See our spicy selection from the Steam Summer Sale 2019

Gerbils, there are too many games. There are just so many. Even though I already own more than I will likely ever play, I’ve picked up five more games in the Steam Summer Sale. I imagine you already knew the sale was ongoing whether you’re a Steam user or not. Still, I’m going to show you a fair few deals I think you shouldn’t skip.

This time around, I didn’t write a blurb for each game as I normally do; there are simply too many titles, and I’m already overburdened with another, top secret project. Let me note that this is by no means a comprehensive list; rather, this is a curated collection of quality titles hand-picked by yours truly. Without further ado, here’s my selections for the standouts of the 2019 Steam Summer Sale:

First-person shooters

Third-person shooters

Overhead-view (“twin-stick”) shooters

Local co-op games

Character action games

Third-person action RPGs

“Metroid-vania” games

Let me take a moment to note that you can find the majority of these deals over on GOG.com, formerly known as Good Old Games. GOG isn’t just old games anymore, though; the site—owned and operated by Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red—sells thousands and thousands of titles totally DRM-free, if that’s important to you. GOG still carries some old games you won’t find on Steam, too, like Warcraft II and Diablo—both of which are ten bucks, by the way.

Hopefully there’s something in that giant list that you both haven’t already played and are interested in. Unfortunately, if you’re not into action games, there probably isn’t. If you’re a fan of one of the many, many game genres I missed, leave us your favorite titles that are discounted in the comments so we can take a look this weekend.

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mganai
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mganai

Needs more Divinity: Original Sin 1&2.

SangiYaro
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SangiYaro

Not sure if it also applies to US, but

“Borderlands: The Handsome Collection” is currently priced for 5.52 €

It includes Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Borderlands 2 and bunch of DLC.

Although, it may be a pricing mistake as its price is lower even than Borderlands 2 alone (after 75% discount).

juzz86
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juzz86

Yeah, just restarted Turok 2 – one of my faves from the 64.

Damn Lair of the Blind Ones! Otherwise good memories all round.

Cerebral Bore – still one of the wackiest bits of weapon ever.

Spunjji
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Spunjji

Protect the energy totems… at all costs!

The cerebral bore was my favourite thing about that game. It made for a fun dynamic in Rage Wars multiplayer, too.

PrincipalSkinner
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PrincipalSkinner

Get that Cryptark now! It’s a lot of fun.

ronch
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ronch

It still amazes me to this day how realistic graphics have become. I went through the days of CGA, EGA, and VGA, and while I still hold those days more dear, even my lowly HD 7770 is light years ahead of my first CGA card. Makes me appreciate everything we have today. Even that cheap $350 50″ Full HD TV from an off-brand just blows our 32″ Trinitron out of the water.

DPete27
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DPete27

Dishonored = $3.30 – a must play
Portal 2 = $1 – mandatory

Dying Light is on the list above, really enjoyed it.

Generic
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Generic

I know those games are old, but those prices are criminally low for the quality of those titles compared to many Many other games.

Voldenuit
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Voldenuit

Re: Metroidvanias, [url=https://store.steampowered.com/app/367520/Hollow_Knight/<]Hollow Knight for 40% of at $9[/url<] is a must-buy if you haven't got it already.

RAGEPRO
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RAGEPRO

Holy crap! I can’t believe I forgot Hollow Knight! Yes! This game is required [s<]reading[/s<] playing for any fan of the genre!

sweatshopking
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sweatshopking

Yeah, but it’s on game pass which is only a buck for a month…

Shobai
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Shobai

Steam’s got a game pass?!?!

FireGryphon
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FireGryphon

Nice big list. I do prefer GOG and get my games there.

anotherengineer
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anotherengineer

[url<]https://store.steampowered.com/sub/15481/[/url<] is good

RAGEPRO
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RAGEPRO

I’ve heard about Dungeon Defenders in the past, but never picked it up. At that price it looks like I don’t have much excuse, haha.

sweatshopking
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sweatshopking

another engineer has put more time into that game than anyone on earth I swear..

anotherengineer
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anotherengineer

a ton of AFK hours that’s for sure lol, and all back in the day

rnalsation
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rnalsation

I would argue that [url=https://store.steampowered.com/sub/88801/<]Dying Light Enhanced Edition[/url<] for -70% or $17.99 is the version to recommend here. It comes with The Following expansion (you get to run over zombies in an upgradable buggy and a crossbow.) and Bozak Hoard (SAW but with parkour and zombies). The Dying Light Ultimate Collection is everything in The Enhanced Edition and some extra skin packs that add cheap crafting early on that may feel a little cheaty at lower levels.

RAGEPRO
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RAGEPRO

Right on. Thanks for the heads up. I haven’t put nearly as much time into that game as I’d like.

Neutronbeam
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Neutronbeam

Just got Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY and NieR: Automata GOTY using my Father’s Day gift card.

This was after promising myself that the ONLY games I would buy in the next year were Mechwarrior 5, Borderlands 3, the final DLC for Battletech and maybe, just maybe, the Outer Worlds and Cyberpunk 2077 (because reasons and Keanu).

I blame global warming for my lack of financial discipline, and the fact that my thinking has been clouded by reading all the stories here on cheese–so, yeah, it’s totally drfish’s fault.

morphine
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morphine

I’m surprised by the fact that your kids actually thought you deserved a card.

Neutronbeam
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Neutronbeam

Sigh. They didn’t; it was from my wife. My son is waiting for me to kick off so he can get my computers and Steam library. He doesn’t know about Amazon’s Lazarus project where I can upload my consciousness to its servers (don’t tell anyone).

And as for you, Mister Portly Portugal, your cats’ nickname for you translates as “first meal after the apocalypse”.

😉

morphine
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morphine

Gonna be a fatty meal for my cats.

nanoflower
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nanoflower

I’m disappointed to hear that you didn’t already own The Witcher 3. Shame!

It’s truly a great game. Have to get back to it at some point.

Neutronbeam
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Neutronbeam

>hangs head< I have drawn the curtains of shame in my man cave.

Voldenuit
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Voldenuit

NieR: Automata is probably one of my favorite games of all time.

It was a perfect storm of being able to get together Yoko Taro’s wackiness with Platinum Games’ polish and mechanics, so kudos to the CEO of Square Enix who made it happen at all.

Tip: make sure to read the quest entries after you finish each quest, they add a bittersweet epilogue to the conclusion of each quest.

RAGEPRO
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RAGEPRO

“Bittersweet” is an excellent term to describe how I feel about that game overall. Masterfully-crafted, but I feel like finishing it took a piece of my soul.

Voldenuit
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Voldenuit

Yeah, Nier:Automata is a game that rewards you for committing emotionally to the story and characters, but it also exacts a price for doing so. It’s the rare game that tugs at my heart strings, and nothing else* has done that for me since until I started playing Sdorica on Android, which despite (or maybe because of) its cutesey graphics, could wrench my gut with a simple pop-up line describing the gulf between the nobles and the slum dwellers in the Sun Kingdom. Cytus II, another RayArk game, has engaged me on another level, that of intellectual curiosity and investment… Read more »

LostCat
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LostCat

My friends can’t fathom why I don’t like N:A. Oh well.

Voldenuit
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Voldenuit

It’s not for everyone. And that’s perfectly fine.

superjawes
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superjawes

I haven’t put a lot of time into [i<]Bloodstained[/i<] yet, but so far, everything has been great. It's a Castlevania game in everything but name. The music, controls, map, and story are soaked in that familiarity, and if you ever played [i<]Aria of Sorrow[/i<] (GBA) or [i<]Dawn of Sorrow[/i<] (DS), you'll recognize the shard system. [i<]Dishonored[/i<] was also mentioned in a Bargain Basement comment, but you can get the Definitive Edition of the first game for $10. The sequel will set you back $20, [i<]Death of the Outsider[/i<] (a DLC+ semi-sequel?) is $15, and if you're feeling spicy and want it all, $40 will get you the complete collection.

derFunkenstein
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derFunkenstein

Lara Croft Guardian of Light and Temple of Osiris were both tons of fun when I played through them on an iPad, but as most touch-enabled games are these days, the controls are wonky. Definitely would recommend playing them with a better control scheme.

auxy
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auxy

They are waaaay better on an Xbox pad. I can’t even imagine… with touch controls… some of the “platforming” in the second game… (/ω ;\)

Waco
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Waco

EDF 4.1 is a great addition to a great series of terrible (but stupidly fun) games.

nanoflower
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nanoflower

Saw some gameplay from one of the early EDF games and it does look wild. It’s in my list of owned but not played games (Thanks to the Monthly Humble Bundle) so I’ll get to it eventually.

Waco
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Waco

It’s super clunky and stupid in a very B-movie type of way. It’s a blast (literally) with a few friends.

There is a bit of grinding, but that’s half the appeal of these types of games.

RAGEPRO
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RAGEPRO

My buddy and I picked up the original EDF game on Xbox 360 totally expecting it to be utter garbage. This was before anyone knew about EDF. We were blown away ([s<]literally[/s<] okay well figuratively) by the game and have been fans ever sense. Total nonsense, but a blast anyway.

Waco
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Waco

That’s exactly where my old roommate and I got hooked. It was just stupid enough to be incredibly fun.

Spunjji
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Spunjji

So bad, so good. “Oh hey, I unlocked a giant robot that I can bring to fight these giant ants. Oh, now they have more-giant-er robots than me. Cool.”

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