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.
With American Thanksgiving coming up this week, you knew that it wasn’t a matter of if there would be a big Steam sale this week but when it would be. An email from PayPal has revealed that this year’s Steam Fall Sale will start on Wednesday, November 26th at 1:00 PM EST.
Are you a fan of big discounts? Are you a fan of horror games? Well, if you answered yes to either of those questions (but preferably both questions), Valve has you covered. The Steam store will be running a special Halloween Sale from October 30 to November 3rd so you can get discounts on your favourite Halloween themed games.
It’s the final day of the 2014 edition of the Steam Summer Sale. You have less than 24 hours to pick up those must-own games on your wishlist. And since there are no more Flash Sales or Community Choices, you don’t have to worry about overpaying on Steam anymore.
So it’s Encore Day to close out the Steam Sale. If there’s a game that you wanted during the sale, chances are that it’s on deep discount since there are 40 games featured as a daily deal. To help you keep things straight. The front page deals are listed separately of the hidden or associated deals. Trust me, there are a lot of big discounts today. I may have missed a few and I’ve assembled a massive list of discounts for you.
Steam, being the very open and good at advance warning type of people that they are, have quietly said that today is the final day for the Summer Adventure. If you want to score points, you have to craft those badges by 1:00 PM tomorrow (June 29th). I guess they don’t want to be giving out games after the sale ends on the 30th slash they want to give you a chance to buy games you won’t win before the sale ends.
Anyway, today’s sale is my wallet buster. Chivalry and Baldur’s Gate II are both on daily deals and Broken Age is a flash sale right now. Transistor is still on daily deal from yesterday. And… they’re in my library. See? That’s some of my wishlist taken care of. Still waiting for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD to go on flash sale but I’m not going to pass on it if it doesn’t. I think you’ll find some good stuff too. Lots of good stuff is on sale right now.
We’re entering the final weekend of the 2014 edition of the Steam Summer Sale. I haven’t bought too, too much during this sale but I bet I’ll be able to clear off a pile of games from my wishlist by Monday if they aren’t going on a daily/flash deal.
Just remember that the sale ends on June 30th. That should be 1:00 PM EDT on June 30th so don’t wait too long to make those last-minute purchases.
I can’t win a daily deal vote but I’m going to pretend that I’m actually helping the Red Team to victory in the Steam Summer Adventure. Just when we all thought that everyone was taking turns winning, the Red Team pulled off two straight wins and are going for their third-straight today.
Meanwhile, there are still sales happening. Today is what I’m going to call the sequel sale. AC4, Civ5, L4D2 and the Resident Evil games are all on sale. If you’re interested in franchises, this is a good day to jump in with a purchase (or five).
Steam has made a change to the Summer Adventure prize structure that might require more formal documentation on the blog but you should take a look because you don’t have to be in first place to win the big prizes now.
Anyway, since I’m naming everyday’s sales, I’d say that today’s theme is Hidden Deals. Sure, there are some pretty common deals as your visible daily deals but it’s all the hidden stuff that isn’t right up front that is worth your money. Fortunately, I have dug many of them up. The whole Batman: Arkham, BioShock and Final Fantasy franchises are on sale which is big news for fans of those franchises.