Steam Summer Sale: Our 9 essential bargains. Now give us yours, so that we can ruin ourselves together

So, the Steam summer sale is happening, and thus I find myself gazing upon my PC monitor with a hysterical grin on my face and tears in my eyes. Once more, Steam conspires to ruin me, and once more I leap in with fatalistic giddiness, like a horny sailor to a siren.

But what has caught my eye so far? Loads, unsurprisingly, so I thought I'd share my most enthusing findings with you. This isn't a complete list by any means, it's just the stuff that has caught my eye this morning. But it's definitely stuff that I feel it my moral duty to make sure you're aware of. Take a look, and then share what you've found in the comments. A Steam sale is important business, and between us we'll get it covered.

Square-Enix Hits Collection- £29.99

More of an Eidos hits collection really, covering as it does all of the publishers biggest PC stuff before and after it was bought out by Squenix. And thus, it covers some of the most important and groundbreaking games in history. For your miserable thirty pounds you will get:

The entire Deus Ex series from first game to Human Revolution, including all DLC. Hitman, Hitman 2 and Hitman: Blood Money. Just Cause 2 and all DLC. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, with all DLC. Quantum Conundrum. Thief, Thief II and Thief: Deadly Shadows. Tomb Raider Anniversary, Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Underworld.

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Valve Complete Pack- £24.99

 Basically, everything Valve has ever put out. For £24.99. Yeah. Specifically that includes:

Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Counter-Strike: Source, Day of Defeat, Day of Defeat: Source, Deathmatch Classic, Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Half-Life Deathmatch: Source, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Half-Life: Source, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal, Portal 2, Ricochet, Team Fortress 2 and Team Fortress Classic.

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Frozen Synapse: Complete Pack- £10.79

One of the best, most immediate, and most visually striking strategy games in recent years, its expansion and its soundtrack, for less that half-price. Oh, and you get two copies of the game so that you can send one to a friend and set up some multiplayer.

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Penumbra Collector Pack - £3.99

 The full collection of one of the smartest and flat-out scariest horror series out there. The precursor to Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and next year's upcoming Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. Contains Penumbra: Overture, the sequel, Penumbra: Black Plague, and the Requiem expansion.

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Mafia II + Joe’s Adventure - £13.14

Mafia II is one of the most under-rated action games of this gnberation, and one of my absolute favourites. Forget any misguided criticisms you might have heard that its open-world is dull and empty of content. Those statements miss the point entirely. Mafia II was never supposed to be an open-world game, and it isn't. What it is is a beautifully-realised, deeply affecting, immensely atmospheric linear adventure taking in a huge chronological sweet and warm, human, detailed characterisation. The city is just the film set that all of that takes place in. And a stunning film set it is too.

You can buy Mafia II on its own for £9.99, or you can get the eight hour expansion Joe's Adventures for an extra £3.15.

Buy here and here

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut- £4.19

One of the best RPGs of the last decade. Simple as that. Brilliantly written, genuinely mature, and with a raft of different ways to further the plot depending on the decisions you make (which certainly won't always turn out the way you were expecting), The Witcher is only bettered by its own sequel.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent- £6.49

If you think that horror games are done with, play Amnesia. When you get out of that sobbing foetal ball in the corner, you'll agree that you were wrong.

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Trine Franchise- £3.49

 Two gorgeous, clever, class-driven, physics-heavy platform puzzlers for a quarter of their normal combined price. But click quickly. This one is a limited offer only on until 4PM GMT.

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Darksiders - £4.99

THQ's rather marvellous Zelda-meets-God Of War. The sequel is coming soon, so grab this one for four-hundred and ninety-nine pence now. But again, be quick. You only have until 6PM GMT.

Buy here

So there you have it. My current list of things that are about to melt my credit card. But how about you? What have you spotted? Come on team, let's destroy each other's finances together.


  • Skills_12 - July 19, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    got skyrim for £17 and GTA complete package for a £4.99, well made up!
  • Shinard - July 17, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    If you haven't got Limbo, and missed the most recent Humble Bundle, £1.74 is a damn good price for it. And to anyone reading, DO NOT buy GTA IV in the sales at £4.99. Seriously. Instead, buy the GTA complete package for the same price which contains GTA IV and 6 other games!
  • Shinard - July 17, 2012 10:33 a.m.

    Similarly, DON'T buy the GTA IV complete edition, as Episodes from Liberty City is included in the cheaper GTA complete package. Hope this saves some people a couple of bob...
  • Mooshon - July 17, 2012 3:28 a.m.

    Legend of Grimrock to pacify that Eye of the Beholder nostalgia: £4.79, and Dear Esther for £1.74??
  • GR_DavidHoughton - July 17, 2012 1:45 a.m.

    Strong work ladies and gentlemen. With every day of comments, my wallet doth get a little lighter. There's still a way to go on this financial assault though, so keep those recommendations and flash sale alerts coming.
  • TheVoid - July 16, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    A bit obscure but I grabbed Stellar Impact with all DLC for a whopping $3. It's a MOBA set in space (making for a nice diversion from the typical fantasy-based MOBA fare) that incorporates some interesting "naval" aspects (particularly in terms of navigation and gun facing). Aside from there being no single player (other than a very brief tutorial), my one complaint is that there aren't many active games going at any given time. Really hoping this sale changes that. And you probably don't need to wait for it to appear as a spotlight/flash sale since it's been fixed at 75% since the sale's beginning. It's incredibly rare to see anything more than 75% off at any point during such sales. Also The Ship Complete Pack for $5 (also holding at 75% off), which comes with 2 extra copies to gift. Definitely an oldie-but-goodie well worth looking into if not already familar that could also use a community boost.
  • laurenhiya21 - July 16, 2012 1:31 p.m.

    I swore that I wasn't going to buy anything, but I ended up buying Ys Origins, Ys: The Oath in Felghana, and the Prince of Persia pack (when it was on the flash sale) >-< Oh well, at least I know that most of them are pretty good
  • Shinard - July 16, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    Half Life 2, Half Life 2 Episode 1 + 2, HL2 Lost Coast and both HL and HL2 Deathmatch. £4.72. OH YEAH! (Bought DE:HR with all DLC for £7.85 when it was on sale a couple of weeks back, as well)
  • Shinard - July 16, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    Also, are Dear Esther and KOTOR worth it at £1.74 each? And why?
  • talleyXIV - July 15, 2012 7 p.m.

    I bought From Dust for like $3.49 and Plants Vs. Zombies for $2.50. Both are keeping me pretty occupied. I LOVE YOU STEAM.
  • sirdilznik - July 13, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    I'm waiting for a 75% off on Grand Theft Auto Compete Edition. If I see that I'm scooping it up immediately. It's 50% off right now, but I bet if I bide my time and keep my eyes open I'll be able to scoop it up for 75% off.
  • Shinard - July 17, 2012 10:20 a.m.

    Fair warning, its up now. You have 36 hours. GO!
  • NanoElite666 - July 13, 2012 9:47 a.m.

    Haven't bought anything yet, but I'm eyeballing Skyrim for $40 since I was so excited about it last year and then the PS3 version turned out to be a wreck so I held off on getting it. But now I have a proper gaming PC, so that's no longer an issue.
  • talleyXIV - July 15, 2012 7:03 p.m.

    Just buy the Bethesda collection for $50, you get a lot of great games for $10 more. I think I saw Skyrim for $29.99 yesterday or the day before.
  • NanoElite666 - July 16, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    Considered it, but then I've already got all the New Vegas stuff on PS3 and have no real interest in Brink or Hunted, so I passed. Picked up Skyrim by itself when it was half off as the daily deal, though.
  • wheresmymonkey - July 13, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    The THQ bundles a pretty brilliant offer. Worth it for the whole of dawn of war 2 by itself.
  • JinHalloway - July 13, 2012 8:09 a.m.

    For anyone who enjoys the Total War series, I definitely recommend the Sega developer bundle. Also, for the record, Penumbra: Black Plague is the sequel to Overture, not the other way around.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - July 13, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    You're damn right. Fixing that right now. That's what happens when you bash out a buyer's guide before coffee.
  • Shadow Of Death - July 13, 2012 8 a.m.

    I definitely recommend Terraria. Got well over 100 hours out of it before it stopped working properly for me (most people who did get the problem managed to fix it though. Not that many people, relatively speaking, got the problem in the first place anyway.).

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