Steam Winter Sale 2014 Pick of the Day

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It's that time of the year when any leftover money you've got after buying gifts, arranging holiday travel, and donating to worthwhile causes is going to go PC games. The Steam Winter sale is live, and we'll be updating this story every day with what we think is the best of the best as well as all of the other day's deals. Things are structured little different this year:

  • New featured deals pop up every 24 hours, but will last for 48 hours
  • Flash Sales will update every 12 hours, but those deals will be available for 24 hours
  • Community's choice deals will update every 24 hours

What are you picking up (or hoping to buy) during Valve's quarterly sales event? Let us know in the comments below.

Day 14: December 31, 2014

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Our Pick: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor -- $29.99 (-40%)

Steam is wrapping up its Holiday discounts with a two-day Encore Sale, which brings back the best deals from the past two weeks. With so many great games to choose from, our pick of the day can only be GameSpot's game of the year, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Other Encore Deals:

Day 12: December 29, 2014

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Our pick: Wolfenstein: The New Order -- $20.39 (-66%)

Sometimes you just need to unload two submachine guns into some robot Nazis, If that's the particular itch you're looking to scratch, you can't do much better than Wolfenstein: The New Order, especially at $20.49. If you're not quite sure that it's for you, make sure to read GameSpot's review.

Other Day 12 Deals:

Flash Sale:

Community's Choice:

Day 11: December 28, 2014

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Our pick: Divinity: Original Sin -- $26.79 (-33%)

At $26.79, our PC game of the year Divinity: Original Sin is far from the cheapest game on Steam's Holiday Sale, but it's still more than worth it at that price. As GameSpot's review said, "to play Divinity: Original Sin is to fall in love with role-playing games all over again."

Other Day 11 Deals:

Flash Sale:

Community's Choice:

Day 10: December 27, 2014

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Our pick: Alan Wake -- $2.99 (-90%)

Alan Wake is a few years old at this point, but it still looks and plays great. As GameSpot said in its review, the game's creepy atmosphere, fantastic combat, and clever storytelling make Alan Wake's quest thrilling from beginning to end. For $3, it's a must if you haven't played it already, and if you have, it's still worth revisiting on max settings on the PC in anticipation of Remedy's Quantum Break.

Other Day 10 Deals:

Flash Sale:

Community's Choice:

Day 9: December 26, 2014

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Our pick: Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons -- $1.49 (-90%)

Brothers is clever puzzle game with a huge heart. It's a short, beautiful experience, and an absolute steal at $1.49. Once you'll play it you'll understand why we're excited for developer Hazelight's next game.

Other Day 9 Deals:

Flash Sale:

Community's Choice:

Day 8: December 25, 2014

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Our pick: South Park: The Stick of Truth -- $13.59 (-66%)

A perfect transition from TV show to game. While not every South Park game has been a hit, this one perfectly encapsulates the snarky humor of Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Read our South Park review and check it out on Steam here.

Other Day 8 Deals:

Flash Sale:

Community's Choice:

Day 7: December 24, 2014

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Our pick: Terraria -- $1.99 (-80%)

Simplistic graphics doesn't mean simple game. Kind of like a 2D Minecraft, Terraria is a game where your imagination can run wild. And at $2, you can afford a four-pack to get your friends in on the action with you. Read our review and check out the game on Steam.

Other Day 7 Deals:

Flash Sale:

Community's Choice:

Day 6: December 23, 2014

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Our pick: BioShock Infinite-- $7.49 (-75%)

The continuation of the BioShock series, and likely the final one from Ken Levine, Infinite was a divisive title among fans. But either way, it's a game worth checking out, especially for $7.50. Read our GameSpot review and check out the game on Steam here.

Other Day 5 Deals:

Flash Sale:

Community's Choice:

Day 5: December 22, 2014

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Our pick: Grand Theft Auto IV -- $4.99 (-75%)

Sure, everyone might be more focused on getting Grand Theft Auto V on PC, but that doesn't mean that $5 for GTAIV isn't a steal. And with a crazy modding community that's been supporting the game for years, there's plenty to explore outside the main game as well. Read our review of the game and check it out on Steam here.

Other Day 5 Deals:

Flash Sale:

Community's Choice:

  • Clickteam Fusion -- $33.99 (-66%)
  • 3DMark -- $4.99 (-80%)
  • Fuse Character Creator -- $33.99 (-66%)

Day 4: December 21, 2014

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Our pick: Bulletstorm -- $3.99 (-80%)

There are some bigger and newer games on today's list, but with an 80 percent discount that brings it down to $4, you should take the opportunity to catch up with Bulletstorm, a score-driven first-person shooter with some really great, original weapons.

Other Day 3 Deals:

Flash Sale:

Community's Choice:

Day 3: December 20, 2014

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Our pick: Metro 2033 Redux -- $12.49 (-50%)

Metro 2033 was released four years ago, but with the Redux treatment, it's still one of the best-looking first-person shooters on PC. If you didn't play it back then, you owe it to yourself to pick up the discounted version. Read GameSpot's Metro 2033 Redux review and check it out on Steam here.

Other Day 3 Deals:

Flash Sale:

Community's Choice:

Day 2: December 19, 2014

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Our pick: Castle Crashers -- $1.49 (-90%)

At 90% off, there's no reason not to buy developer The Behemoth's colorful beat-em-up. It makes a good gift as well; after all, the game is a lot more fun with friends. Read our Castle Crashers review and check it out on Steam here.

Other Day 2 Deals:

Community's Choice:

Flash sale round 1:

Flash sale round 2

Day 1: December 18, 2014

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Our pick: Dark Souls 2 -- $14.70 (63%)

The follow-up to the crazy-hard Demon's Souls and the crazy-hard Dark Souls is... still crazy-hard. The game might not be to everyone's tastes, but it's a series that you have to respect for sticking to its punishing formula. Read our Dark Souls 2 review and check it out on Steam.

Other 48-hour deals:

Community's Choice hasn't kicked off yet, but here are the first six flash sale games:

Flash sale round 2

And an additional six flash games (note that the deals below didn't expire 24 hours after posting.

Flash sale round 1:

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