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Instant series collections from the current Xbox sales

By Luke Albigés,
We can't all play everything. There isn't enough time in the day, or enough money to go around, and many of us simply aren't that bothered about sampling every single colour of the gaming rainbow (gamebow?). Once you skip out on a game or ten in a series, you might feel like the moment has passed, like it's too late for you to get involved. That is seldom true. No matter how late you might discover a love for a genre or get pangs to finally try out a series that has eluded you for years, turning up long after the initial rush has died down will often mean there's just that much more stuff for you to enjoy, and usually in its best incarnations. Ten points if you picked up on the vague nature of 'seldom,' 'often,' and 'usually' there — online games and modes can toss a spanner into the works when it comes to long-term lifespan, so while something like Fallout 3 will be playable as long as there is some device or another on which to play it, an online title like Fallout 76 is absolutely on the clock. It won't be there in a decade. It just won't. Imagine waking up tomorrow with a hankering to play Battleborn. Actually, don't do that. You'll make yourself sad, for a number of reasons. Instead, let's move on.

This week's Xbox sales are so vast and so varied that it was initially pretty hard to devise any kind of interesting theme for a recommendations piece. But by combining the sales themselves with something we've wanted to start doing for a while — articles on how best to get into franchises you might have missed out on over the years — this hybrid idea was born. We elected to steer clear of things that might seem way too obvious, where the deals aren't that great, and where the games tend to replace rather than complement one another (Call of Duty there with a rare scorestreak on itself), but also cases where there are only a couple of games represented (shoutouts to Dishonored and The Darkness), or only a couple of great games represented (sorry, Dead Rising). We'll be aiming to give an overview of the series, an idea of just how much of the entire catalogue you can get in these sales (primarily on a series completion basis rather than unique platform or regional stacks, but we will also touch on that), a brief idea of how achievement lists look, and to identify where best to start if you'd rather dip a toe in to test the waters than leap on in. With that in mind, let's dive (or dip) right on in... if you're a newcomer to any of these series and feel like addressing that, now is the perfect time!

BioShock

BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition

2K's wonderful sci-fi first-person adventures — calling them 'shooters' feels a little disingenuous when they offer so many interesting ways to approach most situations — enjoyed phenomenal success during the Xbox 360 generation. But if you've joined the Xbox scene since then, or perhaps never cared to try them out at the time, you potentially have a real treat in store. Following in the footsteps of the classic System Shock games, the BioShock trilogy trades in the same kinds of unsettling environments and scenarios while dealing with the horrors that can occur when humanity's ambition gets out of hand, and in some of gaming's most memorable settings. Whether you venture into the underwater utopia of Rapture or the steam-powered flying city of Columbia, you've got a thought-provoking ride ahead of you, and some superb gameplay to go along with it. All of the games have their issues, sure, but few franchises make you feel like you simultaneously exist yet don't belong in a location quite like BioShock. The Collection is the main attraction here, getting you the remastered versions of all three games at a whopping 80% off, but the 360 versions of all three games are also on sale in case you want to double up on achievements, or to kick it old-school, at a little extra cost.
Is this exhaustive?
More or less. The only thing absent from the remastered trio is BioShock 2's mediocre multiplayer component, so you're not missing much, plus you could always grab the 360 version if you insist on giving that element of the game a go. All three 360 versions also have separate stacks (including some regional ones), in case you're more concerned about exhaustive on a Gamerscore level than simply playing everything the series has to offer.
Achievements?
The first two remasters have completion estimates around the 20-hour mark, while Infinite's list comes in at around double that (just like the 360 version of BioShock 2, largely due to time-consuming multiplayer achievements absent in the re-release). Not an insignificant investment, but these are all great games worthy of your time...
If you only play one...
It's a toss-up between the original and Infinite here, since BioShock 2 is more effective if you have prior knowledge of the lore and setting of Rapture. And since Infinite is the more divisive of the two remaining titles, let's go with the original BioShock. It's heralded as a classic for a reason.
BioShock: The Collection

BioShock: The Collection

Experience the unforgettable worlds and monumental stories of the award-winning BioShock series with BioShock: The Collection.


BioShock

BioShock

BioShock is the first-person shooter where everything is a weapon. Set in a failed underwater utopia, BioShock gives complete freedom to turn the environment, the enemies, even water and fire into powerful tools against your foes. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.


BioShock 2

BioShock 2

The Games on Demand version supports English, French, and Spanish. In BioShock 2, you step into the boots of the most iconic denizen of Rapture, the Big Daddy, as you explore through the decrepit and beautiful fallen city, chasing an unseen foe in search of answers and your own survival.


BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite

The Games on Demand version supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese. Download the manual for this game by locating the game on http://marketplace.xbox.com and selecting “See Game Manual". Indebted to the wrong people and with his life on the line, veteran of the U.S. Cavalry and hired gun Booker DeWitt has only one opportunity to wipe his slate clean. He must rescue Elizabeth, a mysterious girl imprisoned since childhood and locked up in the flying city of Columbia. Forced to trust one another, Booker and Elizabeth form a powerful bond during their daring escape. Together, they learn to harness an expanding arsenal of weapons and abilities, as they fight on zeppelins in the clouds, along high-speed Sky-Lines, and down in the streets of Columbia, all while surviving the threats of the sky-city and uncovering its dark secret.



Borderlands

Borderlands

If you enjoy any combination of fast-paced gunplay, dumb comedy, colourful visuals, overpowered weapons, memes, multiplayer hijinks, lootsplosions, interesting character builds, and cultural references, Borderlands is going to be a good time for you. Those core pillars all look strong from a distance, so even when you get a little closer and some seem to crumble based on your own personal tastes — be that jokes not landing often enough, or the abundance of drops making much of the loot seem meaningless — there's still more than enough left to hold most of these games up. Each of the four mainline games follows much the same format, but there are enough differences in how the characters feel (as well as the odd new mechanic to factor in) to make them all worth playing. Legendary Collection gets you the best versions of all three older games as well as the vast majority of their DLC packs, while Borderlands 3 has a bit more going on... Next Level seems to offer barely anything over the base game's Smart Delivery Series X|S upgrade, Super Deluxe comes with the first year's four add-ons, and Ultimate gets you all six expansions.
Is this exhaustive?
Not quite. All that's missing is Telltale's excellent spin-off, Tales from the Borderlands, although that's not currently available on the MS Store. That's set to change next week, however, and it's mainly a side-story anyway. It sets up a few characters for B3, but that's about it. Again, all three original games have their own lists on 360, in case you're worried about those extra achievements, but they won't come as cheap as these ones, especially when you factor in DLC...
Achievements?
All four games have estimates of 60-80 hours for a full completion, not always including DLC, so this is a series that will take you a good chunk of time if you're only here to make some Gs. They can all be great fun, especially in co-op, and shouldn't prove too difficult or overwhelming if you only focus on one at a time, mind.
If you only play one...
That's easy — Borderlands 2. It reintroduces the original's characters in a way that's perfect for newcomers, strikes the best balance of entertaining gunplay and jokes that actually land, and has by far the best additional content in the series.
Borderlands Legendary Collection

Borderlands Legendary Collection

Get 3 times the mayhem, 3 times the loot, and 3 times the action with the Borderlands Legendary Collection!


Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition

Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition

Xbox One X Enhanced, featuring 4K Ultra HD and HDR.

Discover the co-op shooter-looter that started it all, crammed with content and enhancements! Equip bazillions of guns as one of four trigger-happy mercenaries, each with unique RPG skills. Take on the lawless desolate planet Pandora in pursuit of powerful alien technology: The Vault. With new weapons, visual upgrades, all 4 add-on packs and more, enjoy the highly acclaimed FPS/RPG solo or in 4-player split screen co-op!


Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Shoot and loot as you explore the mayhem-filled world of Pandora in BORDERLANDS 2 and the lunar madness of BORDERLANDS: THE PRE-SEQUEL in BORDERLANDS: THE HANDSOME COLLECTION. Experience the award-winning FPS-RPG series, including its bazillions of guns, trademark cooperative gameplay, and all bonus add-on content, with high performance like never before on a new generation of consoles.


Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

The original shooter-looter returns, packing bazillions of guns and an all-new mayhem-fueled adventure! Blast through new worlds and enemies as one of four brand new Vault Hunters, each with deep skill trees, abilities, and customization. Play solo or join with friends to take on insane enemies, score loads of loot and save your home from the most ruthless cult leaders in the galaxy.


Borderlands 3: Next Level Edition

Borderlands 3: Next Level Edition

Wield bazillions of guns in the award-winning, mayhem-fueled adventure of Borderlands 3! Blast through the universe as 1of 4 Vault Hunters – the ultimate treasure-seekers of the Borderlands


Borderlands 3: Super Deluxe Edition

Borderlands 3: Super Deluxe Edition

Wield bazillions of guns in the award-winning, mayhem-fueled adventure of Borderlands 3! Blast through multiple worlds as 1 of 4 Vault Hunters – the ultimate treasure-seekers of the Borderlands.


Borderlands 3: Ultimate Edition

Borderlands 3: Ultimate Edition

Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition is the quintessential Borderlands 3 experience, featuring the base game plus all 6 content add-ons and the full collection of bonus cosmetic packs!


Borderlands

Borderlands

The Games on Demand version supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese. PLAY BORDERLANDS: GAME OF THE YEAR and THE HANDSOME COLLECTION in glorious modern resolution, now on Xbox One. BORDERLANDS 3 coming Sept. 13, 2019 to Xbox One. With its addictive action, frantic first person shooter combat, massive arsenal of weaponry, RPG elements and four-player co-op, Borderlands is the breakthrough experience that challenges all the conventions of modern shooters. Borderlands places you in the role of a mercenary on the lawless and desolate planet of Pandora, hell-bent on finding a legendary stockpile of powerful alien technology known as The Vault.


Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2

The Games on Demand version supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese. Download the manual for this game by locating the game on http://marketplace.xbox.com and selecting “See Game Manual". A new era of shoot and loot is about to begin. Play as one of four new vault hunters facing off against a massive new world of creatures, psychos and the evil mastermind, Handsome Jack. Make new friends, arm them with a bazillion weapons and fight alongside them in 4 player co-op or split-screen on a relentless quest for revenge and redemption across the undiscovered and unpredictable living planet.



Castlevania

Castlevania Anniversary Collection art

Ah, remember when Konami not only released new video games, but was also really good at it? Wonderful times. Castlevania is a legendary series which is today perhaps best known for lending half of its name to the exploration-based platformer sub-genre, which is a pretty sad state of affairs. While a few of the earlier games can be rough to go back to, this gothic adventure series has reinvented itself enough times to offer multiple points of entry depending on your tastes. The originals still hold up if your retro gaming skills are up to the task, Lords of Shadow's modern twist on the series made matters more accessible, while Harmony of Despair took gameplay, characters, and even assets from the GBA and DS 2D games to create a unique multiplayer experience. Just like Dracula himself, this series will never truly die. Hopefully. Please?
Is this exhaustive?
Not by a long stretch. All-timer Symphony of the Night is the most notable absentee in this sale line-up, but in fairness, the vast majority of the other missing titles have never made it onto Xbox. This certainly offers a good overview of the series' shapeshifting history, mind, and is only SotN and a dead Windows Phone game away from being everything on Xbox.
Achievements?
None of the individual games should prove too troublesome, with most checking in with 15-20 hour estimates, but most will still take a fair bit of effort. And, in the case of Harmony of Despair — which, by the way, is awesome — some coordination with other players.
If you only play one...
Given the franchise's storied legacy, we pretty much have to point to Anniversary Collection here, which offers most of the 8- and 16-bit classics in one place. If they prove a little too... well, old, Lords of Shadow did an awesome job of bringing Castlevania into the modern era.
Castlevania Anniversary Collection

Castlevania Anniversary Collection

"The Konami Castlevania Collection traces the origins of the historic vampire franchise. "


Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Step into the shadows of the hell house: Castlevania is back in all its pixel-powered 2D glory, this time in full 1080p! Call upon the series' most hallowed heroes and vanquish your nemesis, Dracula! All-new multiplayer modes like 6-player Co-op and Survival have been whipped up for you, too... but enough talk. Have at it!


Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Left as a foundling at the gates of the Brotherhood of Light convent they named him Gabriel and raised him as their own. Over the years he developed an unprecedented mastery of the fighting arts. Prone to dark moods he was deeply affected by the death of his one true love, Marie.He has now embarked on a quest at the request of the Elders of the Brotherhood to discover why the World is in chaos and within him lies a burning desire for revenge on those who took his beloved.


Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD

This follow up to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, reveals the story of the Belmont family, as they battle destiny, spanning generations and eras, to discover their true, shocking fate.


Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow revealed the origin of Dracula and legendary connection to the Belmont clan. In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Dracula returns once again, weakened and yearning release from his immortal bonds. Facing a new powerful threat, He must reacquire his old powers and only his castle holds the key. However, the famed Belmont clan also seek his ultimate destruction



Dark Souls

Dark Souls: Remastered

If you've been discouraged from playing FromSoftware's action-RPGs on account of their supposed difficulty, we're here with a simple solution: don't be. While every Souls game is certainly challenging to a degree, most bosses and encounters can be overcome in a few attempts simply by going in cautiously, observing what you're dealing with, and acting accordingly. Patience and proper timing are rewarded as much as anything else for the most part, so you shouldn't feel like these games are 'too hard' for you. They're not. Will you still wall on some of the bosses? Probably: the best approach isn't always clear at first. Will you mind? Probably not: while areas like to throw tricks and traps around to catch you out, most bosses fight on the level, so working them out and besting them always feels great. Unless they're some kind of giant tree demon that you have to hit in the balls, but honestly, how likely is that to happen? Oh...
Is this exhaustive?
In terms of mainline Souls titles, yes, it's all here. As a bonus, this sale even features a rare price drop for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, in case you want to see what FromSoftware's other Souls-esque games are all about. In terms of achievements, DS has additional PC and 360 stacks, with the base version of DSII also having a 360 stack.
Achievements?
Remastered is the 'easiest' of the three, but that's purely due to the fact that it doesn't require as much effort in the trio of mandatory completions as the sequels. Still, all three games are skill-based long-haul efforts, so be wary of that when picking them up. As we say, they're not really that hard, but each is still quite the investment.
If you only play one...
The first game is effectively required reading in order to have DSIII make any kind of sense, and DSII is famously the weakest of the three (if nowhere near as bad as many people make it out to be), so the original Dark Souls is definitely the pick here.
DARK SOULS™: REMASTERED

DARK SOULS™: REMASTERED

Then, there was fire. Re-experience the critically acclaimed, genre-defining game that started it all. Beautifully remastered, return to Lordran in stunning high-definition detail running at 60fps. DARK SOULS: REMASTERED includes the main game plus the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.


DARK SOULS™ II: Scholar of the First Sin

DARK SOULS™ II: Scholar of the First Sin

DARK SOULS™ II: Scholar of the First Sin brings the franchise’s renowned obscurity & gripping gameplay to a new level. Join the dark journey and experience overwhelming enemy encounters, diabolical hazards, and unrelenting challenge.


DARK SOULS™ III

DARK SOULS™ III

DARK SOULS™ continues to push the boundaries with the latest, ambitious chapter in the critically-acclaimed and genre-defining series. Prepare yourself and Embrace The Darkness!


DARK SOULS™ III - Deluxe Edition

DARK SOULS™ III - Deluxe Edition

The Dark Souls III Deluxe Edition includes the full game & the Season Pass. First DLC coming Fall 2016. Expand your experience with the Season Pass featuring new maps, bosses, enemies and additional weapon and armor sets.



Doom

DOOM ~ SuperHeroArt

Doom is a weird one, because it has tended to skip entire generations at a time. First emerging as one of the FPS genre progenitors in the early-to-mid Nineties, the series took a good ten years off before the third proper game rolled around, then it was more than a decade later that Doom 4 escaped development hell (oh, the irony), eventually dropping the number and acting as a complete series reboot. It worked wonders. The setup — horrible things from Hell have moved into places other than Hell, please fix this... by the way, here are some massive guns — is timeless, so while there's not much in the way of continuity in the Doom series, it remains something that every genre fan should know and understand, both in terms of the origins of the FPS and how to make an old one relevant again.
Is this exhaustive?
Not entirely, but more or less — all of the mainline stuff is here, but the long-running nature of the series means there have been dozens of ports and add-on packs over the years that have added unique content. As a newcomer to the series, you certainly won't feel like you're missing anything here. Achievement-wise, there's also an old stack of Doom 3 BFG, and well as smaller XBLA stacks for the original games.
Achievements?
Later games tend to clock in at around 25 hours on average for the full list (longer when you factor in multiplayer achievements and other DLC bits), with the older games being about half of that each. None of this should take too long, although the fast-paced nature of the games can make these some pretty intense completions if you don't intentionally take your time with them...
If you only play one...
The 2016 reboot is the play here. The classics still hold up remarkably well (especially considering they don't have vertical aiming), but the later game took the classic formula and brought it bang up to date. If you want to know what Doom is all about, start there, then move onto Eternal, and finally go back to see where it all began.
DOOM Slayers Collection

DOOM Slayers Collection

The DOOM Slayers Collection takes players through more than two decades of demon slaying – from the classic games that popularized the first-person shooter to the fan favorite franchise reboot, wield an arsenal of powerful weapons as you battle demon hordes on Mars, on Earth, and across Hell in four critically acclaimed games: DOOM, DOOM II, DOOM 3, and 2016's Action Game of the Year, DOOM (2016).


DOOM

DOOM

Now includes all three premium DLC packs (Unto the Evil, Hell Followed, and Bloodfall), maps, modes, and weapons, as well as all feature updates including Arcade Mode, Photo Mode, and the latest Update 6.66, which brings further multiplayer improvements as well as revamps multiplayer progression. Developed by id Software, the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre and created multiplayer Deathmatch, DOOM returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience.


DOOM Eternal Deluxe Edition

DOOM Eternal Deluxe Edition

Hell’s armies have invaded Earth. Become the Slayer in an epic single-player campaign to conquer demons across dimensions and stop the final destruction of humanity.

The only thing they fear... is you.

The Deluxe Edition includes:
● Year One Pass: Access to two epic campaign expansions. Wage war across never-before-seen realms of the DOOM Universe.
● Demonic Slayer Skin
● Classic Weapon Sound Pack


DOOM Eternal Standard Edition

DOOM Eternal Standard Edition

Hell’s armies have invaded Earth. Become the Slayer in an epic single-player campaign to conquer demons across dimensions and stop the final destruction of humanity.

The only thing they fear... is you.

Experience the ultimate combination of speed and power in DOOM Eternal - the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat.

Discover the Slayer’s origins and his enduring mission to RAZE HELL.



Mafia

Mafia: Definitive Edition

Heading back over to the 2K publisher sale, we find an awesome entry point for anyone who is yet to get into the period crime drama of the Mafia franchise. 2K is offering the entire trilogy of remastered and reworked titles for less then the usual asking price of the latest release alone, so if you have ever wondered how this series was more than just an old-fashioned GTA, now is the perfect time to find out for yourself. The authenticity on display in each game is spectacular, with each representing its time period perfectly, and these shiny new versions of the games look better than ever.
Is this exhaustive?
Yeah, this is the lot, and the best versions of all of it, no less. Well, unless you plump for the 360 version of Mafia II over the Definitive Edition, in which case you'd have to buy all the DLC separately. Which, amusingly, would set you back more than the Trilogy pack, since it's all still inexplicably full price.
Achievements?
You're probably looking at around 100 hours all-in for the Trilogy, but Mafia III alone accounts for half of that. Compared to similar games, that's a hell of a lot quicker than you might expect to finish up, but there are three regional stacks for the 360 version of Mafia II if you find you feel the need to keep going.
If you only play one...
It feels a bit like a copout to keep calling out the first game in the series, but it absolutely makes most sense here. The Mafia remake is less than six months old and looks absolutely sensational, plus where better to best get a taste for the look and feel of the franchise?
Mafia: Trilogy

Mafia: Trilogy

Be immersed into the brutal world of organized crime spanning three eras of illicit activity in America. For the first time ever, play all three crime dramas in the Mafia franchise in glorious 4K and Ultra HD detail, including the built from the ground up, faithfully reimagined edition of the critically acclaimed original, Mafia.

Includes main games and all DLC releases.
Learn More at www.Mafiagame.com


Mafia: Definitive Edition

Mafia: Definitive Edition

Available September 25th, 2020

Part one of the Mafia crime saga - 1930’s, Lost Heaven, IL
Re-made from the ground up, rise through the ranks of the mafia during the Prohibition-era of organized crime in America. After an inadvertent brush with the mob, cabdriver Tommy Angelo is reluctantly thrust into the world of organized crime. Initially uneasy about falling in with the Salieri family, the rewards become too big to ignore.


Mafia II

Mafia II

The Games on Demand version supports English, French, & Spanish. Download the manual for this game by locating the game on http://marketplace.xbox.com and selecting “See Game Manual". Mafia II is a beautifully crafted look into the dark and unforgiving world of the Mafia. Hi-octane gunplay, brutal fighting and white-knuckle driving bust onto the screen as a Hollywood-style cinematic experience. It is the intriguing story of Vito Scaletta, who along with his childhood friend, Joe, will descend into the world of organized crime. Together, they will work to prove themselves to the Mafia as they try to make their names on the streets. Starting with low-level jobs like robbery and stealing cars, Vito and Joe escalate quickly up the Mafia family ladder…but the life as a wise guy isn’t quite as glamorous as it seems.


Mafia II: Definitive Edition

Mafia II: Definitive Edition

Part two of the Mafia crime saga – 1940’s - 50’s Empire Bay, NY
Remastered in stunning HD detail, live the life of a gangster during the Golden-era of organized crime in America. War hero Vito Scaletta becomes entangled with the mob in hopes of paying his father’s debts. Alongside his buddy Joe, Vito works to prove himself, quickly climbing the family ladder with crimes of larger reward, status and consequence. However, the life of a wise guy isn’t quite as untouchable as it seems.


Mafia III: Definitive Edition

Mafia III: Definitive Edition

Part three of the Mafia crime saga - 1968, New Bordeaux, LA.
After years of combat in Vietnam, Lincoln Clay knows this truth: family isn’t who you’re born with, it’s who you die for. When his surrogate family, the black mob, is betrayed and wiped out by the Italian Mafia, Lincoln builds a new family on the ashes of the old and blazes a path of military-grade revenge through the Mafioso responsible.



Metal Gear

Snake Tanker

Metal Gear is probably up there with Kingdom Hearts when it comes to being seemingly impenetrable for newcomers, but that really isn't the case. Every mainline Metal Gear brings a 'new' protagonist (in codename, at very least), plus the games are set years apart and famous for being extremely heavy on exposition, so you should never miss too much no matter where you jump in. 2, 3, and 5 are the only 'canon' mainline games on Xbox, so you'll have to go elsewhere if you want to fill in the blanks. Kojima's eccentricity makes it worth doing so, it must be said, and we'll never miss an opportunity to drop a recommendation for Revengeance — the action gameplay of Platinum's spin-off is every bit as good as its soundtrack, and that's really saying something.
Is this exhaustive?
Ha, that's a good one! The first Metal Gear Solid and MGS4 never came out for Xbox, so it's not even all the numbered releases, let alone all the mainline games. Most of the myriad side games and spin-offs are stuck on other platforms too, but there's no doubt that some of the best of the lot are represented right here. In terms of achievements, Peace Walker only exists on the physical HD Collection, while Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain both have separate 360 stacks.
Achievements?
Hope you've got some time on your hands... The Phantom Pain alone will take 200-odd hours to complete (oh, and there's that 360 stack as well), HD Collection around half that in theory, and Ground Zeroes should be a lot quicker. The spin-offs will keep you busy, though. Survive (it's not that bad, promise) is another long one, but Revengeance should be a little quicker, if a fair bit more skill-dependent.
If you only play one...
MGS3: Snake Eater on the HD collection, all day long. It's one of the best games in the series both narratively and on a gameplay level, plus it's chronologically the very first game in the series' convoluted timeline. World-class stealth mechanics make a strong case for MGSV here, too, although its story goes completely off the rails, and then forgets to end...
METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE DEFINITIVE EXPERIENCE

METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE DEFINITIVE EXPERIENCE

METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE DEFINITIVE EXPERIENCE is the ultimate collection of the METAL GEAR SOLID V story. Players can experience the critically acclaimed games and all DLC content including: • METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES • METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN • METAL GEAR ONLINE • 36 DLC ITEMS AND ADDITIONAL CONTENT


METAL GEAR SOLID HD EDITION: 2 & 3

METAL GEAR SOLID HD EDITION: 2 & 3

METAL GEAR SOLID 2 HD Edition. The government sends Raiden, a new recruit in the new FOXHOUND, to infiltrate the Big Shell and rescue the US President, who is held hostage inside... METAL GEAR SOLID 3 HD Edition. The origin of the Metal Gear series begins in 1964 at the height of the Cold War. The fate of the world hanging in the balance, Snake is forced to question the true meaning of "loyalty," as he embarks on a lone mission to kill his former mentor.


METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE

METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE

METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE takes the renowned METAL GEAR franchise into exciting new territory by focusing on delivering an all-new action experience unlike anything that has come before.


METAL GEAR SURVIVE

METAL GEAR SURVIVE

METAL GEAR SURVIVE builds upon MGSV’s stealth action gameplay with elements of exploration and survival creating a bold new experience. *An internet connection is required to play the game.



Already played all of these? No worries, there's always next time. But hopefully, we've managed to point at least a few of you in the direction of something you've never played before... maybe a series you've wanted to try for ages, perhaps something you're only just learning about, or even a franchise that you're about to buy into on a whim. Whatever the case, hit us up below to let us know if you're picking any of these games up in the current sale, and how you're getting on with them!
Luke Albigés
Written by Luke Albigés
Hey, I'm Luke! I've been playing games since way back in the 8-bit days, and have spent the last 15+ years writing and talking about them professionally for anyone and everyone who would let me. Monster Hunter fanatic, wearer of many fine hats, and always up for a raid.