It’s November, which means it’s Black Friday season once again (Friday after Thanksgiving now somehow takes an entire month), and online retailers and remaining real-space chains are offering discounts. Traditionally, this is the best/worst time to be a video game fan. Best of all, because tons of A-level games, some for the first time, at generous discounts. And worst of all, you probably bought most of these games at full price when they came out, and – if you’re like me – you’ve barely played them since.
That’s why I swore I’d never pay full price for a game again, never to feel the pain of unrealized saves again – and you should too.
Reality vs. FOMO
Before you rush to tell me I’m wrong, I’ll start with a caveat: compulsory Play the new game until Sat, when it’s newest and hottest, then definitely. But before you pre-order, be honest with yourself: How many games do you have on your backlog? How likely are you to actually start your game on launch day? Waiting even a few months can get you a significant discount off that $50 or $60 list price, due to a sale at Target or a drop in price on a digital download.
I’m not exactly a hardcore gamer; I currently only have a Switch that I didn’t get until last year. Still, I’ve accumulated dozens of games over the past year and a half, almost all bought at a huge discount, so I currently have more games on my backlog than I can play. You probably are too. So why not play one of these while you wait for the new game to go on sale? I promise you Celeste still as good as the day you first downloaded it.
Bonus: If you’re not clamoring for the latest games, you’ll also feel more content. waiting to buy o PS5 or Xbox Series X without pulling your hair– and when you finally get a score, you’ll have a large library of older, cheaper games to choose from.
Avoid mistakes, enjoy DLC and don’t get burned
Waiting a bit also means you won’t have to worry about a launch day bug; cyberpunk 2077 and Pokemon Crimson and Violet). By the time you get your hands on a game on sale, the biggest bugs are likely to be patched or too big to fix, which means you can stay away if needed.
Accordingly, you will also be able to review many more reviews. Yes, the biggest games are usually reviewed by major outlets (like our sister site Kotaku) within the first few weeks. But a review From a pro trying to squeeze more than 20 hours of gameplay into a few days so they can provide timely criticism. It can tell you less of what applies to your own gaming preferences than a post or video posted weeks or months later from a smaller source or creator. And due to the sheer volume of games dropping each week, many indie games aren’t widely reviewed for weeks or months after they’re released anyway.
Also, many games today, from both major developers and indie studios, receive new features and game enhancements through DLC, which can arrive weeks, months, or even years after the original release. Sometimes these updates are free, so if you wait, you can enjoy them right away. Other times, the DLC will cost you a few dollars; but waiting anyway means you can buy a “deluxe” version of the same thing. including all DLCs at a lower price than you’d pay for the base game at launch. (A good recent example of this is: india kick Morta’s children It was $22 on Switch when it launched in 2019; earlier this year, Children of Morta: Full Version, including $7 worth of DLC for about $10.)
There’s also the fact that you might not like a particular game even after doing your research and reading all the reviews. And since returns are rarely an option these days—especially if you prefer digital downloads—you’ll be far less bothered if you paid $7.99 instead of $25, $40, or $60. (Morta’s children actually here’s a good example too: I’m really glad I only paid $10, because although I do enjoy the vibes, I’m really bad at this and can’t get past the first dungeon.)
It’s easier than ever to never pay retail for a new game
It used to be much harder to buy cheap games. (I’m old in gaming years, so I remember the only way to get a Nintendo game cheaper than retail is to hope it eventually earns “Gamer’s Choice” status.) Now, though, the magic of the internet is probably outside of cultivating a healthy patience to find every game on your wishlist for a lavish sale. you don’t need to do much.
sites like DekuOffers (for key games), CheapAss Player, And many others It allows you to create a wish list of all the games you are interested in and sign up to receive alerts when their prices drop. My DekuDeals wishlist is currently about 30 strong titles, and four or five are on sale any given day. Helpful bar charts tell me how the price for that day compares to past sales so I can make an informed decision as to whether it’s a really good time to buy or if I should just keep waiting and go back to my backlog instead. Just this week, in the rush of early Christmas shopping, I bought both. last mario party and critically acclaimed Lego Star Wars: The Legend of Skywalker $60 total – which is what I would have paid for either one at release date.
And that’s not to mention subscription services like PlayStation+ and Xbox Game Pass, which give you access to dozens of premium games each month for a monthly fee less than the cost of a single game on sale. Lots of great games will eventually end up on one of these services, giving you lots of other stuff to play along the way.
Exceptions prove the rule
From time to time there are games that capture the spirit of the times and demand immediate play: Hand Ring and animal path Two examples of pandemic periods that come to mind. But consider how seldom these overwhelming forces appear. Much more common are examples such as recent indie sensations. Neon White, commanding a huge buzz before the broadcast and getting everyone talking for about five days. Then the gaming media attention shifted to the next thing, It leaves you plenty of time to get it at a discount..
I’m not saying I’ll never buy a full price game again. But every game I don’t buy until it goes on sale releases $10 or $20 or more in my gaming budget, which I can put into older (cheaper) games that will be just as satisfying. Just don’t wait too long—You don’t want to risk your must-play game turning into an old collector’s item..