This week’s best game deals: peaceful farmers, super-powered gangsters and breakdancing yakuza
Whether you need to chill out with a charming adventure or let loose with a cathartic beat 'em up, these are the bargains for you.
Each week, finder searches for the best game deals in Australia. This week, PS4 owners can take a cheap trip to 1980s Tokyo, Xbox One players can grind their way to level 99 and PC gamers can rise the ranks from humble street gangster to President of the United States.
A tale of two yakuza | Ozgameshop
Forget kung fu and karate: the best way to clean up the streets of '80s-era Tokyo is through the art of breakdance. Well, it is if you're Yakuza 0's ruthless anti-hero Goro Majima. The one-eyed ex-yakuza is as unpredictable as he is stylish, catching katana with his teeth and spearing ruffians with street umbrellas. He's effectively an M-rated Jackie Chan, and as we said in our review, his wacky antics make for a weird and wonderful game brimming with undeniable charm. And with Ozgameshop dropping Yakuza 0 down to less than $39 this week, it's the perfect time to experience the game's bonkers combat for yourself.
|Yakuza 0||PS4||$38.98 delivered|
|Nier Automata||PS4||$44.98 delivered|
Rime of the patient player | JB Hi-Fi
Amidst the onslaught of bombastic first-person shooters and brutal fighting games, sometimes you just need a quiet, peaceful adventure to wind down with. Rime is ideal for this. The tranquil puzzle game lets you explore its gorgeously cel-shaded world at your own pace, encouraging you to soak in its calming atmosphere and slowly unfold its emotional story. We couldn't recommend the game enough in our review, and this week you can pick it up for its lowest price yet at JB Hi-Fi. $39 will get you Rime on either PS4 or Xbox One, and we wholeheartedly encourage you to do so if you have any love for chill exploration.
Delivery is $3.50 extra
|Battlefield 1||PS4/Xbox One||$39.00|
|Just Dance 2017||Nintendo Switch||$39.00|
The Saints are back | Humble Bundle
I have fond memories of playing Saints Row 2 back on Xbox 360. Racing flaming ATVs across crowded sidewalks, spraying poop from the back of a septic truck, leaping in front of speeding cars to rack up million-dollar insurance bills—the game peppered just the right amount of ridiculous shenanigans into its gangster story to distinguish it from Grand Theft Auto.
Thanks to those fine folks over at Humble Bundle, you can jump back into the wacky world of Saints Row 2 this week for a measly $1.26, plus you'll score three other games along with it to boot. Or, if you haven't experienced the even deeper absurdity of the later Saints Row games, a little over $7 will unlock the next bundle tier which includes Saints Row: The Third, a game I personally rank above the completely unhinged Saints Row IV.
If you're especially hungry for Saints Row's unique brand of goofiness, you can shell out $94.15 to get the entire Saints Row bundle plus a pre-order for developer Volition's upcoming Agents of Mayhem. We recently went hands-on with Agents of Mayhem, and we think it must just succeed in out-Crackdown-ing Crackdown 3.
Pay more than US$1/AU$1.26
- Saints Row 2
- Risen 3: Titan Lords Complete Edition
- Deadlight: Director's Cut
Beat the average (currently US$5.72/AU$7.16)
- Saints Row: The Third
- Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell
- Mighty No. 9
- Killer is Dead - Nightmare Edition
- Additional games yet to be revealed
Pay more than US$15/AU$18.83
- Homefront: The Revolution
- Saints Row IV: Game of the Century Edition
- Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package
- Saints Row: Gate Out of Hell - Devil's Workshop Pack
Pocket-sized savings | EB Games
The future of the 3DS might be up-in-the-air thanks to the immense popularity of the Nintendo Switch, but that just means prices are finally starting to drop on some of the best games in the 3DS library. Funnily enough, EB Games of all places is the first to serve up some truly noteworthy 3DS deals. For $36 each this week, you can snap up the adorable 2D platformer Kirby Triple Deluxe, the meaty action RPG Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and the long-awaited remake Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past. Each game packs plenty of bang for your buck, but don't forget to click and collect if you're ordering online to save yourself the $3.50 delivery fee.
|Kirby Triple Deluxe||3DS||$36.00|
|Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate||3DS||$36.00|
|Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past||3DS||$36.00|
|Xbox One Wired Controller||Xbox One/PC||$47.00|
|Cities: Skylines||Xbox One||$47.00|
Harvest boon | Base
If you're after a laid-back adventure with a little more meat on its bones than Rime, you might want to check out Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles. Despite its visual similarities with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Yonder is a wildly different style of game, one that features absolutely no combat of any kind. As we noted in our review, this makes the farming RPG quite the slow burn, but there's plenty of peaceful tool-crafting and creature-collecting to sink your teeth into if you have the patience for it. Best of all, British retailer Base is selling Yonder for under $30 delivered this week, a full $10 cheaper than you'll find at local stores. If you're not in a rush to play the game immediately, that's a discount worth harvesting.
|Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles||PS4||$29.91 delivered|
|Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (pre-order for 23 August)||PS4||$36.05 delivered|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered||PS4/Xbox One||$42.36 delivered|
It's time to grind | Microsoft Store
Do loot explosions leave you squealing in delight? Does the sight of damage numbers popping off enemies send a tingle down your spine? Do you find the process of assigning skill points more exciting than gunning down enemy hordes? If so, Microsoft Store has just the sale for you. A bunch of Xbox One RPGs have been discounted to less than $20 this week, including the brilliant Divinity: Original Sin. You'll want to slip on your Boots of Speed, though, because the sale will meet its prophesied end no later than this Wednesday.
|The Technomancer||Xbox One||$13.74|
|Divinity: Original Sin||Xbox One||$18.13|
|Blood Bowl 2||Xbox One||$18.13|
|Mordheim: City of the Damned||Xbox One||$19.78|
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