12 Games to Buy in the Steam Summer Sale 2016

The banner for the Steam Summer Sale of 2016.

Source: Steam

If you look at your Steam account and see weird games you don’t remember buying, it’s probably because you went a little nuts during one of their famous Steam Sales. Fortunately for you (but unfortunately for your bank account), the Steam Summer Sale 2016 is now in full swing, with nearly 13,000 games on sale. That’s a lot of games!

To help point you in the right direction, we’ve sorted through the list and picked out some of the best games, both big and small, that are on sale for great prices. The sale only lasts until 1 p.m. Eastern on July 4, so grab any games you’ve had your eye on.

1. Doom


Price: $35.99 (40% off)
Platform: Windows

One of the most recent major releases on sale is Doom, the no-nonsense reboot of the first-person shooter that practically started it all. This game is fast, gory, and unrelentingly demonic. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun. If you’ve been holding off, now’s a great time to grab it. Still not convinced? Check out our Doom review.

Buy it here.

2. Fallout 4


Price: $29.99 (50% off)
Platform: Windows

Talk about bang for your buck. The vast post-nuclear wasteland in this game is enormous, and it’s dotted with hundreds — if not thousands — of things to do, from building settlements to crafting weapons, making alliances, and being as good, bad, or uncaring as you want. Read our Fallout 4 review for more details, and check out our tips for beginners and advanced players to get an edge.

Buy it here.

3. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number


Price: $3.74 (75% off)
Platforms: Windows, Mac, and Steamplay

I will absolutely grant you that this game doesn’t look like much in screenshots. Don’t let that stop you from playing one of the most heart-pumping, intense action games around. Your job in every level is to enter buildings and kill everything in sight. The catch? One hit and you’re dead. It’s a tough game, but success is oh so rewarding. And while you’re at it, you might as well pick up the first game, too. It’s only $2.49.

Buy it here.

4. Stardew Valley


Price: $11.99 (20% off)
Platform: Windows

Let’s step away from the violence and gore for a moment and relax on a farm. In Stardew Valley you inherit your grandfather’s farm, so it’s your job to plant seeds, harvest crops, and make a home for yourself in a new town. You can build relationships with your neighbors and even get married if someone catches your eye — and you manage to woo them, which is not always easy.

Buy it here.

5. Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut


Price: $4.99 (75% off)
Platforms: Windows, Mac, and Steamplay

The great thing about this futuristic stealth/action RPG is that it’s flexible in a way most other games aren’t. You can tackle missions in a variety of ways, from going in with guns blazing to sneaking around without killing anyone. The more you play, the more points you can pump into upgrades that make you even more efficient at your particular play style. It’s a satisfying game system that meshes seamlessly with the plot’s focus on mechanical augmentation for humans. If you haven’t played this game yet, now’s the perfect time because it has a sequel launching later this year.

Buy it here.

6. Darkest Dungeon


Price: $14.99 (40% off)
Platforms: Windows, Mac, and Steamplay

This game kicks off when someone ventures too deep beneath a Gothic mansion and unleashes all manner of horrors. The dungeon-like cellars then become a Wild West for adventurers to go in and clear the area. Your job is to assemble parties of four to go down and face the horrors. The goal is to bring them back alive and without having gone mad, but it’s no easy task, especially since dying means you have to start over from scratch.

Buy it here.

7. Prison Architect


Price: $7.49 (75% off)
Platforms: Windows, Mac, and Steamplay

Prison Architect is a sim game, like SimCity or Civilization, which means your job is to create and maintain a fully functional prison. But as you might expect, running a prison comes with a unique set of challenges you don’t encounter in those other games. Prisoners will try to escape, viruses will sweep through the population, and everyone will complain about the food. In other words, it’s like other sim games, but it’s about running a prison.

Buy it here.

8. Undertale


Price: $6.99 (30% off)
Platforms: Windows, Mac, and Steamplay

Undertale might not look like much at a glance, but it’s very special indeed. It’s a role-playing game that owes a lot to Earthbound, the Super Nintendo classic. That means you’ll find yourself in a world filled with monsters you can fight.

That’s where it strays from the games that inspired its visuals and mechanics. This is a game that constantly stays several steps ahead of players, offering surprises and unexpected new gameplay mechanics at every turn. To say too much about it would spoil the fun of finding it out for yourself. Do yourself a favor and give Undertale a shot.

Buy it here.

9 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt


Price: $24.99 (50% off)
Platform: Windows

Clocking in at around 150 hours if you do all of the side quests, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a dark fantasy game that shares many traits with Game of Thrones. In this brutal Medieval world, you play as Geralt, a witcher who’s just as likely to help a peasant find his lost pet as he is to help overthrow an empire. The main story has you trying to catch up with Ciri, a young woman on the run. That quest takes you all over the map and puts you in contact with many of the world’s well-realized inhabitants. Read our Witcher 3 review and buy it with confidence.

Buy it here.

10. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain


Price: $27.99 (30% off)
Platforms: Windows

So many great games came out last year that there’s little chance you played them all. One of the best was the swan song of Metal Gear Solid, a series that spanned three decades and culminated in an incredible open-world stealth action game filled with missions you can complete any way you like.

Buy it here.

11. Portal 2


Price: $4.99 (75% off)
Platforms: Windows, Mac, and Steamplay

The original Portal performed the rare feat of coming up with a new gameplay concept so brilliant that it could support an entire game. What Portal 2 did was expand on the idea in what seems like every way possible. Portal 2 adds all kinds of twists to the basic portal-shooting mechanic, like speed gel you can spray on the floor that makes you run at superhuman speed, and bounce gel that lets you leap incredibly high. It also has an engrossing story and a sidekick orb voiced by the exuberant Stephen Merchant. If you haven’t played it, this game’s a no-brainer at this price.

Buy it here.

12. Pillars of Eternity


Price: $17.99 (60% off)
Platforms: Windows, Mac, and Steamplay

Fans of classic computer role-playing games (cRPGs) like Baldur’s Gate and Planescape: Torment should check out Pillars of Eternity. It’s from Obsidian Entertainment, the makers of excellent titles like South Park: The Stick of Truth and Fallout: New Vegas, as well as classics cRPGs like Neverwinter Nights 2. Apparently lots of people long for those bygone days of dungeon crawling, because the developers raised more than $4 million through crowdfunding to make it.

Buy it here.

Follow Chris on Twitter @_chrislreed
Check out The Cheat Sheet on Facebook!

More from Entertainment Cheat Sheet

More from The Cheat Sheet