There has been no shortage of sales this holiday season, with pretty much every gaming platform offering some great deals on even better games. However, the one sale that gamers have perhaps most patiently been waiting for is Steam’s Winter Sale. The platform offers huge deals on some of its most popular games several times a year with the biggest sales, both in terms of discounts and available games, coming during the summer and winter. Their current Winter Sale runs from now until Jan. 5, so there’s plenty of time for gamers to hunt down some great games in the sale offerings.
Steam is a versatile platform that recommends games to players based on the titles that they’ve played and rated highly, so each person’s Steam Winter Sale page is bound to look a little different. Beyond its top recommendations, there are thousands of titles that have been given significant price slashes, from some of the year’s biggest AAA releases to indie visual novels and everything in between. Here are a few of the best games being offered in the sale that no loyal gamer should miss out on playing.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps Is an Artsy, Newcomer-Friendly Sequel
$9.89 (regular price $29.99; 67% off)
This gem from 2020 may have been overshadowed by some other indie hits of that year, but it’s a masterpiece of a game. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is an adventure title that involves exploration through a magical forest, platformer mechanics, solving puzzles, and backtracking to get to previously inaccessible areas.
A highlight is the striking art style, which includes a gorgeous environment that looks as great as it sounds, but this doesn’t mean that the gameplay is second to its style. The combat and exploration in the game are some of the best that you can find in a platformer. This is a great pick for gamers who enjoy platformers like Rayman and metroid or anyone looking to try out a unique indie game. It might be a sequel, but it’s a great title to pick up regardless of whether players have tried out the first game.
Persona 5 Royal Is One of the Best RPGs of All Time
$41.99 (regular price $59.99; 30% off)
In Persona 5 Royal, the story follows Joker, a high school student who transfers schools after being falsely accused of a crime and put on probation. He and other students begin to develop special powers, forming a secret vigilante group that fights through a supernatural realm. The game offers a great mix of more serious combat situations and normal high school life.
This might be one of the steeper-priced games on this list, but it’s here for good reason. person 5 has been called one of the greatest role-playing games of all time, with fans adoring its visuals, gameplay, story, music, and characters. This re-release for next-gen consoles is great for newcomers, but it’s also great for longtime fans, as it’s packed with about twenty hours of completely new content. This means gamers can expect to pour around one hundred hours into the game, just playing through the main story.
Deep Rock Galactic Is the Perfect Co-op FPS Experience
$9.89 (regular price $29.99; 67% off)
There are countless first-person shooter games available nowadays, especially on PC, but none may be as fun as Deep Rock Galactic. In this game, players control dwarves who work for an intergalactic mining corporation and go on missions in caves on a hostile alien planet to extract resources. The game has players grouping up in squads of up to four dwarves to partake in missions through procedurally generated maps as they take on alien swarms and the hazardous environments of the caves themselves.
This is terrific for players who enjoyed Left 4 Dead but are looking for a game where new players and veterans can come together to have fun. With a few different class options and weapons that will have some gamers thinking of their best days in Minecraftit’s a great game to play with friends or even to make some.
Dragon Ball FighterZ Is the Best of the Popular Fighting Franchise
$8.99 (regular price $59.99; 85% off)
There have been over one hundred dragonball games made since the 1980s, with the very first game launching the same year that the anime premiered. Among all of those games, Dragon Ball FighterZ has risen as the series’ very best. The graphics in the game are shockingly good to the point that some fans think that, at times, they look even better than the anime.
It’s worth noting that this game is primarily a fighting game designed to be playable in professional settings, so it’s not as heavy on plot, but because of that, even people who aren’t fans of the franchise will love this one. The game’s combat style is by far the highlight, as it’s both easy for beginners to learn and fun for fighting game veterans.
Subnautica: Below Zero Lets Players Explore a Vast Ocean World
$13.99 (regular price $29.99; 55% off)
Subnautica: Below Zero is a survival action-adventure game set in an open-world environment that feels as familiar as it does alien. This environment consists of the oceans of a fictional planet, and the detail that has been poured into this setting is incredible. In the game, the player explores this planet’s ecosystems, completing objectives along the way to advance the story. It involves the usual survival fare like resource collecting, tool-making, building, and interactions with some of the creatures that share the environment — in this case, the planet’s wildlife.
Subnautica: Below Zero is the perfect mix of exploration, survival elements, imagination, and adventure that is sure to please gamers of all ages. This title expands on its predecessor by providing more opportunities to explore land but players will find it hard to make it out of the impressively designed water biomes.