Unless you’ve been living under a rock, PC gamers probably know the Steam Winter Sale launched yesterday. In fact, the swath of discounts prompted smaller PC gaming retailers to chime in with their own sales to compete. Both Origin and GMG are worth checking out, offering hundreds of discounts on PC games, with some prices even beating Steam.
Of course, the sales are so huge they can seem intimidating. What’s actually a good deal — and what’s not? We’ve waded through the mess and picked out the top 5 Single Player games in each sale.
The GMG Winter Sale is basically the Steam Winter sale with a 20% off coupon you apply at checkout and stack for additional savings. While not quite as big as Steam’s sale, you can find some pretty impressive prices, including a new low on Grand Theft Auto V and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition. Our full breakdown of the sale is here with our top 5 picks below.
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- Grand Theft Auto V — $28.80 (list $60)
- Cities: Skylines (Steam) — $9.60 (list $30)
- Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor GOTY (Steam) — $9 (list $45)
- Wolfenstein: The New Order (Steam) — $7.20 (list $60)
- STASIS (Steam) — $5 (list $25)
The Origin Holiday Sale has great prices on games that activate using EA’s own Origin DRM. (Imagine that.) Dragon Age Inquisition really took a tumble in price this year, with the GOTY Edition hitting a new low at $30 and the Standard Edition finally falling into the “under $20” territory. Also notable is an all time low of $19.99 on The Sims 4. This sale will only run through December 27th.
- Star Wars: Battlefront (Origin) — $35.99 (list $60)
- Dragon Age: Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition (Origin) — $29.99 (list $60)
- The Sims 4 (Origin) — $19.99 (list $60)
- Dragon Age: Inquisition (Origin) — $15.99 (list $40)
- SimCity: Complete Edition (Origin) — $14.99 (list $30)
The gigantic Steam Winter Sale has discounts on thousands of PC games throughout Steam’s mammoth database. Some of the best deals are on recently released titles hitting new lows. Some games like Dark Souls II: Scholar and Dying Light are hitting new lows, while others like The Witcher 3 rarely go on sale but has a massive 50% price cut. Unlike previous years’ sales, Steam will not have flash sales and daily deals, so what you see is what you’ll get through January 4th.
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — $29.99 (list $60)
- Mad Max (Steam) — $20.39 (list $60)
- Dying Light (Steam) — $20.39 (list $60)
- Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (Steam) — $18.99 (list $40)
- South Park: The Stick of Truth (Steam) — $7.49 (list $30)
Did you like the Flash Sales / Daily Deals features no longer present in the Steam Sale? Should Steam bring them back? Let us know in the comments below.