If you’ve been frothing at the mouth, chomping at the bit, or some other weird oral metaphor waiting for a new sale on the PS Store, it starts February 19th. The Essential Picks sale gathers a handful of games, drops the price a bit, and lets you play financial whack-a-mole for any titles you’ve been meaning to grab. Are these essential? Let’s dig into the list and see.
As you can tell from the image, The Witcher 3: Complete Edition is included for only $14.99. That’s an essential game with so much content for you to explore. The DLC is also marked down if you want to pick that up for less. Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition is $39.99, and it’s another top game of the generation. Finally, I would argue that Batman: Arkham Knight for $9.99 is another essential game that’s fantastic and a good price. These aren’t the only great games, but I have no reservations about recommending them.
From there, the “essential” game definition becomes a bit murkier. There are versions of Ark and Skyforge with different amounts of DLC. Assassin’s Creed Origins and Odyssey and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Wildlands are also up for sale. There are over ten different LEGO games on sale. Every one of The Jackbox Party Pack games is on sale too. You’ll need to decide if any of these belong on your shortlist.
One other thing to keep in mind is that some of these games have been priced lower in the past, so keep an eye on the final price to see if you need it now or if you can wait. It’s always a risk, but a frugal gamer is a happy gamer.
I’ve put the whole list from the PlayStation Blog on this page, and you can search it by using the field at the top-right if you are looking for something specific. If not, you can scroll through at your leisure. The Essential Sale runs through March 3rd, so you have plenty of time to plan your next purchase.[table id=19 /]