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Best deals on console video games

Best deals on console video games

If you own a video games console, you know how expensive a hobby it can be. But if you’re willing to wait awhile before you get into a game you can save tremendously.

Buying console video games new when they are just released is an expensive proposition. You could easily spend thousands of rupees on PS3 and Xbox 360 games which end up sitting on your shelf when you’re done with them. While you could choose games with longer stories to get your money’s worth, you won’t be really satisfied if you don’t enjoy those types of games.

So what can you do to get console games cheaper? For starters, you’ll need quite a bit of patience. If you are able to fight back the urge to get the latest games, you can save over 50% on your console habit.

Games seem to lose their value quickly, which is where you can take advantage. If you go against the crowd and wait for a few months up to a year after a game’s release you could get it at a huge discount. For example, FIFA 14 (which is over six months old but gives you huge replay value) costs as little as Rs3,000 – 14% off from its original Rs3,500 price. You can save even more on a franchise not as popular. For instance, Hitman: Absolution is available at Rs1,120 on Flipkart, down a staggering 60% from its original Rs2,800 price.

Here we’ve listed the prices of video games for the PS3 and Xbox 360 from several sources including Game4u, GamesTheShop, Flipkart and Snapdeal.

Game Year Original price Game4u GamesTheShop Flipkart Snapdeal
FIFA 14 2013 Rs3,500 Rs3,100 Rs3,500 Rs3,000 Rs3,100
FIFA 13 (Xbox 360 only) 2012 Rs3,000 Rs2,700 NA Rs3,000 Rs2,950
Batman: Arkham Origins 2013 Rs3,000 Rs2,100 Rs1,500 Rs2,000 Rs1,720
The Last of Us 2013 Rs3,500 Rs2,700 NA Rs3,500 Rs3,300
Saints Row IV 2013 Rs3,000 Rs1,900 NA Rs2,550 Rs2,100
DmC: Devil May Cry 2013 Rs3,000 Rs1,400 NA Rs2,850 NA
Dead Space 3 (LE) 2013 Rs3,000 NA NA Rs2,380 Rs1,320
Hitman: Absolution 2012 Rs2,800 Rs2,400 Rs1,400 Rs1,120 Rs1,415
Call of Duty: Ghosts 2013 Rs4,300 Rs3,500 Rs3,500 Rs3,300 Rs2,300
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 2014 Rs2,000 Rs1,900 Rs2,000 Rs1,650 Rs1,780

Formula for cheapest/best deal?
There doesn’t seem to be any standard rule that you can follow to get the best deal on console video games. That is to say, you may not always get the cheapest deals at a certain store. You’ll be better off shopping around for a game you want. But waiting a few months will definitely make it lighter on your pocket. However, wait too long and you run the risk of the game selling out. If that happens, you’ll have no choice but to buy used. Read more on that here.

This article was last updated on May 26, 2014.

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