Bacchanalia of consumerism, which is Black Friday, is generally focused on physical items – you can not really market a “doorbuster” for a subscription deal to your local newspaper. But there are plenty of digital game stores that are also having fun around this time of year. It’s definitely worth a look to see if you can find some deals, especially if you want some new titles to showcase the new PC hardware you are reading up on.
While there are literally hundreds of discounts to be found on PC games across the various storefronts, the absolute best value for money is probably Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass for PC, which is already the best offer in PC games at full price . Usually $ 10 a month for Netflix-like access to a few hundred PC games, a current campaign lets players subscribe for three months for just a paltry little dollar. In terms of the amount of games, it’s unlikely you’ll ever see a better deal at some point this year.
At the time of writing, this promotion works even though you have taken advantage of similar Xbox Game Pass discounts before. With high-profile games like Halo infinite and Forza Horizon 5 coming out this season, it’s a great way to see some of the latest blockbusters.
If you prefer to buy your games one at a time, here are a few that stood out to us. Check them out below, in no particular order:
Horizon Zero Dawn
50 USD $ 25 at Epic Game Store
This expansive post-apocalyptic sandbox game features an amazing mix of robo-dinosaur combat and surprisingly excellent sci-fi storytelling. Download the PC version to take advantage of mouse and keyboard bow-and-arrow action.
Back 4 Blood
$ 60 $ 42 on Steam
If you have been waiting for more than a decade for a new one Left 4 dead games, wait no more: This is basically what comes from a new development team that contains much of the old.
25 USD $ 15 on Steam
One of the best 2D Metroidvanias of the year (and there were a few!), Dead cells mixes penalties with rogue-lite power-ups and close, lightning-fast battles.
10 USD $ 5 on Steam
In essence Minecraft in 2D, with a little more story focus. There is nothing wrong with any of these items, especially if you are looking for a slow burn.
The curse of the dead gods
20 USD $ 12 on Steam
This top-down fighting game has a lot in common Hades, but its eerie aesthetics and light-dark power setup will keep you on edge. The Aztec and Mayan-inspired surroundings are particularly cool.
30 USD $ 7.49 on Steam
A newer classic from the military simulation genre, this open-world shooter maintains a healthy online player population nearly a decade after its first release. A vibrant modding community has helped a lot—weapons 3 mods served as inspiration for both the battle royale genre and DayZ.
20 USD $ 5 on Steam
Sequel to a fun and unique Metroidvandia, Guacamelee 2 expands the original’s luchador-inspired battle and movement with even more colorful and unique levels.
Red Dead Redemption II
$ 60 $ 30 at Epic Games Store
See if you’re a gamer and you have not heard of RDRII, I do not know what to tell you. It is one of the most acclaimed open-world games ever made and it is getting a significant discount right now.
Sayonara Wild Hearts
$ 13 $ 7.79 on Steam
Fans of the Dreamcast classic Rez, line up: your day has come. Sayonara Wild Hearts is technically a rhythm game, but it’s more of a playable pop album that mixes rhythmic button presses with thoughtful visuals.
50 USD $ 30 on Steam
Originally a PS4 exclusive, this wide-open zombie shooter is now available on PC. While its surroundings and history are nothing to write home about, the twisted crowd of hundreds of undead is a visual delight – if your GPU can handle it.
$ 60 $ 18 on Steam
Another PlayStation import, this contemplative open world game comes from the creator of Metal gear series. Death Stranding defies the description, but basically it’s a mix of thoughtful surrealistic storytelling and surprisingly complicated package delivery.
Cause only 3
20 USD $ 3 on Steam
Just because may not be the best open world series, but it’s definitely one of the funniest. The third entrance brings back its parachute-and-gripping hook movement system and increases the ante with a wing suit. When you’re done blowing everything up, Cause only 4 is also on sale.
$ 60 $ 15 in the Epic Game Store
This third The fourth entry in the looter shooter series finally increases the ante by moving the action away from the planet Pandora, inviting you to explore a snotty universe of loot with your co-op friends.
40 USD $ 12 in the Epic Game Store
This online survival game has a lot in common SHEET, but it takes place in the iconic world of Conan the Barbarians. Explore, collect materials, fight evil and monsters, and build a base full of over-muscled heroes.
40 USD $ 10 on Steam
Strategy fans who find it frustratingly limited to conquer one planet have a lot to go for Stellaris. This critically acclaimed bid for real-time strategy has an entire universe to explore and dominate.
20 USD $ 6 on Steam
This voxelated top-down game gets you building a train track through a small but colorful world, and upgrading an ever-moving locomotive as you go. Bring a friend: This one plays best in co-op.
Saints Row the third
40 USD $ 20 on Steam
That Saints Row series is long in the tooth now, but if you’ve never played this more silly and cartoon-like cousin of Grand Theft Auto, give it a try. You might find that its ridiculous bid on the criminal sandbox is appealing. Saints Row 4 is also on sale.
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut
40 USD $ 20 at GOG.com
Disco Elysium is basically an old-fashioned point-and-click adventure game with a few RPG elements, but its amazing dialogue, world-building and unconventional gameplay made it an instant classic – it was our favorite PC game of 2019.
$ 12 $ 3.71 on Steam
What’s worse than trying to find a date for a prom, just three weeks away? Try to do it when you go to a school full of classic movie monsters. This dating sim is a fun and silly alternative to some of the more dramatic items in the genre.
20 USD $ 10 on Steam
This top-down twin-stick shooter is all about blowing as many aliens away as possible in as spectacular a way as you can handle. Bring some friends with: 4-player co-op encouraged, but keep an eye on where you shoot!
Michael is a former graphic designer who has been building and fine-tuning desktops for longer than he bothers to admit. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction and salsa verde without any particular order.