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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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The Steam Winter Sale is Here

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The Steam Winter Sale has begun, providing oodles of PC games with discounts up to 90% off, though most are closer to 50% off. If you’ve had on your eye on PC games this year, now could be the time, though most of the discounts aren’t much different than last month’s Autumn Sale. The Steam Winter Sale ends January 4, 2018.

Here are some notable highlights:

  • Planet Coaster $11.24 (75% off)
  • Dark Souls III $14.99 (75% off)
  • South Park: The Fracutred But Whole $29.99 (50% off)
  • Prey $19.99 (50% off)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI $29.99 (50% off)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus $29.99 (50% off)
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice $22.49 (25% off)
  • Cuphead $16.99 (15% off)
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm $11.89 (30% off)
  • Doom $14.99 (50% off)
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands $29.99 (50% off)
  • Stories: Path of Destinies $1.49 (90% off)

Like in the Autumn Sale, the Steam Link has again received a massive discount of $4.99 (90% off). The Steam Link is a physical device that lets you stream Steam games directly to your TV.

The Steam Winter Sale also features The Steam Awards. Every day of the sale you can vote in a new category. The nominees were voted on during the last Steam sale, and weren’t limited to 2017 games. The first day’s award is “Choices Matter.” The nominees are The Witcher 3, Dishonored 2, Divinity: Original Sin 2, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, and Life is Strange: Before the Storm.

Each vote nets you a Steam Awards Trading Card. Gathering a full set lets you craft the Steam Award badge. You can also earn cards by browsing you Discovery Queue (up to three times per day) as well as earning them by making purchases during the sale.

The Steam Winter Sale ends January 4, 2018.

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Save on Final Fantasy Mobile Games During Holiday Sale

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Did you know you could play most of the classic Final Fantasy games of the 90s on your mobile device? If you’ve missed them, now is a great time to catch up. Square Enix is having a holiday sale over the next two weeks, with mobile games up to 60% off.

The discounted prices include tons of older Final Fantasy games, including Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy 1-7. You can also find a few other 90s JRPGs like Secret of Mana and Romancing SaGa 2 on sale (Chrono Trigger is notably not on sale, however). Romancing SaGa 2 was just recently ported to PC and consoles last week.

Supported platforms include iOS, Android, and Amazon. The sale dates and prices are slightly different depending on the game, and organized below.

December 15 – January 7

  • Romancing SaGa 2
    $17.99 → $14.99 (App Store) | $17.99 → $15.99 (Google Play)

December 21 – January 2

  • FINAL FANTASY
    $7.99 → $3.99 (App Store | Google Play)
  • FINAL FANTASY II
    $7.99 → $3.99 (App Store | Google Play)
  • FINAL FANTASY III
    $14.99 → $6.99 (App Store) | $12.99 → $6.49 (Google Play) | $15.99 → $7.99 (Amazon Appstore)
  • FINAL FANTASY III for iPad
    $16.99 → $7.99 (App Store)
  • FINAL FANTASY IV
    $14.99 → $6.99 (App Store) | $15.99 → $7.99 (Google Play | Amazon Appstore)
  • FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS
    $14.99 → $6.99 (App Store) | $15.99 → $7.99 (Google Play)
  • FINAL FANTASY V
    $14.99 → $6.99 (App Store) | $15.99 → $7.99 (Google Play | Amazon Appstore)
  • FINAL FANTASY VI
    $14.99 → $6.99 (App Store) | $15.99 → $7.99 (Google Play | Amazon Appstore)
  • FINAL FANTASY DIMENSIONS
    $13.99 → $6.99 (App Store | Google Play)
  • FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: THE WAR OF THE LIONS
    $13.99 → $4.99 (App Store) | $11.99 → $4.99 (Google Play)
  • FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: THE WAR OF THE LIONS for iPad
    $15.99 → $5.99 (App Store)

December 21 – January 7

  • Adventures of Mana
    $13.99 → $6.99 (App Store | Google Play | Amazon Appstore)
  • Secret of Mana
    $7.99 → $3.99 (App Store | Google Play)

December 26 – January 3

  • FINAL FANTASY VII
    $15.99 → $11.99 (App Store | Google Play)
  • FINAL FANTASY IX
    $20.99 → $14.99 (App Store | Google Play | Amazon Appstore)
  • CHAOS RINGS III 
    $19.99 → $10.99 (App Store | Google Play)

 

 

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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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Buy 1 Get 4 Free Skylanders, Disney Infinity Figures at Toys ‘R’ Us

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More than just rumors are surrounding the poor financial state of venerable toy store Toys ‘R’ Us. That’s sad news, but if you’re a Skylanders and/or Disney Infinity toy collector, you can take advantage of a ridiculously generous Buy 1 Get 4 Free sale running this week. The sale starts today and runs until Saturday, September 23.

Buy 1 Get 4 Free Skylanders

Buy 1 Get 4 Free Disney Infinity

Note that Toys ‘R’ Us has limited stock; toys are selling out even as a I type this news post up.

The Skylanders sale specifically excludes the latest Imaginators figures, but includes all previous generations. Most Skylanders figures are slightly discounted to $9.99. Adventure packs and Racing packs are not discounted, but are part of the Buy 1 Get 4 Free sale.

Disney Infinity sale prices vary, and stock is very limited. Many are heavily discounted to $4.99. Disney Infinity was officially discontinued last year, with online servers finally shutting down earlier this year.

Activision announced no new main Skylanders game would be released this year, causing heavy speculation over the series’ future. The latest release, 2016 Skylanders: Imaginators, was well-received (read our review). Waves of Imaginator figures have trickled in throughout the year. The final adventure pack with Ro-Bow is only just now releasing to retail stores.

Digital card game Skylanders Battlecast was also recently shut down earlier this month.

In more positive toys-to-life news, the second season of animated series Skylanders Academy is coming in October on Netflix. You can watch the new season two trailer here. Skylanders Academy has already been renewed for a third season.

 

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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.