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Your Guide to the 2013 Steam Summer Sale [FINAL DAY UPDATE]


The time has come yet again.  We didn't know when, but we knew what we were facing: wallet-destroying SAVINGS.

Yes, my friends, Valve's annual Steam Summer Getaway Sale has begun.  As we bow down in thanks to our holy Valve overlords and their leader the mighty GabeN, let us remember to not spend ourselves into unforgivable debt.

Alright that being said, let's get right down to brass tacks.  This year's sale, lasting July 11th through 22nd, will be updated every day at 12pm CST with ten new games at very, very low prices.  As was done last year, the sale includes the ability for Steam users to vote on one of three games to be extremely discounted eight hours later.  As with the recent introduction of Trading Cards, Steam users can save up their cards and craft them into badges, thus encouraging you to actually play the games you are going to buy.  For every $10 you spend on Steam during the sale you will get a trading card as well.

We'll be breaking things down for you over the next ten days so that you may relish in the wonderful savings.  Please keep in mind that these are in USD so expect some differences if you live outside the United States.  Please note that there don't seem to be any specific bundles this year thus far.  I suspect that bundles will appear in the daily deals instead.

Final Daily Deals

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition (-40%) $35.99
Civilization V (-75%) $7.49
The Walking Dead (-75%) $6.24
Borderlands 2 (-66%) $10.19
Bioshock Infinite (-50%) $29.99
Dishonored (-66%) $10.19
Kerbal Space Program (-40%) $13.79
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare (-75%) $6.24
Tomb Raider (-75%) $12.49
Torchlight II (-75%) $4.99

Still Available Deals

Prison Architect (-34%) $19.79
Worms Revolution (-75%) $3.74
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II (-33%) $6.69
CounterStrike Global Offensive (-66%) $5.09
Assassin's Creed III (-40%) $23.99
Saints Row The Third (-75%) $4.99
StarForge Alpha (-50%) $9.99
Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed (-75%) $7.49
Omerta: City of Gangsters (-75%) $9.99
Natural Selection II (-75%) $6.24

Valve Merchandise Store is also on sale!

For those wanting to get the most bang for their buck one good rule of thumb to live buy is to avoid buying anything that isn't a daily deal until the last day of the sale.  This rule has applied to the past few years' sales but it may be different this year, who knows.

I'm going to see about enlisting the aid of my fellow writers in keeping this up to date as the sale goes on.  So, for now, enjoy the sale.  Rejoice!

*Please note: for the purpose of time, I've reused last year's Steam Sale post and thus it includes the comments from last year. My apologies for the confusion.


  • Warpedpixel 7 years, 5 months ago
    Stuff like Recettear and other games made by them, all three games 50% off
    Some indie rpgs I've never heard of

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  • Skittles0520 7 years, 5 months ago

    FUCK.....gotta get me a steam account.

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  • Axerty 7 years, 5 months ago

    gave my credit card to my mother and deleted the saved info from my steam account. I'm ready for the summer sale.

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  • Soulglove 7 years, 5 months ago

    If I may be so post some not-so-apparent Steam Deals

    Deep Black: Reloaded (-75%) $7.49
    Achron (-60%) $7.99
    Rune Classic (-33%) $6.69
    Hard Reset Extended Edition (-75%) $3.75
    E.Y.E. Divine Cybermancy (-60%) $3.99
    Shatter (-75%) $2.49
    Section 8: Prejudice (-75%) $3.74
    Rock of Ages (-50%) $4.99
    Xotic (-75%) $2.49
    Zeno Clash (-70%) $2.99
    Frozen Synapse (-60%) $9.99 (Includes 2 copies)
    Nuclear Dawn (-67%) $4.99
    Jagged Alliance 2 Gold (-75%) $4.99
    Uplink (-66%) $3.39
    Sequence (-60%) $1.99

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  • lemith 7 years, 5 months ago

    Need to get me some Arma 2.

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  • Trusis 7 years, 5 months ago

    Got me some Arma 2:CO
    Going to fail at Day Z
    So worth it

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  • Rawkmaster 7 years, 5 months ago

    So it begins....

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  • WingZero 7 years, 5 months ago

    The day of reckoning has come...

    My wallet use to be very happy, until Value released the Steam sales. Lame attempt, but it was worth a try.

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  • UglyKatsuki 7 years, 5 months ago

    I'm frustrated because I just $15 on the Alan Wake deal they had yesterday on, but my computer isn't good enough to run it, even on the lowest settings. So now I'm $15 out when I could have spent it on today's deals on Steam. But then again, I try to avoid buying things on Steam, unless I really want it.

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  • Aged Milk 7 years, 5 months ago

    The Civ Collection had me from the moment I saw it.

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  • CrossOutlaw 7 years, 5 months ago

    im buying like crazy, but i dont know what to do...wait for a daily deal if possible....omg i saw trine 2 might be 75% off in the next community vote!!!
    ohh its soo good....SOOO GOOD

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  • Sickbrain 7 years, 5 months ago

    iD is by far the best deal of all packs. If you like iD the only reason not to buy this pack is because Doom 3 BFG edition is around the corner. I already bought complete Quake pack prior to this. Bethesda could have been better if they had all Elder Scrolls games on Steam.

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  • Cramoss 7 years, 5 months ago

    Don't buy until is a Daily or a Flash deal.

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  • login_name_person 7 years, 5 months ago

    If you're planning on Borderlands, be sure to buy the GOTY edition! It's only $7.49 and comes with all 4 DLC.

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  • CrossOutlaw 7 years, 5 months ago

    would be nice if this was replaced on top of the website instead of having to scroll all the way down to see the update

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  • James 6 years, 5 months ago

    I'm hyperventilating because the Steam Store is experiencing heavy load. I'd already picked out the money I was ready to throw away too!

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  • Nick Henderson 6 years, 5 months ago

    It looks like its time for me to purchase Hotline Miami...

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  • Joseph Christ 6 years, 5 months ago

    Good thing I get paid tomorrow.

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  • pioshfd 6 years, 5 months ago

    Guess I'll give Gunslinger a try after Nick's discussions.

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  • TUNA_I_ATE 6 years, 5 months ago

    Everything on my steam wishlist is on sale. Looks like i'll be eating ramen for the next few weeks.

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  • Slingnast 6 years, 5 months ago

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  • DrGonzo2 6 years, 5 months ago

    Sorry The Steam Store is experiencing some heavy load right now. Please try again later.

    Error 503 Service Unavailable

    XID: 277847737

    Get used to this folks!

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  • Direwolfz 6 years, 5 months ago

    And there goes $85

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  • theottomatic91 6 years, 5 months ago

    Well there goes all my money for the season again.

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  • Golem100 6 years, 5 months ago

    For console owners feeling left out there is a bit of a sale on Xbox Live at the moment. It's certainly no steam sale but there's some okay bargains on quite a few games. If you don't have Dark Souls it's there with a reasonable discount for example.

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  • Rorix 6 years, 5 months ago

    When does Infestation: Survivor Stories go on sale?

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    • Chris Davis 6 years, 5 months ago

      It's half off if you're willing to invest in such a terrible looking game.

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  • Herns 6 years, 5 months ago

    Not much of a Steam user myself, my crappy lappy can't really run most of the more graphically demanding games on there. But hell if I'm not holding out for a larger discount on Rogue Legacy.
    Maybe it's a little too new, but I need a new roguelike in my life. Or rather, to take hold of my life with both hands and shake it until my social life has been completely shed.

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  • Alucard95 6 years, 4 months ago

    Damn!!! It's times like these that make me wish I had a competent gaming computer to run most of these games.

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  • stunnedpanda 6 years, 4 months ago

    $0.07 left out of my $50 budget. Steam sales make me feel like its my birthday and Christmas all wrapped into one. Will I ever finish all these games I bought? Who knows...but I sure will have fun trying :P.

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  • residenthazard 6 years, 4 months ago

    I just bought Civ5...and now it's 75% off...Steam y u do dis to me?

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  • Sammonoske 6 years, 4 months ago

    Pretty lackluster summer sale this year. Bunch of repeats on daily deals and flash sales. Not to mention the community picks have been disappointing.

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    • AdjacentKitten 6 years, 4 months ago

      I wholeheartedly disagree (although perception of these sales is based on your taste in games, what you desire, and what you already own).

      I bought Civilization 5 about six times for all my unemployed friends, and I don't regret it at all. This, along with Grand Theft Auto 4, Shogun 2: Total War, Skyrim, and a bunch of indie games I never felt like paying full-price for, made this summer sale more than satisfactory.

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