15 years ago, I spent an entire summer losing round after round of Mortal Kombat, barely able to complete Sub-Zero's simple button combinations before being "finished." But that was then. Nowadays I play a variety of games and my repertoire keeps growing thanks, in part, to being able to afford the best games at the lowest prices. And to celebrate the gaming culture, we've rounded up the best video game deals we could find, with a focus on Xbox. You're just a few clicks away from winning. And of course, if you can't find what you're looking for here, check out our daily video games deals.
Microsoft Xbox 360 Slim Kinect 4GB Game Console
Vendor: Toys "R" Us via eBay
Price: $249.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $43
Expires: April 16
Is It Worth It?: Get your game on without being wired to the tube! This slim Xbox 360 system includes a wireless controller, headset, and 4GB hard drive. Making this gaming deal even better (especially for those with a tendency to get so into games they throw the controllers) is the bundled Kinect: a sensor that allows players to control the game by moving their bodies. Plus, the Kinect Adventures video game is included.
Of note, if you live near a Fry's Electronics retail location, you can get this system bundled with a $50 Fry's Gift Card for $249.96. (Scroll down to see this offer.) Deal ends April 12.
1-Month Xbox LIVE Membership
Vendor: Bing Rewards
Price: 499 Bing Credits
Expires: April 26
Is It Worth It?: While Xbox 360 has great single-player games, the real fun comes in competing against gamers all over the world through Xbox LIVE. Try it for a month at an Editors' Choice discounted rate through Bing Rewards, where a Gold Membership can be redeemed for 499 Bing Credits, which is 500 Bing Credits less than normal. Not already a Bing Rewards member? Sign up and login or register for the free membership and earn Bing Credits by conducting searches or trying out other services.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition for Xbox 360
Vendor: Overstock Deals via Amazon
Price: $79.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $3
Is It Worth It?: A video game system is only as good as the games you can play on it! Call of Duty: Black Ops is an Editors' Choice game that takes players behind enemy lines during the Cold War and Vietnam War. Users can play individually or against others via Xbox LIVE. This prestige edition also comes with a remote control car, four extra co-op maps, and more. All that, and it's at the lowest price we've ever seen by $3, and a full $20 under our February mention.
Dead Island for Xbox 360
Price: $19.99 with $3.49 s&h
Lowest By: $5
Is It Worth It?: If the horrors of war depicted in other first-person video games aren't your thing, consider this Editors' Choice deal on Dead Island. In this game, players can roam the fictional island of Banoi and kill zombies. What's more, users can achieve objectives as swiftly or ponderously as desired. Again, play alone or connect with others using Xbox LIVE.
Self-Defense Training Camp for Xbox 360 Kinect
Vendor: Isomergames via Amazon
Price: $15.22 with free shipping via Prime
Lowest By: $27
Is It Worth It?: While user reviews suggest that this "game" might be heavier on athletic instruction than it is on genuine self-defense, it certainly doesn't hurt to have a cheap method of getting in shape to turn to when you just don't want to trek to the gym. With Self-Defense Training Camp, you just might learn a thing or two about protecting yourself in the process.
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