PlayStation, Steam, and More: The Hottest Game Winter Sales of 2017

Get your wallets out because the holiday games sales are here! From Steam to PlayStation and GOG, we have the skinny on all the holiday game sales of 2017.

The holidays are here, and now that you've probably gathered everyone else's gifts, it's time to take care of yours truly. So open your wallet yet again, and embrace the true meaning of the holidays: every winter game sale happening at the same time. Now is the time to snag the hottest games for cheap, try your luck at a game roulette, or even grab some games for free. And as soon as that's over, you can lock away your cash and make a New Year's resolution to never buy that many games at once again ... at least until the Steam Summer Sale begins.

GOG Winter Sale 2017

As we write this, the GOG winter sale is in day eight of its run, scheduled to run all the way through to December 26. Right now you can get all the best new games and indie favorites like Cuphead and Darkest Dungeon for a discount (15% and 60%, respectively), but of course, lots of love goes to the older games as well, with classics like the original Fallout and King's Quest games getting a steep price drop.

Notable info and freebies:
  • As is their custom, GOG is selling "Mystery Games" for $3 a pop, which draw from a pool of over 200 games worth over $3, with a guarantee of no doubles. (Want to get a sense of what's up for grabs? Head over to this forum thread, where users are pooling their info to create a pretty comprehensive list of possibilities.)
  • Spending over $15 during the sale gives you access to tactical Western Hard West, while reaching $40 unlocks the space strategy game Master of Orion.
  • Throughout the sale, GOG is holding game giveaways, which you can grab just by visiting the site and adding the game to your library. Thus far the site has given away Grim Fandango: Remastered and is currently giving away Oxenfree. Keep an eye out on new freebies as the sale continues.

PlayStation Store Winter Sale 2017

This week kicked off the PS Store Holiday Sale, which promises five weeks of savings. Every week will put a different selection of games on sale, from AAA giants to indie darlings. The list for just the first week of sales is massive and includes games for PS4, PS3, and even Vita (sometimes Sony throws Vita a bone). Week one's highlights are Overwatch: GOTY Edition down to $35.99 ($29.99 for PS+ members), TellTale's The Wolf Among Us for $8.74 ($6.24 for PS+), and a handful of anime-inspired games like One Piece: Burning Blood and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, down from $59.99 to $14.99.

Notable info and freebies:
  • The sale boasts up to 50% off -- or up to 60% for PS+ members -- but a few prices have dropped even lower for both. So if you're not a Plus member, now might be a good time to give that free trial a spin.
  • Don't wait to buy a good deal: some offers will only be available for a week. Check the individual title you're interested in to find out when the sale on it is ending.

Steam Winter Sale 2017 

The Steam winter sale is here and as usual the PC gaming giant's put nearly its entire catalog on sale. The steam winter sale of 2017 ends January 4 at 10 AM PST, but the deals will not rotate -- that means you can safely wait until after you get your Christmas money to buy those 50 games off your wishlist at a discount. With games up to 90% off (seriously, you can get games like Portal 2 for $1.99 right now!), you can get both indies and huge games for a pretty steep drop.

Notable info and freebies:

  • As always, Steam is having it's end of the year awards. Come back every day to vote for the best game in categories like "Choices Matter" and "Mom's Spaghetti."
  • The Steam awards provides a few ways to earn event trading cards, which you can sell on the market, turn into gems, or compile into a special 2017 Steam Awards avatar. Ways to earn event trading cards are: voting in the daily award vote, for ever $10 you spend in the store, and for browsing your queue (up to 3 times a day). These cards expire, so make sure you use them before February 4.

Green Man Gaming Christmas Giveaway 2017

While there is no official winter sale up yet at UK-based Green Man Gaming, the site is holding a massive giveaway for Christmas. Purchasing anything for over $2 from their large catalog of PC games automatically enters you to win the 17 best games of the year, as well as an Intel Core i7 Processor. The games include Nier: Automata, Cuphead, XCOM 2, and other heavy hitters, and the entire winning package is worth over $1,000. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced on January 8.

Xbox Winter Sale 2017

There's no word yet on what Microsoft has lined up for their gaming consoles this winter, but we'll include it here as soon as we know.

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Stay tuned to GameSkinny for all the latest news on this season's holiday sales, and let us know in the comments section which sales or games have you most excited.

 

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Published Dec. 20th 2017

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