Every year I get super hyped about the Steam summer sale and can’t wait to find out when it’s going to start! It makes it so easy find and buy games I might have overlooked normally, or finally get my hands on games I’d wanted to try for so long but just never got around to buying.
So, now that the Steam summer sale is finally underway, I wanted to share part of my shopping-list as well as some tried favorites that will be on sale through the whole event!
Tengami. On sale until june 22.
An adventure game set in a Japanese pop-up book where you explore and solve puzzles by folding and sliding the pages. That’s really all the incentive one needs to buy this game, right? Plus the trailer looks beautiful.
Dead State: Reanimated. On sale until june 22.
I really hope this game makes it to the front page, if it hasn’t already. A zombie survival RPG made by the people who created the immortal RPG cult-classic Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines (which is also on sale until june 22). I’ve been following the progress of this game since it was first announced, as I was desperate for another RPG in the style of VtM:B, but when it finally came out I just never got around to playing it. Funny how that often happens. This time I will finally get my hands on it though, no excuses.
Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut. On super sale until june 22.
This game, directed by SWERY, is just wonderful. Despite occasional awful gameplay, the slooooooowest car chase in video game history, bad controls, weird pacing, repetitive gameplay, some story elements I really dislike, frustrating gameplay etc. etc. (yes, I mentioned gameplay thrice) it’s one of my most beloved games ever. Seriously, this game has such wonderful, earnest spirit that you easily overlook most of the flaws. In fact most of the flaws just blend into the experience and becomes charming additions to an overall bizarre and whimsical experience. It’s Twin Peaks meets Silent Hill and the result is truly unique.
D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die. Tiny bit on sale until june 22.
This game is not actually on proper summer sale yet but I keep hoping it will appear as a flash sale if I just close my eyes and wish hard enough! It’s another SWERY game and that’s all I need to know. I hope it will be just as weird, bizarre and wonderful as Deadly Premoniton.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. On sale until june 22.
I don’t know anything about this game other than that it’s absolutely beautiful. It’s a mobile game originally so probably not very exciting when it comes to gameplay on a computer but just look at the visuals. I mean, those pixels!
The Void. On sale until june 22.
A game by Russian studio Ice-Pick Lodge, makers of cult RPG Pathologic which is a game I’m dying to play. In The Void that’s just what happens, you die and get lost in a kind of limbo world, where it’s up to you if you’re gonna make it through or not. I don’t know, I might have to turn this game off after just a few minutes due to crushing existential anxiety or I might find myself completely immersed in a beautiful but melancholy world. Perhaps both, I’m pretty sure it will at least be an experience unlike any other.
The Talos Principle. On sale until june 22.
Described as a first-person puzzle game in the tradition of philosophical science fiction, winner of a ton of awards and written by Tom Jubert (FTL, The Swapper) and Jonas Kyratzes (The Sea Will Claim Everything) this is a must buy I can’t wait to experience.
Miasmata. On sale until june 22.
I’ve been intrigued by this game for a long while. It’s a survival/adventure game made by two brothers where you play as a scientist stranded on an island where an experiment seems to have gone terribly wrong. I’m interested in the mix of survival and mystery, as the problem solving and scientific research aspect of the game seems to be very hands-on and up to the player to figure out.
Zeno Clash 2. On sale until june 22.
As the sequel to one of my favorite games, Zeno Clash, I feel carefully optimistic about this one. The strength of the first one was the way it completely immersed you in a world that seemed utterly incomprehensible and even off-putting at first. A careful balancing act that I hope the sequel pulls off just as well, although I worry that the fighting mechanics have become to much of a focus in this one.
Hatoful Boyfriend. On sale until june 22.
To end on a cheery note, the critically acclaimed and brilliantly silly Hatoful Boyfriend is very affordable right now! I’m so excited to finally play this game, hailed by many as one of the best visual novels out there, with thoroughly amusing dialog and surprising depth! No, really!