The fourth day of the Steam sale has now begun, and it’s seemingly a great time to catch up on weeklong deals you might’ve missed beforehand.
- Battleblock Theater – $7.50
- Borderlands 2 – $10
- Kingdom of Amular: Reckoning – $10
- Outlast – $10
- Planetary Annihilation – $25 –
- The Wolf Among Us – $19
- Tomb Raider – $10
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – $22.50
- South Park: The Stick of Truth – $40
None of these prices are absolutely amazing, although Battleblock Theater is beloved by both Steve and myself, so that’s an easy recommendation. Still, many of these deals are underwhelming. $19 is a dreadful sale price for The Wolf Among Us, and the same holds true for the pricing on South Park, Metal Gear Rising, Planetary Annihilation, Borderlands 2, Outlast, Kingdom of Amular, and Tomb Raider. Sure, you can’t really go wrong with Tomb Raider in any form, but $10 for a game that’s been on steeper discounts before during Steam’s biggest sale of the season is a bit ridiculous. The steepest discount being 50% on things means that everything can be safely avoided for right now, since if you’ve gone this long without Tomb Raider or Borderlands 2, you can wait a bit longer.
The flash sale is quite good though – but you wouldn’t know it without clicking through each game due to prices appearing to be wrong on the Steam main page. Fable: The Lost Chapters is $2, while Natural Selection 2 is $3.74, Sleeping Dogs Collection is $6, and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is $4! $15 – despite appearing as $40 on the main Steam page. War For Cybertron is also $5, so for $20, you can get a lot of Transformers action. I can’t believe that there are such massive price differences between what appears on the main page and what the game’s prices actually are, and that’s something they need to fix fairly quickly because folks are just going to skip right past the flash sale section until it’s remedied.
Edit – In a fairly shocking move, the price fluctuation is already drastic for the daily deals. While Borderlands 2, Tomb Raider, and Kingdom of Amular showed up as $10 initially, their prices have all been dropped down to $5. In a way, this is surprising since they’re so drastic, but the flash sale prices were a lot lower than what was listed on the main page, so this isn’t too shocking. While the debut prices of things were quite awful, these revamped prices are pretty good. The Borderlands pricing is rather complex due to the sheer amount of options and DLC, but for $5, you can get the base Borderlands 2 game, while $10 gets you the GOTY Edition with 10 pieces of the nearly 50 available pieces included. The best value given how DLC-laden Borderlands 2 is remains the Borderlands 1 GOTY Edition and Borderlands 2 base game for $10. That carries an 80% savings versus 75% for everything else. Battleblock Theater at under $4 is a must-buy as well. South Park is still $40, so you can safely avoid that until the price drops more. The Wolf Among Us is under $9 and since that gets you the whole collection and you’ll want to get it on PC instead of the poorly-optimized console versions.