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New Year’s Resolution Sale on GOG

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Did you miss any of the many, many digital gaming sales over the holidays? PC gaming store GOG is offering another sale to celebrate the New Year. The New Year’s Resolutions sale features a mix of both old and new games. The sale ends January 15.

If you shopped at GOG (or Steam) over the holidays you won’t find any new deals here. Recent game sales include The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (50% off), Divinity: Original Sin 2 (10% off), We Are the Dwarves (90% off), Tyranny (60% off), and This War of Mine (80% off). Older classic titles include Psychonauts (90% off), Theme Hospital (75% off), and the Jagged Alliance series (75% off).

GOG recently posted a retrospective on 2017. They surpassed 2000 games in their digital catalog, with nearly 25% of that from 2017. It was a mix of acquiring classics like Jazz Jackrabbit and SWAT 4, as well as new releases of indie-ish games like Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Cuphead. GOG Galaxy, their optional Steam-like client, also moved out of beta and received several new additions, such as an in-game overlay.

Hopefully your New Year’s resolution wasn’t to buy less games. The GOG New Year’s Resolution sale ends January 15.

 

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Grab Grim Fandango Free During the GOG Winter Sale

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The annual GOG Winter Sale kicked off this week. The Sale features over 500 PC games up to 90% off. The sale ends December 26.

Unlike the Steam sales, GOG still has a few fun promotions with their sales. The first is a free game, Grim Fandago Remastered. The catch is that you need to claim it before December 14 at 6 am Pacific/9 am Eastern. Grim Fandango Remastered launched in 2015 with improved textures, models, orchestral score, and director’s commentary. The original Grim Fandango released in 1998 as a late-era entry of the Golden Age of LucasArts adventure games.

Notable deals:

  • Cuphead $16.99 (15% off)
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice $22.49 (25% off)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch $15.99 (20% off)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition $19.99 (60% off)
  • Tyranny – Commander Edition $17.99 (60% off)
  • Stardew Valley $9.99 (33% off)
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera $22.99 (50% off)
  • Grim Dawn $7.49 (70% off)
  • Darkest Dungeon $9.99 (60% off)

GOG is also offering Mystery Games in the form of $3 ‘stars.’ Each star contains a game that you don’t own, and stars are priced less than the sale price of games. You have no control over what game you actually receive, making it a quasi-loot box system.

GOG first introduced this mystery game feature during their Piñata Madness sale in August. I bought three of the Piñatas and got one decent game (A Wolf Among Us).

Every purchase you make during the Winter Sale, whether it’s games on sale, mystery stars, or card packs in GWENT goes toward unlocking more free games. Spending $15 during the sale nets you Hard West, while you’ll have to spend $40 to get Master of Orion for free. Hard West is a decent but flawed XCOM-like tactical strategy game set in a dark alt-Western world. Master of Orion is the 2016 remake of the classic space strategy series, but was met with mixed reception.

The GOG Winter Sale ends December 26.

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All the Biggest Black Friday Digital Game Sales

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You know what’s great about digital game shopping on Black Friday? You don’t even have to put on pants. It’s time to reap the benefits of patiently waiting for that game you’ve been wanting to go on sale. We’ve compiled all the biggest digital gaming deals of the season right here, from PC to Xbox. Note that every Black Friday Sale save Nintendo’s ends on Tuesday, November 28.

Steam

Steam blows everyone out of the water as usual. In addition to the usual 50% discounts for big, older titles like Grand Theft Auto V, Fallout 4, and The Witcher 3, you can also get more recent games like Wolfensetin 2, Civilization VI, and ARK: Survival Evolved. The Steam Link, that little device that lets you stream games from your PC to your TV, has been discounted 90%, down to $4.99.

Sale ends November 28.

  • Steam Link $4.99 (90% off)
  • Asssassin’s Creed Origins $49.79 (17% off)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus $29.99 (50% off)
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands $29.99 (50% off)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI $29.99 (50% off)
  • ARK: Survival Evolved $29.99 (50% off)
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole $44.99 (25% off)
  • XCOM 2: War of the Chosen $29.99 (25% off)
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider $14.99 (50% off)
  • Dishonored 2 $19.99 (50% off)
  • Prey $19.99 (50% off)
  • Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition $29.99 (50% off)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided $8.99 (85% off)

GOG

If you like a little more control and ownership over your own digital PC gaming library, GOG is your jam. You’ll find pretty much the exact same deals as Steam, but with an emphasis on older classic PC titles and bundle deals. If you spend at least $15, you’ll get Starcrawlers for free.

Sale ends November 28.

  • Heroes of Might and Magic V: Bundle $4.99 (75% off)
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera $22.49 (50% off)
  • Tyranny – Commander Edition $17.99 (60% off)
  • Divinity: Original Sin: Enhanced Edition $13.59 (66% off)
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 $40.49 (10% off)

Origin

If you want to play most EA games on the PC, you’ll need to go through Origin. Black Friday deals are up to 75% off, though these are mostly older titles. Highlights include Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, and The Sims 4 for $9.99 each.

Sale ends November 28.

  • Titanfall 2 $9.99 (50% off)
  • The Sims 4 $9.99 (50% off)
  • Battlefield 1 $19.99 (50% off)
  • Mass Effect Andromeda $19.99 (50% off)
  • Star Wars Battlefront Ultimate Edition $14.99 (50% off)
  • Unravel $9.99 (50% off)

Nintendo eShop

Don’t get too excited. There are some good deals here but you won’t exactly find Super Mario Odyssey or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on sale. This is the first holiday season with the Switch, and Nintendo isn’t about to put any of its new stuff on sale. There are some solid 3DS deals here, however. Note that if you are a My Nintendo member (which you should be) you can earn Gold Points on purchases.

Sale ends December 11.

Switch

  • 1-2-Switch $39.99 (20% off)
  • Super Bomberman R $39.99 (20% off)
  • LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game $41.99 (30% off)

3DS

  • Bravely Default $27.99 (30% off)
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove $19.99 (20% off)
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call $19.99 (50% off)
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star $27.99 (30% off)
  • Story of Seasons $14.99 (50% off)

Wii U

  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove $19.99 (20% off)
  • Axiom Verge $9.99 (50% off)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens $9.99 (50% off)

PlayStation Store

The PlayStation Black Friday sale has deals up to 50% off. If you’re a PS Plus subscriber, you get an additional 10% discount. You can find big releases from this year already down to 50%, such as Horizon Zero Dawn and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

Sale ends November 28.

  • EA Family Bundle (Need for Speed, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Unravel) $15.99 (60% off)
  • Need for Speed Payback $35.99 (40% off)
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins $41.99 (30% off)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus $29.99 (50% off)
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole $41.99 (30% off)
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider $14.99 (50% off)
  • Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition $29.99 (50% off)
  • Destiny 2 $41.99 (30% off)
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy $19.99 (50% off)
  • Overwatch $29.99 (50% off)
  • Injustice 2 $19.99 (60% off)
  • Persona 5 $24.99 (50% off)
  • The Disney Afternoon Collection $9.99 (50% off)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn $19.99 (50% off)

Xbox

If you don’t already own an Xbox One, Microsoft has lots of bundled deals available, including with Minecraft and Assassin’s Creed Origins. Digital games are on sale up to 65% off. Like PlayStation, if you’re a subscriber to Xbox Live Gold you’ll get an additional 10% off.

Sale ends November 28.

  • Destiny 2 $44.99 (25% off)
  • Madden NFL 18 $35.99 (40% off)
  • Need for Speed Payback $41.99 (30% off)
  • Forza Motorsport 7 $38.99 (35% off)
  • Halo Wars 2 $23.99 (40% off)
  • Overwatch Game of the Year Edition $35.99 (40% off)
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Get Free and Discounted Games with the GOG Halloween Sale

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Let the season of big game sales begin! Digital PC store GOG has kicked off their annual Halloween Sale today. It’s not just horror games either. Over 200 games are on sale, between 33% and 90% off. The Halloween Sale ends November 2.

The big promo for this sale is a free game. If you spend at least $15 during the sale, you’ll receive Tales from the Borderlands for free. That’s also not a horror game, but it is a fantastic episodic adventure series by Telltale Games, starring the wacky characters and world of Borderlands.

As is typical with GOG sales, you can purchase digital games in bundles to receive bigger discounts. Purchasing The Walking Dead Bundle, for example, grants all five episodic Walking Dead games by TellTale for 80% off, or $18.95. Otherwise each individual game is 70% off, except the newer third season, A New Frontier, which is 55% off.

Other bundle deals include the LEGO Bundle, Sherlock Holmes Bundle, and a D&D Bundle of ‘gold box’ classics. These are all ‘completion bundles.’ That means if you already own some of the games in the bundle, you’ll still get the deeper discount for purchasing the rest at an even cheaper price.

Here are some individual highlights of the GOG Halloween Sale:

  • Hotline Miami $1.99 (80% off)
  • Hotline Miami 2 $3.79 (75% off)
  • Dead Space $3.99 (80% off)
  • Saints Row IV: Game of the Century Edition $3.99 (80% off)
  • Darkest Dungeon $9.99 (60% off)
  • Outlast $2.99 (85% off)
  • Day of the Tentacle Remastered $5.09 (66% off)
  • SOMA $7.49 (75% off)

If you use both Steam and GOG for PC gaming, GOG Connect lets you add your Steam purchases into your GOG library for DRM-free, offline gaming goodness. It’s only available for specific, select games, and they usually trickle in slowly. The 2017 Halloween Sale opens up a whopping 30 games to GOG Connect. The mostly include horror games such as the Amnesia games and Walking Dead series.

To use GOG Connect you’ll need to sign in with your Steam account and make sure your settings are set to Public.

The GOG Halloween Sale ends November 2. If you believe the (usually correct) rumors, the Steam Halloween Sale should be starting soon as well.

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Humble Store End of Summer Sale Features Free Walking Dead

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The Humble Store is featuring an End of Summer Sale for their library of PC games. Until 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern on September 9 you can also grab The Walking Dead Season 1 for free. The End of Summer Sale ends September 21.

All of the Telltale episodic adventure games are on sale up to 80% off (aside from The Walking Dead’s 100% off). The Walking Dead Season 2 is $4.99 (80% off) and Season 3, A New Frontier, is $9.99 (60% off). My personal favorite Telltale game, Tales from the Borderlands, is $4.99 (80% off). You can also find Game of Thrones ($5.99), Batman ($6.24), and the currently ongoing Guardians of the Galaxy ($12.49) on sale.

Here are some more highlighted deals. Note that every game purchase results in a Steam key except The Witcher 3, which must be redeemed through GOG. A few games provide both Steam and GOG keys as indicated.

  • XCOM 2 $23.99 (60% off)
  • The Witcher 3 $24.99 (50% off)
  • Slime Rancher $13.39 (33% off, Steam + GOG)
  • Borderlands 2: Game of the Year $9.99 (75% off)
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel $11.99 (70% off)
  • Hyper Light Drifter $9.99 (50% off)
  • Darkest Dungeon $9.99 (75% off)
  • Prison Architect $7.49 (75% off)
  • Valkyria Chronicles $4.99 (75% off)
  • Starbound $9.89 (34% off, Steam + GOG)
  • Rocket League $11.99 (40% off)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI $38.99 (35% off)

Humble’s sale fits snugly in between the various summer and fall sales that Steam and GOG run. Obviously getting The Walking Dead for free is a great deal. The Telltale games seem to have the best sale prices. The Walking Dead Season 2, A New Frontier, and Guardians of the Galaxy sale prices are historic lows compared to the most recent Steam sales.

The End of Summer Sale ends September 21. Free Walking Dead ends September 9.

 

GOG Sale Offering $3 Mystery Game Piñatas, Deadlight for Free

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PC gaming digital store GOG has unveiled a new sale called Piñata Madness. In addition to many games on sale you can purchase a piñata for $3. Instead of candy these piñatas hold a mystery game from a list of over 100 games. On top of that you can grab Deadlight: Director’s Cut for free, just by clicking on the button on the GOG front page. The Piñata Madness sale will end August 21.

GOG states that the piñata mystery games are full games (no DLC) worth between $5.99 and $44.99. That makes each purchase a good bargain. But you still don’t know what you’re going to get, and sale prices could make any game comparably cheap anyway. For example, Heroes of Might and Magic III is currently on sale for $3.39.

Here’s a list of other notable games on sale during the Piñata Madness:

  • No Man’s Sky $23.99 (60% off)
  • Darkest Dungeon $9.99 (60% off)
  • Pillars of Eternity $17.99 (60% off)
  • War for the Overworld $10.49 (65% off)
  • Dreamfall Chapters $14.99 (40% off)
  • Invisible Inc  $5.99 (70% off)
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons $2.99 (80% off)
  • Shadowrun: Hong Kong $4.99 (75% off)
  • Batman: The Telltale Series $8.79 (65% off)

If you’re curious there’s a thread on reddit where people list the games they’ve received in the mystery piñatas. Examples include Terraria ($9.99), Tesla Effect ($19.99), Amnesia: The Dark Descent ($19.99), Shelter ($9.99), and Deponia 3 ($19.99).

Note that you won’t get any duplicates of games you already own through GOG. However GOG makes no such distinction between games you may already own on other digital stores such as Steam (other than the games on GOG Connect).

New games will be added to the pool of mystery games, but any piñata will be assigned its game at the time of purchase.

The 2017 Piñata Madness sale will end August 21.