Steam's Autumn Sale is here and there's plenty of games you might want to look at

By Joe Robinson 23 Nov 2018 0

It’s that time of year again – the time where the only colour that matters is Black. Also something about Turkeys and giving thanks.

Black Friday is now synonymous with big discounts, deals and sales, and in the realm of PC gaming it also coincides with Steam’s Autumn Sale (as well as plenty of publishers specific and other sales events across other platforms, like GOG.com).

Steam Sale

You’ll remember we did a round up of cool projects that were on sale during the Halloween event at the end of October. As predicted, this Autumn sale (one of four seasonal events Valve regularly put on) is a lot better, with more games discounted and the sales offering better prices as well.

We’re not going to recap everything again, but if you’re looking for a place to start to find something  new to pick up, here’s some further reading that may help:

DLC Guides

For a long time now, I’ve used Steam Sales to top up any DLC that I’ve been missing for whatever reason. There are a quite a few popular games now with large DLC libraries, and here’s a run down of some guides we’ve created that may be of interest:

‘Best of’ Collections

Beyond that, we’ve been maintain several lists of the ‘best’ games across several strategy sub-genres. There may be some hidden gems here you haven’t checked out yet, and the likelihood at least most of them will be on sale:

Editor’s Top Picks

Fine… if you REALLY want me to point out some specific games that are worth picking up, here would be my personal top picks:

Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock - even if you’re especially taken with the IP, this is one of the best (and only) tactical space-strategy games on the market right now. It’s beautiful, it’s fun, and it’s a space-nerds dream.

Phantom Doctrine – while it was a bit rough-and-ready when it released, Phantom Doctrine’s blend of Cold War espionage and XCOM’s turn-based legacy makes for a compelling experience. The strategic layer stuff is just as interesting as dropping into a mission and doing some spying.

BATTLETECH – Good ol’ fashioned turn-based mech action. A vast narrative campaign takes you on a journey of betrayal and redemption and managing your lance of mechwarriors can sometimes feel like a real job. Worth it, though.

Bad North – it’s billed as a ‘micro’ strategy game, which fits the bill. This is a tight real-time tactical experience where you must use limited manpower to defend an island from waves of marauding Vikings. There’s no real plot to speak of, but your choices become more and more difficult as the game progresses.

Europa Universalis IV – My go-to grand-strategy game at the moment, EU4 is a rich, complete experience in ways that I think CK2 stills struggles with, and Stellaris has still yet to achieve. Take control of a nation from history and lead them through ups and downs as you leave your mark on the world.

Rome 2: Total War – Ok, so I have a soft-spot for Romans and Rome 2 is in a kinda-good place right now – evident from the fact that it’s still the most popular historical Total War game (I think?). It’s not perfect, but there’s a great modding community in place and if you like the period, there are few better experiences out there.

There you go – there should be enough recommendations to keep you busy for a while. The Steam autumn sale lasts until November 27th, so you’ve got some time to ponder.

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