This Week’s PSN Sale Recommendations

Another Tuesday, another batch of sales over on the PlayStation Store. This week offers discounts on 505 Games and EA published titles, along with various PS2-to-PS4 releases for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Let’s get down to the recommendations, shall we?

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Week 2 of PlayStation’s 10th Anniversary Sale Discounts Even More Classics

We’re now in the 2nd week of PlayStation’s 10th Anniversary Sale, in which the company celebrates 10 years of the PlayStation Plus service by discounting various digital games throughout their console library.

Last week’s deals were pretty damn good, and this week seems to be no different. Let’s have a look!

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Nintendo Expanding List of $19.99 ‘Selects’ on Wii U and 3DS

Beginning August 26th, The Big N will be expanding their list of Nintendo Selects games across both Wii U and 3DS platforms. Just like before, these games will have their MSRP reduced to the more affordable price of $19.99.

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Weekly PSN Sale Discounts Square Enix & 2K Titles

After an impressive E3 sale last week, PSN is now discounting various titles across the Square Enix and 2K Games libraries. As usual, sales run until the following Tuesday at 11am Eastern/8am Pacific.

If you’re interested in building up your collection of PS One Classics, notable discounts include Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy Origins, Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy IX for $5 each. Parasite Eve, Parasite Eve 2, Front Mission 3, and Legend of Mana are available for $3 each as well, so there’s plenty of RPGs to choose from. All of these work on the Vita, which is awesome.

You probably noticed Final Fantasy VII was absent, most likely to entice consumers in to buying the PS4 port of the PC version instead of the PS One Classic.

On the PSP and Vita side of things, both DISSIDIA Final Fantasy titles, Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, and Lord of Arcana are $7.49 each. Crystal Defenders, Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions, and Final Fantasy III are available for $4.99 this week.

The PS3 doesn’t get a whole lot of love here, with Final Fantasy XIII-2 at $7.49, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII at $9.99, and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster at $14.99. Mediocre hack-n-slash RPG Drakengard 3 is down to $9.99 as well.

The PS4 version of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is a bit higher at $24.99, but the fantastic MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is available for just $9.99. If you want to go all-in, you can pick up the Collector’s Edition of the MMO for $19.99, which comes with a 2 in-game mounts, a vanity pet, and a leveling helm with an added +XP bonus at lower levels.

You can view the full list of Square Enix discounts right here.

The 2K Games pub sale is a little more robust for current-gen console owners, with Evolve’s Ultimate Edition (which includes both Hunting Pass DLC packs) at $23.99, WWE 2K16’s Digital Deluxe Edition (includes all season pass content) at $35.99, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection at $23.99, Battleborn: Digital Deluxe edition (core game, plus the season pass) at $48.74, and up to 50% off NBA 2K16’s in-game currency.

There’s a handful of great PS3 titles as well, like Bioshock for $2.99, Bioshock 2: Ultimate Edition for $7.99 (Minerva’s Den is excellent DLC), Bioshock Infinite: Ultimate Edition for $9.74, Spec Ops: The Line for $5.99 (criminally underrated shooter), XCOM: Enemy Unkown for $7.49, and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified for $3.99.

You can view the full list of 2K Games discounts right here.

It wouldn’t be a weekly PSN sale without some random discounts thrown in for good measure too.

PS4 MOBA Smite’s in-game currency is up to 50% off, sci-fi puzzler ALBEDO: Eyes from Outer Space is down to $5.99, campy b-movie inspired The Deadly Tower of Monsters is reduced to $10.49, and Velocibox is $6.24.

On PS3, 2D fighter Persona 4 Arena: Ultimate Edition is down to $14.84, JRPG Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord is down to $14.79, Catherine is only $9.99, JRPG Resonance of Fate is $9.99, NiGHTS: Into Dreams is $4.99, The House of the Dead III is $4.96, its sequel The House of the Dead 4 is $6.99, and a handful of other Sega Genesis classics (like Comix Zone and Toe-Jam & Earl) are discounted pretty well.

DJ Max Portable on PSP and Vita is down to $9.99, along with Earthbound-inspired RPG Citizens of Earth being dropped to $4.99 for the Vita version, but that’s all that’s remarkable on the handheld front.

Picking anything up?

There’s a few PS One Classics RPGs I wouldn’t mind having digitally on my Vita for a rainy day, but that’s about all that’s tickling the ol’ fancy for me.

This Week’s ‘Playstation Essentials’ Sale is Pretty Great

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Although I grew up in the NES generation and have plenty of fond memories from the 8- and 16-bit eras, I spent most of my time gaming in my mid-to-late teens on the original Playstation. Games like Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy VII, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Resident Evil connected with me at such an impressionable age, and this week Sony is discounting a laundry list of these Playstation essentials across the PS3, PS4, and Vita consoles.

And hot damn, is it a doozy.

All discounts are listed with the PSN Plus subscriber price in USD. If you’re not a PSN Plus subscriber, fear not; just expect to pay a little more.

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Notable discounts on PS4 include:

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Deluxe Edition – $14

The Deluxe Edition includes a neat batch of extras, like a bog unicorn mount (essentially a dead horse with a sword pierced through its face, acting as the magical “horn”), a throne fashioned out of a giant dragon skull, and a digital copy of the game’s phenomenal soundtrack. If you haven’t played through Dragon Age: Inquisition yet, and you’re actually in to these types of games, I highly recommend it. It’s a pretty stellar open-world RPG with plenty of character customization, both in terms of physical appearance and standard battle class types with differing play styles.

Don’t have a PS4? The PS3 version is also on sale for $10.00.

  • inFAMOUS: Second Son – $9.99

After wading through a sea of disappointing launch titles, Second Son was the first PS4 game to really hold my attention. It plays great, with new “hero” Delsin acting as a power sponge–absorbing the super powers of his enemies, rather than Cole’s sole affinity for electricity. This interesting mechanic allows you to play around with a series of awesome abilities, like absorbing neon signs to dash across the modern day landscape of Seattle, or using smoke to hurl fireballs. I enjoyed the game’s take on good and evil, and your actions not only alter the story, but Delsin’s abilities as well. It was one hell of a game at $60, and a complete steal at $9.99.

The game’s stand-alone DLC First Light takes place prior to the events of Second Son, and highlights one of the more interesting characters–the neon hurling Fetch. First Light is also on sale for $7.49 this week.

  • Metro Redux – $9.00

If you enjoy horror games, first-person shooters, or (hopefully) both, $9 nets you remasters of the criminally underrated Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light. The environments are haunting, the story is fairly interesting, and you could definitely do worse for the asking price.

  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected + Gat Out of Hell – $9.00

When aliens arrive to screw up your presidential term, it’s time to beat things with giant dildos and chew bubblegum.. and you’re all out of bubblegum. Actually, there’s an entire segment referencing They Live, which is even MORE of a reason for you to play this game. Saints Row IV already offered an absurd amount of content, but when you tack on all of the DLC missions and an entire stand-alone expansion, you’re looking at a pretty fucked up way to spend a couple of weeks.

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The Playstation 3’s momentum is finally winding down, but there’s plenty to pick from this week.

  • Mass Effect Trilogy – $9.00

The Mass Effect trilogy may very well be my favorite games of the modern era. I’ve poured countless hours in to befriending unlikely allies, romancing aliens, and doing my damnedest to save Earth from total annihilation; and I’m sure I’ll play through them again before Andromeda hits later this year. If you’ve yet to experience this iconic space opera, now is a great time to start.

  • Demon’s Souls – $8.00

Before Bloodborne and Dark Souls, there was Demon’s Souls… and boy was it unforgiving. Chances are that if you’re a fan of the Souls games, you’ve already played this one, but if your first foray in to From Software’s punishing RPG design was Bloodborne, maybe it’s time to give yourself a history lesson.

  • Devil May Cry HD Collection – $6.00

Devil May Cry pioneered an entire genre of stylish hack-n-slash games, which was almost immediately tainted by the release of its less-than-stellar sequel. However, third time’s a charm, right? Devil May Cry 3 still stands among the best in the genre, and $6 for 2 great games and 1 steaming pile of pickled dog crap isn’t necessarily a bad deal.

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In my opinion, Vita owners have the best selection of discounts this week–especially if you’re in to playing PSone Classics on the go.

  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc ($16) & Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair ($14)

Part Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, part Battle Royale or Lord of the Flies, Danganronpa is truly one of the most bizarre games I’ve ever played. In short, a group of overly talented students are trapped in a school that’s designed to prevent them from leaving. Your new sadistic and violent headmaster, a monochromatic teddy bear named Monokuma, gives you an ultimatum: live out the rest of your lives on campus, never seeing your family or friends again, or kill one of your fellow students and get away with murder. As the kids start dropping off, you’ll investigate the school’s grounds, build relationships, collect toys, and take part in a series of intense court trial mini-games in order to oust the killer and foil their attempt at freedom.

  • Persona 4 Golden – $9.00

Persona 4 is one of the single greatest RPGs of all time, and Golden somehow makes it better. If you own a Vita, but not Persona 4 Golden, it’s time to go ahead and fix that.

  • Freedom Wars – $6.00

If you somehow missed Freedom Wars while it was free to PSN Plus subscribers during the month of December, $6.00 is a great price to dive in. It’s a bit like Monster Hunter, but set in a weird sci-fi world reminiscent of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. As a sinner, you’ll undertake a series of quests with your customized hero in order to reduce your jail sentence. Sounds uninteresting, but it works. The gameplay is engaging, addictive, and it’s just a great way to spend time on the go.

It’s worth noting that PSone Classics work on the PS3 as well, but I personally prefer to play them on my Vita instead. If you’d like to relive the O.G. Playstation’s glory days, a little over a dollar or two can net you some pretty great games, like Final Fantasy VII, Parasite Eve, Xenogears, Final Fantasy Tactics, Wild Arms, Suikoden, Dino Crisis, Tomba!, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Chrono Trigger (albeit the absolute worst port available), Chrono Cross, and Breath of Fire IV. I have most of that in my cart right now for under $15, which feels like robbery.

For a full list of discounts, click this fine bit of text right here. There’s plenty more to choose from than what I listed above.

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Buy 2 Get 1 Free Wii sale at Gamestop and the usual pre-order bonuses.

Got an e-mail today from Gamestop announcing a few sales they had going on and I know not everyone is on their mailing list, so I figured I’d go over a few things that caught my attention. I’m obviously not sponsored by Gamestop, but I’m limited in where I can purchase games in person out in the middle of nowhere so I like to keep in touch with my local store about sales, etc.

  • All used Wii titles $14.99 and under are currently Buy 2 Get 1 free.

My guess is that they’re trying to close out a lot of their overstock since a majority of the crap released for the Wii has piss poor resale value. Still though, I went through the list and there are more than a few worthy purchases like Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Metroid: Other M  and Arc Rise Fantasia. So if you’re looking to boost your Wii collection on the cheap, this isn’t a bad way to go before the Wii U hits shelves by the end of the year (I hope). I just came back from Gamestop and picked up Phantom Brave: We Meet Again, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles – The Crystal Bearers and Kirby’s Epic Yarn with the sale. Good buys, IMO.

  • Buy the game, get the guide free.

From now until August 21st, if you purchase Max Payne 3, Dark Souls, Ninja Gaiden 3 or Soul Calibur V, you get a free hard copy of the official strategy guide. If you don’t already own Dark Souls, now is a good time to pick it up since the guide was very well done and extremely helpful with their maps and coven location info. I usually don’t buy guides, but I don’t regret my Dark Souls purchase at all.

  • Sniper: Ghost Warrior (360) is only $19.99 and comes with a free DLC pack.

This was a pretty quick price drop and purchasing the game nets you the “2nd Strike Pack” DLC for free. Not sure what this is or how many MSP this usually runs on XBL, so it may not be worth it. Still though, it’s pretty cheap for a game that just released a little over a month ago on June 29th.

  • Pre-order bonuses for WWE 13, Darksiders 2 & Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Darksiders 2 releases later this month on August 15th but there is still time to pre-order for some freebies if you plan on buying it anyway. The DLC pack contains exclusive side-quests according to Gamestop’s website, comes with a free Argul’s Tomb DLC code which will be available 30 days after Darksiders 2 releases. You can also get an additional 30% store credit when you trade in your games toward a new copy of Darksiders 2. WWE 13 pre-orders will receive “Iron” Mike Tyson as a playable character and an exclusive in-game ice cream sandwich T-shirt for CM Punk. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 pre-orders get exclusive DLC characters Angel & Michelle Chang and a bonus stage inspired by Snoop Dog. I’m sorry, it’s Snoop Lion now. Really though, a Snoop Dog stage? WTF Namco? How are we supposed to fight in a smoke filled room with half naked girls shaking their asses?

Nothing else interesting this week, but I’m usually all over their Buy 2 Get 1 sales. My Wii collection is damn near complete outside of a few of the more expensive releases like Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Smash Bros & Donkey Kong Country Returns, but I’m sure I’ll find something interesting.