When the leaves fall, the deals call. On top of this week's big Black Friday deals on gaming PCs and components, Steam's Autumn Sale has begun.
With most of the year gone, quite a few 2023 games are discounted during this week-long Steam sale, which ends on November 28. We've kicked off this list of recommendations with some of those new games—specifically the games we and others are looking at for end-of-year awards—followed by discounts on our favorite games from last year, and finally a selection of other favorites that you can get for less than the price of a sandwich (well, depending on the sandwich).
For more recommendations, we recently compiled a list of great games that always get Steam sale discounts. If the game you're after isn't discounted, the next big seasonal Steam sale is the Winter Sale, which starts in December and along with the Summer Sale is one of the biggest each year.
2023 award nominees on sale
The game that earned our highest review score of 2023—our highest in over a decade, for that matter—is not on sale: Baldur's Gate 3 is still $60, I'm afraid. Many of this year's other best games can be had for less than their launch price, though.
Here's a selection of 2023 games that have either come up in our own GOTY award discussions (which we'll publish in December) or have been nominated for awards by shows like The Game Awards or Golden Joysticks.
Dave the Diver | $15.99/£13.59 (20% 0ff)
Dave the Diver was at the heart of a recent debate over whether facts or vibes should determine if a game is "indie" in the first place. Here's my take: Who cares? It's a brilliant videogame adventure that starts as a deceptively simple fishing and restaurant management game, and then spins up into completely unexpected and wonderful places.
Viewfinder | $19.99/£15.99 (20% off)
Take pictures of the environment and then literally paste them into the level geometry to solve puzzles. The sort of playful, meditative indie puzzler with a narrated story we don't get as often as we used to, probably because a mechanic this clever doesn't come around often. Highly recommended in our 87% review.
Starfield | $55.99/£47.99 (20% off)
It's not a very serious discount given that the starting price is $70, and I'd wager we'll see a better price in next year's Spring Sale. Still, it's $14 off a giant RPG that came out just a couple months ago.
Dredge | $18.74/£16.49 (25% off)
Fishing and horror? An excellent combo. Explore the murky waters around an odd little island, upgrade your boat, and be careful what you catch. There's more than mackerel and cod in the dark depths, and you may instead haul in some Lovecraftian horrors.
Remnant 2 | $34.99/£29.39 (30% off)
A co-op shooter with some genuinely weird locations and bosses—we described one of them as "a giant alien god that can punch through reality"—and distinctive, challenging third-person gun and melee combat. Like the first game, it's best played with friends.
Street Fighter 6 | $39.59/£32.99 (34% off)
Our new favorite fighting game. The Yakuza-esque story mode is goofy fun, and the optional simplified controls, new tutorials, and expanded training options are a boon for anyone who's ever wanted to be good at Street Fighter (or at least, understand what it means to be good), but needed some patient tutoring.
Cyberpunk 2077 | $29.99/£24.99 (50% off)
Cyberpunk's new expansion isn't on sale on its own, but the base game, which was improved significantly by a free update that came alongside Phantom Liberty, is half-off, and the base game/Phantom Liberty bundle is 39% off.
System Shock | $27.99/£24.49 (30% off)
Looking Glass's original System Shock was often overlooked in favor of its famous successor, and no matter how much you love the classics, it can be hard to go back to its chunky, pre-mouselook interface and grueling, sink-or-swim exploration. Enter Nightdive's excellent remake.
Our 2022 GOTYs on sale
Marvel's Midnight Suns |$19.79/£16.49 (67% off)
🏆 2022 GOTY Runner-Up
XCOM-maker Firaxis created our favorite recent superhero game, a mix of XCOM's gridded turn-based tactics, deck building, and friendship sim. It was definitely underloved, and is worth picking up on sale—it's even cheaper now than it was in the Summer Sale.
Total War: Warhammer 3 | $29.99/£24.99 (50% off)
🏆 Best Strategy Game 2022
The biggest discount yet on 2022's best strategy game. You no longer need to own both the previous entries to play the Immortal Empires sandbox mega-campaign, which is good, although it's accumulated a lot of negative reviews recently as backlash for its DLC pricing.
Strange Horticulture | $7.49/£6.39 (50% off)
🏆 Best Puzzle Game 2022
Inheriting a plant shop where nothing is labeled sounds stressful, but it's actually a wonderful combination of cozy and spooky thanks to fascinatingly odd customers, and a cat you can pet. We named Strange Horticulture 2022's best puzzle game, and this is a sweet price for the year's best anything.
Teardown | $22.49/£19.49 (25% off)
🏆 Best Sandbox 2022
A physics-based, voxel-powered playground melded with a genius puzzle game: "If I blow up this entire mansion, will I have space to drive this sportscar into the ocean?"
More 2022 award winners on sale:
- Neon White | $14.99 (40% off) | 🏆 Best Platformer 2022
- The Case of the Golden Idol | $12.59 (30% off) | 🏆 Best Story 2022
- Trombone Champ | $7.49 (50% off) | 🏆 Best Comedy Game 2022
- Card Shark | $11.99 (40% off) | 🏆 Best Design 2022
- Persona 5 Royal | $35.99 (40% off) | 🏆 Best RPG 2022
- Monster Hunter Rise | $15.99 (60% off) | 🏆 Best Co-op 2022
Steam Autumn Sale: Under $20
Assassin's Creed Odyssey | $11.99/£9.99 (80% off)
A whole lot of game for $12, especially if you've enjoyed Ubisoft's other action RPGs in the AC universe. Odyssey strays even further from AC's stealthy roots in favor of an action-heavy combat system centered around dramatic, often magical abilities. Set aside 80-100 hours for this one.
Project Zomboid | $13.39/£11.22 (33% off)
This survival and crafting game shambled through early access for almost a decade, but really kicked off with major upgrades in 2022 that made it engrossing both solo and in servers. It's got droves of routine players now and makes a great new challenge for your regular crafting server crew.
Steam Autumn Sale: Under $10
Rollerdrome | $9.89/£8.24 (67% off)
In the dystopian corporate future you're fighting for your life in gladiatorial combat—but let's be honest, Rollderdrome is really all about style. Rollerskate through deadly arenas taking out powerful enemies while doing sick flips, jumps, and twists to rack up a killer high score. It's full of blistering action, but somehow also manages to feel totally chill.
Roadwarden | $6.59/£4.97 (40% off)
This beautiful classic text adventure gives you 40 days to solve a mystery and complete your mission in a world full of dangerous animals and manipulative locals. It's the first text adventure I enjoyed as much as a good book.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection| $9.99/£8.49 (75% off)
The big box of Halo is back at its lowest price for this sale. The Master Chief Collection includes every Halo up to Halo 4, including Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, and Halo 2: Anniversary.
Pillars of Eternity | $7.49/£5.74 (75% off)
One of our all-time favorite RPGs is available for next to nothing. Obsidian brought all of its skills at making inventive, detailed worlds and funneled them into a new fantasy game with loads to love.
Dome Keeper | $8.99/£7.49 (50% off)
A pixel art roguelike that has you constantly focusing in two directions. Down to collect precious resources, and up to defend your vulnerable glass dome from alien invaders. Keep up the frantic pace, mining during the peaceful minute or so between attacks on your fragile snow globe, and see how long you can fend them off.
Steam Autumn Sale: Under $5
The Talos Principle | $2.99/£2.49 (90% off)
A smart, thoughtful puzzle game that tells an intriguing and surprising story. It might give off a "Portal with big ideas" vibe at first glance, but it's so much more than a derivative knockoff—and at this price, if you dig puzzle games it's a no-brainer. (The sequel just came out, too.)
Ratz Instagib | $3.59/£2.79 (60% off)
Relive your Unreal Tournament glory days, or warm up for CS2 sessions. You'll need to convince a few Discord pals to pick up Ratz too if you want to play against non-bots with any regularity, but at this price that shouldn't be hard.
Loop Hero | $4.94/£4.22 (67% off)
The Vampire Survivors of 2021, in the sense that it's an inexpensive game that it's easy to devote way more time to than you ever thought you would.
Metro 2033 Redux | $1.99/£1.77 (90% off)
One of the all-time best singleplayer shooters by a lot of measures. The original released in 2010, while the Redux version bumped it up to 4A's latest engine tech in 2014. A damn good FPS for just $2.
Steam Autumn Sale: 10 years of Game of the Year winners
It's a shame there's no Elden Ring discount in this sale, and Metal Gear Solid 5 is also at its usual $20 price. Still, you can get 10 years' worth of the best in PC gaming (according to us) for under $170 right now—not too shabby. Read about why these games are so special in our Game of the Year awards archive.
- 2022: Elden Ring | $59.99/£49.99 (not on sale)
- 2021: Valheim | $11.99/£9.29 (40% off)
- 2020: Death Stranding: Director's Cut | $19.99/£17.49 (50% off)
- 2019: Disco Elysium | $9.99/£8.74 (75% off)
- 2018: Into the Breach | $7.49/£5.69 (50% off)
- 2017: Divinity: Original Sin 2 | $17.99/£11.99 (60% off)
- 2016: Dishonored 2 | $2.99/£2.49 (90% off)
- 2015: Metal Gear Solid 5 | $19.99/£24.99 (not on sale)
- 2014: Alien Isolation | $9.99/£8.74 (75% off)
- 2013: Spelunky | $3.74/£2.74 (75% off)