Weekend game deals: Pre-Black Friday sales unleashed

By Matthew · 28 replies
Nov 19, 2010
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  1. We're just a week away from Black Friday and things are finally starting to heat up. Impulse has cut prices on well over a dozen titles including C&C 4, The Settlers 7, both S.T.A.L.K.E.R games, Dark Void, and Star Trek Online, while EA has reduced Crysis, Mercenaries 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Medal of Honor, and the Saboteur. Direct2Drive offers GTA IV: Complete Edition for $9.95, Microsoft has slashed 50% and 80% off Bioshock 2 and Saints Row 2, and GOG's entire catalog of Ubisoft titles is 30% to 50% off.

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  2. ColdFusion1990

    ColdFusion1990 TS Rookie Posts: 124

    The GTA IV collection seems like a good buy
  3. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,285   +900

    I hate game for windows offers, they kind of suck after you see Steams for example.
  4. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    I have to be honest here, I can't really recommend any of the games being offered, except Bioshock 2. I hope next Friday's deals are muuuuuch better!
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    :p I think Microsoft generally offers decent deals, and I personally believe their offers this week are better than Steam's.
  6. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 887   +19

    I will be getting The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings next week.
  7. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Says May 2011. Are you hacking into a server somewhere in Poland? =)
  8. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Can anyone recommend me the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. bundle? Or any of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games for that matter?
  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,285   +900

    Yes Matthews, but from what I have seen they always put the same games on offer (Which is not actually bad if you missed an offer before) after steam does and with a lower discount (By this I mean the suck thing).
  10. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 554   +9

    WHAT this is a joke right?
  11. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,713   +855

    It's not for everyone, but I had a lot of fun with Space Rangers 2. It has a little something of everything in it - shooter, strategy, puzzles, RTS, etc.
  12. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Steams deals are underwhelming this week, but I'm guessing they are saving up the good stuff for next week :) . Impulse on the other hand has some good discounts.

    And I recommend Bad Company 2 to any shooter fan out there that hasn't tried it already, a lot of fun in multiplayer depending on the server and a mini expansion is on its way.

    @lawfer The Bundle only includes Shadows of Chernobyl (first game) and Call of Pripyat (third game but story wise is a sequel to SoC). The STALKER series especially with the Complete Mods are a lot of fun imo. Game play wise it's a shooter with RPG elements/customization, and for $10 bucks is well worth it.
  13. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    No, it isn't a joke. Microsoft often offers very respectable discounts on popular titles and its sale on Bioshock this week is, in my opinion, better than Steam's 50% off Sniper: Ghost Warrior.
  14. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    Firstly, love how everyone just pretend that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Clear Sky just doesn't exist :p. And secondly, they are AMAZING. Of course, they are great by themselves, but they are orgasmically amazing coupled with the 'Complete' series of mods.

    Call of Pripyat Complete will be coming out soon, as well as the sequel to STALKER Complete 2009 (dubbed 2012) so it's an exciting time to get hooked on S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

    Here is a link to the ModDB page: http://www.moddb.com/mods/stalker-complete-2009
    Associated Steam group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/STALKER-Complete-Series

    I hope to see you in the zone soon…
  15. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Thanks for the info. Could you tell me which is the best game of the series? I always wanted to get into S.T.A.L.K.E.R but never seemed to be able to. Now seems like a good chance.
  16. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Are there any limitations on the EA store sales? I'm in AU, and this is the second time I've wanted to get a sale-game, but the price when clicking link (and using download manager) isn't discounted. :(
  17. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    I have some information that may well be of use to you, stalker…

    That's a tough one. See as the series progressed everything from gameplay to AI got better and better, but with that being said, Shadow of Chernobyl is still a great game even with the years that have passed it by. I haven't played Call of Pripyat yet though because I, like so many others, are waiting until Call of Pripyat Complete is released by Artistpavel (sad, I know). I even have the special edition version (it hasn't left it's shiny metal case as of yet).

    But from what I have learnt from the series' wiki (I spend a lot of time editting and being a general wiki nerd on there) any balance issues have definitely been sorted in CoP and it seems to have a lot more variety (not to say that the other two games didn't, that is).

  18. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,375   +166

    The Witcher 2 is a better buy at GOG than at Steam. Same edition, same price, but you also get a free older RPG and a free PDF artbook. Plus no DRM. See here: http://www.gog.com/en/page/tw2_preorder/
  19. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,375   +166

    Only game I've been temped to buy on these sales is GalCiv I for $0.99 at Impulse. That's for nostalgia, since I owned the original on OS/2. However, given that I didn't play it much on OS/2, nor played GalCiv II for Windows, which I own, I guess it'd be a waste of money.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,255   +454

    Damn I want Splinter Cell Conviction for $15.... I tried it on my friends XBOX and I didn't care for the lack of oldschool SC stuff like sticky cams, electrostatic vision, etc... Not to mention the black and white for being in the shadows was annoying as well. Why do I want to play a game in black and white the whole time? Needless to say these things mean I don't think it is worth $50... so i'll wait.

    I would love to get Mafia II for about $30... looks like an awesome game but haven't got the guts to buy it. I tried the demo but I don't think my PC is powerful enough to handle the game all that well. Still got a Athlon X2 6000+ with a GF 9800 GTX+, which I don't think is going to cut it for my 1920x1080 res that I play at.

    Oh well... good deals though. Although I already got GTA4 for $7.50 on Steam about a year ago... That was an AWESOME DEAL! And GTA4 is an AWESOME game! I played it full, twice... I would pay full price for that game, it's just that damn fun!
  21. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

  22. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,285   +900

    I would buy it but no multiplayer =( I rather play minesweeper.
  23. Battlefield Bad Company 2 is $59.99 at the site the link directs me to... not $14.96. Typo?
  24. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

  25. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Age of Empires 3 for 10 cents? Holy mother #%$@...

    Thanks for the heads-up!

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