If your desire is buying more video games, but your wallet disagrees, then this article will give you a few tips on where to buy cheap games. In fact, you can get a whole bunch of games for only a few bucks from these game bundle sites.
These guys, found at https://www.humblebundle.com/, sells games, software, ebooks and other digital content. Their mission is to support charity while providing you with awesome stuff for great prices. Launched with a small bundle in 2010, and has grown a lot since then. Now they are a complete games store, subscription service, game publisher and more.
It works like this; you pay what you want. The core of their bundle “philosophy” is flexible pricing. You can choose the price you want to pay, and even how your money is divided between the creators, charity, Humble partners and Humble Bundle themselves. The bundles are usually in three levels. For example, pay 1 dollar and get a few titles. Pay 7 dollars and get the first level plus several more. Pay 18 dollars and get everything from level 1, 2 and three, which often includes top titles. You can save a lot of money on these bundles if you find something interesting. The bundles normally last for a week or two.
When you buy bundles or shop single items from their regular online store, you get keys you can redeem on Steam, GOG, Uplay or others. Many of the books and games are also offered free of any DRMs. Humblebundle keeps track of the keys you have used and not, and you can even gift them away if you want to. For instance, if you buy a bundle, but one or more of the titles in it does not appeal to you, you can create a gift link and mail to a friend of yours.
They also have a subscription service, the Humble Monthly, where you can pay 12 dollars a month, and get a whole bunch of games, including top titles. The top title alone is worth more than the monthly fee. Worth checking out. Personally I’ve subscribed for quite a while, and my games list in Steam has passed 700 titles and counting.
The biggest problem is having time to play them all, haven’t even come close to playing half of my list.
Another site to get discount video games is Fanatical. You can find them at https://www.fanatical.com/. They are chosen by over 2 million gaming fans across the globe and counting. Their mission is not unlike the one of Humble Bundle, namely to help gamers from every corner of the globe find amazing games at great prices. You can find what you want quickly from a selection of over 5000 officially licensed digital games from close to 1000 different publishers.
They started out in the 90s, by making affordable games and software available to all on PC CD-ROM. (The museum wants the CDs back, who uses CDs anymore?) Fanatical was previously known as, and launched as Bundle Stars to satisfy the growing hunger for digital games. Over 60 million keys have been sold since to gamers in over 200 countries. Fanatical is run by passionate gamers, and based in the United Kingdom. Over 30 employees work at their office in Staffordshire, and the company is owned and operated by Focus Multimedia Limited.
You can find many great and cheap bundles here at Fanatical, but they don’t offer a subscription service like they to over at Humble bundle. Neither do they focus on the charity part.
I have personally purchased a few bundles from them, and it works just fine.
One of the worlds biggest online digital games and software store, and this is probably well-known to you gamers from before. Nothing new under the sun here. They hold over 30 000 titles in their catalog, which keeps on growing all the time. You can create a wishlist, and get notified when your wanted titles are on sale. They also run holiday sales, with great discounts on many titles, along with weekly sales and publisher promotions. Among the sales items, they also sometimes offer discounts on game bundles.
Steam is also a huge community, and you can get achievements for playing your games. They are even a games publisher if you have something in the making and need it published for others to play. (And hopefully purchase).
You’ll find Steam at their regular address https://store.steampowered.com/. Like I mentioned earlier, my library of games has passed 700 titles. I love how easy it is to have all your games digitally. Not having to search for CDs and keys, and their download speeds are great as well. They even take care of your save games for titles that support this feature. Great when you are playing on another computer, or your harddrive just performed harakiri.
This is the online store of Electronic Arts. It is also, like Steam, both a games store and a community. It also offers a subscription service which gives you the opportunity to play the full-version of over 200 games on Origin for a monthly fee. They call this service “Origin Access Premier”. Origin will also keep your save games safe in the cloud, in case your harddrive fails or goes suicidal. The store can be found at https://www.origin.com/. Since it is EAs store, they do not have as many titles as Steam. (Nowhere near it, actually), but they do have sales and offers all the time, so you can save some bucks on your wanted titles.
Uplay+ is the subscription service from Ubisoft, which grants you access to their 100+ games collection. All premier editions with all extra content. They also feature a regular store for their titles, and run deals on single titles, as well as bundles sometimes. If you want to check them out, you’ll find Ubisoft at https://www.ubisoft.com/.
This online store is one of the youngest of the lot, so to speak. To me, their website looks less “polished” compared to the others, but that is quickly changing. You find them at https://www.epicgames.com/. Epic Games is known through their popular game titles, such as Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex and the Infinity Blade series. Their Unreal game engine enables lots of awesome gaming experiences to PC, mobile, console, AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality) and the web. It is even free, if you want to start making games in it.
Epic operates from Cary, North Carolina, and was founded in 1991, so they’ve been at it for quite some time now.
Save your bucks, buy the games cheaper on sale and in bundles, and make sure to subscribe to Humble Monthly. It is worth it, paying 12 bucks for many games, including top titles, every month is a steal. Do you buy games on sale? Do you find great deals on other places than the ones on this list? Let me know in the comments below.