Posted by on April 16th, 2010 in News

An observant gamer can save a lot of money by frequently visiting digital download sites to check for new special offers. You can save up to 75% on games with these deals, or even gain a free game for pre-ordering an upcoming title, which can quickly lead to a very healthy gaming collection at surprisingly little cost.

It’s a pain to constantly have to check all of these services for good deals however, so I’ll be doing that for you in this weekly feature! Short descriptions and recommendations are included per game. If the currency used on the site is not in euro (GamersGate) then I convert the pricing at the current exchange rate.

Just check GameDrone every week for a simple overview of all the special offers available on the wide variety of digital download services out there.


Steam

  • 2XL Supercross – Save 10%7,19 EUR
    A motocross game.
  • Beat Hazard – Save 25%5,29 EUR
    An arcade shooter similar to Geometry Wars but with a neat twist: everything is based around your music. Enemy wave spawns and the like are all dependent upon the music that you’re playing, much like racing tracks form around your tunes in Audiosurf.
  • Fortix – Save 25%3,59 EUR
  • Madballs in BABO: InvasionFree Weekend!
    A totally crazy top-down multiplayer action game. Give it a go!
  • Madballs: S.W.A.T. Combo Pack – Save 75%2,74 EUR
    Madballs in BABO: Invasion and two DLC packs.
  • Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse - Special Pre-order Deal – 32,99 EUR
    The entire third series (all five episodes) of Telltale’s new Sam & Max franchise for one price: sweet! But you also get three special Team Fortress 2 items if you purchase before April 23rd.
  • Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter – Save 10% Pre-Order Deal – 17,99 EUR
    You also gain a special skin for multiplayer if you pre-order. And hey, it’s Serious Sam, so it’s going to be serious fun in co-op :)
  • Simplz Zoo - Save 10%4,49 EUR
    A puzzle game. The deal should have ended on April 12th, but it’s still ongoing.
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 14,99 EUR
    A mediocre Star Wars game in the vein of the Jedi Knight series, but with poor controls, numerous bugs and so-so storytelling. It’s better than most of the Star Wars gaming franchise, but that doesn’t count for much. A decent purchase for Star Wars fans, but you’ll want to play this with a controller, not your keyboard.
  • The Scourge Project: Episodes 1 and 2 – Save 10%13,49 EUR
    An independently developed third person shooter series powered by Unreal Engine 3 technology. It looks good, but I have no idea whether it plays good.
  • Zombie Driver – Save 50%4,49 EUR
    Plowing over zombies with crazy cars. You decide whether it’s worth it. Note: Impulse has a better deal on this game!


Impulse

  • Alganon – Save 50%14,61 EUR
    A high quality fantasy-based MMORPG that clearly follows in World of WarCraft’s footsteps, but features no monthly fee.
  • Dawn of Magic 2 – Save 33% Weekend Deal – 13,39 EUR
    A mediocre fantasy hack&slash RPG
  • Grand Ages: Rome - Save 33% Weekend Deal – 13,39 EUR
    A real-time strategy game set in the Roman times.
  • Grand Ages: Rome: Reign of Augustus – Save 33% Weekend Deal – 13,39 EUR
    Stand-alone expansion pack to Grand Ages: Rome.
  • Lost City of Aquatica – Save 30% Weekend Deal - 5,12 EUR
    A casual puzzle game.
  • Majesty 2 + Kingmaker Bundle – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 24,99 EUR
    Definitely worth it, I loved Majesty 2 and Kingmaker adds even more missions, features, units and a map editor!
  • Imperium Romanum Gold Edition – Save 33% Weekend Deal – 13,39 EUR
    A celebrated series of Roman Empire simulation games. This includes the first expansion packs, but all the other expansion packs are also on sale.
  • Imperium Romanum: Conquest of Britannia – Save 33% Weekend Deal – 3,34 EUR
  • Imperium Romanum: Wilds of Germania – Save 33% Weekend Deal - 3,34 EUR
  • King’s Bounty Gold Edition – Save 33% Weekend Deal – 30,14 EUR
    There’s a much better deal for these incredible turn-based strategy games on Direct2Drive.
  • Red Faction Pack – Save 33% Weekend Deal – 30,14 EUR
    All of Red Faction (1, 2 and Guerrilla) for this price? Great deal!
  • Star Assault – Save 33%6,69 EUR
    A mediocre space simulation game.
  • Storm Over the Pacific – Save 10% Pre-order Deal – 39,59 EUR
    A World War II wargame featuring the pacific conflict. Note: There’s a better deal for this game on GamersGate.
  • THQ Ultimate Bundle – Save 66% Weekend Deal – 104,19 EUR
    Deal of the Week. An absolutely awesome deal if you don’t own any THQ games. Includes such excellent titles as the Red Faction series, Dawn of War 1 + expansion, Company of Heroes + expansions, Supreme Commander + expansions, Titan Quest + expansion and the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
  • Tropico 3 – Save 33% Weekend Deal – 20,09 EUR
    Become president of a tropical island and rule it as you please. Note: There is a better deal for this game on Direct2Drive.
  • Tropico Reloaded – Save 33% Weekend Deal – 6,69 EUR
    A prequel to the previous game.
  • World War 2: Time of Wrath – Save 33% Weekend Deal – 18,89 EUR
    A World War 2 turn-based strategy game.
  • Zombie Driver – Save 50%3,65 EUR
    Plowing over zombies with crazy cars. You decide whether it’s worth it.


GamersGate (UK)

  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent – Save 20% Pre-order Deal – 11,82 EUR
    An upcoming first person survival horror game.
  • Beat Hazard – Save 25%5,95 EUR
    There’s a better deal for this music-driven arcade shooter on Steam.
  • Ceville – Save 50%11,39 EUR
    A classic point-and-click adventure style game.
  • Storm Over the Pacific – Save 10% Pre-order Deal – 35,87 EUR
    A World War II wargame featuring the pacific conflict.
  • Street Figher IV – Save 60%13,66 EUR
    The most notable fighting game in recent years and the only decent modern fighting game available on the PC.
  • The Whispered World – Save 10% Pre-order Deal – 20,47 EUR
    An upcoming adventure game that looks promising.
  • VVVVV – Save 10%9.23 EUR
    An innovative indie platform game that might be worth a go.
  • Zombie Driver – Save 50% - 4,53 EUR
    There’s a better deal for this zombie-killing driving game over at Impulse.


Direct2Drive (EU)

  • Atari 2010 Spring Bundle – Save 75%19,95 EUR
    Includes ArmA: Armed Assault, Indigo Prophecy, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition and Act of War: High Treason. Yes, that’s a very good deal.
  • Battlestations: Pacific - Save 28%17,95 EUR
    A real-time strategy/action game that’s well worth looking into.
  • Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth – Save 83%3,50 EUR
    A first-person horror game based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short story.
  • Dark Void – Save 70%14,95 EUR
    A mediocre third-person action game.
  • DiRT 2 – Save 75%11,50 EUR
    A popular racing game.
  • Democracy 2 – Save 77%3,50 EUR
    A great political simulator game created by indie developer cliffski (also known from the excellent Gratuitous Space Battles).
  • Downfall - Save 50%3,50 EUR
    An indie adventure game.
  • DCS: Black Shark – Save 63%9,95 EUR
    A helicopter simulation game.
  • Elven Legacy: Complete Edition – Save 67%19,95 EUR
    A decent fantasy turn-based strategy franchise. Includes all expansion packs.
  • Fallout 3 – Save 50% - 14,95 EUR
    Bethesda’s celebrated first-person RPG in a post-apocalyptic North American setting. Does not include any DLC.
  • Gothic III – Save 83%3,50 EUR
    A very buggy sequel in a popular fantasy RPG franchise.
  • GUN – Save 50%4,95 EUR
    A decent western shooter.
  • Just Cause - Save 50%9,95 EUR
    Not as good as the recently released Just Cause 2, but a decent open-world action game nonetheless.
  • King’s Bounty: Gold Edition – Save 67%9,95 EUR
    You can’t possibly argue against getting these two top-of-the-line turn-based strategy games for this ridiculously low price. Must-have.
  • MotoGP 08 - Save 88%3,50 EUR
    Another motocross game.
  • Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast – Save 50% - 4,95 EUR
    A racing game.
  • Reservoir Dogs: The Game – Save 50%9,95 EUR
    A mediocre action game based on the movie of the same name.
  • Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 Combo Park Pack – Save 75%4,95 EUR
    The best rollercoaster tycoon game with it’s expansion pack. Worth it.
  • The Club – Save 50%7,50 EUR
    A third-person shooter that I’ve never heard of before.
  • Tropico 3 – Save 50%14,95 EUR
    Become president of a tropical island and rule it as you please.


Get Games
(all following deals last until April 21st)

  • Napoleon: Total War – Save 20%31,99 EUR
    The latest addition to the Total War franchise and yet another excellent game it has become. Turn-based and real-time strategy gameplay mixes in this franchise to form a world conquest strategy game in the Napoleonic era.
  • NecroVision: Lost Company – Save 66%8,49 EUR
    A mediocre first person shooter that plays similar to the Painkiller games.
  • Star Wolves Triple Pack – Save 60%19,97 EUR
    A series of underrated space-based RPG games. You control a mothership and a set of pilots in their own fighter craft through an extensive singleplayer campaign. In Star Wolves 2 and 3 most of the campaign is non-linear. The voice-acting is very sub-par and the graphics are merely decent, but the gameplay is very addictive and fun. The universe just sucks you in after a few hours of play. Do note that Star Wolves 2 is much more difficult than the original.
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