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.
Our 2022 GOTYs on sale
More 2022 award winners on sale:
Steam Autumn Sale: Under $20
Steam Autumn Sale: Under $10
Steam Autumn Sale: Under $5
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.