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Hot Deals While You Wait for the Steam Summer Sale

| 2 Jul 2013 21:25
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Seriously. Our wallet is waiting and willing. Just take our money already.

It's summer. It's hot. Temperatures are at record highs, and we can think of very few compelling reasons to head outside - especially if you're a PC gamer. Steam's Summer Sale is just around the corner, but if you can't wait, we've found sales from three major retailers to tide you over. (Some of these deals will definitely be cheaper than Steam and activate on Steam to boot.)

If you've been looking for a cheap way to pick up Elder Scrolls titles or Fallout PC games, GameFly has your wallet's back. Today at 10AM Pacific, they posted an 'up to 50% off Bethesda titles' sale. In addition to the instant savings, there's a 20% off coupon dropping the prices even further. The Skyrim Legendary Edition (base game + all DLCs) falls to $31.99 this way. That's a new low by $18 and basically 50% off the $60 list price the Legendary Edition was released at not even a month ago in June.

In an effort to prove Green Man Gaming's summer sale is hotter than the rest, the UK-based retailer launched a "666 Sale" on Monday, July 1st. For six days, there will be batches of 6 games discounted for six hours at a time. Thus far, we've seen deals like Borderlands 2 + Season Pass for $13.50 and Alan Wake for $5.99. In addition to the instant savings discounts, certain deals will have a 10% or 20% coupon associated with them, or you'll be offered a $2 GMG credit or $1 cash back.

Today makes the third day of Amazon's Summer Sale on PC downloads, and there are over a thousand deals for your perusal. Many are classic games at Insta-buy prices (under $10). Still others are impressive bundle deals like the Borderlands 2 Bundleganza, which includes the original Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and the BL2 Season Pass for $21.99. A pretty solid buy, especially since the Season Pass by itself is rarely under $24. Sale ends July 14.

Hot Summer Digital Sales

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GameFly Sale: Bethesda - up to 50% off.

Use coupon GFDJUL20 to get another 20% off these Bethesda titles, making select games their lowest prices ever. Here are the top 3 deals:

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Green Man Gaming 666 Sale: Every 6 Hours - up to 75% off.

Every 6 hours for 6 days, GMG will be having 6 games going on sale at massive prices, with a bonus of another 20% off via coupon for the current batch of games. Here are the top picks for the current round, all Steam-activated:

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Amazon Digital Summer Sale - up to 75% off.

Over 1,000 deals are on sale at Amazon, with many activating on Steam (for those game hoarders among us). Here are the top 3 editors' picks:

Upcoming Releases

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Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition (PC Download) - $22.50 at Green Man Gaming.

Releases July 3. List is $30. Deal expires July 8.

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Rise of the Triad + Free Apogee Throwback Pack (PC Download) - $11.25 at Green Man Gaming.

Releases July 31. You get two separate Steam keys - one for the Throwback pack right now when you preorder, and the other for Rise of the Triad when it's released. List is $15. Deal expires July 8.

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Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World (PC Download) - $20.25 at Green Man Gaming.

Releases July 9. List is $30. Deal expires July 8.

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Pikmin 3 (Wii U) - $54.99 at NewEgg.

Releases August 4. List is $60. Deal expires July 3.

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Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Nintendo 3DS) - $35.99 at NewEgg.

Releases August 11. List is $40. Deal expires July 4.

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Saints Row IV (PC Download) - $37.50 at Green Man Gaming.

Releases August 20. List is $50. Deal expires July 8.

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PC Download) - $22.50 at Green Man Gaming.

Releases August 27. List is $30. Deal expires July 8.

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Total War: Rome II + Greek States Culture Pack DLC (PC Download) - $44.97 at Green Man Gaming.

Releases September 3. List is $60. Deal expires July 8.

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Batman Arkham Origins (PC Download) - $37.50 at Green Man Gaming.

Releases October 25. List is $50. Deal expires July 8.

Multiple Platforms

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Dead Island: Riptide Rigor Mortis Edition (Xbox 360, PS3) - $44.99 at Best Buy.

List is $80. Deal expires July 6. If you like Dead Island, this Special Edition comes with a "travel suitcase" packaging, plus Zombie Hula Girl bobblehead and other goodies.

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Grid 2 (Xbox 360, PS3) - $39.99 plus $3.49 shipping at GameStop.

Next best is $55 at Overstock.com. Deal expires today.

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Bioshock Infinite (Xbox 360, PS3) - $29.99 at NewEgg.

Next best is $40 at Amazon.

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Far Cry 3 (Xbox 360, PS3) - $19.99 at Best Buy.

Next best is $34 at Amazon. Deal expires July 6.

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Hitman: Absolution (Xbox 360, PS3) - $11.99 at Best Buy.

Next best is $18 at Amazon. Deal expires July 6.

Handheld Deals

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Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PS Vita) - $17.99 at Best Buy.

Next best is $28 at Amazon.

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Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy (Nintendo 3DS) - $17.99 at Best Buy.

List is $30. Deal expires July 6.

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LEGO Lord of the Rings (Nintendo DS) - $11.99 at Best Buy.

Next best is $19 at Rakuten. Deal expires July 6.

Gaming Hardware

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EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB GDDR5 PCIe Video Card 02G-P4-2662-KR - $179.99 at NewEgg.

Next best is $200 at Amazon. Deal expires July 4.

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PSP 3000 (PlayStation Portable) with LittleBigPlanet, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, and Cars 2 - $104.99 at Groupon.

List is $200. Deal expires July 6.

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PS3 DualShock 3 Wireless Controller - $36.99 at NewEgg.

Next best is $43 at Amazon. Deal expires July 4.

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