Steam summer sale: The best deals and games

Get the most out of the sale with these incredible titles Damien King — June 22, 2017

The Steam summer sale is upon us, which means only one thing: millions of gamers rejoice, while their wallets and bank accounts weep for the cash rapidly vacating their premises.

It can be a little overwhelming to dive through the countless games on sale, but fear not; we’ve done the sifting and hard work so you don’t have to. Here are our top picks for games to snatch up during the sale.

Games under $5

Crypt of the Necrodancer

Notable for its unique blend of rhythm game and roguelike dungeon crawler, Crypt of the Necrodancer has you dancing your way through perilous depths, fighting nasties and scoring loot all to the steady beat of the game’s excellent soundtrack from Danny Baranowsky.

SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition

Don’t let the ASCII graphics fool you — this is a deep RPG experience with a lot of replayability and adventure to be had. We gave SanctuaryRPG an astounding 9.3 in our review, and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Transistor

From the team that gave us the critically acclaimed Bastion comes Transistor, the compelling and unusual story of a mute girl called Red and her narrating sword. This action-RPG comes with the beautiful art and haunting music that have come to be hallmarks of Supergiant Games’ titles, and is a must-have for the price.

SteamWorld Heist

OK, so it’s technically $5.09 in the US, but it’s such a fun title that we’ll let those few extra cents slide. SteamWorld Heist is a zany turn-based shooter has you zooming around the galaxy in search of fame and fortune, and the occasional sweet hat. We gave it a 9.1 in our review.

Games under $10

Hollow Knight

If you’re looking to scratch that metroidvania itch you can’t go wrong with Hollow Knight, with plenty of exploration and action to be had as well as a dark, hand-drawn aesthetic. Alongside a free content update coming this summer, there’s plenty to do and see here.

Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon steers RPGs in a more realistic fashion, as it famously tackles the issues of stress, terror and descents into sheer madness that you could expect if facing such Lovecraftian horrors and nightmares for real. Expect to be tested by your adventurers losing their wits, stubbornly going against your wishes, and outright breaking down into insanity. An unexpected treat for those who like tougher games.

Telltale’s The Walking Dead

The series that truly put developer Telltale on the map, The Walking Dead is an emotional, suspenseful journey through the crapsack world we’ve come to know and love in comics and on screen. Heavily narrative driven, Dead focuses less on action and more on difficult decision making, almost forcing you to pause or step back from having to make choices that feel both impactful and surprisingly tense. Possibly the best narrative experience available today.