- World of Warcraft: Base game (up to Cataclysm) for $5, Pandaria for $10, direct download from Blizzard; a total of $15 to get into the game, i.e. a single month's subscription. I'm predicting now that the new expansion next year will be the first to go ahead and bundle in all the old content - with the new expansion featuring "one free level 90 character" to attract new and returning players, it isn't going to make sense to insist that players pay for a Pandaria box that they're never going to set foot in.
- Turbine Games: Standard "double bonus point" Turbine Point sale bundles are in effect in both LOTRO and DDO. DDO's new expansion from last summer is 50% off, and all of its multiple tiers of upsells are also 50% off. LOTRO's new expansion from last week is NOT included. They've slashed the price as early as 5-6 weeks after the fact in the past, but apparently last week was a bridge too far. They are bundling all of the previous expansions in one package for $20.
- Guild Wars 2 is on sale for $30 again, which they are promoting as their "lowest price ever" even though it's the same price I paid a month ago. I guess it's technically accurate that they haven't offered a lower price?
- Marvel Heroes is offering 25% off of almost everything in their cash store, other than two heroes who were released this month. Storage stash tabs for general and crafting purposes are NOT included in the sale, and character specific storage tabs are only discounted indirectly if you purchase a bundle containing that character. The main catch here is that, as with most cash shops, you may have a hard time purchasing exactly the right amount of currency to pick up the stuff you wanted. There's also an in-game bonus of 50% exp, rare item find, and special item find for the weekend.
- SWTOR is not doing any direct sales that they've announced yet, but they are running double exp through Sunday.
- SOE Station Cash is 30% off… seems underwhelming since they often offer double SC, and since SC can't be used to purchase content anymore.
- FFXIV is 50% off from Square's website. If you own a PS3/PS4, this is a great way to pick up a console key, as it's only $20 and includes 1 month of game time (i.e. $5 for the right to play on both consoles).
What I personally bought:
Probably no surprise to folks who have been reading of late, but Marvel Heroes is my current surprise game of choice. I've been waiting on this sale to decide what to buy, and I decided to splurge here. I spent $50 for the G's to unlock:
- The X-Force bundle (Cable, Colossus, Deadpool, and Wolverine, with two extra costumes each, stash tabs for all four heroes, and some misc consumables), on sale for 4,500 G's, normally 6,000 G's. (Can be purchased on the website for exactly $45, or you can buy 5500 G's for $50, which is what I did - an extra 1000 G's for $5 is a much better exchange rate than you'll get any other time.)
- A holographic crafter, summons an NPC who gives you access to your stash for storing the stuff you want to keep, and accepts donations (for crafting exp) of the junk you don't want to keep. In my view a much more versatile purchase than the similar portable stash token, works in Castle Doom (where you can't teleport out to sell your stuff), and highly recommended for all players. On sale for 700 G's.
- A crafting stash tab, NOT on sale, for 300 G's. One crafting tab is nigh must-have for all players with as many as 40 slots worth of basic crafting materials - you can expand or compress that number but this is time-consuming, and you'll be hurting for the space if and when you go beyond a single character. I don't begrudge the maybe 75 cents for buying it not on sale, though I might regret that stance if I come up precisely 75G's short of being able to buy something in the future, oh well.
There's a good chance that I "overpaid" by paying for stuff that I ultimately won't use, but my total investment in this game is now up to $70 - just over what I paid for Diablo III, and I've gotten far more mileage out of this game than DIII. Also, this way I've got my previous G balance and a growing stash of Eternity Splinters to spend on future releases. I wouldn't say that a new player should expect to need to spend this much, but for me personally it's been worth it thus far.