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The 2020 Steam Summer Sale is live and goes until July 9th

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  1. [10]
    Deimos
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    Man, I feel like I am absolutely drowning in games already right now, so I'm not sure if I'm even going to buy anything this time around. I should really trim down my Steam wishlist sometime, I...

    Man, I feel like I am absolutely drowning in games already right now, so I'm not sure if I'm even going to buy anything this time around.

    I should really trim down my Steam wishlist sometime, I mostly use it as a very vague "I'm somewhat interested in this game" list, but when a bunch of games are getting discounts of 80% off or more and I'm still not actually buying them, maybe the level of interest isn't really there.

    The new "points" system seems pretty weird, but I like that it looks like I should be able to get some of the more rare/expensive things like profile backgrounds from games I like that I didn't want to pay money for. Weird to see them somewhat copying "awards" from reddit on reviews, too.

    16 votes
    1. [5]
      kfwyre
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      Truth. I just bought SEVENTEEN HUNDRED games on itch.io! And the FIFTY game Humble Bundle! I've just accepted at this point that games, for me, are an all-you-can-eat buffet and not a meal plan. I...

      Man, I feel like I am absolutely drowning in games already right now

      Truth. I just bought SEVENTEEN HUNDRED games on itch.io! And the FIFTY game Humble Bundle!

      I've just accepted at this point that games, for me, are an all-you-can-eat buffet and not a meal plan. I consider my surplus purchases to be a way of diversifying the menu.

      6 votes
      1. [4]
        culturedleftfoot
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        Um... do we need to stage an intervention here?

        Truth. I just bought SEVENTEEN HUNDRED games on itch.io! And the FIFTY game Humble Bundle!

        Um... do we need to stage an intervention here?

        4 votes
        1. kfwyre
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          Yeah, it sounds like that Deimos guy is just drowning in games. We should definitely help him! What?! Why are you still staring at me? He's right over there! :)

          Yeah, it sounds like that Deimos guy is just drowning in games. We should definitely help him!

          What?! Why are you still staring at me? He's right over there! :)

          9 votes
        2. [2]
          Muffin
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          In case you didn’t see the bundles, you could’ve gotten both for as little as $35USD.

          In case you didn’t see the bundles, you could’ve gotten both for as little as $35USD.

          4 votes
          1. kfwyre
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            Plus, both of them weren't technically purchases but were donations to support racial justice organizations. I'm a sucker for a bundle anyway, but those were both the easiest of buys for me. Give...

            Plus, both of them weren't technically purchases but were donations to support racial justice organizations. I'm a sucker for a bundle anyway, but those were both the easiest of buys for me. Give to a good cause AND get games for it? Sign me up.

            5 votes
    2. emnii
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      Same, and this is the right time to trim. If I'm not going to buy it when it's highly discounted, then I probably don't need to keep it on my wishlist.

      Same, and this is the right time to trim. If I'm not going to buy it when it's highly discounted, then I probably don't need to keep it on my wishlist.

      5 votes
    3. [3]
      Wes
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      This is often how I decide to remove games from my wishlist. If I can't justify the purchase at 80-90% off, maybe I just don't want it that badly. I pared my list down by about half a few months...

      but when a bunch of games are getting discounts of 80% off or more and I'm still not actually buying them, maybe the level of interest isn't really there.

      This is often how I decide to remove games from my wishlist. If I can't justify the purchase at 80-90% off, maybe I just don't want it that badly.

      I pared my list down by about half a few months back, just to make it a little more manageable.

      Weird to see them somewhat copying "awards" from reddit on reviews, too.

      Don't love them on reddit, and won't love them on Steam. I'm sure there's profit in letting people tag reviews as "hot takes" though.

      5 votes
      1. Omnicrola
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        Few years ago, after being bothered by how many games I had bought and never played, I made a new rule for myself: I am not allowed to buy any game, no matter how discounted, unless I'm going to...

        This is often how I decide to remove games from my wishlist. If I can't justify the purchase at 80-90% off, maybe I just don't want it that badly.

        Few years ago, after being bothered by how many games I had bought and never played, I made a new rule for myself:

        I am not allowed to buy any game, no matter how discounted, unless I'm going to play it right now

        So far it's worked pretty well. I buy more games at full price, but I buy waaaaay less.

        10 votes
      2. Tardigrade
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        I use my wishlist function differently. I might not get games whilst they're 80% off if I've got my next few games lined up. I use it more as a "I've finished this game and want something new,...

        I use my wishlist function differently. I might not get games whilst they're 80% off if I've got my next few games lined up. I use it more as a "I've finished this game and want something new, here's a list of stuff I that could be fun to get"

        4 votes
  2. [3]
    kfwyre
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    Single Sentence Recommendations Thread (Add your own!) Well-Known Standouts Hexcells is for people who like Minesweeper but hate guessing. Distance lets you play a survival horror campaign as a...

    Single Sentence Recommendations Thread

    (Add your own!)


    Well-Known Standouts

    Hexcells is for people who like Minesweeper but hate guessing.

    Distance lets you play a survival horror campaign as a racecar.

    Stories Untold is not scary, but it's also not not scary.

    Ori and the Blind Forest, and the Will of the Wisps, and the Beautiful Metroidvanias, and the Unexpected Tears.

    Descenders is about going really really fast oh my gosh so fast oh no too fast uh oh no no no so fast--

    Everybody already knows whether The Witness is for them, but I mention it just in case there's someone out there who loves first-person puzzle island adventures and hasn't heard of it.

    "What if Portal wasn't about GLaDOS and was instead about God?", asks The Talos Principle.


    Lesser-Known Gems

    If the search query "bubble trouble web game" means anything to you, check out The Bug Butcher.

    Little Red Lie is a game for those that like sadness and cynicism and reading and also hate capitalism.

    JYDGE: Hotline Miami, but make it fashion cyberpunk Robocop.

    Tinertia only has 66 reviews on Steam and 100% of them are positive.

    Splasher is #2 behind Tinertia on the list of "Most Under-appreciated Platformers".

    If nostalgia for 90s puzzle adventures makes you Mysty-eyed, consider Quern: Undying Thoughts.

    I played Paint It Back for 66 hours and all I got were dozens of picross puzzles.

    Tower defense, and grinding, and Gemcraft, oh my!

    Coin Crypt should really be called "Spend the Spire".

    The Circulars are like if a robot and an alien were brothers and they each cornered you and asked you difficult and meaningful decisions about life.

    Fumiko! lets you quintuple jump, and sometimes even that isn't enough.

    Near Death is survival horror but the only monster is the cold.

    System Shock 2 called and it wants its Spirits of Xanadu back.

    8 votes
    1. [2]
      thistle
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      In The Return of the Obra Dinn, you experience what it's like to be a sailor, without ever playing as a sailor.

      In The Return of the Obra Dinn, you experience what it's like to be a sailor, without ever playing as a sailor.

      6 votes
  3. TheJorro
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    Picked up a few games already: Doom Eternal DUSK Amid Evil The Magic Circle Devil Daggers Pathologic 2 Hades I'll probably find out about a couple of more as the sales go by, there's always...

    Picked up a few games already:

    • Doom Eternal
    • DUSK
    • Amid Evil
    • The Magic Circle
    • Devil Daggers
    • Pathologic 2
    • Hades

    I'll probably find out about a couple of more as the sales go by, there's always something I miss during the first few days.

    7 votes
  4. [2]
    rish
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    Bought Terraria finally.

    Bought Terraria finally.

    6 votes
    1. sqew
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      That's great; it's a super fun game, especially if you can find some friends to play with. Hope you enjoy it!

      That's great; it's a super fun game, especially if you can find some friends to play with. Hope you enjoy it!

      2 votes
  5. Tygrak
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    I guess I am probably going to get Sekiro - I played all the other soulsborne games recently, so I might as well. But other that that, I already got too many games! I probably have more free time...

    I guess I am probably going to get Sekiro - I played all the other soulsborne games recently, so I might as well. But other that that, I already got too many games! I probably have more free time than most people, but still there are too many good games! Also I started playing chess a bit, which makes me feel kind of smart (sometimes) (most of the time I feel like just a big nerd) and is totally free! Why would I pay for more games, if I already enjoy the ones I play so much? Also, why would I pay for more games, if that means I am just going to spend even more time playing games?

    Some of my favorite recent indie games you guys might want to check out:

    • Monster Train, similar to Slay the Spire combined with a tower defense game?
    • One Step from Eden, another deckbuilding roguelite, but this one is much more fast paced
    • Hades, a really good roguelite by the guys who made Bastion
    • Hollow Knight, incredible metroidvania game, a bit like a 2d souls like, but it's also so much more! (not really that recent but whatever)
    5 votes
  6. rkcr
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    Interesting, the points shop is no longer a one-time bonus setup for a single sale; it looks like it's going to be persistent:

    Interesting, the points shop is no longer a one-time bonus setup for a single sale; it looks like it's going to be persistent:

    Do Steam Points expire?

    Nope! Also, The Points Shop is here to stay, now open all year around.

    4 votes
  7. [2]
    emnii
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    My point total for less than 6 months of purchases is frankly embarrassing.

    My point total for less than 6 months of purchases is frankly embarrassing.

    4 votes
    1. kfwyre
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      Lol, I literally thought there was a glitch with my account or that the $1 = 100 points conversion was a typo they were going to fix. Nope! I checked my purchase history and it turns out I'm just...

      Lol, I literally thought there was a glitch with my account or that the $1 = 100 points conversion was a typo they were going to fix. Nope! I checked my purchase history and it turns out I'm just that kind of person.

      3 votes
  8. [2]
    cfabbro
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    I cant vouch for these games since I haven't played them yet, but I went through my wishlist and picked up a bunch of games that are super cheap right now. Styx: Shards of Darkness ($8) -...

    I cant vouch for these games since I haven't played them yet, but I went through my wishlist and picked up a bunch of games that are super cheap right now.

    Styx: Shards of Darkness ($8) - Third-person, Fantasy (you play a goblin), action-adventure stealth game. Sequel to Styx: Master of Shadows (also on sale right now for $5) which I have had in my library and been meaning to play for quite a while.

    War for the Overworld ($8) - It's basically a new Dungeon Keeper clone, where you subterranean base-build as the "bad" guys in a fantasy setting, with the goal of fighting off the "good" guys who invade your base. It had mediocre reviews when first launched due to being super buggy, but they have clearly done a ton of work on improving it over the years as now the reviews are "very positive". I didn't bother with the "Ultimate Edition" or any of the DLC though.

    Deep Sky Derelicts ($8) - Scifi roguelike deckbuilder RPG game, with turn-based combat, in a similar vein and aesthetic to Darkest Dungeon (also on sale for $7). I forgot who I watched play it on Twitch, but it looked really interesting.

    What Remains of Edith Finch ($9) - I love "walking sims", but haven't actually played this one yet despite hearing so many good things about it, so I finally decided to pick it up.

    The Beginner's Guide ($4.50) - The latest "walking sim" from the maker of my all-time favorite, The Stanely Parable (also on sale for $6).

    The Room Three ($2) - The third in a series of escape-room-esque puzzle games. The first two were very short but great, and are also on sale for less than $2 each... so if you like puzzles games I highly recommend checking them out. The Room + The Room Two

    Among the Sleep ($3) - A first person horror adventure game but with a twist... you play as a toddler. I had heard excellent things about it, but it was always a bit too expensive for me, especially with my already huge backlog of games. For $3 it's a steal though.

    Tooth and Tail ($3) - Hero based real-time strategy game that reminds me greatly of the Redwall series. Similarly have heard good things about this game but it was too expensive to justify getting. $3 is a steal as well though.

    3 votes
    1. Akir
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      I freaking love The Room. They're all incredibly beautiful games and I really enjoy the eldritch horror vibes. Though I would personally recommend playing on a tablet; it's just a little nicer to...

      I freaking love The Room. They're all incredibly beautiful games and I really enjoy the eldritch horror vibes. Though I would personally recommend playing on a tablet; it's just a little nicer to swipe with your fingers than with a mouse.

      2 votes
  9. [2]
    Pistos
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    What I bought [so far...]: Tannenberg (WWI FPS) Grand Ages: Medieval (strategy) Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (third-person stealth, but with a squad?) Cities: Skylines: Kept hearing people...

    What I bought [so far...]:

    • Tannenberg (WWI FPS)
    • Grand Ages: Medieval (strategy)
    • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (third-person stealth, but with a squad?)
    • Cities: Skylines: Kept hearing people raving about this, so finally got it at what I think is a reasonable price thanks to the sale. Also got the Mass Transit DLC; it only makes sense that a city should have a good public transit system. As I shopped in the Steam store, I noticed that C:S is very "DLC heavy" for lack of a better term. Hopefully that won't prove too expensive in the long run if I end up really enjoying this game.
    3 votes
    1. cfabbro
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      Yeah it's a stealth game where you control an entire squad, and it's great. From my Steam review of it: Cities: Skylines is pretty great too BTW. I haven't heard of or played the other two though,...

      Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (third-person stealth, but with a squad?)

      Yeah it's a stealth game where you control an entire squad, and it's great. From my Steam review of it:

      Shadow Tactics is the modern day spiritual successor to the 1990s isometric, stealth-oriented, squad based, real-time, tactical strategy game series 'Commandos', although it takes place in Japan during the Edo period with ninjas and samurai rather than soldiers in WW2.

      The story is cliche/predictable and the voice acting is decent but the game shines in every other respect.

      The stealth mechanics are nothing new and will be intimately familiar to those that have played Commandos but they are slightly more refined and with much better AI behavior.

      The squad mechanics are solid with all five of the player controlled characters possessing distinct special abilities suited to their particular roles (assassin, thief, warrior, spy & sharpshooter) and they complement each other well. No one character can cruise through a level on their own so you will be forced to use each character to their best advantage, position them appropriately and have them work together to accomplish the objectives.

      The levels are large and exceptionally well crafted with a significant amount of NPCs roaming around, making each incredibly difficult (in a good way). Each level also has multiple paths you can take to the objective and most objectives have multiple solutions.

      The only complaints I have with the game are with the camera and action queue system.

      The camera can only rotate in 45° increments rather than freely (despite this being a fully 3D game), so you often have to flip it back and forth multiple times in streets and courtyards to get the right angle to see and do what you need to.

      The action queue system doesn't pause the game so you often have to queue one character's action as a patrol passes and then wait for it to come around again before doing a second character's and again for a third which wastes a ton of time. It can also only queue one action per character at a time which often forces you to set the queued action as basic attack and then having to do several actions manually in quick succession (e.g. climbing ladders, distracting guards, etc) before finally triggering the queued actions... and if you get the timing wrong, even by a fraction of a second, you often die and have to reload and try again... over and over.

      However, despite those issues, it's still a remarkably fun game and if you like tactical stealth games like Commandos then you will love this game as well. I highly recommend it.

      Cities: Skylines is pretty great too BTW. I haven't heard of or played the other two though, but Tennenberg looks interesting IMO.

      p.s. Links for the lazy:
      https://store.steampowered.com/app/418240/Shadow_Tactics_Blades_of_the_Shogun/
      https://store.steampowered.com/app/255710/Cities_Skylines/
      https://store.steampowered.com/app/633460/Tannenberg/
      https://store.steampowered.com/app/310470/Grand_Ages_Medieval/

      2 votes
  10. skullkid2424
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    Picked up the Witcher 3 (just watched the show...so I think I'm gonna read the books and go down the rabbit hole), Siralim 3 (modern retro-clone of dragon warrior monsters, which was one of my...

    Picked up the Witcher 3 (just watched the show...so I think I'm gonna read the books and go down the rabbit hole), Siralim 3 (modern retro-clone of dragon warrior monsters, which was one of my favorite games growing up), and BL3 season pass (currently playing BL3 with friends).

    Like many folks, years of too-good-to-pass-up sales and humble bundles have stacked my library full of games that I will never play, so I'm limiting myself.

    Also used the new "points" to pick up an avatar border, a Nier:Automata background, and a couple of emotes. The avatar border looks cool and the background will look nice. I don't really see myself replacing them or using any of the other points things...the points store seems like another random gamification of steam that ultimately doesn't affect steam's primary purpose of providing me games.

    3 votes
  11. sqew
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    If you don't already own Kerbal Space Program and/or it's DLC, they're pretty heavily discounted for the sale. Highly recommend the game: it's one of my personal favorites, and, in my opinion,...

    If you don't already own Kerbal Space Program and/or it's DLC, they're pretty heavily discounted for the sale. Highly recommend the game: it's one of my personal favorites, and, in my opinion, well worth the ~$25 it currently costs to pick up (that includes both DLCs).

    2 votes