Those Steam people enjoy a sale and, fortunately for us, they also show up quite often, which gives them the opportunity to buy everything from beloved indies to AAA's tentapas at cheaper prices.
Recently we saw Steam Summer Sale come and go, but it should not be long before another one arrives, if you miss it on that occasion. In addition to seasonal sales, there is also a continuous selection of weekly sales to choose from.
In this guide, we will keep you updated on the best offers and discounts currently available on the platform, and how to obtain the best sales.
[ Update: Steam 2018 autumn and winter sales dates have been revealed (through Kotaku) .]
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Steam Autumn Sale 2018
The Steam Autumn offer goes on sale on November 21 at 9:55 am BST / 1:55 am PST / 4:55 EST / 8:55 pm AEDT and runs until November 27 at 10:05 am BST / 2:05 am PST / 5:55 am EST / 9:05 pm AEDT.
Steam Winter Sale 2018
The Steam Steam Sale will be released on December 20 at 9:55 am BST / 1:55 am PST / 4:55 EST / 8:55 pm AEDT and will run until 3 January at 10:05 am BST / 2:05 am PST / 5:55 am EST / 9:05 pm AEDT.
How to get the best deals on steam sales
Whatever the way you approach a particular Steam Sale, we guarantee that you will have the opportunity to get some of the best game titles to Excellent prices.
Finding bargains is not too difficult, but there are some techniques and tricks that are worth using if you want to make the most of sales.
- Use your Steam Wish List: Fill it with all the games you're interested in buying, and you'll be alerted when they go on sale, and by how much.
- The packages are great : the editors usually put their titles together in mega sales packages, increasing the savings to even greater heights. If there is a series of titles from an editor such as Square Enix or Activision that has never played before, this is the best, and the most economical, way to package them all at once. As you might imagine, the value decreases if you already have some titles grouped in your library.
- Featured offers are where the real savings are : most of the Steam store catalog will get some kind of price reduction, but it's the & apos; Featured & apos; Offers (those promoted on the Steam presentation page) that tend to be discounted. These are those where you can fall into impulse buying territory. Which brings us to our next tip …
- Just buy what you really will play right away : once those 75% discount signs start floating around, you'll want to open the piglet. Bank. But the sales of Steam of yesteryear have shown that our desire to overflow the libraries of games leaves us with more titles than we could play humanly. Save a little money and just take the ones you're really going to play; keep in mind that if you wait a bit, it is almost certain that the games will become cheaper as they get older.
- Use this browser extension : Do you want to make sure you're getting a good deal? Use the browser extension Enhanced Steam . This gives you a historical overview of the price of all Steam games, allowing you to see how many cents have been saved.
The best deals from Steam Sale of days gone by
They are gone but they have not been forgotten, here is our collection of all the best deals we have seen so far. Use them as a point of reference for what you should be waiting for, or, you know, regret those who escaped.
Tomb Raider franchise: The iconic explorer has undergone a great transformation since its debut release in & apos; 96, going from polygonal poster to complex and conflicting heroine. And with a 70-90% discount on the entire series of platforms, this was the perfect time to accompany her on that trip …
Left 4 Dead 2: Valve & apos; cooperattative zombie shooter from Left 4 Dead 2 faces four survivors against the undead horde, and has an absolute blast to do so. With the campaigns altered in a procedural way, too, the game is smart enough to vary the challenge depending on how (and how well) you play. And with a 90% discount, it was basically free …
Shadow of Mordor bundle: Perhaps the final video game of The Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was praised at its launch his stellar combat, his action of open world and an intelligent system of Nemesis that. If the 50 Game of the Year Awards were not enough to convince him, a steep 70% discount on the Shadow Mordor / War Shadow package certainly should have been.
The Witcher 3: Unquestionably, the 2015 game, The Witcher 3 is also considered to be the best RPG of all time. An epic of dark fantasy in expansion, is a beautiful game, and one that is a great masterpiece for your PC for games too.
And, with the Game of the Year Edition with a big discount on the Steam Summer Offer, it was a fantastic way to jump into this monumental game, and get your entire DLC at a discount too.
What games are going to be in Steam Sales?
First, you should and do not expect new games to get the really steep discounts that have become synonymous with Steam sales. You may see a 5%, or even a 10% discount on games that have had great recent successes, but if they are still new enough to spin money without the need for a price cut, do not expect that change now that the sale is here.
But, with the exception of the newest titles, almost the entire store receives a 25% discount, if not more, with a select few that get a huge discount of 90% off the list price. While the store now highlights what Valve considers the best deals, it's worth noting that flash and community sales are no longer in the mix, so feel free to choose a title for sale whenever you want: your price with a discount, it will remain valid from the sale.
Of course, other Do Exist ™ game stores, and it's also worth checking out their products, to see if you can buy an even bigger bargain elsewhere. GOG.com is an excellent place to start, and if you are agnostic of the platform and looking for multiplatform titles, do not lose sight of the offers of PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live with Gold as well.
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