Discussion in 'PC/Console Game Discussion' started by Mirriam, Jan 5, 2012.
Sure, when it hits $10 in the Steam Summer sale. ;)
In case anyone was wondering why Brian was pining for the fjords Thief games, they're part of gog.com's current 24 hour deal, the Cyberpunk and Steampunk Bundle. It's six games for $13.94 (75% off) but only if you buy the whole package:
Deus Ex GOTY Edition
Deus Ex Invisible War
Thielf II: The Metal Age
Theif Deadly Shadows
Sunday is a day of rest...and deals!
Steam's Daily Deal for December 16th is Defender's Quest for $5.09 (66% off). That's cheaper than when gog.com had it on sale awhile back. You may remember it by its bow-challenged archer:
Speaking of gog.com, their 24 hour deal is currently 75% off Scandinavian games. No bundling required for these titles:
Alan Wake $7.49
Alan Wake's American Nightmare #3.74
Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena $3.74
GamersGate's daily four deals are:
The eXceed Collection $3.40 (66% off) SEND VAMPIRES AND DEMONS TO BULLET HELL! Includes Gun Bullet Children, Vampire REX and Jade Penetrate Black Package for maximum bullet hell fun.
Universe at War: Earth Assault $3.99 (80% off) Save the world!
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City $16.98 (66% off). Save the raccoons*!
Reign: Conflict of Nations $5.00 (75% off) Save the nation!
* no actual raccoons may be saved
Gamefly has the latest deals up in its Not So Scary End of the World sale. Notable titles include Skyrim, Mass Effect Trilogy and Dishonored at 50% off:
Civilization V $7.49
Civilization V Game of the Year Edition (Mac) $12.49
Civilization V: Gods and Kings $14.99
Darksiders II $16.99
Dead Space 2 $4.99
Driver San Francisco $7.49
Empire: Total War $3.75
Fallout New Vegas $9.99
Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Edition $14.99
Mass Effect Trilogy $29.99
Need for Speed Most Wanted $29.99
Oblivion Game of the Year Edition $9.99
Oblivion Game of the Year Edition Deluxe $12.49
Portal 2 $4.99
Rayman Origins $11.99
Now that all these sales are starting to pick up speed, here's a reminder about which games are currently activating on Steam:
Retail & Digital CD Keys accepted on Steam
Be sure to read those special instructions for games like Just Cause 2.
Fortunately, I've found most of the digital retailers are now getting pretty good at marking products entries with "requires steam to activate" or similar in a fairly accessible location. Means I avoid all the ones that say requires origin or Ubisoft drm!
Yea, that's handy for games that require Steam/Steamworks to run and/or install, but in this case the list I linked is intended to display all games with retail & digital cd keys that activate on Steam. Most of the games on that list can be activated at the buyer's discretion, with the only exceptions being titles like Skyrim, CivV, SotSII, or any other games that require Steam/Steamworks to run -- which are the only types of games other retailers should be giving notice about.
Sometimes retailers/indie devs will say that the product keys are Steam activatable, or that Steam keys are available as an option, but unless Steam activation is a requirement then other retailers typically don't bother (unless possible Steam keys/activation is being used as a selling point, like with many Humble deals or other indie packages).
Outside of indy games, is this a big amount of games though?
I always figures steamworks == activates on steam. So any mention of "DRM = Steam" means it activates on steam. No mention of steam DRM, means it doesn't activate on steam.
Just Cause 2 comes to mind. I bought it on GamersGate and could have never activated it on Steam if I hadn't wanted to.
I've bought a few games on Amazon that activated on Steam, though it wasn't necessary.
I've also bought a game or two on Amazon that's available on Steam, but which did not activate on Steam of not purchased on Steam.
So kerzain's link is a good one to keep in mind.
Well, I just posted a link to an entire list of them. Why don't you check for yourself?
Steamworks is a DRM scheme, only a few items on that list require Steamworks. Steamworks is different from standard retail key cd key activation, in that Steamworks is mandatory Steam activation, while the latter can be completely optional.
That's not exactly how it works. A multitude of games that do not require Steam can be activated on Steam. Sometimes it's difficult to know which games can and can not be activated, because not all retails sites will explicitly mention if the key can be activated or not if activation is not a requirement -- hence the list for those that can.
This was all said in the prior post, but I really can't think of a simpler way to explain it.
GamersGate's four daily deals for December 17th, complete with inaccurate descriptions*:
Victoria 2: A House Divided expansion $9.98 (50% off). Dating sim about the Queen of England.
FEAR 3 $4.99 (75% off). Re-launching soon as FEAR 3D in a theater near you.
Empire: Total War $3.74 (75% off). There can be no peace!
Sengoku $5.00 (75% off). Number-based puzzle game.
gog.com's current 24 hour deal is the Quest for Sierra bundle. Save 75% but only if you buy all 8 titles for $19.92. Mind you, that does total 25 games in all or roughly one billion pixels of entertainment:
King's Quest 1-3
King's Quest 4-6
King's Quest 7-8
Quest for Glory 1-5
Police Quest 1-4
Space Quest 1-3
Space Quest 4-6
* actual descriptions:
- turn-based strategy, requires Victoria 2 to play.
- no 3D version planned. Yet.
- this one is accurate.
- character-driven strategy game based in feudal Japan.
Actually your description of Sengoku is basically right on.
Creole Ned, you are a lifesaver for keeping up on these deals when work blocks access to the gaming sites.
Green Man gaming has Skyrim for 60% off:
And DOOM3 BFG Edition for 65% off:
The code GMG25-CFGY3-4THJI gives 25% but can't be used in conjunction to the above mentioned discounts.
The Steam Daily Deal for December 17th is Spellforce Complete for $9.99 (75% off). It includes:
Spellforce Platinum Edition
Spellforce 2 Gold Edition
Spellforce 2: Faith in Destiny
Spellforce 2: Faith in Destiny Digital Extras (soundtrack, world map and art book in digital form)
Thanks for the heads up on this. The code won't work on Skyrim at least:
"Please note that we do not accept vouchers for games which are on special offer."
I'm sorry about that, I'll edit my post.
GamersGate's four daily deals for December 18th are:
RAGE $4.99 (75% off). How Bethesda reacted to the sales of this game.
The Last Remnant $3.75 (75% off). A 'cutting edge adventure' that's 'filled with remnants'. I assume it's a battle to the death to be the last one.
Frontlines: Fuel of War $4.99 (75% off). The title is a bit tacky when you think about it.
Assassin's Creed Revelations $11.98 (60% off). MURDER SIMULATOR.
gog.com's 24 hour deal is the Defend & Conquer Bundle. Buy all 7 games for $17.68 or individual titles for 50% off (75% off prices listed):
Defender's Quest* $3.74
Anomaly Warzone Earth $2.49
Uplink: Hacker Elite $1.49
* yes, I'm going to post the screenshot of the archer yet again because I like it so much:
Assuming the archer is left handed and about to plant an arrow between the princess's eyes, it's not far off. She's just got the arrow notched on the wrong side of the bow. That and the "swinging" thing might indicate she's not familiar with bow mechanics.
Or she is familiar with common idioms and as such is indicating that she knows she is likely to fail, but refuses to give up.
Or... or! Or!
She wonders if the princess thinks she might be more than said princess bargained for. She's been dying to tell the princess anything that the princess wants to hear and is ultimately concerned that to the princess she is nothing more than another notch in her bedpost. It's possible she wants to be the friction in the princesses jeans or something and maybe there's a lonely dark cock that's tugging and pulling? There's a point where the archer becomes very hard to understand and also it's not a very good song.
Well from watching ARROW on the CW, its entirely possible to use the bow itself as a swinging weapon.
It's more interesting to add a ", BABY, YEAH!" at the end of the archer's sentence and then read the whole line in a faux-cockney Austin Powers voice.
LEAVE DEFENDER'S QUEST ALONE! IT'S A GOOD GAME!
(it really is though)
Steam has never done this before, but it just sent me an email telling me one of my wishlist games is on sale: Crusader Kings II for $10. The question is, do I bite now, or wait for the big sale? 75% off is hard to argue with.
Stronghold 3 Gold gets the same discount. Down to $7.49 for the base game, or $12.49 for base plus The Stronghold Collection. The Collection has Stronghold, Stronghold 2, Crusader, Crusader Extreme, and Legends and is available on its own for $4.99.
EDIT: And for those of you who have played the Crusader Kings expansions, are they worth springing for? $12.49 gets you the whole CKII Collection, which has Dynasty Shields, Mongol Faces, Songs of Albion, Songs of Faith, Ruler Designer, and Songs of the Holy Land. I don't like the sound of any of those.
EDIT 2: OK, so those are just some graphics add-ons and extra songs? I hate this DLC world we are forced to live in.
That's a feature they just added and it defaults to on. You can turn it off in your account settings if you want. I wonder if they send an email for each individual item that goes on sale. If so, people with large wishlists are going to have a surprise on Thursday.
I'd be surprised if CK2 went for less than $10 during the holiday sale.
Alternately, you could wait. Amazon put CK2 and four other games on sale for $10 in their last sale.
Amazon says its deal of the day is a playstation 3 with playstation plus included for $250 : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009APQ9QK/
Anyone have experience with playstation plus? More specifically, do the games offered per month change completely or is it more of a add one, take one away thingy?
Steam Midweek Deals (in short form, as Baker already mentioned them above):
#1: Stronghold Complete Pack is $12.49 (75% off) and the Stronghold Collection is $4.99 (75% off).
#2: Crusader Kings II Collection is $12.49 (75% off) or Crusader Kings II by itself for $9.99 (75% off).
Daily Deal for December 18th is Jade Empire: Special Edition for $3.74 (75% off). It's like Mass Effect in pseudo ancient China. Or something.
Gamefly has a new set of games on sale as part of its Not so Scary End of the World Sale:
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood $4.99
Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition $11.99
Battlefield 3 $13.99
Grand Theft Auto III $2.49
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas $3.75
Left 4 Dead $4.99
Mass Effect 3 $11.99
Max Payne 3 $14.99
Total War: SHOGUN 2 $7.49
Microsoft is doing a Xbox Live holiday sale thing right now, both daily ones and others that last until December 31st.
If you happen to own a Kinect, make sure to grab Double Fine's Kinect Party. It's free until the end of the year! Heck, just download it anyway, even if you're never going to buy one of those things.
Dark Souls for X360 or PS3 is now $13 on Amazon.
I always thought it was pseudo ancient China, but I haven't played it.
You are correct! I have amended my post.
Well that was quick:
Amazon has the new Hitman game for $20. Registers on Steam and includes a $5 promo credit.
The games rotate out so there are always new ones to get for free. The only downside is that if you ever cancel your Plus subscription, you lose access to those downloaded games. Treat them as a perk of the services, rather than "OMG FREE GAMES I GET TO KEEP FOREVER"
ROCK. Thank you for giving me a heads up. The kids are getting a Kinect for Christmas and this was going to be the #1 game I had to have for them.
Blizzard is offering various WoW-related expansions and such for up to 75% off until January 1, 2013. A few highlights:
WoW Battlechest (includes WoW, The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King): $5
Mists of Pandaria: $30
This temporarily makes the cost of getting your full WoW on $45. Handy for the dozen people who never played the game.
Amazon has had MoP for $15. If anyone still needs it (me), that's the price I'd wait for.
I am waiting for the expansion that adds talking giraffes, personally.
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