The Steam summer sale went live yesterday and had a few teething problems to start, but will be running now until July 9th, so get your wallets out!
It’s mostly the usual suspects – for those who are experienced with Steam sales, you’ll no doubt recognize that a great deal of the titles and prices are the same year after year, as developers hit the lowest prices they’re willing to sell for. Even with the amount of repeats you’ll see, there are still a few hidden bargains, and perhaps you’ll find something you hadn’t considered. For those new to PC gaming or Steam, these sales can offer ridiculous value for money.
With 1800 games perhaps I don’t need to be shopping for more, but find myself still scrolling through my extensive wishlist because there’s no such thing as too many games. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway, although I have set myself strict rules on only buying what I intend to play!
I’ve collected my favourite games and top picks based on reviews, prices and historical lows.
Steam Summer Sale 2019 – New Release Discounts
Devil May Cry 5, £29.69 (34% off) – Released in March, the latest installment of this devil hunting, crazy combo action series is a historical low at 34% off and has an overall positive rating of 92% on Steam.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, £39.92 (20% off) – From the creators of Dark Souls and Bloodborne, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will offer a lot of playtime and challenge. It’s a small discount, but considering this game only released in March, it’s a tidy little saving of a tenner to anyone who’s been on the fence about picking it up.
A Plague Tale: Innocence, £29.99 (25% off) – Ten quid off a critically acclaimed game that only game out a month ago? Yes please. I haven’t had chance to play this unique story driven adventure yet, but the review scores have been about as high as they get so this is a decent early discount.
Darksiders 3, £15.29 (66% off) – Get in some serious whip action with this hack and slash action adventure at a historical low.
Outward, £20.99 (40% off) – This is an open world fantasy RPG with survival elements. It only released a few months ago, so 40% is an excellent discount and by far a historical low. It hasn’t reviewed incredibly well, but I have heard quite a few good things about it and think those that enjoyed games like the original Gothic series may find something here that appeals to them. I’ve personally had it on my wishlist for a while, and have now picked it up as I feel £20 hit about the price point I was looking at for this, and earlier than expected.
Monster Hunter: World, £24.99 (50% off) – If you fancy some hacking and slashing of beasties, Monster Hunter: World at 50% off is a good discount and it’s had quite a lot of bug fixes since release too.
ATLAS, £7.85 (67% off) – I’m mentioning ATLAS mainly because the Welsh Gaming Network has a veritable horde of Atlas players, who constantly seem to be getting killed by giant monsters and moaning about wood farming. It’s still in Early Access and I haven’t played it myself since a few weeks after release, but I think it’s worth a mention as this is a pretty hefty discount and even if the game has quite a few bugs and hasn’t reviewed particularly well, you’ll probably have a lot of fun playing with the WGN crew. Give Lonewolf a shout if you want more details on that!
Steam Summer Sale 2019 – My Personal Favourites
Based on games I’ve personally played and loved, here are my top recommendations.
Slay the Spire, £9.74 (50% off) – I’ll hold my hands up and say I’m a Slay the Spire addict. This unique roguelike deckbuilding card game can be speed run (if you get very lucky) in 20 minutes – but I’ve put hundreds of hours into it now. It’s a great game for picking up and playing a round when you’ve got a short space of time, but offers enough well balanced diversity that you can come back time and time and time again without any risk of getting bored. Read my Steam review.
Prison Architect, £5.94 (75% off) – It’s been out a while now and is pretty much always this price in every sale, but if there’s anyone out there who enjoys tycoon / simulation / building management games who hasn’t played Prison Architect, where do you live, under a rock?! Get it. Check out my Steam review.
Two Point Hospital, £12.49 (50% off) – It’s a brilliant nod to the original Theme Hospital, offering a multitude of similarities to bring nostalgia surging forward, but enough balanced and original gameplay that it’ll appeal to players who never experienced Bullfrog’s 1997 cracker. A must buy for any tycoon fans. Read my review.
Divinity: Original Sin 2, £17.99 (40% off) – I don’t want to gush so much that people stop reading this post so all I’ll say is this is one of my top games of all time, and if you like party based strategic RPG’s then this is a must buy. Check out my review if you like reading gushing. The first in the series is also a bargain at £8.99.
Planet Coaster £7.49 (50% off) – Planet Coaster is the ultimate in game creativity, perfect for sandbox fans. As a tycoon game it can feel a little shallow, but when it comes to managing an amazing looking park and creating epic rollercoasters, this is the game to go for. The DLC also in my opinion, greatly enhances the game, but unfortunately that is as usual only 15-20% off, with the most recent DLC, Ghostbusters, not being on sale.
Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition, £10.49 (70% off) – An amazing open world RPG. I don’t need to wax lyrical about this, as everyone has heard of it. It’s a good time to pick up the GOTY edition for a serious discount if you haven’t already.
Rise of the Tomb Raider, £5.99 (85% off) – This is the 2016 release of the iconic Tomb Raider series (the 2018 release, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is also on sale) and was my favourite in the series. I personally wouldn’t bother with the ton of DLC though, it doesn’t add significant enough content.
Frostpunk, £12.49 (50% off) – The makers of This War of Mine have brought us a very different style of post-apocalyptic game in this unique and brutal strategy city-builder.
Ori and the Blind Forest, £7.49 (50% off) – Half price may not be the heftiest discount but this is one of my favourite platformers, with a unique atmosphere that has stayed with me for years. It gets a big thumbs up from me.
The Under £5 bargains
Kingdoms of Amalur, £4.99 (75% off) – This open world fantasy RPG is 7 years old now and comes around at this price fairly often, but it still offers excellent value for money and is well worth looking at.
Dishonored, £2.63 (67% off) – Dishonored got an RRP reduction to £7.99 at full price when Dishonored 2 came out, meaning on sale this is now a very low priced pickup for a critically acclaimed title. This first person stealth game merges fantasy and steampunk to bring us a revenge driven assassination story that I couldn’t put down.
The Under £2 dealios
Just got a few quid to spend? You can still pick up a hefty amount of quality entertainment. These are my recommendations.
Sleeping Dogs : Definitive Edition, £1.59 (90% off) – This is a stellar price for an excellent open world action adventure, set on the streets of Hong Kong.
The Fidelio Incident, £0.69 (90%) – This single player first person thriller has reviewed well and at 90% off, I’ve picked it up.
Poly Bridge, £1.79 (75% off) – A low price for this fun physics puzzle builder where you have to construct bridges that can safely transport vehicles across different terrain stages. Thousands of workshop levels add quite a few hours of fun.
60 seconds, £0.69 (90% off) – At under a quid I’d recommend this dark comedy take on a survival game. Scavenge for supplies and save your family before the end of the world.
The Room Three, £1.24 (75% off) – This mysterious puzzle game is the third in the series (1 and 2 being £0.39 and £0.99 respectively) and in my opinion, the best. Well worth a quid if you enjoy atmospheric adventures.
Portal 1 & Portal 2, £1.06 (93% off) – Always worth a mention, two of the top rated puzzle games of all time with excellent gameplay as well as top-notch voice acting and story.
Evil Genius, £1.74 (75% off) – Okay so it’s old and dated, but I think it’s fared well considering. Evil Genius is a comedic take on the Dungeon Keeper genre and I’m pretty excited about the fact that Evil Genius 2 was announced at E3 this year. Took them 15 years to get around to it, but better late than never. Fun fact about me that no one cares about – this was the first game I ever bought on Steam!
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