Just a quick glance at the Steam store homepage and you can get easily overwhelmed by the amount games that are currently being discounted in the Steam Summer Sale. Never fear, Thero is here to help you spend your money wisely! Just like with the May Humble Bundle sale, today I’m going to recommend some games that are in the Steam sale. As always, I’m only recommending games that I have personally played. With that said, let’s dive into that sale!
Elder Scrolls Online.
Price in sale: £7.49 (UK)/ $9.99 (US), 50% discount.
Any long time reader of this blog knows, Elder Scrolls Online is one of favourite MMOs. Yes, it had a rocky start but the developers have worked hard in recent years to make it a fantastic game. I won’t go into all the details as to why I recommend this game, you can read my recommendations post on it for that! Still, if you’re looking to try out an MMO, you can do worse than ESO. The great thing is, the subscription fee isn’t mandatory, meaning you can buy the game up front and that’s all you need to pay.
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster.
Price in sale: £9.99 (UK)/ $14.99 (US), 50% discount.
Just to let you guys know, all the Final Fantasy games available on Steam are discounted by 50% in the summer sale, however I’m picking my favourite to recommend to you: Final Fantasy X (And its sequel!). FFX is an incredibly epic, and tragic story, all about defying the odds and attempting the impossible- destroying a god-like creature. This was the game that introduced to the JRPG genre and to this day, I believe it is one of the best. With two games bundled together, this is great value.
Mass Effect Collection.
Price in sale: £5.74 (UK)/ $8.74 (US), 75% discount.
OK, just to be clear, this collect only contains Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 Digital Deluxe Edition. Its a shame that Mass Effect 3 is not sold on Steam, still these two games offer you hours of sci-fi RPG goodness. In the original Mass Effect trilogy, you play as Commander Shephard, humanity’s only hope against the Reapers. How you go about saving the universe is up to you but be prepared for drama, romance and some great characters along the way!
Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Edition.
Price in sale: £4.99 (UK)/ $7.49 (US), 75% discount.
So if sci-fi isn’t your thing, what about fantasy? In Dragon Age Origins, you play a Grey Warden, one of the only people that can stop the Blight, an event threatening to consume the world of Thedas. Like with the Mass Effect games, how you try and save Thedas is up to you but you won’t be doing it along, you’ll be joined by a host of different characters. This edition of the game also comes with all the DLC and the expansion Awakening, which easily adds another 20+ hours of gameplay. If you’re looking for a bargain, here’s one!
Assassin’s Creed II Deluxe Edition.
Price in sale: £2.95 (UK)/ $6.79 (US), 66% discount.
If you’re looking for a reason to try out the Assassin’s Creed series, now would be a good time! I would personally recommend starting with Assassin’s Creed II, as to this day, it still one of the best entries to the series. It also isn’t too far into the series for you to get lost in the over arching plot of the franchise. With a 66% discount, there aren’t many reasons as to why you shouldn’t give this game a go!
Price on Sale: £13.49 (UK)/ $20.24 (US), 55% discount.
If you were a fan of the Rollercoaster Tycoon series, then this game is perfect for you! Planet Coaster is definitely the spiritual successor to Rollercoaster Tycoon, as you try and make the most successful theme park possible. The amount of customisation is incredible, allowing you to build whatever rollercoaster you want. If you don’t believe me, check out what other players have created in Planet Coaster’s Steam workshop! If you think if you have what it takes to create the next Disneyland or Universal Resort, then I suggest giving Planet Coaster a go!
Pillars of Eternity.
Price on Sale: £13.79 (UK)/ $17.99 (US), 40% discount.
With its sequel having just been released, now is as good as time as any, to buy Pillars of Eternity, especially as its discounted! If you like classic isometric RPGs, like Baldur’s Gate or party based RPGs , like Dragon Age, then Pillars of Eternity will probably appeal to you. With freedom of choice and customisation, this game has a lot of replayability and DLC available to give you hours of gaming.
Medieval II: Total War Collection.
Price on Sale: £4.74 (UK)/ $6.24 (US), 75% discount.
I’ll be honest, I was really torn between recommending Medieval II: Total War or Total War: Warhammer. I decided to go with the game that made me a fan of the Total War series. The goal is simple: lead your chosen country to glory across Europe. There are a number of countries to chose from, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, I personally chose England every time because you start out on an island and you get longbow archers. Also in the collection you get the expansion, Kingdoms, which adds four new campaigns and more content. Medieval II: Total War may not be the prettiest game but it does have solid gameplay that you can lose yourself in and it can run on much older PCs.
Orcs Must Die!
Price on Sale: £1.99 (UK)/ $2.49 (US), 75% discount.
Here’s a nice silly one for people on a budget. Your task in Orcs Must Die! is simple, kill all the orcs before they get to the end of the level. You can do this by laying traps, using the environment or getting up close and personal by killing them yourself. Think tower defence, but with 3rd person combat. This won’t take up a lot of your time, unlike the other games I have recommended, but for the price its a decent game to play.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Game of the Year Edition.
Price on Sale: £6.49 (UK)/ $7.49 (US), 50% discount.
My final recommendation is another game that I love- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Personally, I believe this is the best game in The Elder Scrolls series, as its a little more classic RPG compared to Skyrim but not as reliant on RNG as Morrowind. The Game of the Year deition also includes the expansions Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles, which offers even more hours of gaming. For an extra £1 or $1.50, you can purchase the deluxe Game of the Year, which also includes the other DLC including the infamous horse armour.
So there were ten games I would recommend buying from the Steam Summer Sale. Remember, the sale ends Thursday 5th July, so don’t leave it to the last minute if you thinking of buying something. I know there are a lot of games in the sale and I’ve barely scratched the surface, so if there’s a game on sale that you want to recommend, let me know in the comments. Also, let me know if you’ve managed to pick up a bargain and I’ll talk to you soon!