The Steam Winter Sale of 2019 has started

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 20, 2019

The official Steam Winter Sale of 2019 has started and gamers from all over the world may browse the selection of discounted games.

It is the last Steam Sale of the year and will run until January 2, 2020.

Besides discounted games, Steam users may also participate in activities to earn tokens, the virtual currency tacked-on to the Sale this time. These tokens may be spend for chat stickers, a winter profile, chat room effects or profile backgrounds (note that some of these expire automatically on February 25, 2020).

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More interesting than that, probably, is that Steam users may use the tokens to buy a discount coupon to get €4.50 off the next purchase once. The coupon costs 5000 tokens and Steam users get 111 token for every €1 they spend on Steam and may earn additional tokens by completing quests.

It does not seem possible to earn enough tokens without spending money on the sale though (unless Valve puts more quests out per day or increases quest earnings).

Tip: check out the Gog Winter Sale that is also running. Gog may not have the selection of games that Steam has, but all games on the platform are DRM-free.

As usually, here is a list of personal recommendations (heavily focused on genres that I like):

  • Bioshock: The Collection -- includes Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite. For €14.99
  • Dark Souls III -- Latest installment of the Dark Souls series. For €14.99
  • Hitman 2 - Gold Edition -- latest game in the Hitman series. Includes Expansions 1 and 2. For €22.49
  • Planet Coaster -- build a coaster empire in this simulation game. For €7.59
  • RESIDENT EVIL 2 / BIOHAZARD RE:2 -- remake of the classic game. For €19.79
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 -- lots of action and fun in this coop game. Best played with three friends. For €6.99
  • XCOM 2 -- turn-based strategy game with depth. For €12.49.
  • Yakuza O -- wonderful game series by Sega that takes you back to the Tokyo of the 80s. Other Yakuza titles also discounted. For €6.79

There is no hurry in getting the games you want since Valve removed Flash Sales and other time-limited offers. In other words: the discounts that you see today on the Store are valid throughout the entire sale. While that provides anyone with the same deals, the decision to remove Flash Sales and votes removed much of the excitement from the sale.It must have been worth it on the other hand as Flash Sales were not introduced again by Valve.

As always, I'm interested in the games that you recommend. While I'm mostly interested in coop, strategy, and role-playing games, I'm always open to checking out others and especially so at the end of the year when I have a little bit of time to play a game or two.

Now You: What is your impression of this year's Steam Winter Sale?


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  1. Allanah said on December 28, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    If you like RPGs you should try ATOM rpg a wonderful game with a deep storyline, souls like difficulty and turn based combat. There are also mods for it. It is a long game about post apocalyptic Russia.

  2. Kev said on December 22, 2019 at 12:35 am

    “What is your impression of this year’s Steam Winter Sale?”
    The sale seems MEH to me, while there is a lot on sale on my list, nothing really sticks out or is low enough for my liking.

    Plus there is the stupid scheme they have going with tokens this time:

    On the Steam Hollday market page you see the blurb:
    “I Have an Idea… Shop the Winter Sale! $1 = 100 TOKENS”

    Under the usual disclaimer
    “Shop on Steam during the Winter Sale and earn 100 Festivity Tokens for every $1 you spend on Steam.”
    While that is what they did the last two times, but this time they added the following requirement….

    “You will be granted Festivity Tokens when you fund your Steam Wallet (during the sale) or make a purchase using non-Steam Wallet funds.”

    So despite the first line, EXISTING WALLET FUNDS DON’T COUNT! And they haven’t given any good reasons as to why they don’t, or why they went with this confusing scheme.

    There is this warning when you are at the purchase screen:
    “Earn Festivity Tokens during the Winter Sale when you add funds to your Steam Wallet or use any other payment method to purchase items on Steam. Note that spending Wallet funds does not grant Tokens. Learn more.”
    But still nothing on why only just added funds or other payment methods get tokens.

    Now they are having issues retroactively giving points back to those who redeemed Steam cards a few days RIGHT before the sale, and people who asked for a refund so they could reuse fund codes to get tokens are reporting having negative tokens.

    Seems to me the easiest solution would to have been to drop the stupid scummy scheme and go back to the old way of just counting purchases, but they so far seem to be sticking to it like some AAA publishers and their monetization tactics.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if next time Valve introduced some kind of “loot-box” gambling mechanic.

  3. Leak said on December 20, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Well, if action RPGs a la Diablo 2 are your thing – Grim Dawn is on sale for 4,99 € for the base game, or around 25 € for the base game, both add-ons and the survival mode DLC…

    (Disclaimer: I have a play time of 2138 hours and might be a bit biased towards it… :D)

  4. John said on December 20, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Services like Steam are why I gave up PC games. To be blunt, I don’t want to have an online relationship with for-profit companies. Since the only thing that matters in this world is money, companies will reach in over the Internet and do as they please to my computer or information contained therein at any time whenever they devise a way to make even the slightest bit more of it! Examples follow.

    1. Leak said on December 21, 2019 at 12:44 pm

      What, you mean you don’t want an online relationship with for-profit companies *like you would have with any current console*?

      Try, then.

  5. lkpsp said on December 20, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    i need be cautions reading in my work from now on

  6. Zen said on December 20, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Epic ftw…

    1. Yuliya said on December 20, 2019 at 2:35 pm


      1. Zen said on December 20, 2019 at 7:14 pm

        :) jus trollin’

      2. Yuliya said on December 20, 2019 at 9:43 pm

        phew :)

  7. Yuliya said on December 20, 2019 at 10:44 am

    I love Resident Evil 2 remake. Will buy it when I get home ^^

    1. Yuliya said on December 20, 2019 at 9:43 pm

      Bought it :D DooM 2016 should also be pretty cheap, at least I got it.

  8. DropZz said on December 20, 2019 at 10:38 am

    I recommend:
    “Katana ZERO” a Indie, Platform-Hack and Slay with good Gameplay, interesting Story and one of the best Soundtracks this year:

    “Pathologic 2” for everyone who likes mysterious and atmospheric Psychological Horror Games (actual good Horror without cheap jump scares):

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