The Steam Summer Sale is upon us and PC gamers everywhere are racing to part ways with their hard-earned cash.
So long, wallet, we barely knew ye.
While there are tons and tons of great deals during this sale, I’ve gone through and picked some of my top picks. I started out with five, then moved to 10, then decided on 12 as a reasonable compromise.
Note: Steam is rather sluggish at the moment. Store pages are loading slowly and games might not even run. Read more about that here.
The following list includes shooters, RPGs, sims and various other genres, but I hope it represents a decent blend while still (obviously) showing my own personal gaming bias. These are my picks for great games to buy during the Steam Sale. There are tons of games I haven’t played that are probably great deals now, also, so please feel free to hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and I’ll happily update the list with reader suggestions.
Now, without further ado, on to 12 great games you can get for dirt cheap during the Steam Summer Sale (2018 edition.)
1. Tyranny is 66% off.
From the makers of Pillars of Eternity, Tyranny is a game about being the bad guy. In a world overrun by evil, you play on the side of darkness in what I think is a better, more compact RPG than the original Pillars (I haven’t played the sequel yet.) If you’re a fan of old-school isometric CRPGs, Tyranny is for you. If you’re new to the genre, this is a more accessible starting point than many others. More accessible now at the low price of $15.29.
2. Witcher 3: GOTY Edition is 60% off.
At just $19.99 the only reason not to pick up the Game of the Year Edition of The Witcher III would be that you already own it. One of the best roleplaying games ever made, this version includes both the Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine expansions. It may not be a perfect game—combat still comes off as clunky to me—it’s still one of the most immersive, well-written RPGs I’ve ever played. Sure it’s a few years old now, but it’s aged incredibly well. And the DLC is practically like a second game.
3. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 34% off.
Boasting better graphics and a more streamlined experience, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is an awesome co-op fantasy FPS of blood and mayhem. For those of you who don’t want to play with friends or randoms, you can even set up a private game and play with AI companions, and it actually works pretty well (most of the time.) A gorgeous world filled with wicked, skulking Skaven will give you plenty of cathartic, bloody action. You can play as one of several classes, leveling each character up as you go. There’s plenty of replay value here and for a new game, $19.79 is a steal.
4. Rocket League is 50% off.
The popular cars-meets-soccer competitive online game is just $9.99 during the Steam Summer Sale. If you’ve waited to dive in, now is as good a time as any. There’s a reason this fun little game is such a big hit. Once you start playing you won’t want to stop.
5. Assassin’s Creed: Origins is 50% off.
The best Assassin’s Creed game since Black Flag, Origins upended everything we knew about Ubisoft’s long-running Assassins vs. Templar series, overhauling everything from combat to the way you unlock the map. It was a smash hit and tons of fun, and now it’s dirt cheap at just $29.99. Seriously, you’ll get almost too much content out of this game. The classical Egypt setting is fascinating and the map is vast. Meanwhile, the story of Bayek is the best (by far) since Black Flag.
6. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is 40% off.
If you’ve ever wanted to play a video game set in one of the magical worlds of Studio Ghibli, you should check out the Ni No Kuni games. Ni No Kuni II makes some big improvements over the original, and boasts a colorful cast in an equally colorful world. This isn’t the most challenging JRPG ever made, but it’s full of heart, a great story and better combat. A good place for younger players to jump into the magical world of Japanese roleplaying games. And only $35.99 right now despite being a new release.
7. Super Meat Boy is 90% off.
If you haven’t played Super Meat Boy yet, go buy it. It’s $1.49 on Steam during the Summer Sale and, well, it’s a fantastic platformer from start to finish (if you can last that long.) It’s not easy, mind you—some levels will have you good and riled up—but it’s still a real joy to play. There’s a rhythm to this game that really sucks you in.
8. Darkest Dungeon: Ancestral Edition is 59% off.
At $22.34 this is a helluva deal. If you’re ready for the pain and misery and suffering and madness of Darkest Dungeon and its various DLC packs. (If you just want the base game, you can get that for 70% off at just $7.49.) I know this game is a controversial one. Some gamers don’t like how unfair it is, or how much it relies on RNG. But there’s still strategy and, if you can eek it out, there’s still hope for victory. In any case, this is a game about leading your party through the darkest dungeons imaginable. They won’t come out unscathed.
9. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is 67% off.
There’s no other game quite like Dragon’s Dogma. And the Dark Arisen expansion/re-release makes the game even better, with lots of new content. It’s a weird game set in a gritty fantasy world with opaque storylines, a cool ‘Pawn’ system that allows your characters to help other players in their games, and some of the best action-RPG combat I’ve ever experienced. Between the fast action, climbing giant monsters, and some truly bizarre storytelling, this remains one of my favorite titles of the past decade. At $9.89, it’s well worth your time and money.
10. Planet Coaster is 55% off.
Think Sim City but with roller coasters. Planet Coaster is a really fun create-and-manage your own roller coaster amusement park game. If you like this kind of simulation—one that really rewards creativity and fun—you shouldn’t pass up the $20.24 price-tag. Just be prepared for a new roller coaster addiction (or at least a new amusement park sim addiction.)
11. DOOM is 50% off.
Bethesda an id Software’s reboot of the DOOM franchise is fantastic in every way. Great shooting mechanics, glorious demons to stomp and rip to shreds, huge maps to explore and plenty of humor to keep you chuckling throughout. This is the most fun I’ve had with a DOOM game since the original. And now it’s $14.99. The PvP is also pretty good, though I’m in it for the solo campaign.
12. Day of Infamy is 75% off.
If you like to play online competitive shooters but you’re not really into Call of Duty, New World Interactive’s hardcore shooters are a great pick. Day of Infamy is a fantastic WWII shooter that feels new and old-school all at once. (It brings me back to my Day of Defeat days, to be honest.) For $4.99 you’ll get tons of great multiplayer action or, if you’re looking for a modern warfare setting from the same devs, pick up the bundle for $6.28 and get Insurgency also (just in time for the sequel which arrives this September.)
13. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is 30% off.
Last, but not least, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a truly great roleplaying game that eschews fireballs and dragons in favor of (somewhat) realistic historical fiction. Sure, it’s still a make-believe story of rags-to-riches but it’s a bloody good game that all PC gamers should take for a spin. An engaging story filled with consequences, intense combat and tons of player choice makes this one of my favorite games of 2018 (so far.) While 30% off may not be as big a discount as some of these, it’s well worth the price of admission at $41.99.
That’s all folks!
Like I said above, this is just a tiny slice of what’s on offer during this year’s Steam Summer Sale. If you have any tips, suggestions, etc. don’t hesitate to hit me up on Twitter or Facebook. I’d love to hear what you’re playing, what great deals you recommend for your fellow gamers or just shoot the breeze.
Thanks for reading!