Where to buy online games?

When it comes to buying PC games online, you have quite a few options. Formerly, Steam was the only game in town, but not anymore.

Where to buy online games?

When it comes to buying PC games online, you have quite a few options. Formerly, Steam was the only game in town, but not anymore. Before buying a game, check all stores to make sure you're getting the best price. You can do this using an online tool (see later in this post).

Let's get the obvious out of the way first. Maybe you're new to games or you've always bought your games offline, in a physical store, so you don't know anything about Steam. If you've never bought a game on Steam before, check out my post How to play a game on Steam. The Epic Games store is a relatively new player in the area of online game stores.

Apparently, it offers developers a better percentage of revenue for each sale of their game. However, some players don't like it because they only want to buy their games at a specific store. Epic has won a lot of exclusives, which means that you can only buy some games in the Epic store. For example, the latest game in The Walking Dead's narrative game series is only available on Epic.

GOG started out as Good Old Games. It specialized in older PC games that might no longer work on modern PCs, unless you wanted to play with DOSBox, a DOS emulator, or with configuration files. In other words, you can't just buy these old games, install them and run them. The developers of GOG received the rights of the original publishers to some older games to facilitate their execution on modern PCs and then sell them.

All kinds of great gold classics are available on GOG. Over time, GOG has changed and now sells all kinds of games. It still sells older games that you can't find anywhere else, but it also offers modern games. An important feature of GOG is that all games are sold DRM-free.

Some players prefer to buy their games on GOG for that reason. They'll only buy a game somewhere else if it's not available on GOG. DRM-free means you don't have to log in to any platform to play and it's not tied to any particular device. Origin is Electronic Arts' gaming platform, but it's not limited to games published by EA.

It has also diversified to sell other games, but it still has a limited selection of games. For years, some games have been available exclusively on Origin, such as BioWare's Mass Effect and Dragon Age series. But recently, EA announced that its games would return to Steam. However, that won't mean the end of Origin, because it also offers a subscription service called Origin Access, a comprehensive monthly subscription that gives you access to the entire Origin game library.

Of course, if you play a game with your subscription, you're not actually the owner. But if you're not the type to repeat games, you won't mind and you'll always have the option to buy the games you like the most, either on Origin or in another online store. I hope Origin will also continue to sell games, but we'll have to see. Humble Bundle has been around for a while.

It has a typical store where you can buy games, but it also offers a lot of great packages (hence the name) that you can buy at decent prices. The other interesting thing about Humble Bundle is that it donates a portion of every game sold to charities. You can buy games and do good at the same time. When you buy a game in Humble Bundle, you'll get a game key that you'll need to activate on one of the gaming platforms.

This is usually a Steam key, but recently the Epic Game keys have also been sold. Humble Bundle has a subscription service called Humble Choice that offers you a bundle of games every month at a greatly reduced price. Green Man Gaming and Fanatical are two key third-party vendors. There's more, but these two and Humble are popular.

I included Humble separately because it donates to charities. When you buy a game from a third-party key vendor, you'll receive a key that you'll need to activate on a platform like Steam. These sellers usually offer big discounts, so check them out before buying a game from the Steam store. If you're not sure how to activate a key, read my post on How to Play on Steam.

It also has a store where you can buy Ubisoft games. However, their selection is rather limited. But regardless of where you buy a Ubisoft game, you must activate it through the UPlay platform. When you buy games directly from the publisher, you'll usually have the option of receiving a Steam key so you can play through Steam and take advantage of features such as achievements.

Some publishers have their own gaming platforms. In this case, you won't receive a Steam key because you'll activate it and play through the publisher's platform. You can usually buy MMO games directly from the publisher. That's the route I usually take, since it eliminates intermediaries.

When you buy MMO, you generally don't receive a Steam key because you don't need to log in to a gaming platform for DRM purposes. You can go ahead and log in to the game directly. Yes, you can buy games on Amazon. Since most shoppers are familiar with Amazon, I'm not going to say much more, except that what you'll normally receive is a key that you can activate on Steam or another platform, even when you receive a physical product.

Inside the box there will be a key. Big Fish Games is the most popular store for hidden objects, HOPA, time management and other types of “casual” games. It has a great selection and a lot of exclusives. Here are HOPA games you won't find anywhere else.

Eventually, most of them arrive on Steam, but often months or years after their original release. Is There Any Deal is a site for comparing offers for video games. Not only does it add up pretty much every video game offer currently available, but it lists them all side by side and ranks them according to how much you can save. Just search for the game you want and see all the offers on its page.

If price is your only criterion, then this site is what you need. But Is There Any Deal also lists stores that sell the game without offers. This allows you to use the site as a Where can I buy this game? tool, regardless of the offers. CheapShark only aggregates the prices of video games from a dozen online stores, but it allows you to search for any game and gives you a quick comparison of what it costs in each of them.

Humble Bundles are known for their pay-what-you-want approach, which means you can get a lot of games for very little money. However, in each package, some of the most attractive titles are only available if you spend a minimum amount. Fanatical is an online game store that always has great discounts on the latest and greatest games. While the prices on Fanatical tend to be great anyway, the site often offers flash sales or deals where you can get even cheaper prices than usual.

Since video games are an expensive hobby, these bargains are welcome. You should also check out the Fanatical bundles, where they include similar games at a discounted rate. From time to time, you can create your own package to get a group discount on a bulk purchase. Slickdeals is one of the best sites for daily deals, period, let alone as a destination to buy cheap games.

Users post offers every time they see them on the web, receive them in emails, etc. And since offers are available in many other departments (for example,. After using Slickdeals for a while, you'll see why it's one of the best bargain sites cheaper than eBay. A lot of people use it, which means that any offer is likely to crop up there.

This means that you can easily see if it would be cheaper to buy the game on PS5 than on Xbox Series X, for example. Of course, you can also filter if necessary, either by platform, store or type of game (such as the standard edition or the season pass). GOG also has a wide selection of classic games, some of which were never available on Steam or anywhere else online, and all are optimized and tested to work flawlessly on modern hardware, which may not be the case with a CD-ROM copy you bought when the Spice Girls were on a roll. .


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