Shack PSA: Weekend PC digital deals

Cod Blops, Heroes of Newerth, F1 2010, The Witcher, Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition and more are on sale this weekend. Come see!

It's Friday, it's the Internet, and this is video games. You know what that means--a vast and delicious spread of discounts at digital distributors of PC games. There are no real stand-out mega-bargains this weekend, though there are a good number of pleasing discounts on satisfying games. Heroes of Newerth, heaps of respectable racing games including F1 2010 and Split/Second, The Witcher, the Ultimate Edition of Dragon Age: Origins, R.U.S.E., and even the rarely-discounted Call of Duty: Black Ops are all going cheap. Lead and Gold: Gangs of the West is going beyond a mere discount by running one of Steam's much-loved 'free weekends.' You can download and play for free over the weekend and, if it strikes your fancy, it'll only cost $2.50 to keep forever. Plus, once again, Direct2Drive is offering 20% off everything in its catalogue. Here's our full selection of this week's deals:


As well as being on sale, Lead and Gold is free to play this weekend so you can try before you buy.

The Witcher

S2 Games

Heroes of Newerth


You can get 25% off everything by applying the voucher code MARCHMADNESS at the checkout. There are also big savings on a number of notable racing games:

F1 2010


Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition



Green Man Gaming

Football Manager 2011

Good Old Games

Warlords Battlecry 3


UFO: Afterlight

Get Games

Aliens vs. Predator

Electronic Arts

The Sims 3 Ambitions

From The Chatty
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    March 25, 2011 5:00 PM

    Comment on Shack PSA: Weekend PC digital deals, by Alice O'Connor.

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      March 25, 2011 5:02 PM

      Need for Speed Hot Pursuit - $14.95 - Was this any good?

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        March 25, 2011 5:05 PM

        If you like racing cars that handle nothing like cars.

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          March 25, 2011 5:09 PM

          I was hoping it had some of the fun of the original and maybe decent MP :|

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            March 25, 2011 5:17 PM

            I think everyone has quit playing it by now. Most of the people on my friends list only have a few points out of 20 on their licenses.

            I'm holding out hope that Shift 2 Unleashed next week will be good, but that's almost be come a sim track day racer, not the same as the old NFS. Hence why they dropped the NFS.

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            March 25, 2011 5:25 PM

            I love(d) it. About 75 hours in and I'm kind of done with it now, but the multiplayer was great great fun. The cops vs racers element really worked well.

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              March 25, 2011 9:44 PM

              As long as you aren't looking for a sim, this is probably the best arcade racer done in quite some time IMO.

              Unfortunately, even with the DLC that just released, the playerbase for multiplayer is dwindling. Buddy and I still get on and race once or twice a week in the evening.

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        March 25, 2011 5:26 PM

        I had fun with it on Xbox. It's not a bad game at all. It just feels a touch shallow to me as far as content at times. The multi is fun especially when you have four bandits trying to get away with four cops on the chase. Most fun in the game right there.

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      March 25, 2011 5:07 PM

      Are shackers still playing HoN?

      I had a ton of fun during beta, but I just couldn't stomach the abusive community and stopped playing shortly before release. But for $10, I wouldn't mind picking it up if there are still shackers playing (assuming they're a little more friendly than the typical HoN asshat).

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        March 25, 2011 6:01 PM

        Guess I missed the bandwagon on this one...

        Oh well. :(

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      March 25, 2011 5:20 PM

      Would getting CODBLOPS for just the SP be worth it? I probably won't put more than a couple hours into MP.

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        March 25, 2011 5:23 PM

        For 45$ i'd say no. Like all of the COD series its long term value is in MP.

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          March 25, 2011 6:03 PM

          Oh screw it, I'm going to buy it anyways. I'd have spent as much on drinks if I went out tonight. Thanks for the advice though.

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        March 25, 2011 5:28 PM

        I would pay only $20 for the single IMO. It's as rheroux said it's all about the MP.

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        March 26, 2011 2:55 AM

        $36 on d2d or IGN with their codes, ignpcstore or marchmadness

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          March 26, 2011 4:39 AM

          So.. yea, I bought COD Blops and the DLC, total was right at $51 for all of it on the IGN/D2D pc store, all Steam activations.

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            March 26, 2011 1:43 PM

            $51? it shows up as $47.92 for me

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      March 25, 2011 5:29 PM

      This must be the first CODBLOPS sale ever.

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        March 25, 2011 6:06 PM

        Interesting really. It seemed to take much much longer for the other CoD games to go on sale.

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      March 25, 2011 6:12 PM

      Hmm, 20% off of everything at D2D. That's making Shogun 2 mighty tempting... It's a Steamworks game right?

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      March 25, 2011 6:29 PM

      Blur and Split/Second are fantastic games and should be bought by everyone.

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        March 25, 2011 8:40 PM

        I love BLUR and would start a shackbattle if others were interested.

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      March 25, 2011 8:29 PM

      Is it worth getting Battlefield: Bad Company 2 with Battlefield 3 being so close to release? I'm tempted to try CODBLOPS but I enjoy the team aspects of Battlefield games.

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        March 25, 2011 8:37 PM

        BC2 is most excellent and easily worth $20.

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        March 26, 2011 2:26 AM

        Good God, yes. Excellent game. Single player is good, multiplayer is great.

        I'm waiting for a Steam bundle with Vietnam, myself. Already own the set on 360.

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        March 26, 2011 7:50 AM

        Yes. BF3 isn't that close.

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        March 26, 2011 8:56 AM


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        March 26, 2011 12:21 PM

        Done. Is there a Shackgroup?

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      March 26, 2011 5:39 AM

      Is Aliens Vs Predator any good?

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        March 26, 2011 11:13 PM

        Its fun, certainly $5 of fun. Especially if you like the IP. I doubt you'll finish it, but the swarm game is supposed to be fun, too.

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          March 28, 2011 8:02 PM

          I enjoyed it. I think I got it for $10 back at Christmas. It's fairly linear and it took me awhile to get used to the fact that the marine can't jump (predators/aliens can - probably a balance decision) so you feel like a bit of a lumbering tank while moving around. But the production values are pretty high and it was perfectly enjoyable for the story/action.

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      March 26, 2011 11:51 AM

      Strategy First has a "Take No Prisoners" bundle pack for $70 instead of $224 right now. The thing is, using the coupon code from their newsletter (TNPSALE) drops the price down to $10. That's $10 for 20 games, including Sacred Gold, Jagged Alliance 2, Disciples 2, Combat Mission 1 & 2, Strategic Command...

      (I have a blog - - where I track digital distribution discounts as they happen.)

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        March 26, 2011 10:58 PM

        Wow, that is a fantastic deal on a ton of games that I, unfortunately, have no interest in owning at all. Rats.

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