While many gamers say that they don’t like the new format of Steam’s regular sales which has seen the end of daily and flash deals, the result of the sale says something completely different. According to Steam Spy, the year-to-year sales of the Steam Summer Sale suggests that gamers will more than happily take a discount with revenue increasing by almost 50% from the 2015 sale.
The 2015 edition of the Steam Fall/Thanksgiving/Black Friday sale is just underway. For gamers, it’s kind of like early Christmas. You can get deep discounts on those games that you wanted to buy at $60 but held off knowing that this day would come.
There will be a change for this year’s fall and winter sales that you might have already noticed. Last week, Valve sent notice to publishers that there would be no daily deals or flash sales during the sale. Instead, the discount they set will be fixed for the duration of the sale.
As promised, I’ve updated the Encore Sale post with some of the hidden encore deals. I added 37 sales to the list today and I’m pretty sure that a little bit of digging will reveal a whole pile of additional deals. And I compiled some of the cool hidden deals found by the folks at /r/GameDealsMeta. That means there are even 50 more deals on the list today that yesterday. See? I promised more and I can deliver.
One little omission from the hidden encore deals that I should note. I didn’t list the discount for The Elder Scrolls Online even though it’s apparently an all-time low price on Steam. Word is that Bethesda has dropped the six-month subscription option which many people are taking as a sign that a switch to a free-to-play model is imminent. Take that rumour for what you will. I wasn’t inclined to buy it before and I’m probably going to hold out even longer now.
There are a lot of deals here so I didn’t have time to get through all of the franchises to look for hidden deals. In tomorrow’s Steam Holiday Sale roundup, I’ll round-up some of the hidden deals on Steam as the sale comes to a close.
Are you an RPG fan? If so, you’ll want to check out the second-last Steam sale day of 2014. It’s full of RPG goodness including Child of Light, Dragon Age: Origins, the Final Fantasy franchise, and The Witcher franchise. So if you would rather level up than shoot em up, your wallet will be hurting today.
Also, a couple of etg favourites are for sale in the Flash Sales with Crimes & Punishments: Sherlock Holmes and Spec Ops: The Line.
A little late but not really any less relevant, it’s time for a look at today’s sales over on Steam. I was off watching Big Hero 6 this morning instead of waiting around for today’s sales. I think that it was worth it. It was surprisingly good.
As often seems to be the case with this year’s Steam Holiday Sale, I feel like I’ve seen this lineup of deals before in previous sales. Left 4 Dead, Don’t Starve, Splinter Cell, Battleblock Theater… At least the Half-Life franchise is on sale as a Flash Sale and you can get Gunpoint as a Community Pick. That has to count for something.
We’re into the final week of the Steam Holiday sale so I’d imagine a few people are getting itchy to clear their wishlists. Just remember to wait until a game is listed as a Daily Deal, Flash Sale or Community Pick.
Funny story about buying games though. I bought a couple of game this morning and picked up a few cards as a result. Six cards earned but I got three of one card and two of another. Sometimes, R-N-Jesus isn’t on your side.
Well, I think that today’s the day that I go broke from the Steam Holiday Sale. Today’s sale doesn’t really add anything new to the mix but there are still some deals I want a part of. Like Shovel Knight which was supposed to be one of this year’s best indie games. Throw that in with yesterday’s deals which include one of the year’s best AAA games, Shadow of Mordor, and one of the fastest growing eSports and top shooters in the world, CS:GO, and you have a pretty good lineup today.
Happy Boxing Day, everyone! I guess that’s only really a thing if you’re in the Commonwealth. If you’re in America, it’s Happy Day-After-Christmas-We-Really-Need-To-Get-Rid-Of-Inventory-Sale-Day! Chances are there are deals all over the place if you look around. You have a few hours left to save on Origin which has Battlefield 3 for $1.00. GreenManGaming is wrapping up its sales but also has that additional 20% coupon code that applies to your whole order. GOG is having a classic Square Enix sale. And Amazon.com is usually pretty good for doing discounts that are at least as good as Steam.
And today is a good day to do some looking around for some other deals. It’s not that there aren’t good deals on Steam today. It’s just that they’re the same old deals. CS:GO, Brothers, Thief, Kerbal Space Program… It’s a very been there, done that sort of sale today.
Hi all, I’m taking a break from making side dishes to bring you today’s deals in the Steam Holiday Sale. If you didn’t get what you were looking for from Santa or have a Steam card burning a hole in your pocket, there are some good newer games that are on deep discount today.
A helpful reminder, though, that Steam isn’t the only place to get games for cheap. GreenManGaming is running through the end of its holiday sale. I just picked up Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, a $20 game, for $7.49. Amazon has a sale ongoing right now which is usually pretty good for deals on year-old-plus games. And you can always check your local game stores for their post-Christmas deals.