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Call of Duty: WWII Makes $500 Million in First Three Days

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Activision has announced that Call of Duty: WWII, which launched last Friday, has made more than $500 million in sell-through units worldwide over the first three days of its release. That’s more than the opening weekends for big Hollywood film releases Wonder Woman and Thor: Ragnarok combined, in case you were still wondering if video games were a big deal.

“We challenged our players to get their squads back together and they answered the call with the highest number of players we’ve ever seen on current gen consoles and PC,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “Call of Duty: WWII returns the franchise to its roots and the results are incredible, selling twice as many units in its opening weekend as last year and setting the day one record for full-game downloads on PlayStation 4. And we’re committed to supporting the community with continuous improvements and new content.”

Call of Duty is one of the biggest, if not the biggest annual releases of the year. Call of Duty: WWII returns the series back to its original setting of World War 2, featuring both online multiplayer and a single-player campaign. The popular cooperative zombies mode also returns with a new campaign. Call of Duty: WWII has been getting mostly favorable reviews and is currently sitting at an 80% aggregate score on Metacritic.

Activision obtained the sales figures from both retail and digital sell-through (meaning actual units sold, not just those put on the shelves) and compared them to reported movie sales.

Call of Duty: WWII is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A Digital Deluxe Edition is available, and includes the Season Pass for future DLC. It’s rated M for Mature.


Steam Halloween Sale 2017 Begins Today

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As was rumored, the Steam Halloween Sale has begun today. The focus is on Horror games and movies. You can find tons of discounted PC games, from AAA to indie. The sale lasts for about a week, ending November 1.

Here are some highlighted deals:

  • Dead by Daylight $9.99 (50% off)
  • DOOM $20.09 (33 % off)
  • Friday the 13th: The Game $19.99 (50% off)
  • Dying Light $19.99 (50% off)
  • Amnesia Collection $3.49 (90% off)
  • Alien Isolation $11.99 (70% off)
  • Crypt of the Necrodancer $2.99 (80% off)
  • Outlast $3.99 (80% off)
  • Grim Dawn $8.49 (66% off)
  • The Evil Within $9.99 (50% off)

Some big non-Horror games are also on sale:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – -Game of the Year Edition $19.99 (60% off)
  • ARK: Survival Evolved $29.99 (50% off)
  • Planet Coaster $24.74 (45% off)
  • Undertale $4.99 (50% off)
  • Tyranny $17.99 (60% off)
  • XCOM 2 $23.99 (60% off)

Note that some deals are definitely better over at GOG’s Halloween sale. Steam’s Walking Dead bundle costs $28.98, whereas GOG has the same bundle for $18.95. Most of their sale prices are comparable (Outlast is $1 cheaper on GOG).

As in previous years there don’t appear to be any flash deals or limited time offers. The big Summer and Winter sales involve Steam trading cards and sometimes little mini-games, but nothing for the poor little Halloween sale.

If you miss the sale, fear not. Steam will host a Black Friday sale right around Thanksgiving, and then of course there’s the big Winter sale at the end of the year. ‘Tis the season for building that backlog of games.

The Steam Halloween Sale ends November 1.

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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.