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It’s Everyone’s Favorite Season Again: Steam’s Winter Sale Has Begun

Anyone who’s been a PC gamer for longer than a week has likely heard of Valve’s famous Steam sales. A few times a year the company goes crazy with the discounts and lets gamers get their fill of all the games for which they didn’t want to pay full price.

The Steam sale has famously been home to some of the best discounts that you can find all year in PC gaming. You’ll see recent favorites, like CS:GO, with the price slashed by 50 percent, and iconic titles with even bigger savings, such as id Software’s 1996 classic, Quake, which is reduced by 75 percent right now.

Steam sales have always been great times to catch up on game series’ that you’ve missed out on. The franchise packs usually have some of the deepest discounts, and Valve hasn’t disappointed for the Steam Winter Sale. You can snag a great deal on The Witcher series; the first two games are 85 percent off, and even The Witcher 3: Wildhunt, one of the most revered games launched this year, is half price.

It’s not just games that have been out for a while that are on sale, though. Bethesda’s Fallout 4 and Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege are still listed at full price, but Avalanche Studio’s Just Cause 3, which launched in early December, has been given a 20 percent discount. The Just Cause series has been one of the stars of the Steam sale for several years. You’ll often find Just Cause 2 for under five dollars, so it’s fitting that the new game is also offered on sale.

Throughout the Steam Winter Sale, Valve will be dolling out special North Pole Noir Sale trading cards. These cards will be handed out to people who make purchases, though there are opportunities to get up to three cards per day without making a purchase. Only those who have achieve Steam Level 5 or higher will have this chance, though. If you are at the appropriate level, you’ll be presented with the Discovery Queue daily, and just by viewing it, Valve will send you three free trading cards.

There are 11 cards to collect in the set, and if you manage to attain all of them, you can craft the North Pole Sale badge that earns you an emoticon and a profile background. You also repeat the process to level up your badge with each new set of cards collected. Valve said the items can be sold on the community marketplace. The company also noted that extra cards will disappear when the sale ends, so make sure you get your trades in before it does.

Valve’s Winder Steam Sale is on now and will run through January 4 at 10am PST.

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  • turkey3_scratch
    I'll definitely pick up some of the Witcher games.
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  • Larry Litmanen
    Just typical trash Steam sells.

    What Bloodbath Kavkaz wasn't available this time.
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  • Johnpombrio
    Gawd, I am already at $100 in games. Good sale! Witcher 3, GTA 5!
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  • turkey3_scratch
    Witcher 1 and 2 I'm buying for sure. They are super cheap.
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  • toddybody
    Witcher 1 and 2 I'm buying for sure. They are super cheap.

    You'd be better off reading the wiki on Witcher 1's story...and starting with Witcher 2. Witcher 3 is the best fantasy rpg hands down. Enjoy friend!
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  • stoned_ritual
    I had a good rofflecopter at CS:GO being labeled as "recent favorite" (that game is older than most of it's player base). On a serious note, I will be getting Dying Light, because the free expansion is coming out soon. For now I am still exploring the Commonwealth Wastelands, and occasionally firing up Rocket League.
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  • turkey3_scratch
    17174323 said:
    Witcher 1 and 2 I'm buying for sure. They are super cheap.

    You'd be better off reading the wiki on Witcher 1's story...and starting with Witcher 2. Witcher 3 is the best fantasy rpg hands down. Enjoy friend!

    Why? Is the Witcher 1 bad? Witcher 3 is too much money. $2 is more my taste :P
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  • kcarbotte
    17174155 said:
    I'll definitely pick up some of the Witcher games.

    highly recomended.
    they are very, very good.

    The Witcher 3 is worthy of its Game of The year moniker.
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  • kcarbotte
    17174334 said:
    I had a good rofflecopter at CS:GO being labeled as "recent favorite" (that game is older than most of it's player base). On a serious note, I will be getting Dying Light, because the free expansion is coming out soon. For now I am still exploring the Commonwealth Wastelands, and occasionally firing up Rocket League.

    what i meant by that is within the last couple years.

    counter-strike has been around for generation (I know, I started playing in the betas) but the latest version isn't that old. It's also one of the most played games around.
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  • toddybody
    17174323 said:
    Witcher 1 and 2 I'm buying for sure. They are super cheap.

    You'd be better off reading the wiki on Witcher 1's story...and starting with Witcher 2. Witcher 3 is the best fantasy rpg hands down. Enjoy friend!

    Why? Is the Witcher 1 bad? Witcher 3 is too much money. $2 is more my taste :P

    Witcher 1's combat is a REAL pain...that plus it's dated visuals will make it feel like more of a chore to complete than a fresh experience (that it was back in the day). Witcher 2 will get you JAZZED though :)
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