The Steam Lunar New Year Sale has begun, kicking off a whole lot of hurt for our wallets as game prices are slashed. It feels like we’ve only just finished the Steam Winter Sales, and with Steam Summer Sales around the corner, I don’t know where I’m going to get the funds to support my habit of purchasing games to sit on my virtual shelf.
However, out of all the games available at a discounted price, there are quite a few that are worth picking up to actually play and experience. If you’re looking for something to sink your teeth into, any of the following titles are well worth picking up while the Steam Lunar New Year Sale lasts.
Assassin’s Creed Origins – $44.85 (from $66.95)
Ubisoft’s latest venture into the Assassin’s Creed series is probably their best since Assassin’s Creed II. Assassin’s Creed Origins is so good, I’ve been covering it non-stop since it released way back in October 2017. While the $44.85 price point might seem on the expensive end of the spectrum, there is well over 100 hours of gameplay packed into the ancient Egypt setting.
Dark Souls 3 – $14.99 (from $59.99)
You want to talk about Dark Souls? Good. Dark Souls 3 is a the culmination of five years’ worth of storytelling, and is currently on sale for an outrageously cheap price on Steam. If you’ve been waiting for a good time to experience the notoriously challenging series, there’s no better time than the present. For those Nintendo Switch owners out there, Dark Souls will be heading to the hybrid console in a remastered version.
7 Days to Die – $9.49 (from $24.99)
A bit of classic survival horror, with a whole lot of crafting. 7 Days to Die is best experienced with a group of friends. Get together, gather resources, prepare your defences, and try not to die.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – $29.97 (from $59.95)
I would lose the respect of my peers if I did not include Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus in this list of best deals of the Steam Lunar New Year Sale. Bill wrote our review for the game at the end of last year, and since then, he’s been banging on about how much I need to play it. Now that it’s reduced by 50%, I have no reason not to get it, and neither do you.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes – $5.99 (from $14.99)
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes burst onto the online scene a couple of years ago, offering gamers an interesting mixture of cooperative experience and puzzle game. This is the perfect video game for parties, as everyone has to work together in order to defuse a bomb. It gets pretty intense when you need to flip through a 20-something page bomb defusal manual in order to find the puzzle you need to work on.
Hollow Knight – $9.89 (from $14.99)
Though describing games as “the such-and-such of Dark Souls” is plain lazy, the influence of Dark Souls cannot be ignored with Hollow Knight. Produced in Australia, this humble 2D platformer manages to combine exploration and imposing boss fights into the limited dimensions available. While never unfair, Hollow Knight is certainly challenging, and well-worth picking up.
Rainbow Six Siege – $41.61 (from $59.45)
Rainbow Six Siege was going to be my other suggestion for come back of the year, because Ubisoft really managed to turn it around and deliver one of the best asymmetrical multiplayer experiences of modern gaming. Five counter-terrorists go up against five terrorists, where the goal is either to secure the hostage, disarm the bomb, or eliminate the threats. Rounds are fast paced, and often come down to making impressive shots through the smallest gaps possible.
Forts – $11.24 (from $14.99)
Developed in Brisbane, Australia, Forts is a unique take on the RTS genre, in fact, it’s about as un-RTS-looking as it gets. Two players face-off over a gorge, with the main goal being to create a fort, throw in some weapons, and ensure the destruction of your enemy. It's as if Worms decided to tussle with Age of Empires. Definitely worth it at a little over ten dollars.
DOOM – $14.97 (from $29.95)
DOOM was probably my favorite game from 2016. Everything about this reboot screamed adrenaline. Sprinting down hallways, firing a double-barrel shotgun into the face of demons, then smashing your first through a demon’s back only to rip out its spine and attack the next monstrosity was pure, gory, bliss. With a $15 price point during the Steam Lunar New Year sale, it’s an absolute must-buy for anyone who’s still missing this from their collection. Be sure to check out David's review from 2016 if you're still on the fence!
Rocket League – $11.99 (from $19.99)
In the latest ShackCast, our fearless leader Asif spoke about his time playing Rocket League, so if there’s one way you can do it for Shacknews, it’s by picking up a copy of Rocket League. For those who’ve been living under a rock, this is basically soccer (or football for our tea-sippin’ brethren) mixed with bumper-cars.
ARK: Survival Evolved – $19.79 (from $59.99)
ARK: Survival Evolved has recently seen its full release, and since then, players have been experiencing the phenomenal world created by the team over at Studio Wildcard. This game mixes survival and crafting with dinosaur hunting and sci-fi goodness. For those PC players still awaiting the release of Monster Hunter: World, ARK will certainly scratch that itch.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition – $19.99 (from $49.99)
The Witcher 3 is probably one of the greatest games ever released. If it was released in 2017, it might have given The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a run for its money as Shacknews Game of the Year. Witcher 3 has it all: excellent storytelling, phenomenal visuals, enticing quests, believable characters, engaging combat. For a mere $20, you’re getting one of the greatest RPGs of modern gaming.
- Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice - $20.99
- Stardew Valley - $11.99
- The Long Dark - $17.49
- This War of Mine - $5.99
- They Are Billions - $22.49
- Cities Skylines - $7.49
- Left 4 Dead 2 - $1.99
- Getting Over It - $6.39
- Planet Coaster - $11.24
- Darkest Dungeon - $9.99
- Tabletop Simulator - $9.99
- Cuphead - $16.99
- Hacktag - $14.99
- Broforce - $3.74
- Stellaris - $15.99
The Steam Lunar New Year Sale won’t be around for long, in fact, it will be ending on February 19th. Before that time comes, make sure you get the games you know you’re going to need while you wait for other excellent games to launch this year. Let me know in Chatty what you plan on picking up!
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Don't buy Dark Souls 3 from the Steam sale--it's available for $13 with the Ashes of Ariandal DLC, plus a bunch of mystery games to be revealed on the first Friday of March: https://www.humblebundle.com/monthly
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Pretly is 50% off, I picked it up but haven't played it yet.
I hear good things.
Also all the cities skylines DLC are on sale for 6 bucks