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Fall Gaming Budgets: Our Wallets Weep at the Prospects

We are less than a month away from the release of many fall games, and this year is shaping up to be a good one. In terms of games, there is no shortage of games that we want to play, nor the platforms we on which we will be playing them. In fact, this is the first year in about 3 years that there will not be any new or updated consoles, so this year it’s all about the games. So, with all of the upcoming games coming out, we thought we would sit down and talk about how much we think we will spend on gaming between now and the end of the year.

Join us as the PCU crew takes a look at the games we want and how much our wallets will weep.



Consoles: Xbox One X, PS4, Nintendo Switch

This is gonna be one of those years that I will be broke. There seems to be a game a week that’s releasing and I am trying to figure out how to get them all. So here is everything I am planning on getting this fall. Standard editions at 60 bucks a pop:

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Maybe!)
  • FIFA 19
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Assassin Creed’s Odyssey
  • Battlefield V
  • Soul Caliber VI (Still on the fence but big maybe)
  • Red Dead Redemption II (I will disappear for a weekend!!)
  • Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

Do the math. The gaming industry is getting a lot out of me between now and the end of the year.



Consoles: Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch

I’m getting a little stingy in my older age and my list isn’t that big this season. My backlog is also getting unreasonable. I got into that all too familiar hole of buying games and not actually playing them, so I’m hoping to spend the holiday season getting it down to a manageable size. That way I can start the new year off right! Here’s the “obstacles” in my way though:

  • Fallout 76
  • Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu!
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

I want to add that I pre-ordered Kingdom Hearts 3, but that’s not until next year so I guess it doesn’t count on this list.



Consoles: PS4, Nintendo Switch

This year is the last that I’ll have my Best Buy Gamer’s Club membership. Likely due to their realizing that a 20% discount on any game for $30 bucks a year is actually inverted in favor of the consumer, the program is being cancelled. So, I plan to make full use of it. While my list for this year’s games isn’t as massive as I’d feared, it’s one I’m satisfied with. At $271.94 with an average of $45.32 per game, that’s a pretty sweet deal. The games I’m getting of course being:

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu!
  • The World Ends With You: Final Remix
  • Dark Souls Remastered
  • Mega Man 11
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate

My only real wish is that Kingdom Hearts III, or the new Fire Emblem were coming out sooner. But that just means more time to play with what’s already coming out.



Console: Xbox One X

Even though I only own one console (thus I won’t be spreading my money around like everyone else), this is still going to be a busy season for me as a gamer. I plan on getting all of these:

  • Fallout 76
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Battlefield 5
  • CoD Black Ops 4
  • SoulCalibur 6

Looking back on the list (and not counting on the upcoming games for 2019), it looks like I need to add a 4 TB hard drive to the list!



Console: PS4

I’ve had my 2018 gaming planned out since I bought God of War, so I’m trying to budget things out as best I can. My list may be simple, but because I love gaming schwag, it’s still going to be expensive. Unlike my colleagues, however, I’m NOT looking forward to Fallout 76 or Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu!. Still, I think I made some good choices.

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Soul Caliber VI (I never played the 5th one, and this one is still a “maybe”, but I love the series)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (This is still another “maybe”, but it really does look fantastic)

I’m also in the same boat as Manny, where it’s looking more & more like I’ll need a several terabyte hard drive to hold all of this awesome. With the $160.00 Spartan’s Collector’s Edition for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (WHAT? I love the statue…), this season is gonna be a huge hit to my wallet. There’s also still a rumor that The Last of Us Part 2 might release late this year, but I’m not holding my breath. I’ll gladly add that to the stack of games I want to get for 2019.


We gamers are very aware that our hobby is quite expensive. I mean, when you really sit down and do the math, we spend a lot of money on these games, consoles, peripherals, etc. From large lists like Harry and Slewo have, to special editions and extra hard drive space like Doug and Manny, we’re spending hundreds of dollars just for one season of gaming — and it’s often difficult to overlook (sometimes even to justify) that sort of expense. Still, even costs like these are not going to ever dissuade us from playing the games we want to play, and truly enjoying every moment of them.

What about you, gamers? Have you sat down and really budgeted out your gaming expense? How much do you think you spend each quarter? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Armand is a husband, father, and life long comics fan. A devoted fan of Batman and the Valiant Universe he loves writing for PCU, when he's not running his mouth on the PCU podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @armandmhill

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