Steam is offering a free weekend on select Total War games from Sega and Creative Assembly. The weekend sale includes a number of the popular RTS and civilization management titles where players build up an army and attempt to conquer the land.
There's a promo page on Steam celebrating the 15 years of Total War.
The games available for the free weekend are varied and diverse across the critically celebrated and commercially successful real-time strategy series, including the most recent entry in the long running series, Total War: Attila.
Gamers will also be able to give some of the older titles a test run, including Total War Rome II: Emperor Edition, which is also marked down by 75% to $14.98. Total War: Shogun 2, Napoleon: Total War, Empire: Total War and Medieval: Total War II are all available for 75% off the original suggested retail price, with the games carrying price tags between $3.75 up to $14.98.
The games not only are available for the free weekend but it turns out that the Total War series happened to be one of the best selling series during this year's Steam Summer Sale.
According to stats that DSO Gaming pulled off SteamSpy, the Total War games racked up close to $25 million over the short period in which the Steam Summer Sale was underway during this year's E3 event.
Total War: Attila alone managed to net Sega and Creative Assembly a very impressive $14.7 million over the course of the Steam sale. That's very, very impressive.
The only game that came close to Creative Assembly's title was Studio Wildcard's ARK: Survival Evolved, which managed to rack in $10 million after launching at the beginning of the month.
By comparison, however, Total War: Attila does not have the same level of review respect as ARK. After the developers sorted out the server issue with the game many of the negative reviews were turned positive.
In the case of Total War: Attila, gamers aren't very fond of the fact that small things like the blood and burning pack, which adds blood and fire burning to the game's combat sequences, are paid DLC. Many gamers would have happily added blood and gore to the game for free as a mod, but having those kind of optional features added as paid DLC has severely rubbed a lot of gamers the wrong way.
Older Total War games still have fairly high ratings and positive feedback from the community. The newer games, especially Total War: Rome II and Total War: Attila have been pelted by the community for feeling as if Creative Assembly is just taking them for a ride.
Well, despite the poor review scores gamers still flocked out to pick up a copy of Total War during the Steam Summer sale and now gamers will get to play more of the series during the free weekend while it's on sale for up to 75% off.