Downloadable games

EA’s Origin to sell third-party titles like Batman: Arkham City and Saints Row: The Third

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EA’s Steam-challenging Origin digital distribution service will begin selling third-party titles from the likes of Warner Bros Interactive and THQ in November, according to Gamasutra. The service, which EA claims has over six million subscribers, is required to play obscure indie game Battlefield 3 on the PC.

Joining Battlefield 3 are Warner Bros’ Batman: Arkham City and THQ’s Saints Row: The Third, both of which are the very definition of “eagerly awaited.” These will join some “top new releases” from the publishers, but there’s no word on what these are. EA hasn’t disclosed if Warner Bros or THQ’s back catalogues will show up on the service.

The cheapest downloadable games to buy on PC

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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.