It’s here. It’s finally here. Black Friday weekend. The capitalistic orgy to end all capitalistic orgies. Not even Christmas is so shameless, so ruthlessly focused on the material. It’s .. it’s glorious, really. If you’re not otherwise busy with turkey comas, this is an excellent time to stalk the various online distributors for deals because it looks like they’re coming in fast and furious.
The Big Deals
Nuuvem: Astonishingly, it looks like Nuuvem may actually have better selections than Steam so make sure to trawl through the 200-strong catalog of discounted stuff.
Steam: Three words. Steam Autumn Sale. You really didn’t need me to alert you to that, did you?
Green Man Gaming: Like everyone else, GMG has a score of games on sale. However, there’s a bit of a difference. The best deals, it seems, are gated behind VIP access. If you fall within this elite crew, you might want to keep an eye on this.
The Regular Stuff
Note: Black Friday seems to equate to “flash sales” friday too. Move quickly, if you like any of the offers. There’s a chance they’ll be gone before you know it.
I wish I wasn’t too chicken to play Isolation in, er, isolation. Because it sounds marvellous, because it sounds like the game Alien fans have been waiting for. Because it sounds bone-freezingly perfect, really. Actually, here, have someone else’s Wot I Think. That should tell you everything you need to know.
Dark Souls II: Collector’s Edition
Dark Souls II is a game that needs no introduction, really. At least, that is if you’ve been on the Internet for any amount of time. Hailed as the grimdark saviour of hardcore gaming (not really,) it reprises the idea of the original: you’re a mysterious stranger in a world that wants to kill you dead. Screw up, and die. (Also, this game lets you be such a wanker in multiplayer.) P.S: This was originally 60% off, but is now 31% off. Because bloody flash sales.
Free! Free! FREEEEEE
Am I excited about an old game? Yes. Why, yes, I am. I’m somewhat less excited about the fact you have to install another client to pick it up. Nonetheless, if you’re okay with that idea and you’re in the mood for some old-school ARPGing, this isn’t a terrible deal. I mean, it’s free. You know?
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Call of Duty is one of those franchises that I could never get into. Partially, I guess, because of the prevalence of sullen teenagers, all of whom seem hellbent on being as tawdry as possible with their insults. But, that’s not to say it’s a horrendous game. It’s popular for a reason. Fans of sweet, sweet military shootiness should consider nabbing this one. Make sure you don’t forget your GAMEBILLET-HELLYEAH code.
Epic 15th Anniversary Promo
$7.96/£4.79/€6.39 for it all
This holiday, give the gift of unreal MONDO SHOOTING EXCITEMENT to your loved ones. GOG.com has epic discounts on Epic’s Unreal franchise. They might be old news to you, but a niece or nephew may find epic enjoyment with these once epic — okay, I’ll stop now. Don’t hurt me.
Choice of the Deathless
Full disclaimer: I am currently working on an IF piece for Choice of Games. (It has hungry ghosts, Southeast Asian mythology, and hell money laundering) Yes, them being a routine presence on Steam will probably be to my benefit. No, promoting this doesn’t net me any monetary returns. Or Doritos. That aside, let me squeak at you about Choice of the Deathless. It’s written by an author named Max Gladstone, who is famous for his Craft Sequence books. The franchise is set in a world where godly energy is the property of bureaucracy, where necromantic lawyers argue over religious misconducts and strange magic is as common as toast. This little piece was the reason I really, really got into Choice of Games’ product line-up and also my gateway into Gladstone’s writing. I love it. You might too.
Dungeons of the Endless – Pixel Pack
I was completely obsessed with Dungeons of the Endless for a time, up till the point the bugs became intolerable and I got distracted by Pokemon. It’s a strange little chimera of a game. There’s a little bit of RPG, little bit of tower defense, little bit of roguelike squashed into its genetics. The pixel art is glorious, its sense of humor understated but winningly sly. I clocked more hours than I thought I would, a testament to how charming this little darling is. It is, however, as is often the case with these things, best with friends. (Endless Space is reputedly quite good as well and is, I believe, at a historic low right now. I am most likely wrong.)
Also of note:
My Little Pony Comic Bundle– $15/£9.59/€12.05
I … what? That is a lot of pink.