The mid-year gaming holidays, also known as the annual Steam Summer Sale, has kicked off this week. The sale features a large chunk of Steam’s huge library of PC games at discounted prices. You can also participate in a community grand prix event by earning in-game achievements and purchasing games. Winners can receive games on their wishlist, and redeem points for new emoticons and backgrounds.
As in previous years there are no daily sales or flash sales. What you see is what you get throughout the sale. Here are some of the best deals for this year’s Steam Summer Sale:
- Monster Hunter World – $29.99 (50% off)
- Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – $5.90 (97% off)
- Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition – $26.99 (40% off)
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition – $14.99 (70% off)
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – $29.99 (50% off)
- Devil May Cry 5 – $39.59 (34% off)
- Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Gold Edition – $29.54 (77% off)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition – $19.99 (50% off)
- Slay the Spire – $14.49 (50% 0ff)
- A Hat in Time – $14.49 (50% off)
- Two Point Hospital – $17.49 (50% off)
- Tabletop Simulator – $9.99 (50% off)
To participate in the grand prix event, you’ll need to join a racing team. -After you choose a colorful racer, you can increase your boost meter by logging in daily, as well as spending money during the sale (1$ = 100 boost points). Next you can help drive your team’s car by earning Grand Prix Quest achievements in certain games in your library. By contributing you can earn Grand Prix tokens, which can be redeemed at the Pit Stop for emoticons and profile backgrounds.
The real prize is being part of a winning team. Each day of the event random members from the top three teams will win the top game from their Steam wishlist, so make sure you have games listed there!
The Steam Summer Sale ends July 9.
Today kicks off the 14 Days of Summer event for Fortnite Battle Royale. Each day will offer a chance at earning a reward by completing a daily challenge, as well as playing with a daily unlocked weapon and a new Limited Time Mode.
Each of day for the next two weeks will include:
- A weapon unvaulted for that day only.
- A daily challenge and free reward.
- New outfits and more in the Item Shop.
- A new Limited Time Mode (see below).
Fourteen new LTMs will cycle throughout the event. LTMs include Heavy Metal Squads (heavy weapons only), Splashdown Squads (water balloon fight), Wick’s Bounty Duos (eliminate players to earn coins), and Builder’s Paradise Squads (increase structure health and resource gather rate).
Full details of each Limited Time Mode can be found here, though Epic isn’t revealing their exact order.
The co-op Save the World mode of Fortnite won’t be left out either. In Save the World, players can complete a daily quest each day to earn free items in the store and collect Summer Tickets. If you can collect all 14 tickets you’ll unlock a new explosive weapon.
Creative Mode fans will also see a new featured island each day of the event as well.
The Fortnite 14 Days of Summer event lasts through July 7. Fortnite is available on PC (Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One, and mobile devices.
Available On: PC (Windows, Mac, Linux) , PlayStation 4, Switch
Card battlers are fashionably popular right now (see our review on the excellent SteamWorld Quest), and Slay the Spire checks just about every box for popular indie genres. Deck-building. Dungeon Crawling. Random Encounters. Roguelike. Even more than most in the genre, Slay the Spire is a purely mechanics-driven game, with very little storytelling. But those systems work beautifully together to create a memorable, deep, and easy-to-play experience that rivals many physical card games.
The highly anticipated Iceborne expansion for Monster Hunter World is arriving this fall on September 3. Capcom has announced a series of open betas beginning this Friday, allowing PlayStation 4 users to jump in and be among the first to see Iceborne’s new content.
The first Monster Hunter World: Iceborne beta will run this weekend, from Friday, June 21 (3 am Pacific/6 am Eastern) through Monday, June 24 (3 am Pacific/6 am Eastern). This first beta will be exclusive to PlayStation Plus subscribers.
The second beta will be open to all PlayStation 4 users and the following weekend, starting Friday, June 28 (3 am Pacific/6 am Eastern) to Monday, July 1 (3 am Pacific/6 am Eastern). Users can pre-load the beta several days before they start, and they don’t require the base game of Monster Hunter World.
The beta consists of three monster hunting quests, including the return of the introductory Great Jagras hunt from the base game. If hunters feel up to the challenge (and want to see the new Iceborne content) they can take on the horned brute wyvern Banbaro. For the ultimate challenge, returning series favorite Tigrex will be waiting.
Like the original Monster Hunter World beta, you’ll be able to try and use all 14 weapon types in any of the quests, as well as the training area. The weapons include new moves and abilities from Iceborne, including the new Clutch Claw slinger tool.
Completion of each quest nets item pack rewards full of consumables. These items will be transferred to the full version of Iceborne should you choose to purchase it.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will arrive on September 6 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PC version will release later this winter. Iceborne requires the base game of Monster Hunter World, and slayers must be Hunter Rank 16 and have completed the main story in order to access the new story and quests.
Studio Wildcard has launched Valguero, a free expansion for ARK: Survival Evolved that adds a new island with new places to explore and secrets to discover. Valguero is out now…