The Steam Winter Sale is upon us again, bringing with it great discounts on thousands of games. The sale will run until January 2, providing plenty of time to treat yourself (or a friend) to one of the many great games on offer while the prices are good. If you’ve got money burning a hole in your pocket or you haven’t quite found the right gifts for your PC-gaming buddies, here’s a brief list of suggestions that’ll cost $20 or less.
Dark Souls: Remastered: $19.99
A faithful upgrade to the 2011 classic, “Dark Souls: Remastered” adds a very nice coat of modern paint to this most beloved game. Complete with the “Artorias of The Abyss” expansion, as well as expanded co-op and a slew of quality of life improvements, this package is one of the best ways to experience one of the best games of the decade. Whether you’re returning to Lordran or visiting it for the first time, you’re in for a treat here.
Resident Evil 2 (2019): $19.79
Here’s a prime example of a remake done right. Completely rebuilt from the ground up, “Resident Evil 2” looks, feels, and plays completely differently from its 1998 counterpart, yet still manages to capture exactly what made the original great in the first place. The zombie-infested Raccoon City Police Station has been lovingly recreated in a new engine and exploring it from the new over-the-shoulder camera perspective is a blast. True, some of the effect is lost if you haven’t played the original, but this is still a fantastic survival-horror experience nonetheless.
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt: $11.99
This is one of the quintessential single player role-playing experiences, and since the Netflix series of “The Witcher” has been recently released, now is as good a time as ever to get into the series. Explore a vast fantasy world, encounter and interact with dozens of unique and memorable characters and, of course, hunt down and battle fearsome monsters. What’s not to love?
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided: $4.49
Easily one of the best deals on this list, “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided” is a worthy entry in its series that builds off of what made its predecessors great. Set in a world where cyborgs have become subjugated by the rest of humanity, players become embroiled in a conspiracy for global domination and must carefully choose how they’ll approach bringing it down. With a lengthy story that accommodates a variety of different playstyles, this is perhaps one of the most overlooked games of its time.
FTL: Faster Than Light:$2.49
Ever wanted to be the captain of your own starship and lead your crew through dangerous space? That’s what “FTL” is all about. A loving tribute to series like “Star Trek”, this is an interstellar road trip across procedurally generated space, where the places you go and things you find are different every time you play. Upgrade your ship, manage your crew, and do whatever it takes to evade the ever encroaching Rebel fleet and deliver the information you’re carrying to the Federation.
System Shock: Enhanced Edition: $1.99
If you’ve ever played the “Bioshock” games or the 2017 version of “Prey” and want to see where those titles get their roots, then this is a game worth playing at least once. Perhaps the first game ever of its kind, this re-release of the original “System Shock” is the definitive way to play the 1994 classic. The controls can be a bit clunky, and the game’s roleplaying mechanics have a steep learning curve, but once you get the hang of exploring the Citadel Station and battling the malformed mutants and cyborgs of the artificial intelligence SHODAN, you’re in for an experience that seldom few games from recent decades are capable of offering.