Game weekend deals on Steam, Amazon, Gamersgate, and more


Weekend Game Deals – Summer is here! *article taken from PC Gamer because it would just be silly to rewrite what’s already been conveniently laid out heh*

at 01:47am June 23 2012

Gather ’round, discount hounds: I’ve tales of summer sales for ye. Steam has augmented Deus Ex prices by 75%, Amazon has kicked 75% off Super Street Fighter IV: AE, GamersGate’s Total War sale has come back for the wounded soldiers who missed last week’s Steam sale, and GOG has initiated 17 days of head-to-head dealmatches. See all of this week’s sales inside! (I promise to use fewer awful analogies.)

STEAM

As you know, Deus Ex games are all 75% off this weekend. There are a few smaller discounts as well, but that’s the big one for this weekend. Oh, except 80% off Bejeweled 3, if you want a game with an exceptional number of ‘e’s in the title.

AMAZON

[US Only] Much remains the same at Amazon, though it’s now selling Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition at 75% off, and both Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 for $5 each.

ORIGIN

Origin is holding a “pre-order one, get one half off” sale. Origin’s deals page lists the pre-orders available and their resulting discounts. Some of them are silly, like 50% off SimCity 4, which is constantly discounted everywhere else. Pre-ordering Dead Space 3 can get you 50% off Mass Effect 3 or Battlefield 3, which isn’t bad…but you have to pre-order Dead Space 3. I prefer to avoid potential early adopter remorse.

GAMERSGATE

GamersGate is selling Total War stuff at 75% off or more, including the complete collection for $24.90.

 

GAMESTOP

GameStop only has a few new sales, most notably Aliens vs. Predator, Saints Row: The Third, and L.A. Noire. GamersGate beats its Shogun 2 sale, and the rest are carried over from last week.

 

GOG

I can’t list GOG’s sales at the moment, because it’s time for… BATTLE OF THE GAMES! Every day two games will be discounted — one at 40% off and one at 60% off — with the bigger discount going to the game with the most votes recorded the previous day. Go get your interactive marketing on, just be sure to vote for the games I want. (Please deactivate your neural firewall for a moment so I can upload my preferences.)

GAMEFLY

GameFly is rather barren this week — the only deal I spotted was the 50% off Payday: The Heist sale that’s being offered everywhere.

Let us know in the comments if you find any deals we missed!

Final Fantasy VII possibly coming to Steam


Final Fantasy VII looks like it might be heading to Steam. Square Enix registered a domain, FinalFantasyVIIPC.com, on June 15th which was originally detailed on GOG Forum. Additionally last year Steam’s registry listed Final Fantasy VII and VIII. The new version will have Steam achievements totaling to 36 and will also be supported by Steam Cloud.

“There will also be a new Character Booster item to max-out your HP, MP and Gil levels for when you ‘find yourself stuck on a difficult section or lacking the funds to buy that vital Phoenix Down'” (Eurogamer).

The Witcher 2 sales reach 1.7 million


According to CD Projekt RED, they have sold more than 1.7 million copies of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on both the PC and Xbox 360. In celebration of that mark, CD Projekt RED’s GOG has reduced the price of The Witcher 2 to just $29.99 for this week, which is a lovely 40% off sales for those who don’t already own the game.

In addition to the sales news and the new RPG title, CD Projekt RED has also stated that The Witcher 2 will be releasing on August 23rd in Japan and that the title will also receive a Mac version, which is currently in development.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition Official Console Release Announcement Trailer

CD Projekt RED announces new AAA RPG title, Cyberpunk


Wait no longer, CD Projekt RED has officially announced its next AAA RPG, Cyberpunk, which is clearly fitting to the image they teased of well, a cyberpunk. In fact the video game is a “version of Mike Pondsmith’s classic ’80s pen and paper RPG series Cyberpunk” (Eurogamer).

The game is “a mature RPG for a mature audience” claims the Polish developer. There is still no word on which platforms(s) it’ll release on, but hopefully it’ll at least release on PC, considering the amazing backing CD Projekt RED has gained from The Witcher series as well as their digital distributor, Good Old Games a.k.a. GOG.

Also no word on the launch date, but check out TheWitcher.com tomorrow at 1pm EST for details about their upcoming RPG in a livestream.

“For over two decades, I’ve been proud to say that Cyberpunk’s been the gold standard of what it means to be a true cyberpunk game. And it’s been a huge success for me and our many fans, with over 5 million players worldwide,” commented the US author and game creator.

“But over all that time we haven’t found the right team to bring our cyberpunk world to full digital life – until now. CD Projekt Red is the team we’ve been hoping for. Their incredible work on The Witcher and The Witcher 2 shows that they share the same dedication and love of great games that we do at Talsorian.

“I’m especially stoked that they want our participation in making this game a fantastic project that will live up to everything Cyberpunk fans (old and new) have been waiting for. Trust me – this game is going to rock” (Eurogamer).

CD Projekt looking for new talent for brand new RPG


That’s right; the developer of the critically-acclaimed The Witcher series is looking for people to join their studio in order to create a brand new project. Check out their blog here which has more details.

Perpetual Testing Initiative arrives on Steam, Portal and Alan Wake on sale, Alan Wake’s American Nightmares available for pre-order on Steam


The well-received sequel to the lovable game Portal has now topped four million units sold on PC, Mac and consoles. Coincidentally, the release of Portal 2‘s new Perpetual Testing Initiative DLC falls on the same day as the sales news. To mark the new DLC, Steam has made the Portal series one of its midweek madness sales. You may now purchase Portal 2 and receive the new DLC for free with your order for just $6.79 (66% off). Additionally, you may purchase the original game 66% off as well at $3.39 or you could buy the bundle which includes Portal and Portal 2 for just $8.49.

Perpetual Testing Initiative DLC trailer

In addition to the Portal series being on sale, Alan Wake is also on sale on Steam for its midweek madness. Alan Wake is on sale for 50% off $24.99, thus making it $14.99. The Alan Wake Collector’s Edition is also available for $17.49 which includes the original game plus the full soundtrack, developer commentary videos, and 130 page illustrated PDF book or if you have the game and want the extras, they are $4.99 standalone. To add to the sales news, you may now pre-order Remedy Entertainment’s Alan Wake’s American Nightmare on Steam which is available on May 22nd.You may also pre-purchase the game from Good Old Games.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare trailer

GOG adds SpaceChem to catalog


GOG recently added Indie games into their catalog, today they added SpaceChem for $9.99. The GOG edition as usual packs a bunch of extras and even more convenient and nice, the 63 Corvi DLC for the Zachtronics Industries’ game is included with your purchase. Along with the DLC, you’ll receive the following extras: the soundtrack, 2 avatars, 9 concept arts, and 6 design sketches.

SpaceChem is an intriguing and challenging puzzler that “combines the logic of computer programming with the scientific domain of chemistry, set in an original science fiction universe” (GOG). Beware if you’re a Mac user, the GOG edition is only compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7 (32 and 64 bit). If you’d like to purchase the game elsewhere, you may purchase it on Steam (which is cross-platform), but you don’t get the DLC for free or goodies. The DLC itself costs $1.99 which is a very reasonable price. SpaceChem is also available in the iTunes app store for the iPad and iPhone. Additionally, you may purchase the game from the developer as well.

On the launch of Botanicula, Humble Bundle and Amanita Design team up to create the Humble Botanicula Debut


That’s right! Humble Bundle and Amanita Design created a bundle with their newest debuting game and two award-winning games from a couple years back. Yes, Humble Bundle indeed made a spectacular bundle with what, yeah that’s right, a newly released game. The bundle features Botanicula, of course, and Amanita Design’s Machinarium and Samorost 2 (you may play Samorost 1 on the developer’s site). In addition, if you pay more than around $8.75 at the moment, you’ll also receive Biograf‘s Kooky, a full-length feature film with art direction by Amanita Design’s own founder Jakub Dvorský, and Windosill, another point and click game by Vectorpark.

I am completely thrilled about this bundle. I absolutely love Amanita Design’s games and thoroughly recommend them. I even found out about this bundle while I was on the train and instantly paid $10 to receive my Humble Bundle link; however I’m totally sure I’ll dedicate more money to this wonderful project. I was on the edge about pre-ordering Botanicula, since I have already dedicated a chunk of money to other games releasing within the next month. Although to those who did spend $8.99 on GOG and Gamersgate to pre-purchase the game, Amanita Design thoroughly apologized on the timing and has gracefully included bonuses with your purchase of Botanicula.

“‘There was definitely no intention to rob anyone or anything like that,’ explains Dvorský, apologetic about the response. Everyone who pre-ordered on GOG.com and GamersGate, he tells us, will receive the full soundtrack, art book and Machinarium tomorrow, ‘as an apology'” (Rock, Paper Shotgun). Also those who pre-ordered from GOG will additionally receive a free copy of their critically acclaimed game and first game of the their recently re-launched game, The Witcher: Enhanced Director’s Cut Edition.

Also even with the mix up, GOG graciously donated $300 to Humble Botanicula Debut.

The charity associated with this bundle is the fitting World Land Trust, in honor of the debut of Botanicula and Amanita Design’s devotion of natural worlds in their game. The World Land Trust is an organization that helps to protect rainforests and other wildlife habitats worldwide.

I hope most people pay at least $10 for this wonderful bundle. You’re receiving four extremely, gorgeously designed games plus a film and soundtracks (that is if you pay more than the average) in this bundle that most certainly deserves more than a scumbag move of just paying one cent. As always the bundle is cross-platform and DRM-free so you’ll be able to play on Windows, Mac, and Linux. In addition, if you pay more than $5, you’ll receive redeemable Steam keys; however if you low-ball below that, then you’ll just be receiving Botanicula, Machinarium, and Samorost 2 with their respective soundtracks. Check out this impressive bundle here and Humble Botanicula Debut’s trailer is below along with the trailer for Kooky. In addition, I’ve gone ahead and linked their Steam page as well.

Botanicula (redeemable on Steam, though can’t connect to a Steam page yet) UPDATE: Steam page just released here.

Samorost 2

Machinarium

Windosill

Humble Botanicula Debut Trailer

Kooky Trailer (English)

The Witcher 2 Assassin’s of Kings Enhanced Edition releasing tomorrow!


On April 13th, Tesco made the mistake of placing their copies of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition on shelves four days before the official release date. Lucky you if you got one of those advanced copies since Namco Bandai has asked Tesco to remove any remaining copies of the game until April 17th.

To get ready for tomorrow’s release of The Witcher 2, here are a couple links from Eurogamer. I’ve also attached a few impressive trailers.

Tech Analysis

Xbox 360 review

Official Console Release Announcement Trailer

The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition Launch Trailer

The Witcher 2 Xbox 360 Enhanced Edition Teaser 1

The Witcher 2 Xbox 360 Enhanced Edition Teaser 2

GOG believes Steam is hurting gamers’ decisions


Good Old Games also known as GOG is a rising competitor to the biggest digital distributor with over 35 million active users. GOG believes Steam is sending the wrong message to gamers.

“Managing director Guillaume Rambourg and marketing boss Trevor Longino told Rock, Paper Shotgun that Steam discounts can devalue the games included in them” (Eurogamer).

As much as I love getting games at a discount price, I agree with GOG. I have often found myself saying, “I’ll just wait until the next big Steam sale”. I admit my video game library is rather extensive and I haven’t even made a dent into more than half of them. It always becomes a matter of “Oh, it’s really cheap. I’ll just buy it and I’ll play it eventually.” Though the last game I paid in full was not too long ago, in fact some people may think it’s outrageous I even bothered to wait, let alone pay for the Animus Collector’s Edition for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Revelations. I have even already pre-purchased my copy of Borderlands 2 from Amazon and awaiting on the release of my Diablo III: Collector’s Edition. But in truth besides collector’s editions and games that I will truly go out of my way for, I find myself often downloading games from Steam or even other downloadable sites with extreme discounts.

“Heavy discounts are bad for gamers, too,” he [Rambourg] said. “If a gamer buys a game he or she doesn’t want just because it’s on sale, they’re being trained to make bad purchases, and they’re also learning that games aren’t valuable. We all know gamers who spend more every month on games than they want to, just because there were too many games that were discounted too deeply. That’s not good for anyone” (Eurogamer).

The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition available to to pre-download now


The title completely says it all. Though unfortunately if you are a Steam user (which is where my copy of The Witcher 2 happens to be), you will not be able to pre-load the additions until possibly the release date of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition on April 17th. But whether or not you are able to download the game early or upon release, you should certainly be thankful to CD Projekt RED with their approach to their consumers. Anyone who purchases it from GOG or Steam right now, will instantly receive the free whooping 10 GB update for free. That’s practically the entire original game’s worth of new characters, quests, cinematics etc. for a game that’s almost a year old! Also if you haven’t gotten The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut, check it out at Steam or GOG. Steam now officially supports it on the Mac now.

Amanita Design’s Botanicula releasing April 19th


Botanicula, like Amanita Design’s Machinarium and Samorost, is another point and click adventure game. However, this new journey will not contain any robots like Machinarium, but instead a various amount of unusual insects and plant-like environments. Developed by Jára Plachý and Amanita Design, they describe Botanicula is “about a bunch of five friends – little tree creatures who set out for a journey to save the last seed from their home tree which is infested by evil parasites”.

There are a couple sites you can pre-purchase this artistic game from.

Good Old Games (GOG) just released their new site featuring loads of Indie games and more popular titles of the past such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Assassin’s Creed. GOG is advertising Botanicula at $8.99 (save $1); however on GOG you’ll also receive an array of goodies along with your pre-order. You’ll also receive the following:

  • 19 wallpapers
  • soundtrack demo
  • 35 avatars
  • 22 artworks
  • 12 character cards
  • 3 authors photo
  • 24 design sketches

So pick up your copy here at GOG before the release date hits.

Another spectacular site you may purchase this intriguing game is from the developer! Yes, you’ll pay more, but you’ll also receive the soundtrack as well
and the game is DRM free and cross-platform playable. Check out Amanita Design’s Store.

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