Alien: Isolation And Almost Every Total War Are On Sale

Alien: Isolation is great — my own personal game of the year for 2014. The Total War series: also great.

Good news: they're all on sale at Steam right now. Big time. Alien: Isolation is 75% off.

Which is pretty incredible. If you've been waiting to pick up Alien: Isolation now is the time. It's currently $12.49. That's great.

It's part of a SEGA publishers weekend over at Steam. A whole bunch of SEGA published games are currently on sale, most of which are Total War titles. Company of Heroes games are also making a major appearance in the sale.

Again, this is a good thing.

Head over and have a gander.


    Don't forget the Sonic Franhise which features 3D sonic games which are the best. Right guys?
    Ow, stop throwing things at me.

      A couple of them were pretty good.

      Most were utter shit, but a couple were good.

    I really want to get into PC Gaming but feel as if I don't truly own the games I'm buying but instead I'm renting or being allowed access to games. I just can't convince myself to take the plunge. I have to admit those prices are amazing though.

      Yes you don't 'own' the games, but even when buying a physical copy of a game you're still just paying for the licence and not the actual game. The only difference with Steam is that you've got literally all of your games at your fingertips, no looking around for a phantom disc that's not in its case, and speaking of that, no more worrying if the disc gets scratched and won't read anymore

        But if you own the physical disc you have a certain longevity that steam can't offer, even if you buy digital on a playstation it still sits there on the hardrive even if the servers have gone down. Isn't that slightly more ownership in terms having more access regardless of another provider as there's less DRM?
        I feel with physical that I do have a more reliable access than I do steam as long as I care for what I buy. I would love to be proven wrong because PC gaming looks great.

          The PS Store is exactly the same at Steam though. You 'buy' the game, you download it and you can play it forever. I haven't run into a single game that's been taken off or anything like that and it's therefore unplayable and I've used Steam since day 1. Plus the added bonus of not having to pay for PS Plus for your games to auto-update, it's done automatically for free

          I'd say, download Steam, get a few demos or a couple of cheap games in a sale, there's always something decent on sale, and see how you like it.

            Cool thanks for replying and giving me some food for thought.

          Sorry, this is a long one. Just some thoughts:

          Well, disks have a lifespan too, although I doubt you'll need 'em in 50-100 years. As far as the rest goes... I can't honestly say that either console games or PC games will have a longer longevity than the other. There are so many factors involved.

          Your console may break, servers will go down, you won't be able to subscribe to plus and live to play. On pc, if there are people playing the game online you can still play it. BUT old PC games may not be compatible with a new version of windows (Unlikely, but still), etc. It's a bit of a 'gamble' either way, and each have their benefits.

          Console: In 10 years time you can just pop in the disk and play. (Assuming that new TV's still have HDMI/ accept 720-1080p signals, you don't need a game fixing update, and that your console still fires up.)

          PC: Games are cheaper (The prices are throwaway at times. I'm not going to care in 20 years if my $5 copy of Saints Row 3 doesn't work). You have your back catalogue right there, running and looking better than ever with every upgrade. Backwards compatibility FTW.

          Plus If Steam ever goes down, you have payed for the licences of the games you had so I wouldn't be too bothered with the ethics of cracking the games if it comes to that in 10-20 years.

          If you are worried about finding the games to download if the server goes down; you can pirate or, better still, keep all the game installers/ files on a removable drive or even bluray disks as a backup. (Steam lets you back up your library if you want to for quick re-installing later.)

          Also, I may be mistaken, but hasn't Valve said that if Steam were to go down, they would at least try to remove the DRM? Here's a pic of what they have supposedly said:

          Btw, for my primary gaming I own a gaming PC as well as a PS4, WiiU. I wouldn't really be able to choose between only a PC and PS4 as my primary gaming platform. My PS4 sees action for major releases and my PC sees a lot of bargain action (More action than my PS4, but with less $$$ spent). I have very seldom bought a full price game on PC (heck, I seldom buy a PC game over $5 lol). Perhaps that's an option for you too?

      the trick is to learn a bit about the developers you're supporting - eg. a lot of indie devs use Steam for distribution, but offer DRM-free versions if you don't need the achievements or other online integration (in fact a fair few indie Steam games are actually DRM-free and you just need to copy the steamapps folder to back them up)

      also with larger devs and publishers, some accept Steam as a defacto standard and sometimes have some legacy title support (Sega and Capcom have been pretty decent with some of this stuff, including porting some GFWL-era stuff to Steamworks to keep DLC and multiplayer alive, or offering free Steam key activation for some of their stuff which wasn't initially on Steam), whereas others try to push their own systems and have a few issues (eg. Ubisoft games are best bought on console, because there tends to be an offline-playable fallback, whereas their games on PC have a back-and-forth history of crippling DRM and several cases of directly misleading customers in DRM bait-and-switch routines that make pirated versions far more reliable than purchased ones! EA on the other hand have a less capable system, but compensate with periodic freebies which make the 'games as a service' thing a bit more palatable for some... though theirs is rather more a system of 'renting' rather than 'owning' content)

      in this case Sega is *mostly* good, with single Steam-based DRM, meaning fewer issues if you ever need to get things running offline (like if Steam goes down in the distant future). There are a couple of exceptions though, as I believe the current Typing of the Dead has a secondary shadow DRM which, whilst not causing major issues as far as I'm aware, is still an annoyance for some folks. You also don't really have any console options in the first place for a lot of the major RTS titles.

      if you want to dip your toes in PC gaming I recommend following sites like HumbleBundle, Groupees, IndieGala and BundleStars for really cheap buy-in, often with bonus soundtracks and suchlike (and in the case of the first three, DRM-free versions if available alongside Steam keys, and periodically Android versions if you have a suitable smartphone), also GOG for older stuff as they have a growing backlog of classics in addition to DRM-free versions of more recent stuff where available. Then invest in a sizable external HDD to backup all of your installers, updates and bonus content (I also recommend doing this for any older disc-based stuff as well because optical media can go bad, and patches for older titles can be hard to find if it hasn't been re-released somewhere like GOG)

    Been waiting for Footie Manager to be more than 33% off

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