Unsurprisingly, the holidays have always been a terrific opportunity to save on the latest title or revisit the classics you may have missed, often for far less than their usual asking price. But while Steam’s winter sale has come and gone — taking its terrific Diablo IV discount along with it — there’s still time to take advantage of Epic Games’ annual holiday sale, which runs until January 10th at 11AM ET.
The full list of eligible titles is exhaustive, to be honest, but there are a couple of newer PC games worth highlighting. If you’re looking for a very heady third-person shooter with some Twin Peaks vibes that pulls out all the stops when it comes to ray tracing, for instance, Alan Wake 2 is on sale for $39.99 ($10 off) with a free copy of Alan Wake Remastered. Cyberpunk 2077: Ultimate Edition is also down to $53.59 ($26 off), which is a terrific price considering the Ultimate Edition includes both the base game and its new Phantom Liberty expansion. Then, there’s The Last of Us Part I, which is available for $40.19 (about $20 off) for a limited time.
It’s also worth noting that Epic brought Epic Coupons to its ongoing holiday sale, which allows you to take 33 percent off any transaction that costs $14.99 or more. That means, if you haven’t applied it yet, you can save some serious cash on all of the aforementioned games — including Alan Wake 2, which can be had for a cool $26.79.
Alan Wake 2 is the culmination of everything Remedy Entertainment has been building toward. The inventive third-person survival game is both horrifying and strange, with dual campaigns that are more than a little meta.
Cyberpunk 2077: Ultimate Edition includes the base game as well as CDPR’s excellent Phantom Liberty expansion, which improves the game significantly. The spy thriller DLC introduces players to a new area of Night City, along with a host of new quests and items.
Sony and Naughty Dog gave The Last of Us a fresh coat of paint to make it look, sound, and play more like The Last of Us Part II, complete with a welcome graphical makeover. Read our review of the PS5 version.
Samsung’s first unpacked event of 2024 is right around the corner, which means we’re likely to get all the details on the new S24 series before the month is out. (Hell, you can already place a reservation for the new devices sight unseen.) That said, there’s nothing wrong with opting for a competent midrange phone over the latest and greatest handset, which is what makes today’s discount on the Google Pixel 7A worth noting. Right now, you can pick up the excellent phone at Amazon, Best Buy, and the Google Store for $399 ($100 off), a price that nearly matches its all-time low of $374.
When it comes down to it, Google’s Pixel 7A is the best Android phone you can get for under $500 right now. It uses the same Tensor G2 chipset found in the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, which is still plenty fast despite the arrival of the new G3 chip, as well as a healthy 8GB of RAM. The 6.1-inch phone also comes with a smooth 90Hz OLED display, an IP67 rating for resistance against dust and water, and flagship-esque features (including wireless charging). The kicker is the 64-megapixel main camera with optical stabilization, which, while not quite on par with today’s flagship cameras, easily outshines every other shooter in its price range.
The Pixel 7A includes several features that are hard to find for around $500, including wireless charging and an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. It’s not the cheapest phone in the class, but it’s the one that’s best suited to go the distance.
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A few more ways to save this week
- If you can live with some minor cosmetic flaws, you can pick up a “Perfectly Imperfect” Chipolo Card Spot from Chipolo for $35. It’s not a deal in the traditional sense — the wallet-friendly Bluetooth trackers have an MSRP of $35 — but the “Imperfect” series uses plastic with superficial flaws that would typically be discarded under normal circumstances. Plus, Chipolo will donate a dollar to one of three nonprofits for every tracker sold. Read our review.
- A two-pack of Meross Matter Smart Wi-Fi Plug Minis is down to just $20.99 at Amazon when you clip the on-page coupon. Although the plug’s bulky design doesn’t let you stack two on top of one another in a single outlet, it does support the new Matter standard, which makes it easy to add voice controls to any outlet if you have a compatible smart home hub — regardless of whether you prefer Google Home, Apple Home, or Amazon Alexa.
- The Super Mario RPG remake, which launched for the Nintendo Switch less than two months ago, is already on sale at Walmart for $47.69 (about $12 off). Admittedly, the new version doesn’t add a whole lot to the 1996 classic other than some new visuals, but it’s still one of the most heartfelt RPGs you can get (particularly if you’re into Final Fantasy-style turn-based battles). Read our review.
- Yes, we know the holidays are over, but that makes it a great time to pick up a discounted set of smart string lights. Right now, for example, you can grab the Nanoleaf Essentials Matter Smart Holiday String Lights for $59.99 ($60 off) at Best Buy, which is one of the better prices we’ve seen on the 65.6-foot, Matter-ready color LED string lights. Read our guide to the best smart string lights.
- It should go without saying that CES 2024 is bound to feature a smorgasbord of Qi2 chargers — see the HyperJuice 4-in-1 Qi2 Charging Stand, as an example. If all you want is a MagSafe-compatible charger that can supply your phone with up to 7.5W of power, however, Ugreeen’s 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charging Station is on sale at Amazon for $28.79 (about $11 off).