Weekend PC Game Deals: Steam Summer Sale 2021 edition

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Neowin 26 June, 2021 - 04:30am 38 views

When does Steam summer sale end?

Valve kicked off its Steam Summer Sale on June 24 and it will run through July 8. NDTVSteam Summer Sale Brings Discounts on Battlefield V, Fall Guys, Many Other PC Games

Before we get to all the summer sale goodness, let's quickly go through the freebies and game bundles available currently. Epic Games Store delivered another double dose of giveaways this week to replace the last duo, and in this round, you can grab Sonic Mania and Horizon Chase Turbo.

The side scrolling platformer experience that is Sonic Mania has both new zones and remade ones from past games, putting you into the shoes of Sonic, Tails and Knuckles for another adventure going against Dr. Robotnik. Next, classic car racing game fans may want to check out Horizon Chase Turbo, which offers a heavy arcade experience with four-player split screen support locally.

Both games are yours to claim until July 1, and as their replacement, Epic will be giving away Spectrum Retreat as the next freebie starting on the same date.

Up next is a bundle, but it is also related to Epic Games. This latest Humble offering has Omen of Sorrow plus its soundtrack for $1, followed by Dangerous Driving and A Knight's Quest in the average price tier. Lastly, putting down $15 gets you copies of World War Z GOTY Edition, RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures, and Spelldrifter. All these arrive as Epic Games Store activations.

Expect to see a slowdown of bundles in the next month or so while summer sales kick into high gear.

The Steam Summer Sale has returned, and that means thousands of sales for games, DLC packs, and almost everything else available on the Valve-owned storefront nonstop for the next two weeks. Find our highlights list for this weekend below, and come back next week for another selection made from the myriad of deals available:

The GOG store is now in its final weekend of its own summer sale, and to finish big, there is another giveaway happening. This time it is offering Shadowrun Trilogy as the freebie, providing you access to the complete sci-fi fantasy RPG collection.

As for the usual highlights, you can find a retro games-focused list this weekend below:

Keep in mind that availability and pricing for some deals could vary depending on the region.

That's it for our pick of this weekend's PC game deals, and hopefully, some of you have enough self-restraint not to keep adding to your ever-growing backlogs. As always, there's an enormous amount of other deals ready and waiting all over the interwebs as well as in services you may already subscribe to if you comb through them, so keep your eyes open for those, and have a great weekend.

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Indie games are a major part of the sale as well. The sale comes two days after the end of Steam Next Fest, a six-day event highlighting over 700 indie games on the platform. Not many of the indie titles featured in Steam Next Fest are available for purchase during the Steam Summer Sale 2021, as they were demos and not ready for release. However, indie titles make up the bulk of titles available in the sale event.

Steam introduced Forge Your Fate, a series of short stories designed to help prospective buyers navigate through games for sale in each genre. Players click on a game genre, such as adventure, roguelike, or racing, and are taken to a home page with all titles on sale in that category. Once there, there is the option to either browse games or read a short story. The small paragraphs detail a scenario, and players decide what action to take next. Based on what path they choose, they then receive a sticker for their Steam profile. It's a fun way to explore all Steam games for sale in a hunt for the best deals.

Far Cry 5 is on sale for $8.99, an 85% reduction in cost. Other Far Cry titles are on sale as well, likely hoping to entice players to purchase the games before the launch of Far Cry 6Battlefield 5: Definitive Edition is 75% off, bringing the cost down to $12.49. Even Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is discounted on Steam, knocking its overall price down to $49.79.

Indie titles for sale are too many to list, but some well-known titles are offering price cuts. Hades, the indie titan from developer Supergiant Games, is 30% off; Valheim, the breakout Norse survival game that's still in early access, is 10% off, bringing the cost down to $17.99. In a similar genre, Rust is now $19.99, a 50% reduction. Among Us is on sale ahead of its release on Xbox, bringing the PC cost of the game down to $3.99. Overall, these are some great deals for part of the Steam Summer Sale 2021.

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Tom's Guide 26 June, 2021 - 03:25pm

These are our top picks for the Steam Summer Sale 2021

With so many games on offer, it can be hard to decide which are worth spending your money on. After all, while the sale does reduce the price of hundreds of excellent games there's also money off plenty of titles that can best be described as shovelware. 

That's where Tom's Guide comes in. In order to make sure you invest your gaming budget, not to mention free time, into quality titles, we've collected our top picks of the best deals currently available in this year's Steam Summer Sale

From acclaimed rogue-likes to terrifying survival horror games, and from immersive RPGs to deep strategy sims, whatever your favorite genre is, there's something for you here. Just be aware these deals only run until July 8, so don't delay if you spot something you want. 

Alan Wake is a mystery-thriller in which you play a famous writer searching for his wife after she goes missing in the sinister town of Bright Falls. There are also nightmare-like shadows stalking the town that you must defeat with a combination of flashlights and firearms. This version also includes both DLC expansions for the complete Alan Wake experience. 

Ahead of Battlefield 2042 launching this October, go back in time to World War II with Battlefield V. Experience all-out war on a massive scale with the signature multiplayer gameplay the Battlefield franchise is known for. This definitive edition comes with all the additional content released for the game. 

Crusader King 3 will take over your life. This deeply engaging strategy game tasks you with ensuring the continued success of your chosen royal house. You can build alliances, betray allies and declare war on any who would oppose you. Expect dozens of hours of play from this acclaimed title. 

A rogue-like, Metroidvania-inspired action-platformer, Dead Cells is a tough 2D side scroller — but one that will keep you hooked for hours at a time. With each run you'll get a little stronger and learn a little more about the enemies you're facing. Dead Cells might seem frustrating at first, but it's really about perseverance. 

Arguably one of the best survival horror games ever made, Dead Space puts you in the shoes of Isaac Clarke, an engineer trapped on a spacecraft overrun with hideous creatures. It's your job to survive long enough to find your girlfriend, who's also on board. Rumors of a franchise reboot are currently swirling, so now is the perfect time to see what all the fuss is about. You can also get the whole series to date for just $17. 

From the creators of Bastion and Transistor comes Hades: a hack and slash rogue-like set in the world of Greek mythology. The game has won numerous accolades for its addictive gameplay and beautiful art style, and the Steam Summer Sale offers the perfect incentive to experience this dungeon-crawling delight.  

After years of waiting, the Half-Life series finally returned in 2020. Half-Life: Alyx is a VR action game set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2. You'll need a VR headset for this one, but if you've got the equipment this is one game you need to experience. 

Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes six iconic games, from the very first entry in the series all the way up to Halo 4. If you've never met Spartan 117 (aka Master Chief) before, this is everything you need to get fully immersed in the world of Halo. Returning fans will also want to pick this up for the nostalgia value alone. 

Originally a PlayStation exclusive, Horizon Zero Dawn came to the PC last year. This complete edition of the game lets you experience Aloy's quest to unravel the mysteries of an Earth ruled by machines in the best possible visual fidelity (if you have the rig for it, of course). 

Mass Effect Legendary Edition brings together Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, plus more than 40 DLCs, in one can't-miss package. These are three of the most beloved sci-fi RPGs of all time, and each has received visual and gameplay enhancements to make them look and play better than ever. It's the perfect collection for new or returning players. 

Mortal Kombat 11 takes the fighting game franchise to new highs, with more blood and gore than ever. You have unprecedented control over your fighters thanks to the new Custom Character Variations system, while the new graphics engine makes every single beatdown look eye-popping (sometimes literally). 

From the developer of Fallout New Vegas comes an RPG with the same zany sense of humor and a choice-driven narrative. The Outer Worlds may be pretty generic in the shooting department, but the extremely strong writing keeps this adventure engaging for dozens of hours. 

From the people behind the beloved Roller Coaster Tycoon series comes Planet Coaster. Build the theme park of your dreams and let your imagination run wild as your design the most thrilling coasters around. Just be sure you don't make a ride that's too scary, or your park guests will steer well clear. 

The classic PlayStation game Resident Evil 2 has been given a shiny new coat of paint in this from-the-ground-up remake. Playing as either Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield, you must explore Raccoon City while trying not to get chewed on by rapid zombies. Resident Evil 2 is terrifying and exhilarating in equal measures. 

If you like a challenge, look no further than Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This brutally difficult action game comes from the minds behind Darks Souls and Bloodborne. Prepare to die over and over again as you battle powerful foes with a deeply rewarding combat system. 

Criminally underrated at launch, Titanfall 2 has built itself a dedicated fandom over the past five years. And that's for good reason, because this is one of the most intense first-person shooters ever released. Zip around the map as a pilot, or obliterate your enemies from inside a giant mech: the choice is yours. Don't worry if you don't care for multiplayer, either, as the brilliant single-player campaign is worth the price of admission alone. 

It wouldn't be a Steam sale without a discount on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The legendary RPG from CD Projekt Red is a summer sale favorite. There's a good chance you've already played it, but if not — and if you want a game that will last you months — then you can't go wrong with this massive RPG. The GOTY edition, with both DLC expansions, is only an extra $2, too. 

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