Steam Summer Sale 2021: Our Favorite Games Under $10

The Steam Summer Sale is back once more, bringing thousands of steep discounts across Steam’s catalog of PC games and a new choose our Own Adventure-style theme. It’s a great time to snag any Steam games on our Wishlist.

Celeste

Celeste focusing on the story of a young woman battling to climb a mountain. Along the way, she encounters characters who have failed in a similar ambition, while also confronting her own self-doubts. It’s a surprisingly well-told story for a platforming game that takes lessons from throughout the genre, from Super Mario Bros. to Super Meat Boy. Coupled with a gorgeous art style and phenomenal soundtrack. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $5 (75% off).

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 takes place in a fictional rural county in Montana that’s largely controlled by a dangerous religious cult. While the story winds up not saying much at all, the open-world hijinks you get into throughout the adventure provide a compelling reason to stick around to the end. The dynamic open world is chock-full of interesting content, and part of the fun here is seeing what kind of mess we can make with the wild guns and vehicles at our disposal. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $9 (85% off).

The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa

It certainly pays a hearty tribute to the classics, but what makes this action game made by a lone developer so great is that it blends beat-em-up style action with an RPG, where we’ll need to explore the small town and hang out with our friends. In a similar vein to games like Yakuza or Persona 5, we’ll be able to bond with our closest friends by going to the movies, playing ping-pong on the roof of our school, grab lunch at local diners, and yes, get into scrapes with local gangs who walk onto our turf. The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa is a fun sendup to classic action games that has some surprisingly touching moments where we get to hang out with our closest pals. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $6 (60% off).

Gris

Gris is a platformer about a young woman going through the stages of grief, which affects her view of reality and sends her on a journey of emotional growth. The story comes not through dialogue but rather the gorgeous, ever-shifting setting, elegantly beautiful soundtrack, and the abilities she unlocks along her path, which manifest within her dress. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $6.79 (60% off).

If Found…

If Found is a visually stunning story about a woman named Kasio and her struggles through young adulthood, including clashes with a family who won’t accept her and complicated relationships with friends. With minimalist hand-drawn art and a unique erasure mechanic, If Found tells an unforgettable story set in Ireland in 1993, interspersed with sci-fi scenes where Kasio floats about in space investigating a black hole threatening the entire world. Gris is a platformer about a young woman going through the stages of grief, which affects her view of reality and sends her on a journey of emotional growth. The story comes not through dialogue but rather the gorgeous, ever-shifting setting, elegantly beautiful soundtrack, and the abilities she unlocks along her path, which manifest within her dress. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $8.44 (35% off).

Little Nightmares: Complete Edition

Little Nightmares is a dark and whimsical platformer that follows a little girl in a yellow raincoat called Six, who must make her way through a horrifying underwater vessel known as the Maw. Inhabited by large and grotesque monsters and a mysterious mask-wearing Lady who looks on from afar, the Maw is full of puzzles and dangers for Six to evade through careful platforming, and it sets up a world we’ll find ourselves wanting to know more about by the end. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $7.49 (75% off)

Moonlighter

Moonlighter marries town simulation with roguelike dungeon crawling to create a unique experience that’s immensely replayable. In Moonlighter, we play as a shopkeeper who sells random wares to the folks around town. Replenishing our inventory isn’t as simple as placing an order, though. By night, we have to wade through the interdimensional dungeons to slay monsters and uncover treasure. Each trip into one of the five dungeons features randomly generated rooms, which makes runs feel fresh each time. The money we bring in at our shop can be used to upgrade our gear and bring new businesses to town. All of Moonlighter’s systems work in tandem, giving us a bit of everything each time we wake up to start our adventurous day. Little Nightmares is a dark and whimsical platformer that follows a little girl in a yellow raincoat called Six, who must make her way through a horrifying underwater vessel known as the Maw. Inhabited by large and grotesque monsters and a mysterious mask-wearing Lady who looks on from afar, the Maw is full of puzzles and dangers for Six to evade through careful platforming, and it sets up a world we’ll find ourselves wanting to know more about by the end. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $6 (70% off).

Observation

Observation puts us in the role of the artificially intelligent computer that runs an orbital research station. Some kind of disaster has occurred, and Dr. Emma Fisher, one of the astronauts aboard, needs our help to find out what it was and to stay alive. We work with Emma by activating computer systems, scanning through the station with security cameras, and taking control of remote drones. It’s an interesting and different way to tell a story. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $10 (60% off).

OneShot

A surreal, top-down adventure similar to Undertale with meta-horror aspects reminiscent of Doki Doki Literature Club, OneShot is a hidden gem. We play as a cat-like child named Niko, who must carry the world’s sun (in the form of a small lightbulb) through a strange world to a tower to restore light to the land. We only have one shot. With a great soundtrack and memorable story. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $6 (40% off).

Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege has been relevant far longer than most multiplayer games could ever hope to be. Though it released in 2015, Siege remains one of the best multiplayer shooters around thanks to consistent updates, a stream of new content, and a dedicated community. Siege’s tactical FPS gameplay is unrivaled, with precise gunplay, intricately designed maps, and unique Operators that change the way you approach each match. Siege now has a whopping 57 Operators and 20 maps, and it’s still not too late to jump in. Ubisoft is releasing Rainbow Six Extraction in September. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $8 (60% off).

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard returned to classic, survival horror form for the franchise, bringing back a sense of dread and uncertainty missing from its more action-oriented predecessors. While many players have already jumped into its recent sequel, Resident Evil Village, 2017’s Resident Evil 7 is still worth our time. RE7 is the debut of new RE protagonist Ethan Winters, an everyman character who is in way over his head exploring an infested mansion. It was a welcome fresh start for the series; even four years later, it still inspires those powerful feelings of anxiety and dread that the series is known for. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $9.89 (67% off).

The Sexy Brutale

Taking place at a masked ball, the game quickly becomes a murder mystery, and it’s your job to discover the circumstances of each death and prevent them, while also keeping ourselve alive along the way. The time loop allows us to revisit the events of the game over and over again to slowly solve the puzzles of how to keep each of the guests alive. The Sexy Brutale is full of fun, weirdo characters and some grisly (but cartoonish) deaths, creating a sort of humorous mystery that’s both a little dark and a bit goofy. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $4 (80% off).

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley the latest 1.5 update adds an extensive amount of new content to the game, including an entirely new area to explore and farm on, new characters, new quests, and much, much more. And though ConcernedApe’s acclaimed country-life RPG is available on almost every gaming platform at this point, there’s good reason to pick it up on Steam, as its extensive number of fan-made mods let you expand on the base game significantly with custom settings, new aesthetics, seasonal outfits, and even brand-new characters and stories. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $9 (40% off).

Stories Untold

Stories Untold is actually four small horror games in one, each a different experiment in mechanics and storytelling. Starting with a text adventure and branching out from there, each of the vignettes in Stories Untold draws on different genre conventions, providing us with puzzles to solve and a story to uncover in pieces along the way. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $2.49 (75% off).

Super Daryl Deluxe

Super Daryl Deluxe was made largely by a team of two people at the appropriately named Dan & Gary Games. Set in a high school where things are going a little strangely, the entirely mute and perpetually gaping mouthed Daryl must venture into fantasy worlds inspired by the school’s subjects in order to save the universe. It doesn’t drastically differ from the genre’s established formula, but we can effectively create our own movesets by combining upgrades instead of needing to use a pre-selected group of attacks. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $5 (75% off).

Tabletop Simulator

Tabletop Simulator letting us enjoy virtual board game nights with friends and family from afar. Inside this physics sandbox, we can play digital versions of pretty much any game thanks to a massive community of fan-made mods for the most popular games, from Root and Goomhaven to Stardew Valley: The Board Game. It also comes with classic games like chess and dominoes, and official DLC (also currently discounted) is available for games like Scythe and Wingspan. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $10 (50% off).

Titanfall 2: Ultimate Edition

Titanfall 2’s campaign is arguably the best ever within the first-person shooter genre. Starring a new Pilot and his lovable Titan, the campaign features nine action-packed missions that make incredible use of Titanfall 2’s parkour and mech mechanics. One of its levels, Effect and Cause, plays with time travel in a way that might blow our mind. It’s also just a really fun buddy comedy that has surprising emotional depth. Titanfall 2’s multiplayer is incredible as well, and even though the servers aren’t nearly as active as they once were, there are enough people playing that you can still find matches. We can buy it in the Summer sale for $6 (80% off).

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