Dec 22nd, 2016

The Steam Winter Sale kicks off today, bringing tons of discounts on games until January 2nd. Unlike previous sales where flash deals were available, the final sale price on games will remain the same throughout the length of the sale.

If you’ve been browsing the list of games that is available and you’re curious what you should check out, I’ve composed a list of lesser-known games that debuted this year and are absolutely worth your attention at this price. While popular games like Doom and Watch Dogs 2 will always be at the top of the best sellers list, you shouldn’t miss these games either.

Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon debuted earlier this year as a successful Kickstarter project that puts you in charge of an unlikely band of adventurers who must wander through the depths of madness and despair in order to prevail. Unlike most games, the setting of Darkest Dungeon is bleak and uninviting, but that only adds to your terror as you explore.

At its heart, Darkest Dungeon is a roguelike with plenty of difficulty settings for you to tailor your experience. The game is available for $12.49 during this sale and it’s worth every penny, as it has been actively updated all year with still more content planned. The soundtrack is pretty great, too.

Owlboy

We’ve been patiently awaiting the release of Owlboy for more than nine years now and it’s finally available. It just released last month, but it’s already 20% off during this Winter Sale.

For fans of pixel art platformers that were the height of gaming in the NES/SNES days, Owlboy is a love letter to gaming designed especially for you. There are plenty of hidden secrets to find and some of them still haven’t been figured out by the community.

The boss fights are plentiful and well thought out and even though the discount on this one is only $5, it’s definitely worth it if you’re a fan of pixel art adventures that have a lot of heart and feature challenging bosses to defeat.

Stardew Valley

Fans of Harvest Moon and games like it should immediately pick up Stardew Valley, which is available for only $9.99 and features an entire village of people waiting to get to know you as you work on your farm, growing crops, exploring the mines, and fishing until your heart’s content.

The game is a farming simulator at its core, but it’s also got some light RPG elements that come into play as you begin interacting with people in town. Just like Harvest Moon, there are certain characters you can woo with gifts and then marry to have them work on your farm with you as your husband or wife.

Starbound

While Starbound didn’t release this year, it’s continued updates and improvements make it a great title to pick up for people who want to explore space and procedurally generated planets. The game is a must for anyone who was interested in No Man’s Sky, as it certainly addresses the problem of having nothing to do in a galaxy as you planet hop.

The most recent update just debuted yesterday, bringing Ancient Vaults and procedurally generated bosses for you to explore and fight. Elemental damage and new legendary weapons were also added, bringing plenty of new content for old players as well. The game is only $9.99 during this sale, so it’s a must for disappointed fans of No Man’s Sky.

Shadow Warrior 2

Love over the top 80s action movies? Then Shadow Warrior 2 will be right up your alley. The game’s humor is enough to mark it as one to play, but the deep combat and fun weapons you can wield more than make up for this. The first Shadow Warrior was a lackluster shooter, but Flying Wild Hog has more than made up for it with the sequel.

The best part about the game is that it’s playable with up to four people co-op, so you can bring a friend along for the crazy wild ride you’ll experience in Shadow Warrior 2. The game debuted in October so it hasn’t been out that long, which is why it’s only available for 25% off.

Black Mesa

It’s been more than 10 years since Valve released the original Half-Life, but Black Mesa is a loving fan recreation that brings the game into the era of modern day graphics. Half-Life is a story that shouldn’t be missed and this is the perfect way for fans of first-person shooters to grab an old game that you otherwise wouldn’t bother playing.

The best part is the developers of this game have Valve’s blessing to re-create it, so for only $7.99 you can experience the game that made Valve what they are today.

Necropolis: Brutal Edition

Fans of Dark Souls and Souls-like games will find a lot to live in Harebrained Schemes’ Necropolis: Brutal Edition. Don’t be put off by some of the negative reviews you’ll see on Steam as the game released in a buggy and incomplete condition that caused community review scores to drop.

Despite that, Harebrained Schemes has been working on the game and taking community feedback into consideration while developing this procedurally generated Souls-like. There’s even a new playable character called The Brute for you to try. There’s a co-op mode for you to play with friends and the game has continued to receive content updates since it released.