Games on SALE!

GasBandit

Staff member
Vermintide 2 is free to play this weekend, and 75% off to buy.


If any of you want to play it, hit me up.
 

figmentPez

Staff member
Well shit. The Steam Fall Sale started and the Steam Controller is on sale for $5. On one hand this means I'm getting two for cheaper than I expected to get one. On the other hand, it means the controller is probably discontinued.
 

figmentPez

Staff member
I don't know. That's how I got mine, and that was last year.
It was on sale for $35 last Fall, and $25 during the Holiday sale. The Steam Controller has never been $5 before. The Steam Link went down to $5 with "limited quantity remaining" after it was announced to be discontinued.
 
It was on sale for $35 last Fall, and $25 during the Holiday sale. The Steam Controller has never been $5 before. The Steam Link went down to $5 with "limited quantity remaining" after it was announced to be discontinued.
That's what I was thinking of. Also: I have yet to find a compelling reason to use either, once I had the Xbox One controller in hand for those things I don't like using the mouse and keyboard for.
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Unrelated: Work blocks Steam, so I can't see all the ways I can finally buy Half-Life 2 at 90% off. Dammit.
 
Just a general PSA: currently on Greenman Gaming, there's a lot of games with a "+5" added - buying any of these will give you 5 extra games for free.
The good - these extra games mostly redeem on Steam as well; you don't need an extra installer
The bad - yet another game platform you have to sign up for, in this case, Intel's.
The ugly - the catalog to choose from is pretty limited, and while there are some worthwhile games (I chose Warhammer: Vermintide, which GasBandit has spent plenty of time praising), most of the games are actually free MMOs or MOBAs where you get $X worth of in-game items - not actually free games at all.
The deals at Greenman may be worth it on their own, but don't count on these +5s to bring you a lot extra.

Full list:
AdVenture Capitalist - a clicker game, $9.99 worth of in-game items
Blade & Soul - F2P MMORPG with $25 worth of in-game items
Dreadnought - $60 wotth of in-game content
Game Summary - not a game at all, but an app to record games as you play and make clips
Gas Guzzlers Extreme - hey, an actual game! Originally worth $24.99, but it's more than 6 years old and often at pretty deep discounts.
Guns of Icarus Alliance - a multiplayer-only title with a value of $9.99
IPIP - not a game at all, Intel Product Improvement Program lets Intel gather your information and sell it on improve their services and your gaming experience.
Last Tide - OK, this might be fun...But it's still in Early Access and not a lot seems to be moving. $14.99 value listed, though the game is on Steam for €20.
Neverwinter - again, a F2P MMORPG with $25 worth of in-game content.
Rockband VR - it's a VR game that requires an Oculus Rift. If you've got one, it might be good fun, it's a $49.99 game. But who owns an Oculus, anyway?
Sprint Vector - another VR game, this one requires an Oculus or a Vive. $35 value game for those who might like it
Switchblade - a free MOBA where you receive $29.99 worth of content.
TERA - an MMO action game, with $39.99 worth of in-game content.
There Came an Echo - well what do you know, a second regular old computer game. $14.99 value, though this is an older Kickstarter game which is regularly discounted
Warhammer: End Times -Vermintide - And a third actual full game. Listed value is $29.99, but given that 2 is out and already has a bunch of expansions, I'm pretty sure this, too, is often heavily discounted.
 
Well shit. The Steam Fall Sale started and the Steam Controller is on sale for $5. On one hand this means I'm getting two for cheaper than I expected to get one. On the other hand, it means the controller is probably discontinued.
They're completely sold out, and in fact have been canceling and refunding orders because more were bought than they had actual inventory.
You can still buy them on Amazon for $65 and at Best Buy for $80, though. :rolleyes:
Pity, I was looking to pick up a second one to go with my pair of Links.
...though at this rate I might just eBay the three of 'em as a set for a couple hundred (Links are currently going for ~$60) since I never actually opened the box they came in until today.

--Patrick
 

figmentPez

Staff member
(Links are currently going for ~$60)
What? WHY? You can run the Steam Link app on a Raspberry Pi 3B or later. (And on phones, tablets, a lot of TVs, etc.) That's pretty much why Valve stopped making the Link.

But the refund situation is a mess. The two I ordered have already been delivered, but some other people say their order is still in limbo, despite ordering on the first day of the sale. And that's not even getting into how consumer protection laws in the EU may apply, since the cancellation emails Valve sent out didn't go out quickly, and don't give a reason for the cancellation.
 
I'm not gonna lie. I'm sad the Steam Controller and Link are being put out the pasture. I like using both of them. I just wish I was more technically minded to fully take advantage of what the Steam Controller could do for me. I wish I knew why Valve was discontinuing them.
 
I'm not gonna lie. I'm sad the Steam Controller and Link are being put out the pasture. I like using both of them. I just wish I was more technically minded to fully take advantage of what the Steam Controller could do for me. I wish I knew why Valve was discontinuing them.
Steam Controller Pro?
More likely, though, is that the vast majority of users just want to use the wireless console controller(s) they already have, even though they are less configurable.

--Patrick
 

figmentPez

Staff member
I'm not gonna lie. I'm sad the Steam Controller and Link are being put out the pasture. I like using both of them. I just wish I was more technically minded to fully take advantage of what the Steam Controller could do for me. I wish I knew why Valve was discontinuing them.
It's still just speculation, but based on patents for more advanced models of the Steam Controller (more grip paddles, different battery placement, touch sensitive shoulder buttons), some fans are expecting a revised version to be announced at some point in the future. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets shown off at CES in early January, but it's Valve so I also wouldn't be surprised if they don't have a replacement until 202x, or never make one at all.
 
Steam Controller Pro?
More likely, though, is that the vast majority of users just want to use the wireless console controller(s) they already have, even though they are less configurable.

--Patrick
Plus casual gamers like myself really don't have the time to even bother with configurations. If I need to shoot accurately, I have a mouse. For everything else, I have an Xbone wireless.
 

figmentPez

Staff member
Plus casual gamers like myself really don't have the time to even bother with configurations. If I need to shoot accurately, I have a mouse. For everything else, I have an Xbone wireless.
I spend more time customizing my character's look in game than I spend configuring my Steam Controller. The setup for most of the games I've played with it has been minimal. Take Borderlands 2, for example, I started with a basic gamepad layout, changed the right touchpad to be mouse instead of stick, set gryo to be mouse as well, set sensitivity for both, and then set one of the grip triggers to sprint because I hate pressing L3. That's it, less than a minute. It took me longer to find the right graphics settings for my system.

"I don't have time for configurations" seems about on the same level as "I don't have time to read instructions", to me. It's not a universal truth, but at least taking a look at the quick start guide and skimming the manual usually saves time in the long-run. For me, the same is true of setting up a game. The SC, for me, is so much better than the alternatives, that a minute or two configuring it ends up saving me more time later when I'm playing the game.

But yeah, if you're happy with KB&M, that's generally even simpler. I'm just bothered by configuration being touted as some sort of labor intensive chore, when it's just going through an options menu and setting things to individual preference, in most cases.
 
I spend more time customizing my character's look in game than I spend configuring my Steam Controller. The setup for most of the games I've played with it has been minimal. Take Borderlands 2, for example, I started with a basic gamepad layout, changed the right touchpad to be mouse instead of stick, set gryo to be mouse as well, set sensitivity for both, and then set one of the grip triggers to sprint because I hate pressing L3. That's it, less than a minute. It took me longer to find the right graphics settings for my system.

"I don't have time for configurations" seems about on the same level as "I don't have time to read instructions", to me. It's not a universal truth, but at least taking a look at the quick start guide and skimming the manual usually saves time in the long-run. For me, the same is true of setting up a game. The SC, for me, is so much better than the alternatives, that a minute or two configuring it ends up saving me more time later when I'm playing the game.

But yeah, if you're happy with KB&M, that's generally even simpler. I'm just bothered by configuration being touted as some sort of labor intensive chore, when it's just going through an options menu and setting things to individual preference, in most cases.
This is a fair assessment. I generally have so little time to play that I just want to go. Five minutes of setup can literally be half the time I had to play that week at times. Obviously that's not always the case, but it is often. I'll have to give it another go at some point.
 

figmentPez

Staff member
GOG.com is having a Winter Sale, and is giving away copies of Wasteland 2.

Also GOG Connect is back, with just four games to start with, but there will be more over the course of the sale, which lasts until... Jan 2nd? Wow, that's a long sale.
 

figmentPez

Staff member
Steam is once again printing money by selling new virtual shit. This time stickers to use in Steam Chat. I'm not about to buy games just to get tokens to buy stickers, but I've got to admit that some of them are really stinkin cute:
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You know, I'm glad hardware growth has slowed down and we don't have to buy completely new pc's every few years...but it's also slowed down price drops. I really want to play Divine Divinity: Ordinal Sin 1 and 2, but they're 6 and 3 years old, respectively, and they still haven't gone down to 75% off or under 10 euros. 15 and 25 right now, respectively... but and if and agghhh.
And I'm one of, what, five people who has actually played the original Divine Divinity, back when it first came out! Back when Larian was still a tiny Belgian software company nobody had ever heard of! I bought it too support our local game development scene thinking it would be crap!
 
Every game I'm interested cost less than the minimal to use the coupon that epic store is giving.
 
You know, I'm glad hardware growth has slowed down and we don't have to buy completely new pc's every few years...but it's also slowed down price drops.
It's actually really annoying, because "slowed price drops" also includes the hardware itself. The places selling the newest hardware KNOW you haven't upgraded your PC in a while, so they're either waiting extra time before lowering prices, or they're jacking up the prices of key components figuring you're desperate enough to pay them in order to complete a new build before Xmas.

--Patrick
 
Just as a reminder, it really pays to compare different sites before buying. I know there are several comparison sites and such, but anyway.
For example, Divinity: Original Sin 1 & 2 are both €5 cheaper on GOG than they are on Steam.
 
So, given the choice, considering I want to enjoy a relatively hassle-free single player RPG experience. which would you recommend, @GasBandit ?
Divinity: OS - Enhanced edition for €14
Divinity: OS II for €25
The Outer Worlds for €40

Bear in mind that my PC just barely meets the minimum requirements for the latter two, and I'm always money-shy spending on gifts for myself.
 
Are Grim Dawn and Path of Exile already all played-out for you? Or are you trying to stick with just the three you mentioned?

—Patrick
 
Are Grim Dawn and Path of Exile already all played-out for you? Or are you trying to stick with just the three you mentioned?

—Patrick
Grim Dawn was fun, but I sort of lost interest near the end. haven't actually started PoE yet, but I think that's closer to the Diablo vibe, and I'm looking for something more RPG and less action-y this time around. I could be wrong about PoE, of course.
 
And, to be fair, I was just looking over my DVD collection and reminiscing about the good times I had with Divine Divinity, the frustrations I had with Divine Divinity 22, and that sort of drew my eyes to the series. It's also one of the "big" RPG series I haven't gotten around to playing any of the modern installments of. While TOW would be something new and different, and I'd be hoping it'd scratch the KOTOR itch better.
I might just re-install DD, to be honest. If not for that pesky beginning dungeon....
 

GasBandit

Staff member
So, given the choice, considering I want to enjoy a relatively hassle-free single player RPG experience. which would you recommend, @GasBandit ?
Divinity: OS - Enhanced edition for €14
Divinity: OS II for €25
The Outer Worlds for €40

Bear in mind that my PC just barely meets the minimum requirements for the latter two, and I'm always money-shy spending on gifts for myself.
The First One.

D:OS2 is also good. Both can be done either single player or multiplayer, but as combat is turn based, there's a lot of sitting around in multiplayer for people whose turn it isn't. But both are perfectly good single player RPGs in the same vein as say, Baldur's Gate. But if you're squeamish for money and only want to buy one of those three, then start with D:OS EE. It's a good game.

I'm still working my way through Outer Worlds. If your computer isn't very meaty, you might want to hold off on that one for a while. It's rather like Fallout New Vegas, in that it's a first person shooter/conversation simulator with RPG elements.
 
The First One.

D:OS2 is also good. Both can be done either single player or multiplayer, but as combat is turn based, there's a lot of sitting around in multiplayer for people whose turn it isn't. But both are perfectly good single player RPGs in the same vein as say, Baldur's Gate. But if you're squeamish for money and only want to buy one of those three, then start with D:OS EE. It's a good game.

I'm still working my way through Outer Worlds. If your computer isn't very meaty, you might want to hold off on that one for a while. It's rather like Fallout New Vegas, in that it's a first person shooter/conversation simulator with RPG elements.
It's also what I was leaning towards, but I was afraid you'd say 2 did so many things so much better that there really wasn't any going back or whatever.
Think I'll get myself OS for my birthday tomorrow, than. Hope if lives up to DD.
 
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