Posted onAuthorErnest J. HarperComments Off on The best PC game deals for Black Friday
Black Friday’s bacchanal of consumerism typically focuses on physical items – you can’t really market a “doorbuster” for a subscription to your local newspaper. But there are also plenty of digital game stores that are having fun this time of year. Definitely worth a look if you can find some deals, especially if you want new titles to show off the new PC hardware you’re loading onto.
While there are literally hundreds of discounts on PC games in the various storefronts, the absolute best value is probably Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass for PC, which is already the best deal in PC games at full price. Normally $ 10 a month for Netflix-style access to a few hundred PC games, a current promotion allows gamers to subscribe for three months for a meager dollar. In terms of game volume, you’re unlikely to see a better deal anytime this year.
At the time of writing, this promotion works even if you’ve already taken advantage of similar Xbox Game Pass discounts. With high-profile games like Infinite halo and Forza Horizon 5 coming out this season, it’s a great way to check out some of the newest blockbusters.
If you prefer to buy your games one at a time, here are a few that stood out for us. Discover them below, in no particular order:
Horizon Zero Dawn
$ 50 $ 25 at Epic Game Store
This sprawling post-apocalyptic sandbox game has an amazing mix of robot-dinosaur combat and surprisingly excellent sci-fi storytelling. Get the PC version to enjoy the bow and arrow action of the mouse and keyboard.
Back 4 Blood
$ 60 $ 42 on Steam
If you’ve been waiting for more than a decade for a new Left for dead game, don’t wait any longer: that’s basically it, coming from a new development team that includes much of the old one.
25 $ $ 15 on Steam
One of the best 2D Metroidvanias of its year (and there have been a few!), Dead cells mixes punitive difficulties with a rogue-lite power extension and tight, lightning-fast combat.
$ 10 $ 5 on Steam
Essentially Minecraft in 2D, with a little more emphasis on the story. There’s nothing wrong with any of these, especially if you’re looking for a slow-burning craft-em-up.
Curse of the dead gods
$ 20 $ 12 on Steam
This top-down fighting game has a lot in common with Underworld, but its spooky aesthetic and light-dark power setup will keep you on the prowl. Especially cool is the Aztec and Mayan inspired setting.
$ 30 $ 7.49 on Steam
A recent classic in the military simulation genre, this open-world shooter maintains a healthy online gamer population nearly a decade after its initial release. A vibrant modding community has helped a lot—Weapon 3 the mods served as inspiration for the battle royale genre and DayZ.
$ 20 $ 5 on Steam
Sequel to a hilarious and unique Metroidvandia, Guacamelee 2 expands combat and movement inspired by the original’s luchador with even more colorful and unique levels.
Red Dead Redemption II
$ 60 $ 30 at Epic Games Store
Listen, if you’re a gamer and haven’t heard of RDRII, I do not know what to tell you. It’s one of the most acclaimed open-world games ever made, and it’s currently enjoying a big discount.
Sayonara Wild Hearts
13 $ $ 7.79 on Steam
Classic Dreamcast fans Ground, line up: your day has come. Sayonara Wild Hearts is technically a rhythm game, but it’s more of a playable pop album, mixing rhythmic button presses with stunning visuals.
$ 50 $ 30 on Steam
Originally a PS4 exclusive, this wide open zombie shooter is now available on PC. While its setting and history isn’t out of the ordinary, the hordes of hundreds of undead are a visual treat – if your GPU can handle it.
$ 60 $ 18 on Steam
Another PlayStation import, this contemplative open-world game comes from the creator of Metal gear series. Death stranding defies description, but it’s essentially a mix of mind-blowing surreal storytelling and surprisingly complicated parcel delivery.
Just cause 3
$ 20 $ 3 on Steam
Just cause It might not be the best series in the open world, but it’s definitely one of the funniest. The third entry brings back its parachute hook and grappling hook movement system and raises the bar with a wingsuit. Once you are done blowing up absolutely everything, Just cause 4 is also on sale.
$ 60 $ 15 at Epic Game Store
This third The fourth entry in the looter-shooter series finally raises the bar by moving the action off the planet Pandora, inviting you to explore a sarcastic world of loot with your co-op friends.
40 $ $ 12 at Epic Game Store
This online survival game has a lot in common with ARK, but it takes place in the iconic world of Conan the Barbarian. Explore, collect materials, fight villains and monsters, and build a base full of over-muscled heroes.
40 $ $ 10 on Steam
Strategy fans who find conquering a single planet frustrating and limited have a lot to do Stellaris. This critically acclaimed approach to real-time strategy has a whole world to explore and dominate.
$ 20 $ 6 on Steam
This voxelized top-down game has you build a railroad track through a small but colorful world, upgrading an always-moving locomotive as you go. Bring a friend: they play better in co-op.
Saints Row the Third
40 $ $ 20 on Steam
The Saints Street the series is long in the tooth now, but if you’ve never played this more wacky, cartoonish cousin of Grand Theft Auto, give it a chance. You might find his ridiculous approach to the crime sandbox appealing. Saints Street 4 is also on sale.
Disco Elysium: the final cut
40 $ $ 20 on GOG.com
Disco Elysee is essentially an old-fashioned point-and-click adventure game with a few RPG elements, but its incredible dialogue, world-building, and convention-defying gameplay made it an instant classic – this was our favorite PC game of 2019. .
$ 12 $ 3.71 on Steam
What’s worse than trying to find a date for the prom in just three weeks? Try to do this when you attend a school full of classic movie monsters. This dating sim is a fun and wacky alternative to some of the genre’s most dramatic entries.
$ 20 $ 10 on Steam
This top-down double-sleeve shooter is all about taking out as many aliens as you can in the most spectacular way possible. Bring Friends: 4 player co-op encouraged, but watch where you shoot!
Michael is a former graphic designer who has been building and tweaking desktops for longer than he wants to admit. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.
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