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6 games to buy in Steam’s Autumn Sale

It Takes Two, Dead Space, Hades, and plenty more are on sale

Zagreus slays the Bone Hydra in Hades Image: Supergiant Games

The Steam autumn sale has gone live, and is set to run through Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. EST. The Steam sale is always a good chance to catch up on games; with the sheer amount of new titles that are released every year, it’s impossible to play all of them. Luckily, the Steam autumn sale has deep discounts on some spectacular titles that demand your attention. If you have a little cash to drop before the holidays, you can do worse than indulging in one of these picks.

Supergiant bundle, including Hades

Zagreus speaks to Hades while Cerberus naps nearby in a screenshot from Hades Image: Supergiant Games

Hades, one of 2020’s best games, is available for $12.49, 50% off its original price. But an even better deal is the Supergiant Games bundle for $35.63, or 73% off the total price of four games and five soundtracks. You’ll get Hades, Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre — with each of their soundtracks — and a 10th anniversary soundtrack featuring music from all the games. The Bastion soundtrack, which won multiple awards, is worth the price of the entire bundle, in my opinion; the music in Supergiant’s first game absolutely slaps.

The developer expects to release Hades 2 in early access in 2024, and what’s a better way to prepare than revisiting Supergiant’s back catalog? —Nicole Carpenter

El Paso, Elsewhere

El Paso, Elsewhere - A protagonist shoots his way through a brightly lit hotel room Image: Strange Scaffold

El Paso, Elsewhere was released in September by developer Strange Scaffold, but you can get it now for $15.99, 20% off its original price of $19.99. If you’re a fan of Max Payne and PlayStation 1 visuals — or just original third-person shooters — it’s worth checking El Paso, Elsewhere out. Playing as James Savage, you can slow down time to blast away a bunch of different monsters. Not only is it a solid shooter, but El Paso, Elsewhere has a great narrative, too. —NC

Cocoon

The insect-like protagonist of Cocoon pauses before a bridge in a desert environment Image: Geometric Interactive/Annapurna Interactive via Polygon

Cocoon is a game that surprised me a lot; it felt like it came out of nowhere and was all of a sudden in a top slot on my games of the year list. Released in late September by Geometric Interactive, Cocoon is a puzzle game about worlds within worlds within worlds, most of which exist inside orbs you can tote around. Beyond holding worlds, the orbs each have their own special powers, meaning they each have a different role in uncovering Cocoon’s secrets.

Despite its recent release, Cocoon is available for $19.99, or 20% off, its original $24.99 price. —NC

Dead Space (2023)

Isaac Clarke aims his Plasma Cutter at a Slasher Necromorph in a screenshot from the 2023 remake of Dead Space Image: Motive Studio/Electronic Arts

When Dead Space was originally released in 2008, it received tons of praise for being a genuinely scary sci-fi shooter. The 2023 remake of the game, originally released in January, lives up to that legacy. Isaac Clarke’s terrifying trip through the USG Ishimura looks better than ever, even under a thick layer of grime and gore, and the narrative’s detour into new territory works well at humanizing Isaac. The Dead Space remake is one of the best survival horror titles available in a golden age for the genre, and at a full 50% off (making it $29.99), it’s worth the chills for the thrills of eviscerating hordes of scary Necromorphs. —Cass Marshall

A Way Out & It Takes Two

A divorced couple inhabits toy dolls in It Takes Two. Image: Hazelight Studios/Electronic Arts via Polygon

Two player co-op games are surprisingly rare, considering most of us have at least one friend. A Way Out and It Takes Two are exceptions to the rule that are built entirely around two person cooperative play. The stories are quite different, but the core mechanics are similar, and based around playing with a pal.

In A Way Out, players take the role of two convicts teaming up to escape prison and acquire revenge, while It Takes Two is the story of a couple on the verge of divorce who find themselves trapped in the bodies of dolls. Both tales force the players to work together to platform, solve puzzles, and overcome the odds. A Way Out is 85% off, down to just under $5, and It Takes Two is 75% off, making it $11.99. —CM

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