Sure, Black Friday and the holiday shopping season brought a flood of toys to the marketplace. But the season for gaming is eternal, as the technologies and new and discounted titles for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 continually hit the shelves. Below are some of the best gaming offers, but you can find more video game deals here, too.
uDraw Marvel Superhero Squad: Comic Combat for PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360
Price: $7.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $2
Is It Worth It?: Digital Chumps says that "Comic Combat makes excellent use of the Gametablet's controls while providing an all around enjoyable single player beat 'em experience." We couldn't agree more, as this Editors' Choice also comes in at $2 under the lowest total price we could find on either platform. (Many stores charge closer to $20.)
newegg also offers uDraw Pictionary: Ultimate Edition for PlayStation 3 for $7.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention from three weeks ago and the lowest total price we could find by $4. It features 1,500 all new clues, customizable Pictionary Man game pieces, and more.
Sorcery for PlayStation 3 Move
Price: $9.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $3
Expires: January 21
Is It Worth It?: While this game couldn't live up to the hype it generated with a nearly 2-year wait time, IGN calls it "one of the best PlayStation Move games available." As a sorcerer's apprentice, you can use the Move controller to cast spells as you adventure on and grow stronger, which should surely tap into anyone's Harry Potter-induced wizarding dreams. While IGN praises the title, the site also laments "how bland many of the enemies and locations look," which may be attributable to the fact that this game is intended to appeal to both children and adults.
SEGA Dreamcast Collection for Xbox 360
Price: $8.61 with $1.97 s&h
Lowest By: $4
Is It Worth It?: With this game, you get to enjoy four very different Dreamcast experiences, from hopping behind the steering wheel of Crazy Taxi, to luring in fish with SEGA Bass Fishing. The collection also includes Sonic Adventure, Space Channel 5 Part 2. As its games are based on the classic Sega Dreamcast titles, this collection gets a mixed review from WorthPlaying.com: "Aside from the load times and graphics, the games otherwise look and play just like their old-school counterparts, for better or worse. Some of these games have aged well, but some have not."
Two Select Games for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, or Nintendo Wii
Price: $15 with $3.94 s&h
Is It Worth It?: Here's a chance to restock your game library, as this deal gives you the freedom to mix and match platforms. The games average out to $9.47 each, which is tied with our mention from last week as the best offer we've seen on such a selection of games from Walmart (and with price lows for several bundles). You can choose from more than 60 games, including Red Faction: Armageddon for PlayStation 3 (pictured), Kinect Minute to Win It for Xbox 360, Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa for Nintendo Wii, Digging For Dinosaurs for Nintendo DS, and more.
Band Hero Band Kit for PlayStation 3
Price: $44.96 with $1.97 s&h
Lowest By: $72
Is It Worth It?: If you've ever dreamed of rocking the guitar or pounding the drums, you can make a game of it with this package (which we saw for $22 less in November, but still comes in as the lowest total price we could find by $72). This bundle includes the Band Hero game, a USB microphone with 15-foot cord, wireless drum kit with kick pedal and wooden drum sticks, and wireless guitar controller with faceplate and guitar strap. As for what type of "band hero" you'll be, we're not trying to limit your choices but don't expect this unit to do the trick if you're a marching or klezmer band wannabe. That said, stars such as Taylor Swift, No Doubt and the lead singer from Maroon 5 are all in the game as virtual avatars. The folks at Video Gamer declares that the game's "party play" mode is a plus: "Without any scoring to worry about, everyone is free to jump in and have fun, making it the perfect mode for beginners."