While everyone else is distracted by the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, now is as good a time as ever to go on the hunt for some game deals.
Luckily, there’s some great deals on offer this week, particularly for fans of action games on Steam and the consoles, while Humble Bundle serves up a host of point-and-click adventure goodness. So if you manage to tear yourself away from Geralt’s third outing, or if it didn’t take your fancy in the first place, there’s plenty of alternatives to sink your teeth into for the Bank Holiday weekend.
Steam has three potential options this week, with Dying Light opening at $44.99, the Batman Weekend Deal with many Batman games at around 75% off, and the Shadowrun PC titles, including Returns, Dragonfall Director’s Cut, and Hong Kong.
gog.com has no major on-going specials this week.
Indie Game Stand has Eschalon: Book I as its pay-what-you-want deal, a “classic role-playing game experience that will take you across massive outdoor environments and deep into sprawling dungeons as you seek to uncover the mystery of who – or what – you are.”
Bundle Stars has, as always, a very impressive list of bundles.
The full list includes the Barbaric bundle ($3.49 for 10 games), the Victory Mega bundle ($2.99 for 14 games), the Deep Space bundle ($2.99 for 10 games), the Victoria Complete bundle ($4.99 for 2 games + 9 DLC), the Tex Murphy bundle ($2.49 for 5 games), the GRID 2 Complete bundle ($14.99 for GRID 2 + 11 DLC), the LEGO Super Heroes bundle ($14.99 for 5 games), the AI War Complete bundle (AI War: Fleet command + 10 DLC), the Guardians of Middle Earth bundle ($4.99 for Guardians of Middle Earth + 7 DLC), the Reboot 4.0 bundle ($2.99 for 6 games), the Reboot 2.0 bundle ($2.99 for 6 games), the Hacker (Reloaded) bundle ($2.99 for 13 games.), the RPG Champions bundle ($4.99 for 6 games), the Reboot 7.0 bundle ($2.99 for 6 games and DLC), the Reboot 3.0 bundle ($2.99 for 6 games), and the Blaze of Glory bundle ($3.49 for 6 games).
Having GRID in the Barbaric bundle and not in the GRID 2 Complete bundle is an interesting choice, but both are excellent games. In particular, I would likely recommend going with the Barbaric first. That said, the Deep Space bundle looks the most appealing, with Space Pirates and Zombies being the premier title and well worth the asking cost alone. Universe Sandbox is also an interesting tool for exploration and intrigue, but not precisely what people would expect on first hearing that it’s a game.
Indie Gala has come with week with its usual assortment of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday bundles, in addition to a fourth. This week’s Monday bundle ($2.49 for 5 games.) is particularly haywire, with Leisure Suit Larry in the land of Lounge Lizards next to cute indie platformer series Neko Chan Hero. This week’s Hump Day bundle ($3.19 for 12 games.) have a space and sky theme, with Starlaxis Rise of the Light Hunters and Dogfighter.
The Friday bundle ($3.19 for 12 games.) this week has indie standouts Retro/Grade and Pixel Piracy in the mix. The fourth pack is the Bedlam bundle ($2.89 for 10 games), including early access for first-person shooter Bedlam, and has a decided zombie tilt as a result.
The Friday bundle speaks to me the most this week, with the aforementioned Retro/Grade and Pixel Piracy in the mix, and Magnetic by Nature has the sort of art style that pushes all the right buttons.
The Humble Paradox Bundle is still reigning from last week. It’s hard to do much better than Paradox for PC strategy games. Crusader Kings II is no stranger to the Weekly Gaming Deals, and is one of the best grand strategy games money can buy. With Victoria II, Europa Universalis IV and Hearts of Iron III also included depending on how much you pay, it’ll be a long time before you’ll need to buy another strategy title again.
As with last week, War of the Roses: Kingmaker, Magicka + Other Side of the Coin and Horror Prop item packs, Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition, Victoria II, Magicka Wizard Wars Platypus Wizard Robe and a “Helping Heart” Paradox Forum Icon.
Paying above the current average of $5.59 will also unlock Hearts of Iron III, Impire, Crusader Kings II (with the Sons of Abraham expansion), added new this week Ship Simulator Extremes, Teleglitch: Die More Edition, Sengoku and a soundtrack. Stretching up to $15, will also net you Europa Universalis IV and the Conquest of Paradise expansion.
The weekly bundle is going on an adventure this week, with the Humble Weekly Bundle Adventures! 2 and holds Secret Files: Tunguska, Stacking, Syberia and The Novelist with digital extras. Going above the average, currently $4.09, and will add The Night of the Rabbit Premium Edition, Broken Sword 5 – The Serpent’s Curse, and Always Sometimes Monsters. Bringing the value higher to $8 or more adds The Raven – Legacy of the Master Thief Digital Deluxe Edition and Blackwell Epiphany.
Rounding off the list is the Humble Artifex Mundi Mobile bundle, with an average of $5.96. Pay what you want for Deadly Puzzles, Time Mysteries 1 and Clockwork Tales. Above the average will include Demon Hunter, Grim Legends, Time Mysteries 2 and Time Mysteries 3. For beating $9, the bundle will add Grim Legends 2 and Enigmatis 2.
The Playstation Store is currently running an Extended Play sale, with several excellent choices. Some of the standouts include Alien: Isolation for PS3 ($40.00) and PS4 ($45.00), which we reviewed very well with a 9 in our Alien: Isolation review, and Battlefield 4 Premium Edition for $25.00 on PS3 and PS4.
Microsoft’s Deals With Gold has no major spotlight this week, but includes Dragon Age: Inquisition for $29.99, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse for $49.99 for the Xbox One. Games with Gold this week has Pool Nation FX, Castle Storm Definitive Edition, and F1 2013.
Nintendo’s Offers page continues to state the Mario vs Donkey Kong Tipping Stars cross-buy program. The Capcom Spring Sale is likewise still ongoing for the next week or so, ending on the 28th.
My personal highlights include Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth ($39.99, 3DS), Trine and Trine II ($9.99 each, WiiU), and Duck Tales Remastered ($6.75, WiiU).
That’s it for this week! As always, leave your comments below, and let us know if we’ve missed anything.