Last spring, I decided to fully invest in my lifelong gaming dream of being a primarily PC gamer. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a PC gamer for years. Yet, my rig was always very budget-friendly…too budget-friendly. It was to the point where I was buying computers that would handle games from “Very Low” to “Medium” settings. There was no way I could have had a YouTube channel during those times. But that all changed when I purchased my very first Alienware.
Having a computer that could play anything at either Very High, Maximum, or Ultra settings is a first for me. I’ve been blown away over the past several months at how gorgeous PC games are when you have the proper device for them. Forza 4 Horizon…magnificent. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim with graphical enhancement mods…breathtaking. Control…WOW. Having a quality rig has been life-changing for me as a gamer and opened the door to put more money into the PC platform than ever before. I purchase games primarily for PC and it isn’t even a competition when it comes to my other systems.
My research has led me to conclude that PC games have the most deals. This is true, especially if you know where to search. For console titles, GameStop is my place of choice. But there are a variety of places to score great bargains for PC. Some you may know, others you may not have even heard of. Here are my seven favorites:
This is the site that constantly puts together very inexpensive game bundles that will sometimes land you a quality game cheaper than anywhere else. Look through these bundles because there could be a game in there you’ve been searching for that you could get along with nine other games for $5 or less. This is a place that I frequent very often and it is also one of the recommended sellers by Game Deals Reddit. I started purchasing from the website in February 2020. Some of the highlighted purchases were Persona 4 Golden, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas, SEGA’s Ultimate Warhammer 40,000 Collection, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers Deluxe Edition, Just Cause 2, and the Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath DLC.
Fantastic sales await you on this site. I was initially hesitant to try it out because it wasn’t on the Game Deals Reddit list. But upon further research, I found that many gamers were having great experiences with this platform so I gave it a go for the first time in May 2020. Multiple purchases later, it is one of the first places I visit when I am price checking games that I’m interested in. My favorite purchase so far was last month when I obtained a digital code that allowed me to renew my Playstation Plus subscription for one year at $32.89. Other highlights included Mount & Blade Warband DLC Collection, Just Cause 3 XXL Edition, Payday 2 Legacy Collection, and a collection of LEGO games (w/DLC) that included LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, LEGO DC Super-Villains, and LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
It’s cool that this website is very charity oriented. At first glance, it would appear as if most games on this site are regularly priced. But when you take some time to do a bit of digging, you’ll find some cool deals. I bought a “Better Future Bundle” that included Torchlight, Torchlight II, This War of Mine, and four other games for just $5. The original Dead Rising, Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death, Elex, and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare are a sampling of the other games I bought from Humble Bundle in 2020. One of my favorite features of the site is that when you purchase games, you get credit back that you can use on your next purchase.
The first thing you will hear fans of GOG point out is that the games you purchase on the site are DRM-free. This means when you download the game on your system and play it, you don’t need a client. You just launch the executable file and you’re good to go. Steam games require the Steam Client, Ubisoft games require Ubisoft Connect, Blizzard Games require the Blizzard client, etc. The next great thing about GOG is the constant sales you’ll find on the site every week. It’s a great way to beef up your classic PC gaming collection. I bought Cyberpunk 2077 on GOG because I wanted a DRM-free version. The Dungeon Siege Collection, Neon Chrome, Crysis, and Pathfinder: Kingmaker were some other notable purchases for me in 2020.
This isn’t the first place I check when I’m looking for gaming deals, but the reason why Epic Games is on this list is because of the ridiculous benevolence of the company. Since 2019, the organization has provided weekly free games through its gaming client, which is free for anyone to download and sign up for. The library of games I have on the Epic Games client is ridiculous. This is something I would have never imagined taking place in my lifetime. Sometimes, even though I can find some better deals elsewhere (Epic does have good holiday deals), I will purchase a game from their platform as my way of showing appreciation for all that they’ve provided me over the past year. In a post earlier this month, I showed my transaction record from Epic Games to showcase just how generous the company has been. My most recent purchase was Immortals: Fenyx Rising.
In my opinion, the best gaming client for PC is Steam. It has tremendous support and features. The list of games just continues to grow and EA Play was added to its store in 2020. There are sales that occur regularly apart from the major seasonal discounts during each year. The bulk of my PC games are on this platform. Sure, the games are not DRM-free, but everything the client offers more than makes up for it. There is also an assortment of free games available, as well as a Workshop for many games that allows for seamless mod implementation and added game content. One of my favorite examples of Workshop involves Fire Pro Wrestling World, where you can download all sorts of content for the game simply by subscribing to the items that other gamers have created.
There are always deals to check out at GamersGate. When I can’t find anything within the other six options, this is where I go to see if I can find a good price on a game I’m searching for. At the time I bought Day of Infamy and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat, Gamers Gate had the lowest price on both games. I will definitely use the site in the future if I can continue finding good deals.
Are there some sites that you feel should be on the list? Please share in the comment section below.