Best of the Steam Summer Sale 2018

Again, we vary our coverage of the massive commercial carnage, this year hoping to bring something excellent for everyone
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Friday, June 22, 2018 - 8:15am
Unlike our coverage from previous years, we tried to focus on a cross section of only the best games available for Linux, finding at least one deal for every major genre. From AAA blockbusters, to Indie Genius Gems, from First-Person-Shooters through to (yech) Puzzle Games, there is something on this list for absolutely everyone.

It's time again for the Steam Summer Sale. That magical moment when Steam opens up its treasure-horde catalog of games at "everything must go" insane sale prices. Although last year's sale was somewhat lackluster for us Linux devotees, this year has redeemed the event, inspiring us to put together a list of the best deals you shouldn't miss.

Unlike our coverage from previous years, we tried to focus on a cross section of only the best games available for Linux, finding at least one deal for every major genre. From AAA blockbusters, to Indie Genius Gems, from First-Person-Shooters through to (yech) Puzzle Games, there is something on this list for absolutely everyone.

Apart from our biggest, must-buy super-deal (Steam Link boxes are currently being offered at %95 percent off, at $2.50, plus $7.99 shipping), the rest of the list is presented entirely without any ranking of primacy, but does include a link to the exact product, along with a brief genre description to help you eyeball only the titles that you might be interested in.

Keep your eyes peeled to the "Videos" tab on our twitch channel (www.twitch.tv/skookiesprite) for an orgy of footage of us playing and talking about each game on this list, presented in order of appearance, after this week's episode of the podcast is recorded (in mere moments).

But remember to grab your deals early, as the 2018 Steam Summer Sale only lasts from June 21st through July 5th.


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The Best Buys of the Steam Summer Sale (2018 Edition):
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Steam Link: -95, $2.50 (NOT A MISPRINT; + $7.99 Shipping)
INSANE DEAL OF THE SEASON
https://store.steampowered.com/app/353380/Steam_Link/

HITMAN (GOTY Bundle): -58, $10.58
Stealth/Assassination Third Person Action
https://store.steampowered.com/app/236870/HITMAN/

Bomber Crew: -50, $7.49
WWII, Management, Historical, Indie Genius
https://store.steampowered.com/app/537800/Bomber_Crew/

Everspace Ultimate Edition: -60, $20.15
6DOF, In-Cockpit, Rogue-Like, Space Combat, Arcade/Space-Sim
https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/4995/EVERSPACE__Ultimate_Edition/

Everspace (normal edition): -67, 9.89
6DOF, In-Cockpit, Rogue-Like, Space Combat, Arcade/Space-Sim
https://store.steampowered.com/app/396750/EVERSPACE/

Road Redemption: -50, $9.99
Action, Motorcycles, 3rd Person Chase Cam, Car Combat, Racing (multiplayer)
https://store.steampowered.com/app/300380/Road_Redemption/

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen DLC: -33, $26.79
Tactical Small Squad Action (Turn Based)
https://store.steampowered.com/app/593380/XCOM_2_War_of_the_Chosen/

XCOM 2 Collection: -64, $44.88 (down from $124.96)
Tactical Small Squad Action (Turn Based)
https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/7118/XCOM_2_Collection/

Dying Light Enhanced Edition (includes "The Following" DLC): -67, $19.97
FPS (action/Parkour, light Horror, Zombies, Crafting)
https://store.steampowered.com/sub/88801/

Rocket League: -50, 9.99
Soccer, Multiplayer, Sports, Cars
https://store.steampowered.com/app/252950/Rocket_League/

Dead Cells: -40, 11.99
Sidescrolling Platformer, Rogue Like, CSOTN, Indie Genius
https://store.steampowered.com/app/588650/Dead_Cells/

Borderlands 2 (GOTY Edition): -78, 8.79
FPS/Action/RPG
https://store.steampowered.com/sub/32848/

Monstrum: -80, 3.59
FPS/Horror
https://store.steampowered.com/app/296710/Monstrum/

Bioshock Infinite: -75, $7.49
FPS, Light RPG, Amazing Graphics
https://store.steampowered.com/app/8870/BioShock_Infinite/

Rise of the Tomb Raider: -70, $17.99
Adventure, Action
https://store.steampowered.com/app/391220/Rise_of_the_Tomb_Raider/

Terraria: -50, $4.99
Build/Crafting
https://store.steampowered.com/app/105600/Terraria/

The Long Dark: -75, $7.49
Survival (Man Vs. Nature), FPS
https://store.steampowered.com/app/305620/The_Long_Dark/

FTL: Faster Than Light: -75, $2.49
Strategy/Tactics, Indie Genius
https://store.steampowered.com/app/212680/FTL_Faster_Than_Light/

Transistor: -75, $4.99
RPG, Indie Genius
https://store.steampowered.com/app/237930/Transistor/

Tomb Raider (2013): -85, $2.99
Adventure, Action
https://store.steampowered.com/app/203160/Tomb_Raider/

Broforce: -75, $3.74
Action, Multiplayer (local and online), Sidescroller
https://store.steampowered.com/app/274190/Broforce/

Hyperlight Drifter: -60, $7.99
Retro Action/RPG (Zelda-"Link To the Past"-alike)
https://store.steampowered.com/app/257850/Hyper_Light_Drifter/

N++: -50, $7.49
Puzzle-Platformer
https://store.steampowered.com/app/230270/N_NPLUSPLUS/

Psychonauts: -85, $1.49
Adventure (3rd Person 3D), RPG
https://store.steampowered.com/app/3830/Psychonauts/

Freedom Planet: -50, $7.49
Sidescrolling Platformer(Sonic-Style)
https://store.steampowered.com/app/248310/Freedom_Planet/

Mark of the Ninja: -75, $3.74
Ninja, Stealth, Action (sidescrolling)
https://store.steampowered.com/app/214560/Mark_of_the_Ninja/

Mad Max: -75, $4.99
Survival, Car-Combat, Action, 3rd Person
https://store.steampowered.com/app/234140/Mad_Max/

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (GOTY Edition): -50, $9.99
Adventure/Action, 3rd Person
https://store.steampowered.com/app/241930/Middleearth_Shadow_of_Mordor/

Duskers: -50, $9.99
Rogue-Like, Type-em-up, Horror, Strategy, Tactics, Puzzle, CLI
https://store.steampowered.com/app/254320/Duskers/

DiRT Rally: -80, $11.99
Racing, Rally
https://store.steampowered.com/app/310560/DiRT_Rally/

Ruiner: -50, $9.99
Action, 3rd Person, Carnage, Graphic Violence
https://store.steampowered.com/app/464060/RUINER/

Infinifactory: -50, $12.49
System Design/Puzzle
https://store.steampowered.com/app/300570/Infinifactory/

Saints Row IV: -75, $3.75
Action, Sandbox, 3rd Person, Hilarious
https://store.steampowered.com/app/206420/Saints_Row_IV/

Strike Suit Zero: -80, $3.99
Giant Space-Mech Arcade Action Space-Sim
https://store.steampowered.com/app/209540/Strike_Suit_Zero/

Rive: -75, $3.75
Sidescrolling Shooter, Ground Vehicle
https://store.steampowered.com/app/278100/RIVE_Wreck_Hack_Die_Retry/

FEZ: -75, $2.49
Indie Genius
https://store.steampowered.com/app/224760/FEZ/


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BONUS PICKS:
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Mr. Shifty: -67, $4.94
Action (Top-Down), BEHIND YOU, Indie Genius
https://store.steampowered.com/app/489140/Mr_Shifty/

Everything: -70, $4.49
Everything, Relaxation
https://store.steampowered.com/app/582270/Everything/

GoNNER: -70, $2.99
Rogue-Like, Abstract, Shooter, Indie Genius
https://store.steampowered.com/app/437570/GoNNER/

Sky Force Reloaded: -30, $6.99
Top-Down Shooter, Highly-Polished
https://store.steampowered.com/app/667600/Sky_Force_Reloaded/

Flinthook: -50, $7.49
Sidescrolling Rogue-Like
https://store.steampowered.com/app/401710/Flinthook/

-Seth "Fingers" Flynn Barkan is the author of "Blue Wizard Is About To Die," and is the host of the Best Linux Games Podcast, a weekly audio podcast covering only the best games available for the GNU/Linux Operating System. Which will own you, SUCKAH! (he can be contacted via twitter @Vegaswriter or by sending a message directly through Steam to "skookiesprite")