VGamingBargains: PlayStation “Games Under £16” Sale – January 2021
Sony have unleashed their “Games Under £16” sale which runs until 3rd February 2021. At VGamingNews, we know that money can be tight and while you can get some great games at around the £16 mark, we’re going to be looking at the games you can get for under a tenner.
Just like our previous VGamingBargains article, the games are split into three levels, based around their price points:
Level 1 – games in Level 1 cost between £7.50 and £10.00 and tend to be the larger titles available in our price range – they’ll take most of your budget here but offer the most full-game experience for a small amount of money
Level 2 – costing between £3.50 and £7.49, games at level 2 give you a little more flexibility on how to spend your money but might be a little shorter or perhaps a little older than games in the top level
Level 3 – rounding out the list are our cheapest games, from those that are absolutely free up to a cost of £3.49. These games tend to be made by independent developers and are often a shorter experience, but make no mistake – while they might only be a few hours long, the games in Level 3 still offer a lot of enjoyment – even better, you can mix-and-match a few to get the most out of your money
Here are our picks:
|Level||Title||Cost||On Sale Until|
|Level 1||Assassin’s Creed Origins||£9.99||03/02/2021|
|Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus||£9.89||03/02/2021|
|Borderlands GOTY Edition||£8.24||03/02/2021|
|Level 2||Persona 5||£7.49||03/02/2021|
|Dragon Age Inquisition GOTY Edition||£5.74||03/02/2021|
|Level 3||Mirror’s Edge Catalyst||£3.05||03/02/2021|
|INDIE BUNDLE: Shiness and Seasons after Fall||£2.99||03/02/2021|
|The Little Acre||£1.99||03/02/2021|
After taking 2 years off after the disappointment that was AC Syndicate, Assassin’s Creed Origins burst onto the scene to revitalise the franchise. Set in Egypt, the game mixed up the gameplay mechanics to give a fresh new feel to the game. Combat was redesigned to be less button-mashy and more methodical. Experience points for missions were also introduced so you could level up your character via a skill tree system. All in all, Ubisoft gave the series a new lease of life. While they may be slipping back into the annual release schedule with the series, Origins is one to check out if you’re either new to the series or gave up after AC III.
We thought long and hard about including two first person shooters in this category, however both Borderlands Game of the Year Edition and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus deserve attention. Wolfenstein is what you would expect from id Software, a brutal shooter which dresses up a thinly veiled story of saving America from Nazis as an excuse to shoot people and blow stuff up. Even if you’re the not the best at this type of game, there is still enjoyment to be had. Borderlands Game of the Year Edition is a RPG/looter that is dressed up as a first person shooting game. You play as a vault hunter on the lookout for whatever loot you can get your hands on to make money. The open world setting is full of humour and a variety of things to do, other than shooting and is a decent length for the price.
Yakuza 3, 4 & 5 are £7.99 each and would’ve made the list, however, we’ve plumped for Yakuza Zero as it is A) cheaper, and B) is chronologically first in the series. You star as Kiryu, a member of the Yakuza, who is accused of murder and you set about clearing your name. To define what genre Yakuza Zero fits into is difficult as there’s so much to it. It’s not fully open world, but you are given large portions of Japanese cities to explore. The combat is action based, but there’s an element of a RPG thrown into the mix as you learn new skills. That’s just the main game, the side missions and games you can unlock range from helping an old lady find her cat, or you could spend hours in the Sega arcades playing full versions of arcade classics such as; Super Hang-On, Out Run, & Fantasy Zone. If you haven’t experienced the insanity and brilliance of the Yakuza series, and you want something to absorb you for 50+ hours, Yakuza Zero is your starting point.
With the hubbub surrounding Resident Evil Village, we thought it best to highlight the game that started it all. The first Resident Evil has suspense, horror, puzzles and the immortal line “Barry. Where is Barry?”. If you’ve not played any Resi Evil games, this is where you should start. The control scheme on the original PS1 game wasn’t great and while the PS4 RE: Make improves them slightly, they’re still a product of their time so stick with it.
Persona 5 & Little Nightmares also have sequels and spin-offs coming out imminently, which is convenient as the originals are on sale. Persona 5 is the best entry in the RPG series and some are even arguing over if it is one of the best RPG ever. While that discussion will never be settled, we do think that now is the perfect time to jump in. With it’s lengthy story you won’t be short of things to do. You don’t need to have played any of the other games in the series. Little Nightmares couldn’t be more different. The smaller, horror inspired puzzle game puts you in the shoes of Six, a little girl who wants to escape the nightmarish dream world of The Maw. It’s relatively short but is one of those indie games that packs in a good story.
We wanted to slip at least one VR game in the list and when we saw DOOM VFR, it was a no brainer. A semi-sequel to id Software‘s Doom 2016 reboot, the VFR version puts you up close and personal with demons. Movement is restricted to teleportation (otherwise motion sickness would creep in), but it’s as violent and bloody as any other Doom game. If there’s one experience in VR we’d recommend, this is definitely it. Finally in Level 2, we have Dragon Age Inquisition: GOTY edition. The wait for the next game in BioWare‘s RPG series is a long way off, but if you start Inquisition now, you might be done for the release. Ok, it’s a bit of an exaggeration but for £5.74 for the game and all of the accompanying DLC, it’s 100 hours at a brisk pace. That is a lot of game for your money.
All of our Level 3 games come to a total of £9.82. That’s 5 games and change from a £10 note. With this you get some serious value for money. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is a first-person, parkour inspired, futuristic adventure game that gives you around 8 hours play time. The game is a reboot/prequel/sequel to the original PS3 game, but you don’t need to have played the first one enjoy this. You play as Faith, a rebellious and anti-government Runner, who delivers whatever is needed to the various revolutionary factions. This often requires breaking into places and stealing information, without getting caught. In the original, you were confined to linear levels and clunky controls. In Catalyst, the levels are more open and the controls have been tightened up. EA DICE also decided to remove all weapon uses to speed up play. Upon release it was overshadowed by a small game called Overwatch, but we think it’s worth a go at this price, just for the uniqueness of the game.
We couldn’t resist the cuteness overload that is the Indie Bundle: Shiness and Seasons after Fall. You get two games in one and a lot of play time. Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom is an action RPG staring cat-like anhomomorphic creatures led by Chado. It’s typical save-the-world type fare and can quite easily be compared to Xenoblade Chronicles or Final Fantasy XII, however it does have a major twist in it’s favour, one-on-one combat is presented like a 2D fighter. Currently the game is £2.39 on it’s own and with an average playtime of 16 hours, you are definitely getting value, however we’ve chosen the bundle as you’ll also get Seasons after Fall. This 6 hour long 2D platformer puts you in the place of a magical fox who has the power to change seasons. It’s beautifully designed and the soundtrack by a live string quartet means it’s one of those titles you have to experience.
The Little Acre and Hue are on the smaller side offering a few hours of game time but they are worth a punt if you’re in the market. Hue is a puzzle-adventure game where you navigate dangerous obstacles in order to find your mum. The world is black and white, although you do have the power to change the background into different colours in order to make objects appear and disappear in order to solve puzzles. The Little Acre is a cute point and click game that sends you to 1950s Ireland looking for your father. Beautiful art work and challenging puzzles make this one to consider, despite it being over just as it gets going.
These are just our top picks. Sony’s sale has a wide selection of games that we’ve not been able to cover. If we did, this would be ready to post after the sale had ended. What have you found during your bargain hunting? Let us know!
The recommendations made in this article do not come from any paid promotion and are solely influenced by our enjoyment of the games highlighted and their perceived value for money. Prices accurate at the time of publication. Information surrounding game times is pulled from How Long To Beat.