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Gotta Catchem All - PS Store Flash Sales

Posted on Monday, April 25 2016 @ 12:21:37 PST

With the whole Playstation Instant Game Collection feeling a lot more like "Indie Game Collection", I had to get a bit more creative to get the most bang for my buck. Sony wants traffic to it's online store and I like cheap tax free games...sounds like a relationship made in [____], hmmm you can fill in the blank. I like Indie games but my bread and butter is typically B - AAA games - I like my visuals and gameplay to feel current gen...even if we are about to enter Gen.5 possibly.

With all that stated, I have been routinely visiting the PS Store in order to catch these flash salesso that I can build back up my library since my relatively recent switch from PS3 - PS4 (less than a year). The flash sales are not as epic as some of the Steam Sales, yet some of the offerings come pretty damn close. Since I don't have an interest in tracking these sales and giving yall the heads up in advance because that would force me to write more than I would like, I figured I would just provide a brief idea of the types of deals I have received so you can decide for yourself if it is worthwhile to visit the PS Store a bit more often.

Note: I am not a big multiplayer fan with the exception of PvE type games like Mass Effect 3 so it really doesn't bother me much to keep a list of great games I would like to play and then wait until the price is something I can manage.

January 2016
Watch Dogs™ Gold Edition - $20.00
Dragon Age™: Inquisition Deluxe Edition - $14.00
inFAMOUS Second Son - $9.99

February 2016
Battlefield™ Hardline Standard Edition - $13.19
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - $24.99

March 2016 - I didn't get anything because I was playing Fallout - Automotron DLC and Battlefield

April 2016
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition - $7.49
Alien: Isolation - $11.99
Metro Redux - $7.49
Overlord: Fellowship of Evil - $7.04
Killzone™ Shadow Fall - $7.99
Sleeping Dogs™ Definitive Edition - $9.99
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection - $23.99
Wolfenstein: The New Order - $14.99
Dishonored® Definitive Edition - $15.99

In summary, I was looking at an average cost of $14.61 per game with a range of $7.04 - $29.99. The typical initial retail price for these games was approximately $60. Great games on the cheap in my opinion. My two highest priced games were MGSV and Witcher 3 which based on reviews were well worth a $60 purchase so about half off was in my sweet spot. Third on the list was Borderlands which could be viewed as two games at the price of $12 each which also seemed like a pretty good deal. Watchdogs at $20 was probably the only purchase in retrospect that I think I could have waited to drop into the single digits before a purchase but it was one of the first games I purchased for the new system and so I wrote it off as collection starting costs.

One of the most frequent discussions I hear regarding new releases is, "was it worth $60?" and by going this route I feel confident that all the games above are worth the price I paid for the experience, particularly those that cost less than I paid to see Deadpool in 3D at the theater. Great 2 hr movie experience cost me about $14 + popcorn - while I am looking at 80 - 100+ hr experience with the Witcher 3 alone at $24.99.

So to those of you who love to game but don't have an abundance of cash like me, keep an eye out for those sales!

P.S. I usually check for them on Thursdays and Fridays as many of the purchases above were from weekend flash sales I believe.