Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 2

A hatch beneath Seattle opens up, spewing forth unidentifiable creatures. Each is a horrific bundle of meat, bone and metal. 'CLICK ME' they scream in an endless drone, descending on the houses of poor gamers below. Steamville is immediately swamped with the things, tearing apart fleeing deals. Gabe disappears in a tide of them with a soft 'avenge me' and thumbs up. Truly, day 2 has arrived.

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we’ll be offering our picks – based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day two of the sale and how to play the monster summer sale game.

As always, the rules: it’s rarely worth buying a game that isn’t on flash, daily or other timed deal, as most will eventually be on one. If you miss it, there’s a set of encore deals on the final day. If all else fails, you can still pick it up for its regular price on the final day. The wishlist is a good way to keep track of just the games you’re interested in. If sale drama is your bag, Pip’s broken down Rockstar’s GTA V silliness for you fine folks.

Now, the minigame. It’s, well, exactly what it looks like. You click on the enemies to do damage and they slowly kill you off. You get gold when they die and can spend it on upgrades. The auto-fire cannon is best, as it means you do more damage without paying any attention or effort – which should tell you everything you need to know, really. You’ll do a bit more DPS if you can be bothered to click away, but I’d recommend spending your time doing almost anything else. This all continues while you’re out of game, so it’s worth heading in to check how much gold you have and buy upgrades every now and then.

As for rewards, the community as a whole defeating monsters across a number of different instances of this game, unlocks different sales. There’s a maximum of nine per day. You can see the progress towards them and what’s currently unlocked at the bottom of the game menu screen. It seems inevitable that all nine will be unlocked every day, and you don’t need to participate to get access to them, so overall you can pay as much or as little attention as you wish. If you want to dive a little deeper, this Reddit thread seems to have all the best details at time of writing.

TO THE DEALSMOBILE:

5. Wasteland 2

50% off: $19.99 / £14.99 / €19.99, Store page

inXile’s first released of many Kickstarter success stories and sequel to their late 80s survival RPG in a Fallout-style wasteland America. It proved popular enough both pre and post release to let inXile continue existence. Adam reviewed it for us saying he enjoyed it most of the time, if not “from one hour to the next” due to its old school fiddlyness and lack of polish. You can see other news about the game here.

4. Grey Goo

60% off: $19.99/ £11.99 / €18.39, Store page

A classic three-race RTS release for modern times. It puts the focus on larger scale decisions over management in this story of humanity, aliens and the eponymous nanobots fighting for dominance. Alec took a look at it during the lengthy beta period and here’s what we’ve had to say since.

3. Democracy 3

75% off: $6.24 / £4.74 / €5.74, Store page

Cliffski’s just-how-awful-can-everything-be simulator about running a government in the modern world. Want to feel sorry for politicians and everyone else involved in this system we’ve built? Or perhaps, turn it into a utopia based on police surveillance, mandatory military service and legalised substances? It’s the game for you. Graham built the glorious land of RPSdom in his review of the original release. Probably worth shelling over the extra quid or equivalent currency for the three expansions, which you can read about in all our posts here.

2. Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

63% off: $24.48 / £16.23 / €22.48, New Order & Old Blood Store pages

The nazi-blasters are discounted by 75% and 50% respectively. One of the biggest surprises of the last couple of years, it turned out you could make a classic FPS based on a resurrected franchise that wasn’t a big pile of offensive nothing. The first game even took our Bestest Best FPS 2014 award. Here’s what Alec thought on release, along with the rest of the team. He also gave his thoughts on The Old Blood.

1. Crypt of the Necrodancer

50% off: $7.49 / £5.49 / €7.49, Store page

Dance for your roguelike, as the old saying goes. A rhythm-based dungeon-crawler where each action – movement, attacking, using items – must be done in time to the funky beat playing in the background. It’s an incredible idea executed almost flawlessly with one of the best soundtracks in gaming. Alec gave some impressions on the Early Access build at the start of its sixth month stretch in July. More recently, Quinns opened his COGWATCH series with a deep dive on just how wonderful its main mechanic is.

From yesterday’s dailies, some lovely folk in the comments recommended:

Metro Redux Bundle – $9.99 / £6.79 / €7.99 – HDified versions of the two excellent post-apoc Russian subway FPSes.
Homeworld Remastered Collection – $13.99 / £10.79 / €12.79 – HD rereleases of Relic’s space RTS series, including an all-new multiplayer.
Darkest Dungeon – $14.99 / £11.24 / €14.99 – Early Access roguelike RPG about leading a team of adventurers to their deaths.

Elsewhere on the internet, GOG and itch.io are having their own sales. RPS recommends Dreamfall Chapters from the former and Sunset from the latter.

Meanwhile, this:

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  1. Jason Lefkowitz says:

    I'm not sure how it fits into the overall scheme of the summer sale, since I haven't seen it listed on the store home page anywhere, but Harpoon-alike Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations from notoriously anti-discounts wargame publisher Slitherine appears to be 50% off on Steam for the next 48 hours or so. That brings its price down from Slitherine's eye-watering retail price of USD$79.99 to a much more reasonable USD$39.99. I haven't played it, but I've heard lots of good things, so Flare Path-types who've been interested but put off by Slitherine's insane pricing may want to jump on it now.
  1. CaptainHairy says:

    Also recommended: Creeper World 3. Hilariously cheap right now, and a great example of a tower defence game that breaks away from the standard of the genre.

  2. Phantom_Renegade says:

    Sadly Democracy’s DLC isn’t on sale, or I’d have grabbed the lot. What is it with just having the base game be on sale?

  3. OpT1mUs says:

    1. Crypt of the Necrodancer

    50% off: $7.49 / £5.49 / €7.49

    $7.49 / €7.49

    .!.

  4. Jason Lefkowitz says:

    I’m not sure how it fits into the overall scheme of the summer sale, since I haven’t seen it listed on the store home page anywhere, but Harpoon-alike Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations from notoriously anti-discounts wargame publisher Slitherine appears to be 50% off on Steam for the next 48 hours or so. That brings its price down from Slitherine’s eye-watering retail price of USD$79.99 to a much more reasonable USD$39.99. I haven’t played it, but I’ve heard lots of good things, so Flare Path-types who’ve been interested but put off by Slitherine’s insane pricing may want to jump on it now.

    • JS says:

      If you have even the slightest interrest in sims/games like this, Command is more than worth the full price. So, getting it at half price is an extremely good deal. It’s a very niche game, but if your tastes lies within this niche, you will not be dissappointed.

  5. MiniMatt says:

    Dan Griddledoctopus’ “what happens when you run manifesto commitments through Democracy X” stories were the highlight (as it turns out, the only highlight) of the last election.

    Can’t find the 2015 versions, but turned out he did the same for 2010 as well – link to newstatesman.com

    I *think* I may have read these experiments only came about as part of a failed (and/or partially funded) pitch to RPS.

    That said, Democracy 3 is not without it’s flaws, and the “talk me down thread” on the forums will likely find reasons not to spend your hard earned on it’s charms. Purely in the interests of deficit reduction you understand.

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      Graham Smith says:

      PC Gamer, actually. PCG commissioned him when I was there to write a similar feature for the 2010 election, which we then never ran (for reasons). Eventually Dan asked if he could publish the feature himself, we said yes, New Statesman picked it up, and then he was able to pitch them a similar thing for the 2015 elections.

  6. Det. Bullock says:

    link to i60.tinypic.com

    Really Bethesda?
    Well, i was going to buy only RTCW anyway but really? It’s not even the first time this happens, do they really look at their discounts?

    • airmikee says:

      A game so good it’s not worth paying full price for anyway, right?

      • Det. Bullock says:

        “A game so good it’s not worth paying full price for anyway, right?”

        It’s not that: I just find silly when buying things individually costs less than buying the bundle on the same shop at the same time (I’m okay if the cost is the same though, even if the only advantage is a few clicks less to chuck the games in the cart it’s still less of a hassle for my decade-old laptop which for some reason can’t handle the steam store very well), it’s either a really stupid mistake or some clumsy attempt at a scam.

    • Baines says:

      More important, has the New Order/Old Blood bundle been removed?

      That bundle was cheaper than the regular price for the two games, and now it appears to be removed from Steam.

      • Ben Barrett says:

        It was there and not discounted at the start of today’s sale and I was going to link to it just as a hub to see the prices of the seperate games, then they removed it just before I finished writing. It was incredibly annoying. I think they just can’t be bothered to further discount the bundles, since they’re already doing a big sale, which is fair enough.

  7. SuicideKing says:

    Interstellar Marines – has anyone played it? Is it worth getting for $10?

  8. Hulk Handsome says:

    I think this might be worth bringing to people’s attention:

    link to pbs.twimg.com

    Though some games have reasons behind the price changes, such as Tabletop Sim leaving Early Access.

    • bill says:

      Indeed. Worth an RPS article about and (failed) attempts to get a comment from Valve I’d say.

      Also, illegal under UK law, right?
      (unless the whole “it’s a service / it doesn’t apply to software” thing can be used to weasel out of it once again)

  9. Nixitur says:

    I definitely recommend picking up Monaco as well.
    It’s a heist game with up to 4-player co-op, both local and online. Each player takes the role of one of 8 characters which all work very differently, often even completely changing how the levels play out.
    It’s kind of like Ocean’s Eleven except then you get seen and everyone runs around like headless chickens.

    • Nixitur says:

      Oh, completely forgot to mention the price.
      It’s only $1.49 / 1.39€ for four more hours.

  10. drewski says:

    I just wish the game actually worked.

  11. Jalan says:

    Finding none of these worth putting any money toward – either because they aren’t the lowest they’ve been previously (which still strikes me as strange with each passing sale – factoring out price errors) or are just rather plain/middling discounts in general. Outside of a cheap and (allegedly) crummy game (if one relies on Steam user reviews), I’ve spent less during this sale thus far than I have in 7 years on Steam overall (including sales and non-sale purchases).

    GOG on the other hand, I’ve spent nearly enough to get Clear Sky unlocked. I keep telling myself I won’t spend enough to unlock Xenonauts but some of their deals put me in the position of a kid in a candy store and it’s like my money is just temporarily lodging in my account before it goes back home to GOG’s vaults.

    • Likethiss says:

      You were expecting to spend more during this sale than in 7 years total? Must have had some pretty big expectations for it then!