With the Christmas period now on the horizon, there will be time to reflect on the past year and what has been happening in your life since the last time you were paid a visit by Saint Nicholas. Presents will have to be bought, Christmas dinner will have to be prepared and your house will have to be lit from top to bottom in Christmas decorations. All of these things cost money and Christmas is the most important time of the year to be watching where your pennies are being spent. Also at all this time of year, the triple A gaming titles are being released. Call of Duty, Halo and FIFA has been released during this autumn period and most of these games cost close to their full RRP. There is a way to maintain your bank balance and to keep playing great games to occupy your free time with. Hunt down bargain video games!
Here are my top 5 bargain video games in retail:
1) Deus Ex – Human Revolution; this game is the third game in the Deus Ex series and is a prequel to 2000’s original title. The great thing about this game is that you can play it EXACTLY the way you want to play it. It can be played in either first person or third person which, for most games doesn’t normally work but certainly does in DE:HR. The game takes inspiration from titles such as Metal Gear Solid and a Gears of War styled cover system. You can either sneak around or enter a room “all guns blazing”, the way in which the game is played is down to the players preference. DE: HR is as near perfect as the original game for the PC, features impressive graphics and is very fun to play. Although it was released in 2011 it was one of the games of the year.
2) Assassin’s Creed II; with the third game in the Assassin’s Creed series only recently been released, the price of previous AC games will be reduced dramatically. Out of the other 4 games, I believe that AC II was the best game from the remainder of the series. It improved on the solid original game and the story was better than the others. The second game also concentrates on single player only, an area which shows the game at its best. With hugely impressive graphics and amazing fun to be had, if you haven’t already played Assassin’s Creed II then please buy it!
3) Rage; this was a strange game when it was first released. It had all the makings of a blockbuster game. It was published by Bethesda and developed by id Software. There was little hype surrounding the game though when it was released and soon played second string behind games such as Gears of War 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3. The game is a free roaming, single player game but also features multiplayer missions. The missions involved in the story mode always keep the player on their toes and the enemies are interesting and set a sense of panic into your gameplay as most sprint towards you.
4) Star Wars – The Force Unleashed; Darth Vader. Lightsabers. Need I say more? This game allows you to take on the role of Starkiller who is Vader’s apprentice and use everything which a Jedi master has to use at his disposal. The Force and lightsabers are both included and the gameplay is frantic at times and also exciting. As is the case with most Star Wars related entertainment releases, the story is very well written but also offers the non Star Wars fan a chance to play an action-packed, fun game.
5) Binary Domain; Binary Domain is a third person shooter published by Sega and is an underrated shooter. The third person shooter genre is dominated by games such as Gears of War and Mass Effect but BD takes on the genre at a different angle. The player can use their headset to deliver commands to your team and there is also a feature which impacts the trust which bonds you and your team in the game. The boss battles featured in BD are some of the best in recent times as you battle against huge robots. The game at time of release was never viewed as an amazing game but it does have a certain charm that will have players aching for more.
These games all feature the same breathtaking story modes which the latest releases in the gaming world feature in their expensive price tags. All of these games mentioned above could be bought for below the same price of the latest Call of Duty game! Of course there are subtle differences in that multiplayer and co-op functions will have been perfected since these games were released but, these titles should not be overlooked and if you do find yourself out of pocket over the Christmas period, don’t worry, this fantastic industry has you covered.