Steam’s Winter Sale is on, and so are the first-ever Steam Awards

It's that time of year again—time for the annual Steam Winter Sale. This deals-fest puts countless games on deep discount, including many of this year's most popular and most critically-acclaimed titles. The sale lasts up through January 2, so you can wait until that sweet Christmas cash starts rolling in before you start buying.

Trying to list everything on sale would be a Herculean task, but there are some great deals worth highlighting. Among them are some of the year's best liked games, such as DOOM and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, each available at 67% off for $19.79. Indie titles like Inside and Hyper Light Drifter are up for 40% and 30% off, or $11.99 and $13.99 respectively. Stuff from last year is out there, too. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition, which includes both the "Hearts of Stone" and "Blood and Wine" expansions, is just $29.99.

Beneath the $10 mark are great games like Stardew Valley ($9.99), Spelunky ($2.99), and Transistor ($3.99). Just about anything you can think of is 25% off or more right now, and only the most recent releases are exmpted from the sale. Even Valve's own hardware is on sale—the Steam Link and Steam Controller can be purchased at half their usual price, only $49.48 for the pair.

In short, you can't go wrong. If you hang onto your wallet and spend wisely, you might be set for 2017 in the next few days.

Happening in concert with the sale is the first anual Steam Awards, which run now through December 30. The first award up for voting is the "Villain Most in Need of a Hug" award, with nominees from years past like Portal 2 and Far Cry 3 in the running. Voting for this award lasts up through 10 a.m. Pacific on December 22 before being replaced with the “I Thought This Game Was Cool Before It Won An Award” award. The winners will be announced on December 31, and Valve says the winning games receive "eternal fame as winner of the first ever Steam Awards." Pretty prestigious.

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    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    So Steam is down globally. No official word – one presumes it is a large-scale DDoS attack.

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      Came here to post the same thing.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        Lots of groups of stupid “hackers” claiming responsibility but given how distributed the Steam network is and how many IPs and datacenters Valve has, it’s probably actually just a screwup by Valve that was deployed by them.

        I can’t see how any DDoS could be so total and so fast.

          • ColeLT1
          • 3 years ago

          I think you are right, they would take down certain sections, not the entire domain. But this could be atypical.

          I need my daily free trading cards!!

    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    Picked up the (AAA?) Lichdom: Battlemage for a song. Fun so far, albeit with terrible frame rates (~60 on High at 1440P with a 390X).

    Also snagged some “so cheap why not?” indy titles like Tales from the Borderlands, Ziggurat, etc.

    Still going to spend 99% of my gaming time on DOTA 2, but at least I’m going through the motions.

    • Anovoca
    • 3 years ago

    The only thing jumping out at me is Black Mesa. That fan project remake has me intrigued though the full retail price had always felt a bit much for something that wasn’t original creative material.

    • BigTed
    • 3 years ago

    Anyone got ant recommendations for me and my 5 years old to play co-operatively? Preferably minus violence!

      • VincentHanna
      • 3 years ago

      Race the Sun is a single player game, but you could take turns or do the lap assistant thing.

      It’s ridiculously addicting. 2.99

      Also, if you haven’t tried it, Trine. 2.50ish. I’d pick up the whole trilogy.

      • EzioAs
      • 3 years ago

      Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing, All Stars Racing Transformed, Rayman Origins, Rayman Legends, Overcooked. Child of Light. I think 2D plaforming stuff (like Rayman) should be fine for a 5 year old (based on what I played as a kid).

      • Anovoca
      • 3 years ago

      Rocket League. I haven’t played it personaly but I know of a few dads that play this with their kids in coop almost every weekend. It has a pretty big cult following around this site as I understand as well.

      [url<]http://store.steampowered.com/app/252950/[/url<]

      • BigTed
      • 3 years ago

      Thanks for all the suggestions gerbils – just picked up Race for the Sun, Overcooked and Sonic All Stars Transformed for £18. Nearly bought Rayman until I realised I already had it free with the Ubisoft 30 year giveaway!

    • jessterman21
    • 3 years ago

    Life is Strange is $5 for all 5 episodes!

    • the
    • 3 years ago

    Where is the category of ‘game in most need of a sequel’? Huh Valve? Afraid of [i<]winning[/i<]?

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 3 years ago

      More likely, afraid of winning every nomination AND THEN WINNING THE CATEGORY. And then getting “Developer in most need of making a sequel” lifetime achievement award.

    • EzioAs
    • 3 years ago

    I wanted to buy Far Cry 4 but the price is still a bit too high for me. Guess I’ll only pick up FFXIII for this sale.

    • VincentHanna
    • 3 years ago

    Final fantasy franchise is [b<]Final[/b<]ly on sale. Been waiting a long time to pick up the PC version of 10, and I'll get to play lightning returns and XIII-2 for the first time, for 9.99 each, so that's cool. Also, hey guys, FARMING SIMULATOR 17 is 15% off, oh my goodness. Thank you santa!

      • Generic
      • 3 years ago

      Please let us know how XIII-2 and LReturns perform on your machine.

      The negative comments on both scared me off this evening.

        • LostCat
        • 3 years ago

        13-2 performed fine on my machine, but at the time even though I was using a gamepad it was giving me keyboard inputs for the QTEs. Completely useless. I don’t know if they fixed that or not.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        If this is the only patch the game has gotten, I’ll pass easily. No reason to reward crappy ports.

        [url<]http://www.pcgamer.com/final-fantasy-xiii-and-xiii-2-port-analysis-durantes-verdict/[/url<]

          • VincentHanna
          • 3 years ago

          Can’t possibly be worse than playing on an emulator, can it?

          • Anovoca
          • 3 years ago

          Hey, if it gets them the to start working on a FFXV port faster…..

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            Tada!

            [url<]http://store.steampowered.com/app/382890/[/url<]

            • EzioAs
            • 3 years ago

            I check the ID and it seems like that’s FFV. Idk why FFVI and below are region restricted. 🙁

          • EzioAs
          • 3 years ago

          Currently installing FF XIII. Will get back to you in 12 hours 🙂

          • EzioAs
          • 3 years ago

          Played it for about 1 hour just now. The performance issue isn’t really that bad, imo. Frame varies between 45-60 FPS most of the time with some judder but I’ve seen game with worse issues. Need to press ESC to close the game, so that’s a little annoying. Other than that, it’s very playable because there’s no obvious bugs or random crashes so far.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            That’s good to hear. What are you playing it on?

            • EzioAs
            • 3 years ago

            i5-3570K (@ 4.5GHz), 16GB RAM, GTX 1060 6GB and Windows 10

      • EzioAs
      • 3 years ago

      I know, I’ve been waiting for the FF series to go on sale too. I’ll try out XIII first, and if I like it enough, may purchase the sequels next year.

      Don’t know whether I should buy FF IX again or not because I’ve replayed that too many times already and it’s not cheaper than FF XIII. Then again, it’s FF IX, so maybe I should.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        I really like FF IX. Haven’t played it in years, but really enjoyed my time through it. Hmm…

          • EzioAs
          • 3 years ago

          It’s a dilemma, right?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Not really a question or you, but…why does Final Fantasy VI have “partial nudity” listed in its ESRB rating? (?!)

        • EzioAs
        • 3 years ago

        Half naked, low-res sprites?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 3 years ago

          The only thing I can think of is Terra’s Morph command. I always thought she turned into a pink Esper.

            • RAGEPRO
            • 3 years ago

            A number of the monster and/or summon sprites are nude or half-nude men & women.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            Huh. Interesting. I only really dug into the SNES version and Nintendo had a strict censoring policy that led to things like sweat instead of blood in Mortal Kombat.

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      QUICK! TELL DEANJO!

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        Huh, hasn’t been here since June. :-/

          • chuckula
          • 3 years ago

          Well the harvest should be in by now, so we should see him soon! :-p

      • gmskking
      • 3 years ago

      FF13 was a terrible game. Turned me off of the franchise as far as new games. I play the old FF games (the good ones). Anything before 13.

        • VincentHanna
        • 3 years ago
    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    I love Steam sales but it’s always worth noting that you can frequently beat even the sale prices on games by shopping elsewhere.

    Often, the ‘elsewhere’ results in a game that can be added to your Steam library, so the only real difference is that Valve get less of your money.

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 3 years ago

      Ever since they got rid flash/daily special sales, I find that Steam sales mostly just become the new “average” sale price point to beat over the coming next year at other deal sites. They often define a new low point that all other stores attempt to beat.

      • squeeb
      • 3 years ago

      Especially if you’re willing to go grey market.

    • Generic
    • 3 years ago

    Grown ass man with first world problems enjoying the circle of shame.

    – Everything on your enormous Steam wish list is beyond reasonable.
    – You want to replace your GTX460 to appreciate the games on said list.
    – You feel silly purchasing $$ card to play ¢ games.
    – You wait until next year.
    – Repeat.

      • wingless
      • 3 years ago

      – You’re PC Master Race so you should easily be able to justify an RX 480 or GTX 1060, as they’re chump change to our kind (not really, but really).
      – You then treat yourself to a few games on-sale to ‘test’ your new GPU.
      -Again, you buy a few more for further testing.
      -Repeat…(…the endless cycle of debt)

        • Generic
        • 3 years ago

        Some devilish fiend has thumbed down your contrarianism; let me fix that for you. 🙂

    • thanatos355
    • 3 years ago

    I honestly haven’t bought a game from them since they stopped doing the flash sales. Nothing seems compelling enough, especially when you can get sale prices on games any day of the week from a multitude of other vendors. :-/

      • nanoflower
      • 3 years ago

      I’m much the same though I did pick up Tales of the Borderlands from TellTale. I’ve heard many say it’s their best work and at $2.31 (already owned everything else in their Borderlands bundle) it was worth breaking out the wallet.

      • christos_thski
      • 3 years ago

      Yes, the flash sales had much better prices. I bought an obscene amount of games last year’s steam Xmas sales (which, for me, translate to 120 dollars or so). From the looks of it I would have only saved about 15%-20%, at best, buying them this year. Steam sales used to be much cheaper when flash sales were around.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    Sweet! Time to add more games I’ll never play to my library.

      • MaxTheLimit
      • 3 years ago

      Games I’ll never finish – Games I’ll never play – Games I’ll never get around to even installing.

      The larger the Steam games list gets the more games that move into the final stage. What is wrong with me? Why do I keep buying them?

        • nanoflower
        • 3 years ago

        I fixed that problem. Have a 3TB drive dedicated to games and have everything I own installed.
        Now if I could just work through the library. 😉 I find that when I find a game I like I’ll tend to play it over and over again even though I have so many others on the list.

        As for why we keep buying them it’s because you hope to play them one day. Though I’ve gotten away from buying games on release. I’ll wait till the game is really cheap or in a Humble Bundle since I know it will be a year or more before I get around to playing any game I purchase today.

        • Generic
        • 3 years ago

        Max –

        Nothing! There is nothing wrong with you.*

        *so long as you don’t buy from the Windows Store.

        – Gabe Newell

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        The sickness. I have it too.

      • drfish
      • 3 years ago

      The secret is to gift games to others. Feeds the need while making you look awesome at the same time.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        A nice sentiment this time of year.

      • Billstevens
      • 3 years ago

      Yup

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