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Steam Lunar New Year Sale 2020: the best deals and PC games on the Steam marketplace

Steam Lunar New Year sale 2020
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The Steam Lunar New Year Sale 2020 is on, and it comes with major deals and discounts on popular games.

You know the drill by now: if you're a PC gamer who uses Steam, the chances are that you've got a library of games full to bursting point that you've never even installed, let alone played. But the Steam platform's regular sales, offering such heavily discounted deals as they do, mean that you won't be able to resist picking up a couple of extra games with which to collect digital dust.

And so, from now through to January 27, 2020, the Steam Lunar New Year Sale will be running, letting you get your hands on PC gaming titles you may have missed, for cheap.

While there are always a smattering of 20-40% price cuts, you'll also find a good number of half-price or 75% offers on certain games and franchises, while 90% savings aren't unheard of either – and are often the best ways to get your hands on a lot of add-on or DLC content bundled in for no extra cost.

This year's Steam Lunar New Year Sale has plenty of this year's top PC games on offer including the likes of Resident Evil 2 Remake and Disco Elysium. Red Dead Redemption 2 is also on sale.

This guide will run you through how to get the best out of the Lunar New Year Sale, as well as the other seasonal Steam Sales throughout the year. But remember, the sale only last a few days, so make sure to grab anything that catches your eye sooner rather than later. 

Steam Lunar New Year Sale 2020

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The best Steam Lunar New Year Sale 2020 deals

There are literally thousands of games on sale through Steam at the moment, so your first port of call should be to check your Steam wishlist to see if any of your favorites have already received a discount. Once you're done with them, however, these would be the TechRadar top picks from the current Steam sale.

US

Disco Elysium | PC | $39.99 $31.99 at Steam
Disco Elysium is one of the best PC games on the market right now so, while $8 off isn't amazing, any discount is not to be sniffed at.View Deal

Resident Evil 2 Remake | PC | $59.99 $19.79 at Steam
This is a fantastic price for one of our favorite games of the year, saving you around £30 on the game's usual price.View Deal

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep | PC | $34.99 $23.44 at Steam
For just over $20, you can pick up Destiny 2 and its Shadowkeep expansion pack at Steam - saving you 33%.View Deal

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice | PC | $59.99 $38.99 at Steam
Sekiro only released this year but it's one of our favorite games of the year. With $21 off at Steam, it just got better. But remember, you can't buy patience.View Deal

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition | PC | $59.99 $14.99 at Steam
Considering this edition includes all downloadable content, $15 for Shadow of War is a fantastic bargain – saving you $41.View Deal

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order | PC | $59.99 $47.99 at Steam
You can play through the Souls-like Star Wars game for 20% off right now with this sale. That's enough in saving to go see the new movie in theaters with.View Deal

Hunt Showdown | PC | $39.99 $27.99 at Steam
Battle Royale games can get a lot spookier, and they do in Hunt Showdown. This game pits players against undead NPCs and real players alike. You can save 30% on it for this sales event.View Deal

Red Dead Redemption 2 | PC | $59.99 $47.99 at Steam
The Rockstar Games epic western is finally on Steam, and this sales event brings a nice discount on it. You can save 20% on the game right now.View Deal

UK

Disco Elysium | PC | £34.99 £27.99 at Steam
Disco Elysium is one of the best PC games on the market right now so, while £7 off isn't amazing, any discount is not to be sniffed at.View Deal

Resident Evil 2 Remake | PC | £44.99 £14.84 at Steam
This is a fantastic price for one of our favorite games of the year, saving you around £30 on the game's usual price.View Deal

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep | PC | £29.99 £20.09 at Steam
For less than £20, you can pick up Destiny 2 and its Shadowkeep expansion pack at Steam – saving you almost £10.View Deal

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice | PC | £49.90 £32.43 at Steam
Sekiro only released this year but it's one of our favorite games of the year. With £17 off at Steam – it just got better. But remember, you can't buy patience.View Deal

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition | PC | £39.99 £9.99 at Steam
Considering this edition includes all downloadable content, £9.99 for Shadow of War is a fantastic bargain – saving you £30.View Deal

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order | PC | £54.99 £43.99 at Steam
You can play through the Souls-like Star Wars game for 20% off right now with this sale. That's enough in saving to go see the new movie in theaters with.View Deal

Hunt Showdown | PC | £35.99 £25.19 at Steam
Battle Royale games can get a lot spookier, and they do in Hunt Showdown. This game pits players against undead NPCs and real players alike. You can save 30% on it for this sales event.View Deal

Red Dead Redemption 2 | PC | £54.99 £43.99 at Steam
The Rockstar Games epic western is finally on Steam, and this sales event brings a nice discount on it. You can save 20% on the game right now.View Deal

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 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.

Steam Lunar New Year Sale 2020

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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.