Before I point a finger towards gamers who don’t play lesser known titles, I have to admit I am guilty of overlooking smaller developed games. I am referring to products released through the online stores for the three major platforms: PlayStation, Wii U and Xbox.
These games have never had a definitive name to call them. They are offered only through digital downloads and cannot be purchased in a disc format. Also they tend to cost $14.99 and less due to the amount of gameplay they contain.
This has been the case for over five years and the market is still trying to entice buyers to pay attention to these cheap games. For good reason, I like to add.
Today, no matter what system you carry, a brand new game will hit you up for $40 - $60. Whereas, small downloadable games can be purchased while you sit on your couch for a fraction of the cost immediately upon release date.
For avid players, we already know this. So what is the point of bringing it up? It’s because I believe a lot of people are not taking advantage of it. I am going to list some great games that are offered only through their respective system’s online store. Games that I personally have to say were as much fun as an A-list title.
The PlayStation Network has Costume Quest, which is fun for any age. A group of kids go out on Halloween and embark on an adventure where their imaginations run wild. For older audiences, you can get a game called DeathSpank. This title is a hack and slash in cartoon form. Many hours of amusing humor and clever puzzles await you.
Nintendo Wii U players have the eShop at their disposal. A platformer by the name of Cloudberry Kingdom will give you many reasons to play it more than once. Think traditional side-scrolling Super Mario, but faster and more difficult.
Want an in-depth story instead? Recently released from a Swedish developer, Knytt Underground is also a platform-type game but is completely story driven. If you want to know what’s going on, you will have to find secret treasures and unlock hidden pathways. Good luck trying to rush through that.
Probably the best option in downloadable games would have to be for the Xbox 360. Xbox Live was one of the first online stores for gaming consoles and for many years it had the best games to download.
You can’t call yourself a Xbox fan without already owning Splosion Man — a very addictive and even more difficult game that will test your patience as you solve huge environment puzzles. Don’t get me wrong, it has a lot to offer in hilarious dialogue and fun gameplay.
If you want to do multiplayer, then you should get Castle Crashers. It has been out for quite some time but many people still have not ever played it. A simple game with only two buttons you have to use where your only goal is to get from point A to point B. Anyone can pick up this game and it is great way to introduce people to video games.
The best part about this list is that I only scratched the surface. Each system has years worth of downloadable games that are now cheaper. Before you pay a lot of money for a single game, consider the online products first.
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- State News Today