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The Steam Summer Sale Is Here! What Should You Buy?

Save up to 90% on games and DLC through July 5.
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If the announcements from E3 2018 have left you hungry for new games, you're in luck. Steam is currently hosting its perennially popular Summer Sale, with discounts on hundreds of games and DLC through July 5. Read on to see what kind of deals you can expect.

What Is the Steam Summer Sale?

Steam has two big sales every year — one in the summer, and one in the winter. Each one lasts around two weeks, providing ample opportunities to snag deeply discounted titles. As of this writing, we found discounts of up to 90% off on a variety of games and DLC for Windows, Apple, and Linux systems.

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When Does the Steam Sale Start (and End)?

The Steam Summer Sale started on June 21, and it runs through around 1 pm ET on July 5. Don't let the deadline fool you into thinking you can wait around, though. If you're looking for a price drop on a particular game — seriously, how is Vampyr still $50? — be aware that Steam's competitors have been known to also host sales around this time of year.

Humble Bundle, Amazon, Microsoft Store, and even the PlayStation Store have all posted notable game deals in recent days.

What's a 'Good' Discount for a Video Game?

As we've come to expect from Steam sales, the best discounts are usually reserved for older titles. However, if you find a game you've been eyeing priced at 75% off or more, don't wait around for a better deal — the Steam Winter Sale isn't until mid-December.

If you find a game you've been eyeing priced at 75% off or more, don't wait around for a better deal.

Even though older titles typically have the deepest discounts, that doesn't mean newer titles are excluded. Video games that have been out for at least six months can still see anywhere from 30% to 50% off, which is an excellent deal. More recent games will typically see smaller price drops.

What Should You Buy at the Steam Summer Sale?

Of course everyone's taste in video games is different, but we can all appreciate a great deal.

Walking simulators get a lot of praise from critics — and a lot of shade from players. If you want to see what all the fuss is about, then pick up three of this genre's best titles for $5 or less: The Stanley Parable, Firewatch, and Life is Strange.

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If you're willing to gamble a bit, the Steam Summer Sale is a great time to pick up discounts on Early Access titles. These games haven't been released yet because they're not technically done. One such deal gives players free access to Bethesda's newest multiplayer FPS, Quake Champions.

Speaking of incredible deals, don't pass up this price drop on Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. This indie title was already a fantastic deal at full price, dodging the traditional $60 price tag and delivering a gorgeous story. This award-winning game is an outright steal at $18.

Finally, a word of caution: One of the biggest announcements around E3 this year was that we're getting a Fallout-themed multiplayer survival shooter. As such, you may be eyeing that 50% off discount on Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition. Don't do it! This game was $5 cheaper in April.

Readers, will you be shopping the Steam Summer Sale? What games are you excited to snag discounts on? Let us know in the comments below.


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Michael adds the finishing touches to most of the Blog articles you'll see on DealNews. His work has appeared on sites like Lifehacker, the Huffington Post, and MSN Money. See him rant about video games by following him on Twitter @ThatBonebright.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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3 comments
dino2269
I only play Team Fortress 2 to the tune of 20,000 hours played and I only care about what TF2 things that might for sale like paint for the cosmetics. Few years ago I stocked up on white and black running low hope they are on sale again.
michael bonebright (DealNews)
@shadowstitch-

Good catch! Yep, the days of Steam dropping prices every few hours are long gone. I've updated the copy to avoid further confusion.

Thanks for reading!
shadowstitch
I don't know if your info is outdated or you simply worded it strangely, but Steam sales no longer have variable discounts, not since they instituted the refund policy. The games that are on sale at the beginning of the sale will be the same price throughout the duration of the sale. Steam will "highlight" certain games each day, but the sale prices aren't new or different than they were before being frontpaged.
It's also helpful to check isthereanydeal.com or install the Enhanced Steam browser plugin, to compare prices and previous discounts. Some of the Steam "sale" titles have been cheaper at other sites, and may still be cheaper now.