What Games to Buy in the Steam Summer Sale

Steam is known for its price-cutting, and this year’s Summer Sale is no different. But what games should you be looking to pick up? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

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There are a lot of games out there. I mean, let’s be honest. There are hundreds of thousands of games ranging from AAA titles to Indie Games, to everything in between. So how do you know what’s worth your money, and what you should skip out on during Steam’s massive Summer Sale? We’ve put in the work so you don’t have to, and this guide will showcase some of the best games available during the sale, as well as point you in the right direction to purchase them. So let’s get started.

To make things easy, we've also placed links to all the Steam pages in the headers for each game below, so be sure to click on them for maximum purchasing ease.

Rocket League

First up on our list is a fun and engaging new type of sports game. Rocket League, or Rocket Cars as some of us like to call it, is like soccer, but with rocket powered cars, and a giant explosive ball. You can play on your own, take on teams of two or three, or just chill out in the arena with your friends as you all try to make your best aerial goals ever. The best thing about Rocket League? You don’t even have to be a sports fan to enjoy this fast-paced adventure. Rocket League is currently on sale for 40% off, making it a grand total of $11.99 during the sale.

Squad

Do you enjoy long walks through enemy territory? Are you looking to squad up with large groups of people and take on your enemies using modern combat techniques? Do you enjoy military-style simulators? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, Squad is for you. This team-based online multiplayer game is built around teamwork from the ground up, and you’ll need to be ready to communicate with any and all members of your squad as you push your way through enemy territory in one of the most exciting military simulation games we’ve seen to date. It’s currently on sale for 25% off, making it just $29.99 to buy into the action. It is an Early Access title, however, so take that into account before purchasing.

South Park Stick of Truth

Raunchy humor, lots of farts, and a whole lot of laughter. This the recipe used to help create South Park: The Stick of Truth. Join Cartman and friends on a hilarious journey through South Park as you fight your way through this turn-based RPG featuring all the things you could ever ask for out of a South Park game. It’s a lot of fun, includes a hilarious story, and features most of South Parks’ greatest characters. It can get a little weird at times, but it’s South Park, so we were all expecting that, right? The Stick of Truth can be picked up for 75% off right now, making it just $7.49 to purchase. If you haven’t picked it up yet, don’t miss out on this comedy gem as we prepare for the next upcoming adventure, South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

Shadow of Mordor

If you’ve ever watched a Lord of the Rings film and thought ‘Man, I wish I could fight in that epic fantasy land, lopping off Orc heads, and saving people from darkness’ then look no further. Shadow of Mordor is the ultimate Orc killer simulator. The game’s special Nemesis system makes fighting new enemies fun and frantic. Take back your life, and fight your way to the top of Sauron’s army, chopping and slicing until you have destroyed them all. Take to the battlefield in the fantastical land of Mordor, and show the Orcs what death truly looks like. At a whopping 75% off, Shadow of Mordor can be picked up for the low price of $12.49. You don’t want to miss out on this adventure. Trust us.

DOOM

Hell is here, and it’s time to fight it. DooM is the resurrection of one of video gaming’s greatest FPS franchises, and it is good. Step back into the shoes of the DooM Marine, and show hell that you’re not ready to give up Mars just yet. Featured a frantic campaign reminiscent of the original DooM games, as well as one of gaming’s most emotional, yet silent, protagonists, DooM is a FPS masterpiece in a time when first person shooters have grown too stale. id Software has also included several optional modes, like Snapmap where you can make your own levels, and the return of id’s fast-paced multiplayer, DooM is a steal at 40% off regular price, making it a whopping #35.99 to pick up this outstanding take on one of our favorite FPS series.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V finally made its way to PC last year, and it’s been a heck of a ride since then. With new updates coming every few months, Rockstar Games has kept the game alive over three years after its initial release on PS3 and Xbox 360. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Rockstar Game without an epic open world to explore, and Grand Theft Auto V has tons of back alleys and dirt roads just waiting for you to tear down them in an oversized pickup truck. Or, if you prefer, take to the streets in a stylish sports bike, and show Los Santos that you’re ready for whatever they’ve got to throw at you. Once you’ve finished the singleplayer, be sure to head into Grand Theft Auto Online, and experience the city as it was truly intended. At 40% off, Grand Theft Auto V can be picked up for $35.99, and it is worth every penny.

Fallout 4

The Wasteland has returned and while it’s pretty much just more Fallout, Fallout 4 is a gem of its own. Step into the shoes of a new kind of Vault Dweller, and explore the world of the Commonwealth as you search for your stolen child. It’s a fun adventure filled with lots of twists and turns, and while the main story might not be the greatest we’ve ever heard, the overabundance of cool DLC and the added massive+ area of Far Harbor to explore, makes Fallout 4 and its Season Pass worth picking up. You can grab the base game for just $29.99 right now, that’s 50% off the original price.

Witcher 3 The Wild Hunt

Last but certainly not least, the Witcher Geralt and his friends have to make our list. Cited as our Game of the Year for 2015, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is easily one of the greatest RPGs we’ve seen in recent years. As Geralt’s last adventure, CD Projekt Red put a lot of love and hard work into the game, and expanded on that even more in the expansion packs that followed. Join the famed white-haired Geralt as he searches the Norther Realms for his adopted daughter, Ciri. Explore ruins, take on fantastical beasts, and see just how much war can affect a land as you travel from the Islands of Skellige far in the west, all the way to Oxenfurt in the east. It’s a journey you don’t want to miss, and with over 100 hours of content in the base game, it’s sure to help suck up a lot of your free time this summer. You can pick up Geralt’s last adventure for 50% off right now, making the starting buy-in just $24.99. If you only buy one thing on this list, make sure The Witcher 3 is that purchase.

These are just some of the best deals available right now, during the Steam Summer sale. We know it can be pretty nerve racking trying to figure out what to buy, so be sure to take your time aas you think things over. Just make sure you don’t miss out on these good prices, because the Steam Summer Sale is only good until July 4 at 10AM PDt.

Something on your list of games to pick up that we didn't include? Be sure to share your own suggestions on the Chatty. We'd love to hear about them.

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From The Chatty

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    June 27, 2016 1:00 PM

    Josh Hawkins posted a new article, What Games to Buy in the Steam Summer Sale

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      June 27, 2016 1:12 PM

      I would add:

      Layers of Fear
      Subnautica
      Castle of illusion.

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      June 27, 2016 1:17 PM

      I have £2.28 in a skill account which I can't add to steam funds and I can't withdraw. What's the best game I can buy for less than that? I was going to get serious Sam but that was £2.29

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        June 27, 2016 1:42 PM

        Depends on what kind of game you want, but Rogue Legacy was pretty great.

        Other suggestions:
        Creeper World 3: Arc Eternal
        The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
        Door Kickers
        Risen
        Orcs Must Die!
        Hotline Miami

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          June 27, 2016 1:45 PM

          I second Creeper World 3. Bought it for like 5 bucks and got 12 hours out of it

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            June 27, 2016 2:12 PM

            Thirding this. The Creeper World games are really surprisingly good. I played the shit out of the second one, and the third one is even better.

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        June 27, 2016 1:46 PM

        Hmmm. Good question.

        FTL is pretty good. It's like a rogue-like sci-fi game. Very indie, but can provide a good many hours of entertainment if you enjoy that sort of thing. http://store.steampowered.com/app/212680/

        You can get the first episode of Life is Strange for $1.99 USD, which is around
        £1.51. http://store.steampowered.com/app/319630/

        Bully is a really fun game from Rockstar. It's a little old, but still enjoyable. http://store.steampowered.com/app/12200

        Mount Your Friends is a really fun party game. We actually just played it at Shackcon. http://store.steampowered.com/app/296470/

        If you want a nice indie game to play through, To the Moon is one of my all time favorites.
        http://store.steampowered.com/app/296470/

        Binding of Isaac is a fun and entertaining rogue-like. plenty of challenge to be found there.
        http://store.steampowered.com/app/113200/

        Hitman: Blood Money is one of the best Hitman games that has ever been released. Really good if you haven't played it yet.
        http://store.steampowered.com/app/6860/

        That's just a few off the top of my head. Not really sure what all you're in to, but maybe one of those will work for ya.

        Also, you mentioned Serious Sam, according to what I'm seeing Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter is under $3.01 (which is what £2.28 evens out to. Not sure how the pricing and all changes when you actually have Pounds set as the regional currency. All these games listed above are pulled from a USD enabled Steam client, so take that however it goes. :/

        Sorry I couldn't be more helpful!

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          June 27, 2016 1:56 PM

          Lol thanks, I wasn't expecting such a legit answer

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            June 27, 2016 1:57 PM

            Glad to be of help. Let me know if you have any other questions. b^-^d

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        June 27, 2016 1:54 PM

        Skill account?

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          June 27, 2016 1:57 PM

          Skrill. It's some sketchy online wallet

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        June 27, 2016 1:57 PM

        Lots of good suggestions already, but also if you can sell a steam trading card or whatever in the marketplace you'll have enough for the game you wanted. You can complete some daily Discovery Queues to get some cards.

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          June 27, 2016 2:00 PM

          Yeah I've got some other cash in my steam account, the problem with skrill funds is you can't combine them with other payment methods. I don't recommend using it if you can avoid it.

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      June 27, 2016 1:38 PM

      So far the games I've bought this sale:

      X Rebirth
      Strike Suit Zero Director's Cut
      Elite Dangerous: Horizons season pass (wanted some more games to play on the hotas)
      Sword Coast Legends
      Freedom Planet
      Punch Club
      Hero Siege
      Civ 5 pack for the expansions/map packs I don't already have (it was 82 cents)
      ARMA 3

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        June 27, 2016 1:46 PM

        Nice. Did you go with regular Arma 3? Or did you go ahead and pick up Arma 3 Apex as well for the new map and things?

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          June 27, 2016 1:50 PM

          I just went with regular vanilla Arma 3 for now. I figure if the game ends up consuming my life I'll probably pick up Apex.

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            June 27, 2016 1:51 PM

            Nice. Yeah, that's what I would suggest to any new purchasers. It's a great game, and is really enjoyable when you have the right people to play with. At least for me, that is.

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              June 27, 2016 2:03 PM

              I imagine I'll enjoy it, I really enjoyed Arma 2 back when I bought it for Day Z. Ended up playing Arma 2 coop missions with my roommate more than actually playing Day Z. Is there a group of Arma 3 players on Shack that I might be able to hang with? Literally all my RL friends play now is Hearthstone and Overwatch.

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                June 27, 2016 2:04 PM

                Good question. I know for a while staymighty was playing it with some people, but I have no idea if they still have games going or not. :/

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                June 27, 2016 2:06 PM

                There is a whole crew of us who play, I have been mainly running the Arma 3 mod, breaking point.

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                  June 27, 2016 6:14 PM

                  I really need to get back into Breaking Point. But it's more fun with shackers.

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        June 27, 2016 1:51 PM

        is X Rebirth supposed to be any good now?

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          June 27, 2016 1:59 PM

          I put a couple hours into it and it seemed pretty good. Did not feel like a game from the X series however. Seems a lot more linear and intended for less hardcore players than previous X games. I really like how flying the ship feels, it just feels better to me than X3 and there is more visual feedback in the cockpit when you maneuver around. Also the addition of thrusters made piloting the ship around with HOTAS a bit easier than X3. Really enjoyed getting on the space highways and dodging other ships too.

          Honestly the only complaints I had in the time I played were the bad voiceovers and production value of the cutscenes. But I pretty much expect that from a space sim game. I feel like most of the bad reviews are from people who loved the previous X games and wanted Rebirth to be more like them. That's cool and all but I honestly wasn't a huge fan of the older X games and welcome the more casual approach to Rebirth.

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            June 27, 2016 2:24 PM

            Have you played elite? How does the flying compare if you have?

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              June 27, 2016 2:28 PM

              Flying feels closer to Elite than X3, but much more forgiving than Elite. I just got a new hotas setup (was using Saitek X52 stick/throttle, now using CH fighterstick/throttle/rudders) and relearning how to fly in Elite after not playing for about a year was pretty rough. On the other hand I feel like I was able to jump right into X Rebirth's flying. Definitely not as hardcore as Elite.

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            June 27, 2016 2:28 PM

            I feel like most of the bad reviews are from people who loved the previous X games and wanted Rebirth to be more like them.

            This is exactly the problem I had with it. I wanted a massive, grand scale space exploration, combat and trading/empire building sim akin to the older game but just with an updated engine and controls. I didn't get that unfortunately and what I did get didn't scratch the same itch.

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          June 27, 2016 2:25 PM

          It's much improved but honestly if you're a fan of the old X games it just doesn't scratch the same itch. It's limited in so many ways that its predecessors weren't.

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        June 27, 2016 2:29 PM

        I wanted X-Rebirth to be so much more :(

        It's nowhere near as complex or ambitious as the previous games.

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          June 27, 2016 2:33 PM

          I went in with very low expectations due to the reviews and was pleasantly surprised... but I imagine if I was a bigger fan of the previous games I'd be pretty disappointed.

          I remember barely scratching the surface of the empire building in X3 and feeling really overwhelmed but it was really cool (played with mouse/keyboard). Game just feels awful with a hotas for me so I shied away from playing it a lot. I should probably give it another shot but probably with mouse/keyboard again.

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            June 27, 2016 2:40 PM

            The previous X games definitely had a problem with the learning curve and getting to grips with its various mechanics.

            The trading especially took me many weeks of playing (without guides) to grasp but once I did it slowly started to fall into place and then money started rolling in, stations were being built, linked together to form supply chains and the like.

            Problem is most people aren't willing to spent weeks playing a game and making slow progress until they suddenly understand how everything slots together. Personally I prefer single-player games that make it difficult to become 'successful' in the sense that they challenge you to to really put some effort in and reward you with a sense of a goal well earned. It's one of the reasons I tend to mod Elder Scrolls and Fallout games immediately to greatly slow down leveling, make enemies hit much harder etc.

            For people not so masochist as I am I did recommend a few beginner guides on the Egosoft forums. It's a great forum, lots of basic trading, combat and diplomacy tutorials to get you started and the users there are a good bunch always willing to help.

            It's also where 99% of all the mods and custom scripts for the games are hosted. The devs sponsor some of them if they are good enough and even include them in 'bonus' patches that you can add to the game.

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              June 27, 2016 2:53 PM

              I hope egosoft haven't given up. I'd love an x4 eventually. I tried to go back to x3 recently and I love it in concept but it's just a bit too slow to pay off.

              If they could nick some of the accessibility mechanics from eve online it'd be amazing. Also space games are prime for VR support

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                June 27, 2016 3:02 PM

                I agree completely man.

                My first and biggest concern with Rebirth was that considering how hard it took flak for being buggy and unfinished at release (nothing new for an X game, but this was seriously terrible and I think the first big release that had scores of people clamouring for refunds) that the company might not recover from it and we would get no more games from them.

                Seems like they managed to pull it back and get a fair few people on board with Rebirth after many updates though, which is good for them but now I fear they'll just continue down this route with more Rebirth-style space sims.

                I really hope they listened to fan feedback though and move further back towards the X3 era. The main things that needed to be addressed were the clunky controls, lack of tutorials, AI bugs and dated engine that suffered in the late game when you started seeing huge fleet battles.

                Everything else just needed a modern paint job.

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      June 27, 2016 2:07 PM

      I need 2 copies of Rocket League - anybody else want to go in on a 4 pack?

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      June 27, 2016 2:11 PM

      I am going to cave and buy GTA V. I enjoyed it as much as I could on console, but in the end the shooting broke it for me. I'm going to return M+K with a vengance and headshot the entire fucking town.

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        June 27, 2016 2:19 PM

        I def enjoy the shooting mechanics a whole lot more on PC than I did on console. Having KB+M to use makes it a lot better for me as well.

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          June 27, 2016 2:26 PM

          Out of curiosity, did you end up sticking to JUST M+K or did you switch off? I honestly enjoy the controller for driving and wandering around, but whenever finesse or any sort of aim is required I immediately want to run for the warm embrace of WASD and a mouse.

          Really, I was ok for a lot of the game on the XBONE and managed a few of those Trevor challenges where you just have to kill a fuckton of people. It was the escape from the cemetary with Michael that did it for me.

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            June 27, 2016 2:28 PM

            It usually depends on my mood, to be honest. Since Windows 10 started doing it's whole "unplug your controller and I'll blow everything up" bullshit, I've been wary of plugging any controllers (including my joystick) into my PC. I just hate those beeping noises, and having to restart if the controller accidentally comes unplugged.

            Overall I usually just go full KB+M, cause I'm too lazy to even bother with a controller.

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        June 27, 2016 2:21 PM

        Weird, it was the first GTA where I liked the shooting more than ever. Having said that, on a gamepad, having snap targetting is almost a must.

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      June 27, 2016 2:24 PM

      Anyone interested in an atmospheric sci-fi puzzle game should buy The Swapper. It's $3 and one of the best games of 2013 (97% approval from steam users).

      http://store.steampowered.com/app/231160/

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        June 27, 2016 2:25 PM

        I can confirm, really good game.

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        June 27, 2016 2:35 PM

        Confirmed, swapped is great. Has a terrific atmosphere.

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        June 27, 2016 3:06 PM

        I loved it. Very tricky at some parts. I enjoyed the puzzles and the story all the way till the end. I highly recommend it, especially for that price

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      June 27, 2016 2:29 PM

      I bought a few "rogue-like" games that were on sale and after playing a few of them I'm pretty tired of the genre. Making a small mistake, dying and starting over from the beginning with nothing to show for (maybe more skill?) is draining. It just seems like a lazy way to create a game too; generated dungeons, permadeath, high difficulty, trivial mechanics. If they weren't around $3 each I'd be way more pissed.

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      June 27, 2016 2:30 PM

      What are ya buyin'?

      ...

      What are ya sellin'?

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      June 27, 2016 2:30 PM

      This will be the fourth sale I've bought nothing haha. My backlog is just too big as it is.

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        June 27, 2016 3:54 PM

        Same. Lack of time plus wealth of existing games. It's a shame too because my steam wallet is so full from gift cards, but I know that money will be used eventually.

        I'm not even sure if it's my fourth sale, honestly. I just know it's been a while. I've actually bought games in the last year but only when I have to have a certain title right now.

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      June 27, 2016 2:31 PM

      got it, need it, need it, got it, got it, got it, don't want it, got it

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      June 27, 2016 3:12 PM

      I bought pony island. It's great. Think of frog fractions or eversion. Don't look into anything about it. Just buy it and start playing.

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      June 27, 2016 3:14 PM

      I bought the witcher 3... Hopefully I can get to it this year, haha. I have doom, Fallout 4 and gta v to finish. FO4 probably won't be finished, gta v maybe, Doom definitely.

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        June 27, 2016 3:15 PM

        it's better than those, just play it first.

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      June 27, 2016 3:21 PM

      Add soma. I got it at 50% off and digging it to far.

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      June 27, 2016 3:52 PM

      I clicked to make sure DOOM was on the list and I have some comments on that paragraph. First, the section is titled DOOM but it's constantly stylized DooM in the body text. I'm not completely sure, but I think they write it in all caps. Second, the price is written as "#35.99."

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      June 27, 2016 3:59 PM

      What about Rise of the Tomb Raider?

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        June 27, 2016 5:03 PM

        If you enjoyed TR , Rise of TR is sooooo good and they added a grappling hook! (it takes a bit to unlock it, though)

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        June 27, 2016 5:10 PM

        That's a must purchase for sure.

        Beautiful game and wonderful, addicting gameplay.

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        June 27, 2016 5:20 PM

        I wanted to buy it, but the discount isn't that big.

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          June 27, 2016 6:54 PM

          I'm gonna wait until winter sale, I'm sure all the dlc will be included in a complete package by then.

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        June 27, 2016 5:55 PM

        I finally picked this one up! Having a great time so far.

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      June 27, 2016 4:00 PM

      I bought some DLC for Rocksmith and called it a day.

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      June 27, 2016 5:19 PM

      Picked up Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak and Rebel Galaxy because space fuck yeah!

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      June 27, 2016 5:19 PM

      You forgot to put SOMA at the top of yr list

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      June 27, 2016 5:20 PM

      I probably should buy some Lego titles to play with my kids.

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        June 27, 2016 5:25 PM

        #1 get the Pirates of the Caribbean.

        I don't even have kids and Lego pirates was super fun.

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      June 27, 2016 5:54 PM

      Are there any good single player sniper games that aren't Sniper Elite?

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      June 27, 2016 7:26 PM

      Subnautica if you love survival and exploration games. The atmosphere is fantastic.

      Hero siege if you're into Diablo and roguelikes.

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      June 27, 2016 7:52 PM

      Too many I won't play:
      Pillars of Eternity
      Tabletop Simulator
      Trackmania Turbo
      DOOM
      Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
      Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition
      Firewatch