Posted by on July 2nd, 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 sometimes save as much as 80% 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 and Good Old Games) then I convert the pricing at the current exchange rate.

There’s still a massive summer sale going on over at Steam that lasts until the 4th of July. Nearly half the Steam catalogue is on sale and they also have even better daily deals. Also be sure to check back in on GameDrone every week for a simple overview of all the special offers available on the wide variety of digital download services out there.



Deals of the Week


Steam

There are way too many games on sale to list them all, so I’ll be listing a few of the most interesting deals below.

  • 2K Complete Pack – Save 74% until July 4th – 79,99 EUR
    Notable games included are BioShock 1 & 2, Borderlands + DLC, Civilization III & IV Complete, Freedom Force series, Pirates, Railroad Tycoon series, Stronghold series and the X-Com franchise. A ridiculously good deal.
  • King’s Bounty Gold – Save 75% until July 4th – 8,74 EUR
    Two excellent fantasy turn-based strategy games at a ridiculously low price. If you enjoy Heroes of Might & Magic-style turn-based strategy, then you’ll love this.
  • Square Enix Eidos Collector’s Pack on Steam – Save 25% until July 4th – 74,99 EUR
    This is easily the most ridiculous deal I’ve ever seen. You save 560 euro versus purchasing these games individually! Some highlights: Batman: Arkham’s Asylum, Battlestations franchise, Deus Ex series, Hitman franchise, Just Cause 1 & 2 + DLC, Supreme Commander 2, Thief: Deadly Shadows and several Tomb Raider games.
  • Telltale Everything Pack – Save 50% until July 4th - 49,99 EUR
    You want this package if you like adventure games. It’s an amazingly good deal with the full seasons of Strong Bad, Tales of Monkey Island and Wallace & Gromit, as well as all three seasons of the new Sam & Max adventure game series. Indeed, that includes The Devil’s Playhouse of which three episodes have been released thus far. For the price of Tales of Monkey Island and a little premium you get every adventure game that Telltale Games has created thus far.
  • The Witcher: Enhanced Edition: Director’s Cut – Save 66% until July 4th – 5,43 EUR
    This is easily the best RPG since Baldur’s Gate 2 and arguably one of the best game of all time. And this enhanced edition brushes away nearly every flaw that the game originally had, making this a no-brainer. You have to play this.
  • THQ Complete Pack – Save 50% until July 4th – 49,99 EUR
    A long list of absolutely awesome games. Company of Heroes series, Dawn of War series, Metro 2033, Red Faction 1 & 2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, Titan Quest + expansion, etc. Oddly does not include the original Dawn of War and Winter Assault, but does include the later Dark Crusade and Soulstorm expansion packs as well as Dawn of War 2 + Chaos Rising.


Impulse

  • Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman’s Mine – Save 60% Weekend Deal - 6,39 EUR
    A western themed adventure game.
  • Alpha Prime – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 1,59 EUR
    Shoot your way through a lifeless asteroid in search for survivors. That means a futuristic first person shooter with robots. Interestingly this shooter is less expensive on Steam.
  • Atlantis Bundle – Save 40% Weekend Deal – 16,18 EUR
    Three adventure games that let you explore an interesting take on a modern day Atlantis.
  • Avencast: Rise of the Mage – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 3,99 EUR
    There’s a better deal for this magic-oriented action RPG on Steam.
  • Battle Mages Bundle – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 7,99 EUR
    A decent fantasy strategy game with heavy RPG elements. The expansion pack is included in this bundle.
  • Biology Battle – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 6,39 EUR
    An arcade space shooter with stellar graphics and a feature set that seems to push it beyond Geometry Wars. Includes 11 versus game modes, co-op, tournament mode and ship upgrades.
  • Chains – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 2,55 EUR
    A colorful 2D puzzle game.
  • Company of Heroes Complete – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 37,49 EUR
    A great package containing three of the best real-time strategy games in years. Also terrible overpriced, because the anthology edition (identical to this one) can be found for 1/3rd of this deal’s price in webshops.
  • Company of Heroes Gold – Save 70% Weekend Deal – 13,59 EUR
    Another excellent bundle, which contains the first two Company of Heroes games (not Tales of Valor). Unfortunately the anthology edition, which does contain Tales of Valor, can be found for even less in competitively priced webshops.
  • Dark Matter – Save 60% Weekend Deal - 7,99 EURf
    A remake of Asteroids, which means top-down 2D space shooty gameplay. Not quite as varied as Biology Battle, but still a solid arcade shooter.
  • Dracula Twins – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 4,79 EUR
    A 3D action platformer with cartoonish graphics.
  • Future Wars – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 5,99 EUR
    A simple take on turn-based strategy with a futuristic setting and colorful graphics. Think Advance Wars or Battle Isle 5, but prettier. The Impulse version also comes with 5 exclusive maps.
  • Gear Grinder – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 5,99 EUR
    Buckle up and trash the competition in this action-packed truck racing game.
  • Greed: Black Border – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 11,99 EUR
    A new top-down alien shooter with fancy graphics, different classes, skills, items and more importantly: co-op! There’s a much better deal for this on Steam!
  • Hearts of Iron III / Arsenal of Democracy Pack – Save 50% Weekend Deal - 24,99 EUR
    Two excellent grand strategy games set in the World War 2 era.
  • M4 Hack and Slash Bundle – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 6,39 EUR
    This pack includes The Chosen: Well of Souls and Space Hack. Two mediocre hack & slash games. Better than nothing if you’re looking for some hack & slash fun.
  • M4 Sci-Fi Pack – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 7,99 EUR
    An excellent alien shooter (Shadowgrounds), good space shooter (Dark Matter) and mediocre hack & slash RPG (Space Hack) make for a fairly attractive deal.
  • Meridian 4 Complete Pack – Save 60% Weekend Deal - 47,96 EUR
    This package includes most of the games on sale this week at Impulse, like Alpha Prime, Dark Matter, Shadowgrounds, RIP, Tank Universal, Space Trader, etc. There’s a much better deal for this pack on Steam!
  • Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 7,99 EUR
    A mediocre adventure game.
  • Obulis – Save 60% Weekend Deal - 4,79 EUR
    A physics driven puzzle game.
  • Operation Matriarchy – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 4,79 EUR
    Shoot a bunch of aliens in this mediocre first person shooter.
  • Pacific Storm Bundle – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 7,99 EUR
    Two mediocre World War 2 real-time strategy games.
  • Penguins Arena: Sedna’s World – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 4,79 EUR
    A “First Penguin Shooter”. It’s as bad as it sounds.
  • Popatronic – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 4,79 EUR
    A decent fast-paced arcade puzzle game.
  • R.I.P. Trilogy - Save 60% Weekend Deal – 1,59 EUR
    Three mediocre top-down action games.
  • Shadowgrounds Pack – Save 60% Weekend Deal - 6,39 EUR
    Two excellent top-down alien shooters with interesting singleplayer campaigns with multiple characters. Great games that are less expensive on Steam.
  • Sins of a Solar Empire Expansion Bundle – Save 25% Weekend Deal – 11,95 EUR
    Both Sins of a Solar Empire expansion packs in one neat bundle. Requires the original Sins of a Solar Empire!
  • Space Hack – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 4,79 EUR
    A decent futuristic hack & slash RPG.
  • Space Trader: Merchant Marine – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 3,19 EUR
    A very varied game that simulates the life of a space trader. Includes first person shooter gameplay, space trading and co-op play. There’s nothing quite like it.
  • Tank Universal – Save 60% Weekend Deal - 3,19 EUR
    Speaking of excellent innovative games – this is one too! It’s an absolute blast to play through this singleplayer tank game with strategy and RPG influences as well as TRON-styled graphics. There’s an even better deal for this excellent game on Steam!
  • The Chosen: Well of Souls – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 6,39 EUR
    A decent fantasy hack & slash RPG.
  • The Entente: World War I Battlefields – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 4,79 EUR
    A dated strategy game set in World War I.
  • The Stalin Subway – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 4,79 EUR
    A decent first person shooter set in post-World War II Moscow.
  • The Stalin Subway: Red Veil – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 4,79 EUR
    The sequel to Stalin Subway, introducing a female protagonist and multiplayer.
  • THQ Ultimate Bundle – Save 66%104,34 EUR
    There’s a much better deal for THQ games over at Steam. 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.
  • Three Musketeers – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 4,79 EUR
    A third-person action platformer with a quirky cell-shaded graphical style.
  • Toki Tori – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 1,99 EUR
    A 2D puzzle platformer.
  • Vigil: Blood Bitterness – Save 60% Weekend Deal – 1,59 EUR
    A poorly executed point-and-click adventure in which you try to combat an all-consuming Evil.
  • World War 2: Time of Wrath – Save 40% Weekend Deal – 16,19 EUR
    A decent turn-based grand strategy game set in World War 2.


GamersGate (UK)

  • 18 Wheels of Steel American Long Haul – Save 50% Weekend Deal - 6,10 EUR
    You’re the owner of a trucking business and have to guide it success, but apart from the management aspects it also allows you to actually drive your trucks.
  • Air Aces Pacific – Save 5% Pre-order Deal - 40,56 EUR
    An upcoming arcade flight simulator set in the Pacific theatre of World War 2.
  • American Civil War – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 9,15 EUR
    A turn-based grand strategy game set in the American civil war. It apparently has a cumbersome interface, but most GamersGate users seem to recommend it for fans of the genre.
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent – Save 10% Pre-order Deal – 14,23 EUR
    An upcoming first person survival horror game.
  • Birth of America – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 5,49 EUR
    Another grand strategy game similar to American Civil War in terms of presentation. It covers the French & Indian Wars and the America Revolutionary War.
  • Birth of America 2: Wars in America – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 9,15 EUR
    Sequel to the above which covers all American wars between 1750 and 1815.
  • Buccaneer: The Pursuit of Infamy – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 9,14 EUR
    It’s a game about pirates! It’s also a game that’s apparently fairly similar to Sid Meier’s Pirates! in terms of naval combat and morale (infamy). However, it’s a straightforward mission-based linear singleplayer campaign with none of Pirates!’s open-world elements. A more casual approach to the genre if you will.
  • Disciples III: Renaissance – Save 10% Pre-order Deal – 38,42 EUR
    In only a few days time this new installment in the praised gothic fantasy turn-based strategy series Disciples will arrive. Think Heroes of Might & Magic or King’s Bounty, which are games with similar gameplay mechanics, but very different atmospheres.
  • Ironclads: American Civil War – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 3,02 EUR
    A turn-based naval strategy game set in the American Civil War.
  • Railroad Pioneer – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 2,74 EUR
    Build the railways of 19th century America. Think of a stripped-down, more accessible, version of Railroad Tycoon.
  • Shattered Union – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 3,02 EUR
    A futuristic turn-based strategy game in which the United States has fractured into several nation-states, one of which you lead in order to try to reunify the country. It seems to play similar to Battle Isle 5.
  • Take Command: 2nd Manassas – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 3,85 EUR
    A real-time strategy game set in the American Civil War that spans 48 historically accurate scenarios across three major battles. Where Empire: Total War is first and foremost a game, this is more of a serious horse & musket warfare simulation.
  • THQ Complete Collection – Save 55%97,72 EUR
    There’s a much better deal for this awesome collection of games on Steam.
  • Toki Tori – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 2,43 EUR
    A 2D puzzle-platformer. There’s a better deal on Impulse.


Direct2Drive (EU)

  • BioShock 1 + 2 Bundle - Save 10%44,95 EUR
    A bundle consisting of BioShock and its solid sequel. Two good games, but this bundle is still woefully overpriced.
  • Borderlands - Save 40%29,95 EUR
    Combine the random loot and leveling system of Diablo with the frantic action of co-op Serious Sam and you get the first person shooter that is Borderlands. A huge world, thousands of randomly assembled weapons and four great characters make for a lot of fun. It has a few console touches, such as a poorly developed multiplayer browser, but it’s worth it nonetheless. Interestingly this reduced price is the same as Steam’s default price for Borderlands, so get it on whichever of these platforms you prefer.
  • Fort Zombie – Save 75%2,50 EUR
    A ‘casual RPG’ in which you have a fort and need to defend it from zombies by night while searching for survivors and supplies by day. Sounds like a great concept, but user reviews indicate it’s a broken and boring game.


Get Games

  • Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter – Save 30%7,99 EUR
    Serious Sam is the brainless kind of shooter that sends hundreds of monsters barreling your way and asks you to pump them full of lead. It mixes fast-paced, all guns blazing, action with extensive multiplayer, co-op and humor. This HD version is the new re-release of the old classic with much improved graphics and multiplayer.
  • Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter – Save 30%13,30 EUR
    A remake of the second, and best, game in the Serious Sam series. It not only improves the graphics, but also introduces multiplayer DeathMatch and Survival modes.


Good Old Games

  • Another World: 15th Anniversary Edition – Save 25% Weekend Deal – 5,60 EUR
    A remastered version of the classic 2D action adventure game. In Another World you’re a young physicist (Lester Knight Chaykin) who was transported across space and time due to a nuclear experiment gone wrong.
  • Sanitarium – Save 25% Weekend Deal – 5,60 EUR
    A psychological horror adventure game. Also one of the most critically acclaimed adventure games of all-time.
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