It’s that time of year again… the Steam Summer sale is here! If you’ve had your eye on a game or whether you’re just in the mood to try something new, now is the time to make that purchase!

The Steam Summer Sale is active from 22nd June to 5th July and is the biggest sale throughout the year with hundreds of games at great discounts! As well as the sale there is also the yearly Steam Summer Sale badge to craft along with a new mini-game.

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The Steam Summer Badge is crafted with Trading Cards. You earn these cards daily by completing your Discovery Queue (you can complete the queue twice to earn 2 cards per day) and by spending money in the store. Card drops are random so you can end up with duplicates, however you can craft the badge multiple times. Cards are also tradable and marketable. On completion of the badge you will receive a badge to display on your profile, level XP, an emoticon and a profile background. All cards will expire on 5th July so make sure you craft your badges before then.

This year the mini-game is in the form of a sticker book where you complete mini quests to earn sticker packs which you then fill your book with. There are 3 quests each day – today mine were: Complete your Steam Discovery Queue, Review your Preferences, and check out your what your friends are doing on the Activity page (earning 1 sticker pack per quest). You will not get duplicate stickers until you own one of each sticker available. There are 112 stickers altogether and you get 3 stickers per pack.

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I added NeiR:Automata to my wishlist as soon as it was advertised on Steam. The game just looks beautiful and I love the style of it. Over the past few months I’ve heard nothing but good things about it and I think I would have a great deal of fun playing this game. My only doubt is that it is still quite expensive… but it is still a new game and from what I’ve heard, it sounds like it’s worth it.

In my opinion the sale isn’t as good this year as it has been over the past few years so I’m not sure if I’ll be making many purchases, but I’m hoping I can decide what games I’d like to buy from my wishlist and possibly make some reviews. Here are some games I’ve had my eye on for a while:

  • NieR:Automata (Was £39.99 / 30% off / Now £27.99)
  • Tales of Berseria (Was £39.99 / 40% off / Now £23.99)
  • Total War: Warhammer (Was £39.99 / 66% off / Now £13.59)
  • God Eater 2: Rage Burst (Was £39.99 / 66% off / Now £13.59)
  • Black Desert Online (Was £6.99 / 20% off / Now £5.59)
    • Explorers Package (Was £29.99 / 40% off / Now £17.99)

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I’ve been thinking about trying Black Desert for a while now but I was worried that I wouldn’t get into it so much. Since I play an awful lot of Guild Wars 2, I didn’t really want to start playing another MMO as Guild Wars took up so much of my free time (and still does from time to time). However, I’m not playing Guild Wars as much as I used to and I’m interested in trying to invest my time into something else, so maybe Black Desert could be just that.

Let me know your thoughts if you have played any of these games and/or have any recommendations!

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