Every year, Valve is holding a Winter Sale on the company's Steam gaming platform. It is one of the biggest sales of the year on the platform, and while there have been lots of sales throughout the year, it is usually one of the better options when it comes to getting good discounts for games.
The Winter Sale 2020 on Steam is a straightforward event; games are discounted over the entire period of the sale and there are not any flash sales or surprise sales that users could be looking forward to. If you want a game and think the discount is good, you can grab it right away. The sale runs until January 5, 2021.
Steam users may cast their votes in different categories, e.g. game of the year, best soundtrack, or better with friends, and get trading cards in return that they may collect to craft a badge. You get a total of ten cards when you vote in all categories. A set consists of ten different cards, and you may earn additional cards by making purchases, browsing your discovery queue, and through other means.
As far as games are concerned, there are thousands that are discounted. Since it would take a long time to go through the listings, even with new features such as Steam News Hub, improved Steam Search, or Community Recommendations, I'd like to present you with a personal selection of games.
Feel free to post your recommendations in the comment section below the article.
Note that you may get extra discounts if you purchase bundles instead of individual games. A search for "bundles" on Steam should display a list of bundles that are available during the sale.
Yakuza Bundle ($26.97)
Sega's Yakuza game series is an excellent action adventure game series that usually sees you start as a low-ranked Yakuza member. It is quirky at times, for non-Japanese at least, but the presentation and fighting is quite excellent.
The bundle includes three Yakuza titles, all remade for PCs with 4K support, no framerate caps and more. Yakuza 0 takes you to Tokyo and Osaka of the 80s, while Yakuza Kiwami 1 and 2 to other time periods in Japan.
OCTOPATH TRAVELER ($29.99)
Octopath Traveller is a classic Japanese roleplaying game featuring eight different storylines, a fun battle system and lots of content. If you like Japanese roleplaying games, especially once of the 16-bit era, then you will certainly like this one as well.
Portal Bundle ($2.98)
Portal and Portal 2 are excellent platform puzzle games. The first game is single-player only, the second can be played alone or with a coop player. Portal is a physics puzzle game at its core that focuses on Half-Life's Gravity Gun.
Hitman 2 Gold Edition ($14.99)
I'm not a huge fan of releasing a game in separate chunks and having to pay for each of these chunks individually. Hitman 2 is such a game; you get a few free scenarios when you add the game to Steam (the base game is free), but need to pay for extra scenarios and expansions to get the full game.
The Gold Edition of Hitman 2 brings all of these together in a single bundle, and it is probably the best option that you have to get the entire game and all of its content.
Hitman 2 puts you once again in the role of Agent 47. While there is an overarching story line, you do play each scenario on its own. The game is still excellent if you don't mind the dark theme (which is assassinations).
Warhammer Vermintide 2 is all about the co-op experience. While you can play it alone with AI help, the game shines only if you play it with friends or random players. It is a first-person hack and slay game that pits you against an army of Ratman and other creatures.
The bundle includes expansions and DLC for the game. If you are unsure whether this is something for you, you may want to grab the base game first only and play it for a bit.
If you like the Advance Wars series, or similar turn-based tactical games such as Sega's excellent and highly underappreciated Shining Force series, you will love Wargroove. It players very similar to these games. You hop from scenario to scenario and fight turn-based tactical battles in each. Control a different assortment of troops and follow the storyline in the main campaign. There is lots to do, including playing multiplayer, co-op, and a lot more.
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