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Get some great strategy games in the Steam Strategy Fest

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I'll be the first to admit that we're a bit late on this news as the sale started Monday, but the Steam Strategy Fest is up and has some awesome deals on strategy game classics. As a fan of Warcraft and Halo Wars, it's very nice to see this oft forgotten genre of game get some love. So, for your discerning pleasure, we'll highlight the deals that stick out to us as great deals.

Civilization VI Anthology: ($209.65 $24.93) steam deck playable Steam Deck Playable

X-COM Enemy Unknown Complete Pack: ($49.99 $9.99) steam deck playable Steam Deck Playable

X-COM 2 Collection: ($132.95 $12.04) steam deck playable Steam Deck Playable

Phoenix Point: ($24.99 $12.49) steam deck verified Steam Deck Verified

Sim City 4 Deluxe Edition: ($59.99 $9.99) ($29.99 $4.99) steam deck playable Steam Deck Playable

Pillars of Eternity II Deadfire: ($59.99 $9.99) steam deck playable Steam Deck Playable

Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: ($19.99 $4.99) steam deck playable Steam Deck Playable

If you can only choose one, I'd highly recommend Civilization VI Anthology. Because $209 worth of content for $25 is an amazing deal but the other tiers, Base and Platinum, are great deals as well. Runner up goes to the X-COM 2 Collection with $132 worth of content for $12.04.

Of course, I'm still salty that Blizzard hasn't brought Starcraft or Warcraft to Steam nor did Microsoft put Halo Wars on sale. But it's fine, there's plenty of other games to choose from. I'll probably get X-COM and maybe Phoenix Point, which I shouted out because it's made by the original developer of the 90's X-COM.

The Steam Strategy Fest ends on September 4th, so don't miss out and don't forget to check in everyday to claim a free reward.

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WorMzy Aug 30, 2023
I wasn't particularly impressed with Civ VI, it seemed like a step in the wrong direction vs. Civ V, but picking up the anthology for <£22 is a pretty good deal.

Can't go wrong with the X-Com games, even if they're not as good as the original Amiga games (fortunately openxcom scratches that itch).
Purple Library Guy Aug 30, 2023
Quoting: WorMzyI wasn't particularly impressed with Civ VI, it seemed like a step in the wrong direction vs. Civ V, but picking up the anthology for <£22 is a pretty good deal.
I'm with you on that . . . it's funny, there was some stuff that seemed like it ought to have been a good/cool thing, like the districts. But in practice I ended up finding them kind of annoying and fiddly, especially in the late game if I started finding that what with specialty districts and housing and stuff, I had used up too much of my good land on my best cities . . . which is kind of realistic I suppose, except with real cities you just expand the hinterland you supply 'em from.
minidou Aug 30, 2023
don't try to play XCOM 2 with the native version, it's unstable and most mods make it crash.
Philadelphus Aug 31, 2023
Quoting: minidoudon't try to play XCOM 2 with the native version, it's unstable and most mods make it crash.
Huh, is that new? I've put 378 hours into XCOM 2 with the native version, most of that with literally hundreds of mods, and had almost no crashes (barring a few from me living dangerously and adding/removing mods during a run, which were clearly my fault). But I last played in Feb. 2022…

One thing I found odd about Phoenix Point, which I picked up a year or two ago to see how it compared to XCOM 1/2, was the complete absence of music during tactical missions. There's nothing inherently wrong with such a choice, but in this day and age it does make the game feel like it's unfinished or they forgot to hire a composer or something. (It doesn't have be bombastic or noticeable, just a quiet, mildly-unsettling bit would seem to fit the theme quite well. I did like some aspects of it (the aiming in the 3D world, enemies with multiple damageable bits, vehicles in missions), but ultimately it didn't hold my interest long enough to finish a campaign. I really should get back to it sometime…
Thyuchev Aug 31, 2023
Quoting: WorMzyCan't go wrong with the X-Com games, even if they're not as good as the original Amiga games (fortunately openxcom scratches that itch).

X-Com was playable on the Amiga? Well, I missed it, then!

Really close to the originals X-Com, there's Xenonauts. I started playing it last week, and I'm hooked. It's way more difficult and tense than the modern XCOM 1/2. It's really difficult not to lose one or two agents per mission in the beginning, when you're severely outgunned. I don't remember loosing a lot of people playing the modern XCOMs.

The game is a bit rough around the edges, tho. On linux, don't play the native version but the windows one, and even the beta branch with the "community edition". Xenonauts 2 is currently in early access, it seems better in every part than the first one, but currently unfinished, it has a lot of things missing, but I think I'll use this "strategy fest" to buy it, as it's -25%.

Battle Brothers is on sale, also. It's a must-have for turn by turn tactical games lovers. Don't be fooled by the graphics, it's an hidden gem, and i'm eager for the next game of overhype studio they announced last week (after 10 years polishing Battle Brothers), Menace.
Liam Dawe Aug 31, 2023
Quoting: ThyuchevX-Com was playable on the Amiga? Well, I missed it, then!
The original X-COM: UFO Defense / UFO: Enemy Unknown was one of my first gaming loves on Amiga, that and Dune 2!
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I must not be as much of a tactics game person as I thought. X-COM 1/2 just make me mad. Phoenix Point looks like the exact same game, so I won't touch it. My glory days of Fire Emblem appear to be wearing out as I get older. Sad.
Pengling Sep 2, 2023
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Quoting: 14My glory days of Fire Emblem appear to be wearing out as I get older. Sad.
There are ROM-hacks that make new games out of the older ones in this series, at least - that might be worth a look.
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