The annual holiday tradition of video game discounts has arrive at Steam as they unleash the 2021 version of their Winter Sale.
It seems to be off to as smooth of a start as one could expect. Often the first hour of the sale is a time to find mid-priced items and other oddities in the mix… not to mention some performance issues as people rush in to find that price typo that will get you a game for a fraction of its intended price.
If you were interested in Forza Horizon 4, which I have been writing about, it is available for $20 again as part of the sale, down from its $60 base price. Also on the list are New World for $30, Valheim for $15, and a host of other titles marked off at least a bit, even some new-ish titles like Age of Empires IV.
It is a chance to spend some of those Winter Sales tokens you may have saved up or earned on cosmetic items.
It is also your opportunity to vote in the Steam Awards. The Autumn Sale around Thanksgiving is when you get to nominate games and the Winter Sale is when you get to see who made the cut for inclusion. It will be a tough choice for Game of the Year for me as Valheim, New World, and Forza Horizon 5 are all on the list, and they all have their merits in my book.
The sale runs from today through January 5th, though you only have until January 2nd to vote as the sale will culminate with the announcement of the winners and all sorts of statistics about which video games did the best on the Steam platform in 2021.
And then it will be 2022 and we will have a whole new year to fret about.