Gabe Newel as the prophet of discounts

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 5 of the 2017 Steam Summer Sale. Without further ado, let's begin:

Darkest Dungeon (-60%)

Darkest Dungeon The Crimson Court DLC screenshot

Darkest Dungeon is a brutally difficult turn-based RPG with quite a few roguelike elements thrown in to spice things up. It has an impressive art style filled with Lovecraftian horrors, a story that manages to be intriguing while mostly sticking to the sidelines, as well as a variety of character classes that are all somehow balanced despite being radically different. Darkest Dungeon is definitely not a game for everyone, but if you're up a journey that will test the very limits of your skill and resourcefulness, then by all means grab Darkest Dungeon as all of the praise it gets is well-deserved.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (-50%)

Ori and the Blind Forest atmospheric screenshot

If you look at it from a purely gameplay standpoint Ori and the Blind Forest is yet another action-platformer with Metroidvania elements. What elevates it leagues and leagues above the competition, however, is its design which manages to perfectly blend gorgeous visuals with equally gorgeous music. There is very little I can tell you about Ori and the Blind Forest through words alone, so if you have even an inkling of interest in an atmospheric adventure I would fully recommend you give it a go, ideally without spoiling yourself beforehand. Its just one of those games you have to experience firsthand before you believe all of the praise constantly thrown at it.

Don't Starve Alone Pack (-65%)

Don't Starve Shipwrecked DLC screenshot

Out of all the Early Access survival games Don't Starve is the only one that has managed to not only leave beta, but also deliver an incredibly compelling experience as well. You will need to employ every ounce of ingenuity you have in order to survive the harsh weather, lack of supplies, the vast amounts of hostile wildlife that would love nothing more than to nibble on you, as well as the darkness that lurks beneath the land itself. If you're up for a true survival experience, one that will keep you on your toes from the very beginning to the very end, then by all means grab Don't Starve and its expansions.

Just Cause 3 XL (-75%)

Just Cause 3 screenshot of a car being glued to the wall

Just Cause 3 launched with a myriad of problems, both technical and gameplay in nature, but most of that has been fixed by now. What remains is a rather enjoyable shooter whose only goal is to provide you with the tools to cause ridiculous situations, and then take a back-seat while you transform a poor cow into a helicopter. So if you're up for causing all sorts of chaos without worrying about pesky morality or any sort of logic, feel free to give Just Cause 3 a try as it manages to fill that "screw around game" niche fairly well.

Risk of Rain (-75%)

Risk of Rain screenshot of an Overcharged Magma Worm

Risk of Rain is an action-platformer with a whole bunch of roguelike elements thrown in for good measure. It features a wide variety of weapons and items to mess around with, an even bigger number of enemies and bosses to fight alone or in co-op, as well as a constantly increasing difficulty that's designed to keep you on your toes - no matter how powerful your character becomes. Its going to be a difficult journey and you're probably going to die fairly often while you're still learning, but once you do manage to get a hang of it you'll find that Risk of Rain is a brutal, yet extremely entertaining game. So if you're someone that doesn't shirk in the face of challenge, and you enjoy action-platformers, then you might want to give Risk of Rain a look as its one of the best examples of the genre.

And there you have it, these are all of my recommendations for Day 5 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 6

 Recommendations for Day 7

 Recommendations for Day 8

 Recommendations for Day 9

 Recommendations for Day 10

 Recommendations for Day 11

 Recommendations for Day 12