Gamers, the time is upon us. The month of June is one of the most exciting times of year - we just finished up E3 (with some awesome announcements from our favourite devs, no less) and Steam is running their best sale of the year.
Steam is one of the largest game libraries available today, and their Summer Sale allows you to get popular, expensive games for a fraction of their retail price. The sale usually runs from late June into early July every year, and we wait it with bated breath.
But the sale can be overwhelming - hundreds of titles go on sale every year, and it’s hard to decide what deals to grab. We’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you - here are 16 of the best deals from the 2021 Steam Summer Sale.
Forge Your Fate
This year’s theme for the Steam Summer Sale has been dubbed Forge Your Fate - as you browse the deals by genre, you’ll encounter a series of short stories that ask you to make decisions at the end. These decisions reward you with animated stickers for your Steam profile and add a little fun and adventure to your deal hunting.
The stories are delightfully tongue-in-cheek, with a format that echoes old Choose Your Own Adventure novels. And the best part? The stickers are free, so even if you’re not taking advantage of the deals, you can get yourself some cool profile stuff. If you collect all of them, you’ll also get a special hero badge based on the decisions you made!
The Best Deals at the 2021 Steam Summer Sale
The Steam Summer Sale boasts a huge number of discounts - if you keep your eyes peeled, you can get games for a fraction of their normal retail price. Plus, the sale affects games that aren’t normally prone to being discounted, so it’s the perfect time to enjoy that expensive blockbuster that you’ve been waiting for.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ve probably heard of Halo. The Master Chief Collection includes 6 different games - Halo: Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, and Halo 4.
Sale Price: $39.99 -> $19.99
ARK: Survival Evolved
This gorgeous open-world survival game lets you tame a mysterious island and its dangerous wildlife, going up against other players to dominate the landscape.
Sale Price: $29.99 -> $9.89
Spyro Reignited Trilogy
Everyone’s favourite sassy dragon returns in this charming remastered collection. The collection includes Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! And Spyro: Year of the Dragon.
Sale Price: $39.99 -> $13.99
Two Point Hospital
The internet’s favourite goofy hospital sim has come to the Steam Summer Sale! Build your hospital and care for patients suffering from a range of pun-related illnesses.
Sale Price: $34.99 -> $8.74
Kerbal Space Program
With the announcement of Kerbal Space Program 2 coming to us at this year’s E3 conference, it feels only right that the original spaceship building simulator has gone on sale. Help your Kerbals reach the moon by building them an adequate ship - or watch them come crashing back to Earth.
Sale Price: $39.99 -> $10
Planet Zoo Deluxe Edition
This beloved tycoon management game lets you build your own zoo from the ground up. Create detailed habitats, welcome visitors, and interact with cute characters and a huge range of animals.
Sale Price: $54.99 -> $24.74
Battlefield 4 Premium Edition
Everyone’s favourite war game has been around since 2013, but it’s still jam-packed with challenging situations, realistic animations, and a robust online PvP multiplayer.
Sale Price: $39.99 -> $7.99
The spiritual successor to Rollercoaster Tycoon features in-depth rollercoaster building simulations, giving you the freedom to build the theme park of your dreams.
Sale Price: $44.99 -> $11.24
The Sims 4
EA’s beloved life simulator has been hailed for its wide range of content - and criticized for how much all of that content is going to cost you. Fortunately for you, the Steam Summer Sale has taken a big bite out the price.
Sale Price: $39.99 -> $4.79
Stellaris - Galaxy Edition
This is a strategy game on a grand scale - you build your own intergalactic empire, interacting with alien races and exploring new planets.
Sale Price: $49.99 -> $12.49
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
This incredible historical strategy game is the gold standard for turn-based strategy games. If you’ve ever wanted to put yourself in the shoes of Theodore Roosevelt, Queen Victoria, or Mahatma Gandhi, look no further than Civilization IV.
Sale Price: $59.99 -> $14.99
This tactical turn-based strategy game takes place in a future where the world’s leaders surrendered to an alien invasion. You’re one of the last free humans alive, and you’re determined to ignite a revolution and take back Earth.
Sale Price: $59.99 -> $14.99
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
Skyrim has been a mainstay of RPGs for years now, but it was only introduced to VR in 2018. Experience your favourite adventures, now with unparalleled immersion.
Sale Price: $59.99 -> $14.99
We Happy Few
This deeply disturbing reimagining of England in the 1960s took the Internet by storm when it was released in 2018. You play as three different characters living in the strange city of Wellington Wells, where everyone is addicted to a drug called Joy.
Sale Price: $59.99 -> $8.99
Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition
This dynamic, hyper-realistic racing game is a car fan’s dream - you can race and stunt over 450 collectible vehicles, each rendered in stunning detail. The open-ended campaign lets you race your way, doing whatever it takes to get glory.
Sale Price: $99.99 -> $44.99
Doom Eternal Deluxe Edition
If you didn’t get a chance to pick up 2020’s blockbuster demon slasher, now’s your chance. The Doom Slayer is back, and this time he has to rip and tear his way through all of the Priests of Hell.
Sale Price: $89.99 -> $29.69
And there you have it! The Steam Summer Sale ends on July 8th, so be sure to grab these awesome deals before they’re gone! Happy hunting!