The Absolute Best Deals During Steam's 2017 Summer Sale
It's that time of year again. Steam is overflowing with discounts on games of all shapes and sizes. The Steam Summer Sale is here until July 5th, and it's high time to take advantage of all of the deals.
But with so many options, it can be difficult to find the best choices. This guide should help by spotlighting some of the best bargains you can find right now.
Standard Price: $59.99Sale Price: $41.99
Looking for some good old-fashioned action? Look no further than Nier: Automata, a sci-fi dystopian epic. There are few developers that can make combat feel quite as satisfying as Platinum Games, and you'll absolutely feel their level of polish as you hack and slash through the enemy robots that this game sets in your path.
Standard Price: $14.99Sale Price: $8.99
Action is fine and all, but maybe you'd like something a bit more relaxing. Stardew Valley hearkens back to the Harvest Moon style of farming simulators by giving you a fully realized, pixelated world to play in, and a wide cast of characters that you'll get to know as you go about your day-to-day life in the town of Stardew Valley. Be sure to keep your eye on the time while playing -- this is a game you can truly lose yourself in.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Standard Price: $19.99Sale Price: $3.99
It can be tough for video games to get you invested in their stories, but Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has a unique approach that makes your experience feel truly personal. The much-hailed Nemesis System randomly generates dynamic villains that develop on their own through random events you can participate in, and being able to avenge your own death on an orc that cut you down is an incredibly cool experience. The stories told through this system will stay with you for a long time.
With its sequel coming out in October, there's never been a better time to pick up this game.
Standard Price: $14.99Sale Price: $9.89
Maybe you're looking for a gorgeous indie experience. If so, we highly recommend Hollow Knight. It's a Metroidvania-style platformer with a great soundtrack, responsive gameplay, cool bosses, and a beautiful art style which is animated completely by hand. This is a game you don't want to miss.
Standard Price: $29.99Sale Price: $14.99
Sometimes you want a subtle but charming experience like Stardew Valley or Hollow Knight. And sometimes you want to blast your way through hordes of demons on Mars as violently as possible with an increasingly ridiculous arsenal of guns. DOOM knows not to take itself too seriously, and there are few games that can match its addictive, old-school FPS combat.
Standard Price: $14.99Sale Price: $2.24
Up for some classic rouge-like action? Spelunky has got you covered. It might not be easy to get through this difficult platformer, but it is satisfying as you gradually learn more and more about the game's mechanics and explore randomly generated levels. Careful, though -- if you die, you're sent all the way back to the beginning.
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Standard Price: $29.99Sale Price: $7.49
Based on the classic TV show, South Park: The Stick of Truth is an (extremely) irreverent comedy RPG. It should be noted that this game is very NSFW, but if that isn't a problem for you, you'll find that this game succeeds at both being a well-polished and easy to pick up RPG and at fully capturing the spirit of the show.
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
Standard Price: $24.99Sale Price: $16.74
Want a game with an elaborate, branching narrative? Are you (like most people) a fan of Guardians of the Galaxy? The Telltale Series takes what you love about the films and puts you in control of the action. You get to decide where the story goes, and being put in control of these beloved characters is a hard selling point to resist.
Standard Price: $24.99Sale Price: $9.99
Darkest Dungeon is not a forgiving game. It fully embraces a dark, gothic theme, and brilliantly focuses not on the dungeon crawling, turn-based combat your party is going through, but instead on your heroes' rapidly deteriorating psychological states. Losing a party member to madness or hopelessness is as common an occurrence as one dying, so this is not a game for the faint of heart.
Dark Souls III
Standard Price: $59.99Sale Price: $23.99
The Dark Souls series is renowned for its difficulty. It's not a challenge you put yourself into lightly -- these games are a commitment. However, once you're able to put yourself in the proper mindset, you'll find that few games match the incredible combat which, once you master, becomes immensely satisfying. And of course, there are few feelings like conquering one of Dark Souls III's epic bosses.
Standard Price: $29.99Sale Price: $8.99
Up for a bit of horror? SOMA is an underwater sci-fi adventure that brings plenty of thrills. Developed by the creators of Amnesia, it tells a high-concept tale of people whose minds have been converted into software and copied into robotic bodies. The game asks plenty of thought-provoking questions on what it means to be human, all while chasing you down with creatures straight out of nightmares.
The Jackbox Party Trilogy
Standard Price: $74.97Sale Price: $29.97
Maybe you want to get some friends together for some party games. The Jackbox Party Pack is one of the best party game series of all time, and offers hours and hours of hilarious entertainment, through both classic games like Fibbage and Drawful, and newer hits like Trivia Murder Party. You can also buy all three packs separately at discounts ranging from 40% to 60%.
Standard Price: $29.99Sale Price: $14.99
Looking to explore a vast open world? Bethesda's latest hit, Fallout 4, will provide you with hours upon hours of entertainment. Even when you're done uncovering the mystery of Vault 111, Bethesda's infamous modding community will help make sure that you never get bored of exploring the Wasteland.
That's all the deals for now, but be sure to check back regularly-- we'll be updating this list throughout the sale! Now it's time to get out there and grab some new games.