The biggest video games are more expensive than ever these days. Not only do they generally cost $60 upfront, but many feature additional downloadable content and in-game items you can purchase for extra cash. That means you can spend a small fortune just to play video games.
But, for a variety of reasons, some games are worth more than others. The games below give players much more than the $60 they cost at the outset.
1. The Witcher 3
When it comes to hours of enjoyable, well-written gameplay, you won’t find better bang for your buck than The Witcher 3, a game that offers an almost endless number of story quests, side quests, and monster hunting missions that are a total blast to play.
Simply in terms of square milage this game is enormous, and nearly every bit of it is peppered with things to do. Compare it to just about any other open-world game, and this fantasy adventure comes out on top. If you start playing The Witcher 3, you can keep going for well over 100 hours without ever doing the same thing twice.
2. Super Mario Maker
Another game that gives players more than $60 worth of content is Super Mario Maker for Wii U. Not only does this game come with dozens of Nintendo-made levels for you to enjoy and find inspiration in, but its online servers are home to an ever-expanding collection of player-made levels, many of which are incredibly fun.
These levels offer a much wider variety of designs than you’d get from a standard Nintendo game, including homages to other video games and insanely challenging levels. Oh, and you can spend untold hours crafting your own levels and racking up stars as other players download and play them. Super Mario Maker is a game, but it’s also a platform for endless fun.
In the old days, all makers of MMOs required a monthly subscription to play their games. In recent years, some developers have been finding clever new ways to monetize these games, giving players access to enormous digital worlds in which they can easily burn hundreds of hours at no additional cost.
Destiny is one such game, a first-person shooter set well in the future that pits you and other space soldiers against alien invaders. The in-game story might seem a little thin on the surface, but start digging and you’ll find a wealth of fascinating lore. It doesn’t hurt that the loot system and basic shooting mechanics are so finely tuned that you won’t want to quit, either.
In many games, it’s the hero who becomes more powerful as you play, gaining new abilities and greater attack power as you defeat enemies. Bloodborne is a little different. You do level up in Bloodborne, but your character grows more powerful in small increments. The real growth happens because you — the player — get better at the game.
Stick with Bloodborne through its initially off-putting amount of difficulty, and soon you’ll find yourself significantly more adept at tackling the challenges the game throws at you. Your character has grown a little. Your skill at playing Bloodborne has grown a lot.
And thanks to the “New Game Plus” mode, you can keep playing at a consistently challenging level as you beat the game once, twice, or even 10 times.
5. Grand Theft Auto V
Early players of Grand Theft Auto V didn’t know what they were getting into when they bought the game at launch. Sure, it was a vast open-world game that could entertain you for weeks and even months thanks to its sandbox-like gameplay. But that was just the beginning.
When developer Rockstar Games launched the game’s online mode, it took on a life of its own. In GTA Online, the living, breathing city of Los Santos and the surrounding area of Blaine County became a whole new beast. You create your character from scratch, then you can take on missions, team up with friends, buy property, collect cars, and do just about anything else you want. If Grand Theft Auto V was the $60 meal, GTA Online is like a coupon for free desserts for life.
6. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Another game that gives you more than enough bang for your buck is Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. It’s no exaggeration to say that this slick shooter is kind of like three games rolled into one.
First you have a story campaign that depicts bionically augmented soldiers fighting off war machines. Then you have a full-featured online portion that lets you face off against other players in a variety of maps and modes. Last is a zombie mode that’s totally different from the other two, but equally compelling, especially when played with a friend. If any modern shooter has enough content to keep it relevant for well over a year, it’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.