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Video games can be a pretty expensive hobby, especially if you want to keep up with the latest hits. Taking advantage of big sales like Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days on October 10-11 eases the ache on your wallet with competitive discounts on some of the biggest games of the last few years. Whether you’re looking for games on PS5, Xbox Series X, or the trusty Nintendo Switch, we've gathered some of the best deals on video games that are already live ahead of the sale next month.
The Best Prime Big Deal Days Video Game Discounts
The Expert (Steven T. Wright): I’ve played video games my entire life, starting with an NES and a copy of Super Mario Bros. that my mom bought at a garage sale. And I’ve written about games professionally for nearly a decade for almost every gaming outlet you could name, such as IGN, Polygon, GameSpot, PC Gamer, and many more.
I’ve written many reviews, interviewed some of my game design heroes, and scribed features on a wide variety of gaming-related topics. I enjoy games in virtually every genre, from big-budget action slashers like God of War to niche titles like the recent The Case of the Golden Idol.
The Expert (Mike Epstein): I’m a senior commerce editor for reviews at Hearst Enthusiast Group, helping to produce product guides for Popular Mechanics, Runner’s World, Bicycling and Best Products. Prior to joining Hearst, I worked as a video game critic and reporter for over 10 years, writing for publications such as IGN, Gamespot, Variety, GamesRadar, and Digital Trends, where I served as gaming editor. My game reviewing days are behind me, but I still love games and play as many of the newest, most exciting releases as I can.
What To Consider When Looking At Video Game Deals
As a whole, video game deals are pretty straightforward. During events like Prime Day and Prime Big Deal Days, you can generally find better-than-average discounts on well-known games, ranging from new releases that just hit stores a month ago to AAA games from the past few years. It's also a great time to pick up gear for your setup, including accessories, TVs, and monitors.
Still, there are a few things worth making sure of before you buy, especially if you’re shopping for gifts and don’t buy games regularly. You should always make sure you’re buying the game for the correct console, as some of these games are exclusive to one or the other—you can’t buy Zelda for your Xbox, unfortunately.
Also, keep in mind that the standard price for a premium game is now $70, up from $60 on older consoles. That said, you may find that the standard prices for games can fluctuate a bit from title to title, and that may affect how you judge whether a deal is worth buying.
Street Fighter 6 Deluxe Edition
The biggest name in fighting games is back! Street Fighter 6 changes the game with new modes, characters, and a "basic" control scheme to help new players compete with the veterans and pros. Making up for those nagging launch issues with SF5, Street Fighter 6 features a single-player World Tour mode, where you create a character and train them to fight against the series’ heavy hitters.
Of course, all fighting games come down to multiplayer and how it feels to take down your friends or online foes: The starting 18-character roster features classic fighters like Ryu, Chun-Li, and Blanka, as well as newcomers like ninja Kimberly and MMA fighter Luke.
With the deluxe edition, you’ll also get the first four DLC characters, including returning SF5 character Rashid, who’s already available. (Not to mention some extra cosmetics and in-game currency.) Grab your fight stick and in the mix. If you start training now, you might be ready for Evo next year.
Bayonetta 3 - Nintendo Switch
One of the wildest action game series you’ll ever play, Bayonetta puts you in the pistol-equipped high-heels of a gun-toting witch who beats up all manner of otherworldly creatures with a bit of sass and a lot of style. Capping the trilogy, Bayonetta 3 triples down on flashy, larger-than-life action setpieces and highly technical beat-em-up combat that gives you precise control and a large library of moves to learn. If you love a challenge, Bayonetta’s scoring system will push you to play levels over and over for a higher rank.
Final Fantasy XVI
The latest epic in the beloved, long-running RPG franchise, Final Fantasy 16 reimagines hits new highs with nuanced storytelling and refined action-packed combat. In a medieval fantasy world on the brink of ruin, you follow Clive Rosfield, a young lord-turned-freedom-fighter on a mission that will pit him against powerful warriors that can transform into towering monsters. With a complex story, impressive art, and the smoothest, fastest combat in a Final Fantasy game yet, FF16 is our favorite entry in the series in the last 20 years.
Imposing, intimidating, and wrist-snappingly difficult at times, Elden Ring is exactly what it says on the tin. Famed Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki set out to translate the pinpoint action of his previous games into an open-world setting, and the result is possibly the most intriguing world in the history of the medium.
Featuring hundreds of bosses to fight and dungeons to plumb, this is one game that will last you a long time—unless you snort it all up in a month, like some of us did. But don’t let the game’s reputation for frustration fool you, because Elden Ring gives even new players plenty of tools to succeed. You just have to learn how to use them yourself.
Forza Horizon 5
The name Forza might be synonymous with hardcore racing sims like Gran Turismo, but Forza Horizon 5 feels more like a racing vacation. With hundreds of vehicles to try and a vast, open world to explore, the Forza Horizon series arguably has more in common with free-wheeling arcade racers like OutRun and Burnout Paradise than its precise racing sims like Forza Motorsport.
Whether it’s off-roading, trying to beat your buddy’s best time, or simply flat-out racing against a variety of opponents, Forza Horizon 5’s Mexico has enough events to keep your hands on the wheel for a long time. Just make sure your hard drive has enough space. That huge, lush world takes up a ton of space on your Xbox’s hard drive.
Forza Horizon 5 is also available as a digital code, which will unlock the game on Xbox consoles or Windows PCs.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
You probably didn’t ever expect to see Mario and Peach blasting bad guys with guns in a strategy RPG, but that’s exactly what the Mario + Rabbids series is all about. With cover-based tactical gameplay, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is a great onramp for new players who want to learn the ins and outs of strategy games, which can often be complex and hard to learn.
The sequel to 2017’s Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Sparks of Hope features more missions, more weapons, and more bizarre Mushroom Kingdom crossovers than you could possibly expect. Strategy games often get overlooked by mainstream players who don’t know the genre, but I’d argue this is one of the Switch’s hidden gems, and definitely worth picking up now that it’s on sale.
Persona 5 Royal
The acclaimed RPG series Persona has never been more popular, and with good reason: Persona 5 Royal is simply one of the best RPGs ever made. Navigate all the complexities of modern Japanese high school by day, while leading the secret life as a “Phantom Thief” who literally steals the hearts of evil adults by night.
Persona 5 Royal demands you consider and carefully manage how you use your time. In addition to studying and diving into alternate-universe dungeons, you have the ability to meet and connect with a wide array of characters, from classmates and teachers to local neighborhood fixtures.
Their influence all have an impact on your missions: Will you try to become friends with the frosty doctor that provides you with meds for cheap, or study to strengthen your bonds with your friends and allies? With a unique format and subtle, nuanced storytelling, Persona 5 Royal feels modern and classic at the same time.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Undoubtedly the most critically-acclaimed video game of 2023, this long awaited sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild combines the sandbox approach of its predecessor with the raw creativity of Minecraft.
Tears of the Kingdom gives you the freedom to build your own bizarre solutions to problems, from airships to giant robots that will blow the poor Moblins apart with howitzers. You can explore a transformed Hyrule that challenges players to build their own tools to succeed in a hostile world.
Some fans may not love the return of weapon durability as a mechanic, but overall, this latest Zelda is an absolute must-buy for almost anyone who cares about video games.
Metroid Prime Remastered
Nintendo GameCube heads already know that Metroid Prime is one of the best games of all time. If you missed back in 2002, this is the perfect opportunity to see why so many players remember the game so fondly.
Shifting Metroid’s iconic side-scrolling perspective to first-person, Prime has a unique feel that sets it apart from other platformers and shooters.
The remastered edition, which brings the game to the Switch, features improved visuals and feels modern, even after 21 years. It’s a well-paced adventure with plenty of atmosphere to soak in and action to enjoy, and it’s a classic for a reason. And if you need even more Metroid, get a dose of the classic platforming experience from Metroid Dread, which is also on sale for Prime Day.
One of the best-selling games of 2023 to date, Hogwarts Legacy finally gives you the ability to create a character and go on your own adventure as a part of the beloved Harry Potter universe. You can finally explore the detailed, lifelike Hogwarts that you always dreamed of visiting when you read the books or watched the movies, all the while blasting bad guys with familiar spells straight from the pages of the original series.
Filled with many riddles to solve, goodies to collect, and challenges to overcome, Hogwarts Legacy appeals to both fans who grew up with the series and a younger crowd experiencing it for the first time. Given the game’s success, it’s certain that sequels are on the way, so get started on the ground floor.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Yet another acclaimed release from the past few months, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is the sequel to 2019’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is generally considered one of the best Star Wars games of the past decade.
Set between the prequel and original film trilogy, Jedi: Survivor continues the adventures of Cal Kestis, one of the few Jedi left after the Empire purges the galaxy of his order. With an ever-growing arsenal of force powers at his disposal, Cal has to evade the clutches of the Empire while working with the rebels that fight against its growing control.
Featuring precise, technical combat and fascinating alien worlds to explore, Jedi: Survivor is a great pick for any Star Wars fan.
One of the Xbox’ splashiest exclusives in the Series X era, Halo Infinite is one of the most impressive single-player first-person shooters I’ve played in a long time. It casts Master Chief and Cortana in a new adventure that gives players more freedom in how they blast the bad guys, as well as an impressive grappling hook that’s a joy to use.
It also brings back Halo’s distinctive multiplayer, which features lots of unique modes like “Fiesta” and “Big Team Battle.” If Halo Infinite is still on your to-do list, you should grab it now on the cheap.
Halo Infinite is also on sale as a digital code, which will unlock the game on Xbox consoles or Windows PCs.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales -- Ultimate Edition
Superhero video games can sometimes leave something to be desired, but Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is among the best ever made. Featuring the titular Spider-Guy as he tries to come out of the shadow of his mentor, Peter Parker, this standalone expansion of Insomniac’s Marvel’s Spider-Man offers about a dozen hours of content, along with new powers and bad guys to wreck.
If you haven’t played that last-gen gem, this Ultimate Edition also includes a code for the remastered version of that original game, which many critics consider to be one of the best PlayStation exclusives ever.
If you’re a Marvel fan, you owe it to yourself to check them out and experience the transparent joy of web-slinging through the streets of New York.
Super Mario Odyssey [Digital Code]
Prime Day is Mario time! There are a whole bunch of Switch games on sale for Prime Day starring Nintendo's favorite plumber, including his newest 3D adventure. To save Princess Peach, Mario teams up with Cappy, a sentient hat that helps possess and transform into all kinds of creatures. Challenges await in the nooks and crannies of every level, but you don't need to every one. Super Mario Odyssey is all about fun, and you play however you want to.
Perhaps you’ve already played a few entries in the brutally challenging, but beloved “Souls” series, but Demon’s Souls is the game that started it all.
This remake faithfully recasts all of the sharp edges and unanswered questions of the original, while giving it a new coat of paint and restoring its online functionality. Make no mistake: This is a hard game, and unlike Elden Ring, it gives you no shortcuts or optional tools to dull the pain.
If getting roasted by the same dragon again and again doesn’t sound fun to you, then you might want to stick with something else. But you’d be missing out on what is undoubtedly one of the most influential and important games ever made.
Gran Turismo 7
The latest entry in perhaps the most iconic racing game series of all time, Gran Turismo 7 delivers the ultra-realistic behind the wheel experience that fans know and love. Often described as a love letter to automotive culture, GT7’s absurd level of detail and customizability will appeal to the gearhead in all of us, as well as taking full advantage of PS5’s technical capabilities.
If you’re the kind of racing fan that likes to plan every facet of your car and each pit stop, this is a sim that will deeply appeal to you. For the rest of us, there’s always Mario Kart.
Gran Turismo 7 is also on sale on PS4.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
The TMNT beat ’em ups from the ’90s are often discussed with hushed reverence by aging SNES and Genesis fans, but don’t let the nostalgia bomb fool you. This retro revival from developer Tribute games is a pitch-perfect throwback.
Featuring all of your favorite Turtle foes, like Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady and, of course, the Shredder, it’s a love letter to the classics full of wild beat ’em-up to new heights. If you’ve ever spent a day pumping quarters into classic arcade brawlers like X-Men, The Simpsons, or Battletoads at your local arcade, this is one that you definitely want to check out
A Plague Tale: Requiem
Sequel to the surprise 2019 hit, A Plague Tale: Innocence, A Plague Tale: Requiem continues the horrific journey of Amicia and Hugo De Rune, a pair of displaced noble children on the road to find health and safety in an apocalyptic medieval France torn apart by a plague of bloodthirsty rats.
You have to use your wits to stealthily sneak around knights that want to capture you and carve a path through the chaos. As with its predecessor, Requiem is a striking, emotional journey that tugs on your heartstrings. While we'd recommend starting with the original, you can absolutely start here with this under appreciated gem of a game.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits - Deluxe Edition (PS5)
With Pixar-like animation, Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a stylish action game set in a lush open-world that’s thrilling to explore. As the titular Kena, you help the souls of deceased members of an abandoned village come to terms with their deaths while exorcising corrupt spirits along the way. With tight combat and a surprisingly resonant story about grief and acceptance, Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an indie game that feels just as compelling as a blockbuster.
Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening - Nintendo Switch
Return to Link’s roots with this stunning reimagining of the 1993 Game Boy classic. Link returns, washed up on the mysterious Koholint island, with no way home. As Link, you’ll explore the island and puzzle your way through classic dungeons to find a way to wake the legendary Wind Fish, who may be his only way home. Whether you’re an old-school Zelda fan returning to an old favorite or a new one playing it for the first time on Switch, Link's Awakening feels timeless.