Steam Winter Sale 2016 Begins Today

Prepare for Saint Gaben to make your cup runneth over.

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Steam Winter Sale 2016 starts today at 12:50 PM ET/9:50 AM PT and ends on January 2 at 1:10 PM ET/10:10 AM PT. The Autumn sale was only a month ago, but the Steam Winter Sale promises, even more, savings.

The dates for Steam's Autumn and Winter sales leaked about a month ago, but we're still not sure exactly which games are going on sale on which days. This is typically the yearly sale that has the best and most bargains, though, so if you've been waiting for a price drop on a particular title, chances are it'll receive one during the Steam Winter Sale.

Once the sale begins, we'll update this article with some of the best deals available. Only three more hours to go until we get a look at the tremendous savings.

Update 1:

This isn't a Steam deal, but on Amazon there's a sale on the Steam Link ($19.99/$49.99reg), Steam Controller ($34.99/$49.99reg), and Steam Controller Wireless Receiver ($9.09/$12.99reg).

Update 2:

The Steam Winter Sale has started, but unfortunately it seems Steam is having issues with handling the increased traffic load. If Steam is not loading for you just keep checking back every five minutes or so.

Partial Featured Deals List

(Source: Reddit /r/gamedeals Steam Sale Thread)

TitleDisc.$USDPlatformCardsPCGW
PAYDAY 2 19.99 W/L Yes Yes
Tom Clancy’s The Division™ 50% 24.99 N/A W Yes
Assetto Corsa 29.99 W No Yes
Farming Simulator 17 15% 29.74 W/M Yes Yes
Insurgency 80% 1.99 W/M/L Yes Yes
Grim Dawn 24.99 W Yes Yes
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition 60% 7.99 W/M/L No Yes
The Long Dark 19.99 W/M/L No Yes
Invisible, Inc. 70% 5.99 W/M/L Yes Yes
Master of Orion 50% 14.99 W/M/L Yes Yes
Project CARS 67% 9.89 W Yes Yes
Stonehearth 20% 19.99 W Yes Yes
The Banner Saga 2 25% 14.99 W/M Yes Yes
Orwell 20% 7.99 W/M/L Yes Yes
Clustertruck 40% 8.99 W/M/L No Yes
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action 15% 12.74 W/M/L Yes Yes
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Ultimate Edition 75% 7.49 W No Yes
Verdun 50% 12.49 W/M/L Yes Yes
Zombie Army Trilogy 80% 8.99 W Yes Yes
Homefront®: The Revolution 70% 11.99 W Yes Yes
City Car Driving 27% 18.24 W No Yes
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons 85% 2.24 W No Yes

Also, a shout out to Rampancy, one of Shacknews' own. His game House of the Dying Sun is on sale for 35% off/$12.99.

Update 3:

Franchise Deals!

(Source: Reddit /r/gamedeals Steam Sale Thread)

If you haven't played DOOM, do it now.

TitleDisc. Range
Civilization 10-92%
Total War 25-75%
Just Cause 75%
DOOM 40-67%
GRID 75-83%
Contributing Editor

From The Chatty

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    December 22, 2016 6:48 AM

    Jason Faulkner posted a new article, Steam Winter Sale 2016 Begins Today

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      December 22, 2016 7:13 AM

      Have my wish list all ready

      8-Bit Invaders!
      ASTRONEER
      Batman - The Telltale Series
      Beholder
      BROFORCE
      Call of Duty: Black Ops III
      Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
      Call of Duty: Ghosts
      Citizens of Earth
      Darkest Dungeon
      Dishonored 2
      Disney Infinity 2.0: Gold Edition
      Disney Infinity 3.0: Gold Edition
      Divinity: Original Sin 2
      Elite: Dangerous
      Folk Tale
      GOD EATER 2 Rage Burst
      Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander
      Headlander
      Her Majesty's SPIFFING
      LEGO MARVEL's Avengers DLC - Marvel Ant-Man Pack
      LEGO MARVEL's Avengers DLC - Marvel Captain America: Civil War Character Pack
      LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
      MAFIA III
      March of the Living
      Pinball FX2 - Bethesda Pinball
      Planet Coaster
      Project Highrise
      Rebel Galaxy
      RimWorld
      Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues
      SUPERHOT
      Tyranny
      XCOM 2 - Resistance Warrior Pack

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        December 22, 2016 10:09 AM

        Darkest Dungeon and Subnautica worth it at 50% off? 12.49 and 9.99 respectively.

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          December 22, 2016 10:11 AM

          oops, meant for op

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          December 22, 2016 10:11 AM

          Darkest Dungeon is great, go for it. I can't speak for Subnautica though.

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          December 22, 2016 10:43 AM

          I put a ton of hours into subnautica, and that was back in the summer before they added even more stuff. Thumbs up for me if you'd like a competent survival game with a really unique setting. There are some scary things lurking deep down below...

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      December 22, 2016 7:31 AM

      I got a ton of games on my wishlist. Can't wait to spend money!

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      December 22, 2016 7:55 AM

      The ONLY things blocked on our network is Battle.net and Steam. Any place I can see a list of games/discounts?

      Porn here is fine, but no warcraft!

      • reply
        December 22, 2016 7:58 AM

        Actually, since this starts closer to noon, I bet my goto for gaming news, Shacknews, will have a full list!

      • rms
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        December 22, 2016 8:06 AM

        Store.steampowered.com ?

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          December 22, 2016 8:07 AM

          Nope,all steam related things are blocked.

          • rms
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            December 22, 2016 8:09 AM

            Cheapshark.com has a filter by store function, but it likely will take time to update with a big list

          • reply
            December 22, 2016 8:09 AM

            The steam subreddit usually has the list of games that are on sale. I think the games subreddit also has a list.

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        December 22, 2016 8:13 AM

        There's no hurry to look. With the new format, every game is the exact same price for the entire 10 days of the sale. It's not like you're going to miss a flash sale.

        Also, if you've got a smart phone, just get the STEAM app, and browse the store on your personal cellular data. It doesn't use that much.

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          December 22, 2016 8:15 AM

          Incorrect. I will need to look the moment it's posted. No later, no earlier.


          Good idea on the mobile though, totally forgot about that.

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          December 22, 2016 11:11 AM

          Really? No more flash sales?

          So I won't buy a game for 50% off, then the next day see it for 80% off?

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            December 22, 2016 11:41 AM

            It hasn’t been that way for atleast a year now.

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          December 22, 2016 11:24 AM

          I honestly kind of miss the flash sales and other stuff that went with the Steam sales in days of yore. I mean, I totally get why they switched away from that stuff, and I get why others might like this new format more. But for me at least, the Steam sales with their flash sales and other short lived sales gave me a reason to check every day (or twice a day!) and be excited for what I might find. Now I just skim through right at the start of the sale and I'm done. Oh well.

      • reply
        December 22, 2016 8:21 AM

        Mobile?

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      December 22, 2016 8:06 AM

      No more Early Access titles for me. After the ARK developers released a paid and content complete DLC for the core game when the core PC game is nowhere near complete and still has massive performance issues(I've heard Xbox One still has these issues as well) and the debacle that is/was DayZ(where Dean Hall literally took the money and ran after Bohemia bought the IP from him), I have soured on Early Access. However, ASTRONEER is the very RARE exception for Early Access and anyone not grabbing that at $20 is missing some joyous gaming experiences! Eonix and his team ROCK! Freaking love the game! Anyone else think The Kerbal Space Program and Astroneer would make a hilarious crossover?

      • reply
        December 22, 2016 10:27 AM

        Not every developer will do that. Sure its a risk. Even doublefine did it.

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          December 22, 2016 12:34 PM

          Spacebase DF9 "we hope the community finishes our game" edition. Ugh.

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            December 22, 2016 3:01 PM

            And they didn't even put Steam workshop support in!

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      December 22, 2016 8:11 AM

      So just like always it's best to wait till the last day for all the lowest deals?

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        December 22, 2016 8:12 AM

        No, they changed it awhile back so everything is as low as it's going to be everyday

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          December 22, 2016 8:13 AM

          Good to know

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          December 22, 2016 10:29 AM

          not entirely true. There will be games that aren't on sale at all that will go on sale just for a couple of days. its just once they are on sale, it won't go lower during the sales period.

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        December 22, 2016 8:12 AM

        on reddit they are saying the prices will be consistent across the board

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        December 22, 2016 8:14 AM

        Now with their new refund policy there's no point to them having flash deals etc since you could just refund it to rebuy at the lower price.

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        December 22, 2016 8:16 AM

        Nope, it doesn't matter anymore. Prices are fixed for the entire duration of the sale. No more madness (and, consequently, the deals aren't as good anymore).

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          December 22, 2016 8:25 AM

          Yeah. I noticed the deals not being so great last sale or two. Sad!

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      December 22, 2016 8:27 AM

      Winter is coming, briefcase dude.

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      December 22, 2016 9:23 AM

      Really hoping for some good deals on some VR titles. It's hard to pay full freight when I only play them for an hour or two, and then not play them again until they are updated..

      Oh, and Doom. Yeah, I know. I haven't bought it yet. I don't play a lot of FPS games anymore, so I'm waiting for a good sale for that as well.

      • rms
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        December 22, 2016 9:26 AM

        Doom is $17 at greenmangaming w/WINTER10 code :)

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          December 22, 2016 9:29 AM

          I've never bought anything from them before. After buy ONE game off of EA's store, I swore I wouldn't buy games outside of Steam again. I'll wait for the sale, but if they aren't offering a deal as good as that, I might crack.

          (Thanks for the pointer).

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            December 22, 2016 9:41 AM

            I got my copy of DOOM through them. No problems. Got Deathwing through them as well recently. Only issue I ever had was with their shortage of Battlefront keys that was remedied decently (got it a little late is all).

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        December 22, 2016 10:08 AM

        Going through wish list now, 20% off Onward, Raw Data, and Thumper. Nothing for Arizona Sunshine though, but guess that's to be expected.

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        December 22, 2016 10:03 AM

        Looks like nothing special to see there!

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          December 22, 2016 10:08 AM

          Bf1 is $4 cheaper than it was for black friday.

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        December 22, 2016 10:22 AM

        Holy shit, Mirror's Edge: Catalyst is cheap as fuck. Worth it for $16 CAD?

        • reply
          December 22, 2016 10:26 AM

          Hard to say. A lot of fans of the first game didn't like it but it seems solid.

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          December 22, 2016 10:46 AM

          I liked it!

        • rms
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          December 22, 2016 11:26 AM

          Yes I enjoyed it quite a bit.

      • reply
        December 22, 2016 10:26 AM

        I always have to pause when i see an Ubisoft game on origin.

      • reply
        December 22, 2016 10:28 AM

        How is Need for Speed?

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          December 22, 2016 10:31 AM

          errr which one? Hot pursuit seems to be the best recent one.

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        December 22, 2016 10:40 AM

        Ok fine I'll buy titanfall2

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        December 22, 2016 10:42 AM

        Checks to see if Mass Effect DLC is on sale...


        Of course not!

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      December 22, 2016 10:11 AM

      Darkest Dungeon and Subnautica worth it at 50% off? 12.49 and 9.99 respectively.

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        December 22, 2016 10:15 AM

        Darkest Dungeon is _______. I can't speak for Subnautica though.

        Turn to page 75 to choose Darkest Dungeon http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=35793779

        Turn to page 43 to choose neither https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ytCEuuW2_A

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        December 22, 2016 10:20 AM

        N0, feek Darkest Dungeon.

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          December 22, 2016 10:22 AM

          y?

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            December 22, 2016 10:24 AM

            It's fun at first, but the late game turns into an endless grind. At the higher level dungeons, you can lose your whole party in an instant with no warning (the same party you just spent hours leveling). feek that game.

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              December 22, 2016 10:25 AM

              no saving?

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                December 22, 2016 10:25 AM

                N0, it's real time permanent death.

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                December 22, 2016 10:32 AM

                Also, there's a Darkest Dungeon wiki that is a must, but that doesn't help against the random stuff that could go wrong.

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        December 22, 2016 11:22 AM

        Subnautica sure as hell is. Among my favorite of the survival/exploration/building genre. The atmosphere in that game is incredible.

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        December 22, 2016 11:43 AM

        Yep both games are awesome.

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      December 22, 2016 10:11 AM

      website is crawling...

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        December 22, 2016 10:13 AM

        It's as if they never learn from previous sales :/

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          December 22, 2016 10:18 AM

          ...and the prices keep flip-flopping back and forth for me in checkout. Going to hold off on any purchases until they iron this out.

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            December 22, 2016 10:28 AM

            yeah, the price thing is happening to me too.

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      December 22, 2016 10:48 AM

      Think I'm gonna get The Witness, Thumper, and Danganronpa 2.

      My only rule is that if I buy games on steam sales I have to actually plan to finish them before the next major sale.

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        December 22, 2016 10:53 AM

        WITNESS ME, WOLFSLICE!!!!

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        December 22, 2016 11:16 AM

        Man, I did not like The Witness. It was too repetitive after the first 20 puzzles. It looked fantastic though.

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          December 22, 2016 11:19 AM

          Yeah I got bored of it quickly as well. Really wish I hadn't bought it.

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          December 22, 2016 11:54 AM

          Yes, the puzzles ended up feeling really not fresh after awhile. Every 5th puzzle or so would feel new/creative, but the majority of the game felt like a slog.

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          December 22, 2016 12:31 PM

          Yep, I got bored pretty quick too.

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          December 22, 2016 3:01 PM

          The fuck is going on in this subthread?! I played the whole game and it was amazing. 20 puzzles is barely a tutorial.

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          December 22, 2016 3:16 PM

          The game required some patience, it came out at a good time of year I think

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        December 22, 2016 11:47 AM

        Also going to get Thumper and Danganronpa 2. Thumper because I know i'll enjoy it and i've been waiting for it to go on sale for a while. Danganronpa 2 to support the devs. I already own and played both games on Vita, but I love the games so much i'm willing to double dip.

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      December 22, 2016 11:06 AM

      Dear indie developers: If I can't even read your game's name in the picture Steam shows, you have failed and I will not be buying it.

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      December 22, 2016 11:07 AM

      Any good (cheapish) co-op games to play with a beginning PC gamer?

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        December 22, 2016 11:13 AM

        Overcooked?

      • rms
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        December 22, 2016 11:28 AM

        L4D 1&2

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        December 22, 2016 11:49 AM

        Portal 2

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        December 22, 2016 11:52 AM

        Helldivers
        http://store.steampowered.com/app/394510/
        It's quite fun

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          December 22, 2016 1:58 PM

          This game is fantastic

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            December 22, 2016 2:55 PM

            Are you telling me it ... *puts on sunglasses* 0wns your arse?

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        December 22, 2016 11:53 AM

        Torchlight 2 is a nice relaxing Diablo a like that plays well in co-op.

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          December 22, 2016 8:02 PM

          Torchlight 2 was amazing. I put off playing it for years and recently went back and played through and I was addicted. Not a bad idea, although I don't think it has controller support, which I should have mentioned was a nice-to-have. I ended up getting Portal 2, Trine 1 & 2, and Laura Croft Guardians of Light.

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      December 22, 2016 11:12 AM

      They should have discounted Werewolves Within so I have more people to play with :(

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      December 22, 2016 11:12 AM

      Anyone else unable to buy anything? Any time I go to complete a purchase, with a credit card or Paypal, I get an error.

      This is aside from the issue where any given page fails to load 50% of the time.

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        December 22, 2016 11:13 AM

        I had to keep refreshing before it let me check out.

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      December 22, 2016 11:13 AM

      Just picked up Onward, Thumper, Tabletop Simulator and VR Diner Duo. The diner game has local coop support and is supposed to be fun for parties.

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      December 22, 2016 11:16 AM

      Thinking about picking up Slime Rancher, just as something silly and amusing to play.
      http://store.steampowered.com/app/433340/?snr=1_7_7_204_150_3

      Startopia is also tempting. I already have it on disc, but it's less than $2 right now.

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      December 22, 2016 11:25 AM

      everyone should buy Thumper

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        December 22, 2016 12:21 PM

        Exactly!

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        December 22, 2016 1:39 PM

        Only 20% off! :(

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        December 22, 2016 3:15 PM

        Thumper is awesome. If you have a VR headset then its even better. I bought it for PSVR and bought it again on PC

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          December 22, 2016 3:27 PM

          I am stuck on a boss and haven't played it since I got to him. I need to look it up, I couldn't figure out how to damage him.

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            December 22, 2016 4:21 PM

            they're all the same.... get the pattern right until it gives you specially glowing spot that causes damage to happen.

            or was there some mechanic in the pattern you didn't understand?

      • Zek
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        December 22, 2016 4:43 PM

        Yes this game is super good even without VR. Intense as fuck.

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      December 22, 2016 12:15 PM

      I asked this in the last thread, but here is my question again. My buddy and I want to relive the fun days of local multiplayer Street Fighter, is SFV a good idea and is there more to the local multiplayer than versus?

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        December 22, 2016 12:28 PM

        I've only played the VS mode myself. SFV is excellent but rather lacking in characters and content compared to Ultra SF4. 67% is a pretty solid discount though.

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          December 22, 2016 12:29 PM

          Should I be getting the version including the season passes.

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            December 22, 2016 12:36 PM

            Eh if you plan on playing it a bunch then yeah probably. If you are simply wanting to check it out for for nostalgia's sake I don't think it's worth it.

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        December 22, 2016 2:34 PM

        You might be better off getting Ultimate SFIV instead.

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          December 22, 2016 2:36 PM

          It plays well? Not going to be missing major improvements in animations or something?

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        December 22, 2016 4:07 PM

        You can get the bundle for SFV with all season1 characters and akuma and the unannounced season 2 characters for $48.

        There's still no arcade mode, but for single player stuff you have:
        * Story mode (pretty easy and only 1 round per fight but it's a cinematic story similar but not as well done as MK story mode)
        * Character story mode (similar to above but for each character)
        * Combo trials for each character
        * Survival mode (interesting idea but too punishing to be fun since you can't continue)
        * VS CPU

        For local multiplayer there's pretty much only VS, or you can also do local training mode if you want to learn stuff as far as punishes etc, but that's it.

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      December 22, 2016 12:22 PM

      woohoo, Assetto Corsa DLC on sale. Imma pick up all the dream packs and Porsche season pass.

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      December 22, 2016 12:23 PM

      Abzû is on super sale!

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      December 22, 2016 1:13 PM

      Steam Controller, yay or nay? Going to pick up a Steam Link, is it worth getting the bundle? I have a 360 pad and wireless adapter and PS4 controller that I currently use.

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        December 22, 2016 2:19 PM

        It's a decent controller for that price, but if you don't need an extra one I'd just stick with what you have.

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          December 22, 2016 7:49 PM

          Exactly this. I bought one and decided an Xbox1 controller to be better in the end.

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        December 22, 2016 2:27 PM

        the dualshock 4 is already a great option

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        December 22, 2016 4:20 PM

        I use mine for Elite Dangerous - the extra paddles on the bottom are helpful, I use them for side-to-side ship motion. For everything else, normal controllers are better. There are third part apps such as Controller Companion for games that do not natively support xbox controllers.

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        December 22, 2016 7:45 PM

        it's a great device if you're willing to learn its intricacies; if you're otherwise expecting a plug and play experience, it's not it.

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        December 22, 2016 8:09 PM

        I bought a Steam Controller and have touched it like 3 times ever. I still wind up using my 360 Controller for basically everything.

        Steam Link I use constantly since I bought it. It took a little bit of time to configure it well and get used to what it could actually handle but once I figured all that out it's been great.

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      December 22, 2016 2:32 PM

      GRID free on Humble Bundle (Steam Key) if you don't have it. Can't be gifted, you gotta get it yourself. Legit non-arcade racer with large car/class/track variety (not quite hardcore sim either though)

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        December 22, 2016 2:44 PM

        Yeah, GRID is a solid racer, I enjoyed my time with it a couple years back.

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      December 22, 2016 3:10 PM

      Rocksmith dlc on sale. It's going to be an expensive sale

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      December 22, 2016 3:57 PM

      Power Stone (or the closest thing we'll get to one on PC) is $7.49 (local MP only)

      http://store.steampowered.com/app/443450/

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        December 22, 2016 7:57 PM

        God, what happened to the powerstone IP? It feels like Microsoft could have acquired that as a smash bros competitor. I loved that game

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      December 22, 2016 4:44 PM

      Just bought GTAV. Holy shit 70gb install? This better be good!

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        December 22, 2016 7:51 PM

        It's the best game ever made, slightly eeking out Doom for the top spot recently on the abrasion index. Although as time goes on and Dark Souls remains timeless, GTAV ages, sooner or later Dark Souls will be #1.