This is a test run for a type of post I’ve been thinking about starting up for a while, which is taking a look at the game sales that run on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network and letting you know if anything going on there is worthwhile. I might even bring up a Steam sale once in a while.

For instance, last week was pretty spectacular on XBL and I wish I’d told more people about it. Both Batman Arkham games were only $5, which is a great deal.

Ground rules for this list:

  • I’ll only be recommending digital purchases. I don’t purchase physical game copies anymore and neither should you.
  • If something’s not worth it, I probably won’t link to it, but I’ll usually link back to the pages that announce the sales so you can see for yourself.

So hey, this is a week and there are some deals out there. Pity they’re only interesting on one service.

tl;dr: Save your money for Child of Light next week.

Xbox Live

Don’t even bother. NBA 2K14 is on sale at a pitiful 17% off on Xbox One, but the game and some DLC are 50% on the 360. Need for Speed: Rivals is on sale at 50% off, but only on 360.

That’s it. After last week’s blowout, this is disappointing. Full list is here.

PlayStation Network

PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD has been added as free with PlayStations Plus. Oh, boy. Tower defense.

There are a handful of other discounts for Plus members right now, none of which are very deep, on some Batman games, such as Arkham Asylum and Origins, and LEGO Batman 2. It looks like there’s already a sale on those things going on at the moment, but I can’t find the information on it.

The best thing is probably the 20% off offered to Plus members on Octodad: Dadliest Catch, which comes out on PS4 later this week.

Full list is here.

Double-fisted goodness from the Playstation Blog:

The holidays are here, and we’re happy to be launching Pinball Arcade on PS4 tomorrow! We’ve been working hard all year on remastering and relighting the classic pinball tables in our game to take advantage of the PS4′s power. And you’re getting a table on PS4 for free.


Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition will be available to download from PSN on December 17th in North America. Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition and Minecraft: PS Vita Edition are also being developed, but we don’t have release dates yet. Expect them sometime next year.

Both are of course great games and worth your money, especially if you haven’t tried either yet.