The Steam Summer Sale is officially underway, bringing another collection of attractive bargains and deals for a vast lineup of games.
In line with the platform’s new policies, consumers should not worry about having to wait for surprise discounts or flash offers. What you see in the store right now is what you get until the sale expires next week.
Here are ten of the best deals available from the Steam Summer Sale, in no specific order, and which should easily turn around heads unless you already own the game in question.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (80 percent off – $3.99)
Attempting an adaptation of the legendarium created by J. R. R. Tolkien is no mere challenge but one that Monolith Productions managed to achieve with flying colors.
The lore-enriched open world action-role playing game surprised critics with its innovative nemesis system, as well as satisfying combat mechanics.
Released in September 2014, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is one bargain from the Steam Summer Sale that everyone needs to take advantage of.
In addition, the upgrade to the Game of the Year Edition is also slashed to $3.99. Do note that you will require the base game for the upgrade to work.
Darkest Dungeon (60 percent off – $9.99)
From a limited pile of Lovecraftian horror games, Darkest Dungeon sticks out as a clear winner. Red Hook Studios has done a marvelous job in stitching exploration and turn-based combat, accentuated by unforgiving gameplay and a masterful narrative.
Released in January 2016, Darkest Dungeon is for those who are looking for that extra challenge in their lives. It received The Crimson Court, a new expansion pack, just last week. Unfortunately, it is not featured in the ongoing Steam Summer Sale.
Wolfenstein: The New Order (50 percent off – $9.99)
With a direct sequel inbound later this year, those who missed out on filling the shoes of B.J. Blazkowicz can do so now.
Set in an alternate history where the Nazis won the second World War, Wolfenstein: The New Order is first-person mayhem in its purest form. A large variety of weapons, most of which can be dual wielded, prepare you to wreak havoc against the villainous red army and death machines.
Released in May 2014, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a valuable addition to any library of games.
BioShock: The Collection (75 percent off – $14.99)
One of the most defining series of first-person shooters in the science-fiction genre is up for grabs at a very menial price tag.
The collection features BioShock, BioShock 2, and the critically acclaimed BioShock Infinite. All three installments come bundled with every add-on content released so far, plus insightful commentary from the developers at Irrational Games.
If you somehow missed out on this defining series of first-person sci-fi shooters now is the time to make up for your cultural shortcomings. From the depths of Rapture to the giddy heights of the flying city state Columbia, this is narrative action gaming par excellence.
Crysis: The Collection (75 percent off – $11.24)
Speaking of defining franchises of first-person shooters in the science-fiction genre, it is impossible to forget Crysis.
The collection features Crysis, Crysis 2: Maximum Edition, and Crysis Warhead. There is no better time to face off against hostile North Korean soldiers and mercenaries, as well as technologically advanced aliens, than now.
FTL: Faster Than Light (75 percent off – $2.49)
The spaceship simulator is not just any adventure into the vast unknown sectors of randomly generated galaxies. As captain, it is your job to control and command all of the crew members in order to ensure the survival of the ship and everyone aboard.
Released in September 2012, FTL: Faster Than Light was one of the biggest successes of the Kickstarter fundraisers for video games. However, keep in mind that the indie simulator takes some getting used to and you should expect annihilation a number of times.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition (50 percent off – $24.99)
There is no plausible reason to why anyone should have skipped out on playing one of the best games produced in this generation. Nonetheless, those still sitting on the fences can correct that during the ongoing Steam Summer Sale.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition features the base game as well as the two well-received expansion packs, Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine. They collectively offer around 200 hours of an epic journey undertaken by our favorite white-haired protagonist. Those interested in purchasing the expansion packs individually can do as well.
Released in May 2015, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the receiver of over a hundred accolades during its initial reception.
Transistor (85 percent off – $2.99)
The follow-up to the beautiful and magical adventure of Bastion is an equally impressive experience. Featuring the same art-style and narrative structure of its predecessor, Transistor sees players fill the shoes of a female protagonist who must journey to retrieve her stolen voice.
Released in May 2014, Supergiant Games managed to produce a stellar offering for isometric fans.
Torment: Tides of Numenera (50 percent off – $22.49)
The thematic successor to Planescape: Torment brings to life an expansive story-driven universe that gurantees an immersive experience.
The role-playing adventure borrows from other classics such as Baldur’s Gate, while maintaining its own identity with deep gameplay mechanics and a repectful narrative of interplanetary war.
Released in January 2016, Torment: Tides of Numenera is another success story from Kickstarter that met its funding goal in just six hours.
Hitman: The Complete First Season (66 percent off – $23.73)
The intimidating bald assassin is back with a new thrilling story-line that sees him traveling across various different locations to take out powerful high-profile targets.
Hitman: The Complete First Season features six of the original episodes, plus a bonus episode from the developer that is set apart from the main narrative. They collectively offer over a hundred hours of challenging gameplay, with players having full freedom to decide the manner in which to carry out every assassination.