space 2 and Stellaris are both £8 each. Tidy.
Perhaps you're much more... direct in your approach to conflict, and prefer to let actions speak louder than words. Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which bundles Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4 into a parcel, is £18. 343 Industries and its collaborators came through with their expansive improvements and ameliorations in all four games, and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Halo 2 Anniversary are utterly unrecognisable next to their originals.
If we've said it once, we've said it one thousand times: play Star Wars Battlefront 2. Yes, it did suffer from a shaky launch, but the transformation that game underwent is legendary. The Celebration Edition is £10, and it's the game to play while we wait for those new Star Wars projects to get going. Lastly, there are real cheap offers here too, like DOOM for £4, Titanfall 2 for £8, and Tomb Raider for £2.
Expectedly, I've not even scratched the surface of the savings to be had in the Steam sale, and after all, who knows your taste in games better than yourself? I do. Indulge me one last time here, because Paradise Killer is £11 right now, which is 25% off what it is usually. It was one of our highest-rated games amongst the team, and the game is comedic, stylish, twisted, and has the most toe-tapping tunes.