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8 great games to buy at the Steam Lunar New Year Sale

Get lucky this year by playing some critically acclaimed games

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Lunar New Year is upon us, and all around the world communities are celebrating the Year of the Pig. Steam is no different. The sale may have started a few days ago, but it’ll be running until the 12th, so there’s still time to take advantage of what it has to offer.

This year, goodies come in the form of tokens in a virtual ang pao or red envelope. The initial number you get is based on previous spending on Steam, but buying games during this period nets you more tokens, which you then exchange for neat little profile changes, a badge, and even additional discounts.


Here are some ideas on what to spend it all on:

Celeste (25% off)

US$ 19.99 / US$ 14.99

You’ve probably already heard about Celeste, the award-winning game from small-time developer Matt Makes Games. If you haven’t already had the chance to play this challenging and heartfelt platformer, now’s the time to get it. It won Best Independent Game and Games for Impact at the recent Game Awards, and was the only indie in the running for Game of the Year alongside juggernauts like God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s definitely something special.

A Hat in Time (45% off) 

US$ 29.99 / US$ 16.49

The self-styled “cute-as-heck” 3D platforming game may be coming to the Nintendo Switch soon, but those eager to experience it earlier have a 45 percent discount to look forward to this sale. Recently reaching the milestone of one million copies sold across multiple platforms, Gears for Breakfast’s tale about a time-travelling, hat-stitching girl is a charming ode to N64 and GameCube classics.

Slime Rancher (50% off)

US$ 19.99 / US$ 9.99

The surprise simulation adventure hit is now 50 percent off, and for the price of around US$ 10, you too can experience what it’s like to be a plucky young farmer raising slime out in space. Originally launched in Early Access in 2016, Monomi Park has kept updates coming for the full release, with a free DLC released last December and regular events throughout the year. Plus, it’s rated “Overwhelmingly Positive” on Steam from more than 20,000 reviews.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (34% off)

US$ 49.99 / US$ 32.99

The sequel to 2015’s Pillars of Eternity is now 34 percent off. A story-rich RPG, it was recently nominated for Best Storytelling and PC Game of the Year in the 2018 Golden Joystick Awards, and was in the running for Best Role-Playing Game at the Game Awards, as well. Battles are flashy and tactical, and the game boasts top-notch voice acting full of familiar names. You don’t need to have played the first Pillars to enjoy this one, but if you do want to experience it first, a bundle containing both games is also on sale.

Undertale (60% off)

US$ 9.99 / US$ 3.99

Who hasn’t heard of Undertale? As THE indie game of 2015, the critically acclaimed pixel RPG presents you with a unique premise: the ability to choose whether or not you defeat the monsters you encounter. With a Japanese translation and Switch release last year, as well as the surprise free release of followup Delta Rune, you can say Undertale is back — but really, it never left. Anyone interested in diving in can enjoy a 60 percent discount

Subnautica (30% off)

US$ 24.99 / US$ 17.49

The open-sea exploration game was originally released for Early Access five years ago, but has since grown into a behemoth in the single-player survival game scene. The winner of PC Game of the Year and Breakthrough Award at the Golden Joystick Awards, it takes traditional open-world mechanics and takes it to new depths, inspiring fresh new awes and terrors.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (50% off)

US$ 29.99 / US$ 14.99

Ninja Theory’s first self-published independent game made waves with its nuanced and thoughtful depiction of an individual’s struggles with mental health. This paired with its folklore and mythology-inspired setting, action-adventure gameplay, and stunning landscapes won it numerous accolades from the Game Awards, the Independent Game Developers’ Association, and more.

Cuphead (20% off)

US$ 19.99 / US$ 15.99

Prepare to rage. Cuphead is a difficult and sometimes frustrating run-and-gun shooter with no mercy for those who can’t adapt to attack patterns, but for those up for a challenge, it’s a godsend. From the incredible 2D retro cartoon art direction to the precision of controls, Cuphead’s award-winning game design is a masterclass in wrapping everything up into a neat package.

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Pocophone F1’s cheaper price makes it an even better flagship-specced phone

A 2018 flagship for the price of a midrange phone

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While we anticipate the arrival of the Redmi K20 Pro or Mi 9T Pro, the former affordable flagship model of Xiaomi gets a new discounted price. The Pocophone F1 already had its retail price slashed earlier this year making this price cut a sign that a new model is coming.

If you’re in the market looking for a new flagship-specced phone, be sure to check out the Pocophone F1. The 6GB/64GB variant is now priced at just PhP 13,990, which is a thousand pesos off from its former retail price and PhP 4,000 cheaper compared to its launch price.


Image credit: Xiaomi Philippines

The discounted Pocophone F1 is listed on LazMall through Lazada Philippines and it’s eligible for free shipping anywhere in the country. It’s available in two colors: Blue and Red.

The phone was first released in August 2018 as Xiaomi’s breakthrough phone that offers incredible specs for a fraction of the price of premium offerings. Check out our review of the Pocophone F1 to know more about the device:

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi 9T is basically the Redmi K20 for the European market

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PlayStation Days of Play features limited edition console

Along with discounted top-tier games

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Sony PlayStation won’t be at E3 2019 but they’re making up for with the the Global Days of Play sale. The sale, which will run from June 7 to 17, includes a limited edition console, peripherals, and discounts on some much-coveted game titles.

If you’ve been itching to get a PlayStation 4 (PS4), since we still don’t know exactly when the next generation PlayStation is coming, then you can’t go wrong with this limited edition. First thing you’ll notice on the Days of Play PS4 are the embossed PlayStation icons. It has a Steel Black color on top and dark gray at the bottom. It comes with a matching DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller.

Also included in the sale are PS4 exclusive titles like the recently released Days Gone, the ever-popular Marvel’s Spider-Man, and 2018 Game of the Year God of War.

Here are pricing details on what’s up for grabs in different markets in Southeast Asia.

Philippines:

PS4™ DAYS OF PLAY LIMITED EDITION 2019 1TB – PHP 17,990
PS4™Pro God of War Bundle (1TB) with free DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – PHP 23,990
PS4™ NBA 2K19 Bundle (500GB) with free DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – PHP 20,490
PS4™ DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – PHP 2,290 (normal SRP: PHP 2,990)
PS4™ software titles from as low as PHP 829

Singapore:

PS4™ DAYS OF PLAY LIMITED EDITION 2019 1TB – SGD 449
PS4™ STARTER PACK (1TB) with free DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – SGD 479
PS4™Pro (1TB) with free DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – SGD 599
PS4™ DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – SGD 59.90 (normal SRP: SGD 79.90)
PS4™ software titles from as low as SGD 21.90

Malaysia:

PS4™ DAYS OF PLAY LIMITED EDITION 2019 (1TB) – MYR 1,349
PS4™ software titles from as low as MYR 59

Indonesia:

PS4™ DAYS OF PLAY LIMITED EDITION 2019 (1TB) – IDR 5,199,000
PS4™ software titles from as low as IDR 229,000

Thailand:

PS4™ DAYS OF PLAY LIMITED EDITION 2019 1TB – THB 11,990
PS4™Pro God of War Bundle (1TB) with free DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – THB 14,990
PS4™ PARTY BUNDLE (500GB) with free DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – THB 11,990 (normal SRP: THB 12,990)
PS4™ HITS (500GB) with free DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – THB 11,990
PS VR BEAT SABER All-In-One Pack – THB 11,990
PS4™ DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – THB 1,490 (normal SRP: THB 1,990)
PS4™ software titles from as low as THB 590

Vietnam:

PS4™ DAYS OF PLAY LIMITED EDITION 2019 1TB – VND 8,990,000
PS4™ DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller – VND 1,090,000 (normal SRP: VND 1,390,000)

If you’re in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, or Thailand and are not a PlayStation Plus subscriber yet, now’s a great time to become one. There’s a 30% discount on the PS store for three months and 12 months membership subscriptions. Customers can also get the 12 months PS Plus membership card from retail stores and get three extra months. Solid deal!

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Pocophone F1 now made more affordable in the Philippines

The cheapest 2018 flagship

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Are you still holding back from buying a Pocophone F1? Now is a better time to get one because Xiaomi is offering the sole Pocophone model at a more affordable price point.

The Pocophone F1 is now priced starting at PhP 14,990 for the 6GB+64GB variant. The slightly better version with 128GB storage is at PhP 16,990. The new prices will be effective starting April 16 on Lazada and Mi Authorized Stores in the Philippines.


For those who are unfamiliar, the Pocophone F1 is a truly affordable flagship phone with a Snapdragon 845 processor, liquid-cooling technology, AI-powered cameras, and a pretty large 4000mAh quick-charging battery.

If you’re quick to read this, the Pocophone F1 is currently on a flash sale today, April 15, on Lazada for just PhP 14,590. Stocks will be limited, so be sure to check out immediately.

You may watch our review with Xiaomi’s sub-brand flagship phone to know more about it:

SEE ALSO: Pocophone F1’s cameras are as good as iPhone 8’s on DxOMark

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