Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 7

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 7 of the sale.

As I sit here jamming out to the Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition soundtrack, I’m reminded of an old adage my grandfather passed on to me, from his grandfather before him. “When E3 and Steam Sales peak simultaneously” he mumbled through dry lips and cracked teeth, “and the deals come in, remember…” he coughed quietly, my young mind unable to comprehend his words of wisdom nor his situation, “remember… only buy the daily deals.”

I feel it is my duty to pass this knowledge onto you, dear readers, to do with as you wish. Perhaps you can decipher its meaning where I could not. Meanwhile, take a quick glance round our E3 2015 tag, as diligent newsers have been working night and day (mostly night) to bring you all the most pertinent info from LA.

The Dealspire Strikes Back:

5. Never Alone

60% off: $5.99 / £4.79 / €5.99, Store page

Stunningly lovely indie puzzle platformer about a native Alaskan girl and her white fox friend trying to stay alive in the cold wilderness. Made as a cultural education tool as much as a game, it succeeds rather marvellously at both, with all the usual platforming tricks and a set of videos from real-world Alaskans about the topics the game raises. John took a look at it pre-release in October.

4. Euro Truck Simulator 2

80% off: $4.59 / £2.99 / €3.99, Store page

Say what you like about Euro Truck Simulator, it does do what it says on the tin. Drive trucks in Europe, delivering packages around the continent driving hundreds/thousands of miles between cities. There’s also the rather large complete collections containing way more roads ‘n’ places at large discounts. Tim Stone calls it the 9th best sim ever and Graham gave it some time with the Oculus.

3. South Park: The Stick Of Truth

66% off: $13.59 / £8.15 / €10.19, Store page

The comedy (sometimes ‘comedy’) cartoon’s best game adaptation to date, developed by Obsidian, and that manages to bridge the gap between South Park fans and RPG fans. The Stick Of Truth inserts you into the world as your own character and letting you interact with all the show’s protagonists. John gave it reviewy thoughts when it came out a year ago and a sequel of sorts has just been announced.

2. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes

75% off: $4.99 / £4.24 / €4.99, Store page

The prequel/demo for the upcoming fifth and possibly final Kojima Metal Gear game. It’s a single mission in the style of that game playable in an almost infinite number of ways. Some shout that it can be finished in 20 minutes, while others have sunk in 20 hours. If you like experimentation, stealth or just plan on picking up your first Metal Gear game this September and want to know what the deal is first, probably worth a pop. Big Boss himself Rich Stanton reviewed it for us.

1. Pillars of Eternity

33% off: $30.14 / £23.44 / €28.13, Store page

The hotly anticipated Kickstarter darling, released in March to feverishly fanatical CRPG fans. In the style of Baldur’s Gate it’s a pure D&D-alike fantasy biff-the-gobliner with an immensely huge and detailed world. The first expansion has just been announced, with new everything. John reviewed it in March, then followed up with some more spoilery thoughts. Adam gave it the ol’ wordgasm shortly afterwards, focusing on how the game approaches storytelling.

From the comments yesterday there’s three pretty major recommendations. If you’re into jetting about looking at nice fields and things, Flight Simulator X is under £4. You probably know if you’re into this kind of thing, but do read Tim Stone’s thoughts on why it’s the best Sim game ever made.

The Talos Principle is also hanging out at 66% off. It’s had a much broader and more positive reception for a puzzle game than I’ve seen in years. According to the splash image it’s about robots holding kittens but according to descriptions Serious Sam’s Croteam somehow made a philosophical first-person game about exploring ancient ruins. Here’s Pip’s original review and why John thinks it’s the 8th best puzzle game of all time.

Finally there’s Driver: San Francisco at around £2.50, one of the most wonderfully absurd games I’ve ever played. You play a cop that drops into a coma (or does he?) and finds he’s able to transport himself into the body of any driver. In San Francisco. Yeah, you get it. It immediately and hilariously goes off the rails, but it’s worth the price just for the unexpected laughs. Alec reviewed it in 2011.

I’m going to write the day 8 version half-way through moving house tomorrow, so expect me to preoccupied with talk of boxes.


Top comments

  1. rexx.sabotage says:

    Also; The Secret World for $9

    Señior Cobbett's Scrollbars looked kindly upon it.

    Do it for Jeffery.
  1. walrus1 says:

    Funky funky stuff is afoot with ETS2’s pricing. Packages cost way less than DLC.

    • LionsPhil says:

      Skyrim DLC is mad too.
      £6.99 for Dawnguard.
      £6.79 for Dawnguard and two other DLCs (which I’m not after) and the base game (which I already have).

      It does weird things to the Steamprices graph.

      • Darth Gangrel says:

        Yeah and sometimes it’s cheaper to buy games in a bundle separately, than the bundle itself. Steam sales can lead to weird things.

        I’ve yet to buy anything on the Steam sale, no great deals, but I’ve bought six games from GoG (Lichdom, Risen 1 and a Legacy of Kain bundle with 4 games). Now I only have a fraction of a dollar left on my paypal account and unless any great deals arrive it will remain hollowed out.

      • Eddy9000 says:

        Dragonborn is great, much better than dawnguard. Why aren’t you after it?

        • Cockie says:

          Probably because they already have it.

        • fish99 says:

          Personally I preferred Dawnguard, I thought the story and especially the main antagonist were pretty poor in Dragonborn. Serana from Dawnguard was probably the best companion in the game too, and the Soul Cairn was a very impressive looking area. Plus you had the choice to be a vampire or a vampire hunter (with the added perk of getting a crossbow).

  2. Seraphithan says:

    Not exactly excellent deals but what are people opinion on the Sims 3 addons? I was thinking on getting Seasons and Pets (which annoyingly isn’t reduced by 40%), but wonder if there is another that is really impactful. I’ve already got Generations, Ambitions, Late Night and World Adventures.

    • rexx.sabotage says:

      I have them all and stuff packs too (sans Katty Perry’s Sweet Teets)

      I would gouge out your eye with a melon-baller if you tried to take any single one away from me.

      This Sims is only improved with more content, it makes for hella-emergent experiences.

      That inevitable massive load time tho…

      … and the install, oy vey.

      P.S. the worlds are awesome too

    • naetharu says:

      I’d say that Seasons is a really nice expansion – it adds quite a bit in terms of content. It also gives the game much better sense of the flow of time. I have all of the expansions and I think this is perhaps the one I would miss the most.

      By contrast, I found Pets pretty weak. The content is pretty minimal and the pets are not very well implemented. Its certainly nice to have a cat/dog in the house, but I just feel that of all the expansions this is by far the one that offers the least in terms of new game-play.

    • Lagran says:

      Outing myself as a huge sims fan here:

      I love the Supernatural pack, but it is a very divisive pack — either you adore the idea of supernaturals and will love the pack, or you hate them and will despite them. It also brought in new harvestables and things to cook which are two of my weaknesses in the sims.

      Seasons comes in at second for me as a world-changing aspect. Seasons and related weather, seaonal events, new party options (and invited sims always bring a ton of food. Always).

      Pets I enjoy, but again some people are divided on it. I find the TS3 pets better than TS2 pets, and the option for minor pets (which you can buy or find around the world) lends a bit of life to a sim’s home without needing as much care as cats/dogs/horses.

      Showtime. Eh. Open careers like Ambitions (for Singer, Magician, and Acrobat) but feels like it was shaved from Late Night to make a new expansion. Brought in a load of social features too, like SimPort.

      University Life. Reasonable, but I don’t find it as fun and appealing as TS2’s version. Cheap furniture is good for starting sims, vending machines are finally back, but I don’t feel the need to send the majority of my sims there (and a degree can be overpowered — get a 4.0GPA? Start at level 4 of a career with 2.5x the hourly wage).

      Island Paradise. Run a business resort, work as a lifeguard, or live on a houseboat. Adds in new water activities (mainly focused around boats and boating).

      Into the Future. Futuristic stuff.

      • Brinx says:

        The point you have to be aware of with Supernatural is that after a while almost everyone will be a supernatural being, because they spread really fast. (If you don’t use a mod like NRAAS. AwesomeMod mods them out completely if I recall correctly. But I try not to think about AwesomeMod that much, because these guys are pretty horrible.)

        Personally I own every expansion pack besides the adventure one and if you only want a few of them, I’d recommend the ones that have more content for every neighbourhood. For example the Island Paradise stuff can mostly only be used in the acompanying neighbourdhood. Same goes for Showtime albeit not that prevalent. As others have pointed out, Seasons is a pretty save bet.

  3. selbytiger says:

    PoE probably is not going to be less expensive for quite some time, is it. I should bite the bullet, yeah?

    • Jeremy says:

      It’s a great game, I would say you should.

    • badmothergamer says:

      I picked up PoE the week of release on a discount site for 50% off ($22 USD). I’m not sure why it was so cheap. I’m not a CRPG fan but it was alright. I mainly just bought it because I love Obsidian and Paradox.

      • selbytiger says:

        Man, I wish I’d known about that at the time.

      • shadybearfaced says:

        My guess is that you bought it from an illegitimate retailer, in which case I’d say please don’t do that again. But I could be wrong.

    • mgardner says:

      There is a better price for PoE right now, at, $21.67 / £13.99. I have never used this site, but it looks valid and they claim “official licensed keys since 2006”.

  4. Bostec says:

    This is all bullshit, I got Pillars for a tenner 2 months ago, don’t waste your money. Now Dynasty warriors 8, thats the cheapest its been on Steam so I would get that instead. Mindless slaying of 1000s of enemies? Why yes I shall pretend its a person I don’t like and slay away.

  5. Creeping Death says:

    Hope everything goes well moving house tomorrow Ben! I’ve done more than my fair share of moving and know just how stressful the whole experience can be.

  6. SuicideKing says:

    Arma 3 for $24 (-60%) and Extended Edition (+ all DLC) for $30.

    DLC individually for $11.19 (-30%) each (Helicopters and Marksman) and $1.39 (Karts).

    Highly recommended for multiplayer/coop (like you can with the RPS Arma community) and messing around with the editor, making missions and/or modding stuff. I didn’t enjoy the single player campaign because controlling the AI is really, really tedious.

  7. SuicideKing says:

    Abyss Odyessey for $5.09.

    Huge normal discounts:
    Race the Sun = $1.99
    Nidhogg = $2.99
    Walk in the Dark = $2.79

  8. rexx.sabotage says:

    Also; The Secret World for $9

    Señior Cobbett’s Scrollbars looked kindly upon it.

    Do it for Jeffery.

  9. Swordfishtrombone says:


  10. Rizlar says:

    The Secret World £7.49, Abyss Odyssey £3.73, Banished £3.74, snap up that shit!

  11. theslap says:

    Any opinions on the recent updates to Planetary Annihilation? I have little to no desire to play multi-player but for $4.49 is it worth picking up the game for the single player campaign? It says there is an update to single-player but I heard the mode was pretty shit to begin with.

    I don’t particularly want to support Uber after the debacle with pre-orders and releases an unfinished game but I digress.

  12. Themadcow says:

    Pillars for £23 the best deal? Wow, remind me not to go bargain hunting in the Xmas sales with RPS…

  13. Raoul Duke says:

    RPS’s weird obsession with Euro Truck Simulator continues.

    • Windows98 says:

      Euro Truck Simulator is to games now as Erik Satie was to music at the turn of the 20th century. Designed to fade into the background. I play it while listening to podcasts or music and find it helps me focus.

  14. Tekrunner says:

    If you like Action RPGs, yet still don’t have Torchlight 2, it’s selling for 3.8€. It may not quite have the same scope as Diablo 3, but it’s still a very enjoyable game, and it’s a hell (heh) of a lot cheaper.

    • Minsc_N_Boo says:

      Torchlight 2 is brilliant. Don’t let the WoW inspired visuals put you off!

      It was made by some of the old Blizzard North developers, so it is more Diablo-ey than Diablo 3…

  15. UncleLou says:

    Glad to see Metal Gear Solid V: GZ in the list. I couldn’t care less about the franchise as such (I’ve only played MGS2 ages ago) and have absolutely no idea what’s going on, story-wise, but it’s simply the best, most interactive stealth/action sandbox ever made. Absolutely stellar game, and a steal in the sales.

  16. marlin says:

    Quick question for the hivemind; is Euro Truck Simulator playable with m&k or does one need one of those new-fangled ‘steering wheel’ set-ups?

    • Lagran says:

      It can be played with m&k but I found using the keyboard controls to steer made it very twitchy. Other people have reported success with using the mouse to steer instead. No fancy steering wheel needed if m&k doesn’t suit you, I play it using an Xbox 360 controller with no problems.