It may not seem like it, but gaming today is actually much cheaper than it used to be. 15, 20 years ago you could expect to pay typically between $70-$90 for a game, and the price of games hardly deprecated over time.
Now though, with many more games released and hardware and software cheaper to produce, games decrease in price much quicker, meaning it can definitely pay to be a patient gamer.
So maybe you’ve just purchased an Xbox One and are looking to play some bargain-classics, or maybe you’ve had one for a while and are looking for some gems you’ve missed.
Either way, here are what I deem to be the best 10 bargain-buys for the Xbox One, with the rule being every game must cost less than $20.
10: Batman: Arkham Knight
The final game in the Arkham trilogy, Arkham Knight released to critical acclaim (at least the console version did… stay away form the PC version!). The game gives players a huge Gotham to explore, and allows you to utilise the Batmobile for the first time in epic tank battles.
A fitting end to the Arkham series, see the price on Amazon here.
9: Rare Replay Collection
As a Nintendo child this is actually the game that made me buy an Xbox One. With 30 games from Rareware’s rich history including favourites like Perfect Dark, Banjo Kazooie and Jet Force Gemini, it’s honestly the best value bundle since The Orange Box.
Whether you’ve played these classics or not it’s well worth picking up at from Amazon here.
Bungie’s Destiny came under criticism upon release after intense hype surrounding the game, but mainly due to it’s rather thin amount of content. Fortunately though, now is the best time to play the game, as Bungie have released multiple expansion packs, padding out the game with hours more playtime.
If you were ever a fan of Halo’s gunplay, you’re sure to enjoy Destiny. Click here to see the price from Amazon.
7: Ori and the Blind Forest
Regarded by many as the best platformer of this generation so far, Ori is as challenging as it is beautiful.
If you’re into 2D platforming, it’s a must-play, and can be picked up for from Amazon here.
6: Killer Instinct
In my opinion it’s better than both Street Fighter V and Mortal Kombat X. Exclusive to Microsoft’s machine, Killer Instinct is an excellent fighter, with a healthy roster, great visuals and deep mechanics.
You can get the Combo Breaker pack from Amazon here.
5: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Simply the best Assassin’s Creed game. Remastered for Xbox One, it just makes the game even smoother and better-looking.
If you missed out on this gem last generation, click here to see the price from Amazon.
4: Dragon Age Inquisition
Bioware’s sprawling fantasy epic is the best in the series – if you’re a fan of open world fantasy RPG’s then Inquisition should be experienced.
It’s only availavble here on Amazon at the moment.
Worthwhile single-player FPS experiences are a dying breed, but thankfully Wolfenstein came out of nowhere, defying all expectations to become one of the best examples of how atmosphere and narrative combined with solid gunplay can still provide a relevant single player experience today.
The game is available here on Amazon.
2: Shadow of Mordor
A real personal favourite, Shadow of Mordor’s unique Nemesis system – where the enemies evolve around you base don your experience with them – was revolutionary at the time and still hasn’t been bettered.
If you think you’d enjoy Arkham-style fighting combined with Assassin’s Creed movement and a large open world set in Tolkein’s Middle Earth, then this is a n0-brainer here from Amazon.
The sequel to this game is fantastic, but only because it was built on a truly solid foundation. The original Titanfall is an excellent and unique shooter, with great gunplay, graphics and atmosphere. There is still a dedicated player-base, so if you fancy some quality shooting for a budget price, you can pick Titanfall up from Amazon here. Bargain.
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