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Check out 22 essential Steam Summer Sale deals under $10 and the blockbuster bargains - including 50% off on GTA 5

The first full week of Steam Summer Sale 2017 is here, and paying full price for PC games is beginning to feel like a distant memory... Here are the best bargains around, from games under $10 to the blockbusters you can't afford to miss. 

Steam Summer Sale best essential deal highlights under $10

Bioshock Infinite for $7.49 (75% off)

Borderlands 2 for $4.99 (75% off)

Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons for $1.49 (90% off)

Cities: Skylines for $7.49 (75% off)

Dishonored for $2.49 (75% off)

Fallout: New Vegas for $2.49 (75% off)

Firewatch for $8.99 (55% off)

Hotline Miami for $2.49 (75% off)

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes for $4.94 (67% off)

Layers of Fear for $6.99 (65% off)

Left 4 Dead 2 for $1.99 (90% off)

Metro Redux Bundle for $7.49 (75% off)

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition for $3.99 (80% off)

Overcooked for $8.49 (50% off)

Papers, Please for $3.99 (60% off)

Portal 2 for $1.99 (90% off)

Prison Architect for $7.49 (75% off)

Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete bundle for $12.27 (92% off) - okay, it's not under $10 but it includes 16 DLCs. 16. 

Stardew Valley for $8.99 (40% off)

Terraria for $4.99 (50% off)

Transistor for $2.99 (85% off)

Wolfenstein: The New Order for $9.99 (50% off)

Steam Summer Sale best deal highlights under $30

Fallout 4 for $14.99 (50% off)

The surprisingly lush landscape of post-apocalyptic Boston is home to a new feud: that between Synths (androids) and humans. Negotiate the delicate political circumstances or find your very own suit of power armour and laugh at the Super Mutants running your way. Run from the Behemoths, though. Those guys don't mess around. 

GTA 5 for $29.99 (50% off)

GTA 5 is almost four years old but Rockstar don't care - it's still $60 on Steam when it isn't on sale. Here's your chance to pick it up for half price. Just watch out if you're big into mods - things are looking a little unsteady on that front.

Doom for $14.99 (50% off)

Doom will send you careening from monster to monster as you vaporize faces and tear out guts like a whirling dervish of demonic death - all to the tune of an aggressively grinding industrial metal soundtrack. It's one giant feedback loop of perfectly tuned violence.

Dishonored 2 for $19.99 (50% off)

Quite possibly the best "messing with people" simulator ever committed to code, Dishonored 2 is great fun whether you want to be a non-lethal shadow or a killer commando. Play through the campaign and get ready for the standalone adventure Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, coming on September 15.

Watch Dogs 2 for $29.99 (50% off)

Compared to the launch of the original Watch Dogs, Watch Dogs 2 was pretty quiet. That's not for lack of quality - there just wasn't as much gnashing of teeth about downgrades this time. Pick it up and go fly drones around virtual San Francisco.

The Witcher 3 Game of the Year Edition for $24.99 (50% off)

This might be the best Quality Fantasy Adventure to Cash ratio ever created. If you have any appreciation for hunting monsters, romancing sorceresses, and exploring giant, beautiful worlds, Witcher 3 is your game.

When are the Steam Sale dates? 

The Steam Summer Sale 2017 will run from June 22 to July 5 and the same selection of games will be discounted the entire time. Don't worry about missing out on flash sales or community votes - Steam hasn't done those for a while and this sale is no different.

In former lives Leon's been a scientist, a musician and teacher, stints that included a shoe full of liquid nitrogen, a small tour of Germany and oh GOD so much marking.