Imagine the scene – a new game has come out, and you can’t wait to get your hands on a copy. Then as you approach the shop, you fish around in your pockets and realise that you don’t have quite enough money to pay for the pleasure. Don’t feel bad; it’s happened to us all. And with new games rising in price again, it may well happen again to many individuals looking to get the next AAA title in the next three months. Fortunately, there is a solution of sorts: why not wait a week or two to see if the price comes down, and in the meantime get yourself acquainted with some gaming bargains? There are some terrific games on offer at the moment for a mere fraction of the £40 you would be paying for a brand new game, and in this article I intend to point you towards a few of the offers you can partake in.
As a disclaimer, all prices were correct as of the day of article publication. All the prices are quoted from Play.com, which I tend to buy from as they are reliable with deliveries.
Assassins Creed: Brotherhood (Xbox 360) – £9.99
With the adventures of Ezio set to come to a close in the upcoming Assassins Creed: Revelations, it’s worth remembering how good the last effort from Ubisoft was. Combining a surprisingly engaging multiplayer mode (which I for one did not think would work out well) alongside the free running play that the series is known for made this one of the top games of last year – its an absolute steal for a tenner.
Forza Motorsport 3: Ultimate Edition (Xbox 360) – £9.99
Like many of the games on this list, the imminent release of a sequel has driven the value of Forza 3 down quite drastically. However, this is the Ultimate Edition that is on offer, featuring all the DLC released for the game as standard. If you want your driving games to last, then this is heavily recommended.
WWE All Stars (Xbox 360) – £9.99
Promoting a return to the over-the-top arcade action of the early Smackdown titles, WWE All Stars is a solid and easy to use game, and a blast to play. Featuring wrestlers across the generations and some ludicrous moves, it can raise a smile and provide some entertaining multiplayer moments. Worth checking out if the wait for WWE 12 is taking too long
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360, PS3) – £14.99
This may seem quite a redundant entry on this list, because the likelihood is you will already own this game – its part and parcel of it being one of the biggest selling games of all time. However, some gamers (me included) did pass this by, and if you do want to sample the game then now is the time to do it, because COD games in this generation have held their prices scarily high for quite some time. What you get here for £15 is a game that has been solidly in the top two most played games on both Xbox Live and PSN since its release, and will no doubt provide multiplayer attractions until roughly the end of time.
Halo Reach (Xbox 360) – £12.99
Microsoft’s juggernaut continues to roll on – this winter we get a remake of the original Halo in HD, and soon after that Halo 4 will be rocking the world. In the meantime, why not invest in Bungie’s swansong for the franchise – a great single player mode, backed up by virtually unlimited options for multiplayer. Check my review for further analysis on why £13 is great value for money in this case.
Dead Space 2 (Xbox 360, PS3) – £14.99
I find it staggering to think that this game came out earlier this year, and is already on offer. Don’t let that deceive you however, as Dead Space 2 still offers a visceral fright for even the manliest of gamers.
Fallout 3: Game Of The Year Edition – £14.99 on Xbox 360, £12.99 on PS3
You don’t just play Fallout 3 – instead it sucks you in for hours and days at a time as you trawl the Capital Wastelands. This game is nearly three years old now, and it still one of the best games money can buy. Having the standard edition is a welcome treat, but this GOTY edition adds the five pieces of DLC released for the game, crucially including the Broken Steel DLC which raises the in game level cap. A bargain if ever I saw one.
Portal 2 (Xbox 360, PS3) – £24.99
Another game released this year to great fanfare; Portal 2 won critics and gamers alike over with its clever puzzles, co-operative play and unique humour. While not exactly cheap at £25, it’s worth reminding you that free DLC has just been released for the game offering new challenges, so if you didn’t pick it up earlier this year then now is a fine time to dive in…and straight out of the portal you just placed.
Just Cause 2 – £14.99 on Xbox 360, £9.99 on PS3
A massive world to explore? Check. Explosions and gunfights? Check. A unique grappling hook mechanism you can use to travel around with? Check. If you like your sandbox action games nice and loud, then you can’t go wrong with Just Cause 2.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3) – £14.99
Nathan Drake will soon be returning to spearhead the PS3’s Christmas campaign in Uncharted 3, but people are still playing his second set of adventures. And with good reason, because it’s fantastic. Uncharted 2 is probably as close as a game will get to being an interactive movie, filled with excellent presentation and a highly competent multiplayer mode. If you have a PS3, this is a must own title.
Tomb Raider HD Trilogy (PS3) – £14.99
Sadly, you don’t get Tomb Raider 2 and 3 in this collection – instead you get Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary (a remake of the original) and Tomb Raider: Underworld, complete with upgraded HD visuals and trophy support. £15 for three full games ain’t half bad in my opinion
Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3) £12.99
And the other must have title for the PS3 – if you haven’t played this yet, what are you doing? Solid Snake returns to fight the Patriots and their minions complete with fantastic gadgets and the trademark MGS humour. Buy it now!
Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) – £14.99 & The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii) – £14.99
Sadly, there isn’t that much quality left for the Wii these days outside of Xenoblades Chronicles and Skyward Sword, and this means that the best games on the system have remained pretty pricey. Fortunately, you can pick up two gems for the combined price of £30 in the form of Super Mario Galaxy (one of the highest reviewed games not only of this generation, but for all time) and Twilight Princess (a return to more classic Ocarina-type Zelda following the cel-shaded adventures of the Wind Waker). I’m afraid it is slim pickings otherwise Nintendo fans.
Civilization V: Game Of The Year Edition (PC) – £15.99
Identifying a deal with PC gaming is a laughable notion – all the games are cheaper than their console counterparts anyway, and digital distributors like Steam have a sale on every day. For hard copy PC games, this was the one that caught my eye – Sid Meier’s classic strategy game in its fifth incarnation, offering more gaming goodness than you could shake a stick at.
And there you go, plenty of games to keep you occupied on the cheap. As mentioned previously, all these deals came from just one site, and I’m sure that if you search around on the likes of Amazon and Steam, you can find plenty more bargains. Time to splash the cash I guess.