Scare Up Some Deals: Steam’s Halloween Sale

By Nathan Grayson on October 30th, 2013 at 8:00 am.

Are you ready to be SHOCKED? DISGUSTED? TERRIFIED? OK then, here goes: Steam is having a sale. Whoa, what was that? Lightning flashing? The dead rising? A flock of spoooooooky bats getting caught in a plane engine? Whatever just happened, I’m sure you never saw it coming – much like Valve’s sales. Nobody ever knows precisely and exactly when or where they’ll strike next, nor do they mark their calendars and preserve their piggy banks for it. It’s all mystery, all unknown, all white-hot, gut-mashing fear. As soon as you finish recovering from your 666 simultaneous heart attacks, you might consider perusing the hacked, slashed, and bifurcated prices, which include the likes of Outlast, both Amnesias, DmC Devil May Cry, Natural Selection II, Dead Space(s), Don’t Starve, and heaps of others.

It’s a simpler sale than Steam’s typical fare, with a massive pile of games discounted until November 1st. No rotating daily deals, no meta-games, no badges, no voting. Probably expect all of that to make a triumphant and predictable return sometime next month.

This sale’s still pretty sizable, though. Over 150 games are discounted, and a few are even fairly recent releases. Standouts include those mentioned above, Rise of the Triad, Sleeping Dogs, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition, Darksiders II (at 80 percent off), Brutal Legend, every FEAR game for hardly anything, and criminally underrated (probably due to its awful name) clone puzzler The Swapper.

Go have a look for yourself. It’s not Steam’s strongest effort by any means, but there are still a decent many treats nestled among the horrors. So then, what’re ya boiyin’?

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  1. Mr Coot says:

    I’d already bought most of the good stuff, but I bought Limbo and Monster Loves You. Searched RPS for MLY but found nothing o.O surely a game where you can choose to eat Hansel and Gretel can’t be too bad?

    • dejobaan says:

      (Monster Loves You! Dev) It’s gotten mixed reviews — some people love it, other people think it’s too damned simple, and still other people were confused that it was so different from AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! and Drunken Robot Pornography. But it was our biggest launch ever, so it appealed to gamers, if not reviewers. Thanks for giving it a go, at any rate. :)

      • The Random One says:

        Yeah, but I for one was first aware of your game by chance, when it was on the Steam Cards beta, and since I hadn’t seen any coverage of it I assumed it wasn’t something I’d be interested in, like it maybe it was a children’s game or a hyper-casual Facebook style game. It was only when I discovered you were behind it that I realized it might be something I’d like.

  2. Bull0 says:

    I picked up the new Typing of the Dead (yeah! There’s a new typing of the dead! Woo!) and Colonial Muhreens. I also plan to get Machine for Piggiewigs before the sale ends.

    • zappeo says:

      you sir just gave me the best birthday present (turning 30 right now) by telling me there’s a new typing of the dead on steam. thank you ;_;

      • Bull0 says:

        happy birthday! Yes, I was really, really pleased about new typing of the dead. It only came out yesterday. I’m surprised there wasn’t more general fanfare

      • realitysconcierge says:

        We have the same birthday! (Though you are five years my senior :P)

    • TonyB says:

      I also expressed my delight at this excellent and unexpected discovery with an instant purchase (of TotD, and of Sleeping Dogs, and of Spelunky which isn’t part of this sale but is still half-price in its own little Steam sale). I hope the promised online co-op is added soon too.

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      DrScuttles says:

      There’s a new Typing Of The Dead? Good grief, the gods are smiling upon us today. I do hope it has all the mad extra modes the original had. Even if it doesn’t, I’m going to buy it anyway.
      But well done Sega for all the hard PR work you did for it.

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      Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      Relentless hype machine, you have failed me for the last time.

      • Danda says:

        THE TYPING OF THE DEAD: OVERKILL is the real star of this sale. I was waiting for GOG to release the original TTOTD or something, so this is amazing news.

        Also, this version also includes the regular The House of the Dead: Overkill (normal and director’s), so you can play with a mouse or controller too.

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        Gap Gen says:

        “Last time” implies that it has relented. It shall never relent!

      • The Random One says:

        The relentless hype machine doesn’t want you to become a relentless type machine.

    • Tiax says:

      I read you can’t set the resolution to 1920×1080 ingame, even though you can select it in the options menu.

      It’s a sort of 720p streched up, can you confirm this ?

      • Bull0 says:

        Well I selected 1920*1080, and it did seem to resize, but I didn’t sort of… run tests to verify if that was what I was actually seeing or not. It was quite late when I got in last night, I only played for 20 minutes or so. It looked OK.

    • Easy says:

      “Not available in your region”… whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

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        RedViv says:

        Because Valve doesn’t really care how the laws actually work.

        • Jason Moyer says:

          I’m pretty sure regional availability is dictated by the publisher’s marketing decisions and not the storefront. It has nothing to do with the legal status of anything.

    • Jason Moyer says:

      Picked up Typing Of The Dead: Overkill the moment I noticed it was available. I’m pleased it also includes a port of the PS3 version of House Of The Dead: Overkill as well.

      I’m fairly surprised RPS hasn’t posted a news bit about this coming out yet, for some reason I seem to remember the original TotD being a favorite among one of the writers here.

      • Bull0 says:

        Yeah, but it seems like it appearing on Steam is the first anyone heard of it. I think if they’d known about it it’d have gotten a mention. It’s funny how compulsive TToTD is, when I noticed it I got it straight away more or less without thinking. Can’t think of the last time I did that. Like to think of myself as one o’ them canny consumers

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    Cardinal says:

    Much as I like Steam, worth commenting that GOG and Desura are both at it as well.
    Desura has Doorways under £2 (think it was £1.62 – both the site and the service seem to be offline as I type).

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      Lars Westergren says:

      Yep. GoG has for instance Pathologic for $2.50.

    • AngryBadger says:

      How is Doorways? Im tempted to pick it up for its Oculus Rift support

      • Stardreamer says:

        Aliens: Colonial Marines: £3.74.

        Bless. :)

        [Edit: Nooo, not a reply! Be a grown-up comment!]

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        strangeloup says:

        Doorways is, unfortunately, bloody awful.

        Unless you like first person platforming and BOOGABOOGABOOGA jump scares, in which case knock yourself out.

    • Contrafibularity says:

      Does anyone know why GOG nowadays usually looks like this for me?
      http://i.imgur.com/3dgteOC.jpg

      Oddly when I click on a game the game page itself looks fine, but it’s a nasty way to navigate the site. (I’m using latest Firefox)

      edit: damn also can’t even login, what is up with GOG :(

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        Jonfon says:

        It looks like the sites CSS Stylesheet isn’t loading properly for you for some reason.

        Do you have adblocker or anything like that running? Try disabling them to start. You could try emptying the browser cache and reloading the site, maybe there’s a weird / corrupt version in your browser cache?

        • Contrafibularity says:

          I already had Adblock+ disabled for the domain, but weirdly enough it was allowing Google Analytics in Ghostery which fixed it for me. Thanks! Very odd I’ve never seen a website relying on Google Analytics for basic functioning, always thought that was a tracker.

          edit: I spoke too soon, still can’t login (pressing the button does nothing) but at least the frontpage doesn’t look like that any more. Also now it appears letting Ghostery block Google Analytics etc. or not has no effect on the problem, so I think the problem is on GOG’s end. Clearing cache or hard refresh (Ctrl+F5) does nothing either.

          edit2: Resolved by manually going to
          https://secure.gog.com/
          instead of https://www.gog.com/

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    distantlurker says:

    Thanks for the early morning post Nates!

  5. Ridnarhtim says:

    That is a ridiculous price for Darksiders 2! It’s one of my favourite games in a long time.

    • frightlever says:

      To be fair it’s 80% off £35 for a 14 month old game. With all the DLC it’s about £15.00.

      And yeah, I agree with you it’s a great action RPG/Platformer thingy which more games should be like.

    • fish99 says:

      Ridiculously good or bad? I mean you’ve been able to get Darksiders 1+2 for £3.75 combined in a past humble bundle (with other good games), so £6.99 for just Darksiders 2 doesn’t seem that great, plus they’re pretending it’s 80% off by still having the regular price at an eye watering £35.

      Having said all that the game is easily worth £7 (but play Darksiders 1 first which is also superb).

      • Bull0 says:

        I think fairly soon this will become a new internet rule a la rule 34 – if it’s on sale, it’s on sale somewhere else cheaper

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    Henke says:

    Yesterday, in a HALLOWEEN SHOPPING FRENZY I picked up Atom Zombie Smasher, The Swapper, and I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream on Steam, Amnesia:AMFP on GOG, a boxed copy of The Darkness 2, and a bundle with a bunch of sims.

  7. Syra says:

    Some of those games are not spooky in the least!

  8. HadToLogin says:

    Unfortunately, The Walking Dead DLC wasn’t hit with any -X%. But with help came… Ubi-Store. They’ve put it on sale for around 1 euro, and since TWD is Steamworks game, all they give is steam key you need to activate there.
    But don’t know if it’s some regional, or world-wide promo.

    • Deadly Habit says:

      Walking Dead DLC is $1.25 on Amazon atm, think the actual game itself is cheaper as well.

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    Cardinal says:

    Anyone care to comment on whether or not “Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines” stands the test of time? Or if this is the best “version”? – I seem to remember there being some debate.

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      basilisk says:

      It does, in a sense. The game is very unfinished and broken in many ways, and to be honest, it mostly feels and plays like an extremely ambitious HL2 mod that went out of control, but on the other hand, it also does some things uniquely and quite brilliantly if you can look past all the issues. If you liked DX:HR and its city hubs, those were clearly inspired by Bloodlines which has more of them, much richer, deeper and with vastly more interesting characters; there’s some fantastic material in those. Everything that isn’t a city hub, however, tends to be awkward at best and downright miserable at worst.

      Also, the unofficial patch is pretty much mandatory, but you should probably stick to its “enhanced vanilla” rather than “major overhaul” version (there’s a choice during installation, IIRC).
      http://www.patches-scrolls.com/vampire_bloodlines.php

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        Cardinal says:

        Ta muchly!

      • Dave Tosser says:

        Doozex: Human Resources was inspired by Doozex, not Bloodlines.

        Bloodlines is the sort of game that, like all of Troika’s releases, we celebrate because there isn’t enough of it. There ought to be more first-person RPGs with great writing, open level design and a hub structure, but we’re stuck with a handful of immersive sims and ho-hum sequels. There ought to be more turn-based, party-based fantasy RPGs not from the 80s, but we’re stuck with Temple of Elemental Evil and its ilk. There ought to be more games that blatantly steal from Fallout, but we’re stuck with Arcanum. None of those are bad games- in fact, I’d call them all essential roleplaying -but they’re a testament to our failure to steal.

    • zain3000 says:

      Jim posted a pretty good retrospective on the game a couple of years back. Just google-ize it.

      http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2009/02/11/forever-young-the-tragedy-of-bloodlines/

      Or use that link.

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      Oozo says:

      Played it last year for the first time and I can confirm: it holds up really well, and it’s very much worth checking out — while there are a lot of rough edges, there are things in that game that have never been done by others, or at least never better.
      Just install the patch and don’t be afraid to use console commands to get past the most annoying sections (the sewers, the end game); the story is worth seeing through.

      • Skabooga says:

        I would also like to state that I think it’s a fantastic game that well stands up to the test of time, and also that you shouldn’t feel the least bit remorse console-commanding your way through a few of the more frustrating/dull combat sections if you feel so inclined.

    • SkittleDiddler says:

      Bloodlines is one of the handful of games I reinstall every few years for a retrospective playthrough. Fantastic game, but as has been pointed out, you definitely need the unofficial patch for a frustration-free experience.

      • Syra says:

        I’ve played it through a couple times and never used anything beyond the very basic bug fix patches …. It would be interesting to see how one of the best RPGs of this generation has been tweaked by fans..

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    lowprices says:

    Bought Skulls of the Shogun for £6 and I Have No Mouth for £1.50. Saving my pennies for the bigger Xmas sale.

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    JiminyJickers says:

    TYPING OF THE DEAD!!!

  12. Chris D says:

    Picked up The Swapper because I’d been meaning to get around to buying it at some point and this seems as good a time as any.

    Also picked up Impire because I’m curious and figured, for this price, what the hell?

  13. BooleanBob says:

    I don’t know how well it stands up now, but in the N64′s heyday Shadow Man was great, sometimes hitting the (f)right notes perfectly with its horror-murk aspirations and others falling hilariously flat: fun either way! If you think of a low-key, lo-fi voodoo-themed Darkstalkers you’re getting close. Definitely one of the hidden curios of its generation, and only £1.64 in the sale.

  14. Jams O'Donnell says:

    Hmm, maybe it is time to pick up Of Orcs & Men and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Weird how many non-Halloweeny games are in the Halloween sale this year.

    • DanMan says:

      Got me Brothers and “I have no mouth and i must scream” thus far. Outlast is still a bit too expensive compared to my interest.

      Still pondering about some others. A lot of them are “low violence” versions in my country and i’m not buying those.

  15. Blackcompany says:

    Very curious about Nether and Don’t Starve. Especially since Don’t Starve comes from the makers of Mark of the Ninja, an excellent title. Any thoughts on whether these are worthwhile, at a discount?

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      Oozo says:

      “Don’t Starve” is very much worth it. As was pointed out in the WIT here, after a while it’s a bit annoying that you have to repeat the early sections after each death again, but it’s beautifully done, and the systems are calibrated perfectly both to emulate the desperation of trying to survive in the wilderness and the typical “just one more game”-urge of good rogue-lites. I would suggest not running too early to Game FAQs, though — the joy is in the discovery, and there are ways to game the system a bit too easily, which really do spoil the game a bit.

    • SkittleDiddler says:

      Users at the Steam forums are reporting that Nether has some kind of sinister corporate connection to Sergey Titov and Infestation: Survivor Stories (AKA WarZ). I really don’t know what the details are, because Nether’s devs have been pretty quick to delete threads that bring the topic up. Can’t say I blame them.

      Probably just consumer paranoia, but I figured I’d throw it out there for your consideration and speculation.

    • fish99 says:

      Loved Don’t Starve….. for a while. The thing is though, the further you get, the less likely you are to start a new game when you die.

      Steam is showing I played it for 12 hours total, but I haven’t touched it in months.

  16. dahools says:

    cheers for the heads up going away this afternoon for the weekend would have missed this. Just bagged “Jewel Of The Nile” for when I get back! £1.12 thats some SERIOUS Value!

  17. Tiax says:

    I got FEAR and its two expansions for a measly 2 bucks. It’s impressive to see how no other FPS managed to get the actual gunfighting so visceral and so fun to play.

  18. Tyrmot says:

    Pirates! is only £1.50!!!

  19. CookPassBabtridge says:

    The servers sadly fell over last night at about 10pm UK time, all that shopping juice being secreted from 40 million gamers it couldn’t handle. I picked up the DLC for New Vegas, which just 2 days ago I realised I wanted. Steam is psychic

  20. InternetBatman says:

    Most interesting is I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream.

  21. Lemming says:

    VtM: Bloodlines for £3.74!

  22. Lobotomist says:

    Alice madness returns, for 5$ !

  23. forddent says:

    The (newly released) Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut is 10% off. It’s not a huge discount, but then it’s not a very expensive game to begin with.

    It is also worth every single penny. My coffee told me so. Yes.

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      basilisk says:

      But it’s also a miserably bad port. Fixed resolution, no controller support, assorted random wonkiness. Check the Steam forums for details.

      • Low Life says:

        Luckily we have Durante (the guy behind Dark Souls resolution fix) working on it, so the game might turn out good. You can follow his progress here: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=706035

        It was a difficult choice between buying a game I really want and not buying a game that’s a mess of a port. The situation is even worse than with Dark Souls, at least FROM was always honest about the port being done with minimal effort. But I still bought it, because Deadly Premonition… :(

  24. Geebs says:

    I think I’ll take a punt on DmC at ten quid. If I remember correctly, the PC version of DMC3 is toxic waste, right?

    • stillunverified says:

      Yup, DMC3′s port was absolutely awful, to the point where it’s easier to just run it on a PS2 emulator.
      DmC’s port was pretty good, and DMC4 is an absolutely fantastic port, including a whole extra PC-unique difficulty mode.

      • Geebs says:

        I agree, DMC4′s PC port was awesome. In fact, now that I’ve had the chance to try a bit of DmC, I think it’d actually look much better in Capcom’s engine than it does in UE.

        Plus I keep fluffing combos because of the controller remapping and the unexpected disappearance of lock-on. Who thought that a double push in one direction on a joypad was a good mapping for a combo? Even away-> towards is less of a ball-ache

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    Martel says:

    I didn’t even know this existed on Steam, and it’s in this sale for $2.49 as well. Already got 2 hours into it :)
    Pirates (2005 remake) http://store.steampowered.com/app/3920/

  26. neolith says:

    I’ll not buy anything this year. The only title I’m currently interested in is I Have No Mouth, but I’d rather get it from GOG.

    Also, I am very busy playing Baldur’s Gate.

  27. fish99 says:

    Picked up PvZ just because the android version I finished didn’t have endless mode.

  28. Dominus_Anulorum says:

    I have been wanting prison architect for some time (I don’t care that it is in alpha). Would it be worth a purchase, or should I buy it through their website and spend a bit more to get a drm free version? Does the steam version actually require steam, for that matter?

  29. MrNash says:

    It’s getting to the point with my shamefully bloated Steam library that a lot of stuff that comes up for sale on these things I either have already or am not interested in. This go around I behaved myself and only got Sleeping Dogs and Sang Froid. Still, I think it would be for the best if I set up my Steam client so that whenever I click on the “Store” tab I just get a big ol’ sign that shouts, “NO!” at me. =p

  30. Gravy100 says:

    Max Payne 3 is also on sale, is that worth it for multiplayer? I was always intrigued to see if it was good…

  31. Nallen says:

    I was really hoping Sir would be back in this, I missed it last time.

  32. pertusaria says:

    Of the games in the Steam sale, Adventures of Shuggy (puzzle platformer) and MacGuffin’s Curse (block pushing) are both very good, even if the genres they’re in are kind of overworked. I haven’t played much of Atom Zombie Smasher, but I liked what I saw; likewise with Don’t Starve.

    Papers, Please is on non-Halloween-related sale on GOG, and everyone who doesn’t have it already should really consider buying it. It’s a great puzzle game about the life of a border guard in a Soviet-style People’s Republic.

  33. Tmoore says:

    No Dark Souls?! I’m pretty sure i’m the only person in the world who hasn’t played any of those games yet, forever waiting on sale.