The Wishlist, part Welp
I was expecting the Epic Sale to be weeks away still, but apparently it started today. Also, apparently inflation (or lawsuit fees?) come for us all:
Instead of getting a flat $10 off any game at $14.99 and above, you get 25% extra off.
This is technically a better deal when the baseline game you are buying is more than $40. Everything else is a worse deal. For example, Rogue Lords is on sale for $16.24. With the historical coupon scheme, it would be $6.24, but this new scheme means it is $12.18. The one extra nuance though is apparently the new scheme will allow you to get the 25% discount as long as your entire cart is above $14.99 rather than individual items. Risk of Rain 2 is discounted to $12.49, for example, which normally would not receive any extra discount. In the same cart as Rogue Lords, you save… $3.12.
Hey, I’ve done dumber shit for, well, not less but not much more than that.
In any case, it’s extremely disappointing that basically every game on my wishlist is $2.49 more expensive than it was six months ago during the Winter version of this sale. Two-fiddy many not seem like a lot, and perhaps it isn’t in the grand scheme of things, but in my head I turn those numbers into other games I could have bought.
Anyway, this is how my wishlist breaks down in this sale:
- [$37.26] Final Fantasy 7: Remake Intergrade
- [$22.49] Cyberpunk 2077
- [$22.49] Red Dead Redemption 2
- [$18.74] Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete
- [$15.74] Satisfactory
- [$9.37] Risk of Rain 2
- [$37.49*] God of War
- [$40.49*] Dying Light 2
- [$18.74*] Wildermyth
- [not listed] Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
- [not listed] Elden Ring
- [not listed] NeiR: Replicant
The prices with an asterisk are games not on sale aside from the bonus 25% (Dying Light 2 is 10% off, I guess). I’m actually rather surprised about the bottom three games simply not existing on Epic. I’m not aware of any exclusivity agreements with Steam, and part of Epic’s whole deal was supposed to be a better dev cut of the action, so… what? How is something like Elden Ring not on here?
After some sticker shock at the “buy all the things” total, I pared it down to the four horsemen:
So, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Cyberpunk 2077, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Horizon: Zero Dawn.
I had things like Risk of Rain 2 and Satisfactory in there and some other off-wishlist games like Days Gone and Far Cry 6, but I had to face reality a bit. Given those main four games (and nevermind my existing library), when would I have the time to be playing anything else? I suppose it’s possible that Epic’s next sale is an even worse deal than this one, but that is a risk I am just going to take. This way, I can see where things stand by the end of quad-AAA production experiences, not feel guilty for occasionally tooling around in random indie games, and see what ends up popping up in Game Pass.
And that’s it. See you in six months.