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Epic Games Holiday Sale 2021

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  1. [24]
    moocow1452
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    Free Games of the Day: 12/17 - Neon Abyss (https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/neon-abyss)
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    Free Games of the Day:
    12/17 - Neon Abyss (https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/neon-abyss)

    6 votes
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      moocow1452
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      12/26 - Control (https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/control)
      5 votes
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        Bonooru
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        If you haven't played this one, it's definitely worth a go. It's a well done third person shooter set in what amounts to the SCP universe.

        If you haven't played this one, it's definitely worth a go. It's a well done third person shooter set in what amounts to the SCP universe.

        4 votes
        1. Spyder
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          It's fantastic. It focuses on paranormal aspects mixed up with a shooter where the MC, Jesse, has superpowers to aid destruction and carnage. It's incredibly fun, and the levels' physics systems...

          It's fantastic. It focuses on paranormal aspects mixed up with a shooter where the MC, Jesse, has superpowers to aid destruction and carnage. It's incredibly fun, and the levels' physics systems react to the player's actions, such that after a fight the level will be wrecked, with chairs broken, smashed glass, etc etc.
          Definitely worth a download

          2 votes
    2. [2]
      moocow1452
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      12/18 - Remnant: From the Ashes (https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/remnant-from-the-ashes)
      3 votes
      1. cfabbro
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        If you enjoy coop PvE shooters, Remnant is worth picking up even at full retail price IMO, especially if you can convince some friends to get it too. Me and a few buddies played it back at launch,...

        If you enjoy coop PvE shooters, Remnant is worth picking up even at full retail price IMO, especially if you can convince some friends to get it too. Me and a few buddies played it back at launch, and really enjoyed it. So it's absolutely 100% worth picking up here for free if you don't have it already, and maybe even letting your friends know about this deal as well, so you can all play it together.

    3. cfabbro
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      12/19 - The Vanishing of Ethan Carter This is one of the very best walking simulators ever made, IMO. I highly recommend picking this up and giving it a try, even if you're not normally into such...

      12/19 - The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

      This is one of the very best walking simulators ever made, IMO. I highly recommend picking this up and giving it a try, even if you're not normally into such games. It's quite short (~4hrs), but very beautiful, atmospheric, and the story is quite unique, mysterious, and interesting.

      3 votes
    4. [5]
      whbboyd
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      2021-12-20: Loop Hero I have never heard of this game before. Other than the one-word description of "roguelike", I know nothing about it. Anyone with any experience of this game want to add anything?

      2021-12-20: Loop Hero

      I have never heard of this game before. Other than the one-word description of "roguelike", I know nothing about it. Anyone with any experience of this game want to add anything?

      3 votes
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        MimicSquid
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        You control the world, not your character. It's a deckbuilder where you develop the loop for your protagonist to fight within, but their actions are entirely predictable.

        You control the world, not your character. It's a deckbuilder where you develop the loop for your protagonist to fight within, but their actions are entirely predictable.

        3 votes
        1. cfabbro
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          It's a really good game and the concept is very well executed too, IMO. I have almost 40 hours played in it, and will likely accumulate a lot more over the years, since it's basically infinitely...

          It's a really good game and the concept is very well executed too, IMO. I have almost 40 hours played in it, and will likely accumulate a lot more over the years, since it's basically infinitely replayable. And @bkimmel even mentioned it as potentially being their GOTY in the 'Best Games of 2021' topic too, if you want to read their description of it, @whbboyd.

          2 votes
      2. moocow1452
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        Figures, I picked this one up on sale with Rogue Legacy 2, always wait for the freebie.

        Figures, I picked this one up on sale with Rogue Legacy 2, always wait for the freebie.

        2 votes
      3. hungariantoast
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        pffft, even that doesn't tell you anything these days

        Other than the one-word description of "roguelike", I know nothing about it

        pffft, even that doesn't tell you anything these days

        2 votes
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      moocow1452
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      12/23 - Vampyr (https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/vampyr)
      2 votes
      1. Spyder
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        This one is interesting, I've seen a few reviews with good ratings and after playing the game I found it be actually quite fun.

        This one is interesting, I've seen a few reviews with good ratings and after playing the game I found it be actually quite fun.

        1 vote
    6. cfabbro
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      12/24 - Pathfinder: Kingmaker - Enhanced Plus Edition Awesome! I have been wanting to play this for quite some time, and almost bought it for the $10 sale price on Steam yesterday... which makes...

      12/24 - Pathfinder: Kingmaker - Enhanced Plus Edition

      Awesome! I have been wanting to play this for quite some time, and almost bought it for the $10 sale price on Steam yesterday... which makes me glad I didn't. :P

      1 vote
    7. cfabbro
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      12/28 - Moving Out Fun little multiplayer game, similar to Overcooked but a lot less hectic. I have this for my Switch and play it with my 7 year old nephew fairly often. He loves it.

      12/28 - Moving Out

      Fun little multiplayer game, similar to Overcooked but a lot less hectic. I have this for my Switch and play it with my 7 year old nephew fairly often. He loves it.

      1 vote
    8. Wes
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      I think people would appreciate the "new post" notification of having separate replies. Maybe just under your parent comment.

      I think people would appreciate the "new post" notification of having separate replies. Maybe just under your parent comment.

      3 votes
  2. [7]
    kfwyre
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    This is their first sale with a shopping cart (not a joke, just a fact), so you no longer have to chain purchases for the $10 discount anymore. It'll apply to all eligible items in the cart so you...

    This is their first sale with a shopping cart (not a joke, just a fact), so you no longer have to chain purchases for the $10 discount anymore. It'll apply to all eligible items in the cart so you only have to check out once.

    I picked up the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 remaster. I was waiting for it to come out on Steam after the year of exclusivity for Epic, but that came and went without fanfare, so I'm assuming it'll stay Epic exclusive at this point.

    I almost nabbed Super Meat Boy Forever for $2, but it actually is scheduled to come out on Steam and Valve's Linux support makes me much more partial to them, so I'll wait on that one.

    5 votes
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      cfabbro
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      As a huge fan of Super Meat Boy, and Binding of Isaac, I was incredibly disappointed with SMB Forever. I bought it at launch on Switch, played it for about 3 hours, and hated every minute of it....

      As a huge fan of Super Meat Boy, and Binding of Isaac, I was incredibly disappointed with SMB Forever. I bought it at launch on Switch, played it for about 3 hours, and hated every minute of it. It's feels like a F2P mobile game auto-runner wrapped in an SMB skin, and has incredibly frustrating controls, which is not what I expected considering how tight they are in all McMillen's previous games. It's one of the very few games I have ever completely deleted from my Switch, not even bothering to Archive it.

      $2 seems about right for it though considering its mobile game feel, and so I would highly recommend picking it up at that price on Epic, rather than paying full price for it when it comes to Steam... like I did for it on Switch (which I regret). :(

      4 votes
      1. nothis
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        I just looked it up: McMillen stated that he wasn't a part of SMBF's "end result". Kind of a sad turn for one of the most iconic indie games ever made.

        I just looked it up:

        Two years following the release of Super Meat Boy, Team Meat announced their follow-up project, Mew-Genics. Conceptualized by McMillen, the content creep factor of the game was realized not long after. In 2014, Mew-Genics was shelved, so Team Meat could focus on a follow-up to Super Meat Boy, in the form of the then-mobile sequel, Super Meat Boy Forever.

        Though McMillen worked with Refenes on the project for several years, their working relationship became strained by differences in trajectories. While Refenes wished to focus exclusively on the Meat Boy franchise, McMillen had become invested in The Binding of Isaac franchise - initially his side-projected that took on a life of its own - in addition to The End is Nigh and Mew-Genics. In 2017, McMillen left Team Meat and Super Meat Boy Forever was rebooted as a full-fledged sequel, with new team members hired.

        McMillen stated that he wasn't a part of SMBF's "end result".

        Kind of a sad turn for one of the most iconic indie games ever made.

        6 votes
      2. kfwyre
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        Yeah, my excitement for the game dropped to near zero the moment I learned it was an auto-runner. The only reason I haven’t written it off entirely is that the GDQ run of it made it look kinda...

        Yeah, my excitement for the game dropped to near zero the moment I learned it was an auto-runner. The only reason I haven’t written it off entirely is that the GDQ run of it made it look kinda cool.

        That said, I’m pretty much a Steam-strongly-preferred game buyer not because I hate the other stores (I don’t) but because my primary computer runs Linux. It’s worth it to me to wait out a game until it’s there, even though it’s a measly $2 on Epic right now. As such, I’ll probably pick up SMBF in a year or two when the Steam version finally goes on steep discount or gets bundled.

        Sorry you got burned at full price. :(

        3 votes
    2. [3]
      TheJorro
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      I've actually been wondering what's going on with this. I've never seen an EGS exclusive last longer than a year, and nothing was announced about this game. Furthermore, Activision is still...

      I picked up the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 remaster. I was waiting for it to come out on Steam after the year of exclusivity for Epic, but that came and went without fanfare, so I'm assuming it'll stay Epic exclusive at this point.

      I've actually been wondering what's going on with this. I've never seen an EGS exclusive last longer than a year, and nothing was announced about this game. Furthermore, Activision is still publishing games on Steam without any other exclusive retail agreements. What gives?

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        kfwyre
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        They also put out Crash Bandicoot 4 on the Battle.net store only, which was equally absurd to me. I’m in the exact target market for that game and didn’t even realize it had been released on PC...

        They also put out Crash Bandicoot 4 on the Battle.net store only, which was equally absurd to me. I’m in the exact target market for that game and didn’t even realize it had been released on PC until long after it launched because that was the only place you could get it. Battle.net isn’t exactly a brand that screams “the home of mascot platformer games” or even “where I check for new game releases”.

        Also I didn’t even think about who published THPS 1+2 until you pointed it out, and now I’m mad that I bought an Activision game after all their shit this year. I might refund it. I’ve deliberately held off on buying Crash 4 for the exact same reasons, so it feels like I should at the very least be consistent.

        3 votes
        1. TheJorro
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          Wow I didn't even think about Crash 4 on PC until now, I had no idea myself. And yeah, I'm holding off from any new Activision purchases myself, though I'm hoping they'll be given free at some...

          Wow I didn't even think about Crash 4 on PC until now, I had no idea myself.

          And yeah, I'm holding off from any new Activision purchases myself, though I'm hoping they'll be given free at some point on EGS.

          3 votes
  3. moocow1452
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    My current cart has: Last Campfire: $4.99 Disco Elysium: $7.99 Roguebook: $6.24 Inscryption: $6.99 Death's Door: $4.99 Waiting for what they're giving away before I buy, or if I lose the taste for...

    My current cart has:
    Last Campfire: $4.99
    Disco Elysium: $7.99
    Roguebook: $6.24
    Inscryption: $6.99
    Death's Door: $4.99

    Waiting for what they're giving away before I buy, or if I lose the taste for any of these, but this is some good eating.

    5 votes
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    stu2b50
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    This is what I nabbed so far (with the permanent -$10 coupon considered) Death Stranding - $10.99 Hades - $6.24 Sakuna - $13.99 Kena - $19.99 For $52 bucks that's not a bad haul. Cyberpunk is also...

    This is what I nabbed so far (with the permanent -$10 coupon considered)

    Death Stranding - $10.99

    Hades - $6.24

    Sakuna - $13.99

    Kena - $19.99

    For $52 bucks that's not a bad haul. Cyberpunk is also $20, and for that price it's a good buy for most people with a computer that can play it. Just keep the right level of expectations.

    Guardians of the Galaxy is sub $30 and that's a very recent, and well received, big name title.

    4 votes
    1. cfabbro
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      Sweet, I have been wanting to play Death Stranding for a while now, but it was always so expensive. Kena only recently showed up on my radar, but I have been wanting to play it too. So I got both...

      Sweet, I have been wanting to play Death Stranding for a while now, but it was always so expensive. Kena only recently showed up on my radar, but I have been wanting to play it too. So I got both as well. Thanks for mentioning them!

      1 vote
    2. [4]
      whbboyd
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      Ouch! For game that's barely more than a year old, that's a harsh sale price. (Not to say it doesn't deserve it, because it certainly does. But even so, ouch. Also, I'll second that, if you have a...

      Cyberpunk is also $20

      Ouch! For game that's barely more than a year old, that's a harsh sale price.

      (Not to say it doesn't deserve it, because it certainly does. But even so, ouch. Also, I'll second that, if you have a PC that can run it and you're pretty tolerant of glitchiness, it's probably worth purchasing at that price.)

      1 vote
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        stu2b50
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        I wouldn't look too much into the sale price as indicative of anything. GotG, a very recent release, did well critically (even won a Game Awards category), well received by players, is also <$30...

        I wouldn't look too much into the sale price as indicative of anything. GotG, a very recent release, did well critically (even won a Game Awards category), well received by players, is also <$30 with the coupon. To what extent it's CD Projekt trying to buoy lagging sales or Epic loss leading a hyped game is unknown to us.

        4 votes
        1. whbboyd
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          Fair enough—I certainly don't follow AAA gaming in any form, including pricing, particularly closely. It is certainly my impression that a few years ago, a headline AAA release dropping below 50%...

          Fair enough—I certainly don't follow AAA gaming in any form, including pricing, particularly closely. It is certainly my impression that a few years ago, a headline AAA release dropping below 50% of opening day price just a year after release would have been extraordinary.

          (It's also certainly a good observation that Epic themselves are happy to throw massive discounts around with wild abandon.)

      2. nothis
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        Guardians of the Galaxy came out in October and it's sub-30. I don't think that's much of a Cyberpunk 2077 story, it's more general post-launch AAA pricing insanity. I kinda respect Nintendo for...

        Guardians of the Galaxy came out in October and it's sub-30. I don't think that's much of a Cyberpunk 2077 story, it's more general post-launch AAA pricing insanity. I kinda respect Nintendo for not doing that. Not gonna pay $60 for ARMS but I prefer this over games being handed out almost for free while getting stuffed to the brim with microtransactions.

  5. moocow1452
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    On top of the sale prices, Epic is offering a $10 coupon for every game $14.99 and up, regional pricing. Also 15 days of free games, first one being Shenmue 3.

    On top of the sale prices, Epic is offering a $10 coupon for every game $14.99 and up, regional pricing. Also 15 days of free games, first one being Shenmue 3.

    2 votes