This Weekend’s PC Game Deals: Sniper Elite 4 at $44.99 and Humble’s "Best of 2016" for $9.99 – Neowin

This Weekend’s PC Game Deals is a roundup of games – old, new, or soon to be released – that are available at a great price and can be activated on Steam, Origin, or Uplay – sometimes even good old games that are DRM-free.

After a year of relatively modest “on the house” offers, the Origin store is finally offering a more modern game for gamers to download for free. Mass Effect 2 is regarded by many critics as the best of the original trilogy, and all you need to grab it is an Origin account and the Origin client, which you can set up here. Also, if you happen to like Bioware’s space opera and are willing to spend $10.99, you can get the entire series from DLGamer, and Mass Effect: Andromeda – the next instalment in the series – is on the horizon as well.

The Humble Store has two interesting deals, the first of which is promoting its “Humble Monthly” subscription, which is a good way for passionate gamers to discover hand-picked indie games, including some timeless classics. The monthly package sets you back only $12 (even less if you choose a recurring plan), and also includes a AAA title to spice things up – the February offer is XCOM 2, an excellent, turn-based game that has you guiding humanity’s fierce resistance force against an alien invasion.

There are a number of other perks to Humble Monthly, such as indie games developed exclusively for subscribers, a 10% discount on purchases from the Humble Store, and the fact that 5% of the proceeds go to a charity. There’s only a few days left to take advantage of this offer, so act quickly.

The second Humble offer is called the “Best of 2016” bundle. As the name suggests, the Humble team has picked a number of their favorite games that have been included in various bundles throughout 2016. You can pay what you want for the first tier, which includes a mix of three RPGs: Else Heart.Break(), Evoland 2, and Victor Vran; and $1 or more can get you a 10% discount on the “Humble Monthly” subscription detailed above.

Spending more than the average (currently $4.30/€4.03/£3.43) adds Shadowrun: Hong Kong – Extended Edition, Stronghold Crusader 2 and the early-access craft and survival masterpiece that is Rust. If you’re not convinced, trust the over 130,000 positive reviews on Steam.

For $10 or more, you also get the Homeworld Remastered Collection, a great deal for an RTS classic that no true RTS fan should pass up. For those interested, know that this bundle deal expires in two days, so you have little time to decide.

If the previous promotions weren’t enough, we’ve also hand-picked some of the best deals on PC games that you can find across all online stores. Some of them are flash sales, so act quickly if you don’t want to miss them. Also, if you happen to be looking for console games as well, check out the list of Xbox games that you can grab with Gold.

Preorder rush

Sniper Elite 4 – This is a game that will please the “PC Master Race”, in that it will feature an increased scale and complexity of the maps and AI – this also means that it won’t come to last-gen consoles. The action takes place after the events of Sniper Elite 3, so this is a must-play for every fan of the franchise. The developers have promised that it will be a “sniper paradise”, and you can be among the first to experience it for $44.99 (about €41.99/£35.99) at Gamers Gate.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Deluxe Edition – If you’re looking forward to Ubisoft’s next tactical third-person shooter game, and are drooling over the idea of having the freedom to explore the Bolivian landscapes where the missions take place – unlike all the other entries in the franchise – you can pre-order the deluxe edition for a little over $39.99 (about €37.49/£31.99) from Games Planet.

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 – Contrary to the fast-paced action of games like Call of Duty, this one will force you to calculate your every move, blend in the environment, and do a lot of damage with carefully placed, surgical shots from your trusty sniper rifle. The developers have also made this entry more like open-world games such as the Far Cry series, which means that you can tackle your objectives as a special ops sniper during the Georgian civil war in the order of your choosing, instead of following a scripted series of missions.

If you are a Sniper Ghost Warrior veteran, or are looking for an alternative to the Call of Duty’s and the Battlefields of the world, you can pre-order this one for $39.99 (about €37.49/£31.99) from Games Planet.

For Honor – A hack and slash game set in a fantasy medieval-inspired world, where you fight as a Viking, a knight, or a samurai for the honor of your faction, using a variety of weapons and special skills, as well as a hand-to-hand combat system dubbed “The Art of Battle”. You can pre-order the deluxe version for about $39.99 (€37.49/£31.99) from Games Planet.

Syberia 3 – In the era of release-now-patch-later, Microids has chosen to make sure that it comes out as polished as possible, even though this has meant a delay of several months – which makes this worth pre-ordering, if only to encourage more publishers to do the same. Syberia 3 is a continuation of Kate Walker’s adventures in Europe and Russia, and can be pre-ordered for only $39.99 (€37.49/£31.99) from DLGamer.

AAA Bombs

There are a number of popular AAA titles on sale, but we’ve only selected a few of them that are currently priced near or below their historical low:

Indie Gems

OlliOlli – You can grab this Tony-Hawk’s-Pro-Skater-goes-arcade game for only $3.24 at Humble Store. Its 50 addictive levels are filled with challenges and will have you waste unbelievable amounts of time. If you happen to love it, the sequel is on sale at the very same price as the original, but know that the deal will end in less than 24 hours.

Barrier XA superfast racer from HypeTrain Digital in which you have to guide a space ship to avoid flat shaded walls while following a neon track. This will test your reflexes, and it is currently free on Steam – although you can pay its $3 price if you want to support the developer.

The ExpendabrosA ridiculously fun crossover between the famous Broforce and the infamous The Expendables 3, and also one of the few indie games on Steam with over 10000 positive reviews. It’s free, so you have no excuse not to try it. You can also buy it for $13.99 if you want to support the developer.

Antichamber – For $4.99 (deal ends in 24 hours) you can experience a game world like no other, one which will twist your brain to no end unless you think outside the chamber. The only way to progress through this psychological puzzle is if you step out of your comfort zone, and the same can be said about spending tens of dollars on AAA games while there are plenty of great indie games out there that are waiting to be explored for so much less of your hard earned cash.

DRM-Free

Shadow Warrior Classic CompleteIf you’re bored with Shadow Warrior 2 and its ultra-realistic graphics and want to experience the original, know that you can grab it for free on GOG. It’s not the Redux version – which features GOG Galaxy achievements and remastered graphics, but the gameplay is unchanged, and you can run it on pretty much any PC from the last decade.

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