It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves at some point. To buy or not to buy? On the one hand, there’s that awesome new game you want. On the other, you need to eat this month. Though eating’s totally overrated.
When it comes to buying games, I always look for the best deal. For instance, Microsoft have a massive sale on at the moment. So I picked up The Stick of Truth for the low low price of £6. There’s a tonne of great Xbox One games on sale too – happy days! But when I can’t find a sale, there’s a few websites and services I use to find myself the best deal. I thought I’d share them with you, because I’m such a nice chap.
Just a heads up, some of these might be UK / EU only – so sorry if that’s the case!
My go-to place for video-games, at the moment at least, is ShopTo. They’ve got great prices on the latest titles, and they offer a free next-day delivery service on pretty much all orders. And, if you pre-order a game, you’ll usually get it a day earlier than its release. Now that’s a service I can get behind.
They’ve always got great deals – that’s no secret. But, something you might not know is that Steam has a trial system / returns policy for the games. You can return a game within two weeks of purchasing it, provided you’ve played less than 2 hours. It’s a fantastic service, particularly if you’re not sure of a game, and you’re a little low on funds. But, obviously, don’t abuse the system!
Second hand stuff isn’t bad stuff. Provided that the person who first owned it, took good care of it. At CEX, you can get a tonne of second hand game related goodies. From video-games to controllers. All for a fair price. You can also trade in your old tech, DVDs, CDs and games to put toward new purchases. They give you a good price for your things, and you can take cash too (at a reduced sum, if you like). You can do all of that both in store and online. Good times.
This ones only for you Xbox One gamers, I’m afraid. I love EA Access, because I’m an EA whore. I like sports games, OK. And like it or not, EA make some pretty decent sports games. I’ll always purchase each year’s installment of FIFA, and EA Access gives me early access, a 10 hour trial and money off that title. However, I also like playing Madden games, NHL and NBA, as well as other EA titles like Peggle and Titanfall – but they’re not the sorts of games I’d be willing to pay £50 a time for. With EA Access, though, I can just wait a little while and they’ll be available in the Vault, for free!*
*RRP £19.99 per year for an EA Access subscription.
Last, but by no means least, we have this Reddit board. The ‘front page of the internet’ isn’t just a great place for funny cat memes and innapropriate stories. No sir. You can also find some great game deals on the board linked above. It’s updated regularily, and you never know what money saving game deals you’ll find there.
I hope you find some great deals through this list. And for those who have other money saving tips – let us know in the comments below!