Is it getting hot in here or have I just blown all my electricity bill money on the Steam Summer Sale? It’s about that time of year where our Lord Gaben grants us the huge discounts we’ve wishlisted our games for. There are more than 10,000 games on sale now and since you all may have a life unlike me boo hoo we’ve gone through and listed some worthwhile games you should consider buying before the sale ends. The list runs from indies to triple As so there will be something for everyone.
First just a little bit more about this year’s Steam Summer Sale. It’s being dubbed the Steam Intergalactic Summer Sale and it’ll run until the 5th of July. Good news for those of you that used to obsessively wait for the daily deals and flash sales. It’s a little less exciting but a whole lot more practical as you won’t need to worry about the game being further discounted later on.
Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom [40% Off]
Just out three months ago, the latest Studio Ghibli inspired JRPG is already 40% off from its original price. For those of you that haven’t played the original Ni No Kuni not to worry the game doesn’t directly relate. Instead, the game follows the young king Evan, who’s been overthrown in a coup, as he journeys to find a new kingdom, unite his world and protect his people from the dark forces that threaten them. Part JPRG, part world builder, part downright adorable, it’s definitely worth the buy! Check out our beginner’s guide to Ni No Kuni 2 right here.
Price: RM 143.40 from RM239
Fallout 4: GOTY Edition [50% Off]
After Bethesda’s announcement at E3 about Fallout 76, Fallout fever is high and if you have yet to get acquainted with the series now may be a good time to start with Fallout 4. Like all Fallout games the world has been plunged into a wasteland, your character has been cryogenically frozen in the Vault and for the next 200 years lie in stasis, until your rude awakening in the year 2287. You discover your significant half is killed and your son has been taken and thusly you exit the vault for the first time in 200 years to find your son. The story isn’t really a key selling factor here but the large open world definitely is.
Dark Souls III Deluxe Edition [70% Off]
Dark Souls III Deluxe Edition comes with the full game as well as the Season Pass. If you have yet to try From Software and Hidetaka Miyazaki’s fantastic Souls series this excellent price should be incentive enough. Dark Souls III takes the dilapidated world of the Souls games and adds new lands to discover, a quicker pace to the combat, and plenty of upgrades to the multiplayer, all while maintaining the strong world and level design that has made the series stand out so much. For players looking for a rewarding game with challenge.
ARK: Survival Evolved [67% Off]
Ark is an open world in the truest sense: there’s nowhere you need to go, nowhere you’re supposed to be. Lost and naked, new players open their eyes on the shore of an island teeming with dinosaurs and a wild, hostile ecosystem. The game revolves around resources, gathering them to upgrade and build in order to survive in this hostile land. Ark games also run on a deep menu of options. Most people won’t run their own servers, but if you do, you can change almost everything. Taming animals can be instant, resources can be plentiful, and all of the grind can be eliminated. You can even restrict certain technologies.
Grand Theft Auto V [67% Off]
There’s a good chance that, by now, you’re one of the incredible number of people who have bought Grand Theft Auto V. If not, this is as cheap as it’s ever been, making it easier to buy a copy for you and a few friends. And you’ll want to play with friends because there aren’t many games like GTA Online and its heists. These multi-part missions that have you working in tandem with friends are among the most fun I’ve ever had with a multiplayer game. Dodging a military jet in your biplane until you can pick up your friends who are breaking someone out of prison makes for an unforgettable, tense experience. GTA 5‘s single-player remains enjoyable, and buying it on PC gives you access to mods, but this is well worth the price of entry for GTA Online alone.
Rise of the Tomb Raider [70% Off]
Lara uncovers an ancient mystery that places her in the cross-hairs of a ruthless organization known as Trinity. As she races to find the secret before Trinity, the trail leads to a myth about the Lost City of Kitezh. Lara knows she must reach the Lost City and its hidden secrets before Trinity. With that, she sets out for Siberia on her first Tomb Raiding expedition. Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration includes the base game and Season Pass featuring all-new content. Explore Croft Manor in the new “Blood Ties” story, then defend it against a zombie invasion in “Lara’s Nightmare”.
Vanquish [66% Off]
Sci-fi action shooter Vanquish directed by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, the magnum opus of PlatinumGames‘ resume contains incredibly fast-paced shooting with an emphasis on movement. Equipped with a high-tech battle-suit with jet-boosters, you’ll charge head-first through bullet-hell scenarios, gunning down robotic foes as you constantly dodge, vault, slow-down time, and famously, butt-slide at great speed. It’s one of the most invigorating actions games of the past decade, and it has a dedicated command to smoke a cigarette.
Dead by Daylight [50% Off]
A horror multiplayer I’ve had my eye on for a while, Dead by Daylight is a 4 vs 1 multiplayer game where four survivors are up against one killer. The four survivors need to repair five generators to power the gates which will allow them to escape. The killer needs to find the survivors, knock them down, put them on hooks and then sacrifice them to their otherworldly gods. Dead by Daylight is a real horror game not just jump scares and zombie apocalypse stuff. The gradual increase in tension resulting from the unshakeable sense of impending doom is what makes this game great. This coupled with the fact that it’s an asymmetrical competitive action game is what is truly impressive about it.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice [40% Off]
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, is the struggle of coming to terms with past trauma and guilt comes out in a number of surprising ways. Developer Ninja Theory channels its talents for narrative and presentation to tell a personal story that has more to say than it initially lets on, and will likely leave you wondering what’s real, and what is a part of an elaborate hallucination. Celtic warrior Senua embarks on a spiritual vision quest to suppress her inner demons and come to grips with the death of her family. Plagued with severe psychosis, Senua‘s past trauma manifests itself through duelling inner voices and visual hallucinations that compromise her emotional and mental state.
Everspace [67% Off]
Everspace combines fast-paced combat with roguelike elements, great visuals and a captivating story. It takes you on a challenging journey through an ever-changing, beautifully crafted universe full of surprises. Shoot, craft and loot your way to victory while the odds are stacked against you. The overarching mystery int he main storyline is enjoyable but what will really keep you in Everspace is the tight controls and hectic dogfights that will keep you coming back for more.
Nioh: Complete Edition [40% Off]
Nioh is a game that was deeply inspired by Dark Souls. It combines Souls‘ mechanics with the action and combo mechanics of Team Ninja‘s previous franchise, Ninja Gaiden. While the game can be brutal with a steep learning curve, I absolutely loved the depth to its combat and gameplay. The game is set in Feudal Japan, with winding and interconnected level design, and the enemies are various Yokai, or supernatural monsters pulled straight out of Japanese folklore, all serving to give the game a unique style and feel.
Prey [50% Off]
Prey is arguably one of the most underappreciated and overlooked games of 2017. In Prey, you awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032. You are the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong. The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. As you dig into the dark secrets of Talos I and your own past, you must survive using the tools found on the station — your wits, weapons, and mind-bending abilities.
Valkyria Chronicles [66% Off]
Valkyria Chronicles is one of the best innovative tactical strategy games out there. You plan and order troops in a turn-based fashion with a top-down strategy phase, but then need to personally move an ordered troop or vehicle in a real-time third-person mode and line up their shots. It may sound arduous, but it’s incredibly satisfying and exciting to actually do. Its beautiful watercolour art direction has aged very well, and with Valkyria Chronicles 4 coming out on PC and consoles later this year, you might as well see what the fuss is all about.
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality [50% Off]
For those of you that bought a virtual reality system that’s gathering dust, now’s your chance to grab some usage with it. From the hilarious TV series, Rick and Morty fans will get a kick out of all the inside jokes and all the canon stuff. Experience life as a clone of Morty and all the trauma that comes with it. Step through portals to strange worlds, help Rick (or don’t!) to solve puzzles and complete missions in this fully voice acted adventure. It’s a pretty short game but that’s why you’re buying this on sale.
Papers, Please [50% Off]
A modern classic where premise and mechanics marry together beautifully with difficult moral choices, strict consequences, and an unavoidable imperative for self-gain. You play an immigration inspector on a politically tumultuous Eastern European border, charged with inspecting and cross-referencing documents, controlling the flow of people, and correcting following protocol above all else. Hidden amongst civilians are spies and terrorists, but also sympathetic stories of innocent people caught by the riptides of war, trying to hang on to a semblance of life. Where does your loyalty lie: To the job that’s keeping your family fed or to the greater good? Papers, Please is a masterpiece through and through, and it makes stamping passports feel like the most satisfying feeling in the whole world.