Ah, E3, otherwise known as ‘video game Christmas’ or ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ due to its glorious abundance of new shiny games to lust over is in just a few days. But what about the games that we missed out on? The Editor’s award receiving, high review score garnering blockbusters that for whatever reason, we didn’t get a chance to play? With the sequels to some of these cracking titles set to be revealed at E3’s LA-based event in a few days, there’s no better time than now to pick up the brilliant games that came before that further helped to cement as franchise’s status as ‘ace’ and buy the games on a budget as Ubisoft’s massive pre-E3 sale has now gone live. Find out more after the break.
Ubisoft’s Pre-E3 Sale: The Best Bits
According to its other big pre-E3 info dump that covered some of the big hitters that Ubisoft is set to announce at the show, we know that Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4 will both be on show while from other publishers such as Square Enix, a sequel to Sleeping Dogs could get a formal reveal. As a result I’ve put together a list of my favourite hot ticket items from Ubi’s sale (there are dozens of others listed on their site) with a bit of insight as to why you should get them.
An ‘origins’ story of sorts for our favourite ass-kicking adventurer, I loved Tomb Raider on PS3 and I loved it again when I played Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on PS4. If it’s not my favourite game of all time then it’s certainly right up there, with some stellar shootouts, puzzles and a cracking, emotional story to boot. It was even offered for free from PS Plus earlier this year so if you didn’t pick it up then, or if you didn’t buy the next-gen rerelease, this pre-E3 sale is yet another bargain chance to get it.
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
I’ve spoken time and time again as to why the latest edition in the Assassin’s Creed franchise is the best example of what made us love AC’s templar stabbing, justice go-getting in the first place. Assassins’ Creed 4: Black Flag admittedly isn’t the most enthralling in terms of the series’ story but the scope and scale of its open water battles, as well as its beautiful depiction of the Caribbean in the 18th Century is a huge step-up from Assassin’s Creed 3 and frankly, it just can’t be beat by anything that’s out there right now.
Far Cry 3
As a rich kid who finds himself in the middle of an adventure holiday gone wrong, Jason Brody’s tale is obviously going to have less historical importance than AC4, but does that water down the fun at all? It certainly doesn’t, with Ubisoft’s tropical paradise simultaneously being a picturesque hell as you struggle to survive on Far Cry 3’s Rook Islands as a gnat hitting a Maserati’s windscreen. For a first person shooter it doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the genre, it just does it really flipping well.
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
Is Dovahkiin your name? Is dragon-slaying your name? Then come on down beastie slayer because Skyrim is a wild ride! Well, it’s a ride that’ll take you hundreds of hours to fully complete but when it comes to RPGs, rich, open and detailed worlds that are filled to the brim with things to do are what Bethesda does best. Skyrim is no exception here (unless you’re playing on PS3 in which case, it’s a rather bug-hampered exception) with dynamic events leading you to being chargrilled by a dragon’s breath or met with the pointy end of an assassin’s blade on a cross-country journey. Skyrim is basically the most comprehensive RPG you could pick up right now, so the discount gives you yet another wonderful reason to invest in it.
Important Things to Note
Those discounts are wonderful, yes, but it’s important to note just how they’ll be available. Not only will they be available before E3 gets underway in around 4 days or so (June the 9th is when some of the festivities kick off) but the majority of the discounts above will only be available digitally on PC, meaning that if you’re looking to find a discounted PSN or Xbox Live Marketplace code, you’ll be out of luck.
However, it’s not all full price and RRPs in Ubisoft’s pre-E3 sale as they’re also offering a 30% discount on all of their physical copies of games across PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii and Wii U. As they’ve just been released, Watch Dogs, South Park: The Stick of Truth and Trials Fusion have all been left out of the offer but if you follow the link below, there are still plenty of slightly older releases (some of the discounted games came out earlier this year) to get your thrifty mitts on.
Which discounted game do you most like the look of? Leave a comment and let me know.