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Games, Games, and yet more Games:
In total there are over 1100 games on sale via Steam this week, with a new batch of games on sale from Monday. You can find all of the games on sale HERE. I won't bother listing any of the games, but it should be worth visiting as there are games for all tastes. Of course you do need to install the Steam client, but IMO it is well worth it. There are lots of free games (not just free to play online games) available plus there are always games on sale. You'll often find other game distributors will sell games with a Steam key and most of the bundled games on sale usually come with a Steam key as well.
You'll find some excellent deals over on the following Game sites.
1) ... GreenManGaming usually have coupons to the value of 23% and sometimes more off pre ordered games. I've pre ordered lots of AAA games from GMG and saved up to 25% off the pre order prices you find on Steam.
2) ... Gamersgate
3) ... Good Old Games - they also sell new games
4) ... Gamestop
5) ... Origin
6) ... Direct to Drive
I've removed the Desura link because the owners are bankrupt and there has been no activity on the site in many months. The servers are still live (at least until Bad JoJo's subscription to the servers has ended, Bad JoJo are the owners of Desura and Indie Royale, or were until filing for bankruptcy). If you own any games via Desura I advise downloading all of the drm free games you have on that platform and on the Indie Royale site before the sites are taken down.
Free Game Sites:
To be honest there are too many game deals around too list them all. Just visit the sites I recommend above and I'm sure you'll find something that suits you for a very decent price. If like me you prefer Steamworks games, many of the above sites also sell Steamwork games.
If that's not enough, check out the Game Discussion forums HERE for details of other games either free or on deals such as the Indie Game bundles (there's over 40 of them at the moment - If you purchased all of them you'd be paying around $80 for around a thousand dollars worth of games); or check out the five day sales at IndieGameStand you'll find the indie bundles thread HERE. The thread is outdated, but all of the links will still take you to the latest bundles.
The latest IndieGameStand game is Space Engineers
Space Engineers is a sandbox game about engineering, construction, exploration and survival in space and on planets.
You can get the game for a minimum of $6; pay over the average and also get Miners Wars Arena and Miners wars 2081. The usual cost of Space Engineers on Steam (you get a Steam key) is £18.99 plus Miner Wars Arena is $4.99/£3.99 and for Miner Wars 2081 is $9.99/6.99 (The average price at the time of writing was $6.89 making a total saving of approx $30.08/£21.98)
The deal ends Tuesday 20th Sept 2016 5am (GMT) IGS have extended their period from four to five days in between new games.
The Daily Indie Games have recently stopped their three day sales. Instead they now have a more expensive game on offer each month. At the time of writing the monthly game is Hacker Evolution: IMMERSION that usually costs $19.99/£14.99 but can be purchased $14.99/£11.33
Mankind is about to reach its next step of evolution. Uncover the dark secret behind mankind's fastest technological evolution in recent history. It's not going in the right direction..
Most of the bundles available retail for around $5 give or take a few dollars (apart from the Daily Indie bundles that usually cost around $1.50 + or + 10 cents for six games), but you can pay as little as a dollar for some. There are some excellent bundles out at the moment. I highly recommend the first four sites as they regularly change their bundles, at least weekly. Bundle Stars is the most prolific, usually with at least 10 bundles, but sometimes a lot more. Some bundles stay for months, others for only a few days. I also recommend buying the Greenlight bundles as you will get quite a few being Greenlit and save a large amount of money on newly released games. I reckon at least 75% of the games from those bundles have been Greenlit since I purchased my first Greenlight bundle. (I've bought at least 50 bundles with only Greenlight games and they have never cost more than $3 to $4 per bundle, with savings up to 90%. The flying bundle is the only one that will inform you when a game has been Greenlit and will send you your Steam keys, the rest you have to check your accounts page to see if they have added Steam keys. Sometimes it may take several weeks after the game has been released before you get your keys, but generally its either the same day or a few days after release at the most.
One More Bundle
Orlygift - giveaways and bundles
IsThereAnyDeals - lists all of the games and bundles on sale.
Indie Bundles notice forum
FREE GAME from Origin:
The free game from Origin is now Mass Effect 2 worth £19.99
Two years after Commander Shepard repelled invading Reapers bent on the destruction of organic life, a mysterious new enemy has emerged. On the fringes of known space, something is silently abducting entire human colonies. Now Shepard must work with Cerberus, a ruthless organization devoted to human survival at any cost, to stop the most terrifying threat mankind has ever faced.
To even attempt this perilous mission, Shepard must assemble the galaxy’s most elite team and command the most powerful ship ever built. Even then, they say it would be suicide. Commander Shepard intends to prove them wrong.
Just like in the previous game, what you say to the other characters matters a great deal. Fortunately, the conversation system has been improved. The camera now pans around characters as they talk to one another to evoke a dramatic, cinematic feel. Also, Shepard can interrupt the conversation when given the appropriate prompt, taking situations into new directions that could help or hinder the mission.
Shepard is more customizable than ever, letting you create your ideal lead character — gender, facial features, class, and of course, attitude. Once you embark on missions, you’ll be treated to an improved battle system that lets you target weak points and blast off your enemy’s limbs with a variety of weapons.
Set out to lead your team to victory… or die at the hands of The Collectors. Either path is possible in BioWare’s smash hit, Mass Effect 2. Which destiny will you choose?
1) ... The second act of BioWare’s epic sci-fi trilogy continues the story of Commander Shepard and humanity’s first steps onto the galactic stage
2) ... Success – or failure – depends heavily on the crew you assemble and their loyalty to you and the mission
3) ... Stunning graphics and a refined dialog system will draw you into the story like never before
4) ... Numerous improvements to the intense, third-person shooter combat
5) ... Deep character customization options let you create your own vision of Commander Shepard
Check Mass Effect 2 out HERE. You do need a free Origin account and install the Origin client to get these free games. Once you've installed the Origin client and signed into your account select 'On the house' from the 'Free Games' drop down menu. Then select download now. The game will then be registered to your Origin account permanently.
For a very short time (saw this Sept 16th 2016) you can also get all the add-ons for Battlefield 4 free over on Origin. See the Nox link above , which takes you to the same page for N=Battlefield 4. If you don't see any mention of Battlefield 4, the deal is finished.
A Request for help:
Developers rely on good feedback to improve their games. If you download this game please take some time once you’ve played it a while to leave some constructive feedback either positive or negative. The more constructive feedback we get, the more likely developers are going to give more games away. The giveaway site already has a very good standing with the search engines. Developers want their products out there on the WWW, this site has the potential to do that. The game giveaway project gives away on average between 9 to 17 thousand downloads for each game depending upon what genre and how obscure the game is. That’s a lot of homes these games are being downloaded into and a lot of 'potential' cash that’s being lost by the developers. If we get better games because of better feedback, the community are likely to continue to benefit from the generosity of the developers. Satisfied community members are then more likely to visit the home sites of those developers and purchase games that they may not have bothered with before they discovered the developer via the game giveaway site, thus giving the developers more incentives to give away even more decent games.
Please leave some feedback once you’ve checked the game out. It can be positive or negative, but please explain what your reasons were for the feedback you post. You could also leave suggestions for improving the game, for example, this game could do with more block types for the levels editor, add more power-ups, describing the ones you think would be suitable, add some mini games (which seem all the rage in some arcade games now) or enable the user to be able to change the in game music easily.
Thank you in advance to all those who take the time to post a constructive comment, and a big thank you to all of the developers and distributors who contribute to this site for sharing and to the game giveaway team for getting these games.
Whiterabbit aka Stephen
You can return to the first page of the game giveaway HERE
Size-6]UPDATED 4th Feb 2017./size]
I've posted a list of over 100 Steam games in these forums HERE some of which I will giving away each week to those community members who post decent feedback for the game given away that day. It is quite an extensive list of games taken from the 10 000+ Steam keys I've collected over the last several years; all were either purchased by me, or received free for pre-ordering games on Steam, plus a few from entering competitions and other offers). There will be a limited number of other keys available, such as Origin, uPlay and Desura keys (Desura has recently been purchased following the original owners demise and should be up and running by the end of March). I will announce the winner's from the giveaway the following week. If no announcement is made, it means no one posted feedback that qualified for a free game that week. If you have won a game, I will post details in the thread I've created specifically for that purpose HERE. Once I've given a key away, the game and any comments by the winner will be removed from the list.
Depending on the quality of the feedback, I may choose to award games to more community members for each game given away, 'at my discretion'. The feedback must be about the game, and it must include a couple of paragraphs of feedback following the guidelines I've posted in the suggestions section of my review. i.e. your opinion of the game, what you liked and/or disliked plus suggestions for improvement. If you choose a game that is very cheap I may give you a second game; so, when choosing from the list I provide, please list more than one choice. If a game is chosen by more than one community member and only one key is available the key will go to the one I deem the most useful. I do have multiple keys for quite a lot of the games I've listed, so, don't be put off if you see someone else has chosen the game you want. I haven't indicated any of the games I have multiple keys for (though for example I do have several keys for the excellent Western themed AAA game Call of Juarez, which i picked up for free for purchasing several games via the Indie Gala store several months ago. spending a few dollars got me a copy of the game, so I made several separate purchases over a couple of days while the offer was still live.
I do own at least three community members a game from the previous giveaways that I posted several months ago. I'd totally forgotten about those. I do have a document with their names on, so they will get a game from the original list when I find the document (I'm extremely disorganized); or they can peruse the new list and choose something different. Just post a comment over in the forums in the appropriate thread. If you do post feedback with a view to getting one of the games and think you have covered the requirements, you don't have to do anything until I announce the winners the following week
Other Game Deals
You will also find lots of deals over on Green Man Gaming and Big Fish Games usually have 70% off the first game you buy from them, plus they also have other deals occasionally. Desura was purchased from Bad Ju Ju games last year by One Play. If you already have a Desura account you can read details of what is happening HERE. As yet you can't access games you previosly purchased via Desura (I have around 1400), but One Play are working to recover everyones accounts and hope to do so by the end of March 2017. Indie Royale will also resume on a weekly basis, though at this time I don't know if previous Inde Royale Greenlight bundles will be honoured?
Alawar, Gamehouse, Playrix Entertainment and Big Fish Games usually have a good selection of decent arcade games, with new additions being added frequently. Big Fish say they add a new one every day. Some of these game houses also have access to free online versions of their arcade games. Other game houses such as the AAA distributors Ubisoft, Origin and Green Man Gaming always have some games on sale
Free Online Games
The following is an updated list of other sites where you can find games on sale as well as links to free online games as well as other game houses plus gaming news sites such as Rock Paper Shotgun and Game Seek, and a list of popular and highly recommended free to play Massive Multiplayer games for example World of Tanks, World of Warships, Liberators and Allegiance to name a few.
Free Online Flash Games
There are lots of free online arcade web sites that include Miniclip Games, Classic Arcade Games, Armor Games, Free Arcade.Com, Free Web Arcade, FOG, Kongregate, Addicting Games, Feel Good Games, AGame.com (puzzle games), Google Play, Poki, FreeGames.org, Quarked Game Zone (physics games), Shockwave, FreeGames.ws, Polygon Games and Animal Jam[/url(playground for kids that love animals linked to Nat.Geographic).
General news about games and new releases can be found at the following sites:
⦁ [url=http://www.gameinformer.com/default.aspx]Game informer
⦁ Rock, Paper Shotgun
⦁ Tech Radar
⦁ PC Gamer
Free Downloadable Games
You can download hundreds of free arcade games (all these sites do have hidden extra's that can be avoided by unchecking the checkboxes during installation, but all will still open your brpowser when turning off a game. this is inocuous, but necessary for the free game sites survival. Every time you viost their home page through the forced visit, they earn cash, part of which goes towards paying the developers for allowing your game to be distributed basically for free.. The most popular and usually the safest include Gametop, Itch.io, Jenkay Games, FreeGamePick, and of course MyPlayCity. Theres another decent one, but i've forgotten the name. will add it when I remember.
Free Massive Multiplayer Games
There are hundreds of free Massive Multiplayer Online games available, either via Steam HERE . Other free MMO games include Liberators, War Thunder, World of Warships, World of Tanks, Allegiance (space combat), Infantry Online, Tera (fantasy MMORPG ).
You can find a large list of Massive Multiplayer games via Steam (though many of them also have home pages where you can download and play the games without Steam HERE. Most (almost 700) of which are free (exceptions include Conan Online, Elder Scrolls Online plus others). Many of the free to play games many gamers consider pay to win becasue many also include commercial dlc packs that give you an advantage of pure free to play players. that although free to play do include dlc packs that cost money and do give you an advantage.