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PlayStation Essentials Sale drops the price of 107 games by 75 percent

by Ron Duwell | January 13, 2016January 13, 2016 11:30 am PDT

I’m drooling over this PlayStation Essentials Sale. It’s a huge and healthy offering that drops the price of over one hundred games, but if you know me, let’s see if you can guess why by taking a glimpse at the list below.

Platform Title Sale Price Plus Price Original Price
PS4 Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Gold Edition $25.00 $19.99 $49.99
PS4 Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag $17.99 $14.99 $29.99
PS4 Call Of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Bundle $58.99 $44.99 $99.99
PS4 Call Of Duty: Ghosts Gold Edition $29.40 $19.79 $59.99
PS4 Child Of Light $8.99 $7.49 $14.99
PS4 Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition $17.50 $13.99 $34.99
PS4 Driveclub $23.99 $19.99 $39.99
PS4 Grand Theft Auto III $10.49 $8.99 $14.99
PS4 Grand Theft Auto V $44.99 $38.99 $59.99
PS4 Grand Theft Auto V & Great White Shark Cash Card Bundle $55.99 $47.99 $79.99
PS4 Grand Theft Auto V & Whale Shark Cash Card Bundle $71.49 $60.49 $109.99
PS4 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas $10.49 $8.99 $14.99
PS4 Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy $20.99 $17.49 $34.99
PS4 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City $10.49 $8.99 $14.99
PS4 Infamous Second Son (Standard Edition) $11.99 $9.99 $19.99
PS4 Infamous: First Light $8.99 $7.49 $14.99
PS4 Metro 2033 Redux $8.00 $5.99 $19.99
PS4 Metro Redux $12.00 $8.99 $29.99
PS4 Metro: Last Light Redux $8.00 $5.99 $19.99
PS4 NBA 2K16 $47.99 $44.99 $59.99
PS4 NBA 2K16 Michael Jordan Special Edition $55.99 $53.59 $79.99
PS4 Need For Speed Rivals Complete Edition $12.00 $8.99 $29.99
PS4 Olliolli (3-Way Cross-Buy) $5.20 $3.89 $12.99
PS4 Pixeljunk Shooter Ultimate (Cross-Buy) $7.50 $3.74 $14.99
PS4 Project Cars $16.00 $11.99 $39.99
PS4 Saints Row Gat Out Of Hell & Re-Elected $12.00 $8.99 $29.99
PS4 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Gold Edition Bundle $34.19 $23.39 $59.99
PS4 Watch Dogs $17.99 $14.99 $29.99
PS4 Watch Dogs PS4 Gold Edition $25.00 $19.99 $49.99
PS3 Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Gold Edition $23.99 $19.99 $39.99
PS3 Assassin’s Creed Rogue $20.00 $15.99 $39.99
PS3 Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – Digital $11.99 $9.99 $19.99
PS3 Batman: Arkham Origins $10.00 $7.99 $19.99
PS3 Battlefield 3 $8.00 $5.99 $19.99
PS3 Battlefield 3: Battlefield 3 Premium Edition $16.00 $11.99 $39.99
PS3 Breath Of Fire IV (PSOne Classic) $1.80 $1.19 $5.99
PS3 Call Of Duty: Black Ops Complete Bundle $59.52 $39.67 $94.49
PS3 Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2: Season Pass $34.49 $24.49 $49.99
PS3 Call of Duty Black Ops & Black Ops II Bundle $39.60 $29.69 $109.99
PS3 Call Of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Bundle $58.99 $44.99 $99.99
PS3 Call Of Duty: Ghosts Gold Edition $29.40 $19.79 $59.99
PS3 Call of Duty: Black Ops II & Season Pass Bundle $58.99 $43.99 $99.99
PS3 Capcom Arcade Cabinet: All in 1 $15.00 $7.49 $29.99
PS3 Castlevania: SOTN (PSOne Classic) $4.00 $2.99 $9.99
PS3 Child Of Light $8.99 $7.49 $14.99
PS3 Chrono Cross (PSOne Classic) $4.00 $2.99 $9.99
PS3 Chrono Trigger (PSOne Classic) $4.00 $2.99 $9.99
PS3 Demon’s Souls $10.00 $7.99 $19.99
PS3 Devil May Cry HD Collection $7.50 $5.99 $29.99
PS3 Dino Crisis 2 (PSOne Classic) $1.80 $1.19 $5.99
PS3 Dino Crisis (PSOne Classic) $1.80 $1.19 $5.99
PS3 DMC Devil May Cry $15.00 $7.49 $29.99
PS3 DMC Devil May Cry Ultimate Edition $33.75 $16.86 $67.49
PS3 Dragon Age II $8.00 $5.99 $19.99
PS3 Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition $12.50 $9.99 $24.99
PS3 Ducktales Remastered $6.00 $4.49 $14.99
PS3 Enslaved: Odyssey To The West: Premium Edition $8.00 $5.99 $19.99
PS3 Far Cry 3 $11.99 $9.99 $19.99
PS3 Far Cry 3 Ultimate Edition $14.99 $12.49 $24.99
PS3 Final Fantasy Tactics (PSOne Classic) $4.00 $2.99 $9.99
PS3 Final Fantasy VII (PSOne Classic) $4.00 $2.99 $9.99
PS3 Grand Theft Auto IV $6.00 $3.99 $19.99
PS3 Grand Theft Auto V $31.19 $25.19 $59.99
PS3 Grand Theft Auto V & Great White Shark Cash Card Bundle $33.60 $27.19 $79.99
PS3 Ico $10.00 $7.99 $19.99
PS3 Jumping Flash! (PSOne Classic) $3.00 $2.39 $5.99
PS3 Katamari Damacy (PS2 Classic) $4.00 $2.99 $9.99
PS3 L.a. Noire: The Complete Edition $12.00 $7.99 $39.99
PS3 Mass Effect Trilogy $12.00 $8.99 $29.99
PS3 Megaman 10 Trial $4.00 $2.99 $9.99
PS3 Megaman 9 Trial $4.00 $2.99 $9.99
PS3 Metro Last Light – Complete Edition $8.00 $5.99 $19.99
PS3 NBA 2K16 $47.99 $44.99 $59.99
PS3 Need For Speed Rivals Complete Edition $8.00 $5.99 $19.99
PS3 Olliolli (3-Way Cross-Buy) $5.20 $3.89 $12.99
PS3 Parasite Eve (PSOne Classic) $1.50 $1.19 $5.99
PS3 Persona 4 Arena Ultimax $23.99 $15.99 $39.99
PS3 Rayman Origins $10.00 $7.99 $19.99
PS3 Red Dead Redemption $9.00 $5.99 $29.99
PS3 Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare $6.00 $3.99 $19.99
PS3 Saints Row IV $6.00 $3.99 $19.99
PS3 Saints Row IV National Treasure Edition $15.00 $7.49 $29.99
PS3 Shadow Of The Colossus $10.00 $7.99 $19.99
PS3 Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2 Classic) $4.00 $2.99 $9.99
PS3 Soul Calibur V (ps3 Full Game) $8.00 $5.99 $19.99
PS3 Soulcalibur II HD Online $8.00 $5.99 $19.99
PS3 Suikoden (PSOne Classic) $1.50 $1.19 $5.99
PS3 Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack $3.20 $2.39 $7.99
PS3 Tekken Tag Tournament 2 $8.00 $5.99 $19.99
PS3 The Amazing Spider-Man Franchise Pack $49.29 $39.94 $84.99
PS3 Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist $11.99 $9.99 $19.99
PS3 Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist Ultimate Edit $12.50 $9.99 $24.99
PS3 Tomba! (PSOne Classic) $4.00 $2.99 $9.99
PS3 Watch Dogs $17.99 $14.99 $29.99
PS3 Watch Dogs Gold Edition $25.00 $19.99 $49.99
PS3 Wild Arms (PSOne Classic) $3.00 $2.39 $5.99
PS3 Xenogears (PSOne Classic) $4.00 $2.99 $9.99
PS Vita Child Of Light $7.50 $5.99 $14.99
PS Vita Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Full Game $18.00 $13.99 $39.99
PS Vita Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc $20.00 $15.99 $39.99
PS Vita Freedom Wars $7.50 $5.99 $14.99
PS Vita Olliolli (3-Way Cross-Buy) $5.20 $3.89 $12.99
PS Vita Persona 4: Golden $12.00 $8.99 $29.99
PS Vita Pixeljunk Shooter Ultimate (Cross-Buy) $6.00 $4.49 $14.99
PS Vita Rayman Origins $9.45 $6.74 $26.99
PS Vita Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack $2.40 $1.59 $7.99
PS Vita Tearaway $10.00 $7.99 $19.99
PS Vita Velocity Ultra (with Trial) $3.00 $2.24 $7.49

Give up? Well my interest lies somewhere in the region of:

  • Breath of Fire IV
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • Chrono Cross
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Dino Crisis
  • Dino Crisis 2
  • Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Jumping Flash
  • Parasite Eve
  • Suikoden
  • Tomba!
  • Wild ARMs
  • Xenogears

That’s right. Somewhere along the line, Sony remembered that the original PlayStation is about as essential as it gets for the brand name, and it was a healthy dose of JRPGs that largely made it so. All of the listed games are wonderful, especially Parasite Eve and Suikoden if you’ve never played them, and you can get yourself an affordable education in the history of gaming by picking them up.

It’s just a shame that I already own all of them.

If we’re digging around in the classics as well, the Devil May Cry HD Bundle, ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, Katamari Damacy, and Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 are also essentials that no self-respecting PlayStation gamer should be without.

There are plenty of modern hits to check out as well, so this sale is not just for old people. Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect, Mega Man 9 and 10Persona 4: Golden, Freedom Wars, and Tearaway are all great picks from the last half-decade, but these are all PlayStation 3 and PS Vita games. Can’t hide it. I’m not so huge on the PlayStation 4 choices. Grand Theft Auto V, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Infamous, and Metro are all there, and they have plenty of fans. Not really my thing.

And when is Assassin’s Creed IV going to drop below $10? I guess that’s what happens when you have the reputation of being “the good one.” That value is really lasting quite a while. Everyone who doubts Assassin’s Creed wants to try it, but they don’t want to spend a dollar on a series they don’t trust. Conundrum much?

Still, to each their own. What are you going to pick up in the sale?


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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