The 5 Best Deals of Steam Autumn Sale 2017
Us PC gamers patiently hold tight to our wallets as seasonal sales approach. Whether we’re looking for deals in third-party websites or Steam itself, there’s always hope that the games we’ve been keeping an eye on will be at an affordable price. The Steam sales taking place towards the new year tend to have great discounts—and this year is no different. We at PC Aficionado hope that the titles you wanted received a mouth-watering discount, but we would like to cut another hole in your pocket by introducing five more deals worth checking out this Autumn!
Here are our criteria for this list: the game must have a valuable discount, be either interesting or downright fun, and be either a hidden gem or something you may often forget exists due to all the flashy AAA releases filling even the Papa’s complaints list. From cheap to cheapest, here’s our pick of Steam’s 2017 Autumn Sale!
If there’s a game on this list that deserves much more attention than it has, it’s Unbox. Released in September 2016, the 3D platformer puts players in the skin of a box. I mean, in the cardboard of… a box. With a simple story that involves mailing agencies and sentient cardboard boxes, you’re tasked with exploring, collecting, and completing tasks in a sprawling open world.
There’s an undeniable flavor of Mario here and it even comes packed with four-player multiplayer as well as a well-designed open world. Unbox has a lot of fun to offer, a bunch of collectibles, cosmetics, challenges, and, of course, boxes. Forget Cast Away. This is the most accurate account of events of what happened to that parcel that was supposed to arrive during Christmas 2000.
“But Gabriel,” the reader cries. “How come Sonic fits into the criteria? Do you have brain damage?” It’s true that everyone’s “favorite” blue hedgehog suffers a lot of scrutiny. He didn’t have one release after the classics that wasn’t extremely divisive and things seemed to start getting worse after 2006’s Sonic the Hedgehog. The whole industry shook on its base when Sonic Mania came out in August—and it turned out to be actually good. And then, Forces dropped. It’s difficult to defend a brand with so many highs and lows. However, All-Stars Racing Transformed is a high everyone should have in their game libraries.
In this Mario Kart-like racing game, you get to compete against the computer, friends, or complete strangers in a variety of modes and with a variety of classic SEGA characters (and Danica Patrick because why not?), from the titular Sonic and his friends to Ulala, NiGHTS, BD Joe, Beat, and even Ralph from Wreck it Ralph. Is it as good as Mario Kart? Arguably since it lacks that signature Nintendo personality. Is it a polished and fun racing game with a dedicated community on PC? You bet your gold rings it is!
Developed by Indonesian indie studio Digital Happiness (oh, the irony!), DreadOut is a horror game that pays homage primarily to the cult classic Fatal Frame (known as Project Zero in Europe). You are Lisa, a high school student who gets lost in a ghost town with her classmates while on their way to a field trip. The town lives up to the premise as night falls and all sorts of ghosts wander around the abandoned streets and buildings. Lisa must then reunite with her friends and try and escape this nightmare.
DreadOut is littered with problems such as washed out graphics, clunky mechanics, and a story that makes little sense. Despite all that, this is a must-have for horror fans due to its atmosphere and the clever use of Indonesian folklore, which makes DreadOut truly unique.
Keepers of the Dark is a standalone expansions that focuses primarily on boss rushes. It isn’t a sequel or a spin-off as it takes place in between two moments from the first game, so it’s safer to call it a bonus mode. If you end up enjoying DreadOut and its mechanics as well as the unsettling atmosphere, Keepers of the Dark is definitely worth picking up—especially for this price.
Designed by Tom Hall and developed by the now defunct Ion Storm (Daikatana, Deus Ex, Deus Ex: Invisible War), Anachronox is a PC-exclusive RPG with a flavor of classic JRPGs such as Chrono Trigger. As private investigator Sylvester (better known as Sly Boots), you get tangled in a conflict that involves ancient artifacts, the destruction of entire planets, and the fate of the universe. This unique cyberpunk setting is home to some of the best unconventional humor in video game history but unfortunately, Anachronox didn’t manage to rise to the top of the food chain despite the positive reviews it garnered back in 2001.
Ion Storm had to be shut down in 2005 due to financial issues Eidos Interactive, its parent company, was going through at the time. The game ends in a major cliffhanger that we may or may not know the consequences of due to Eidos and Square Enix being quite uninterested in the IP and its cult following. Back in 2015, almighty Squeenix announced it was open to suggestions regarding some properties held by Eidos, including Anachronox. They were willing to allow a third party to work on them as long as they funded and developed the project themselves. Two years later and no word of anything Anachronox-related.
But hey, the first game is complete, as problematic as you’d expect something released in 2001 would be, and provides some rather fun moments. It’s captivating enough, being a strong contender to cult favorite right beside Deadly Premonition. There’s no reason not to give it a go for $0.97 (ninety-bloody-seven cents!).
Five is enough, especially when you’re salivating over what Steam is recommending right now in its front page. However, we would like to leave you with a few more games at good prices. Maybe you forgot about these or maybe you never even heard of them. Whatever the case, you didn’t type “best deals steam autumn sale 2017” on Google to be told you can’t do better than Skyrim, The Witcher, and GTAV, now did you?
- Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning ($4.99 at 75%)— Open world action RPG
- 100% Orange Juice ($1.74 at 75%) — Board and card game hybrid with a hint of RPG
- Avernum: Escape from the Pit ($2.99 at 70%) — Classic CRPG
- FEZ ($2.49 at 75%) — 2D platformer with a 3D gimmick
- Quantum Conundrum ($1.34 at 85%) — First person puzzle à la Portal.
And now we all have enough to keep us busy until the Winter sale comes along. The prospect of fat turkeys, old family grudges coming up for air, and more irresistible discounts are just around the corner. Get your wallets ready because we might have more interesting deals to show you in a month’s time!