Here’s a bit of a weird flash sale from the PlayStation Store, but at least I walked away extremely satisfied. Sony dubs this latest bargain bin as “Survival Deals,” meaning all of the games have a theme of survival to them, and yet, all that I walked away with was a handful of PSP JRPGs.
How does that work out? Let’s look at the list below.
Title Platform Sale Price Original Price Badland: Game Of The Year Edition PS4 $4.80 $11.99 Bastion PS4 $6.00 $14.99 Don’t Starve: Console Edition PS4 $4.50 $14.99 Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture PS4 $8.00 $19.99 Godzilla PS4 $24.00 $59.99 Limbo PS4 $4.00 $9.99 Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut PS4 $2.00 $9.99 Lords Of The Fallen PS4 $21.00 $59.99 Metro Redux PS4 $12.50 $49.99 Race The Sun PS4 $3.50 $9.99 Saints Row Gat Out Of Hell PS4 $8.00 $19.99 Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition PS4 $16.00 $39.99 Titan Attacks! PS4 $2.40 $11.99 White Night PS4 $4.95 $14.99 Alien Rage PS3 $3.00 $14.99 Badland: Game Of The Year Edition PS3 $4.80 $11.99 Battle Princess Of Arcadias PS3 $9.00 $29.99 Bioshock PS3 $3.00 $19.99 Bioshock 2 PS3 $3.00 $19.99 Bioshock Infinite PS3 $8.00 $39.99 Darksiders + Darksiders II Ultimate Edition PS3 $14.00 $69.99 Darksiders PS3 $3.00 $19.99 Darksiders II PS3 $6.00 $39.99 Darksiders II Ultimate Edition PS3 $12.00 $59.99 Don’t Starve: Giant Edition PS3 $4.50 $14.99 Godzilla PS3 $20.00 $49.99 I Am Alive PS3 $3.00 $14.99 Limbo PS3 $4.00 $9.99 Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut PS3 $2.00 $9.99 Machinarium PS3 $2.50 $9.99 Motorstorm Apocalypse PS3 $2.25 $14.99 Narco Terror PS3 $2.00 $9.99 Proteus PS3 $2.80 $13.99 Race The Sun PS3 $3.50 $9.99 Saints Row Gat Out Of Hell PS3 $8.00 $19.99 Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition PS3 $12.00 $29.99 The Bureau: Xcom Declassified PS3 $4.00 $19.99 The Last Guy PS3 $1.50 $9.99 The Walking Dead Survival Inistinct PS3 $14.50 $49.99 Tokyo Jungle PS3 $2.25 $14.99 Xcom: Enemy Unknown PS3 $8.00 $39.99 Badland: Game Of The Year Edition PS Vita $4.80 $11.99 Don’t Starve: Giant Edition PS Vita $4.50 $14.99 Htolniq: The Firefly Diary PS Vita $5.25 $14.99 Limbo PS Vita $4.00 $9.99 Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut PS Vita $2.00 $9.99 Machinarium PS Vita $1.75 $6.99 Proteus PS Vita $2.80 $13.99 Race The Sun PS Vita $3.50 $9.99 Valhalla Knights 3 PS Vita $8.00 $19.99 Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward PS Vita $10.00 $24.99 Black Rock Shooter The Game PSP $4.00 $19.99 Generation Of Chaos 3 PSP $4.00 $19.99 Half-minute Hero PSP $4.00 $9.99 Lunar: Silver Star Harmony PSP $6.00 $14.99 YS: Seven PSP $6.00 $14.99 Z.H.P. PSP $3.00 $19.99
You get the idea. Lots of zombies, post-apocalypse, guns, gloom and doom, and open-ended survival gameplay. LIMBO, BioShock, Badlands, XCOM, Metro, Lone Survivor, Machinarium, Godzilla, Race the Sun, Everybody’s Gone to Rapture, the unfathomably wonderful Tokyo Jungle, and the centerpiece of all this survival, Don’t Starve. All are fun games, even Godzilla to an extent that doesn’t quite reach $24.
And yet, JRPG publishers XSEED and NipponIchi decided to play a little liberally with the definition of survival, bringing some unsung JRPG gems into the mix.
Half-Minute Hero isn’t too much of a stretch with the definition of survival. Our hero has only 30 seconds to stop the destruction of Earth, and his job is to survive by extending that time and killing the final boss. It’s one of the best games on the PSP, so don’t overlook it. Black Rock Shooter The Game tiptoes along the border of survival as well, but it has a dark tone to it that I guess could categorize it post-apocalypse.
Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman is a superhero roguelike from the team that brought you Disgaea, and as a roguelike, it’s core gameplay naturally all about survival. Get as far as you can before you die. And then there is Lunar: Silver Star Harmony, which I can’t justify in any way as being about survival. All of these games have been dropped to all-time low prices that I just couldn’t ignore.
Toss in a few others I already owned like Ys Seven and you have a solid little JRPG sale tucked away under all these other quality survival games. The movie choices are a bit more conventional survival movies. Excellent flash sale, Sony. It’s been a while.