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Save on spooky games to play during Halloween and more

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Okay, Deathloop isn’t scary, but the deal on it is scary good.
Okay, Deathloop isn’t scary, but the deal on it is scary good.

It’s the spooky holiday this weekend, but you probably already knew that since Halloween decorations have likely been up in your town for the last month and a half. But what hasn’t been around as long (and will disappear faster than those decorations) are the deals below. To match the mood, we’re going to share special discounts on scary video games that you need to play if you’re trying to get in the holiday spirit this weekend. Just so you know, Steam’s Halloween sale ends Monday, November 1st, likely at 1PM ET / 10AM PT. Following that gaming-centric section, you’ll find deals on tech gadgets that we think you’ll enjoy.

Gaming deals

Okay, so Deathloop is far from being a scary game at its core (though it can become quite tense when you’re down to that last sliver of health and surrounded by enemies), but we’re highlighting it here anyway because it’s down to its lowest price yet on all platforms. If you’re on PS5, the physical version and digital version each cost $40 (normally $60). For those who’ve been reluctant to jump into the game, this price should make it a little easier to justify. It’s also available on Steam for $40.

This is Arkane Studios’ latest game, and its fast, frenetic action feels reminiscent of Dishonored. The gameplay loop is much different, though, even if some of the powers you’ll eventually acquire are similar. Check out Andrew Webster’s full review of the game.

$24.99

The latest first-person shooter from Arkane Studios is its most stylish yet. Deathloop is a run-based game, and ironically, you play a Colt, someone who’s keen on breaking the game’s looping cycle. Though, there are forces working against you that definitely don’t want you to do that for reasons you’ll discover as you play.

Resident Evil 2

Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 2 is a stellar reimagining of the classic horror game, not to mention one of the company’s most polished games to date. Even if you didn’t play the original version on PS1, this game is a must-experience horror game that you can get for just $16 on PS4 and PS5. It’s the same price for Xbox consoles, as well as on Steam.

The choose-your-own-path slasher game Until Dawn is just $10, and it’s a delightfully scary and campy experience. This one’s just for PlayStation 4 and 5 owners, and it’s already included in PS Now for consoles and on Windows PC, if you’re subscribed. The plot involves a bunch of teenagers (starring Rami Malek, Hayden Panettiere) in a spooky house acting recklessly, with a killer on the loose. Your actions dictate the flow of the game, and it’s good fun that’s well worth $10.

Outer Wilds Echoes of the Eye
Image: Mobius Digital / Annapurna Interactive

Outer Wilds is another game that’s discounted for Halloween, and another title that, while not labeled as a horror game, has some spooky vibes to deliver the more you dig into it. There are no jump scares, though. Instead, the game has a few moments that’ll make you feel like you’re in an episode of The Twilight Zone. Normally $25, it’s $15 on PC via Steam. You can get its excellent Echoes of the Eye expansion for $12 instead of $15, while you’re at it. The game is available on PlayStation consoles and Xbox consoles, but it isn’t currently discounted.

Inside

Inside is a side-scrolling horror game from the makers of Limbo that, unfortunately, is still in my backlog, but maybe I’ll play through it this weekend. It earned a spot in this roundup because I’ve heard that its ending really delivers on existential dread, which is just the thing I usually find myself running low on these days. It’s just $5 on the PlayStation Store and on Steam.

Soma Game

If you’re into sci-fi horror, you need to play Soma, from the creators of Amnesia. That pedigree alone should give you an idea of what you’re in for here: excellent environmental storytelling, haunting audio design, and a pretty good story about the future of humanity and AI. It’s just $4.50 for PlayStation consoles and PC via Steam. Of all the games on this list, I think you’ll get the most scare per dollar with this one.

Hunt: Showdown
Image: Crytek

Hunt: Showdown is a first-person multiplayer game with a unique blend of PvE and PvP elements. It’s a gorgeous-looking title with great sound design that you’ll need to pay attention to in order to get ahead. Once you’re over the somewhat steep learning curve, you and some friends might have a really good time with this one. Crytek is constantly updating the game, especially on PC, but the console versions seem to be well-designed, too (though the game doesn’t offer cross-platform play). It’s $20 for the game on Steam, $16 for PlayStation consoles, or $16.49 for the deluxe edition on Xbox consoles.

Tech deals

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales

Okay, sharp left turn to mention some great tech deals. Bose is offering a $100 discount on like-new, refurbished sets of its Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. Normally $379, they’re $279, with a few color options available. We don’t recommend just any refurbished products, just the ones where we’d personally feel comfortable accepting the risk of buying it. Thankfully, Bose says that these headphones may “occasionally have minor, nearly imperceptible blemishes.” They have a one-year warranty, a 90-day money-back trial period with free shipping and free returns.

My colleague Chris Welch reviewed these in 2019, and compared to the competition at the time, the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 excelled with voice calls, in addition to a comfortable fit and great noise cancellation. Read our review if you want some more context on the product.

  • SanDisk’s 128GB microSDXC card is $22 at Amazon right now, the second-best price we’ve seen on the Nintendo-licensed storage solution.
  • If you’re looking to expand the storage capacity of your PlayStation 5, the 1TB version of Gigabyte’s Aorus NVMe Gen 4 SSD is down to $170 at Amazon, its best price to date. We haven’t tested it, but the company says it’s compatible with Sony’s next-gen console and runs at 5,600MB/s when plugged in. If you already have an SSD but still need a compatible heatsink, per Sony’s requirements, Micro Connectors Low Profile Heatsink is also on sale at Amazon for $10 and measures a mere 5mm thick. Read our full PS5 SSD buying guide.
  • A three-pack of Philips Hue white and color A19 bulbs is $100 at Best Buy, the lowest price we’ve on the popular smart bulbs outside of Amazon Prime Day.
  • Vizio’s 55-inch OLED is on sale at Best Buy for $1,000, its lowest price to date, for a limited time. Despite the price, the budget-friendly OLED still manages to pack in a few features suited for next-gen gaming, namely support for HDMI 2.1.
  • If you’ve got an Xbox or a gaming PC, Eneba’s selling a three-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $28 (once again, the price can fluctuate) instead of its usual $45 when you use promo code 90DAYS at checkout.
  • Eneba is currently offering one year of PlayStation Plus service for just $37 instead of its typical $60 retail price when you use promo code 365DAYS at checkout.

Today’s Storystream

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Look at this Thing.

At its Tudum event today, Netflix showed off a new clip from the Tim Burton series Wednesday, which focused on a very important character: the sentient hand known as Thing. The full series starts streaming on November 23rd.


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Andrew Webster4:28 PM UTC
Get ready for some Netflix news.

At 1PM ET today Netflix is streaming its second annual Tudum event, where you can expect to hear news about and see trailers from its biggest franchises, including The Witcher and Bridgerton. I’ll be covering the event live alongside my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore, and you can also watch along at the link below. There will be lots of expected names during the stream, but I have my fingers crossed for a new season of Hemlock Grove.


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Jay PetersSep 23
Twitch’s creators SVP is leaving the company.

Constance Knight, Twitch’s senior vice president of global creators, is leaving for a new opportunity, according to Bloomberg’s Cecilia D’Anastasio. Knight shared her departure with staff on the same day Twitch announced impending cuts to how much its biggest streamers will earn from subscriptions.


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Tom WarrenSep 23
Has the Windows 11 2022 Update made your gaming PC stutter?

Nvidia GPU owners have been complaining of stuttering and poor frame rates with the latest Windows 11 update, but thankfully there’s a fix. Nvidia has identified an issue with its GeForce Experience overlay and the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). A fix is available in beta from Nvidia’s website.


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If you’re using crash detection on the iPhone 14, invest in a really good phone mount.

Motorcycle owner Douglas Sonders has a cautionary tale in Jalopnik today about the iPhone 14’s new crash detection feature. He was riding his LiveWire One motorcycle down the West Side Highway at about 60 mph when he hit a bump, causing his iPhone 14 Pro Max to fly off its handlebar mount. Soon after, his girlfriend and parents received text messages that he had been in a horrible accident, causing several hours of panic. The phone even called the police, all because it fell off the handlebars. All thanks to crash detection.

Riding a motorcycle is very dangerous, and the last thing anyone needs is to think their loved one was in a horrible crash when they weren’t. This is obviously an edge case, but it makes me wonder what other sort of false positives we see as more phones adopt this technology.


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Ford is running out of its own Blue Oval badges.

Running out of semiconductors is one thing, but running out of your own iconic nameplates is just downright brutal. The Wall Street Journal reports badge and nameplate shortages are impacting the automaker's popular F-series pickup lineup, delaying deliveries and causing general chaos.

Some executives are even proposing a 3D printing workaround, but they didn’t feel like the substitutes would clear the bar. All in all, it's been a dreadful summer of supply chain setbacks for Ford, leading the company to reorganize its org chart to bring some sort of relief.


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Spain’s Transports Urbans de Sabadell has La Bussí.

Once again, the US has fallen behind in transportation — call it the Bussí gap. A hole in our infrastructure, if you will.


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Jay PetersSep 23
Doing more with less (extravagant holiday parties).

Sundar Pichai addressed employees’ questions about Google’s spending changes at an all-hands this week, according to CNBC.

“Maybe you were planning on hiring six more people but maybe you are going to have to do with four and how are you going to make that happen?” Pichai sent a memo to workers in July about a hiring slowdown.

In the all-hands, Google’s head of finance also asked staff to try not to go “over the top” for holiday parties.


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Insiders made the most money off of Helium’s “People’s Network.”

Remember Helium, which was touted by The New York Times in an article entitled “Maybe There’s a Use for Crypto After All?” Not only was the company misleading people about who used it — Salesforce and Lime weren’t using it, despite what Helium said on its site — Helium disproportionately enriched insiders, Forbes reports.