Digital distribution platforms feature regular special offers to lure in new customers. These exceptional deals can be used to your advantage as a means to quickly assemble a vast collection of great PC games at very low cost. But that requires regularly checking in on each and every digital download service for their latest deals, which can be a tiresome affair.
That’s where this weekly Discount Drone feature comes in. Within I take a weekly look at everything that is on offer and extract the best deals for your perusal. These are formatted by genre and accompanied by short and accurate descriptions, so that you can decide whether a game might be worth having. This includes special offers on: Direct2Drive, GamersGate, Get Games, Good Old Games, Green Man Gaming, Impulse and Steam.
Gratuitous Space Battles Complete is the highlight of this week’s deals as the space strategy game, along with three of its DLC packs, is available at a great low price on Impulse. It’s a great game that involves ship design, armada positioning and a lot of exploding ships, but no actual direct control during battles. Meanwhile the futuristic third person shooter Red Faction: Guerrilla and the four over-the-top first person shooters of the Serious Sam HD: Gold Edition add in some more straightforward action-packed fun.
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Deals of the Week
- Gratuitous Space Battles Complete on Impulse - Save 70% Weekend Deal – 9,33 EUR
Gratuitous Space Battles is a space strategy game that involves ship assembly and positioning, but no control during battles whatsoever. The singleplayer campaign is essentially a series of escalating challenges, but it’s also possible to create your own scenarios or download other people’s scenarios. This package includes the original game and the first three DLC packs, but not the recently released The Nomads DLC pack.
- Red Faction: Guerrilla on Direct2Drive – Save 88% This Week – 6,- EUR
This is a third person shooter that features full environmental destruction in a futuristic guerrilla war on Mars. Take charge of the local rebels and drive those pesky earthlings back to their planet by demolishing buildings, blowing up bridges and wreaking havoc any way you can. Red Faction: Guerrilla is a third person shooter well worth playing, even if it can get a little repetitive towards the end.
- Serious Sam HD: Gold Edition on Steam – Save 75% Weekend Deal – 10,- EUR
The Serious Sam games offer fast-paced, no-nonsense, all guns blazing action with extensive multiplayer and co-op support. Take on hordes of brainless enemies with your best friends in both the original games and the new HD remakes!
- Assassin’s Creed 2 on Get Games – Save 70% Weekend Deal – 14,99 EUR
A third person action game in which you assume the role of an assassin. This involves a lot of free-running, assassinating, sneaking around and straight up fighting. Assassin’s Creed 2 improves over its predecessor by offering less repetitive gameplay and a new interesting environment, while building on the story of the original.
- Biology Battle on GamersGate – Save 75% Weekend Deal – 2,49 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.
- Dark Sector on Green Man Gaming – Save 50% Deal – 6,02 EUR
A decent third-person action game with a cover system and mediocre plot.
- Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse on Telltale Games – Save 43% Launch Deal – 14,96 EUR
The third season of Telltale’s popular adventure game series has finally concluded and it’s the best season yet! This package includes all five episodes of the third season for some hilarious point-and-click adventure gameplay. It’s been reduced in price to celebrate the launch of the final episode.
- Simon the Sorcerer 5: who’d even want contact? on GamersGate – Save 75% Weekend Deal - 4,99 EUR
A new addition to this adventure game franchise that presents much more compelling visuals, but falls short of the humor and puzzles presented in the original games. It’s still been rated fairly favorably, but there are numerous more compelling humoristic adventure games nowadays such as Ceville, Sam & Max and Tales of Monkey Island.
First Person Shooter
- Blacklight: Tango Down on Impulse – Save 75% Weekend Deal – 2,80 EUR
Blacklight: Tango Down is a fairly recent multiplayer-oriented first person shooter that adds in a unique device with its Hyper Reality Visor. This visor allows players to spot threats anywhere on the map, but doesn’t allow them to use their weapons. Apart from this interesting feature it’s mostly just a generic multiplayer shooter with a bad lobby system.
- Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood on Get Games – Save 84% Weekend Deal – 7,99 EUR
A first person shooter in a wild west setting that has two brothers looking for a legendary stash of gold. Including shootouts, horseback riding, bank and train robberies, this is about as wild west as a shooter can get. It’s not quite as good as Red Dead Redemption, but it’s the best you’ll be able to get on the PC.
- NecroVisioN: Lost Company on Green Man Gaming – Save 87% Weekend Deal – 3,62 EUR
The latest title in the NecroVisioN franchise is actually a prequel that puts you in the shoes of a German soldier fighting off hordes of monsters during World War I. A good deal if you’re into arcade first person shooters with hordes of mindless monsters to blast your way through.
- ArcaniA: Gothic 4 on GamersGate / Impulse – Save 15% Pre-order Deal – 42,45 EUR
ArcaniA is the fourth game in the long-standing open-world RPG series Gothic and is looking to be no less engaging than its predecessors. Hopefully it will be released without the slew of bugs that plagued Gothic 3.
- Aztaka on Impulse – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 5,59 EUR
A simple but enjoyable sidescrolling action RPG. At it’s core Aztaka plays like a platformer with character attributes and an inventory. It may be a fairly simplistic game, but it’s quite lengthy and sports great production values with beautifully drawn backgrounds.
- Depths of Peril on Impulse – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 7,46 EUR
Depths of Peril is an action RPG that puts the player in control of a covenant. This is initially just the hero character, but eventually becomes a full party that competes with numerous other computer controlled covenants in the game. Add to this a randomly generated worlds, randomly generated quests and random events and you get a very interesting and lively game world. But it suffers from a lack of multiplayer and sub-par graphics.
- Din’s Curse on Impulse – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 9,33 EUR
This action RPG offers a slightly different take on the genre. The game world is randomly generated, it’s all playable in co-op, quests are time-based and quest progression actually influences the world and its inhabitants. That all may sound good, but its presentation leaves a lot to be desired with severely outdated graphics.
- Dungeon Defenders on GamersGate / Impulse – Save 10% Pre-order Deal – 7,19 EUR
Choose a class, create a character and team up with three friends to defend your dungeon from waves of monsters! Add in a wide variety of towers, pets, loot, monsters, achievements, game modes and a storydriven campaign and you have Dungeon Defenders’ unique take on the tower defense genre. These digital pre-orders come with an exclusive familiar depending on the digital distribution service (Direct2Drive, GamersGate, Impulse or Steam).
- Star Wolves 3: Civil War on GamersGate – Save 70% Weekend Deal - 7,48 EUR
Star Wolves 3 is a space RPG that puts you in charge of a small band of mercenaries in a large, freely explorable, galaxy. It offers an excellent mixture of RPG and RTS gameplay that can quickly hook you despite the horrendous voiceovers. It’s also DRM free.
- Blood Bowl: Dark Elves Edition on Impulse – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 9,99 EUR
A mixture of Warhammer and American Football produces a surprisingly fun, but complex, strategy game. It has two game modes with a real-time strategy variant for fast-paced, bloody, action and a turn-based strategy variant that faithfully recreates the board game.
- Darwinia on Green Man Gaming – Save 70% Deal – 2,16 EUR
A retro-themed indie real-time strategy game where you have to save the Darwinians from extinction as a computer virus has infiltrated their world. It only features singleplayer, but is actually quite fun to play.
- Europa Universalis 3 on Direct2Drive – Save 70% This Week – 6,- EUR
A grand strategy game that lets you lead a nation from the 15th to 19th century. Along with the standard singleplayer comes a co-op multiplayer component.
- Gratuitous Space Battles: The Nomads on Impulse / Positech – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 2,49 EUR
The latest DLC pack for Positech Games’ excellent hands-off space strategy game. It requires the original game and introduces the new race of the Nomads to the extensive collection of playable races. The deal over on the Positech website is very interesting in that there are both a regular and discount version on offer.
- UFO: Afterlight on Green Man Gaming – Save 60% Weekend Deal - 7,22 EUR
Afterlight places the focus on a small human colony on Mars that has to thrive in the face of constant alien invasions. It’s a much better game than Aftershock and a solid mixture of global strategy and small-scale tactical combat.
- World War 2: Time of Wrath on GamersGate – Save 75% Deal – 6,74 EUR
A decent turn-based grand strategy game set in World War 2.
- Air Aces: Pacific on Impulse – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 24,99 EUR
An arcade flight simulator set in the Pacific arena of World War 2 with variable reality-mode settings for different flight experiences.
- City Life 2008 on Direct2Drive – Save 70% This Week – 6,- EUR
A city builder similar to the old SimCity series, but much more recent and with stellar 3D graphics. It also allows for first person exploration within your cities.
Platform and Puzzle Games
- Trine on Green Man Gaming – Save 45% Deal – 11,20 EUR
A great indie platform game featuring singleplayer and local (same computer) co-op modes. Read my first impressions for an indication of what the game plays like and why you should get it.
- World of Goo on Green Man Gaming – Save 23% Deal – 15,66 EUR
Take charge of an armada of goo and use it to form all sorts of weird contraptions to solve puzzles. It’s charming, humorous and challenging.
Other Games and Bundles
- Commandos Complete on Get Games – Save 50% Summer Deal - 7,49 EUR
This package includes all Commandos games, from the excellent and ridiculously difficult squad-based strategy games of Behind Enemy Lines & Commandos 2, to the sub-par shooter Strike Force. An awesome bundle at a great price – definitely worth a look.
- Garry’s Mod on Steam – Save 50% Weekend Deal – 4,99 EUR
A mod-gone-retail which offers a crazy physics sandbox in the Source engine. It requires Counter Strike: Source, Day of Defeat: Source or Half Life 2 to run.
- Poker Night at the Inventory on Steam – Save 10% Pre-order Deal – 3,59 EUR
Take Team Fortress 2’s Heavy, Max from Sam & Max, Homestar Runner’s Strong Bad and Tychus from Penny Arcade and you get Poker Night at the Inventory! It’ll be a game about playing poker, but not quite in the way you’re used to.
- THQ Ultimate Bundle on Impulse – Save 68% Deal – 93,64 EUR
This is a bundle of some of THQ’s best PC games. It includes the entire Company of Heroes series of World War 2-era real-time strategy games, along with Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War and Supreme Commander and their respective expansion packs. Proper first person shooters are also included in the form of the entire Red Faction franchise and both Full Spectrum Warrior games. The excellent Action RPG Titan Quest and its Immortal Throne expansion are also included, along with the superb free-roaming singleplayer FPS S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. The racing game Juiced 2 and zoo simulator World of Zoo round out the package.
- Uplink on Green Man Gaming – Save 70% Deal – 2,16 EUR
In this game you assume the role of a freelance hacker. Take on jobs and upgrade your tools with the earnings as you progress through the game’s plot.