Steam summer sale: our giant recommendations list

The Steam summer sale is in full blaze. For a while it even blazed so hot that the servers went on fire and all the price stickers peeled off the games. Either that or the store just got swamped with cheapskates looking for the best bargains. Cheapskates like you! Well, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some recommendations – both general tips and some newly added staff choices.

Here are the things you should consider owning in your endless consumeristic lust for a happiness which always seems beyond reach. You’re welcome.

Newish

These aren’t the best deals, because the games are still quite fresh. But it’s better than nothing!

Torment: Tides of Numenera for £17.49/$22.49 – A sad man falls out of the sky and must read 2 million words to discover why

Nier: Automata for £27.99/$41.99 – A lovable robot accidentally unplugs her own CPU chip and dies

Northgard for £12.74/$16.99 – A Viking with a lisp is axed over a piece of land, and says: “That was Thor!”

Dead Cells for £11.89/$14.44 – A group of green cellular organisms gang up to seize the means of production

Resident Evil VII for £23.99/$35.99 – A dutiful boyfriend visits his girl’s family to offer them a hand

Prey for £26.39/$39.59 – Alien life with the power to mimic anything in the universe visits a space station, looks at humans and decides: “let’s be chairs”

Tyranny for £18.99/$22.49 – A grumpy emperor orders everyone to stop everything

Football Manager 2017 for £11.89/$16.99 – Twenty-two grown men vie for the attention of a beautiful ball but discover the real beauty was in earning large sums of money all along

Watch Dogs 2 for £22.49/$29.99 – A mischievous hacker with a wry smile kills hundreds of people but nobody ever mentions it

Proper bargains

These are here because they are cheap and/or good. Simple as that

Hitman season one for £15.99/$23.73 – A bald professional goes on holiday but can’t seem to leave his work behind

No Man’s Sky for £15.99/$23.99 – A lone space pilot sets out on a truly incredible journey

Deadly Premonition for £1.99/$2.49 – A coffee aficionado drives badly through a sleepy town

Hyper Light Drifter for £7.49/$9.99 – A child in a cape keeps vomiting in unusual places

Abzu for £4.49/$5.99 – A diver goes underwater to smell the flowers

Transistor for £2.24/$2.99 – A talking sword and a mute woman form a special bond when they discover they both enjoy murdering

Darkest Dungeon for £7.59/$9.99 – A group of close friends find meaning where they least expect it, in a dungeon

Darkest Dungeon: Ancestral Edition for £15.63/$21.57 – A group of close friends find meaning where they least expect it, in the eyes of a mosquito-faced butler

Subnautica for £7.49/$9.99 – An aquatic habitat becomes unstable when its manager insists that “yes you really can smell underwater”

Just Cause 3 for £7.49/$12.49 – A Latin American parachutist loves his country so much that he sets about destroying it piece by piece

E3 background check

Games that will soon be seeing sequels, successors, expansions or other stuff shown off at the recent expo

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for £3.19/$3.99 – A ranger whose family is killed by orcs rediscovers love when he meets 12,000 other orcs

Wolfenstein: The New Order for £7.49/$9.99 – A comatose soldier wakes up in a panic, but is quickly reassured by a nearby doctor, who tells him everything is alt right

This War of Mine for £2.99/$3.99 – A group of housemates argue over whose turn it is to go to the shops

State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition for £7.58/$9.89 – A group of housemates argue over whose turn it is to be eaten alive

XCOM 2 for £11.54/$19.79 – A group of housemates argue over whose turn it is to liberate humankind from a despotic extraterrestrial regime

Metro Redux Bundle for £6.24/$7.49 – A Russian commuter is shocked to discover mutants in his train carriage

Other

Why do you have to put everything into a box?

Dishonored 2 for £14.99/$19.99 – A dissatisfied empress with daddy issues neglects her duties and becomes a pest exterminator

Civilization VI for £29.99/$35.99 – Caesar distracts from his warring ways by throwing loaves to the people, but Ghandi demands naan violence

Stellaris for £17.49/$19.99 – A race of multicultural turtles take in a vicious monster and learn something about love along the way, then they kill it with lasers

Grand Theft Auto V for £19.99/$29.99 – Three misfits try to modify their world for the better, but are impeded by overzealous men in suits

The Witcher III: Game of the Year Edition for £17.49/$24.99 – A geriatric hunter goes on one last shagging cruise but is disappointed to find himself shipwrecked in Northern Ireland

Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition for £15.99/$23.99 – Under siege by an endless swarm of zombies, the last surviving humans decide to jump from a rooftop

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition for £9.99/$9.99 – Honestly no idea what this is about

The Long Dark for £10.79/$13.99 – A pack of noble wolves become annoyed when a nearby human starts complaining about the weather

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen for £9.59/$11.99 – In a world of demons and monsters, a hero will emerge through a rift in time… Xx_dragonDaddy_xX has arrived

Blood Bowl II for £8.15/$10.19 – Two teams of orcs vie for the affection of a beautiful ball but soon discover that real beauty lay in decapitating your opponents all along

Steam Sale – Personal recommendations

Pip’s recommendations

Brendy already recommended some of these but I’m going to stick my oar in ANYWAY.

Abzu for £4.49/$5.99 – It’s ABZUlutely beautiful. When playing for review there were elements which made me less keen BUT it’s visually stunning and I’ve warmed to it over time, drifting back for a few extra playthroughs and finding more to delight in. At less than a fiver it flips from tempting to irresistible.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition for £7.49/$9.99 – I played the first release rather than the definitive edition so I’m considering picking this up to revisit the original as well as touring the new sections. I missed the window to upgrade for cheap from the original y’see so this might be my way in.

Morphopolis for £0.39/$0.49 – I love Morphopolis so much. It’s a puzzle adventure – vaguely hidden objecty but not in the usual sense of watering cans and telephones smashed together to form a scene. It’s actually a beautiful insect-laden gardenscape where you go on a tiny journey of metamorphosis. I would wallpaper my house with this game if I could.

I will note, because it came up when I wrote about the game before, that my name is in the credits. There isn’t actually a conflict of interests there. I bought the game when it was in alpha because it looked interesting and everyone who did that had their name added to the credits as a “thanks for taking an interest while we were still in progress” gesture. I had no idea until the previous article provoked the comment.

Complete Figure Drawing Course HD for £25.49/$42.49 – Okay, so this is a bit of an odd one. That’s partly because it’s an online streaming video series rather than a game, but also because I’m not sure I recommend the full series yet but I’ve started watching the free videos and will use those as an indicator of whether I want the full thing. The idea is that over 77 hours and 225 lessons you will learn how to draw a human figure from your mind rather than requiring a life model. There are more than a dozen free videos to watch and they seem to cover off proportions and the human skull so I’d say if you’re interested in anatomical drawing start streaming those and see how you get on. Not sure why the series is so much cheaper in the UK than the US.

Misc. Hidden Object Adventures – I find that the Steam Sales are really useful for adding to my collection of hidden object adventure. This way I can scoop up a few without breaking my budget and give myself little hidden object rewards over the next few months. There’s a 4-in-1 bundle with Stray Souls: A Dollhouse Story, House of 1,000 Doors: The Palm of Zoroaster, Dark Strokes: Sins of the Fathers and Eternal Journey: New Atlantis for £2.29/$3.27 – I think I snaffle that one up. The Nightmares From The Deep Bundle is also 75% off so £5.19 (I’ve played those elsewhere so won’t be picking that up myself). I’ll also be getting Empress of the Deep 2: Song of the Blue Whale for £0.99/$1.24 – that’s less than an iced lolly. And Abyss: Wraiths of Eden is worth a punt at £2.09/$2.99 – it’s like BioShock but good because there are no injections.

Summer Sale Puzzles Bundle for £7.87/$10.74 – I own most of these so I can vouch for the quality of the bundle! It’s a really varied puzzle selection box with a lot of aesthetic pleasure folded in with the puzzling. There’s endearing point and clickery with Machinarium and Samorost 2, construction challenges in World of Goo, atmospheric object manipulation in The Room and spatial logic in Sokobond, to name but a few. [Also eight of the game’s from this bundle are on our best puzzle games list. -Ed]

Adam’s recommendations

Endless Legend for £5.74/$7.49 – Amplitude have moved on from their 2014 strategy masterpiece now, with the release of Endless Space 2 earlier this year. It’s still well worth your time though, and far more than the few quid they’re asking for it in the sale. Fully expanded (Endless Legend Collection) and with three years of patching behind it, Legend is a richer and more balanced game than its sci-fi sibling and has a similarly glorious diversity of factions. Top 4Xing. There’s also a Grandmaster Collection which throws in the nifty, weird tower defense/roguelike hybrid Dungeon of the Endless, and the original Endless Space.

SOMA for £6.89/$8.99 – Fricitonal’s post-Amnesia spook ’em up is more sinister sci-fi than straight-up horror, and I maintain that it’d be a better game if it ditched some of the monster chases and stealth sections (there’s a mod for that). Story is where it’s at and SOMA does good story. I’m far from the game’s biggest fan but just about everyone I know likes it a lot more than I do, enough so that I’ve been convinced to revisit it at some point. Even a doubter like me will admit there’s a lot to admire in the underwater environments and out-of-body horror.

Left 4 Dead 2 for £1.49/$1.99 – It seems extremely unlikely that anyone who wants to play a cooperative zombie basher hasn’t already bought Left 4 Dead 2. But it’s one of my favourite games in the world and it’s £1.49. You could get your money’s worth even if you never played with another living person.

Euro Truck Simulator 2 for £3.74/$4.99 – I love it when truck simulators go on sale because I can say, “hey, please try the trucking game even if you’re still not sure we’re sincere about loving them as much as we do because it’ll cost you less than a service station sandwich right now”. And I have no doubt that you’ll find a sincere love for the roads and lonely petrol stations, just as I have.

Broforce for £2.99/$3.74 – The smartest stupid game I’ve played in a long time. It’s Metal Slug with destructible everything and it’s absolutely splendid.

Door Kickers for £2.24/$2.99 – Top-down tactical infiltration and action in the SWAT spin-off I’d always wanted but thought I’d never get. It’s not an official SWAT spin-off, but it’s the best real world tactical sim I’ve played in a long time. And for just over two quid you get access to more user-created levels than you could shake a nightstick at.

Fran Bow for £4.39/$5.99 – I started playing Fran Bow because it looked like a gory, creepy adventure the likes of which often entertain me for twenty minutes, before running out of ideas rather quickly. There’s only so much edgy splatter patter I can take. Fran Bow is surprising right up until the closing minutes though. What begins as grim becomes Grimm and then fantastically surreal, and eventually just plain fantastic. It’s lovely and touching and clever, behind all that gore.

Alice’s recommendations

Brigador: Up-Armored Edition for £9.79/12,59€/$13.99 – Mech pilot mishears “save the city” as “raze the city”.

Deadly Premonition for £1.99/2,49€/$2.49 – Punk joins FBI to rough up tree-huggers.

Devil Daggers for £1.99/2,49€/$2.49 – Networking opportunity goes awry as swarm of heads attempt to shake hand.

Else Heart.Break() for £9.49/11,49€/$12.49 – Door-to-door salesman misfocuses on “door” part of job title, neglecting “salesman” aspect as he obsessively hacks all doors.

Life Is Strange for £3.99/4,99€/$4.99 – Inclement weather disrupts gal pal sleepover plans.

Mountain for £0.49/0,49€/$0.49 – Flytipping deemed actually quite delightful.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth Complete Bundle for £15.52/21,57€/$21.57 – Child learns that crying does get you somewhere, wishes he hadn’t.

Viscera Cleanup Detail for £6.69/8,70€/$8.70 – It’s all fun and games after someone loses an eye.

Void And Meddler for £0.69/0,99€/$0.99 – Existential posturing not all it’s cracked up to be, punk decides, but cool enough to keep doing.

The Steam summer sale ends Wednesday July 5, so you’ve got time to mull it over. We may add more to this list in time

124 Comments

  1. LexW1 says:

    Brendan, you should be hired to describe all games in future. I am dying here, especially with:

    “Twenty-two grown men vie for the attention of a beautiful ball but discover the real beauty was in earning large sums of money all along”

    • StevieW says:

      Yeah, that one, and this one….

      A geriatric hunter goes on one last shagging cruise but is disappointed to find himself shipwrecked in Northern Ireland

    • ColonelFlanders says:

      The “tells him everything is alt right” line got me. This boy is seriously going places.

      • DarkFenix says:

        The “alt right” line was golden, nearly had my drink spray across my keyboard.

        • CaptainDju says:

          All the ones you quoted made me giggle, I mean I wasn’t even expecting anything funny when I clicked on this article!

          • Darth Gangrel says:

            The “naan violence” one was great, I wasn’t (b)ready for that one.

    • MikhailG says:

      Agreed, loved all of these, the transistor one and wolfenstein one made me laugh. Thanks Brendan!

  2. mfcrocker says:

    Ori and the Blind Forest was a GotY for me. So goddamn good.

  3. shinkshank says:

    The Wolfenstein one was solid gold. Well done.

    • Ibinixer says:

      I retrieved my log in details to commend you on your Wolfenstein description. Pat yourself on the back sir.

  4. kyynis says:

    Also, if you are not afraid of öörli äkkes, overtly ridiculous simulation of everyday minutiae (eating, sleeping, drinking beer etc.) and getting elbow-deep in axle grease, My Summer Car might be for you. Also seasonally appropriate, we Finns celebrate midsummer solstice this very weekend.

    If you are still sitting on the fence, here’s a premature evaluation that should help you to make the right choice.

    • kyynis says:

      Oh, and before I forget: BRIGADOR needs more goddamn love. The new Up-Armored edition addresses pretty much every flaw that plagued the original release. And do yourself a favour and get that soundtrack.

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        AceJohnny says:

        And do yourself a favour and get that soundtrack

        Way ahead of you. I’ve bought all of Makeup & Vanity Set‘s stuff on Bandcamp. Might I particularly suggest Stalker (and its remix) from the album Wavehymnal. I’d recommend more, but I don’t want to dilute this message :)

  5. ThrudUK says:

    Oh…

    93 items from your Steam wishlist are on sale!

    …dear

    • Kaeoschassis says:

      127

      Get on my level (of mortal terror for the future).

      • Ejia says:

        132.

        But I’ve already spent my cash on GOG, so joke’s on Steam. Hahaha! Haha.

        I suppose I don’t need to eat for the rest of the month. It’s only a week anyway.

        • Zenous5023 says:

          You know nothing of the pain
          “1,656 items from your Steam wishlist are on sale!”

          • DaFiren says:

            1,993 items from your Steam wishlist are on sale!


            I have $5.60…

            (Sad Face)

  6. zgtc says:

    Endless Legend and its DLC are all 75% off – with Endless Space 2 still having a few issues around the edges, a phenomenal chance to get into one of the best games of the last few years.

  7. The Algerian says:

    I love that you’re not even ashamed of your paint skills.

    • April March says:

      Clearly Pip has taken him under her wing, perhaps forcefully.

    • Gurrah says:

      I like how he’s fully embraced Brexit, only dollars and pounds to be seen.

  8. mashkeyboardgetusername says:

    Would the hivemind say that DOOM (the new ‘un) is worth a tenner? Rereading the WIT seems to suggest so, but might as well ask.

    • Ben Damage says:

      Definitely worth a tenner! MP is balls, there are much better examples out there, but the campaign is engaging and downright sack out mental. Loved every minute.

    • RichUncleSkeleton says:

      Hell yes.

    • A Gentleman and a Taffer says:

      Yes, it is absurdly good FPS fun, the only original complaint would have been from those saying £30 for a 10-15 hour game is not worth it. At £10 it very much is.

    • mashkeyboardgetusername says:

      Alright, thanks folks!

    • MikhailG says:

      While I don’t share everyones love for the new doom (or the new wolfenstein while we at it), for a tenner its a good enough sp campaign that will start get boring near the end probably and then abruptly end. Can’t comment on MP, couldn’t give a toss.

  9. EvilMonkeyPL says:

    ‘A comatose soldier wakes up in a panic, but is quickly reassured by a nearby doctor, who tells him everything is alt right’

    ded

    edit.
    this is so funny i’ve been sitting here grinning like an idiot because if I start laughing I will probably be unable to stop and suffocate.

  10. Jimenin says:

    I came here for the sales and stayed for the laughs.

  11. trollomat says:

    To the Moon is also 80% off, to 1.59€, so probably just a quid in your curious island-money.

    That will probably be my only buy after recently re-reading John’s excellent WIT.

    • April March says:

      To The Moon: Two evil doctors erase all the memories of a dying old man for money.

  12. Yam10002 says:

    “A Latin American parachutist loves his country so much that he sets about destroying it piece by piece”
    I thought he was Italian?

    • Papageno says:

      The name of our hero is a Spanish one, and I definitely got a more Mediterranean vibe from the landscapes. Although General Ravello’s accent was about on par with the “Russian” accents in Singularity (egregious).

      • thegooseking says:

        When you look at the ingame map, it gives lat/long coordinates. Medici is at about 40N5E, which puts it somewhere between Menorca and Sardinia. So I guess somewhere in between Spanish and Italian.

  13. Ibed says:

    Brendan, please never stop describing the games.

  14. Ivan Ulyanov says:

    A man goes to read a sale recommendation list in the hope of finding some great cheap games, only to soon discover that the real beauty lay in the games’ descriptions all along.

  15. Neurotic says:

    Sunless Seas — Zubmariner is 33% off (EUR 7.50 to me, down from 10.99). Not a huge discount, but a superb slice of gaming sushi nonetheless.

    • April March says:

      Sunless Sea: A group of boatmates argue over whose turn it is to be eaten by the others.

      OK I’m done pretending I’m anywhere as good as Brendan.

  16. Staticlw says:

    Regarding Hitman, it was actually discounted a day or so before the steam summer sale started, so the chances are it’ll go back off sale before the 5th. Wouldn’t want anyone to miss out.

  17. H. Vetinari says:

    grabbing myself Endless Legend collection for 17,5€ and Steve Jackson’s Sorcery Collection for 12€.

    30€ well spent :-)

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    Ninja Dodo says:

    A+ descriptions.

  19. Verbo says:

    The Wolfenstein description is brilliant. Best single line I’ve read in a long time.

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    AceJohnny says:

    I don’t have enough time for all this amazeingness. :C

  21. Tycow says:

    Think your £ price for Hitman is wrong. It’s showing as £15 for me.

    • Brendan Caldwell says:

      Thanks! The bundle price was showing different for me because I’d already bought some episodes.

  22. Sleazy Ninja says:

    We can’t smell underwater!

  23. InternetBatman says:

    I loved the Shadow of Mordor description.

  24. Darth Gangrel says:

    Already bought Hunted: The Demon’s Forge (1,24 euro) using almost all of my Steam Wallet money (gained from selling cards obtained during other sales) and now I’m done.

    It seems to be a pretty good sale this year, from looking at my wishlist, but nothing that I really want to spend money on, so it was good that I could indulge myself with this little game.

    I already had it’s sister 7/10 game Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and now I can choose which to begin first, but probably won’t play either for very long, heh.

  25. napoleonic says:

    Doesn’t Dishonored 2 count as an “E3 background check”?

  26. Chunkylord says:

    Suprised not to see mention of the Logic puzzle bundle thing which Includes all them hexcell/crosscell games you guys are always harpin on about. Givin it a punt @ £4, they look promising.

    • mewse says:

      For anyone looking for this, the exact name on Steam is “Logic Puzzle Pack”. It contains the three Hexcells games, Squarecells, and CrossCells, on a 20% discount.

  27. icarussc says:

    This … this is one of the greatest posts I’ve ever read.

  28. benkc says:

    Thank you for those descriptions. :)

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    DelrueOfDetroit says:

    You forgot The Evil Within under the E3 Background Check category.

    A police officer discovers that sometimes in order to catch the bad guys you have to get eaten by a walking vagina with a searchlight for a head.

  30. Toppins says:

    Generally sale-averse Slitherine games are having a rare sale with up to 75% off. AGEOD’s Civil War II for $13, War in the East for (only) $40, etc. Check it out if you’re into deep strategy wargaming but hate their high prices.

    • Kaeoschassis says:

      Yeah that’s my fault, sorry about that. It’s their tradition to have a sale shortly after I buy one of their games.

  31. Regicider 12.4% says:

    The Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor hyperlink is broken by a redundantly redundant hypertext http in the hyperlinkage.

  32. steriperi says:

    “Brendan Names Games” needs to be a weekly feature, stat!
    Seriously, this post was both informative and a great laugh, eager for more!

  33. nitric22 says:

    I snagged up Soma, Snake Pass, and Little Nightmares. I may consider one of the AAA like Dishonored or Hitman as a next week purchase. Think that’s about a wrap though. Too many good ones to grab em all.

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      Mungrul says:

      Get Hitman if you’re going for one of the two. It’s more replayable, and its systems are a lot more robust.
      Dishonored 2’s good, but it’s nowhere near as replayable, and while it has some stand-out setpieces, the luster dulls even on a second play-through because of over-familiarity.
      I’ve played each level of the new Hitman many, many times, and I’m still finding new things now. No game since Witcher 3 has held my attention for so long.

  34. fish99 says:

    Those description were fantastic Brendan =)

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    Martell says:

    Do you finish writing these, lean back, light up, and say ‘Was that good for you?”

    Cause yes, yes it was.

  36. Retorrent says:

    I find it criminal that you did not put Hollow Knight on this list it well worth the buy even at full price.

  37. Boult Upright says:

    You got me with Ghandi. Properly choked on my cinnamon toast.

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      particlese says:

      Same here, albeit with less choking since I lacked the toast. I’m so glad they brought Brendan on board.

  38. frogulox says:

    “Alt right”
    *slow clap* bravo sir.

  39. GrumpyCatFace says:

    Picked up Transport Fever for $20, and I am not disappointed.

  40. Jazzhole says:

    Whether you like the game or not Nier: Automata is a mess on PC and the only update it had for 4 months – is a paid DLC.
    Approach cautiously (preferably with a torrent).

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      Mungrul says:

      I can’t help but find this rather disingenuous.

      While I didn’t find the game’s story as affecting as many people have done, I couldn’t fault the game’s stability or performance. It was rock solid for me at 1440 on a GTX970, not crashing once, even pre-patch. Controls were fine, framerates stable, and while the graphics were rather simplistic, I didn’t once see a graphical glitch.

      Personally, it’s one of Platinum’s games that I’m least likely to recommend, as the combat was quite severely dumbed-down compared to their usual output. But technically, I can’t fault it.

      I understand there were a few people having problems with the game, and that 1080 had some interesting issues at launch. But I would suggest that if you’re considering buying it, you can always refund it if it turns out your machine is one of the few that won’t run it well.

      • Jazzhole says:

        Well, I find your reply rather disenginuis, especially the “pre-patch” part. The game hasn’t recieved a single patch 4 months in.
        Whether you personally had problems or not, there hasn’t been a single fix since launch.
        100% of people have a fullscreen bug. 100% of people with RX480 cards couldn’t play the game (some still can’t even after AMD tried to fix the issue instead of Square Enix). And a number of other issues.
        It’s not “few”.

        If people really want to buy it I’d say go for PS4 version or torrent it first. Using refunds for demo is abuse of the system and demo is try first, pay second – not the other way around. Although, I can’t find reasons to pay for such a shitty job of a port.

        • Makaze says:

          So let me see if I have this straight…

          Using the refund system to see if a game works on your machine = abuse of the system
          Torrenting the game = A-Ok!

          Something seems off there but I can’t quite put my finger on it

          • Jazzhole says:

            Exactly!
            Refund is not a demo and torrenting for demo purposes is A-Ok, you got that absolutely right!
            Nothing to put your fingers on.

        • Thants says:

          Trying a game out to see if it has technical problems is explicitly what the refund system is there for.

      • KingFunk says:

        I really want to get this at some point. Is there any good info on whether specific cards have issues? I have a 1050 Ti, so theoretically I should be OK from a performance POV, but I wonder whether game-specific issues might scupper me…

        Also, should everyone use FAR?

        • Ragnar says:

          IIRC, it was mostly (only?) AMD users that were having issues, particularly those with the recent RX cards. The issues were immediate, so you would definitely see it within the 2 hour Steam return window.

        • Jazzhole says:

          A number of AMD cards have serious issues, but AMD updated the drivers so some of them might be resolved. GTX 770/780 comes up a lot on the forums. The black/white screen issues and crashes can occure on any machine – that seems random.
          As for 1050ti – that sounds sufficient, but not ideal. The game is poorly optimized and chunks on high-end PC’s from time to time as well.

          It’s always a good idea to surf through the game’s steam forum before you buy it, maybe there’s something specific for 1050ti.
          But if you have a PS4 it’s a much safer bet with Nier.

          And yes, FAR is absolutely a must.

          • KingFunk says:

            Hmmm yeah maybe I will just plump for the PS4 version if I can find a price I like… Ta!

  41. TheSplund says:

    I’m curious as to the omission of Sniper Elite 4, or was it dropped after this article?
    (Just bought Hitman, and Beginner’s Guide :-) )

  42. Ejia says:

    Am currently scanning the >100 titles in my wishlist that have been discounted, and only picking the ones that are 70% off or greater. I’m never going to have enough time to play all of these, so I may as well get the ones that I’m interested in that offer the biggest savings.

    • Ejia says:

      Also, may I recommend Homeworld: Cataclysm? Except it’s not on Steam: it sort of magically popped up on GOG. I thought they lost the source code, but apparently Notaclysm just lost the name, as it’s now known as Homeworld: Emergence.

      • Kaeoschassis says:

        Wait what? When the hell did this happen? Why wasn’t I consulted? God dammit now I have to buy that. My Cataclysm disc died a loooong time ago and I honestly loved it every bit as much as the other two.

        • Siimon says:

          Homeworld: Cataclysm, the standalone expansion to the magnificent trans-galactic RTS Homeworld, was not included with the Homeworld Remastered Collection released by Gearbox in 2015. The reasons still aren’t entirely clear, although Fists of Heaven does a good job of summarizing the confusion and conflict over ownership rights, missing source code, and whether or not the code was really needed in the first place. The bottom line, though, was that Cataclysm was not coming back.

          But now it has come back, though not remastered and with a slightly different name—Homeworld: Emergence—but playable out of the box (in the digital sense) and exactly as it was when it was new. Set 15 years after the story told in Homeworld, Emergence follows a minor mining clan called Kiith Somtaaw, which stumbles upon a deadly nanobot infestation that threatens to overwhelm the galaxy. It features the same basic gameplay as its predecessor, expanded with new ship and technologies, and “enhanced fleet management” that makes corralling your forces in real-time 3D space a little bit easier.

          “The source code is in fact lost, but we didn’t need it to work on the game and make it compatible with modern OSes,” a GOG rep explained. “We worked closely with Gearbox Software and used the builds we had in-house.” As for the new title, that’s a precautionary move. “‘Cataclysm’ is now a registered trademark of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., and the game has been renamed to avoid confusion,” GOG said.

          Homeworld: Emergence is available now for ten percent off its regular $10 price until June 29. GOG has also picked up the newer, ground-based prequel RTS Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, which is 66 percent off ($17) until June 29, and has the Homeworld Remastered Collection on sale too for $12.

  43. Barts says:

    It’s like #ExplainMoviePlotBadly, except with games. Wolfenstein one is brilliant!

  44. grimdanfango says:

    I like the fact that No Man’s Sky can have an entirely earnest description given that it’s already a complete self-parody.

  45. chrisol says:

    33% off The Sexy Brutale might be worth a look…

  46. Vilos Cohaagen says:

    Amazing post. It’s pure distilled RPS!

    As to the sale: I think I own everything I want already.

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    wonderingmonster says:

    That was a fantastic set of descriptions.

  48. E-Shark says:

    I made an account just to say that these were the best descriptions for game titles I have ever seen. Loved it!

  49. Gothnak says:

    Creeper World 3 & Particle Fleet on sale, just grabbed both, no longer have to borrow my friend’s copy!

  50. Dodgy says:

    Why don’t you include prices in €???