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Subnautica Sale Celebrates World Oceans Day

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Digital games on Steam are given sales all the time, but rarely is it for a good cause. The indie developers behind underwater survival game Subnautica, Unknown Worlds Entertainment, are hosting a weekend sale to raise funds for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC). The sale ends June 11.

With the sale, Subnautica is currently 20% off, down to $19.99. The developers will donate 15% of the profits to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation. The WDC works to keep whales and dolphins free from human-based threats, such as whaling and pollution. Aquatic mammals are among the most intelligent creatures on the planet, capable of complex social behaviors and self-awareness.

“Subnautica has been incredibly popular with our supporters in the gaming community and the broadcasters and fundraisers who have taken part in our Gamers for Orcas fundraisers, so we are delighted to be working with the team behind Subnautica on a special promotion this World Oceans Day,” said Abbie Cheesman, manager at WDC. “We are so grateful for their generous support of our vital work to help protect our oceans and the amazing marine wildlife that call them home at such a critical time for many whale and dolphin species.”

Subnautica originally launched on Steam Early Access back in late 2014. A little over three years later it emerged with a full release earlier this year to positive reviews. It still boasts thousands of players at any one time on Steam. It’s also available via Xbox Games Preview on Xbox One, and coming to PlayStation 4 later this year.

The WDC sale ends June 11.

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Save on Star Wars Games During May 4th Sales

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Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth may be one of the punniest ‘holidays’ of the year, but it also brings deep discounts on Star Wars games for PC and consoles. Sadly it’s also a reminder that despite the recent resurgence in the Star Wars brand thanks to the new trilogy, there aren’t many recent Star Wars games to get excited about.

Steam

If you’re looking for older Star Wars (like 10-20 years ago), the Star Wars Complete Collection has just about everything you need. It includes over 20 games, from beloved BioWare RPG Knights of the Old Republic to the classic flight sim TIE Fighter and co-op LEGO action games. The bundle has been discounted by 72%, bringing it down to $76.16. Or you could pick and choose your favorites. Each game is individually discounted by 66%.

One of the few Star Wars games not included in the Complete Collection is the more recently released LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Oddly the Deluxe Edition (75% off), which includes the Season Pass, is cheaper than the base game (66% off).

GOG

As always GOG is your destination for DRM-free PC gaming. Their Star Wars sale is pretty much the exact same as Steam’s, though they do have one recent arrival: Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer from 1999. It just arrived a few days ago and as a new game on GOG it is discounted by 15%.

GOG is also hosting a weekend sale to celebrate Interplay’s 35th anniversary, which ironically includes a bunch of Star Trek games.

Origin

Since EA has the exclusive rights to the Star Wars license, you’ll find more modern Star Wars PC games on Origin. That consists of the much-maligned Star Wars Battlefront II, which launched last fall amidst controversy surrounding its loot boxes and microtransactions. You can pick it up now for 60% off.

PlayStation

With the exception of Battlefront II and LEGO Force Awakens it’s mostly older Star Wars games and FX Pinball tables on the PSN May the 4th Sale. Notably you can actually purchase play the old SNES Star Wars platformers on PS Vita, which are also part of the sale.

Xbox

Microsoft’s store includes May 4th sales on both XBox One and Xbox 360 Star Wars games: Battlefront 2, The Force Unleashed, LEGO Force Awakens, and Star Wars Pinball.

Mobile

Various ongoing free-to-play Star Wars games have deals on in-app purchases, including Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes and Star Wars: Commander. You can also snag Star Wars Pinball 6 for Free, and the mobile version of Knights of the Old Republic for 50% off on both iOS and Android.

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Save Up to 40% on Amazon’s Tabletop Day Sale

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Deal Alert! In honor of the upcoming annual International Tabletop Day this Saturday, April 28, Amazon is hosting an all-day sale on many tabletop board games. The sale ends at midnight.

There’s a nice assortment of easy kid games, intuitive family games, complex eurogames, and party games.

For kid-friendly games for the under 10 crowd, check out Enchanted Forest, Outfoxed, and Ravensburger Labyrinth.

If you have age 8+ kids and like to play games with the family, you’ll be interested in King of Tokyo, Forbidden Island (and Forbidden Desert), Castle Panic, The Quest for El DoradoCarcassonne, and Kingdomino (and Queendomino).

If you and your partner are looking for great two player games, look no further than 7 Wonders: Duel. If you do want to look a bit further, check out The Castles of Burgundy, and Caverna: Cave vs Cave.

For light-hearted party games see Dixit, Werewords, and the various Werewolf games.

Finally if your whole gaming group is looking to expand their collection you’ll find lots of great choices: Terraforming Mars, Photosynthesis, 7 Wonders, Arcadia Quest, Dead of Winter, and Five Tribes.

Many of these games are at historic low prices. On the flip side many of the best deals are already selling out, and seeing an instant price hike from third party Amazon sellers. Terraforming Mars was the best deal of the bunch at $35 (50% off), but it has since jumped up to $44 (36% off). It’s a similar story with Palace of Mad King Ludwig and Photosynthesis.

Note that the sale discount is taken off the standard retail MSRP. Amazon’s board game prices are very rarely listed at MSRP to begin with, so the actual sale prices are less impressive than they appear. Use price checking websites such as CamelCamelCamel to determine where these sale prices fall in relation to previous sales and price drops and get the best game for your buck.

The Amazon Tabletop Day sale ends tonight.

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Week-long GOG Sale Features 150+ of the Most Wishlisted Games

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A new sale kicks off today for digital PC store GOG.com. The Most Wanted Games Sale highlights over 150 of the most wishlisted games on GOG, up to 85% off. The sale ends April 23.

Unsurprisingly the top spots on everyone’s whishlists are dominated by big RPGs. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and its expansions hold the #1 spot (The Witcher 3 was developed and published by GOG owners CD Projekt). It’s currently 60% off.

Clocking in at #2 is the seminal 1999 cRPG Planescape: Torment, which is still lauded as having one of the more memorable stories and best writing in gaming (67% off). A spiritual sequel, Torment: Tides of Numenera, released last year from InXile Entertainment (it’s 50% off on the Most Wanted Sale).

At the third spot is the other seminal cRPG from that Golden Age, Baldur’s Gate II (75% off). Note that as with Planescape: Torment you’re technically buying the Beamdog-developed Enhanced Editions. Both games include their unaltered originals and the Enhanced Editions have generally been well received.

Other highlights of the Most Wanted Sale include a mix of classic and modern favorites: Divinity: Original Sin 2 (15% off), Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura (35% off), Darkest Dungeon (60% off) and Superhot (50% off).

Does you wishlist line up with the general community’s? Or are you like me, having purchased most of those games already and now your wishlist is an eclectic assortment of less popular games that never go on sale? Harrumph.

The Most Wanted Games sale ends April 23. In related GOG news, if you pre-order Battletech you can get Shadowrun Returns for free, while a pre-order of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire nets you Wasteland 2.

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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.