Gaming is a very expensive hobby. Most games today sell for $60, and most of these games last for 10 hours. Earlier too gaming was expensive, but the games were longer, and provided more value for money. These days, most games are shortened under the pretext of providing the ultimate experience, which completely manages to hide itself while playing the actual games. Hence, it is important to appreciate those companies which try to pack in more in the development of their games, so that spending 60$ on a Dvd seems worth it. So these are some of the best deals to have been released in the past few years.
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
I got this game for 40$, and this is the one game that I would never like to sell. It features what is probably the best Splinter Cell campaign, along with an awesome co-op mode and a versus mode. The campaign is an amazing mix of tense action and a good story. It lasts for a good 12-14 hours, and provides plenty of great set pieces. The versus mode features soldier vs spy action which builds up tension no matter what side you play on. But the star of the show is the co-op mode. The co-op mode features a number of unique missions which encourage co-operation and group thought rather than random traversal of the map. The co-op missions last for a good 6 hours, and combined with the single player campaign and the versus mode make up for an awesome package.
The Uncharted Series
The Uncharted series is undoubtedly one of the best game series ever created. Featuring edge of the seat action, brilliant set pieces, top of the line graphics, and great dialog, they make for experiences that Michael Bay can only dream of creating. All games in the trilogy have been widely praised and have become instant classics. As such, a pack which combines all three and sells for 60$ is a must buy and probably provides more value than any other deal out there.
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid is probably the best stealth action franchise out there. It features great stories, outrageous characters, funny dialog, a legendary protagonist, and unforgettable boss battles, some of which can last for hours. The HD collection, available for the PS Vita, Xbox 360, and the PS3 is probably my favorite game collection of the lot. The Xbox 360 and the PS3 versions contain MGS2, MSG3, and MGS: Peace Walker, whereas the Vita version replaces Peace Walker with the original Metal Gear Solid. The transition from the previous generation of consoles to the current consoles is mostly bug free, and works pretty well. Overall a great deal for anyone wanting to play one of the best videogame series of all time.
The Orange Box
No best deals list is ever going to be complete without the Orange Box. Valve have the tendency to outdo themselves, and they really outdid everybody’s expectations with the Orange Box. Containing Half Life 2, Half Life 2 : Episode 1 and 2, Team Fortress 2, and the critically acclaimed Portal, this will go down for many as the best deal of all time. Team Fortress 2 is considered by many to be the best multiplayer game out there, and Portal has become a brand in itself. That is the quality of games packed into just one 49$ box. I’m convinced – Valve can do no wrong.
The God Of War Series
Kratos has always been in my top protagonists list. He is more ‘gray’ than any protagonist i’ve seen, and this “I’m flawed because I am human” attitude of his combined with his rage is what makes him awesome. The original God of War introduced him to the world, while the sequel expanded upton the first game with some awesome set pieces. Packing these two games for the PS3 is probably the best chance one will have to experience these two gems. So if you have a PS3, and if you haven’t played these games before, buy this deal as soon as you can. It’s worth it and will set you up perfectly for God of War 3.
Unless Square Enix decide to pack all Final Fantasy’s into one box, I don’t think many deals out there will surpass the ones mentioned above. But hey, that’s just me. I’m sure I must have missed so many others, that many of you might have played.