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Weekend Game Deals - August 24, 2012

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Thing I love about PC gaming #143: buying old games and buying a new games feels the same. Games get cheaper, but they don't tumble into bargain bins. They get re-promoted. Communities of fans stick around for years. When Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II was added to Steam this week, we celebrated. Today, it's in the top sellers list. The PC is where games go to thrive, on and on.

Oh, and we also spend less on them, new or old. This week in game deals: Civilization V, Grand Theft Auto IV, Torchlight, The Walking Dead, and more!


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Weekend Game Deals - Stock up on guns and spells, and play Modern Warfare 3 for free

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The cheapest downloadable games to buy on PC

Richard Cobbett at

Not only have PC games never been cheaper, they’ve never been reduced in price so fast. That hot new release may cost you between £30 and £35 when it comes out, but you can safely expect that to drop by 15, 25 or sometimes even 75% over the next few months. Digital distribution services such as Steam and Good Old Games are constantly running sales and promotions. If you wait, you usually get the best version of the game, and often all its DLC bundled for free.

What do you do with the money you save?

You buy more games! Take some risks! Try more genres! Maybe there was something that caught your eye back in the day, but you didn’t have £30 to gamble on actually liking turnbased strategy games, or not being put off by a score of 70%. Maybe classics such as Psychonauts or Sacrifice simply slipped your attention at release, and you just never got around to catching up. Maybe you’re simply attracted by a screenshot or a funny description. For £5, it doesn’t really matter whether a game is an unsung gem, or just something to pass the time on a dark, rainy evening.

Of course, we’ve set our sights a little higher, tracking down the best games that you can buy online for under £15, £10 and £5, as well as a selection of formerly commercial games that have officially been re-released as freeware. We’ve avoided a few, such as Deus Ex, in the name of giving some less-recognised games a turn in the spotlight, and of course, there’ll be sales on now that there weren’t at the time of writing. If the game you want isn’t cheap enough yet, just hold fire. With digital distribution, you’ll rarely wait very long.