Ok, it’s that most wonderful time of the year once again….the Winter Steam Sale! So many games will be on sale. Your backlog is begging for nutrients. Here’s how to fill it! I’m going to look at games at different price points. Each will be followed by a brief description of the game and why you might like it. Hopefully, this will help you sift through all the options out there. A quick reminder though: Steam Sales can vary day to day. I’m focusing on the sales as I see them on day one. Some of these will be the same throughout, but sometimes there are daily deals. Keep an eye out!
Under $10—these are the true value games…the ones that cost less than a lunch. Note that some of these games are only worth buying at this price point, while others are worth the full price. You are just getting a great value here!
Stardew Valley– A life sim game, where you catch fish or cook or become a blacksmith. It’s cute and popular.
Alien: Isolation– Survival horror in the Aliens universe. Unnerving….
Hollow Knight– Dead Cells is my GOTY, but this metroidvania game deserves love too. Just fantastic!
West of Loathing– handrawn RPG set in the old west…FUNNY stuff. This is always cheap, but is now cheaper!
Planet Coaster – technically a little above $10, but close enough. It’s a planet of rollercoasters!
Under $20—Do I have to note that these are above $10, or they would be in the previous category? These are games that are mostly a year or more old, and thus starting to fall in price anyway. But now you can get them even cheaper! Some of these games may have started off relatively inexpensive.
Prey– As noted in my best of the year article, this has echoes of System Shock. It’s a FPS in space, with a unique transformation feature. This is a good deal on it, too!
Battle Brothers– Cool turn based strategy game. You move bobbleheads (err…tokens) around in a medieval setting. This is about ten dollars cheaper than normal.
Fallout 4- It’s Fallout 4. If you don’t have it yet, you know if you’ve been waiting for this price point.
Book of Demons– This one is normally 20 dollars, but is 33% off right now. It’s still in development, but has a great 2d style of art, and use of cards in dungeons and such. There’s a demo, if you want to try it first!
Witcher III: GOTY Edition– One of the best open world RPGs of all time. Get this one.
Under $30—These are newer games (mostly) that tend to cost a lot at full price. However, the sale makes them much more affordable. If you can wait until the Summer Sale, these could go into the $20 or less category, but let’s face it, we need games to play during the long, cold nights!
Wolfenstein 2: the New Colossus– Kill Nazis in the face!
Southpark: Fractured but Whole– the sequel to the other SP RPG; this one has super heroes and was received a little less favorably than the first one.
The Evil Within 2– Survival Horror. Slick production.
Over $30—A discount is a discount, right? These are all newer games, or games that hold their value for some reason. Frankly, I rarely buy games at this price anymore, at least for the PC. If I’m willing to wait a few months, they will almost always drop below this price point. However, there are some exceptions to this rule! And here they are:
Middle Earth: Shadow of War– The sequel to Shadows of Mordor, which introduced a fantastic Nemesis system where the bad guys get tougher as they beat you and you want revenge. More of the same, but that’s OK.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins– It’s 30% off, but still more than I would pay for it, even though I like this series.
These are some of the best games in the Steam Sale. If I missed one of your favorites, let me know, and I’ll add it for others to see!