It’s here! The Steam Summer Sale has finally come and for some of us… that means our wallets are going to be a little lighter going into the 4th of July. I’ve seen a lot of people on Twitter asking their followers: “What games should I get?”
So I figured it was a great opportunity for me to give my two cents on the top 5 best purchases you could make for this year’s Steam Summer Sale.
5. Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar Games put everything it had into this installment of the GTA series. The great thing about this game is that it is crammed full of content. It essentially is two games: The single player game and GTA Online. Both are extremely fulfilling and provide hours of content for yourself or with friends. Also, a big selling point for the game is the fact that the developers are always providing free content (including the new Gunrunning DLC).
Whether you want to complete some heists with friends, engage in RP with a host of other RPers, or simply make a name for yourself on your own, GTA V will not let you down.
Original Price: $59.99 Steam Sale Price: $29.99
4. Stardew Valley
If you like building something from nothing, you will love Stardew Valley. Pulling from the roots of Harvest Moon, Stardew Valley places players in the middle of rundown farm with the opportunity to shape it into something functional and comfortable. Besides building a farm, you get to interact with other npc villagers and build relationships with them over time. You can even get married and start a family (if you choose to go that route).
When you get to the point that you are tired of familiar surroundings, you can strike out on a series of adventures (including exploring the depths of a nearby mine). Suffice it to say, Stardew Valley is a great way to immerse yourself in a world full of opportunity.
Original Price: $14.99 Steam Sale Price: $8.99
This game came out early 2016, but it still is making ripples in the gaming community. A compelling story, well-written dialogue and stunning visuals made this such an enjoyable game for me to play. I tell anyone looking for a strong narrative game to pick this up because of how much it immerses you.
If you are looking for a game that feels like a movie (in terms of production and dialogue), then this is a game for you. I’ve played through it at least three or four times since I purchased it, and I still find details I missed on previous playthroughs.
Original Price: $19.99 Steam Sale Price: $8.99
2. Final Fantasy XIV
Can’t forget about MMOs in this list. Final Fantasy 14 has been making great strides lately to grow their playerbase with huge success. On June 20th Square Enix released the newest expansion “Stormblood” which increases the level cap from 60 to 70 and introduces two new jobs (Samurai and Red Mage). The great thing about FFXIV is that it feels more like a television show with each expansion representing a season. The way the story is laid out makes it feel like you are watching a plot arc over several episodes instead of a grind. Don’t get me wrong… there are definitely parts that have a grind to them, but in terms of the story, it doesn’t feel forced.
I know I talked about MMO Fatigue in a recent editorial, but honestly, FFXIV is a game changer for MMOs… especially in a time when people are starting to turn away from World of Warcraft because of the gated content. If you are looking for a breath of fresh air with an impressive story and dazzling spell effects, this game is for you.
Original Price: $19.99 Steam Sale Price: $15.99
1. Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition
The top of this list belongs to Witcher 3 for so many reasons. I could write a series of articles about this title alone, but I will do my best to keep it short and sweet. In this game you are placed in an expansive world where your mission is to find a young mysterious girl and save her from a deadly force. Along the way, you make friends and enemies, explore a dangerous world, and build upon your abilities. In short, you get to be whatever hero you want to be.
Beyond the base game (which is at least 30-40 hours of content), there are two DLCs that carry the story even further. If you are looking for a great solo player game, with a strong story and the freedom to be morally good or evil… you found it right here.
Original Price: $49.99 Steam Sale Price: $24.99