Freebies and Sales – May 17

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Today was a big news day for free games and game deals. I’ve done a roundup here so that you don’t have to. I want to remind everyone that I don’t take any cut from any sales or anything if you click on the links in this post, I’ve included them only to make it easy for you, kind reader!

FREE GAMES

Stories Untold – Epic Games.
Simply log in, hit redeem, and you’re good to go.
Link: https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/stories-untold/home

Guacamelee! SUPER TURBO CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION – Humble Store.
Hit get the game, and it will provide you with a Steam Key to redeem.
Link: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/guacamelee-super-turbo-championship-edition

STEEP – uPlay.
Log in, click that PC button and it will redeem to your account.
Link: https://register.ubisoft.com/steep-giveaway/en-US

SALES

Epic Games Mega Sale
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/

This is Epic Games Store’s first ever sale, and if it’s an indication of future sales, we might see a few happy customers. Not only are there percentage discounts applied to games, every game over $14.99 USD has a flat $10 off, courtesy of Epic Games. The general consensus is that Epic are still paying developers the revenue of the game pre $10 discount, which is great for the developers too!

Not only are these sales great, Epic are refunding players the difference in price if they purchased a game that is now discounted from May 2nd onward without the consumer needing to take any action themselves. If you prepurchased a game that is not yet released, regardless of the purchase date, you’ll also have any difference in price refunded to you.
All prices on the Epic store are in USD, sorry Aussies, we don’t have our own currency there yet.
Click the name of the game to get taken to it’s store page.

  • Subnautica: Below Zero – $9.99
    Only just released, and already at half price. Apparently there is a lack of content at the moment, but if the previous Subnautica is anything to go by, the devs will deliver on this title in time.
  • John Wick: HEX – $7.99
    Game’s not even out yet, and under half price. Mike Bithell has delivered with all of his previous games, so it’s likely this one is going to be a hit too!
  • Hades – $9.99
    Early Access, but still very good, and only getting better with each update. Supergiant games are no strangers to making fantastic games, and Hades was worth full price in it’s current state. Also, there’s a price increase coming at the end of the sale, so in a way, this one is sitting at under half price too.
  • Afterparty – $9.99
    Half Price, and it isn’t even out yet. Can’t complain about that. Although I don’t know too much about this one, Oxenfree was a great game, and the trailers make this look like a good adventure too.
  • Borderlands 3 – Starting at $49.99
    EDIT: Removed from sale! Rude!
    Look. It’s not a huge discount, but seeing as Epic is the only place you’re going to be able to get Borderlands 3 at launch, might as well get it $10.00 cheaper, right?

Humble Store Sale
https://www.humblebundle.com/store

Humble store sales aren’t anything new, normally they come with a free game as an incentive to sign up to their newsletter, and this one is no exception, but I’ve already listed Guacamelee above, so check that out.

As the Humble Store lists so many games, it can be difficult to browse them all. Humble breaks the sales down into publishers, if a publisher is big enough to have multiple games on sale, but all games can be found just by browsing or searching the store. Popular deals are also listed down the side of the page on desktop, or below the first few featured sales on mobile, and it’s always worth checking these out. There has to be a reason they’re popular, right?
Everything on the Humble Store is listed in AUD. No conversion necessary!
Click the title of the game to be taken to it’s store page.

  • Guacamelee 2 – $10.42
    The first is free at the moment, and it’s great. The second improves upon everything about the first. It’s a solid brawler/metroidvania, at an all-time-low price!
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar – $12.75
    A lesser-known JRPG. Not actually made in Japan, but it fits the playstyle, alright!? This one is high quality, and other than some late-game pacing issues, is a very good play if you enjoy that style of game.
  • Hollow Knight – $12.87
    Made in Sydney, Hollow Knight is a brilliant example of a combat-centric Metroidvania done right. Everything about this game oozes quality, EVERYTHING. If you don’t own it, now is a good time to buy in.
  • Into The Breach – $12.96
    Made by the developers of FTL – Faster Than Light, Into the breach captures the same genius that FTL had, in a turn-based fashion. I am incredibly bad at this game, and you probably will be too, but that doesn’t make it any less fun.
  • The Witcher 3: Game of the Year Edition – $21.69
    Are you happy now? I put a triple-A-quality game in the list. The Witcher 3 is awesome, and the DLC is just as good. I’m not 100% sure if this is a historical-low price, but it’s definitely worth it at this price.

Nintendo Switch’s Voucher system

This is a strange one. Nintendo games are notorious for never getting sales. Breath of the Wild is still the same price it was when it was released two years ago.

If you’re a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber, you can purchase vouchers that can be redeemed for select Nintendo Switch games. The selection eligible of games is pretty impressive at the moment, so if you were looking to expand your library, and you have Nintendo Switch Online, then this would be a great way to do it.
Price: $134.95 AUD
Essentially, each voucher is worth $67.48 (Thank you, calculator!), and there are a few games in the library that are worth $89.95, meaning you can save up to $44.95 AUD, but there are games in the list that are as cheap as $69.95, so if you got two of those, you’d only be saving a measly $4.95.

The vouchers are good in some ways, as they allow you to purchase brand new games, or even preorder games, in some cases for well below the selling price, but the system is a little convoluted, as the vouchers expire after a year, we don’t know if all future titles are going to be added to the library, and Nintendo reserves the right to remove games from the library of eligible titles at any time.

With all that said, savings are savings, and I’m pretty tempted to grab a pair of vouchers now and give my library a good boost of new titles.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s sales round up. As always, even though it hasn’t hit today, a Steam Sale is just around the corner, likely to land on June 24, so if there are some titles on your Steam Wishlist, it might be worth holding that wallet tightly. Are there any deals I missed, or any standout titles I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments.

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