Gabe Newell as the lord of sales

After a few weeks of teasers, rumors, and wild theories the Steam Summer Sale has now finally arrived, bringing with it a ridiculous amount of discounted games. However, while that is certainly a good thing, it is not exactly easy to choose only a couple of games when you have thousands upon thousands strewn before you.

In an effort to help out with this little 'problem', and also showcase some great games you might not have otherwise even looked at, I have devised a brief list consisting of five games you should consider grabbing on Day 12 of the 2017 Steam Summer Sale. Without further ado, let's begin:

Tomb Raider (-75%)

Lara Croft running from a falling plane

The modern Tomb Raider reboot is not the most polished action-adventure game I've ever played, but what it does manage is to perfectly recreate the atmosphere and feel of the oldschool classics. What this means in gameplay terms is that you will run, jump, and crawl across a variety of interesting locations, piece together an ancient mystery, blow up hordes upon hordes of evil henchmen, and perhaps most surprisingly of all, spend very little time in actual tombs. If you're a fan of action-adventure games, or if you have a soft spot for Lara Croft, then the modern reboot is well worth checking out.

Orcs Must Die! (-67%)

Orcs Must Die! screenshot of devious traps

Even though Orcs Must Die! has by now turned into a proper series I still consider the original to be the most unique and interesting out of the lot. In the most basic terms it is a tower defense game where instead of relying entirely on your defenses you get to help out by shooting your enemies straight in the face, baiting them into traps, and other such lovely tricks. It might not sound like much, but the level of polish and balance present in Orcs Must Die! means that each and every single map is not only unique and interesting, but also tricky to solve. So if you're up for a tower defense game that actually takes more than excellent strategy to win, give Orcs Must Die! a try.

Dying Light: The Following (-60%)

Dying Light screenshot of zombies

Dying Light is in many ways a spiritual successor to Dead Island, and I am very glad to say it manages to mostly sidestep the problems of its predecessor. The combat is both satisfying and brutal, the free-running is surprisingly well executed, and the zombies are actually a real threat if you ever decide to underestimate their power... or numbers. The story, as you would expect, is still complete and utter nonsense, but if that doesn't bother you and you're looking for a good zombie beat 'em up I would heartily recommend Dying Light.

Mark of the Ninja (-75%)

Mark of the Ninja screenshot

While it does come from an indie studio Mark of the Ninja is one of the best stealth games out there. It offers you a myriad of ways to complete each level, a whole set of tools and abilities to customize your playstyle, support for both the assassin and ghost approaches to stealth, as well as a collection of intriguing levels to navigate. Add to this a stylized but lovely art style and you've got yourself a stealth game you shouldn't miss out on if you're a fan of the genre.

Portal 2 (-90%)

Portal 2 screenshot of GLADOS

If you're one of the five people that still haven't grabbed Portal 2, consider this your reminder. The puzzles are a lot of fun to solve, the writing and voiceacting is just straight up brilliant, and both the co-po and singleplayer campaigns are well fleshed out and completely unique. So if you're looking for an extremely good game at an extremely cheap price, you really won't find much better than Portal 2. Just give it a try, chances are good you won't regret the €2.

And there you have it, these are all of my recommendations for Day 12 of the 2017 Steam Summer Sale. I'll be back tomorrow with a new batch of games, but until then I would definitely suggest you browse through the store yourself as you're bound to come across a couple of hidden gems I might have completely missed. 

If you're interested in some more suggestions from your's truly, however, you'll find links to all of the other days right below:

 Recommendations for Day 1

 Recommendations for Day 2

 Recommendations for Day 3

 Recommendations for Day 4

 Recommendations for Day 5

 Recommendations for Day 6

 Recommendations for Day 7

 Recommendations for Day 8

 Recommendations for Day 9

 Recommendations for Day 10

 Recommendations for Day 11