GameFanShop Deal Round-Up: April 29, 2013

Have you had a chance to check out my GameFanShop partner store yet? Now's the perfect time to explore. It's a PC gaming paradise. You get great discounts on PC downloads and get to help support Sketchy Details in the process. GameFanShop Dead Island RiptideThere are a bunch of new deals this week for some high profile releases. Dead Island Riptide, the sequel to the ridiculously fun open world island-set survival horror game, can be had for $33.99, 15% off the regular price. Battlefield 3 with early access to all DLC and a ton of bonus features is $39.99, down from $49.99. Darksiders II can be yours for 60% off the regular price, $19.99.

Perhaps the most intriguing sale is Don't Starve for $13.49. This is a really ambitious indie simulation game where your goal is to survive. You have to forage for food and supplies to extend your life a few hours longer. Don't Starve is getting really great reviews from indie-friendly critics and even the bad reviews acknowledge that there's something really cool happening with the game. Check out the trailer below.

The biggest deal of the week is Need for Speed: The Run for $17.99. This game is normally on sale for $29.99 at GameFanShop, which itself is 40% off the regular price of $49.99. That means you can get a really solid racing game for 65% off the regular price.

GameFanShop PortalFor the throwback pick this week, I have to go with Portal. The devious puzzle game has become embedded in pop culture with its quirky references and plot devices. I mean, you can buy Portal cake mix now. There's so much more than hype in play here. Portal is sharp and challenging with a brutal wit and mind-bending puzzles. The actual mechanic of creating tunnels in space with a gun instantly became a video game standard that was often imitated but never duplicated. Portal can be yours for $9.99 at GameFanShop.

Those are this week's deals at GameFanShop. With over 1000 titles to choose from, you're sure to find something to fit your gaming style and needs. You order the game, register your account, and receive the download code by e-mail for Steam, Origin or whatever proprietary download server the developer uses. You get a great game at a cheap price and I get a small commission that helps keep Sketchy Details up and running. It's a win/win situation for everyone.

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