[Last Chance] Steam Summer Sale Best PC-Exclusive Games On Sale
The Steam sale comes to an end in less than day at the time of this writing. If you're interested in something, you have until July 9 at 10 AM PT to purchase it at the current discounted price. If you don't know where to start, we have tons of recommendations to help you sort through the countless deals that are available. Below, you'll find a look at games that can't be found on consoles.
Steam's 2019 Summer Sale has been live for about a week now, but it's still going strong now until July 9. The sale includes thousands of games across every genre, from turn-based and digital tabletop to fighting, action RPG, adventure, and more. If you know what you like, it's easy enough to search within that category--but the amount of options can still be overwhelming.
The sale also includes a new Grand Prix mini-game that lets you compete on one of five teams, earning points by completing various tasks, which in turn helps you earn a Boost for your team. You can earn various rewards, but the big prize is available if your team comes in first, second, or third place--in that situation, random members of each team will win the top game on their wish list. In response to some controversy, Valve recently clarified you just need to move your wished-for item to the top spot on your wish list; there's no need to delete other games.
We've already rounded up our editors' recommendations for the best overall game deals as well as the best cheap games under $10 in Steam's Summer Sale. But the Summer Sale is also a great opportunity to snag games you can't play on any console. The world of PC games is vast and includes some real gems, from Return of the Obra Dinn to Frostpunk and Two Point Hospital. And as a PC games store, Steam has many of those PC-exclusive titles available.
Time to put that gaming PC to good use: Here are some of our favorite PC-exclusive games on sale in Steam's Summer Sale 2019.
$15 / £12.49 / $21.47 AUD (50% off)
Frostpunk is a survival-strategy game set in a steampunk ice age, where you'll be forced to take drastic measures and make difficult decisions for the sake of your people. At the heart of your city is a powerful heat generator that can keep your people warm, but at the cost of valuable resources. As with other city-management games, you can assign tasks and enact policies, but some policies, while boosting efficiency, may come at the cost of your people, such as allowing child labor or forcing 24-hour shifts. Frostpunk is rife with moral dilemmas and forces you to consider: How far will you go for the long-term survival of your citizens?
$15 / £11.89 / $21.47 (50% off)
GameSpot's review of Tyranny praised it for offering a deep, disturbing storyline. You can also expect extensively detailed settings, along with decisions that have meaningful consequences. Tyranny also offers a deep and winding story with great replayability.
Two Point Hospital
$17.49 / £12.49 / $27.49 AUD (50% off)
Two Point Hospital is a business simulation game where you play as a hospital administrator who runs a hospital--including designing the layout and hiring staff--with the goal of quickly curing patients of various made-up, comical illnesses. It features an exaggerated, cartoon look that's inviting to newcomers but it also offers enough depth to keep seasoned players interested.
Every Total War game
There are over a dozen Total War games out there, and nearly all of them are marked down as part of Steam's sale, with many of them as much as 75% off. From Total War: Warhammer to Total War: Shogun 2, this long-running strategy series that combines turn-based action with real-time tactics is worth checking out. Even the highly rated newest release, Total War: Three Kingdoms, is 10% off right now, available for $54 / £40.49 / $81 AUD on Steam.
They Are Billions
$27 / £21.59 / $38.65 (10% off)
Here at GameSpot we loved They Are Billions, a real-time strategy game that fuses tower defense and city-building. With zombies. We found the action to be constantly tense; just a single zombie can bring your world crashing down.
$11.24 / £7.49 / $16.23 AUD (75% off)
If you enjoyed RollerCoaster Tycoon, Planet Coaster is probably right up your alley. GameSpot's review praised the PC game for its versatile, accessible construction tools that motivate creativity. There is also lots of extra content to find in Steam Workshop, while the Career mode scenarios are varied and unique. The overall tone is poignantly optimistic, which sure is nice.
$13.59 / £11.89 / $19.36 AUD (66% off)
The turn-based strategy game Battletech is a delight. It offers impressively dense tactical mechanics that really make you think about every move.
Europa Universalis IV
$10 / £8.74 / $14.23 AUD (75% off)
GameSpot's review of Europa Universalis IV said the game has a revised ideas system that overall reduce the tedium and improve the gameplay from previous iterations.
Return of the Obra Dinn
$18 / £13.94 / $26.05 AUD (10% off)
From the mind of Papers, Please developer Lucas Pope comes something completely different. Return of the Obra Dinn tells a brilliantly interconnected story, GameSpot said in its review. We also praised the game's masterful puzzle design and its stunning monochrome visuals.
$10.19 / £8.15 / $15.28 AUD (66% off)
Unlike the Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises, Arma is a more brutal and realistic approach to modern warfare. As such, the measured mechanics in Arma III prioritize strategy over running and gunning, we said in our review.
$20 / £17.49 / $28.47 AUD (50% off)
An isometric role-playing game, Pathfinder: Kingmaker was praised by GameSpot and others for its excellent interplay between role-playing, combat, and governance. The adventures you go on are exciting, and filled with drama and intrigue.
Crusader Kings II
$10 / £7.49 / $14.23 AUD (75% off)
Crusader Kings II is a complex and deeply rewarding strategy game, we said in our review from 2012. The game's open-ended structure lets you pursue your own objectives as you wish.
Baldur's Gate I & II
Originally released in 1998, Baldur's Gate is an iconic fantasy RPG that set the standard for computer Dungeons & Dragons. With Baldur's Gate 3 officially in development from the team behind Divinity: Original Sin II, there's no better time to grab Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II, both of which are on sale for just $5 / £3.74 / $7.23 AUD (75% off).
Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition
$5 / £3.74 / $7.23 AUD (75% off)
An updated version of the 1999 classic where you fight alien creatures and explore a dark, scary world, Planescape: Torment's enhanced edition features a variety of gameplay updates, bug fixes, and enhancements.
Euro Truck Simulator 2
$5 / £3.74 / $7.23 AUD (75% off)
Pick up stuff from one location. Drive it in your truck to another. In Europe. That's what Euro Truck Simulator 2 is all about.
PC Building Simulator
$14 / £10.49 / $20.26 AUD (30% off)
Like its name alludes to, PC Building Simulator is a ... PC building simulator. You can play the Career mode to building to specific parameters, or have an open-ended experience in free build where you can make whatever you want.
Age of Empires III: Complete Collection
$10 / £7.49 / $14.23 (75% off)
The Microsoft strategy game's big Complete Collection package includes the base game, along with the War Chiefs and The Asian Dynasties expansions.
$14 / £10.84 / $20.26 AUD (30% off)
Some houses are fixer-uppers, and that's where you come in. In House Flipper you buy, repair, and renovate houses that have seen better days. And then sell them for more than you paid. Amazing!
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2
$26.79 / £23.44 / $33.46 (33% off)
A sequel that's described as "bigger, richer, more impressive, and more ambitious," Armada 2 offers the 12 factions from the OG tabletop game, three campaigns, and new multiplayer modes.
$39.59 / £36.29 / $52.79 (34% off)
A flight simulator game, X-Plane 11 features an updated effects engine, a better representation of European cities, and more realistic airports.
Endless Space 2
$13.59 / £11.89 / $14.95 AUD (66% off)
GameSpot's review of Endless Space praised the game for reaching the sweet spot between hardcore empire management and space operate. We also praised the game for its gorgeous visuals and eerie sound design.
Rise of Industry
$19.49 / £14.94 / $27.91 AUD (35% off)
A tycoon game, Rise of Industry puts players into the shoes of an up-and-coming entrepreneur in the 1930s as you build factories and more in the effort to grow and prosper (and make lots of profit).
$7.49 / £5.74 / $8.73 AUD (75% off)
A 4X strategy game, Endless Legend was praised in GameSpot's review for offering vivid, eye-catching landscapes. The game's story-based quests add a nice touch of narrative, while the haunting soundtrack was also praised for elevating the game overall.
$13.39 / £10.37 / $19.39 AUD (33% off)
Ambitiously described as a "mix between Portal, Zelda, and Metroid, Supraland is a colorful first-person game that is open-ended and unique.
$8 / £6 / $11.58 AUD (60% off)
A re-imagining of Hal-Life, Black Mesa invites you back to the Black Mesa Research Facility as Gordon Freeman. The game features a 10-hour story campaign, as well as multiplayer and Workshop support.
Oxygen Not Included
$18.74 / £14.24 / $26.96 AUD (25% off)
A space-colony simulation game, Oxygen Not Included challenges players with surviving--and thriving--in space.
$18.74 / £14.61 / $26.96 AUD (25% off)
Here at GameSpot we praised Eastshade for offering a gorgeous world to explore and unique quests to take on. The quests are unguided, and that lets you work at your own pace.
$2 / £1.43 / $2.90 AUD (80% off)
A game focused on hacking, Hacknet was praised by GameSpot and others for its unique presentation. The actual hacking can feel tense, while the puzzle designs are clever and challenging. The soundtrack is great, too.
$2.69 / £2.24 / $3.82 AUD (55% off)
Sam Barlow's interactive movie video game Her Story released in 2015, and it made waves. Saying too much gets into spoiler territory, but at GameSpot we praised it for its creative use of FMV and the way it uniquely presented its story.
The Longest Journey
$5 / £3 / $7.25 AUD (50% off)
Funcom's graphical adventure game The Longest Journey tells a mystifying and unique story that's told between two parallel universes. It weaves together puzzle-solving, exploration, and standoffs with epic monsters in what we said was one of the best adventure games back in 2000.
$2.59 / £2 / $3.70 AUD (80% off)
We praised the adventure game Syberia in 2002, and can still recommend it today. It features a beautiful and imaginative world, we said in our review from back then. You'll meet all manner of memorable characters, solve challenging puzzles, and more.