7 Great Xbox One Games You Can Get for Cheap
Playing video games is fun and all, but it can be a real squeeze on the budget. You’ve got your costly hardware to buy, plus extra controllers, and games that cost $60 apiece. Then you’ve got season passes to worry about, and before you know it you’re taking out a second mortgage just to play Call of Duty with your friends.
But if you’re an Xbox One owner who’s looking for a good time without bottoming out your bank account, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few fantastic games you can find for less than $25 apiece.
1. Sunset Overdrive
Insomniac Studios is best known for its PlayStation series like Ratchet and Clank and Resistance, but in 2014 the company switched sides to whip up an Xbox One exclusive for Microsoft. The result was Sunset Overdrive, a game so fun and full of life it eclipses all the dour, color-muted apocalyptic shooters. It’s an open-world game in which you grind on rails to get around and use crazy weapons to blast mutants to smithereens. If you missed out on this one, now’s a great time to buy because it’s available for cheap.
2. Mortal Kombat X
Whenever a shiny new version of a game comes out, the original drops in price. That’s what happened with Mortal Kombat X, a fighting game filled with so much over-the-top brutality that it comes off as equal parts hilarious and horrifying. A new version of the game that contains all the DLC is now available, so retailers are selling the original for next to nothing. It wasn’t exactly lacking in content when it first launched, so this is a great version to buy now. And if you decide you want one or two additional characters, you can buy them piecemeal later as DLC.
3. Wolfenstein: The New Order
If you like shooters but you’re not crazy about the online competitive scene, you might be wondering where all the single-player campaigns have gone. Wolfenstein: The New Order is a rarity these days because it’s a modern shooter with no multiplayer mode. And that’s just fine when the story and gunplay are this good. This game is equal parts deadly serious and completely nuts, but somehow the developers at MachineGames have made it work. Better yet, it’s priced to sell.
4. Transformers Devastation
For this game, developer Platinum Games ignored the Transformers movie universe and went back to basics: the original ‘80s cartoon. The move paid off because instead of an overly serious game about shape-shifting robots, we get a non-stop action game that totally rocks. Not only does it look fantastic, but it has some of the most satisfying beat-‘em-up gameplay we’ve seen in a long time. Despite all that, it’s available for under $25 on Amazon.
5. Rayman Legends
If you haven’t played Rayman Legends, you’re missing out on one of the best side-scrolling platformers in years. The goal is always to make your way from point A to point B, but what you’ll find in between is totally bizarre and charming — whether it’s a tickle monster, a giant luchador, or “Eye of the Tiger” being played on a kazoo. If that doesn’t brighten your day, perhaps the game’s low price on Xbox One will.
6. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Tolkien’s bleak land of Mordor isn’t the most pleasant place to hang out, but the hero of this game doesn’t care. He has a job to do: slaughter hordes of orcs to get revenge. And boy, does he do it well. With smooth, free-flowing combat, satisfying climbing abilities, and a cameo from Gollum, this game is a pleasure to play. And because it’s a couple of years old, it’s also available for next to nothing.
7. Dark Souls 2
Xbox One owners who love a good challenge might be upset they didn’t get to play the PS4-exclusive Bloodborne. But they can’t complain too much because they get Dark Souls 2, a game that demands your full attention if you don’t want to be overwhelmed by terrifying enemies. Thankfully, you have some big weapons and heavy-hitting attacks to use to your advantage. Now is a great time to play this affordable game because its sequel launches soon.