PC Gamer

We like cheap PC components and accessories. But you know what we like even more? Expensive PC components and accessories that are on sale. We ve partnered with the bargainmeisters at TechBargains to bring you a weekly list of the best component, accessory, and software sales for PC gamers.

Some highlights this week: You can get a Dell 22" monitor with a built-in webcam that comes with a $100 Dell gift card for $239.99. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is $20 off on Amazon, and its DLC season pass is also on sale over at Green Man Gaming. GamersGate is having a huge sale on Warner Bros. games, including the Warner Bros. Action Pack; a bundle that includes Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, Arkham Origins, Injustice: Gods Among Us, FEAR 3, and Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition all for only $30.

Hardware:

— The Toshiba Q Series 512GB SSD is only $199 on BHPhotoVideo.com, nearly 40% off.

The Dell UltraSharp UZ2215H 22" Monitor is $239.99 on Dell s site and comes with a $100 Dell gift card.

— Get the Logitech G502 Proteus Gaming Mouse together with the G240 Mouse Pad for $79.99 on Dell s site, which also comes with a $25 Dell gift card

— Get the EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX760 4GB Video Card for $229.99 on Newegg after a $20 rebate.

— Get the MSI Z97 U3 Plus Intel Z97 LGA1150 ATX Intel Motherboard for $69.99 on Newegg after a $20 rebate.

— The Seagate STBP100 Diskless 4-Bay NAS is a massive 65% off, now $139 on Newegg.

 The Lenovo Y40 14" Laptop is currently $400 off, $699 on Lenovo s site.

Games:

— GOG.com is having a big Fall sale with new 24-hour deals each day until the 25th. As of Monday morning, SimCity 4, Mount & Blade: Warband, Dust: an Elysian Tale, and many more are on sale.

— Get Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for $20 off, $39.99 on Amazon.

— Additionally, the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass is available for $24 on GreenManGaming.com with the code NOVEMB-ERGMGX-20XOFF

— South Park: The Stick of Truth is 50% off, only $20 on GamersGate.com, along with all its DLC being at least 50% off as well.

— Pre-order Final Fantasy XIII-2 for $13.50 on GreenManGaming.com with the code FINALF-ANTASY-25OFFX

 Lego Batman 3 is 20% off for $21.60 on GreenManGaming.com with the code NOVEMB-ERGMGX-20XOFF

— GamersGate.com is having Warner Bros. sale, including Injustice: Gods Among Us, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Bastion, and a lot more.

For more tech deals, visit techbargains.com.

A note on affiliates: some of our stories, like this one, include affiliate links to online stores. These online stores share a small amount of revenue with us if you buy something through one of these links, which help support our work evaluating components and games.

PC Gamer

We like cheap PC components and accessories. But you know what we like even more? Expensive PC components and accessories that are on sale. We ve partnered with the bargainmeisters at TechBargains to bring you a weekly list of the best component, accessory, and software sales for PC gamers.

Some highlights this week: Ubisoft has a huge amount of games on sale starting at 40% off. You can get Bastion for only $3.75, and if you haven't played it yet then you probably should. Newegg has a 250GB Solid State Drive for only $112.99 and it comes with Borderlands 2 for free. And, in a similar deal to last week, XFX has another video card on sale that comes with your choice of three free games from a list that includes Alien: Isolation, Sniper Elite 3, and Tomb Raider.

Hardware:

— The Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD is over 40% off, only $112.99 on Newegg, and comes with Borderlands 2 for free.

— Similar to a deal last week, the XFX Double D R9-270X-CDFC Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card is $154.99 on Newegg after a $30 rebate, and comes with three free games. The choices include Alien: Isolation, Star Citizen, Sniper Elite 3, Thief, Tomb Raider, and many more.

— The Acer S241HLbmid 24 LCD Monitor is 30% off, $139.99 on Newegg.

— The Motorola SB6141 SURFboard DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem is $89.99 with free shipping on Newegg s ebay page.

 Get the HP Omen 15XT Touch Gaming Laptop for $1674.99 with free shipping coupon code PC599Q4

Games:

— Get Bastion for $3.75 over at Gamersgate.com.

— Steamworld Dig is 75% off, $2.49 on Steam, for the next 48 hours only.

— Ubisoft is having a weeklong sale on Gamersgate.com on a bunch of games, including Watch Dogs, Rayman Legends, and Trials Fusion.

— The Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm expansion is $16.97 at Gamestop.

— Majesty Gold is only $2 on GreenManGaming.com after a using the coupon code NOVEMB-ERGMGX-20XOFF

For more tech deals, visit techbargains.com.

A note on affiliates: some of our stories, like this one, include affiliate links to online stores. These online stores share a small amount of revenue with us if you buy something through one of these links, which help support our work evaluating components and games.

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Today's Deal: Save 85% on Bastion!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

*Offer ends Thursday at 10AM Pacific Time
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Nathan Grayson)

Transistor is a phenomenal thing in places. Just tremendous. Sometimes overwhelming in its cleverness and subtlety. It had me on the verge of tears from both laughter and a creeping, ever-constricting stranglehold on my heart, and a talking sword (given life by the sultry tones of Bastion narrator Logan Cunningham) was responsible for most of it. This is a very different story from Bastion, arguably a much more personal one. It is, however, also a more natural progression from the latter’s painterly walk on sunshine than its dusky cyberpunk setting might suggest.

All that said, Transistor is a strong tale and a very good game. But it could’ve been much better. Here’s wot I think.

… [visit site to read more]

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Consider this your official notice to get pumped for Transistor s imminent release. Even if you didn t play Bastion, every little bit we ve seen of Supergiant Games sophomore effort so far has looked excellent recognizably from the same studio, but different enough to carry its own surprises. The recently released launch trailer gives us few new details about the game, and it's looking better than ever.

With its red-haired singer heroine and her talking sword companion (voiced by Bastion s narrator Logan Cunningham), Transistor always gave off a futuristic noir vibe. This newest trailer leans in that direction even more, setting up the plot with a mysterious crime, and four problems, bad guys that we can assume you ll take on throughout the game.

The gameplay footage also shows off the game s Turn mechanic, which stops combat and transforms it into a semi-turn-based game. According Cassandra s hand-on time with the game at PAX East, it s one of the main differentiators between Transistor and Bastion.

Transistor launches on Steam May 20, and we'll have a review posted then.
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transistor

From the makers of Bastion is pretty much all I need to know before I buy Transistor, Supergiant Games sophomore effort. The sci-fi themed role-playing game is coming out May 20, and starting today you can pre-order it from Steam or Supergiants website. Even better, we now know that the game s promising soundtrack will drop on the same day. Drop, because that s what I m told albums do.
Transistor s protagonist, Red, is a singer who comes across a powerful, sentient sword. Supergiant leaned into the singer part and created a bunch of original music for the game more than 60 minutes, to be exact. If you ve played Bastion or watched the trailer for Transistor, you ll know why we re excited about it:

The album is by Supergiant s Audio director Darren Korb and the vocals you hear are courtesy of Ashley Barrett. If you buy it digitally, you ll get it in MP3 and FLAC formats. If you buy it from Supergiants website, you ll also get a physical compact disc, which has been fully remastered and comes with an all-new bonus track in addition to the existing 22 tracks.
The game alone will cost you $20, while the game and soundtrack will cost $30.
Community Announcements - kid_zomb
Hey! If you enjoyed Bastion you might be interested in our next game, Transistor, which now has its very own Steam page.

Every member of the team that created Bastion stuck together to make this next game. We hope you enjoy it at least as much!
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Craig Pearson)

Transistor, Supergiant’s second game and follow-up to the chatty Cathy that was Bastion, is almost upon us. I don’t mean that in a stalkery murderous way, but in a release datey way. The strategic sci-fi RPG has already tickled Nathan to the point of hyperventilation, and the rest of us can join in the wheezing and gasping on May 20th. Can someone get Nathan a paper bag?

… [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Nathan Grayson)

Ah, the butt slide: gaming's most seemingly inefficient, not particularly flattering 'stylish' maneuver.

As a semi-longtime games journo (and hobbyist coal miner), I’ve seen my fair share of diamonds in the rough. Some eventually go the distance and gleam like a million smiling suns, while others… well, they don’t fare so well. And yet, even after losing countless hopefuls (and also canaries), I’m not ready to give up hope on promising upstarts like Lemma. The rune-encrusted run-leaper has evolved significantly since Adam first highlighted it, combining the path-producing footfall’s of something like Bastion with Mirror’s Edge‘s feather-like grace and, er, color scheme. It still looks a little janky, but I’m ready to place two of my crossed fingers before its altar. New trailer below.

… [visit site to read more]

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Bastion


Are you ready for some Doter? That's just one of the questions posed by Rucks, the narrator from Bastion. He's an old-timey sort of fella, and ain't got no truck with these kids' short-As. If you'd like your wizard killing narrated by his smooth, folksy tones, you can now grab the recently released Bastion Announcer Pack for Doter Dota 2.

As with other announcement packs, it replaces the voice of both the announcer and the mega-kill announcer with the Bastion's elderly guardian. You can see (and hear) the full round-up of his proclamations over at the Dota 2 wiki. He's got some pretty sharp words for anybody caught cussing.

The pack is currently available at 3.24 for the next 20 hours. After that, it'll default to the regular price of 6.49. It follows a series of other external game announcement packs, including Half-Life 2's Dr. Kleiner, Portal's GLaDOS, and - oddly enough - the extremely British AI from Defense Grid. In the future, a Stanley Parable narrator pack is also planned.

In addition to commentating on Dota's forests of fantasy, Rucks' voice actor Logan Cunningham is also working on Transistor, the next game from Bastion developers Supergiant Games. You can read Cass's preview of that game here.
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