Gaming Bargains for Self-Isolation

By Alistair Jones on at

We've all suddenly got a lot more time on our hands and, if you're anything like me, are turning to video games to fill the coronavirus-shaped hole in your social life. And if a lack of impromptu trips to the pub has helped free up a little extra space in your disposable income, chances are the beer money might be better spent on some new games.

Of course, we're all looking to save a bit of money too, so I've gathered together a collection of the best deals out there, all in one place. I've also ensured that these are things you can actually get hold of over this period. This list will be kept updated over the next few weeks, and possibly beyond, so keep an eye out for new entries - and see you on the other side.

Accessories

First up, if you're stuck at home with roommates or family, you might be checking out a more local multiplayer games than normal, in which case extra controllers are necessary. While official controllers will set you back nearly 50 quid, there are cheaper and serviceable alternatives.

If you're playing on PlayStation, this Powcan wired controller is only £20.99, and will work with all models of PS4, as well as PC. If blue's more your colour, there's a near-identical version for a couple of quid more.

On Xbox, PowerA's officially-licensed controllers cost £19.99, and come in Blue and Stealth Blue Camouflage colour schemes, or you can pick up a classic Black one for £20.99. And if you need some extra space for all the new games you're trying out, you can grab a 4TB external HDD for £99, down from £159.99.

Should you prefer a more competitive online experience, it always pays to be properly mic'ed up. This noise-cancelling NUBWO headset works on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, and is currently 42% off at just £33.99. Alternatively this XIBERIA headset is 30% off, at £34.99.

OK this one's a bit of a luxury, but if you're well into your driving games and have always fancied a good steering wheel setup, you might consider pushing the boat out with Logitech's G920 Driving Force Racing Wheel and Floor Paddles (for Xbox One and PC). Normally coming in at just under £300 this controller set, which offers force feedback and stainless steel paddle gears, is 40% off at £179.99. That's a big chunk of change, admittedly, but a decent stint in one of the Truck Sims or Forza Horizon 4 could be the best 'outdoors' time you get in weeks.

Games

Of course, none of that's any good if you don't have anything to play with all of your new hardware. Game continues to offer its pre-owned section as a good way to pick up recent titles on the cheap, and currently offers a 2 for £20 deal across PS4 and Xbox One, including games that offer a lot of bang-for-the-buck including Horizon Zero Dawn, Metro Exodus, and The Division 2, among many others.

Here's the excellent God of War for £12.98.

Elsewhere at Game, you can grab Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for £34.99 on both PS4 and Xbox. That's a decent amount of cash, admittedly, but the endlessly replayable multiplayer may just about justify that over the next weeks and months. Game's version also comes with a three-hour Double XP pass, which is nice.

After something a little cheaper but just as shooty? Halo 5 Guardians at £7.99 (secondhand) is hard to sniff at. Or there's Gears of War Ultimate Edition for £5.30, or Gears 5 for £16.99.

Here's Borderlands 3 for £18.95.

If you want something a little more retro, Crash and Spyro are at your service; Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled is just £19.99 on Xbox One, a price matched by Spyro Reignited Trilogy on PS4, while Crash N'Sane Trilogy is also £19.99 across both Xbox and PlayStation.

After something a little more recent and bargainous? 2019 Game of the Year contender Control is available for £20 off at £29.99 on both PS4 and Xbox (and also has a new DLC out today, in case you end up wanting more).

Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding, which now seems incredibly prescient, can be had here for £25.49.

Another high-flyer, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, can be picked up cheap with £15 off at £34.99 on Xbox One. This game is both singleplayer-only and rewards your time investment with the best combat system of recent years.

Impressive racer Grid has its Ultimate Edition on sale for just £34.99 on Xbox One and PS4.

If self-isolation seems like the perfect chance to explore the universe, No Man's Sky is half-price on Xbox One at £19.99, which is a steal for the game in its current state.

But if you'd rather something a little more homely, you can pick up The Sims 4 at £8.99 on PC, with expansion packs, including Cats & Dogs, Discover University, Get Famous, Island LivingGet to Work, Realm of Magic, City Living, and Seasons all available for £17.49.

Subscription Services

This may very well be the time to sign up for one of the various subscription packages, all of which come with some variety of 'free' games.

The cheapest Playstation Plus offer at the moment is £41.99 from CDKeys, which is £8 off the usual price. Not a mega bargain but every little helps, and the current PS Plus freebies are the classic Shadow of the Colossus and less-classic Sonic Forces. Come April, they'll switch over to Uncharted 4: A Thieves' End and Dirt Rally 2.0, both excellent and high value-for-money titles.

With Xbox, Microsoft is currently running an introductory offer whereby you can grab a month of Xbox Games Pass Ultimate for £1 (after which it's £10.99). But wait! If you want to go for this offer, seriously consider buying 12 months of Xbox Live Gold first for the current-cheapest price of £38.99. See here's the thing: when you sign up for Ultimate, Xbox will convert any gold months you have into Ultimate months. So apply twelve months of Gold to your account, then sign up for the £1 deal, and et voila: 13 months of Xbox Games Pass Ultimate for a total of £39.99.

In terms of value-for-money, Games Pass Ultimate is probably the single best investment one could make in terms of the subs services, as it grants access to a simply enormous library of games. Also bear in mind that it works on PC.