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Update: Steam’s Summer Sale is now live (started July 11 at 10AM Pacific). If you’re looking for more solid alternative deals, check out Gamefly’s EA/Origin Sale where hot titles like Crysis 3, BF3 Premium and Dead Space 3 are available for only $16 (after coupon GFDJUL20).
The clock is ticking down and any day now Steam will start their annual Summer Sale, where PC gamers from across the globe will repeatedly throw bags of money at their computer screen. While you’re eagerly waiting, here are all the other “Summer Sale” events from retailers across the web (with many of these titles activating on Steam too!)
In an effort to convince us their sales are the hottest, on Monday Green Man Gaming fired up their “666 Sale Event“. For 6 days, they’re popping out a new batch of 6 deals for 6 hours at a time. There’ve been some solid highlights so far, including Borderlands 2 with its Season Pass for only $13.50, as well as XCOM: Enemy Unknown with two DLCs for $11.70 (use coupon code GMG10-VTTCS-VYH18 to get these prices). [Editor's note: GMG brought back all the deals in the "666 Sale" event as an "Encore Sale" for 30 hours - ended July 8th, 8am PDT].
Unfortunately, this “hottest” sale is not without problems. Like a body of one-dimensionally hotthinking regimental Redcoats, the UK-based Green Man Gaming marched directly into their Summer Sale without realizing the additional bandwidth they’d need to meet the increased demand. As such, many have missed the hottest sales thanks to sluggish (or never-ending) load times.
On Sunday, Amazon lit up their PC Digital Summer Sale. Nearly 1,000 games and bundles are discounted, including hits like Guild Wars 2 for $33.49 and the Borderlands 2 Bundleganza (Borderlands 1, 2, and Season Pass) for $21.99. If you’re a fan of Paradox strategy games, the best time to buy them by the boatload is during Amazon sales like this. As a prime example, the Paradox Seas Bundle includes 9 Paradox games for only $10 (separately $72).
Not to be left out, GameFly is throwing in an “Indie-Pendence Sale” for PC games this week, dropping many indie games to new lowest prices – best of all, their current July coupon (GFDJUL20) stacks with the instant savings.
Summer Digital Sales
GameFly Indie Sale — up to 80% off + coupon at GameFly. Some excellent titles, including recently released Rising Storm (from the Red Orchestra series) for only $12. Use coupon GFDJUL20 or GFDJUL20UK if you’re in the UK.
- Sanctum 2 — $5.99 (normally $15)
- Bit.Trip Runner 2 — $7.99 (normally $15)
- Rising Storm — $11.99 (normally $20)
Amazon Digital Summer Sale. Amazon’s Digital Summer Sale began on June 30th and ends July 14th. About 1,000 PC games are on sale with a few standouts and bundles.
Borderlands Bundleganza: 1 + 2 + Season Pass — $21.99
- Rayman Origins — $7.49 (normally $20)
- Assassin’s Creed Revelations — $4.99 (normally $20)
666 Sale: 6 Deals Every 6 Hours for 6 Days — at Green Man Gaming. In addition to the instant savings, GMG often has a coupon code available for a 10-20% discount off the promo deals. If not they’ll offer a $2 credit or $1 cash back. Checking their sales page when each batch is rolled out will let you know which bonus incentives are currently being offered. Ends July 8th.
GameStop 20% Coupon on PC Downloads. GameStop is hoping on the digital sale bandwangon with a rare 20$ coupon on all digital titles, making certain preorder offers such as Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghost at the lowest ever price of $48. Ends July 5th.
2013 #NoDRM Summer Sale — at GOG.com. Since June 18th, GOG’s DRM-Free Summer Sale has been dishing out daily deals and will continue to do so through Saturday, July 5th. Otherwise, there are over 500 games discounted by 50% on their site, including Faster Than Light for $4.99 (normally $10). Ends July 5th.
July 31: Rise of the Triad + Free Apogee Throwback Pack (PC Download) — $11.25 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $15. You get a free Steam key for the Throwback Pack, plus another Steam key for Rise of the Triad when it’s released.
3-Month PlayStation Plus Subscription + $20 PS Network Card — $27.99 at Best Buy. Perfect timing to take advantage of this bundle offer at Best Buy while the PlayStation Network Summer Sale is ongoing. $38 value for $28.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Wii U) — $34.99 at Amazon. Next best is $55 at OfficeMax (Yep you’ve read that right, OfficeMax). Cheapest we’ve seen for the latest installment to Capcom’s popular series, finally ported to the Wii U.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Wii U) — $23.99 at Best Buy. Next best is $31 at JR.com. Eight installment to the Tekken series, on the Wii U a few months after its initial release on PS3 and 360.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13: The Masters Collector’s Edition (PS3) — $14.96 plus $1.97 shipping at Walmart. Next best is $23 at Amazon.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn (Wii) — $7.60 plus $1.97 shipping at Walmart. Next best is $15 at Amazon.
Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy (Nintendo 3DS) — $17.99 at Best Buy. List is $30.
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PS Vita) — $17.99 at Best Buy. Next best is $28 at Amazon. Now you don’t have to sink more coins into the arcade to get a Marvel vs Campcom experience.
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS Vita) — $14.79 plus $1.97 shipping at Walmart. Next best is $23 at Amazon. AKA Sly 4, decent price considering its a 2013 release.
LEGO Lord of the Rings (Nintendo DS) — $11.99 at Best Buy. Next best is $19 at Rakuten.