There are many of us out there who spend a lot of time gaming. It is not surprising, the videogame is a modern medium that offers the enthusiasts a whole lot of fun to spend time in an unproductively productive way. It is a cinematic universe that you can actually participate in and have a level of agency in that you do not get to have in a movie. Which is why it is a shame that not everyone can get their hands on some of the best games in the world. This is further exacerbated by the fact that there are not that many portals for purchasing games online. If you have been keeping an eye on the industry, you may have noticed that Razer, an online game store, closed down recently. Some of us may find this to be a very disappointing thing because there were many who used the store for purchases.
Which is why we believe it is important to help you be aware of some of the most important stores online. Some of them you might not be aware of, which is why they might be having a hard time staying open, while others might be offering deals on games that you did not expect you would be able to encounter this early in their release. There are only five websites on the list and all of them have their strengths and weaknesses, but all of them we believe should have a place in your bookmarks tab. Simply because, if you are a deal hunter or want to get a chance at games you might not have ever heard of, you will find visiting them regularly to be beneficial to you. We have also decided to skip Steam because it is probably the most popular online gaming store and you have probably already heard of it. If you have not, definitely check it out – the library of games is huge, they offer regular sales and they have a large number free to play games that you might actually enjoy.
So, now that we are done with introductions and honorable mentions, we would like you to meet five of the best game stores currently available online.
Good old Games
If you have ever played any of the Witcher Series games, you will be aware of the company CD Project Red and if you are aware of them you might be excited to find out that they have their own game store going on. Good Old Games, or GOG, is a large store of games offering a wide variety of different kinds of games (including the Witcher series) that are themed around old games more than new games. Not everyone will find this to be as attractive as some of us will, but the number of old games that are considered classics and some of the best games ever made, available on this platform is pretty huge. Whether you are a fan of Diablo, Legacy of Kain, Heroes of might and magic IV and so many more classic games available on the website.
The website also has recently expanded its list of modern indie games that it offers to players. The games offered might not always be blockbusters or that well known, but the ones that are on the website are some of the best a player can have. You can be confident of that, as the curation of games on the website is strictly adhering to quality standards.
So why should you bookmark it other than the games available? Well, the website is incredibly easy to navigate and it offers a number of filters to make finding games easier. Free to play, under $5, under $10, so on and so on. The game also has regular updates to what games they are having a sale on or what games are being offered for free. So checking back regularly to see an offer might be a good idea. Or, if you are bored, there is always a game you might find to spark your nostalgia, to interest you or to make your day go by faster.
This one is a well known website, and yet we still would like to talk a bit about it. The Humble Bundle has been around for many years now. It has ballooned the libraries of many gamers with games they never expected to like. The Humble Bundle is a charity organization, selling games and donating revenues to charities to help them. The reason to check back often with them is the fact that they offer users the chance to purchase game bundles for dirt cheap, often offering bestselling and blockbuster games as parts of bundles that you only need to pay 15 dollars or less for. The bundles are updated regularly, so going back to the website regularly might be a good idea. But beyond that, there are a number of other features of the website that you might find useful to your goals.
The Humble Bundle now offers a monthly subscription offer, where users get to subscribe to the service and get exclusive monthly bundles with a whole bunch of video games in them. The subscription is just $12 a month, with a discount if you end up paying for several months ahead of time. And the player gets to have some pretty amazing games on the regular.
There is also the Humble store, which offers users the ability to purchase games at full price, or at a discounted price that happens occasionally. The store does have some pretty impressive sales and the library of games is pretty large, offering games that have been part of past bundles. So if you miss out on a bundle, you can buy a game here and end up donating to charity while you do it. Great stuff!
The website also has occasional software and book bundles, which can be a nice bonus addition to any gamer’s library.
Itch.io dedicates the entirety of its existence to bringing the best and the most underrated indie games to the attention of the players. It is a popular website, but less known among the general populace, that definitely deserves to be paid more attention to. The games are 2d sidescrollers, pixel art games, puzzles, 3D games and a whole world of other visually appealing, interesting, story-driven or not story-driven games. Either way, a person who does not know what they are looking for, but know that they want something new and fresh, something they haven’t tried before, might find themselves enjoying some of the best games the indie scene has to offer to the world.
The website offers a great navigational menu and lets people find games on their OS, with their type of storytelling, design, gameplay and, really, any option they want to make sure their game has. The games are all already very cheap and the fact that there are sales regularly attached to them will be something most people find incredibly attractive. We know we do.
Green Man Gaming
For those of you who are a little more mainstream game oriented, which is nothing to be ashamed of, but to be proud of, we would like to recommend Green Man Gaming. This one is probably one of the largest game stores online and it has a whole lot of stuff to offer to their users.
To start off, the portal lets players access a large library of some of the best and most popular games ever released. Most, if not all, games have a sale slapped onto them the moment they are posted on the website so that you will be able to get them for cheaper than you expected you would be able to.
But the reason you should bookmark it and go back as often as possible to it is the ever-changing bundle of games they offer to their regular users. The bundles usually do not cost any more than 5 US dollars, while having their values in double and triple digits. Through these bundles, players will be able to acquire classic games like Rage, Mount and Blade and other famous games. The bundles also change shape and value over time, so you might end up stumbling upon some of the most coveted games for dirt cheap. Definitely worth bookmarking.
Have you wanted to have a game for a while now, but it is not appearing as part o any discounted bundles and there are not sales coming any soon. At least not that you are aware of? Well, go ahead and try looking for the game on IsThereAnyDeal.com. This website lists all of the deals that are currently available on games online. Which is why it is essential to have in your list of bookmarks if you are looking for games to enjoy endlessly. The design fo the website is not the prettiest or the friendliest, but if you are patient enough, you might end up finding a limited deal on a game that you wanted to own for a while now. Definitely one of the lesser-known gems on the internet.
These are the most important bookmarks in your quest for cheap and endlessly entertaining gaming. The games that are listed on these websites are highly recommended and fun to play, which makes them highly sought after. The fact that you can go to these websites every day, through your bookmarks, means that you will be able to find some great deals and some great games on a regular basis. So don’t worry about ever being bored again. It won’t be happening any time soon.