Steam’s 2013 Summer Sale Live, Plus Origin Deals Not to Be Missed

By Viet Do . July 13, 2013 . 9:00am

Steam Summer Sale 2013 from Lord Gaben


PC Gamer? Then you probably know that Steam’s annual Summer Sale is now well under way. Launched on July 11th at 10AM, the initial influx of traffic was so massive that Steam’s server even temporarily error out (the horror). Luckily order was quickly restore and gamers everywhere rejoiced.


For those not familiar with Steam annual sales, here are some basic tips:


  • You should only buy a game if its a part of: daily deals, flash sale, community choice vote, or developer bundle
  • While the entire Steam catalog goes on sale during the sales event, titles may cycle into a daily deal or flash sale batch (making it significantly cheaper)
  • Last day of the Summer Sale is always an “encore” sale of sort, where things you may have missed will come back in full force
  • Steam’s Summer Sale isn’t always the lowest price for a game, but prices are often excellent. Check our table below for more details on lowest prices for specific titles so you can make an educated purchase.


If you’re still mulling over what to buy (and not buy), check out our Steam Summer Sale price comparison spreadsheet:



Origin Sale: Not to miss the truck load of money passing hand between gamers and Valve, EA/Origin is letting their retail partners drop some excellent titles to all new low prices. Check the table below for Gamefly’s Origin sale from this weekend through Tuesday next week (10am Pacific). Remember, use coupon GFDJUL20 and GFDJUL20UK (for those in the UK) to get the sale price listed:


Start End Game Title MSRP % Off Sale Price
Jul 12 July 16 Mass Effect Trilogy $39.99 60% $15.99
Jul 12 July 16 Kingdoms of Amalur Complete $39.97 80% $7.99
Jul 12 July 16 Dragon Age Collection $39.99 80% $9.99
Jul 12 July 16 Dead Space 1 & 2 $39.99 40% $17.99
Jul 12 July 16 Crysis 1 & 2 $59.98 80% $11.99
Jul 15 July 19 Crysis 3 $39.99 60% $15.99
Jul 15 July 19 Need for Speed Most Wanted $29.99 60% $11.99
Jul 15 July 19 Dead Space 3 $39.99 60% $15.99
Jul 15 July 19 Battlefield 3 Premium Edition $39.99 60% $15.99
Jul 15 July 19 FIFA 13 $19.99 60% $7.99
Jul 15 July 19 The Sims 3 Starter Pack $29.99 41% $11.99


Damage thus far to our wallet? 4 games at about $15. Not too bad at all – but there’s a solid 10 more days left o the Summer Sale!


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  • Phoenix Wright

    The Sonic Hits Collection was on sale for $15! It said that the deal would be available until the 22, but they already took it down. I was going to wait a few days and get it, but I can’t now. I hope it goes back on sale.

    • malek86

      Wait a bit, it will probably go on sale again. Due to the number of flash deals and community choices, deals start getting repeated after 3-4 days.

  • Spirit Macardi

    I’ve already snagged Borderlands 2 (plus the DLC season pass), as well as Dark Souls.

  • malek86

    Only got Chaser for now (unknown FPS which I’ve had my eyes on for a while now). And I still have some wallet credit left, thanks to all those cards I’ve sold. First sale where I won’t be actually spending anything!

  • Rocsas

    Well I cant find an excuse to not buy Last Remnant for only 3.40$ also gonna snatch Bastion and Ys Origins because I am tired of just listening how awesome they are and want to try them myself

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      If you have an Intel HD 4000 GPU you probably shouldn’t buy it. However it looks much better and runs 1000 times faster than the 360 version.

      • Rocsas

        I know about the limitations of my laptop but I just played the demo and even if there is a little slowdown during the battles and some textures in town load a few seconds later it is not unplayable and seems to run just good enough for my taste…

        Edit: And besides I never got to play it on PS3 but I think that there were some problems when they tried to port it or something

        • Juan Andrés Valencia

          The 360 version was virtually unplayable without an installation. Severe framerate issues, textures taking up to the year 20XX to load, long loading times and quick-time events that became harder due to the single digit framerates.

          They planned a PS3 version but they cancelled it (Without warning or anything, it just vanished) and Square-Enix decided to use other engines that weren’t the UE3 afterwards probably because they couldn’t figure out how to optimize it properly on consoles.

      • CirnoLakes

        At that price I wouldn’t say it’s a bad idea to get a game period.

        Almost no game in existence is that cheap. Even as the game ages it won’t become cheaper. You won’t be able to find a used bargain bin copy of the game somewhere for less than $4 unless you’re extremely lucky. And even digitally, unless world economics change radically, it is unlikely that The Last Remnant will often come down further than $4. Not anytime soon. The PC version is also the best copy of the game, so it is a solid investment to be buying the game here.

        And computers are only going to get better. If someone doesn’t have a computer that can run The Last Remnant, they will, soon. I can say that from personal experience, I built a computer on $250 dollars recently that ran The Last Remnant just fine.

        • Juan Andrés Valencia

          I’m not against that but sadly many people think that buying a new laptop or desktop means it can play anything. However, I also mentioned the wrong model of Intel HD, since the 4000 series can run basically anything on low-medium settings at 20-30 FPS on 720p or 1080p depending on the game.

          Most new computers should be able to run the game but anything less powerful than an 8800GT or 8800GTX might struggle running it flawlessly. And it’d still is an amazing game, max settings or not.

          I also remembered there’s a Last Remnant benchmark which can allow you to see what settings you should use (It uses a very demanding scene and battles like those appear mostly after the 40 hour mark).

          As for the low price, I think GMG had it for 2.50 a while ago which for cheap ass gamers (Like me) it’s a no-brainer, specially since it’s one of the best RPG’s of this generation.

  • and now we just play the waiting game

  • Eric Harris

    gog user. New steam user. Don’t see myself using it much but there are a few games I can’t get on gog. Just bought Duke Nukem 3D, which on steam includes the 3 very rare expansion packs (not on gog). I am waiting for an even bigger discount on Skyrim and Sim City 4.

    • Daru Titor

      You’re out of luck with skyrim.
      They had it lower two days ago.

  • CirnoLakes

    That’s some picture of Gabe right there.

    • DS23

      Oh it’s not just a picture…

      • CirnoLakes

        Oh Jesus, that’s something, right there.

        I mean oh Gaben.

  • Skye Johnson

    I do wish they’d include the Mac versions of some of these in the sale. Dragon Age Mac exists. At least the Sims 3 is only $5.

  • pimpalicious

    For that price, maybe I’ll finally try RPG maker.

    • It is lowest ever price. The previous lowest price was just last weekend (and 3 months before that) at $34.99.

  • RisukuAozora

    Basically what’s happening…

  • Göran Isacson

    Oh man, it happened. I bought Remember Me as the daily deal. The attack on my wallet has commenced. There is no hope for me now.

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