This is it. Cyber Monday is also the final day of the Steam Exploration Sale. That means that you have carte blanche to buy what you really want without bankrupting yourself. That last part is probably the most difficult part of a Steam sale, especially with Christmas and the Steam Holiday sale three-ish weeks away.
Today, there are some of the usual deals and some cool new deals. As far as the status quo goes, there’s Skyrim, Killing Floor, Portal and XCOM. I’d imagine that most of you have them but you’re always going to get more opportunities with those games. As far as new additions to sales, Alien: Isolation is a steal at $24.99. If you’re not an Alien or survival horror fan, you can probably sit out ’til next summer but I’m having a lot of fun with it (and I promise that review is coming inside the next six weeks). Other newer releases with sales are Child of Light (which I’m buying) and Ryse: Son of Rome (which I refuse to buy for more than $10).
Happy end of sale day! Maybe that’s just all of our wallets talking.
So we’ve reached the second-to-last day of the annual Steam fall sale. It’s not time to panic yet, though. We’re probably going to get an encore sale tomorrow but who knows what Steam might throw at us for Cyber Monday sales. What I can confirm is that every game has the 48-hour countdown on its store page.
You might call today’s deals the triple-A deals day. GTA, Resident Evil, Dishonored, Far Cry and Saints Row are all on sale with big discounts today. Mind you, if you’re an indie fan, there’s also Papers, Please, Transistor, Torchlight, Legend of Grimrock and more.
If you’re looking for the likes of Borderlands or COD: Ghosts, you’ve got your shooter needs cover. From the RPG ranks, you can pick from the Fallout franchise, South Park: The Stick of Truth, The Witcher franchise and Dragon Age: Origins. So today is a pretty damn good day to add to your already massive back catalogue.
It’s day three of the Steam Exploration Sale. With today being Black Friday in the US, it’s not just Steam that are discounting games. Check out /r/GameDeals because they’ll have info on all the various deals scattered around the internet.
If you’re looking for what’s on Steam, some big franchises are on sale with Assassin’s Creed, Batman: Arkham, Left 4 Dead and Grid all available for deep discounts. But I don’t know if it’s just me but I feel as though this sale is missing a little bit of zing without the Flash Sales and Community Picks? Hopefully, that comes back in the Christmas/Holiday sale.
So we’ve reached the second day of the Steam Exploration Sale and we’ve learned some things about the new Steam sale format. First, there are no Community Picks or Flash Sales. Second, there are two sets of daily deals each day, one running for two days and the other running for just 24 hours. That means that yesterday’s two-day deals are still active today.
While there were a lot of new games in yesterday’s deals, today is a lot of the standard Steam sale fare. You’ve got your BioShocks, Kerbal, Payday, Deus Ex, Max Payne and more. In terms of newer games, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is the highest profile new game in today’s offerings but it’s still new so it’s pricey. You should always be sure to keep your budget in mind if you’re buying more expensive games.
Just when you think that you can count on Steam to do something relatively normal with their sales, they’ve come up with a slightly ridiculous name and a new format for their fall sale. This year’s fall Steam sale is the Steam Exploration Sale. The big change is that the sale doesn’t have Flash Sales or Community Picks but they still have daily deals. It might just be a first day of the sale thing but there are two-day deals and one-day deals. I’d hazard that the two-day deals will roll to below the recommendations bar dividing the one and two-day deals.
A lot of the usual suspects are on sale today like CS:GO, Dead Island, Don’t Starve, and Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion. However, there are a couple of newer games on sale that you might be interested in. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a game I’ve heard good things about. The Long Dark and The Evil Within are newer and on for good discounts. Conversely, Watch Dogs, Civ: Beyond Earth and Lords of the Fallen are on sale but I’d hazard that they’ll get cheaper if you hold out a bit longer.