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2023's Dune: Spice Wars is just one great RTS game discounted during the Steam Autumn Sale. (Image source: Steam - edited)
2023's Dune: Spice Wars is just one great RTS game discounted during the Steam Autumn Sale. (Image source: Steam - edited)
Steam's Autumn Sale is back for 2023, and it features a number of spectacular real-time strategy games at steeply discounted rates. Raid your enemies in Northgard or seize control of the most valuable resource in the universe in Dune: Spice Wars, with up to 70% off the best RTS games around.

1. Dune: Spice Wars - 30% off

Dune: Spice Wars is a 4X real-time strategy game by Shiro Games — the same studio responsible for the smash hit Northgard. Spice Wars, as anyone familiar with Dune might have guessed, takes place on the desert planet of Arrakis. Players choose from a line-up of Dune characters and lead their faction into battle for dominion over the galaxy's most valuable resource.

Players are tasked with exploring the harsh planet, finding resources, facing off against the planet's giant monsters, and surviving gruelling storms. The game offers a number of routes to victory, ranging from direct head-on assault to more subtle political scheming. 

Adding to the challenge, Dune: Spice Wars offers four-player multiplayer, turning it into an epic, friendship-ruining party game in 2v2 or free-for-all game modes. Multiplayer also supports custom games, which allows players to pick everything from map size to how hostile the environment and local fauna and climate will be. 

Dune: Spice Wars is just US$12.59 with the 30% discount as part of the Steam Autumn Sale until November 28.

2. Anno 1800 - 75% off

Anno 1800 is a quintessential city-builder RTS for experienced players on the hunt for a challenging gaming experience. Players must build and maintain a colony located in an island city, eventually venturing off into the great beyond in search of additional resources.

Anno 1800 takes place during the Industrial Revolution, where efficiency and expansion were key. Thus, shrewd resource management, urban planning, and expansion are crucial to success, but the game also gives players a lot of freedom when it comes to how they construct and run their island colony.

The development from pre-industrial colony to technological powerhouse doesn't happen in a vacuum, either. As players expand beyond their home shores, they will encounter other civilisations to dominate or form strategic allegiances with.

Anno 1800 is 75% off at just US$11.99 during the Steam Autumn Sale.

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3. Shadow Tactics: Aiko's Choice - 70% off

Shadow Tactics: Aiko's Choice is a spin-off of the highly-rated Shadow Tactics: Blade of the Shogun that centres around the story of Aiko and her band of assassin accomplices as they hunt down enemies from Aiko's past.

Players lead the band of five heroes through Japan during the Edo period, skulking from village to village to hunt down their enemies in stealth RTS fashion. Each of the five assassins available to players is as deadly as the next, although they all have unique skill sets that will come in handy, depending on the scenario. 

Shadow Tactics: Aiko's Choice is an ideal game for players looking to get into the RTS genre but don't want the grandiose battles of the Warhammer 40,000 or Stellaris universes.

Shadow Tactics: Aiko's Choice is on sale for US$2.99 — 70% off — during the Steam Autumn Sale. The Shadow Tactics: Anniversary Bundle is also discounted by 77% to US$8.24, and it includes the original Shadow Tactics: Blade of the Shogun game, Aiko's Choice, the Aiko's Choice Art Book & Strategy Guide, and soundtracks from both games.

4. Northgard - 70% off

Northgard takes the resource management, sense of adventure, and tense battles from the Age of Empires franchise and drapes it in a gorgeous Norse aesthetic. This RTS sees a Viking clan land on a new continent, eager to set up camp and expand their reach into the new land full of enemies both natural and supernatural. 

While players are mostly faced with the typical RTS game mechanics, like hostile weather, enemy clans, and balancing growth and resources, there are also a number of unique game modes that mix in a healthy dose of Norse mythology.

Northgard's settlement size limits and NPC AI also encourages players to explore and expand their colony to new regions, rather than forcing them to put all their attention towards managing established populations and settlements.

Northgard is on sale for US$4.49 (70% off) during the Steam Autumn Sale.


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Julian van der Merwe, 2023-11-24 (Update: 2023-11-25)