BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Christmas is nearing and now the calm version of Steam Winter Sale is here with a couple of decent discounts, and some very notable missing titles. This is the moment many gamers have been waiting for. However, not every single title expected has made the cut.
What players on Steam can expect from this particular sale is the calm and peaceful atmosphere that is in theme with the holidays. It’s not precisely in theme with Steam, but Valve decided to switch things up a little bit. For example, this year, what discounts you see today will last until the end of the Winter Sale period.
That’s right, no flash sales, no limited offers that you need to watch out for on your favorite games. Everything will stay as it is today, which adds more stability to the sale, but also make it much less dynamic. The flash sales added an extra reason to hop onto Steam in search for that delirious bargain on a good game. However, due to management problems, Valve decided to remove them.
Specifically, after gamers purchased a discounted game, they asked for a refund when they saw it on a flash sale days later. That created chaos for Valve, so their choice was to remove them altogether. It eliminated one of their problems, though people accepting things such as ‘bad timing’ or ‘bad luck’ could’ve been one as well. Regardless, due to such complaints, we’re left without our beloved flash sales.
This year’s Steam Winter Sale is relatively less exciting than the others. There are a few gems here and there that shouldn’t be missed if you don’t already have them.
For example, Steam’s most sold game of 2016, ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’, with over 5.6 million units purchased, is now 50% off. One of the most popular first-person-shooter competitive games has been brought down to a very affordable price. It’s worth it for anyone who enjoys a good shooter, and wants in on all the hype.
On the list of discounts is also ‘Grand Theft Auto V’, which is Steam’s second most sold game of the year. With almost 3.6 million units sold, the famous GTA V has been dropped down 40% to encourage players to indulge in their often-updated multiplayer mode. The story of the game itself is decent-to-good, and there’s an expansive area to explore. It’s easily a videogame where most will invest tens of hours, if not more.
‘The Witcher’ franchise is also seeing a good discount for the winter. The last installment of the epic series, ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ is 50% off, and it’s previous two prequels are both a whopping 85% off. Or, you could just go for the entire trilogy at 57% off and get the whole ‘The Witcher’ saga. Surprisingly though, ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’ just barely made the top 10 of this year’s Steam’s most sold games, with a little over 1 million units sold.
A couple of other titles that could be of interest are ‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’ with a 33% discount, ‘The Elder Scrolls’ franchise with 60-70% off, ‘Rocket League’ with 30% off, ‘Star Wars Collection’ with 77% off, ‘Mad Max’ with 66% off, and many others. However, no ‘Fallout 4’ or ‘Rainbow Six: Siege’.
These are the starting discounts, and it’s how they will remain until January 4th, 2016.
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