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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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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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PUBG on Fortnite’s Battle Royale: “We Don’t Feel That It’s Right”

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Shots fired by Bluehole, Inc, developers of the incredibly popular online Battle Royale game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Today the VP for Bluehole, Chang Han Kim, released a firm statement regarding Fortnite’s newly introduced game mode, Fortnite Battle Royale.

“We’ve had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG’s development as they are the creators of Unreal Engine 4, the engine we licensed for the game,” said Kim. “After listening to the growing feedback from our community and reviewing the gameplay for ourselves, we are concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.”

Seems that PUBG fans were miffed at seeing another game use the exact same concept so quickly, and the company is inclined to agree.

“We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press,” Kim continues. “This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right.”

Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite launched in July under the Early Access banner, with plans to launch as a free-to-play title with microtransactions next year. The main game features cooperative base-building, exploration, crafting, and tower defense. You can read our Early Access preview here.

Fortnite Battle Royale was recently added as a free update earlier this month. It indeed cribs all of its structure and gameplay from PUBG’s, including parachuting over a large island, gathering weapons and items, and surviving while a shrinking circular zone dictates where you can go.

During the Fortnite Battle Royale announcement trailer, Epic Games Creative Director Donald Mustard specifically referenced PUBG: “We’re huge fans of the Battle Royale genre, and games like PUBG and H1Z1. We thought Fortnite was the perfect world to build one in.”

It was recently announced that Fortnite Battle Royale will be opening up to everyone for free starting September 26.

Conversely PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds released on Steam Early Access in March. Up to 100 players drop onto an island full of weapons and vehicles, and survive to the last person standing. To date it has sold an astonishing 10 million copies, and is firmly entrenched at the top of the Steam sales and player charts. It’s still in Early Access and coming to Xbox One later this year.

Chang Han Kim closed with the following statement, teasing possible legal action: “The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action.”

 

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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.