Gaming on a Budget: Cheap Games Released This Year
So you’re surfing online after having finished your gourmet meal of three 99¢ cheeseburgers and a small fry from McDonalds, looking at the list of new releases this week in gaming. Resident Evil 6, NBA 2k13, NiGHTS into Dreams HD, the list is just a constant reminder of all the games you can’t afford to get. Great games financially out of reach. Times are tough and money doesn’t come easy to everyone. So what should you do?
As it turns out, there’s a lot of games released this year that can be bought for less than half the original price. I’m not talking about crap titles like NeverDead either. I’m talking about quality titles the video game community was talking about just several months ago. So save up those pennies because here’s five video games that were released this year that you can buy on the cheap.
The fifth iteration in the long lasting series may not be the apex of the series but the big character selection (which features Assassin’s Creed’s Ezio Auditore da Firenze as a guest character), in depth creation mode and robust online options will keep many gamers happy for a long time. At Gamefly, you can find a used copy of the game for only $14.99 on the Xbox 360 or $17.99 on the PlayStation 3, regardless if you subscribe to the service or not.
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Final Fantasy XIII polarized many gamers but its direct sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2, received better reviews due to its more diverse gameplay and integration with more contemporary design choices. This meaty RPG can be bought for $17.99 used for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at Gamestop or bought brand new at Amazon.com for $20.15 for the PS3 or $18.62 for the 360. Gamefly also sells used copies for $17.99 and new copies for $19.99 for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
Not many people know about the BlazBlue series but I can personally recommend this title for anime and fighting fans as its one of the best titles I’ve played this year. A fast, complex battle system, nearly 20 fighters to choose from and a story mode that will take a lot of your time not to mention the online play makes for the best fighting game not many have played this year. Gamefly sells brand new copies of the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Vita for $19.99. Amazon.com sells the PS3 version for $18.10, the Xbox 360 version for $17.12, and the Vita version for $22.49.
The Darkness II
The sequel to the first Darkness game was developed by a different team but they managed to keep the game true to its source material while giving the game its own separate identity from the first game. Gameplay is much more action packed and more focus is given to combining the gunplay with protagonist Jackie Estacado’s reawaken Darkness powers. The Xbox 360 version of the game can be bought brand new at Amazon.com for $19.90 or $24.99 for the PlayStation 3 while both versions can be bought used at Gamefly for the low price of only $12.99.
Street Fighter X Tekken
Street Fighter X Tekken is still set to be released on the PlayStation Vita at the end of this month but the console versions are already at bargain prices. Tag team style gameplay with a giant roster line-up (including exclusive characters such as Cole MacGrath, Mega Man and Pac-Man for the PS3 version) makes this a no brainer. Brand new, Amazon.com has the PS3 version at $19.96 and the 360 version at $19.62. Used, Gamefly has both versions priced at 17.99.
Even if you are buying Top Ramen in bulk, these are games that can be bought without breaking your wallet and still stay on top of the current state of the video game world. Check on other installments of Gaming on a Budget where we find five great games for a total of under $20, or look into the retro market.