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The Steam Winter Sale is now live, prepare your wallet

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It's that time of the year again, Steam are now doing their own Winter Sale and there's obviously a lot of cheap games available for Linux.

Here's a few picks of my own, games that I know run reasonably well on Linux while also being on sale:

  • Rocket League - I reserve my right to talk about Rocket League any time. It's hooked me like no other game has been able to since the release of Dota 2 and it's my absolute favourite game in the world right now. You can also get involved in some of our tournaments!
  • Surviving Mars - A city-builder with a difference, can you tame the barren wasteland of Mars and build a thriving colony? Even better with the recent expansion!
  • Opus Magnum - The puzzle game that made me fall in love with Zachtronics. Build machines, watch them work and then make them even better.
  • DiRT Rally - One of the few good rally games to be available on Linux, ported by Feral Interactive it's a beautiful game. Difficult but still worth a look if you still haven't.
  • Dead Cells - Easily one of the best games released this year. Tough combat, absolutely gorgeous art and certainly addictive to push through one more run.
  • BATTLETECH - Massive mech units smashing each other to pieces, what's not to love about that? Linux version still classed as a beta, but it does work rather swimmingly.
  • Prison Architect - Building the best and most secure prison in the world just got more fun with money off. Even better, it just gained multiplayer support.

For those who want to try out Steam Play, remember to take a look at ProtonDB first before deciding. While user-reports should always be taken with a pinch of salt, they're at least a reasonable indicator of what to expect.

Valve are also giving out some free stuff each day at the Cozy Cottage. You will get things like profile backgrounds, emoticons, DLC for popular games and so on.

Whatever you decide to pick up, we hope you enjoy your new games. See more on Steam. If you just want to see want's available specifically for Linux while also on sale, hit this link.

As a reminder, the GOG Winter Sale is also still going and Humble Store are currently giving away LEGO Lord of the Rings free for 48 hours.

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wvstolzing 20 Dec, 2018
Wait what? Wasn't this last week? Is this a time anomaly?
Nezchan 20 Dec, 2018
Huh. Hidden Folks is 60% off on Steam but only 50% on I wonder why that is.

Similarly, Cross Code is 25% off on Steam but not on sale at all on Itch.
shawnsterp 20 Dec, 2018
"Dead Cells - Easily one of the best games released this year. Tough combat, absolutely gorgeous art and certainly addictive to push through one more run."

Oh, really? Not one that I was looking at. Should I get this?

edit: hmm... dark souls 3 75% off. I might be evil and buy for proton.

Last edited by shawnsterp on 20 December 2018 at 7:33 pm UTC
Thormack 20 Dec, 2018
Is Stellaris any good?

75% discount
shawnsterp 20 Dec, 2018
Quoting: ThormackIs Stellaris any good?

75% discount

I love it.
edmondo 20 Dec, 2018
I think I'll buy following games:
  • XCOM® 2 Collection (73%)

  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration (80%)
iiari 20 Dec, 2018
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Quoting: PatolaIf you guys like turn-based...
Just can't get into turned based gaming, I don't know why. I enjoy, say, chess but there's something that feels too unnatural and unpredictable about playing strategy gaming this way. I love RTS's... I wish it were different :(.
stretch611 20 Dec, 2018
Steam is also having its "Game of the Year" awards.

There are a few linux related titles, Not much from what I am playing, but Klei (who supports native linux on many of its releases) made it to the finals, as well as Factorio for "Most fun with a machine" category.(which I highly recommend).
morbius 20 Dec, 2018
I got to say that I'm greatly disappointed by Steam sales and generally the direction gaming market has been going lately. Not so long ago, aged games were decently priced, indies were bundled together attractively and I was buying way more games than I needed. Good for me, good for the industry, win-win.

But then in their greed developers decided they want to sell Steam keys in bulk to third party stores, key swapping and reselling sites started eating into their revenue, so they now try to squeeze every last cent from their games, prices remain high for way too long, there are no more good bundles and I'm struggling to find a good deal in a Steam winter sale that in the past was easily leaving my wallet dry.

Honestly, I might as well go back to piracy. The whole point of digital game distribution was to provide us with fair value so we don't pirate games, like I quit Popcorn when Netflix came along. But people are ruining a good thing here by getting greedy.
Leopard 20 Dec, 2018
Steam Sale is a dissappointment generally. There are so less discounts on games that i'm interested.
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