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Holiday Hype or Last-Minute Loser? PlayStation’s Year End Sale Returns


Joining the fray of last minute Holiday promotions, PlayStation has once again launched its annual January sale. All year long, the PSN has offered up game and DLC discounts ranging from so-so to decent, though most have been fairly skewed toward PS Plus members. Advertisements for even the most seemingly worthwhile sales on the likes of Overwatch, and the recently PS4 released Rise of the Tomb Raider often linked to minimally reduced pricing, unless one bought into some form of membership, thereby guaranteeing better savings to the tune of a further 15-20% off. As the winter holidays came into view, the deals ramped up by varying degrees, but again, didn’t necessarily amount to anything that rivaled other companies vying for gamer dollars. With this sale however, the platform is promising the biggest deals in its history, and not only is it open to everyone (provided you’re in the right region), but it looks to be heavily discounting major releases and Indie titles alike, as well as DLC and season passes across all of its current consoles.

This isn’t PlayStation’s first rodeo when it comes to a promotion of this kind. The January sale has been running for years and each time promises to be a “massive” event with a “huge range” of titles to choose from. While I would by no means put it past any advertising to oversell a marketing move of this nature, it does appear to have put actual numbers to these promises instead of vague claims of enormity. In its release statement, PlayStation is offering 100s of deals, some of which will total up to 60% off on content for the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita, as well as titles for PlayStation VR. Of course, not all of them are bound to be phenomenal. There’s almost certain to be reductions on older content that, ratings aside,  has no business being anywhere near its original pricing (I’m looking at you, Witcher 3), and the PlayStation VR games aren’t all that discounted. But at a glance, there do seem to be some fairly impressive markdowns on newer and critically acclaimed titles like Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2, and some top-notch and already inexpensive Indie games like Firewatch, and Rocket League, are a steal at the sale pricing. If those teases haven’t whetted your appetite enough, here’s a sampling of some of the more promising bargains:

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration £44.99 £21.99

EA SPORTS™ FIFA 17 Deluxe Edition £69.99 £29.99

Battlefield™ 1 Deluxe Edition £69.99 £34.99

Titanfall™ 2 Deluxe Edition £69.99 £34.99

UNCHARTED™ 4: A Thief’s End Digital Edition £44.99 £22.99

Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare £54.99 £34.99

XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition £57.99 £34.99

Salt and Sanctuary £14.99 £9.49

Firewatch £14.99 £9.49

Rocket League® £19.99 £11.99

Verdun £15.99 £7.99

Child of Light £11.49 £3.99

Virginia £7.99 £3.29

Darkest Dungeon £17.99 £8.99

You can check out the full sale here, and for more information straight from the source, visit PlayStation EU’s blog. Happy shopping gamers!

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