Finally one of the most anticipated events this year in PC gaming  has begun! I'm talking about the Steam Summer Sale of course. People spend money randomly to fill up their Backlog of games. But I might have a solution to prevent you from doing that and also getting some great deals out of the Sale without paying too much for the game you want to purchase anyway. In addition to that i will provide you with some charts to make you decision process easier and present you a list of game you might consider getting this Sale!

The Basics:

Let's start with the Basics! There are three different kinds of Sales:

 

  • Permanent Deals
  • last through the whole Summer Sale
  • aren't discounted that high (mostly)

 

  • Daily Deals
  • lasts 24-48 hours
  • have great discounts

 

  • Flash Sales/Community's Choice
  • lasts 8 hours
  • have the best discounts

 

The most important information you should get out of this is that the Permanent Sales shouldn't rush you and you could wait for a better deal to come. You should definitely consider the Daily Deals, if they include a game you always wanted. Flash Sales are the best of the best when it comes to discounts, game won't get cheaper than this!

Before you start to buy anything you should first fill up your Wishlist. Include title you always wanted to play. The Wishlist is an easy way to keep track of every game you really want. It shows you how much it is discounted at the moment and reminds you per email if some of your games gets a discount. You can also priorities games from important to mildly interested.

The Decision:

I've created two charts that display an option how you could decide if you should buy a game. The first is for the normal Steam User who is mostly interested in playing games and getting great discounts, the second one is for the ones that want a high Steam level and all the silly badges they can get.

The Normal Way

 

This chart could be really good to get the best deal for the games you want and also not to rush a decision!

Side Note: By "time limited Sale" i mean a sale that is very likely a Flash Sale and is only lasting for a day or a couple of hours.

For Achievement Hunters

Everyone who is hooked by the Trading Card System will help this chart a lot. If you want to craft as many Badges as you can without paying too much for it and also get some sweet games in the process, you should consider this route.

In Conclusion

In the End it come to these crucial points:

  • only buy games you will play in the near future (half a year)
  • don't rush purchases
  • don't just buy games to fill up your library
  • wait for the best deal you can get

 

I hope i could help anyone with this little guide! As always i agree to disagree, so tell me if i missed something that is also very helpful!

 

Games to look out for

Action

  • Chivalry
  • Dark Souls
  • Dead Space 1 + 2
  • Bioshock: Infinite
  • Hotline Miami
  • Batman Arkham Franchise
  • Saints Row: TheThird
  • Orcs must die! 1 +2
  • Just Cause 2
  • Borderland 2
  • Far Cry 3
  • Far Cry 3: Blooddragon

Adventure

  • FEZ
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Binding of Isaac
  • Amnesia: The Dark DecentMachinariumTiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers
  • Botanicula
  • Don't Starve
  • Gemini Rue
  • Portal 1+2
  • Sword of the Stars: The Pit
  • The Wichter 1+ 2
  • Mass Effect 1 +2
  • Bastion
  • Alan Wake
  • Elder Scrolls Series
  • Gunpoint
  • Deponia
  • Another World

Strategie

  • Xcom: Emeny Unknown
  • Anno 2070
  • Endless Space
  • Civilisation V

Plattformer

  • Super Meat Boy
  • Runner 1 + 2
  • Thomas was alone
  • Rayman Origins
  • Limbo
  • Braid

Racing

  • Need for Speed Franchise
  • Dirt Franchise
  • Flat Out Series
  • Sonic Allstars Racing Transformed
  • Grid 1+2

 

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Comment by Talis12 on July 13, 2013 at 6:00am

To add to this, 

If you have a lot of games that include steam trading cards but you dont care about crafting, earn the cards, sell the cards and buy games with that earned money.

So far ive bought 4 games and 9 BL2 skins just from trading cards that dropped during the sale. In other words, free games!

Comment by Hunts Hans on July 13, 2013 at 6:59am

good point there talis! i also sold a lot of cards and got over 5 euro of profit that i could invest in any game i like!

Comment by Daracus on July 13, 2013 at 12:59pm

Show a buddy Steam Summer Sale for the first time... He was completely surprised. Logged me out, set up his own account and bought a lot of games. He doesn't have a PC but apparently he now wants me to help him build one. 

Comment by Talis12 on July 13, 2013 at 1:50pm
Steam Sales - They'll make you crave a pc! :P
Comment by Talis12 on July 13, 2013 at 2:00pm
@Hans, Yup.. so far i've sold about 80 cards and totaled about 60 euro with them. I rather have a bunch of new games then a couple of emoticons and bg's :)

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