The Deals Aren’t Over Yet: Holiday Rec List of Games on Sale

Rise of the Tomb Raider

You’ve snuggled into bed, the blankets are warm, the pillows are comfy, and the sun is peaking out from under your curtains to warm your face. That’s when you wake up with a gasp because, guess what? Those huge gaming sales you kept telling yourself you’d get to are now over. Now you’re going to have to pay full price, or wait until it goes on sale again, which could be a lifetime.

I may have just been projecting myself onto you. Deadlines have rarely been my friend, and that includes video game sales. I can’t tell you how many times my head has popped up off of my pillow when I realize I couldn’t get that last minute deal on a game I’ve been debating over due to its price simply because I waited too long.

If you’ve missed the sales, too, don’t worry—they’re still about. And there are quite a few you may want to get in on … maybe for you or a gift for a friend!

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider—$39.99—Xbox One

That’s right! The newest Tomb Raider is on sale for twenty bucks off. If you have it in your heart after buying a copy for yourself, buy one for a friend. Action-packed adventure games is one of the many ways to show your love.

Why I Recommend:

A gamer favorite, Lara Croft got a reboot with Rhianna Pratchett as a lead writer for the series. Rhianna is a writer for the Overlord series, was a writer for the original Mirror’s Edge, and was even an additional writer for BioShock Infinite. The woman knows how to tell a story, and her skills do not disappoint in the Tomb Raider series. The action-adventure game has you putting survival skills to use, discovering new landscapes so beautiful you’ll stop to gape at the fictional space, and enough stealth to bring out your inner rogue. Throw in some puzzle-platforming and enemy battles with a great flowing story to keep you going? And a crafting system for your survival? And a catchy song by Karen O you’ll want to keep on your playlist forever? It’d be hard to regret purchasing this game.

If you still haven’t played the first game in this storyline franchise, the start of Lara’s new renditioned origin story, you can find the original Tomb Raider for $19.99 on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC/OS X.

Dragon Age

Dragon Age Series—Cheap—PC/OS X

This deal ranges depending on what you’re getting as everything is cheap. If you were hemming and hawing over this decision, no need to hesitate.

Why I Recommend:

I’m going to do my best to be brief on the many reasons why this RPG series should be purchased, beyond the prices. The story is elaborate. You can go as in-depth as you want—going as far as reading every part of the lore in books, scrolls, and scraps of paper you find along the way. There is a reason why when people talk about the game, they make it seem as if it is a real world. It’s probably because they’ve invested enough time into the game to constitute as a second life. And I mean that in a good way.

The games have everything fantasy: dragons, magic, romance, politics, and plenty of fighting. Choices are a portion of the game, where your decisions (from what class your character is to your dialogue options) affect the outcome of not only the later parts of the game, but the series itself, leading to plenty of replay value.

If you’re not as into fantasy, the Mass Effect series is also on sale. A holiday miracle for us all.

The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga—$19.99—PC/OS X

Developed by Stoic (whose game developers used to work at Bioware), this is a tactical, role-playing viking game of awesome. Yeah, I know. That sentence was totally just written.

Why I Recommend:

I don’t actually play many tactical games. But as soon as I saw the gorgeous graphics, I knew I had to put more investment into seeing what it was about.

To put it lightly, the game is a glorified Oregon Trail, except there is a lot more blood. The characters are interactive, which means you can choose to kill people or become a part of your caravan, or simply just not allow them to fight at all. Everything you do does affect your odds at winning, but with several saves, you can go back to try something different if you’re not liking how your banner (i.e. story) is turning out.

Austin Wintry wrote the score for the game, too. He’s best known for his work in Journey, winning four of the six awards he was nominated for in 2012, including a Grammy nomination. His score—along with the help of two of my favorite YouTube musician stars, Malukah and Taylor Davishelped complete the game experience for me.

Plus, it will prepare you for The Banner Saga 2, which comes out later this winter!

Broken Age

Double Fine Bundle—Cheap—PC/OS X

Psychonauts, Broken Age, Hack ‘n’ Slash, and more! Oh, my!

Why I Recommend:

This deal is fantastic, particularly if you enjoy Double Fine’s humor. Many of their games when purchased together, plus some soundtracks, for cheap! You’ll get several different types of games: point-and-click adventure, adventure-platformer, action-adventure game, real-time strategy, tactical, simulation, puzzle … even a game you’re meant to cheat at to win!

I personally like all the games available due to their diverse nature. It has the same humor and feel, but it got me to try newer genre when I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy that type of game.

There has also been an announcement for Psychonauts 2, so what better way to get prepared than by drowning yourself in Double Fine Productions’ work?

Final Fantasy XIII

Square Enix Holiday Surprise Box—$9.99—PC

What could it be?! We don’t know anything except that it is worth at least $80 in all, there are five games, and they are all for the PC. The biggest bonus for this is that it will be five individual codes for each game, which means if you’ve already got one, you can regift. Best elephant gift ever!

Why I Recommend:

I love a good grab bag. There’s always something fun in the mystery of what you could get. Last year’s bundle not only had games, but also discounts on some larger titles as well! It’s sent to you on December 18th, which means you can decide whether to keep them all for yourself or pretend you thought of someone else the whole time.

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One Comment on “The Deals Aren’t Over Yet: Holiday Rec List of Games on Sale

  1. I don’t know if I would call most of these super deals, aside from the Square Enix mystery box but I prefer not to gamble too much when they are involved.

    They are all very solid recommendations but I think it’s going to be better for people wait until they are slashed even further for better deals. If you have waited until now get these, you can afford to wait a little longer.

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