The 6 Best Games to Buy this Christmas (for under 20/ $30) - Article

By Joseph Trotter, December 4, 2012
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Christmas comes but once a year, thankfully; times are hard and our wallets are empty enough without Jesus getting greedy with birthdays. And yet, out we must go to buy presents for those we love, tolerate, and openly loathe. If it must be done, the least we can do for ourselves is make things a little bit cheaper without sacrificing on quality; no-one wants a hand-made jumper, let alone a hand-made game. To help with the Christmas shopping, here are six cracking games released this year worthy of any stocking, each for under £20/ $30. Feel free to add any other suggestions below for bargains you've found - sharing is caring kids.

Note: All prices are for new games found online, either via download or physical. PC versions are generally a bit cheaper than the console prices stated, whilst buying second hand in store will obviously be even cheaper. All prices correct at the time of writing.

The Walking Dead (Entire Series)

Price: £3.99/$4.99 per Episode (1-5, £19.95/$24.95 overall)

Where: Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Steam, PC Download, Physical Release.

Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC.

What we said: 'I cannot recommend The Walking Dead highly enough, and I will do some serious damage if this does not win at least one game of the year award.'

The Walking Dead

To The Moon


Price: £5.99/ $14.99 (Physical), £6.99/ $9.99 (Download).

Where: Amazon (Physical), Steam (Download).

Platform: PC.

What We Said: 'To the Moon isn't a perfect game by any means, but the atmosphere and story are so superbly conveyed that I can recommend it to anyone that loves a good tale in their games.'

To The Moon

Journey

Price: £9.99/ $14.99

Where: Playstation Network.

Platform: PlayStation 3.

What We Said: 'Personal, simple and intriguing, it's probably the closest gaming has ever been to making two players feel like Frodo and Sam heading to Mordor.'

Journey

Mass Effect 3


Price: £17.30/ $19.96.

Where: Amazon.

Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC.

What We Said: 'By combining the best of previous titles, BioWare has delivered not only the greatest game in the series, but an early contender for game of the year.'

Mass Effect 3

Binary Domain


Price: £9.99/ $17.58.

Where: Amazon.

Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3.

What We Said: 'It’s 'Blade Runner' and 'Terminator' trying to raise their baby to be the next Gears of War. All you really need to know is some Japanese business guy made a bunch of robots that look a little too human and you’ve gotta put a bullet in all of them.'

Binary Domain

Rayman Origins Vita


Price: £17.99/ $29.99

Where: Amazon.

Platform: PlayStation Vita.

What We Said: 'My recommendation is to get this game any way you can; the episodic nature of platformers compliments the Vita perfectly.'

Rayman Origins Vita


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