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Valve’s Holiday Sale is just around the corner and like the Summer Sale it calls to our wallets and bank accounts on a spiritual level. As we all get ready to throw away our social lives and dive head first into the mountain of new games that are releasing I implore Steam to consider making sure these five games are somewhere in that sale.

5. Far Cry 5: New Dawn

Far Cry is a great series with storied legacy and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t played at least one of them. Far Cry 5 is one of my personal favorites as it brings the fight back home to the United States and diving head first into a very politically driven story. Some people rejected Far Cry 5 because of that very nature and that’s OK, politics shouldn’t make us feel OK about everything we consume, it should force us to challenge ourselves and the world around us. Even more people were bothered by the ending to Far Cry 5, myself included, but Far Cry 5: New Dawn picks up several years after that ending and…honestly, Steam I just need a little push in the right direction! 25% off would be a great start!

4. Dark Souls (Any of them!)

Dark Souls is a game that created an entirely new genre unto itself. You can’t go a week without hearing some new game described as being Souls-ian or Souls-esque. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea and not everyone who plays it is going to come even close to finishing the game. What Dark Souls did for gaming though as teach people an important lesson…it’s OK not beat every game you pick up. It’s a lesson I still have trouble reconciling with, but the Souls game will make you feel OK with putting it down or it will reforge you in the fires of hell and you’ll come out the other side a better person anyhow. Or have a Souls complex which makes you think you’re better than everyone who hasn’t beat it. Either way, give us at least 15% off any of these games and do yourself a favor by giving one of them a shot.

3. No Man’s Sky

Now hear me out here! I bought No Man’s Sky day one, I got burned pretty bad by it! I played it for exactly two hours and 4 minutes and as such was not able to return the game. That was over three years ago and to their credit the developers have continued to provide for the game and the few who still play it. I’ve heard that what’s there now is actually very good and more in line with what was originally promised. The problem is, after just a big screw-up at launch and with the reputation No Man’s Sky now carries, whether it’s made up for it’s broken promises or not, this game isn’t worth $60. Sales like the Steam Holiday or Steam Summer Sale is a perfect chance for Valve to give games another shot. Let people pick this up with at least a 50% discount and who knows, they may discover a whole new world.

2. The Witcher 3

There are few games that make just about every type of ‘Top X Games’ list or ‘Most Influential’ list but among them is always The Witcher 3. With the Netflix series set to debut near the end of December playing through The Witcher 3 is a great way to get acquainted with the world and the characters ahead of time. You don’t even run the risk of being spoiled because the series like the game are actually based on the book and both of those are bound to take some liberties. In addition, if you haven’t already fell in love with CD Projekt The Witcher 3 will help with that as well, just in time for the early 2020 release of Cyberpunk 2077. Plus, if you’re like me and you haven’t played the Witcher 1 or 2 you need an extra little push to skip over them and start here. 30% off or better would go a long way in getting me to finally pick this up.

1. Monster Hunter World

Finally, the number one game that Steam needs to put on sale and that everyone needs to pick up if they haven’t already is Monster Hunter World. Once confined only to handhelds and portable systems, Monster Hunter World has flourished since it’s release on PlayStation 4 and most recently PC. In fact, the PlayStation users just got a new expansions called Icebourne which will come a bit later in 2020 for PC users. So, if you haven’t get Monster Hunter World now so you can prep for the inevitable drop of Icebourne. Any kind of discount on this game is going to be worth it as you’ll spend a minimum of 300 hours hunting, killing and carving monsters the size of small houses.

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