Holiday Shopping Guide: 10 Cheap Buys for the Xbox 360

Alright, so there’s plenty of us out there that want to feel the Christmas spirit, but we also enjoy having money. Fear not! GameTaffy has the answer, and ten cheap (but still awesome) gift ideas for the Xbox 360!

Alan Wake

Metacritic: 83Alan Wake

Average Price: $14.00

With the recently announced Alan Wake: American Nightmare just around the corner, now is the perfect time to dive into this franchise. There have been opinions a plenty calling this game a much-needed resurrection of the classic horror story in gaming. Now, you can take on the role of a questionably psychotic hero for under twenty bucks. Not a bad deal, if you ask me.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Metacritic: 98Grand Theft Auto IV

Average Price: $15.95

One of the most critically acclaimed Xbox 360 titles of all time is now available for less than a pretty penny. Well, not literally, but you get the idea.

If you’re feeling especially generous, the Complete Edition of this title is available for just about ten dollars more at most locations and online retailers, which includes the DLC Episodes from Liberty City, The Lost & The Damned, and The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Plants Vs. Zombies

Metacritic: 89Plants vs. Zombies

Average Price: $15.30

The kings of casual gaming introduced a diamond-in-the-rough mechanic with Plants vs. Zombies back in 2010. PopCap has a track record of fabulous titles including Peggle, Bejeweled, and Zuma, so there’s no need to hesitate in making this purchase for the casual gamer on your list.

Fallout: New Vegas

Metacritic: 84Fallout New Vegas

Average Price: $18.40

Surprisingly enough, Bethesda’s latest addition to the Fallout franchise has now nearly fallen into the bargain bin. Although the game was riddled with gamebreaking bugs upon release, the majority of these have been fixed via patches and updates to the game.

Value-wise, you won’t find many better than New Vegas this holiday season.

Assassin’s Creed II

Metacritic: 90Assassin's Creed ii

Average Price: $12.13

Many fans of the Assassin’s Creed series were pleasantly surprised at the outcome of the second game in the franchise, which took to heart the criticisms about the first. Now having developed into something of a yearly release, this is the ideal starting point for anybody who hasn’t yet experienced the captivating gameplay and visceral art style of the world of Ezio Auditore.

And, for those of you who would wish to start from square one, you can also find the original Assassin’s Creed for around the same price.

Mass Effect 1 & 2

Metacritic (2): 91/96Mass EffectMass Effect 2

Average Price: $15.90/$16.85

Now, as far as this particular franchise is considered, I would highly recommend getting started in the original game, if you are new to the series. Players take on the role of Commander Shepard as they discover the role played by the mysterious Reapers, who threaten to destroy the entire galaxy.

Not only is the first game good enough to stand on its own laurels, but those who complete the first game find added benefits when they dive into the second, including the ability to transfer all of the decisions you made with your character and continue in your own personal experience. Quite like many of the titles on this list, the next iteration of the series is due to come out next year, so there’s no better time than now to dive in.

Lego Indiana Jones

Metacritic: 77Lego Indiana Jones

Average Price: $15.00

Those who haven’t played much of the Lego installments are missing out on some simple, stupid fun. While Indiana Jones is a particularly enjoyable tale, I would recommend buying the game that you would most associate with your giftee, as they are all equally entertaining. The story experience can be told from a different light in the Lego universe, so if your gamer enjoys the Star Wars franchise more, I’d go for that, as that’s the only primary difference between the titles and they all go for about the same price.


Metacritic: 85Pure

Average Price: $9.99

Released in the ancient land of 2008, Pure has easily stood the test of time as one of the most pure fun racing titles still available for the Xbox 360. Vehicles are wholly customizable, and there are a plethora of single player options available as well as an immersing multiplayer experience that is just downright fun to play. Many online sellers have this game listed for a measly few bucks. Bargain hunters, go forth!


Metacritic: 66Shadowrun

Average Price: Stores will pay you to take it off the shelf

If you enjoy competitive first-person shooters, buy Shadowrun. Do not hesitate. You can find it for literally $0.50 at some online retailers, and it’s likely calling your name from a bargain bin somewhere in your town.

Don’t let the harsh criticisms fool you. While the single player campaign certainly leaves a lot to be desired, the multiplayer experience to be found in this little gem is rivaled by very few current generation titles. Just trust me – buy Shadowrun. Play it online for a few days, and if you don’t enjoy yourself, you can punch me in the face.*

Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY Edition

Metacritic: 92Batman Arkham Asylum

Average Price: $19.99

The final installment of “games-you-need-to-play-to-fully-enjoy-their-sequels” comes in the form of Batman: Arkham Asylum. This 2009 release finally did a superhero game the justice it deserved, and Rocksteady has nearly perfected the franchise with the 2011 release of Arkham City. Which may not bode well for you, considering you’re almost obligated to buy that for whoever you gift Arkham Asylum to, so just be sure to skip town after they open the wrapping and all will be right in the world.

* – Please don’t actually punch me in the face.

About Alex Larrabee

Everybody still thinks "The cake is a lie" jokes are funny, right?

Posted on December 13, 2011, in Holiday Shopping Lists, IMHO, Latest News and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I loved Alan Wake. The whole game is just beautiful. The cliche of dark woods being terrifying at night is just perfect. I had to put on an adult diaper for parts of it. And the story made my mind liquefy.

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