National Video Games Day: Celebrate With DealNewsers' Faves!
National Video Games Day celebrates all games – even Starfield. But we want to celebrate our favorites! Come see what games our team holds near to their cold, digital hearts.
Baldur's Gate 3 for PC
Kicking things off with the newest game in our list, this is the breakout hit of the year – despite being a relatively niche sequel to a 23 year old game, it immediately rose up to ninth on the list of all-time most concurrent players on Steam. It certainly struck a chord with DealNews' Content Captain Jim, who says:
"I'm a person who bounces from game to game — rarely finishing any of them, and even more rarely replaying them. After the credits rolled in Baldur's Gate 3, I took a 5 minute break (to plan out the next run) and went right into creating a new party. This time, I have a crew of do-gooders instead of evil jerks and I'm already thinking about what to do for the next one…"
Grim Fandango Remastered for PC and Xbox
Store: Xbox Store
Price: $3.74 EXPIRED
Expiration: September 19
Roundup regular N. Gosker suggests you take a trip to the Land of the Dead, which isn't just the resting place of the point and click adventure genre, but also plays host to what Gosker considers its last hurrah. His memories pour forth thusly:
"Did I play through virtually the entirety of Grim Fandango back in the day with a walkthrough? Yes. Was I a young child attempting to navigate was it still generally considered to be one of most obtuse and difficult adventure games in the genre? Also yes, therefore I reject your judgement. It was all still so worth it to experience a memorable tale of fiendish corruption in the land of the dead, one that has stuck with me in the many intervening years since.
Some occasionally questionable puzzle logic aside, Grim Fandango is a showcase for practically every discipline of game creation operating to their fullest and this is perhaps no more evident than in director/writer Tim Schafer's razor sharp script that balances dry humorous wit with heartfelt drama. Ah, Grim Fandango. Thank you for existing. And now, an eight foot elemental demon singing about his beloved hot rod."
Hogwarts Legacy for PS5
Store: Best Buy
Shipping: Free shipping
Open-world wizarding is just as appealing a few months on from Hogwarts Legacy's release date. And if you're looking to preorder the Switch edition (releasing in November), you'll snag a $10 gift card if you do it at Best Buy. It was the PS5 version that bewitched our Kristen, who says:
"If you've ever daydreamed that your sad muggle life could be made better by getting to attend Hogwarts, you can now live your dreams. This game gave me the same giddy feeling as getting to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. You get to explore Hogwarts Castle in a way you never have before and the grounds surrounding Hogwarts for miles. For video game fans, think Skyrim x Harry Potter. It truly is a magical game. 11/10 recommend."
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for PS4
Shipping: Free shipping
Lowest By: $13
Up until this remake bundle was released, Crash Bandicoot was probably most widely played via its short cameo appearance in Naughty Dog's slightly more famous series, Uncharted. But now you can relive the glory days of 32-bit mascot platforming in glorious modern HD... or maybe re-die those days, as local woman Donna discovered much to her chagrined enjoyment:
"I spent the best years of my life parked in front of my cousin's friend's hand-me-down PlayStation 1, playing and replaying the first Crash Bandicoot. This 2017 re-release was (and still is) an amazing nostalgia trip. Be warned that the hitboxes are NOT THE SAME and you won't be able to muscle memory your way through Boulder Dash 26 years later."
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for PS4
Shipping: Free shipping w/ Prime
Lowest By: $3
The most noble experiment in false advertising since The Neverending Story, the Final Fantasy series has delighted and disappointed DealNews meme expert Andrew in equal measure. But this confusingly numbered remaster remains solidly high in his estimations, as he expounds upon here:
"My recent (largely ignored) offer of the latest Final Fantasy (16) on this site, as well as my disappointment in the last few games in the series, reminded me of this gem. It's probably the last time the folks at Square Enix really excelled with a Final Fantasy. And despite being 22 years old (initially a PS2 offering), it still holds up (well, apart from some dodgy voice acting). It has one of the most engaging stories of the series, a ton of engaging side quests (unlike 16), likeable characters, a fun sport game called Blitzball, and of course the wonderful music of Nobuo Uematsu. Remind yourself of the last time Final Fantasy soared."
Deus Ex: GOTY Edition for PC (Steam)
Price: $1.04 EXPIRED
Expiration: September 19
Who can even say who recommended this all-time classic. It will be a mystery. It will just be universally acknowledged as a good and correct recommendation.
Click here for the clever revealIT WAS ME, AUSTIN! IT WAS ME ALL ALONG!
When gushing about this game, I might be tempted to say something like: "This classic from Space Year 2000 packs every turn of the century conspiracy theory into one game, with systems that reward you for toying around with possibilities, a smart but by now extensively-memed script, and truly a soundtrack that won't quit."
I might then get carried away, and keep talking, as what few listeners I had begin to slowly back away from the raving madman, spittle flying from his gaping mouth-hole. I'd bellow: "It's also the oldest game to make it into the RPS Top 50 this year! And the main character is voiced by Jake from California Dreams, which maybe three people will appreciate. I think he was doing QA at the studio at the time? Something like that. Also, despite coming out in 2000, the World Trade Center is eerily absent from its New York skyline, although this is due to an internal misunderstanding rather than any kind of sinister Nostradamusing."