The Steam Fall Sale is now open for business, offering 138 specials and some major discounts on PC games large and small. Dubbed the Exploration Sale, we assume that it will be a great opportunity to check out some niche gems alongside some AAA titans as it runs throughout Black Friday and Cyber Monday to end on Tuesday December 2nd.
That's just scratching the surface and contending with the straining servers, so there's much more to dig through and discover. As per usual we'll keep you up to date with the hottest deals and I'll round up some of the niche indie games to stop them falling under your radar.
For now, tell us what you're buying!
Not to be outdone by Blizzard's earlier zinga of a deal, NCSOFT have unleashed their own set of deals by halving the current price of their flagship MMOs. The offer sees both Guild Wars 2 and WildStar fall below the £20 mark, making it an excellent opportunity to investigate two highly enjoyable online experiences.
A few bits of housekeeping - Guild Wars 2 is subscription free but contains optional microtransactions for mainly cosmetic items, although they have recently started charging for access to previous episodes of its ongoing Living Story (which, from what I hear, is worth the investment.) Meanwhile, WildStar does have a subscription of £8.99 per month, but a purchase comes with 30 days of game time, so you'll have plenty of time to decide if life on Nexus is for you. If you need more details, before to check out our review for Guild Wars 2 and WildStar for the full lowdown.
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Titanfall is still probably my "pure" FPS of the year, which is to say that it would be the best had Far Cry 4 not just come along and blown me away. Titanfall is even better thanks to the free Frontier Defence pack, and the game is currently down to £7.49 on Origin.
You can click here to check out our Titanfall review. Cheers oUkTuRkEyIII!
Here's Titanfail II for good measure.
If you haven't learned to steer clear of Creative Assembly games until all the bugs are fixed, Greenman Gaming are offering a cheap PC pre-order deal for the next Total War title. Total War: Attila will run you £22.50 with their voucher code du jour, saving you £7.49.
Use voucher code 1MZ9FW-H92JSD-2CT74F for the discount! Total War: Attila takes us back to 395 AD, the start of the Dark Ages, overhauling some of the mechanics and bringing "apocalyptic destruction" to the proceedings. Following the shockingly unpolished release of Rome II, we'd suggest that you wait and see whether Attila actually works next year, or if it ships with another hilarious cavalcade of problems. Still an early saving for die-hards, mind.
Let’s begin with a bit of housekeeping – those of you that have bought or played Rocksmith 2014 Edition on PS3 or Xbox 360 will find an almost identical experience with the current-gen version. All the new modes and functionality used to improve the experience returns, as does the ability to access any song bought in previous titles as long as you stick with the same family of consoles (eg. PS3 to PS4). So, with that in mind, you can probably skip towards the end of the review for critique specific for the current-gen version.
For the rest of us, be it those uninitiated to Rocksmith or have remained with the previous version, Rocksmith 2014 continues to provide a way for budding guitarists to learn how to play and improve their skills. Tutorials cover the basics, including setup and posture, all the way to advanced techniques such as trills, hammering, and bending. Video demonstrations and repeatable interactive sections are well presented, easy to follow, and gives opportunity for intermediate players to perfect other skills before jumping into the track list proper. For someone who was always more of a Rhythm guitarist than a Lead, it meant I could venture into new areas of play without having to start over completely.
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Opportunities to get Blizzard games on the cheap as usually far and few between, but they've decided to unleash a sale of their own on Battle.net during this week of Black Friday offers. Everything from their recent back catalogue has been reduced, with the highlight being an eye-watering offer for almost all of World of Warcraft. Details are below...
So, that's everything bar the latest Warlords of Draenor expansion included in the WoW offer for £4. As for me, considering how disappointed I was with Diablo 3 initially, and how its Reaper of Souls expansion basically fixed everything, even I'm tempted by the latest offer featured here.
The latest deals of Gamersgate's Black Friday offers has gone up, and this is by far the stand out deal. You can get hold of all parts of The Walking Dead adventure series - that means Season 1, its 400 Days DLC, and Season 2 - for under £12 overall.
That's over 20 hours of some of the finest storytelling to hit our medium in the last few years, with some heartbreaking choices to make along the way, for an absolute bargain. Please note that you will require Steam to redeem and play Season 1 and 400 Days, but Season 2 needs to be redeemed through Telltale. Before you ask, no - the fact both games are acquired through different platforms will not affect save game continuity, but I appreciate it's a faff and annoying.
Alien: Isolation is the scariest thing I've played all year (well, along with P.T.) and it's down to under £16 over on the HUmble Store for the next six hours.
You can click here to read my Alien: Isolation review, but here's a little TL:DR teaser for you: "They've managed to remind us exactly why the Xenomorph is to be feared, why Giger's creation has been a staple of the horror genre for decades, and what it means and feels like to be hunted."
Don't forget to read our survival guide too!
SimplyCDKeys are running a little sale on a bunch of Codemaster PC games, giving away the likes of Operation Flashpoint, Fuel, and Overlord for just 29p per game! If you missed out on the recent Humble Bundle/Indie Gala packages, or maybe just fancied picking up a couple of digital stocking fillers, this is a good opportunity.
The games on offer includes Fuel, Overlord 2, Overlord & DLC, Damnation, Jericho, Operation Flashpoint: Red River, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising. Cheers jaystan!
Origin are keen to get a bit of the Black Friday deal action, releasing a massive flood of major discounts onto their store with some amazing highlights -- including Battlefield 4 for £7.49 and Mirror's Edge for £1.24.
There are some seriously great deals here, such as UK favourite Theme Hospital at £1.99 and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon for £2.99, though I'd personally give a big shout out to The Secret World for £6.24. You can read my in-depth love letter to one of the bravest MMORPGs ever made here -- and it's buy once, play free forever too.
Thanks to jaystan, andreas0013 and Elevation @ HUKD!
Even Paradox Interactive are getting in on the Black Friday deals mayhem this week, including Crusader Kings II for £6.00 and Ancient Space for £11.99. They've released a slew of cheap PC games onto their store, meaning that savvy strategy fans might need to set another bookmark.
However, I'd urge you now to buy anything just yet, seeing as the Steam Fall Sale is likely to be going live today (at 18:00 GMT if so), Wait and price match to maximise your bargains.
The Evil Within hasn't been out long, but it's already approaching the £15 mark ahead of Black Friday. CDKeys are charging £15.75 for a Steam code.
Remember to 'like' them on Facebook for the extra discount! "The Evil Within is a good game, an assembly of Mikami's best work and a rather pointed lesson in classic survival horror that Capcom would do well to note, but it's also unashamedly rooted in bygone years," explains Matt in our 7/10 review. As such, expect a few jump scares and serious gross-out factor, but little true psychological terror. We love that you can freely input console commands to activate cheats instead of buying DLC, though!
SEGA fans will be in nostalgic heaven with the latest humble bundle, which includes the Dreamcast Collection, NiGHTS Into Dreams and Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed for as little as £0.64!
As a fan of the Dreamcast myself (which probably would have been the best console of all time if it wasn't so far before its time!), I'd suggest buying in at the lowest tier for maximum value. Especially since Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed makes this a bargain all by itself. However, you can beat the average to also unlock Empire: Total War (not one of the best) and one faction in Company Of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies -- to be honest it might be worth holding off until they reveal the bonus games. I'd probably predict Jet Set Radio at the very least, but we'll see.
Thanks to Dr4gOns_FuRy @ HUKD!
Green Man Gaming have announced that they'll be kicking off their Black Friday promotions and massive games deals a day early with Green Thursday. According to a recent release from the retailer, there'll be discounts on "over 200 titles at up to 90% off" with "three blazing AAA deals per day from top publishers including SEGA, Bethesda, Capcom, and Square Enix".
Those triple-A deals are due to include the following:
Moreover, there'll be "fabulous franchise deals changing every 24 hours" and GMG have promised "extra special deals" for VIP customers.
Green Thursday deals will start at 10:00 GMT on 27th November 2014, and will continue through Black Friday, Orange Saturday, Purple Sunday, Blue Monday, and will end on 2nd December 2014 16:00 GMT.
Jet Set Radio is a Dreamcast classic that still holds up; a funky, fresh cel-shaded shot of pure awesomeness straight into your eyes and eardrums, baby! Whoa. Sorry. I tend to channel DJ Professor K in situations like this. All you need to know is that Jet Set Radio is exeptionally cheap at Greenman Gaming, costing a meagre fifty-six Pence.
Make sure to use voucher code 1MZ9FW-H92JSD-2CT74F and check out our full Jet Set Radio HD review! It's still a gorgeous game with a great soundtrack, even if the Original Xbox-exclusive sequel was the superior game in terms of mechanics and experience. Until SEGA finally see sense and revamp Jet Set Radio Future, this will more than tide you over. Thanks and credit to Dr4gOns_FuRy @ HUKD, who found this before I did!
Seven games for £1.09! Yes, I know it says six, but the last one is a double game bundle. It's a bundle within a bundle. It's Bundleception!
Yes, seven games for £1.09! That works out at under 16p per game. And there are some pretty sweet games to be had in the Reboot Bundle 9.0. Ben There, Dan That and Time Gentlemen, Please are two cracking little point-and-click adventure titles from the developer of Gun Monkeys and Gibbag, No Time To Explain is an absolutely wonderful, rather funny platformer, and Not The Robots is an interesting little stealthy title that sees you playing as a furniture-eating mechanoid.
The Reboot Bundle 9.0 contains Scourge: Outbreak, No Time To Explain, Not The Robots, Fearless Fantasy, 99 Levels of Hell, Ben There, Dan That, and Time Gentlemen, Please. Frankly, it's worth picking up just for the last two.
If you're willing to take a punt on PC deals before the Steam Fall Sale and Cyber Monday, GamersGate are currently willing to part with Grand Theft Auto: The Complete Package for £7.00, which is an awful lot of brilliant sandbox crime mayhem with change for a tenner.
Grand Theft Auto: The Complete Package is guilty of false advertising, but in an unexpectedly brilliant way. Contrary to the store description, it actually contains the original GTA and GTA 2 right through Vice City, San Andreas, GTA IV and its excellent DLC - so the only missing piece is GTA V! Cheap as chips too, even if we've seen it £1 cheaper during a Greenman Gaming sale. Thanks to dodgydealings @ HUKD!
In case you needed any more incentive, here's the latest GTA IV mod: none other than RoboCop's ED-209! Hurry up with GTA V's PC version, dammit...
Mini DayZ, an officially-licensed, fan-made tribute to Dean Hall's survival horror masterpiece is out, and it's free, and you can grab it over on the Bohemia Interactive store right now. Playable in browser, Mini DayZ was created by CannedBits, a Russian fan of the game. Imagine if DayZ had been forged in the fires of the great console war between SEGA and Nintendo -- it might have looked a bit like this. Boasting a top-down perspective, chunky retro graphics, and forgoing the multiplayer experience of DayZ for a hardcore, pick-up-and-play survive-em-up, Mini DayZ delivers a vision of Chernarus as you've never seen it before.
Even Rocket Hall himself got a kick out it: "I have to say, I absolutely love Mini DayZ," Hall wrote on Reddit. "I think it's awesome, amazing, addictive, and brings something really new to the experience. I'm so glad you've been able to make it even better! Ignore the haters, the vast majority of people think it's fantastic and I am one of those people."
I love Early Access in the same way I love DLC, microtransactions and crowd-funding. They're all perfectly legitimate ways to make money -- the likes of Dungeon Of The Endless, Minerva's Den, Zen Pinball and FTL are all prime examples -- but they're also ripe for abuse. Whether from big publishers or tiny studios, willingly or even unwittingly.
We've certainly seen our fair share of Early Access disasters over the last year. From Spacebase DF-9 to The Stomping Land, Earth: Year 2066 and The War Z, developers often promise too much and deliver too little, turn their titles into vapourware, purposefully lie to consumers or just naively launch their game on the service with the best of intentions... only to discover that they can't actually follow through.
Steam recently updated their Early Access guidelines to better forewarn developers against the risks of launching an Early Access, but in this pundit's opinion, it's time they stopped talking tough and started flexing some muscle.Click here to read more...
Missed out on GOG's DRM-free Big Fall Sale? Well don't worry, as GOG are running all of their ludicrous bundle promotions again for just over one day, meaning that there's still time to snap up a ridiculous bargain.
We won't list them all here, but here are five of the best in terms of quality and value:
Remember, if you've been collecting the Witcher 2 stamps, to claim your free copy of the game via the GOG front page.