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.

 

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Celebrate Kirby’s 25th Anniversary with 25% Off Sale

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It’s been 25 years since the insatiable pink puffball called Kirby starred in his debut title, Kirby’s Dream Land on the Game Boy. Nintendo is celebrating Kirby’s 25th anniversary with a 25% off digital sale on Kirby titles for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The sale ends at 9am Pacific/12 pm Eastern on August 8.

Thanks to the Virtual Console you can play all the original Kirby games, including the monochrome Kirby’s Dream Land via Nintendo 3DS. The sale includes titles from the early 90s Game Boy era up to last year’s Kirby: Planet Robobot for Nintendo 3DS.

Here are the full list of games and their sale prices on the Kirby sale. All games are 25% off.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Kirby: Planet Robot $29.99
  • Kirby: Triple Deluxe $14.99
  • 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure $5.24
  • Kirby’s Dream Land $2.99
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 2 $2.99

Wii U

  • Kirby’s Return to Dream Land $14.99
  • Kirby’s Adventure $3.74
  • Kirby Super Star $5.99
  • Kirby’s Dream Land $5.99
  • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror $5.24
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards $7.49
  • Kirby Squeak Squad $7.49

During this year’s E3, Nintendo unveiled a trailer for an upcoming, untitled Kirby game for the Nintendo Switch. It looks like a more traditional Kirby platformer than hand-held recent entries. No release date other than 2018 was given.

Despite it being Kirby’s 25th anniversary, it’s been a quiet year for the pink hero. Only two Kirby games have released, both stand-along spin-offs from mini-games found in Planet Robobot. A third spin-off Kirby game is yet untitled but supposed to release later this winter.

The Kirby 25th Anniversary Sale ends August 8.

 

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All the Gaming Deals on Amazon Prime Day 2017

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Amazon Prime Day is today, July 11. It’s a big sale dale for Amazon Prime subscribers, though past years have elicited disappointment from the gaming crowd. This year is fairing a bit better, at least with some nice console deals. Amazon even has categories you can search by, including one for Gamers.

It’s difficult to track down the deals since everything is available for limited time and stock. Lightning deals last for several hours but popular items sell out quickly. Amazon does list upcoming deals and when they start to help plan your shopping.

With that said, there are some particularly lucrative gaming deals for Amazing Prime Day 2017. The PlayStation 4 Slim 500 GB Uncharted 4 Bundle is $229 (24% off). This bundle is usually already marked down to $250, but $229 is one of the cheapest prices I’ve ever seen for a PS4. Plus for Prime Day you receive a digital code for The Last of Us Remastered and several digital comic books via Comixology, including Star Wars (2015) #1.

Current PlayStation 4 game deals include Prey for $29.99 (50% off), For Honor at $29.99 (50% off), and Dragon Quest Heroes II for $43.00 (28% off). Upcoming deals include Final Fantasy XV, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, Dark Souls 3, and Overwatch.

Or how about an Xbox One? Amazon Prime lists two Xbox One S deals. The first is the Xbox One S 1TB Halo Wars 2 Bundle for $289, while the second is a 500GB bundle minus Halo Wars 2 for $239. Both bundles come with a second controller and three digital games: Forza Motorsport 6, Halo 5, and Recore.

Upcoming Xbox One game sales include LEGO Worlds and Dark Souls 3.

Nintendo’s sales are the lightest and, as expected, the busiest. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is already 100% claimed (waitlist still available at the time of this post) while a deal on Mario Maker 3DS has already ended.

For the PC gaming crowd you can find several good deals on gaming mice, keyboards, and headsets from brands like Corsair and Turtle Beach.

Prime Day technically started last night, but should end around midnight tonight in your time zone.

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Save on Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle

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One sale ends, another begins. As the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale wraps up at the end of today, another sale kicks off. The Hot Summer Savings sale focuses on Xbox One S bundles, which seems like awkward timing after the Xbox game sale.

The main highlight of the Hot Summer Savings sale is the Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle. You can snag the bundle for $249 or cheaper (Amazon currently lists for $243) from now until July 15.

The bundle includes:

• Xbox One S 500GB Console
• Xbox Wireless Controller
• Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Favorites Pack
• Minecraft Builder’s Pack
• Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta
• 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial

The Xbox One S  Battlefield 1 Bundle is also discounted, though not as much. Until July 15 you can get the Battlefield 1 Bundle for $279. Though not mentioned in the press release, the Forza Horizon 3 Bundle is also $279. Both bundles come with their respective games, the 500 GB Xbox One S console, a Wireless Controller, and 1 month of EA Access.

If you purchase one of the console bundles, you can receive $10 off select Xbox Wireless controllers. You can also get $10 off a 3-month membership to Xbox Live Gold.

A pair of games are also on sale. Gears of War 4 and Halo Wars 2 are 50% off, $29.99. Halo Wars is rated T for Teen, while Gears of War is rated M for Mature.

The Xbox One S was announced last fall as the sleeker, slightly tweaked Xbox One. It offers HDR lighting , 4k up-scaling, and a built-in Ultra HD blue-ray player. It launched at a $299 price point, making this an attractive deal if you’ve been waiting and don’t quite want to shell out $499 for the ultra-powerful Xbox One X announced at E3.

The Hot Summer Savings sale ends July 15.

 

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Save on PC Games in Humble’s DRM-Freedom Sale

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The Steam Summer Sale is winding down (ends July 5) but yet another PC games-focused sale has started up. Humble is offering hundreds of indie PC games up to 80% off in what they’re calling the DRM-Freedom Sale. The sale ends next Monday, July 10.

DRM-free means that you’re purchasing an actual game executable and not a license to use a game within a digital store, such as Steam. With Humble you actually get two versions with most purchases: a Steam key and a DRM-free version. This essentially gives you a backup if you use Steam, or you could ignore Steam altogether.

Humble is known for their partnership with charities, and the DRM-Freedom sale is no different. Five percent of purchases will go to Save the Children, a charity that helps children in need.

Most of the sale prices are comparable to Steam’s, with some better and some worse. Make sure to read the game’s description to see if you’re getting both the Steam key and DRM-free version, or if you have to choose.

There are a lot of fantastic indie games from the last few years on deep discounts. Here are some highlighted deals of the DRM-Freedom Sale:

  • The Witness $15.99 (60% off) – cheaper than Steam Sale ($19.99), but have to choose between Steam key or DRM-free
  • Prison Architect $7.49 (75% off)
  • Banished $6.99 (65% off)
  • Outlast 2 $20.99 (30% off)
  • FTL: Faster Than Light $2.49 (75% off)
  • Rogue Legacy $2.99 (80% off)’
  • Xenonauts $4.99 (80% off)
  • Antichamber $4.99 (75% off)
  • Shadowrun: Dragonfall Director’s Cut $2.99 (80%)
  • Broken Age $3.99 (80% off)
  • To The Moon $1.99 (90% off)

Note that Humble Monthly subscribers receive another 10% off all discounts. For the rest of the week you can subscribe for $12 and receive Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin for free (deal ends July 7). Humble Monthly subscribers receive curated game bundle deals every month.

The Humble DRM-Freedom Sale ends July 10.

 

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PlayStation Mid-Year Sale Features Hundreds of Discounts

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Not to be outdone by the Steam Summer Sale, Sony has launched its own massive PlayStation Mid-Year Sale in the PlayStation Store. Everyone can save up to 50% off on hundreds of games and movies for PS3, PS4, PS Vita and PSP. PlayStation Plus members will receive an additional discount of up to 75% off.

The Mid-Year Sale will run for two weeks, ending July 11 at 8 am Pacific/11 am Eastern.

Here are some highlighted deals (PS Plus discount in parenthesis):

PlayStation 4

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition $5.99 ($3.99)
  • God of War III Remastered $5.99 ($3.99)
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection $44.99 ($39.59) – includes newly released Rise of the Necromancer
  • Grand Theft Auto V $35.99 ($29.99)
  • Madden NFL 17 $13.19 ($9.99)
  • Fallout 4 $22.49 ($20.09)
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag $14.99 ($11.99)
  • Journey $7.49 ($5.99)
  • Rayman Legends $17.99 ($13.99)

PlayStation 3

  • Jak and Daxter Collection $4.99 ($3.99)
  • The Last of Us $4.99 ($3.99)
  • God of War Collection $4.49 ($2.99)
  • Shadow of the Colossus $3.99 ($2.99)

PS Vita

  • Jeanne d’Arc $5.24 ($3.74)
  • God of War Collection $4.49 ($2.99)
  • Jak and Daxter Collection $4.99 ($3.99)
  • Lara Croft GO $4.99 ($3.99)

Click here for a comprehensive list of all the deals. The PlayStation Mid-Year Sale lasts for two weeks. It ends July 11.