With the emergence of more and more indie game sites, bundle deals, and flash sales going on across various platforms, the value of a single dollar is incredibly variable. Players interested in any game can often find a small mountain of games for just $5, or perhaps just one game that would have cost $60 a year prior.
With so many sales looming perpetually on the horizon, the value of a dollar (or British pound, or any currency of choice) always seems somewhat suspect, as though it might be able to reach a bit further with just one more week of patience. That said, every day wasted is another opportunity to miss a sale that may not show up again for many years – particularly if you don’t have an awful lot of disposable cash. All you can do is watch the sales and hope you manage to find something you love. Or pay full price, I guess.
So, in service of watching the sales, here’s another week’s worth of cheap things to wrap your wallet around.
Starting us off this week is GOG, which is currently offering up four music-themed games – Symphony, FractOSC, Brutal Legend and BeatBuddy – in their editor’s choice selection. Though there’s less than a day left on the sale (a little over 15 hours, to be precise), it’s still worth checking out. Games in this sale run between $2.99 and $3.74.
Indie Game Stand
Along the same music-theme, IndieGameStand’s current deal is for Retro/Grade, a rhythm-based side-scrolling shooter with a twist. Offered at a Pay What You Want level, it serves as a nice dessert to GOG’s current rhythmic offerings.
If that hasn’t sated your fill, Bundle Star’s first of three bundles also includes some music-based madness. For $2.49, the Trinity Bundle offers up 10 games, including two muscially-centered games: Pixel Boy and Sentinel. The rest of the bunch consists of platformers, If you’re looking for a departure from the worlds of sound and color, the second bundle on offer is the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Complete bundle, offering up the dark, quiet world of the Anomalous Zone in Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky, and Call of Pripyat for $9.99. The third bundle is a familiar face from last week, the FPS Bulletproof bundle for $3.49. You can also pick up the F.E.A.R. bundle, which contains all 3 games in Monolith’s creepy trilogy plus their associated expansion packs and DLC.
We’re joined by another familiar face from Indie Royale this week, as the Fenlon bundle is making a reappearance from last week’s round-up, still at the price of $3.49. Those looking for something different may find something to like out of DailyRoyale, which boasts the Castlevania-inspired Amazing Princess Sarah for $2.49.
On the opposite end of the indie spectrum is our Humble Bundle offering this week, with major publisher Square Enix offering up their second bundle with the Humble Group. At a current average of $6.59, this bundle includes a wide mix of Square Enix titles, including a game from Hitman Absolution, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Supreme Commander 2, and Thief. Pay more than $15, and you’ll also bag Tomb Raider (2013) and Sleeping Dogs. More games are due to be added as time rumbles on.
The Weekly bundle is decidedly more indie-centric, offering up an odd assortment of visual novel titles, including the entirely bizarre pigeon-dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend for $8 or more. Those willing to part with $35 can even get Hatoful Boyfriend “Lovers” pillowcases, if you really love the game.
Bringing up the last of the PC-based offers is Steam, whose offerings pale in comparison to their Valentine’s deals last week. Their current midweek specials are for Lost Planet 3 and Crusader Kings II at $8.49 and $9.99 respectively. Although not advertised, there is, as always, a long list of games on offer this week on Steam’s specials page.
And as always, rounding off the end of the list this week are the major publishers. Nintendo Network has no current major deals, though the full list of discounted eShop games is available on their offers page.
In contrast to Nintendo, Xbox is currently offering a wide range of deals at the moment, including Spotlights for Dead or Alive 5: Last Round and The Escapists, in addition to the Ultimate Game Sale on the Xbox store, which has deals for both the Xbox One and the Xbox 360. Some highlights include the good-ish Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for $40.19, very well reviewed Alien: Isolation for $19.99, and the packed-full Telltale Games Collection for $65.99.
While the Xbox Store is impressive, the Playstation Store has pulled out all the stops for the Critic’s Choice Sale, including Dragon Age: Inquisition for $41.99, Far Cry 4 for $41.99, The Telltale Games Collection for $55.00, and Tomb Raider (Definitive Edition) for $18. In addition, there’s also an on-going Aksys and Focus Home sale, both of which offer strong showings.
That’s all for this week. If you saw something here you liked, have any criticisms to level at our choices, or even want to point us in the direct of any deals we missed, feel free to do so in the comments.