Typically after Christmas, many video games see steep discounts, and those cuts have started popping up today. We've rounded up the five best titles for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U, each an Editors' Choice video game deal. From revenge-driven Westerns to zombie-filled post-apocalyptic worlds, here are the cream of the gaming crop.
Red Dead Redemption for PlayStation 3
Price: $9.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $10
Is It Worth It?: While it doesn't feature the extras included on the Game of the Year Edition, the original game (and current price) is strong enough to make this a notable Editors' Choice deal; an IGN review praises Red Dead Redemption's historical storyline and rich supporting characters, claiming that the final result produces "[a] new bar that all Westerns must strive to reach." Thankfully, this deal means that you don't need to pay a premium to find out what all the fuss is about.
Mass Effect Trilogy for PlayStation 3 (pictured), Xbox 360, or Windows
Price: $39.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $19
Is It Worth It?: If you've not yet experienced the critically-acclaimed Mass Effect gaming experience, now is the time to start, as all three games in the trilogy are available at a $19 price low. GamesRadar calls the rich, 3-part franchise "a high-water mark for video games as a story-telling medium."
Wii U Video Game Sale
Discount: Buy 2 games, get 50% off a third Shipping: From $5 s&h
Lowest By: $25
Is It Worth It?: Did you score a Nintendo Wii U this holiday season? Better stock up on games! If you pick up two select Wii U games at Target, you'll nab a third for 50% off. Plus, get a $10 Target credit on purchases of $75 or more via coupon code "XMASGIFT". A best bet bundle is Assassin's Creed III (pictured), Just Dance 4, and Madden NFL 13 with the $10 Target credit for an in-cart price of $99.97, a low by $25, assuming you use the credit.
Prototype 2 for PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360
Vendor: Best Buy
Price: $17.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $20
Expires: December 27
Is It Worth It?: What's better than Black Friday? This Prototype 2 deal! The post-apocalyptic, "supervillain game" is now $12 under our November mention. Reviews for the title are mixed, but IGN gives it a solid 7 rating.
The Walking Dead: Episode One for Xbox 360
Vendor: Xbox LIVE Marketplace
Lowest By: $5
Is It Worth It?: Fans of the Walking Dead TV series can get in on the action with the first installment of a 5-part game series. This free download would typically "cost" you 400 Microsoft Points, which translates into about $5, and it allows for a "tailored game experience" as everything you do in this installment will affect storylines in the following parts.