For much of the last decade, Valve’s Steam client has been the top choice among PC gamers for buying and playing video games. Far gone from the days of personally going to the store to find new games or ordering physical copies of them to be delivered through the mail, Steam has ushered in a new era of user convenience and reliability when it comes to purchasing games, and is considered by some to have influenced many into playing video games on their computers, as modern PC gaming is becoming both cheaper and simpler for some than consoles.
It comes as no surprise to many that one of the most important and most talked about aspects of Steam is the many sales that are offered on games sold there. Steam sales are offered frequently, and since the selection of games available on Steam is immense, there’s bound to always be something interesting at a good price. However, Steam is not the only digital retailer for video games. There are very many available on the internet at this point in time, very many of them offering their own unique sales on games, and due to Steam’s importance in the PC gaming industry in the modern day, most of the games these smaller sites sale have codes that are activated on Steam.
However, with such a wide variety of digital retailers with unique sales, and the number of games available to buy, how can anyone keep track of the multitude of deals accessible?
Is There Any Deal is a great site that does just that. Although it is still relatively unknown, Is There Any Deal serves as an immense library of digital games and retailers, where users can search for and see the prices of a huge amount of games on a huge amount of sites, all at the same time and within a few button presses distance. The site has featured deals, shows bundle deals, has a comprehensive search function, and even comes with compatibility with your Steam wishlist. Users can choose to log in with their Steam accounts, sync up all the games they have on their wishlist, and then even set custom options for each game in part, such as if they want the receive an email when a game’s price drops below a certain point.
Among the website’s many features, users can see metacritic review scores for most of the games, as well as links to video reviews if possible, and also footage of gameplay. If used correctly, IsThereAnyDeal makes buying games an extremely simple and comfortable thing, as it does all the research on most titles for you, and can be rigged in almost any way a user wants it.
IsThereAnyDeal is also used by the Enhanced Steam extension for Chrome and Firefox (and Opera), which, when installed, will modify store.steampowered.com pages with extra information on each game, including regional price comparison, and price history through IsThereAnyDeal links.
Overall, this is a tool that should be known to all PC gamers, as the potential savings in money are enormous. As well as that, it also gives many smaller, less known about retailers some much needed publicity, and rewards them for good sales that they run.
I myself purchased a copy of XCOM 2 for about 18€ tonight, where normally it retails for 60€ in most stores, so even in a single visit I saved a fair amount of money.