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Steam Autumn Sale: 3 blood-pumping story-driven games for less than US$10

Maybe the Star Wars sequels should have taken tips from the games. (Source: Steam and EA Games)
Maybe the Star Wars sequels should have taken tips from the games. (Source: Steam and EA Games)
In a world of characterless MMOs and battle royales, it's easy to think gaming has become homogenous. Every once in a while, though, a great story emerges as if a light from the heavens to release us from our suffering...or something. The Steam Autumn Sale has made a few hit story games very affordable until November 29.

1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - up to 80% off

Since its launch in 2015, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has come to be known as one of the best role-playing games to date thanks to an excellent character-driven story, solid fighting mechanics, and a well-thought-out open world. Players continue the journey of Geralt of Rivia, as he roams the Continent seeking the Child of Prophecy while taking on contracts to vanquish monsters as a Witcher with a conscience. The expansive story of The Witcher 3 is said to take around 50 hours of play to complete, while story expansions can extend the story significantly.

It should also be noted that this Steam Deck-verified game is receiving a host of new quality-of-life features and a visual update in a free next-gen update coming on December 14, 2022, which include AMD FSR 2.1, DLSS 3, and ray tracing. If you haven't jumped into The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for some reason, or you've only recently seen the Netflix series and want in on the conversation, the Steam Autumn Sale's US$7.99 asking price makes it easy to become part of the legend. Conveniently, Wild Hunt's story can be enjoyed as a standalone adventure, meaning you don't have to spend extra on an over 10-year-old game to enjoy Geralt's tale.

2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - up to 85% off

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a challenging, visually-striking, story-driven RPG with a great plot and lovable — if occasionally shallow — characters. The game's strong world-building, simple yet satisfying lightsaber combat, and excellent cast help make it stand out, while the open-level designs add a level of flexibility and exploration that's often missing from story-driven games. Players take control of Cal, a former Padawan of the Jedi Order, as he and his compatriots try to rebuild the Jedi Order while on the run from a pair of Inquisitors sent by Darth Vader himself to seek out the last remaining Jedi in the galaxy. 

As a 2019 release, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order holds up well in terms of gameplay mechanics, story, and graphical quality, making it enjoyable to play if you haven't already. At US$5.99 during the Steam Autumn Sale, it's almost a no-brainer if you're a casual Star Wars fan or enjoy a good story-driven game.

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3. Control - up to 75% off

Control is a bit of a phenomenon — a completely new single-player IP that received incredibly positive reviews at launch. Control is a slow, tense, story-based RPG that puts players in the shoes of Jesse as she infiltrates The Federal Bureau of Control in search of answers about her own past. Inspired loosely by the SCP Foundation stories, Control quickly reveals that The Bureau's mundane office building is just a façade, and as you release hell with your psychic abilities, you learn more about the secretive organisation. While Control's combat system does feature a small selection of weapons, Jesse's psychic powers are the most visceral and satisfying. The short, intriguing story is also more than enough to keep you entertained as you blast through oncoming drones.

During the Steam Autumn Sale, Control Ultimate Edition is available for US$9.99, which is good value if you're a fan of a well-written story and you haven't had the chance to unwrap this exciting title's mysteries just yet.


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Julian van der Merwe, 2022-11-26 (Update: 2022-11-27)