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Steam Spring Sale violently slashes prices on 4 combat-first action games

Titanfall 2 is a cult classic for a reason. (Image source: Steam)
Titanfall 2 is a cult classic for a reason. (Image source: Steam)
In gaming, there are few things more satisfying than well-implemented combat mechanics, whether it be the swish of a blade, or the thunderclap of a hand cannon. If ultraviolence and combat are things you look for in games, the Steam Spring Sale might have just the thing for you.

1. Ghostrunner - 65% off

Ghostrunner is a game set in Dharma Tower — a post-apocalyptic, cyberpunk tower city that serves as humanity's last remaining refuge in a desolate world. The game co-opts and augments many of the themes and gameplay mechanics from games like Mirror's Edge, switching out the clean aesthetic for something more dark and gritty, and combining fast-paced parkour and mobility with visceral swordplay to make something entirely different. The story centres around a cybernetically-enhanced individual named Jack as he climbs the tower in an attempt to tear down humanity's oppressive ruler.

Ghostrunner is US$10.49 on Steam for the duration of the Spring Sale.

2. Titanfall 2 - 85% off

When the original Titanfall was launched, it was a landmark for gaming, and Titanfall 2 just took what made its predecessor great and built on it. Titanfall 2 sees players pilot titans — massive mech suits designed and equipped for battle. The titans enhance mobility and combat abilities, giving rise to superb vertical mobility and lightning-fast combat capabilities.

The focus on mobility and combat make Titanfall 2 the perfect blend between platformer and first-person shooter, while the titan-pilot pairing offers more depth and comedy than one might expect as the two try to survive being stranded on a hostile planet. Aside from its brilliant movement and combat systems, Titanfall 2 stands out for its detailed, beautiful world, and multiplayer gameplay that adapts the best bits of the single player campaign.

Titanfall 2 is available for US$4.49 during the Steam Spring Sale.

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3. For Honor - 60% off

In a world dominated by the likes of Fortnite, Escape from Tarkov, and PUBG, For Honor offers a refreshing change of pace. The game pits warriors from different times and regions, resulting in epic, melee-first clashes between medieval knights, samurai, vikings, and even pirates, to name a few. While there is a story, For Honor's biggest draw has to be the skill-based multiplayer. The melee mechanics are like no other, relying on a unique stance system that sees players trying to anticipate where their opponents will strike while simultaneously trying to find an opening to exploit.

There's a steep learning curve to For Honor's unorthodox combat system, but it's nothing short of addictive once you get the hang of it.

During the 2023 Steam Spring Sale, For Honor is discounted to just US$5.99.

4. Naraka: Bladepoint

Similar to For Honor, Naraka: Bladepoint is a PvP battle arena game that centres on melee combat, but instead of an intricate combat system, Naraka switches things up by adding outstanding mobility and flashy mystical gameplay elements. Thanks to the veritable smorgasbord of mythological and historical heroes, each with their own weapons and abilities, it's up to you whether you want to go in all guns blazing or take the sneaky approach to combat, laying in wait for an unsuspecting victim to pass by below.

Naraka: Bladepoint is discounted to US$9.99 during the Steam Spring Sale.


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Julian van der Merwe, 2023-03-19 (Update: 2023-03-19)