It's one of the most wonderful times of the year for game deals hunters. The 2020 Steam Winter Sale is live with discounts on thousands of games. It runs until 1PM ET on January 5th.
You’ll find some decent discounts, including on some recent games. You can save 50 percent off Ori and the Will of the Wisps ($15) and NieR:Automata ($20), while Half Life: Alyx is 25 percent off ($45). Hades is $5 off at $20, and you can also save on the likes of Control Ultimate Edition ($20, 50 percent off), Yakuza: Like A Dragon ($45, 25 percent off) and Halo: The Master Chief Collection ($24, 40 percent off).
Steam has also added some seasonal items you can claim through its points program, including avatars, animated stickers and a seasonal profile. You receive points for every purchase and you can unlock digital goodies with them. Elsewhere, Steam Chat now has in-line reactions — you can use animated stickers and emoticons to react to a message.
Meanwhile, nominees for the annual Steam Awards have been announced and voting is now open for all 10 categories. The game of the year nominees include Hades, Doom Eternal and Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, all of which are among Engadget’s favorite titles of 2020. Although Red Dead Redemption II and Death Stranding came out last year, they make the cut as they fall within the 2020 eligibility period. You have until January 3rd to vote, and you'll earn trading cards for doing so.
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