Welcome gaming elves (like North Pole elves, not Tolkein elves, because Christmas) to Shoestring Gaming—finding some of the best deals on the Internet for all your gaming needs. December is a big month for gaming sales, as people rush out to give people the greatest gift known to man: video games. Or, to buy themselves the greatest gift known to man. We won't judge. Either way you can save on some great games by using the many Winter sales here. As always, these deals are almost all temporary so jump on them while you can, and TechRaptor may make some change off of certain sponsored links. Let us know if you pick up one of these deals.
The big sale on GreenManGaming this week is for Team 17 titles, the publisher and sometimes developer behind games like The Escapists, Beyond Eyes, and Penarium. They also have a special deal on some of their Worms collection, which includes eight games along with additional content. There's also quite a few new releases on sale right now, including Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Seige, and the brand new (released December 10th) Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns. You can also pick up Killing Floor 2 along with a bunch of DLC for 33% off each item. If you don't already have an account, sign up and you get access to VIP deals on AAA games like Witcher 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops III. To save an additional 20% off use this code: 20PERC-DECMBR-SVINGS.[caption id="attachment_38126" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Feel that Christmas spirit.[/caption]
We're going to skip GOG for now only because their sales are going to take two whole paragraphs most likely. Over at Games Republic you can check out their Advent Calendar for all their holiday deals, notably the Darksiders series, Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings, and the XCOM series. At the TechRaptor GameFanShop, there's some special deals on This War of Mine, SPACECOM, and the Anomaly series. If you use the code Raptorean you can save a little bit more. Check out the rest of the shop for some generally great deals. Alien: Isolation is only $17.99. That's not even the sale price, that's just how much it is on GameFanShop (for reference, on Steam it is $49.99).
If you're looking for something more physical, Amazon has got you covered. You can pick up a special edition Uncharted Playstation 4 right now for 15% off—this includes the console and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection with Uncharted, Uncharted 2, and Uncharted 3. You can actually get a lot of the newest titles for $10 off or more on Amazon right now, including Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Super Mario Maker for the Wii U, Just Dance 2016 for almost every console, Playstation 4 controllers for 24% off (and we know how ridiculously expensive controllers are now), Rise of the Tomb Raider you can get for 33% off on the Xbox One, physical copies of Metal Gear Solid V are going for 42-50% off, and it goes on like that for about 20 pages or so. The absolutely best is probably the Halo 5: Guardians Collectors Edition, which you can get new for 60% off, though this only includes a digital download code, instead of a disc.
Now, GOG. GOG is currently having their massive Winter sale, which includes several bundles, daily deals, and far too many sales that we could possibly list so you better just go there and check it out. We'll highlight some good ones. For more information on the details of the sale, you can check out this FAQ specifically designed for it (you know the sale is big when it warrants its own FAQ). First thing you will notice is the $3 mystery game; this is a good deal because no matter way you are saving at least $2, as all the games you can receive from it are worth at least $5, and up to a full price AAA game (roughly $60). Now this is essentially a grab bag with hundreds of potential options. I bought two and got Raiden III, but I also got Gone Home. But if you like to gamble, you could get Witcher 3. If you pick one up, let us know what you got. In my quest to test my luck, however, I also got Divine Divinity for free, as will you if you spend at least $5 on anything on GOG right now. If you spend over $50, you get Blackguards, and eventually, you'll also be able to get a copy of Giants: Citizen Kabuto if you spend any money at all.[caption id="attachment_46356" align="aligncenter" width="616"] Yay?[/caption]
To simplify their sale, there are many bundles including some excellent games, as well as several classic PC games. There are three different bundles dedicated to George Lucas franchises: the Star Wars Blaster Bundle for those who are fans of things like X-Wing and pod racing, the Star Wars Saber Bundle for those who prefer the RPG and Action titles, and the LucasArts Bundle which features non-Star Wars games like Monkey Island and Indiana Jones. There's a few bundles for more well known titles, such as Trine, Wing Commander, Walking Dead, and classic Hitman. You can see all the bundles available on that front page, and these could change throughout the duration of the sale. Oddly enough, what there isn't a bundle for is Witcher, even though all those games are on sale as well. You can get the Witcher collection, Witcher, Witcher Adventure Game, Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings, and Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, individually, for great prices. In addition to these bundles there are possibly hundreds of individual games also on sale, and these are set to change rapidly so make sure you keep checking for new deals. Some notable titles include Pillars of Eternity, Papers, Please, and Tales from the Borderlands. The GOG Winter sale will go until December 13th.[caption id="attachment_40588" align="aligncenter" width="660"] There's no bundle for Witcher because it is too awesome to be contained.[/caption]
Over at Humble Bundle, this month's bundle is for NeoGeo games, celebrating their 25th Anniversary. Part of the proceeds will go to benefit the American Red Cross this month. The Weekly Bundle is centered around Total War, again, this time including 30-day access to Total War: Arena. Those proceeds will benefit Special Effect, Willow, Walking With the Wounded, and Bles. Over at the Humble Store the theme seems to be brand new titles based on their sales, which includes Grand Theft Auto V and Call of Duty: Black Ops III. You can also get L.A. Noire, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and Max Payne 3 at a discount, along with many other titles.
Steam, as always, tons and tons of sales, far too many to examine in detail. The premiere sales this weekend are for DOOM titles, and you can also pre-order the upcoming DOOM now. The free to play this weekend is Killing Floor 2, and you can grab it for 33% off over the course of the weekend.[caption id="attachment_44830" align="aligncenter" width="587"] Yep, Christmas spirit.[/caption]
For consoles, not a whole lot. You're likely better off just going to Amazon. But if you would like to buy directly from your respective stores, there is a small Holiday Sale at the Playstation Store, most notably for God of War III Remastered Edition. The Nintendo eShop actually has a few games on sale, strangely enough including Slender the Arrival. And Xbox currently has 50% off of some Xbox Live Arcade games like Peggle and Feeding Frenzy.
Make sure to share any deals you know of with your friends in the comments or on Twitter, and let us know what you get in your $3 mystery game, because frankly I'm just curious.