ByAna Valens, writer at
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Praise GabeN! The Steam Summer Sale is upon us. A tweet from PayPal UK reveals that the sale will start June 22nd, presumably until July 4th. Which means, yes, starting Thursday, Steam users will be able to save a ton of money on games, DLC add-ons, and bundle packs throughout the Steam Store. Pretty sick.

While Steam has changed up their official Summer Sale in recent years, the basic formula behind the sales has stayed the same. Publishers host discounts across the site, with giveaways and goodies provided for participating in summer events. Sales occasionally change each day, but most games have a set discount that runs from the sale's introduction to its end.

Reddit usually keeps a strict tally of deals throughout the sale, showcasing featured games while giving consumers the advice they need to make an informed purchase. Last year, popular deals ranged from Firewatch to South Park: The Stick of Truth, and even games like Call of Duty: Black Ops III and DayZ saw some modest discounts. When it comes to the , anything (and everything) can plausibly see a price reduction.

If you're interested in picking up a couple games during the 2017 Steam Summer Sale, but don't know what will go on sale, then you've come to the right place. Here's our top picks for games that will most definitely see a price reduction later this week.

1. Dark Souls

'Dark Souls III' [Source: FromSoftware]
'Dark Souls III' [Source: FromSoftware]

The action RPG series has traditionally gone on sale during the Steam Summer Sale. But in the past couple years, the franchise has seen some particularly deep cuts. Back in 2016, the original Dark Souls was listed at 75 percent off for $4.99. Meanwhile, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin dropped as low as $13.59 in 2016, a 66% discount. For most fans, that's a rather affordable price reduction.

It remains yet to be seen if Dark Souls III will get a price drop later this week, but it seems likely. The game has seen several half-off sales over the past 12 months, bumping the game down to $29.99 on multiple occasions. Don't expect a higher discount quite yet, but if $30 is in your price range, then by all means, grab it.

2. XCOM 2

'XCOM 2' [Source: Firaxis]
'XCOM 2' [Source: Firaxis]

Firaxis's tactical turn-based strategy title XCOM 2 launched to critical acclaim last year, with fans hailing the game as a proper sequel to 2012's hit reboot XCOM: Enemy Unknown. But as early as March 2016, Firaxis and 2K began putting the game on discount. Last year, XCOM 2 dropped as low as 60 percent off, available at $23.99. Seeing how the game is still listed at $59.99 during the off-season, that's a pretty huge cut.

It's safe to say that will go on sale again during the 2017 Steam Summer Sale. And with XCOM 2 receiving the War of the Chosen expansion pack on August 29th, Firaxis and 2K may both go with a deep cut to drum up sales for later this summer. If you haven't played the original games, well, it's more than likely that the entire franchise will see a cut, too.

3. Fallout 4

'Fallout 4' [Source: Bethesda]
'Fallout 4' [Source: Bethesda]

Fallout 4 hit the gaming community in late 2015, and two years later, Bethesda's post-apocalyptic open-world ARPG has remained a hit with Fallout fans new and old. For players interested in jumping into the latest release, Bethesda's take on the Commonwealth is likely to go on sale over the summer.

Fallout 4 has gone on sale a couple times over the past year, from 50% off in October to a whopping 67% cut during the Steam Winter Sale. That translates to approximately $29.99 and $19.79, respectively. Seeing how the $19.79 price drop happened during the last major Steam sale, it's likely that this summer's sales are likely to a discount closer to that than half-off.

Either way, picking up for under $40 sounds like a steal. Keep an eye out for June 22nd, and if you're down for the cut, then go for it.

4. Life Is Strange

'Life is Strange - Episode 3' [Source: Dontnod]
'Life is Strange - Episode 3' [Source: Dontnod]

If you haven't played yet, for shame. You're missing out on one of the best episodic adventure games of 2015. DONTNOD Entertainment's Life is Strange follows Max Caulfield, an 18-year-old girl who returns to her hometown of Arcadia Bay and receives superpowers after saving her best friend Chloe's life.

The series is pretty crazy, but also touchingly well-written. Last year, the entire season went on sale for $9.99, giving players the chance to own the game at half off. It's safe to assume that Life is Strange's entire season will go on sale again, seeing how a Life is Strange prequel starring Chloe is on the way. But a $9.99 sale is a pretty huge bargain for the full game, so don't expect a deeper cut any time soon.

5. Grand Theft Auto V

[Source: Rockstar]
[Source: Rockstar]

Grand Theft Auto V is a tricky beast. Released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013, the game hit Steam on 2015 and has performed quite well with PC users ever since, which means GTA V rarely sees deep cuts beyond the 40-50% line.

But is getting older, and Rockstar Games is always looking for new GTA Online players. Plus, Rockstar traditionally hosts discounts for GTA V throughout the year. It's not unlikely that Rockstar will throw it onto the discount pile on June 22nd.

Here's where things get complicated. In the past 12 months, Grand Theft Auto V has gone on sale from everywhere from 33-50% off. So while it's safe to say that will go on sale, it's hard to say just how steep the cut will be. For now, expect somewhere in that same range, and nothing more. But if you've been dying to pick up the latest Grand Theft Auto, June 22nd may be your best bet. Keep an eye out until then.

Those are our picks for the Steam Summer Sale. What games are on your wishlist? Share in the comments below.


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