14 Video Games You Can Trade in for Big Money in June 2016

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Of all the hobbies in the world — yachting, amassing high-end audio equipment, aviation — playing video games might not be the most expensive one you could take up. But between dishing out for consoles that are coming at an increasing frequency and buying new games at full price, it can still put a strain on your pocketbook. A simple way to ease the financial burden is to trade in your games when you’re done with them. You can do this at retailers like GameStop, Best Buy, and Amazon, where you’ll get store credit you can spend on other gaming goodies.

Naturally, some games net you larger sums than others. A general rule of thumb is that newer games have higher trade-in value, but some older games can offer a sizable return for longer than you might expect.

All of the games below can net you at least $20 toward the next blockbuster game you have your eye on. Note that the prices listed are from the time of writing and may have fluctuated since. You can check current prices here: Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy.

1. Uncharted 4

Nathan Drake and his brother Sam explore a jungle looking for treasure.

Source: Sony

Trade-in value at Amazon: $37.79
Trade-in value at GameStop: $33.00
Trade-in value at Best Buy: $30.00

The PlayStation 4 has been selling like mad since it launched in 2013. A huge chunk of the 40 million-plus PS4 owners probably bought Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, seeing as it caps off one of the best video game franchises of the past decade and has gotten rave reviews (including ours).

For those unfamiliar with the series, Uncharted stars Nathan Drake, explorer and treasure hunter extraordinaire. Drake lives a life that would make even Indiana Jones jealous, doing things like climbing steep cliffs, getting in epic shootouts, blowing up every vehicle he finds, and kissing the girl (or girls). This game kicks off after he’s settled down with his wife and promised to lead a normal life. But when his brother shows up, all that’s about to change.

2. Doom

A demon threatens the viewer with the severed hand of its last victim.

Source: Bethesda

Trade-in value at Amazon: $37.79
Trade-in value at GameStop: $25.00
Trade-in value at Best Buy: $27.00

The original Doom is one of the earliest (and best) first-person shooters ever made. This revamp goes back to the series’s roots and brings all that speed, gore, and gleeful destruction to a modern shooter. It’s a semi-tongue-in-cheek romp that will see you sending the forces of hell back to where they came from. Check out our Doom review.

3. Tom Clancy’s The Division

Source: Ubisoft

Source: Ubisoft

Trade-in value at Amazon: $28.63
Trade-in value at GameStop: $25.00
Trade-in value at Best Buy: $19.00

A post-apocalyptic shooter with a focus on team-based gameplay, The Division is still going strong for many players. Others have moved on to more recent online shooters like Overwatch or Battleborn. In any case, in The Division, the world has been ravaged by mass death and disease, and it’s up to you and a team of high-tech soldiers to restore peace to a swath of New York City.

4. Quantum Break

The hero of the Xbox One exclusive game Quantum Break fights against an enemy soldier.

Source: Microsoft

Trade-in value at Amazon: $29.69
Trade-in value at GameStop: $20.00
Trade-in value at Best Buy: $10.00

Quantum Break, by the makers of Max Payne and Alan Wake, is a third-person shooter that was made alongside a live-action television series. The idea is that you play a section of the game, then watch an episode of the show, then lather, rinse, and repeat. Some of the scenes in the episodes presented to you will depend on the choices you made in the game.

5. Homefront: The Revolution

A rebel tosses a Molotov cocktail in Homefront: The Revolution.

Source: Deep Silver

Trade-in value at Amazon: $37.79
Trade-in value at GameStop: $25.00
Trade-in value at Best Buy: $14.00

This followup to the 2011 game Homefront is an open-world shooter set in a North Korean-occupied United States. While its predecessor took place mostly out West, this game sets the action in Philadelphia. The year is 2029, and the people are getting tired of living in an occupied city. A revolution is brewing, and players get to go along for the ride. Unfortunately, the game isn’t very good, making it a great one to trade in for something better.

6. Dying Light: The Following – Enhanced Edition

Trade-in value at Amazon: $29.36
Trade-in value at GameStop: $25.00

One of the main hooks of this zombie game is that your character can pull off lots of very cool parkour moves to navigate around the open-world environment. On the flip side, although the zombies are lazy slowpokes during the day, they become much more nimble at night, going for your throat with savage intensity. This version of the game comes with a whole new expansion that includes a massive new map, new enemies, vehicles you can drive, and a whole new story line.

7. MLB The Show 16

Trade-in value at Amazon: $32.21
Trade-in value at GameStop: $25.00
Trade-in value at Best Buy: $21.00

If you’ve wanted a great baseball game in recent years, MLB The Show has been the go-to series. That hasn’t changed in 2016. This year’s installment uses the same core gameplay, but with a few tweaks here and there, as well as a few new features to keep things fresh. New to the game this year is ShowTime, which slows down the game at key moments to give you finer control over making plays. They’ve also added a multiplayer tournament mode called Battle Royale as well as Conquest mode, which turns the sport into a kind of turn-based strategy game.

8. EA Sports UFC 2

Conor McGregor makes his way to the octagon

Source: Electronic Arts

Trade-in value at Amazon: $22.54
Trade-in value at GameStop: $25.00
Trade-in value at Best Buy: $15.00

Amazingly, the EA Sports curse struck both fighters on the cover of this game before it even came out. Still, if you’re not Ronda Rousey or Conor McGregor, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy this fighting game. New to the series this time around is the Knockout Physics System, which makes the fighters’ bodies react realistically to every punch, kick, and submission move. They’ve also improved the grappling mechanics and allowed for submission chains.

9. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Link rides his horse Epona in this HD remaster for Wii U.

Source: Nintendo

Trade-in value at Amazon: $26.23
Trade-in value at GameStop: $25.00
Trade-in value at Best Buy: $30.00

Nintendo is taking its time finishing the new Zelda game it promised for Wii U, so to make it up to fans, it’s been releasing HD remakes of recent installments. The first was Wind Waker HD, which landed on Wii U in 2013. The new one is Twilight Princess, a game that originally launched on both GameCube and Wii in 2006.

10. Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One)

A character from GTA5 setting fire to a car.

Source: Rockstar Games

Trade-in value at Amazon: $23.00
Trade-in value at GameStop: $25.00
Trade-in value at Best Buy: $27.00

Despite being several years old, this epic game of modern crime continues to sell like bonkers. So there’s a good chance you have a copy of it, and there’s a good chance you never plan on playing it again. Trade it in to Amazon for a chunk of money to put toward something new.

11. Street Fighter V

M. Bison with his arms crossed, from Street Fighter V

Source: Capcom

Trade-in value at Amazon: $21.08
Trade-in value at GameStop: $25.00
Trade-in value at Best Buy: $17.00

Fighting game players waited years for this new installment in the long-running series of excellent fighting games. With a varied cast of returning characters and graphics so stylish they could leap off the screen, this is just what the series needs to dragon-punch its way back to popularity. It’s also billed as a “back to the basics” installment, so Street Fighter V shipped with fewer characters and modes than many recent games in the series. During the first year the game is on the market, Capcom promises six additional fighters will be released as downloadable content.

12. Battleborn

Heroes from Battleborn shoot it out against universe-destroying enemies.

Source: Gearbox Software

Trade-in value at Amazon: $37.79
Trade-in value at GameStop: $25.00
Trade-in value at Best Buy: $21.00

From the makers of Borderlands comes Battleborn, a unique first-person shooter that incorporates ideas from MOBA games like League of Legends. That means the game features a number of unique characters to choose from, and everyone starts off each match with nothing but your basic loadout. From there you’ll quickly level up, adding new abilities as you play. If regular shooters have left you wanting more lately, check out these “8 Things You Need to Know About Battleborn.”

13. Pokkén Tournament

Pikachu engages in some heavy melee combat in Pokken Tournament

Source: The Pokemon Company

Trade-in value at Amazon: $29.53
Trade-in value at GameStop: $30.00
Trade-in value at Best Buy: $27.00

Here’s something I didn’t think I’d ever see: a skill-based fighting game starring… Pokémon? That’s right, in this mashup between Pokémon and Tekken, you’ll get to duke it out with the likes of Pikachu, Charizard, Mewtwo, and many other cartoon creatures. The game features all kinds of crazy action, like bringing in additional Pokémon for support during matches and using mega evolutions to crush your opponents.

14. Mortal Kombat XL

Scorpio fighting in a dark forest in Mortal Kombat X.

Source: NeverRealm Studio

Trade-in value at Amazon: $27.56
Trade-in value at GameStop: $25.00

Mortal Kombat X came out in April of last year, but lots of downloadable content has been trickling out ever since. Isn’t it about time we got a complete — er, komplete — edition? That’s exactly what this XL version is. In addition to the full original game, it has all the new characters and skin packs that have come out, plus some brand new content, including the Xenomorph from Alien.

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