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Weekend PC Game Deals: Ample publisher offerings, a Healing bundle, and more
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Weekend PC Game Deals is where the hottest gaming deals from all over the internet are gathered into one place, every week, for your consumption. So kick back, relax, and hold on to your wallets.
The biggest deal highlight of this weekend is Humble's new Heal: COVID-19 Bundle and its jampacked offerings. Lasting only one week, the bundle touts that 100% of its proceeds are going to charities focused on providing relief to pandemic hard-hit countries such as India and Brazil.
There are over 20 games included here from a variety of genres. Some highlights are BioShock Remastered, Into the Breach, Undertale, The Witness, Hyper Light Drifter, Baba is You, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package, SUPERHOT, and Titan Quest Anniversary Edition. Adding to that, the collection also offers several books and software to plump it up even more.
This charity bundle is slated to close on May 19, and the minimum amount you can pay to grab all its contents is $20.
The Epic Games Store giveaway this week is a copy of The Lion's Song, an indie title that released in 2016 from Mi'pu'mi Games.
While the original release followed an episodic format, the Epic version delivers the complete edition including all four episodes. Each slice explores the personal struggles of a different character with an "exceptional mind" – a composer, an artist, a mathematician, and a writer –, and players' decisions determine if they reach their goals.
The Lion's Song is free to claim through May 20. As for what's coming next, it may be a rather high-profile adventure, as Epic Games is keeping the freebie's identity a secret till it is ready to be given away.
Changing course back to bundles, alongside Heal, Humble is also hosting a games bundle that touts tactical experiences. Coming with the descriptive name Deckbuild & Battle Bundle, it hands you seven games if you opt for the complete collection.
But right at the start, the $1 tier will get you a copy of Thea: The Awakening. You'll need to bump up to the average price tier to ramp up the offerings a bit, which adds Cultist Simulator and SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech for around $9 currently.
Going all-in will cost you $12, and expands your library further with Imperator: Rome, Thea 2: The Shattering, Fantasy General II, and Neoverse. The bundle has two weeks left on its timer before it goes away, and since Humble went back on its controversial charity money split decisions, you can choose where your funds go using the familiar sliders.
The garden variety free events have gone on break again, but IO Interactive has brought in another Hitman mission to try out for free in the meantime for your infiltration needs.
By grabbing the Hitman 3 - Free Starter Pack, you can now jump into The Icon mission set in Sapienza – a bonus mission from the first game in the trilogy. The location has been transformed into the set of a superhero movie, and your target – as Agent 47 – is the director and lead actor Dino Bosco.
The Icon will remain the free mission on the Start Pack through May 23.
Several publisher promotions carry most of this weekend's discounts, with Versus Evil, Team17, and Humble Store joining in. A Bethesda sale is happening right now too, but unfortunately, most of the discounts aren't anything to get excited about when compared to previous lows.
Find out highlights from those, and more, below in our Big Deals for this weekend:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – $38.99 on Battle.net Total War: THREE KINGDOMS – $25.99 on GamesPlanet Narita Boy – $18.74 on Steam Project Wingman – $18.74 on Steam Deep Rock Galactic – $17.99 on Steam A Hat in Time – $17.99 on Steam Dead Space Pack Bundle – $17.96 on Steam Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition – $14.99 on Steam RAGE 2 – $14.99 on Steam Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Obsidian Edition – $14.99 on Steam BioWare Inquisition - Andromeda Bundle – $14.86 on Steam Academia: School Simulator – $13.99 on Steam One Step From Eden – $13.99 on Steam Carto – $13.99 on Steam Ikenfell – $12.99 on Steam Total War: Shogun 2 Collection – $12.49 on Steam The Survivalists – $12.49 on Steam Overcooked! 2 – $12.49 on Steam QUAKE Collection – $12.49 on Steam Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair – $11.99 on Steam Wolfenstein: The Two Pack – $11.99 on Steam Void Bastards – $11.99 on Steam Crying Suns – $11.24 on Steam Moving Out – $9.99 on Steam Going Under – $9.99 on Steam Blasphemous – $9.99 on Steam Command & Conquer Remastered Collection – $9.99 on Steam Golf With Your Friends – $9.74 on Steam Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition – $9.60 on GreenManGaming Prey – $9.49 on IndieGala Forager – $8.99 on Steam Fallout New Vegas Ultimate Edition – $8.99 on IndieGala Gang Beasts – $8.99 on Steam Them's Fightin' Herds – $8.99 on Steam American Truck Simulator – $4.99 on Steam Terraria – $4.99 on Steam Sunset Overdrive – $4.99 on Microsoft Store MOTHERGUNSHIP – $4.99 on Steam Dragon Age: Origins – $4.99 on Steam Dragon Age 2 – $4.99 on Steam Staxel – $4.99 on Steam Halo Wars: Definitive Edition – $4.99 on Microsoft Store Yoku's Island Express – $3.99 on Steam RUNNING WITH RIFLES – $2.99 on Steam DOOM 64 – $2.49 on Steam Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter – $1 on Steam The Dream Machine: Chapter 1 & 2 – $0 on Steam The Lion's Song – $0 on Epic Store DRM-free Goodness
Lastly, our highlights of the DRM-free games on sale this weekend can be caught below:
Monster Train - $14.99 on GOG Project Hospital - $12.49 on GOG Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines - $9.99 on GOG Opus Magnum - $9.99 on GOG XCOM: Enemy Unknown Complete Pack - $9.99 on GOG Kerbal Space Program - $9.99 on GOG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY Edition - $9.99 on Humble Store Age of Wonders 3 - $7.49 on GOG Leisure Suit Larry - Wet Dreams Don't Dry - $5.99 on GOG Mini Metro - $4.99 on GOG SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition - $4.99 on GOG The Bureau: XCOM Declassified - $3.99 on GOG System Shock 2 - $3.99 on GOG SiN Gold - $3.99 on GOG Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption - $2.99 on GOG Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director’s Cut - $2.99 on GOG SimCity 3000 Unlimited - $2.49 on GOG Darkstar One - $2.49 on GOG Spacechem - $2.49 on GOG Capitalism Plus - $2.39 on GOG Bad Mojo Redux - $2.39 on GOG I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream - $2.39 on GOG Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic - $1.99 on GOG King's Bounty: The Legend - $1.49 on GOG SimCity 2000 Special Edition - $1.49 on GOG X-COM: Terror from the Deep - $1.49 on GOG Sea Dogs - $1.19 on GOG Anachronox - $0.97 on GOG Deus Ex 2: Invisible War - $0.97 on GOG Deus Ex GOTY Edition - $0.97 on GOG Legacy of Kain: Defiance - $0.97 on GOG Thief 2: The Metal Age - $0.97 on GOG Keep in mind that availability and pricing for some deals may vary depending on the region you're in.
That's it for our pick of this weekend's PC game deals, and hopefully, some of you have enough self-restraint not to keep adding to your ever-growing backlogs. There's an enormous amount of other deals ready and waiting all over the interwebs as well as in services you may already subscribe to if you comb through them hard enough, so keep your eyes open for those, and have a great weekend.
Games with Gold: Dungeons 3 and Tropico 4 are now free
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Every couple of weeks, Microsoft likes to give away games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and keeping to its schedule, the company has now made available two more games to claim. Xbox Live Gold is included in the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate all-in-one subscription, so those folks now have access to the two new freebies too.
The city management title Tropico 4 for Xbox 360 and the strategy experience Dungeons 3 for Xbox One are what's available this time, and both classics include backward compatibility support for modern Xbox consoles. Explaining the compatibility a bit further, Dungeons 3 is playable across Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S systems, while Tropico 4 can be enjoyed on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
To make things easy, the Microsoft Store links listed below can be used to immediately claim the games onto a Gold activated account:
Dungeons 3 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One)
Tropico 4 (Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S)
While new Xbox Live Gold extras arrive every couple of weeks, the promotions don't disappear that soon. Anyone who didn't manage to grab Armello from the previous Games with Gold promotion still has plenty of time to snatch a copy.
As for how long are these Xbox Live Gold bonus games are accessible once claimed, all Xbox 360 experiences remain a part of the account even after the Gold subscription is discontinued. However, claimed Xbox One games are only accessible while being subscribed to Gold, and losing the subscription will make the titles temporarily unavailable until the membership is renewed.
Midnight Black & Cosmic Red PS5 DualSense controllers ready for pre-order
by Subir Kathuria
Sony has announced two new DualSense models - Midnight Black and Cosmic Red .They will be available starting next month to add a dash of color to your gaming setup.
The DualSense controller marked a radical departure from Sony's previous controllers by delivering innovative features. The new DualShock controllers support all the same features like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that can put up varying levels of resistance, depending on what you're doing in games designed to take advantage of them. They also have a built-in microphone, speaker, and headset jack that lets you plug in any standard 3.5mm earbuds or headphones.
Just like the PS4 DualShock controller got many colorful releases over the life of the previous generation console, this probably won't be the last time Sony releases new color controllers for PS5.
Midnight Black features two subtly different shades of black with light grey detailing to reflect how space is viewed through the night sky. The controller is priced at $69.99 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.com from this link with deliveries starting June 18, 2021.
Cosmic Red offers a striking black and red design inspired by the unique vivid shades of red found throughout the cosmos. It is priced at $74.99 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.com from this link with deliveries starting June 18, 2021.
Sony advises that the exact date will vary by location. You can check PlayStation.com for more information regarding availability.
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ESA announces details of its online E3 experience, open to everyone
by João Carrasqueira
After skipping out on a show last year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is bringing E3 back this year as an all-digital event. Today, the organization shared some more details of how the experience will work for fans and members of the media, going over the aspects of its online portal and mobile app.
These two access points will be the hub for everything happening at E3, for both media and the general public, but the experience will be different for each type of attendee. Those with media accreditation will be able to access the portal/app from June 7, a few days ahead of the official start of the event, and will allow members of the press to schedule meetings and communicate with companies to learn more about their announcements. Then, on June 12, when E3 officially starts, the general public will also be able to enter.
The app will feature a number of sections for attendees to explore. First off, there will be exhibition booths from participating companies, featuring "special events", videos, and articles about the products shown off at the show. For the more social aspects of E3, there will also be lounges for users to gather in, and dedicated forums for discussion about different topics. Finally, there will be a leaderboards section that tries to "gamify" the experience and encourage attendees to participate as actively as possible. The app will also feature the main E3 broadcast, which includes publisher showcases, press conferences, panels, and so on.
There's less than one month left for E3 to start, so it'll be interesting to see how successfully the event can transition to its online format, and how that might affect plans for future editions of the show. Participants for this year include big names such as Xbox, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Konami, Capcom, and more.
The Lion's Song is free to claim on the Epic Games Store this week
by Vishal Laul
Epic Games Store has put on offer The Lion’s Song to claim and keep for free this week, taking the place of Pine.
The Lion’s Song is a narrative-driven adventure title set in Austria of the early 20th century. It features four episodes, each telling an individual story. Here’s how the Epic Games Store describes it:
Epic Games Store is offering The Lion’s Song for Windows, but it’s also available for macOS and Linux via Steam where it is priced $7.99 at the time of writing. Here are the minimum requirements:
If you wish to claim The Lion’s Song, you can find it here. It will be free to claim until May 20. Epic is also offering a 50% discount for The Flower Collectors for those who claim and own The Lion’s Song.