The Steam Summer Sale 2021 is upon us, and is providing PC gamers with a whole host of tempting deals on some of the best PC games on the market. We're seeing tons of games go on sale from triple-A blockbusters to smaller scale indie titles, many of which will surely have steep discounts.
If you've been waiting to pull the trigger on a great deal for the next big addition to your Steam library, then you're in luck. The Steam Summer Sale 2021 began on June 24, 2021 at 10am PST / 1pm EST / 6pm BST / 7pm CEST. It ends on July 8 at 10am PST / 1pm EST / 6pm BST / 7pm CEST, so there's plenty of time to make some big additions to your Steam library.
During the 2020 Steam Summer Sale, there were some games that offered up to 10-30% discounts, but what we were interested in was the really juicy discounts on some of our favorite PC games. Steam always manages to have some really deep discounts on some fairly big-name games, and we're also seeing that with the Steam Summer Sale 2021.
To help you separate the best deals from the stinkers, we've compiled a list of the very best discounts featured during the 2021 Steam Summer Sale. Browse below to find a game to suit you, ranging from triple-A smash hits to beloved indies and everything in between.
The best Steam Summer Sale 2021 deals
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition:
$39.99 $15.99 on Steam (opens in new tab)
Maybe you played Skyrim when it first came out, or maybe you never got around to it. But, this deal on the Special Edition makes for a great opportunity to experience the game with graphics that enhance those of the original release.
Dark Souls III:
$59.99 $14.99 on Steam (opens in new tab)
Are you a glutton for punishment? Do you love the struggle of a vicious video game boss? Dark Souls III should be right up your alley with basic enemies that can pose a real threat and bosses that will make you earn your victory.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice:
$59.99 $29.99 on Steam (opens in new tab)
This game of the year winner might just be FromSoftware's hardest game to date, but if you're up to the challenge, you'll find a brutally satisfying action game that mixes fast-paced stealth with reflex-based melee combat.
$9.99 $1.99 on Steam (opens in new tab)
A first-person puzzle game that's won more than 70 industry accolades, this classic game from Valve hasn't aged a day. Use physics and your noggin to escape the occasionally murderous computer companion GLaDOS, and enjoy two-player co-op.
Two Point Hospital:
$34.99 $8.74 on Steam (opens in new tab)
Cure patients with all sorts of crazy and peculiar illnesses in Two Point Hospital, the spiritual successor to 1997's Theme Hospital. Build up your reputation, manage your staff and win as many healthcare awards as you can. The doctor will see you now.
Sid Meier's Civilization 6:
$59.99 $14.99 on Steam (opens in new tab)
Expand your empire and compete against history's greatest leaders to build a civilization that will stand the test of time in this turn-based strategy game. Will you rely on diplomacy or brute force to conquer your objectives?
A Plague Tale: Innocence:
$44.99 $11.24 on Steam (opens in new tab)
Take control of Amicia, a young girl who must protect her little brother Hugo from the Inquisition soldiers. Evade swarms of rats using fire and light, and embark on a emotional journey through the darkest hours of history.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection:
$39.99 $19.99 on Steam (opens in new tab)
Six incredible Halo titles, including the main series, Halo 3 ODST and Halo Reach are all half off in this epic collection. If you're looking to bolster your first-person shooter collection on Steam, this would be the way to do it.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon:
$59.99 $38.99 on Steam (opens in new tab)
The latest game in the Yakuza series divorced the previous games' real-time combat for a turn-based system, and the results are superb. This massive RPG features incredible characters and writing and is well worth your time.
How to get the best deals in the Steam Sales
Whichever way you approach a particular Steam Sale, you're guaranteed to have the chance to pick up some top gaming titles at great prices.
Finding bargains isn't too difficult, but there are a few techniques and tricks that are worth using if you want to get the most out of the sales.
- Use your Steam Wishlist: Fill it up with all the games you're interested in picking up, and you'll be alerted the moment they go on sale, and how much they've been discounted by.
- Bundles are great: Publishers often pull their titles together in sale mega-packs, ramping up the savings to even greater heights. If there's a suite of titles from a publisher like Square Enix or Activision that you've never played before, this is the best – and cheapest – way to bag them all at once. As you'd imagine, the value diminishes if you've already got a few bundled titles in your library.
- Highlighted deals are where the real savings are: The majority of the Steam store back-catalogue will get some sort of price cut, but it's the 'Highlighted' deals (the ones promoted on the Steam front splash page) that tend to be more heavily discounted. These are the ones where you may fall into impulse-buy territory. Which leads us on to our next tip...
- Only buy what you'll actually play right away: Once those 75% off signs start floating around, you're going to want to break open the piggy-bank. But the Steam Sales of yesteryear have proved that our desire for overflowing game libraries leaves us with more titles than we could ever humanly play. Save some cash, and only grab the ones you're really going to play – keep in mind that if you wait a while, the games will almost certainly get cheaper as they get older.
- Use this browser extension: Want to make sure you're getting a good deal? Use the Enhanced Steam (opens in new tab) browser extension. This gives you a historical look at the price of all Steam games, letting you see just how many pennies have been saved.
What games will be in the Steam Sales?
First off, you shouldn't expect brand-new games to get the really steep discounts that have become synonymous with the Steam sales. You may see a 5%, or even 10% discount on games that have been recent big hits, but if they're still new enough to be spinning money without needing a price cut, don't expect that to change now that the sale is here.
But, with the exception of the newer titles, pretty much the entire store receives a 25% discount, if not higher, with a select few seeing a massive 90% off the list price. While the store now highlights what Valve considers the best deals, it's worth noting that flash and community sales are no longer in the mix, so feel free to pick a title on sale when you like – its discounted price will stand for the duration of the sale.