Running out of Christmas gift ideas for loved ones? Don’t worry! If that person you’re shopping for owns an Xbox One, then you’re in luck! There are plenty of great deals on Xbox One games going on from now until Christmas day, which means you can get best-selling games without punishing your wallet.
Here are the five best Xbox One game deals you can grab now, including price cuts on recently launched AAA games that gamer in your life is sure to love.
1. Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor
Any The Lord of the Rings buff will feel right at home with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The game is set sometime between The Hobbit and Tolkien’s famous trilogy about Frodo’s quest to Mount Doom as Talion, a Ranger of Gondor stationed near the Black Gate leading into the evil land of Mordor, is forced to watch his family be butchered by Uruks. What follows is a classic revenge action game dripping with Tolkien lore. What sets Shadow of Mordor apart is its nemesis system, which grants military ranks to Talion’s enemies. The Uruks are constantly vying for dominance, and the player can manipulate them to his will using special powers and abilities, making each play a unique experience.
Price: $27.99 (53 percent off MSRP)
2. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
In 2011, Microsoft published Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, a high-definition remake of the original Halo from Bungie. Porting the infamous first-person sci-fi shooter to the Xbox 360 proved to be a wise decision, and fans clamored for a re-release of Halo 2 in the same vein. Microsoft did them one better: Halo: The Master Chief Collection takes the four numerical Halo games and puts them in glorious HD for the Xbox One. Players are now able to seamlessly jump from one game to the next while reliving Halo‘s unforgettable campaign and unique multiplayer matches — when the matchmaking works, that is.
Price: $44.99 (25 percent off MSRP)
3. Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
If you’ve played World of Warcraft, you know Blizzard sure knows how to make games that fit into the fantasy genre. Diablo III is a perfect example. It’s an action-RPG that’s all about one thing: loot. As you and your friends go through the procedurally generated dungeons slaughtering literally thousands of Diablo’s hellish minions, you constantly find shiny new gear and weapons. Half the fun of the game is customizing your hero to look and play as you want with the best equipment possible, which makes for an addicting loop: Kill baddies, equip new gear, repeat. As simplistic as the story and characters are, the gameplay is fast and fun, and it certainly keeps you coming back for more.
Price: $39.33 (33 percent off MSRP)
4. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty is one series that has withstood the test of time, with releases spanning more than a decade and three console generations. There’s a reason it’s the most popular FPS series ever made. The franchise has tackled everything from World War II-era battles to modern-day combat. The newest entry in the series, Advanced Warfare, takes place in the future, where jetpacks and hovering grenades are staples in military technology. Sure, it might look like Titanfall at a glance, but Advanced Warfare is a title all its own, and it’s bound to be a best seller just like its annually released brethren. I mean, even IGN gave it a 9.1.
Price: $44.99 (25 percent off MSRP)
5. Wolfenstein: The New Order
If you’ve played one war-based first-person shooter, you’ve played them all, right? Wrong. The Wolfenstein series has never been afraid to present at least somewhat controversial alternate history scenarios to the player. In The New Order, the Nazis didn’t just win World War II but basically took over the world, too. You play as returning hero BJ Blazcowicz, and a strong cast of characters makes it easy to stay invested in the story. Gunplay ranges from stealth to dual-wielding shootouts, and a unique skill progression system stays interesting throughout the whole game. If you’re tired of cookie-cutter shooters, The New Order is worth a visit.
Price: $36.24 (40 percent off MSRP)
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