Steam’s 2017 Summer Sale is downright hot

Hold on to your butts, gerbils. It's time once again for the Steam Summer Sale. As usual, we've scoured the site's inventory for the best deals and came up with a veritable cornucopia of gaming goodness. First, though, let's talk about this year's Summer Sale entertainment gimmick.

The trick this time around is a sticker book you'll be filling in. You earn stickers by completing "quests" every day. You can check your daily quests by clicking the banner at the top of the Steam homepage. As usual, the rewards for completing pages in your sticker book are content for your Steam account, like profile backgrounds, emoticons, and trading cards. Most of this stuff is unique to and only available during the 2017 Summer Sale, so get it while it's hot if you're into that.

Now, onto the games. Last years saw number of excellent game releases, but most of those titles aren't especially discounted. The real value this year seems to be in slightly older games . Rise of the Tomb Raider improves on its excellent predecessor quite a lot, and it's 60% off at $24. Last year's gloriously gory Doom is only $15, as is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. If you haven't picked it up yet, Fallout 4 is only $15, or you can pick it up with all its forebears for $60. Just Cause 3 is an awful lot of explosions for $13.

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem

If you missed it when we highlighted it in the GOG summer sale, the action-RPG Grim Dawn is $12.49. Its conceptual cousin Torchlight II is just $5. Fans of that kind of game who want something new can pick up early access title Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem for $15 and enjoy unprecedented-in-its-genre character customization and gorgeous graphics. If you don't care about customization, Path of Exile is still free and about to get a major content update.

If you prefer a different tack and do care about character customization, action-MMORPG Black Desert Online just hit Steam. It's only $8 to start and doesn't require a subscription, although I'd personally recommend you pick up the Explorer's Package for $30 (down from $50) to get a head start on the game. Folks who want a more relaxed experience have a wealth of excellent classic-style RPGs to choose from: Torment: Tides of Numenera and Tyranny are both $23. Similarly, the fantastic Divinity: Original Sin is just $16 for the Enhanced Edition.

Strategy fans have plenty to choose from, too. Civilization VI is down to $36, although resident code-monkey Bruno Ferreira and shortbread baker Colton Westrate both recommend its precedecessor for just $7.50 instead. XCOM 2 has a new expansion on the way, so pick it up for $20 to be ready. If you haven't played its predecessor, the entirety of XCOM: Enemy Unknown is just $10. There's also a bundle with XCOM 2 and Civilization VI for $42. If either of those franchises are too mainstream for you, all three of the Shadowrun strategy-RPG titles are bundled up for $11.

Dark Souls III

By the way, if you like fantasy games and somehow don't have Dark Souls, you're out of luck because it's not on sale. The second and third games are, though, and given the mostly-plot-free nature of the titles you won't be missing much. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin compiles the game and its DLC, and it's just $12. Dark Souls III is $24, although I'd recommend the Deluxe version that includes the season pass for $43. Fans of Dark Souls should also check out Necropolis ($10), Salt & Sanctuary ($11), and Hollow Knight ($10), all great indie takes on the formula.

If fantasy games are too nerdy for you, then how about some more games where you shoot people? The Call of Duty games are all either $10, $20, or $30, even Infinite Warfare. Meanwhile, Ghost Recon: Wildlands is marked down to $40, and the rest of the series is 66% off. Moving back in time a bit, Black Mesa is as discounted as it's ever been at $8. Painkiller Hell & Damnation is just $5. The amazing-for-its-time Turok is $5, too. System Shock: Enhanced Edition is a revamped version of another game that was ahead of its time, and it's just $1.49. Games like Bioshock (all three for $15) and Dishonored ($2.49) owe a lot to System Shock.

Hitman

You (can) do a lot of sneaking around in Dishonored, and if that's your thing, you should give the most recent Hitman game a shot. The first episode is free to play now, and you can pick up the whole season of episodic releases for $24—or 66% off the regular price. Fellow long-running third-person shooter series Resident Evil is also all bundled up; pick up RE 4, 5, 6, and Revelations, plus all their DLC, for $48. Third-person action title God Eater 2: Rage Burst includes the original God Eater: Resurrection, and it's down 66% to just $17.

Since we're talking about Japanese games, we have to mention that the entire Final Fantasy series is also on sale. Every single game is half-off with the exception of the brand-new Stormblood expansion for Final Fantasy XIV. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen has that JRPG style with action gameplay, and it's $12. On the other hand, if you're looking for a game with a JRPG bent on gameplay but a decidedly western style, look no further than South Park: The Stick of Truth. Its sequel is on the way later this year, so it's a good time for fans of the raunchy TV show to pick up the original for $7.49.

Hyper Light Drifter

Finally, we have a whole mess of indie titles to recommend for you. Adorable farming simulator Stardew Valley is a favorite of TR contributor Colton Westrate, and it's just $9. Hyper Light Drifter looks amazing and feels like a faster, modernized Zelda title; it's half-off at $10. Enter the Gungeon is a hilarious "Rogue-lite" dual-stick shooter, also half-off at $7.50. If you somehow still haven't played it, please pay $5 for brutally-difficult platform adventure title La Mulana.

You can also get the remastered version of killer Xbox Live Arcade hit Shadow Complex for $5. Fortune Summoners is a similarly-difficult side-scrolling action title with a cute premise and a cuter art style, again for just five bucks. Last but certainly not least, the "Metroidvania" Greenlight darling Valdis Story: Abyssal City is down to $3.75.

Let us know if we missed any of your favorites in the comments below. The Summer Sale runs until July 5, so you've got two weeks to pick up these titles and anything else that goes on sale.

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    • Zizy
    • 2 years ago

    PSA: Civ5 bundle has -75% on all individual items plus 2/3 off for the final bundle.

    To buy everything (if you don’t have Civ5 at all) would be just 11.26 eur. Insanely cheap.

    For me it was 3.7 eur for the Brave new world and some DLCs.

    • geniekid
    • 2 years ago

    Aquaria is $2.50 which is a great deal.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 2 years ago

    All of quake is 10$ too.

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 2 years ago

    I’d love to play most of these games, but they are either
    A) not kid friendly (play or watch); or
    B) engaging and fun with a story, which is bad because I can be called away by my family any minute.

    Geometry Wars 3 is a good solution to those problems.
    [url<]http://store.steampowered.com/app/310790/Geometry_Wars_3_Dimensions_Evolved/[/url<]

      • G8torbyte
      • 2 years ago

      I hear ya, I’m in the same situation. I have an ever growing back-log of games I’ve purchased on previous sales but less free time and then my young kids who want to know what Daddy is playing puts a limit on my choices. So I’m focusing more on kid-friendly co-op games or arcade style. Thanks for the Geometry Wars 3 heads up, I still play their 1st version occasionally for a quick fix.

      • superjawes
      • 2 years ago

      Kid-Friendly Suggestions:

      [i<]Hollow Knight[/i<], <$10. Metroidvania with a good aesthetic. There is story here, but you could easily ignore it if you wanted. [i<]Grow Home[/i<], $4. Basically a really cute 3D climbing game. [i<]Grow Up[/i<], $5. Sequel to the other one with much more to explore, less emphasis on climbing, and more movement abilities. EDIT: you know, [i<]SPACEPLAN[/i<] ($1.50) would probably fit, too. This is a clicker game with a story...really.

        • w76
        • 2 years ago

        Most strategy games, particularly turn-based ones, should be relatively kid-friendly. And also potentially boring enough (from their perspective) to get them to leave you alone to boot.

        Then again, perhaps not on the last point. I was pretty young and one of the first games I played (and got addicted to), and I couldn’t of been older than about 12, was “Stars!”, and it’s essentially Excel made in to a 4X.

        • DragonDaddyBear
        • 2 years ago

        Thanks for the heads up! Time to go waste some money!

        • G8torbyte
        • 2 years ago

        Thanks all! Picked up Fallout 3 and all DLC’s for my oldest kid, Hollow Knight for my other and Geometry Wars 3 for me. Each less than $10, good deals!

    • Anovoca
    • 2 years ago

    Tales of Zesteria 75% off ($12.50): [url<]http://store.steampowered.com/app/351970/Tales_of_Zestiria/[/url<] Tales of Berseria 40% off ($30.00): [url<]http://store.steampowered.com/app/429660/Tales_of_Berseria/[/url<] I picked up Zesteria last year for $20 on summer sale and it was probably the best summer sale pickup I have ever made. I cant recommend that game more highly. Looking forward to grabbing Berseria this weekend.

    • NTMBK
    • 2 years ago

    Kathy Rain is Β£2.52?! That’s a ridiculous bargain. Highly recommended.

    • Zizy
    • 2 years ago

    Will be finally buying Civ5 Brave new world which I wanted to for ages, and I also plan to get Age of Mythology + that Chinese DLC. AOM will be a good purchase at 7 given the amount of time I spent on the old disk version, and 2.5 for DLC will not be too bad even if it really sucks like people say.

    Still deciding between getting Civ6 now or waiting a little bit for the GOTY version with some DLC thrown in. I will probably wait given the amount of time I have to play.

      • juzz86
      • 2 years ago

      As an avid AoM enthusiast, I was a little disappointed in the Enhanced Edition. One of those games where modernising it didn’t really do it any favours, subjectively. I hope you like it though!

      I’ll echo the guys above in Civ V – a real gem and Brave New World adds some great extra depth.

      • morphine
      • 2 years ago

      Regarding Civ 6, I’d advise you to wait. I’ll have to check it out again, but its release was just like Civ 5: i.e. game severely broken, needs a few patches to fix. I’ll have to check out and see if diplomacy actually works now.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        It’s one of those rare games that affects the real world. Diplomacy is also broken here.

    • ozzuneoj
    • 2 years ago

    I don’t play too many AAA games any more… or any really, so its harder to get excited about Steam sales these days. I have a back log of hundreds of games I’ve picked up over the years, and I know that any game that is $10 in this sale could easily be included in a Humble Bundle long before I’d have time to play it.

    The devaluation of PC games may be “neat” for those of us that like to hoard vast collections of games, but its probably not so great for the industry. I know there are tons of genuinely awesome games out there keeping PC gaming (more precisely indie gaming) alive, but I can’t help thinking that we may be approaching a time in the near future when people are used to getting highly complex games for $1 and see no reason to invest the time and money needed to make one. Anyone else see an indie-game “bubble” bursting at some point?

    I was interested in game design as a kid and dabbled in it a bit, but I grew up reading PC Gamer and seeing the massive successes of small teams making AAA games in the 90s. Now, teams the size of the ones that made those games are making games that sell for $20 the first year and then are expected to be practically given away after that. I’m sure the tools and the resources for making decent games are much more accessible now, but without the incentive of being able to make a great game with a few friends and then living off of the proceeds for a while (to hopefully be able to make more games full time), it has to have some kind of effect at some point.

      • odizzido
      • 2 years ago

      I think you also have to look at market size. It’s pretty massive compared to the 90s from what I can tell.

        • travbrad
        • 2 years ago

        Yep based on the figures I’ve been able to find the gaming industry has about double the revenue (adjusted for inflation) now compared to the late 90s, and more like 5x compared to the early 90s.

        • Voldenuit
        • 2 years ago

        [quote<]I think you also have to look at market size. It's pretty massive compared to the 90s from what I can tell.[/quote<] Also, shareware games in the 90s could have been looked at the same way. Even when paid for, they were dramatically cheaper than boxed games from EA, Sierra, Atari etc. Instead of destroying the market, Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein and DOOM grew the PC gaming base, even if the shareware model was eventually discarded.

      • travbrad
      • 2 years ago

      There are still plenty of people buying games for full price. These sales are more about selling to people who never would have bought it for full price anyway. Numerous developers have said they see much more revenue from these sales than they do by leaving their games full price. If they didn’t then they wouldn’t participate in sales in the first place. The initial spike of release day/pre-order sales is still very important, but the “long tail” sales are also more significant now than they’ve ever been.

      I’m buying about the same number of full price (release day) games as I always have, but I buy way more games overall because of how many go on sale now. So basically I am spending less per game, but spending more money overall on games.

      As far as making money developing games goes; It can be done but there is just so much competition out there. You need both a really great game (easier said than done) and some public awareness. It’s still not easy and most developers don’t have any great financial success (the way it has always been) but I’d much rather be trying to sell indie games right now than 10-15 years ago when you basically had to get on store shelves, an impossibility for most small dev teams.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 2 years ago

      odizzido has the right of itβ€”it’s all about market size. The gaming market, and particularly the PC gaming market, is so, so much bigger than it was back then. Think of it from a regular guy perspective, particularly a millennial one.

      I and my buddy spend 3,000 man-hours working on a game. That’s around 9 months at an average of 6 hours a day, which is do-able while working full or part-time given that it doesn’t account for weekends or other days off. It’s also plenty of time given modern development tools to produce a pretty decent little indie game. We put it on Steam for twenty bucks, it sells 3,000 copies in the first two weeks, and then after a year and a couple of discount sales we’re at 20,000 copies sold. In the first two weeks my buddy and I made $42,000 for what is essentially a hobby. After a year, we’ve easily topped $100,000 and depending on when the sales and discounts came it could be $150,000 or more. I’ve never made $42,000 in a year, much less $100,000.

      That’s not even a good showing for a good indie game, by the way. A little over a year since it came out Heart Machine’s [i<]Hyper Light Drifter[/i<] is over 350,000 copies sold. True, it's better than "a pretty decent game". Still, it was made primarily by one dude. As an extreme example, [i<]Undertale[/i<], also made primarily by one dude, is hovering around 2.5 million copies sold. These sales are a bad thing for devs in the short term, but when you get sales like HLD or Undertale it lets you put "from the creators of x" on your next game and that alone will get you a lot of good press and a lot of hype.

    • DancinJack
    • 2 years ago

    2.49 for Dishonored is an easy buy. The first one is as good as the second one (or vise-versa).

      • superjawes
      • 2 years ago

      Both games are great. The first has the more cohesive story while the second one improves mechanics.

      The second, by the way, is down to $20, which is good timing since the DLC/standalone-expansion ([i<]Death of the Outsider[/i<]) was announced at E3, due in September.

    • superjawes
    • 2 years ago

    If you want a fun sniping game with huge maps, check out [i<]Sniper Elite 4[/i<]. $30 @ 50% off. For a Metroidvania with a great aesthetic, pick up [i<]Hollow Knight[/i<]. <$10 @ 34% off. Both of these games are 2017 releases, and they both have more content on the way.

    • DancinJack
    • 2 years ago

    Guys don’t forget, although it’s not on Steam, that Diablo 3: Rise of the Necromancer comes out next week. So save 15 bucks for that. πŸ™‚

      • tanker27
      • 2 years ago

      Also don’t forget you can use WOW gold to buy a token and send the 20 bucks to your blizzard account making the said purchase practically free.

      NinjaEdit: You can also purchase Destiny 2 this way.

        • RAGEPRO
        • 2 years ago

        Are you excited for Destiny 2? Sell it to me.

        I never played the first one being (almost) exclusively a PC gamer, but having watched some footage it looks like a grindy loot-hunt with bullet-sponge enemies along the lines of [i<]Borderlands[/i<] or [i<]The Division[/i<]. It actually looks a lot like [i<]Halo[/i<]-meets-[i<]Borderlands[/i<] and that's not a good thing in my eyes. I'd love for someone to tell me I'm wrong, though.

          • tanker27
          • 2 years ago

          Honestly, I can’t sell it to you. And it is what you say it is…..a loot hunt. The story is alright, not the greatest but it’s there. I’m on the fence about getting it. I just wanted to point out that you can actually use WOW gold to fund you Blizzard account instead of using the token for WOW game time.

          I too am a predominately PC gamer.

            • RAGEPRO
            • 2 years ago

            Fair enough. I’ve got nothing against a loot hunt; I actually don’t really care for story in games too much and prefer a pure gameplay experience. However, the Borderlands/Division style of “FPS with bullet-sponge enemies” got really old before I was finished with the first Borderlands game, haha. Maybe I’ll pick up Destiny 2 after it’s been out a while and if the YouTube folks have some good things to say about it.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 2 years ago

      Path of exile still $0

        • tanker27
        • 2 years ago

        PoE is good, not great. But free is free.

        The problem I had with PoE is that you can literally waste hours just reading the text and trying to grasp the story that it was trying to tell. But I guess when you are on a budget…….

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      Definitely. I’m looking forward to picking up D3 again. The last couple seasons had such minimal content (because Blizzard was working on RotN) that I had gotten bored.

        • tanker27
        • 2 years ago

        Even if you don’t pick up the new Necro pack, which comes with goodies and TWO extra stash tabs, there are three new maps/zones being added on Tuesday.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 2 years ago

          Oh I’m definitely buying the pack, but it’s nice that some of that content is going to be free.

      • the
      • 2 years ago

      I’m actually more excited about Blizzard doing a Diablo 2 remake considering the fiasco Diablo 3 turned out to be.

      Still love my were bear melee Sorceress that uses paladin auras. So broken but so much fun.

        • Krogoth
        • 2 years ago

        Hammedins are hilariously broken in post-1.10. Sorceresses are actually the among the worst hero picks in 1.12 in Hell settings due to elemental immunites and resistances of most uniques and monsters.

    • Liron
    • 2 years ago

    O_O Shadow of Mordor for less than $4 *faints*

    Steins; Gate is also on sale, which is something that I could never get in a GOG sale, since they don’t like VNs.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 2 years ago

      As I get older, it becomes harder and harder for the steam sales to impress me, but $4 for that gem is rather impressive.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 2 years ago

      Nice catch on [i<][url=http://store.steampowered.com/app/241930/Middleearth_Shadow_of_Mordor/<]Shadow of Mordor[/i<][/url<]. I wanted to put that in the post and completely forgot! πŸ™‚

    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    Wasteland 2 Director’s Cut for $10 should be on everyone’s list, too. Great game, tons of content, and loads of fun.

    [url<]http://store.steampowered.com/app/240760/Wasteland_2_Directors_Cut/[/url<]

      • CuttinHobo
      • 2 years ago

      Awesome, thanks! This one was under my radar. It’ll scratch that Fallout 1 & 2 itch that the Bethesda Fallout games just don’t touch.

      • Krogoth
      • 2 years ago

      Too bad that I had already pick-up a copy via GOG. πŸ˜‰

    • Voldenuit
    • 2 years ago

    Good picks. HLD was amazing, and a must-play for any self-respecting gamer.

    Firewatch is $8.50. Haven’t played but heard good things.

    Nier: Automata is $42. Not a massive price cut, but the game is superb. It’s hard to talk in specifics without spoiling aspects of the gameplay, story or plot, but Jim Sterling called the game ‘historically significant’, and I completely agree.

      • meerkt
      • 2 years ago

      HLD?

        • nanoflower
        • 2 years ago

        “Hyper Light Drifter looks amazing and feels like a faster, modernized Zelda title; it’s half-off at $10. “

      • RAGEPRO
      • 2 years ago

      [i<]Firewatch[/i<] is a "walking simulator" with a deeply emotional story. If you're into that kind of thing, it's pretty good. There's no real gameplay other than walking around, reading notes, and listening to voice-overs, though. [i<]Automata[/i<] is fantastic and I agree it's worth buying at $42, but then I figured it was worth buying at $60. Folks who don't like avant-garde storytelling or Japanese high-action brawler games won't care for it, though, and those are both pretty niche. It's a fairly small window of players who will adore it the way I do. πŸ˜› If you liked [i<]Automata[/i<] you should pick up [i<][url=http://store.steampowered.com/app/460790/Bayonetta/<]Bayonetta[/url<][/i<], by the way. The PC port is flawless and it is one of the all-time classics of the genre. It lacks the storytelling and world-building of Automata, but (in my opinion) makes it up and more with stronger gameplay.

      • southrncomfortjm
      • 2 years ago

      Hyper Light Drifter is legit. Watch that opening cinematic and tell me you aren’t hooked.

      • geniekid
      • 2 years ago

      +1 to Nier: Automata. It’s hard to promote this game because you don’t want to spoil anything, but I agree that “historically significant” is a good adjective to use. I’ve never played a single player game for this long (62 hours according to Steam) and still been excited to play more.

      Also, Bayonetta (same developer as Nier) is on sale for $15.

    • odizzido
    • 2 years ago

    Already picked up a few games on gog with their sale. Will check this out, but last year I didn’t buy anything if I recall correctly.

    edit——-

    Yeah, nothing interesting that I saw. I really dislike steam DRM though so that lowers how much I am willing to pay for games on there.

    Also the new content for path of exile is not out yet, it’s in closed beta.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 2 years ago

      Ah, sorry, I’ve got some friends who talk about it all the time and I didn’t realize they were talking about pre-release content. I’ll fix that real fast. Thanks for the heads-up.

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