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Space Sector’s Bargain List: Steam Mega Summer Sale

By on July 13th, 2012 6:32 pm

The SS Sci-Fi Strategy Bargains

Today we start a new rubric in Space Sector about games sales, which usually tend to happen more on the weekends. Space, science fiction and strategy games sales, that’s what you’ll find here, hopefully every week on Fridays.

And we start strong because Steam has recently announced their summer sales, and because of that there’s a ton of good opportunities out there. But, there are other non-steam opportunities as well.

Galactic Civilizations 2: Ultimate Edition (50% – $9.99/€7.49/£6.49)

Words aren’t really necessary here. But, to the ones not yet familiarized with this title Stardock’s GalCiv2 is one of the best space 4X games ever made. Surely on my top 3. If you like 4X games you can’t afford to miss this opportunity, moreover it is the ultimate bundle, which includes the expansions Dark Avatar and Twilight of the Arnor.

Sins of a Solar Empire Trinity (50% – $9.99/€7.49/£6.49)

Another Stardock flagship game Sins of a Solar Empire Trinity has both the Entrenchment and Diplomacy micro-expansions. Although slightly outdated, after the Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion release, it is still the heart of Sins. If you’re not going for the Rebellion’s complete experience for ~$40, and still want to get an excellent real-time space strategy gaming experience for an affordable price, then Sins Trinity is, at this price, great value for money. You can read our Sins Trinity review here and our Sins Rebellion review here.

Space Empire IV: Deluxe (70% – $2.99/€2.99/£1.79)

This is one of the space 4X game classics. Shrapnel’s Space Empires IV is a turn-based game on both the strategic and tactical views, a very rare commodity to find these days. We don’t have a review unfortunately but if you like games like Master of Orion 2, you’re serious about strategy and don’t get intimidated by modest graphics then SEIV is a good game for you, and a noble addition to your space 4X games collection. And for this price?

Star Ruler (75% – $4.99/€3.75/£3.25)

Also a worthy title to consider adding to your 4X game list. Blind Mind’s Star Ruler is a 3D real-time space strategy game that didn’t enjoyed a stellar beginning but achieved a very good state after successive patches, and finally a “gold” version (v1.1) which we reviewed afterwards. Star Ruler’s strong points are its huge 3D galaxies and brilliant ship design. Note: I don’t know if the Steam Star Ruler version is up to date (latest official version is v1.2). But judging from the Steam version update history it probably is. For this price the risk isn’t high anyway :)

Sword of the Stars: Complete Collection (75% – $4.99/€4.99/£3.74)

The original Sword of the Stars plus its expansions is a very decent addition to the space 4X games genre. It’s turn-based for the strategic view and real-time for the tactical battles. Its unique races should be able to appeal you. The battles are also very good. Definitely a title to look for and most definitely for new comers to the genre. You have our review here. If you want to enter in the SotS Universe for even less money you can always try the original Sword of the Stars for $2.50/€2.50/£2.24. Note: SotSCC is also on sale on Steam and Impulse/GameStop, but for a higher price than on GamersGate.

Gratuitous Space Battles: Complete Pack ($9.49/€8.99/£6.99)

GSB is a very interesting space strategy game where the emphasis is on ship design and then on watching your designs in action. You don’t have control during the battles though. All you can do is watch the fireworks (they are nice…). All your decisions have to be done upfront: the types of ships you’ll use, the formations and general orders you can give to each ship. Further DLCs were released with new races, ships and scenarios. Here’s a chance to get everything for an interesting price. You can know my thoughts on GSB here (only for the base game). Also on sale at GamersGate.

Special attention:

Today: Anno 2070 (50% – $24.99/€24.99/£14.99)

Other deals:

Non-strategy deals:

Non-scifi-space strategy deals:

Most of the deals are included on the Steam Summer sale that will end on July 23, 2012.

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7 Comments


  1. Evil Azrael says:

    On Steam, there are Publisher Packs for 50 Bucks. The Paradox Bundle may be interesting for strategy fans, among others it contains SotS2 and Europa Universalis III + Extension.

  2. Alex says:

    There is a 25% Sale on Civ V – Gods and Kings now and Flash Sales on the base game versions today (with 75%+ discounts).

  3. Kyle "Lordxorn" Rees says:

    I almost jumped on Anno 2070, however some reviews have almost compared it to just a reskin. Sure there are some additional missions you might do, but when you get down to it it is the same mechanics with nothing new. Maybe when I don’t have a million other games I am spending money on and it goes on sale again I will pick it up. The graphics are gorgeous.

  4. Powermaniac says:

    Hi guys,

    First post here. I was after some advice on what is currently the best space strategy game out. After reading your Endless Space review I’ve now been put off that and am uncertain about getting Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion thanks to the cost still being rather high (Although there is this pack with all the SoaSE games and GalCiv II and Demigod http://store.steampowered.com/sub/15229/?snr=1_4_4__spd).

    I have no real experience with these games except for in the past when I was younger (13 or so, 17 now) I couldn’t get into SoaSE but I think that was just to do with my age and lack of concentration/effort put in on my part. After reading your SoaSE: Rebelion review I’m not sure at all… I’ve got Stellar Impact but haven’t played it much but that’s not really what I’m after as it seems focused on the ships not building a empire. And I’ve also got Gratuitous Space Battles but haven’t really gotten around to playing it much.

    So, what is your recommendation of the best game out at the moment. I’m not bothered if it has a ‘steep’ learning curve as I have a lot of time on my hands. I was also hoping it might be something on Steam because of there current sales going on…

    I like the look of having some control over combat such as it being real-time but if the game keeps me busy else where and is great but doesn’t feature combat well that doesn’t bother me. I’ve seen how there is both TBS and RTS space games and think I like the mixture of TBS with RTS combat the most like in Total War. Hopefully this helps a bit.

    Anyway thanks Powermaniac.

  5. Powermaniac says:

    Where did my comment go…?


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