Firewatch, Halo, GTA and more slashed

Digital games are way too expensive in Australia, so thank goodness for things like the Xbox Countdown Sale. When you can go to the shops and purchase a disk of a game for often half the price of the online price, the ease of access from owning a game digitally does not make up for the fact that you could purchase twice as many games physically (or far more if you are willing to wait a while). So when there is a digital sale that’s worthy of your time, we want to let you know.

Xbox are having their yearly end of the year sale, the Xbox Countdown Sale. Now while not as good as some of the more recent Black Friday deals (which we discuss in episode 3 of our VERSUS PLAYER podcast), there are some games that jump out as particularly good value.

Personally, this sale meant I finally picked up one the games I wished I played this yearThe Witness and Jase’s recommendation, Firewatch.

Xbox Countdown Sale

My top pick of the Xbox Countdown Sale would have to be Tales from the Borderlands. If you have listened to our podcasts, I’m sure you’ve heard me drum on about how hilarious this game is. And no, you don’t need to have played the other Borderlands games. Also, the Lego Avengers games are rarely on sale, although they are much, much cheaper on PC (I hear you say it… isn’t everything?).

Xbox Countdown Sale
I’m going to talk about this game every chance I get

Oh, and there are games on sale on the Xbox 360 side of things as part of the Xbox Countdown Sale, with the best of the most recent Fallout games, Fallout: New Vegas, on sale and backwards compatible on your One.

Thanks to Xbox’s very own Major Nelson for the list. Check out the Xbox dashboard for daily deals or Major Nelson’s blog for the complete list.

Here are some of my picks:

Xbox Countdown Sale Picks

GameDiscount – Gold Member Discount
ARCADE GAME SERIES 3-in-1 Pack50% – 60%
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag50% – 60%
Batman: Arkham Knight Premium Edition50% – 60%
Battlefield 1 – Titanfall 2 Deluxe Bundle40% – 50%
Dark Souls III40% – 50%
DARK SOULS III – Deluxe Edition40% – 50%
Deadlight: Director’s Cut40% – 50%
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided40% – 50%
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Digital Deluxe Edition40% – 50%
Dishonored Definitive Edition40% – 50%
Far Cry Primal40% – 50%
Far Cry Primal – Apex Edition40% – 50%
Firewatch30% – 40%
Gears of War 445%
Grand Theft Auto V & Megalodon Shark Cash Card Bundle50% – 60%
Grand Theft Auto V & Whale Shark Cash Card Bundle50% – 60%
Grow Up40% – 50%
Halo 5: Guardians40% – 50%
Halo 5: Guardians – Digital Deluxe Edition40% – 50%
HITMAN Intro Pack40% – 50%
HITMAN Upgrade Pack40% – 50%
HITMAN – The Complete First Season40% – 50%
INSIDE & LIMBO Bundle30% – 40%
Killer Instinct: Season 3 Ultra Edition40% – 50%
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes67% – 75%
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers35% – 45%
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers Deluxe Edition35% – 45%
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition40% – 50%
Oxenfree40% – 50%
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell67% – 75%
Tales from the Borderlands Complete Season (Episodes 1-5)60% – 67%
The Telltale Undead Survival Bundle60% – 67%
The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries60% – 67%
The Witness25% – 33%
Trials Fusion: The Awesome Max Edition50% – 60%
Wolfenstein: The New Order40% – 50%
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood40% – 50%

From all of us at VERSUS PLAYER, we hope it’s been an awesome 2016. Feel free to comment below or drop us a line at to let us know your picks of the bunch. Listen to our latest podcast, GOTY Roundup, Ya Filthy Animal, to hear us talk about many of these games in discussion for game of the year 2016. You can find it on the link above or by searching for VERSUS PLAYER on iTunes, Stitcher or Pocket Casts.

Happy gaming!


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When not playing with the kids or pottering in the garden, Joe is jumping between console and PC gaming, watching anime or sci-fi, reading comics or seeking out a new addition for his R2D2 collection.

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