PRICEFALL – Laptops, Video Game Sales, and PSN

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

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Welcome to Pricefall! In this series, we’ll be looking for a few of the best sales to fit your gaming needs. Last time we got into a few October sales within Newegg and the PSN store and this week there’ll be some use for that along with a lot more game sales to round the week out. It’s now mid-October and major hardware sales are starting to trickle in.  Two laptops stood out recently that should set the floor of what’s to come, being relatively good deals for the levels they’re at.

Laptops

acer-laptop

Cheapest: ASUS Transformer Book Chi T100CHI-D4-BK Signature Edition – $279.00

  • 10.1″, 1920×1200 Resolution
  • Intel Atom Z3795
  • 128GB eMMC
  • 4GB RAM (1066 MHz)

This would be your very low-budget laptop where you want a high screen resolution on a device that carries a small footprint. The biggest appeal may fall to the 128GB storage and 4GB RAM, unusual for this form factor. Don’t expect to do much gaming on this: the Atom Z3795 chip shares similar CPU performance as the Atom chip inside the Surface 3 but has a notably weaker GPU. If the Surface 3 (not to be confused with the Surface 3 Pro) can’t do it, this won’t either. Your options are realistically limited to older games, games with minimal 3D aspects (Ys, Trails in the Sky), emulation up to the PSP, and visual novels.

Best: Acer 15.6″ E5-575G-5341 – $579/$554 after Masterpass promo code MPGAMER16

  • 15.6″, 1920×1080 Resolution
  • i5 6200U
  • 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD
  • 8GB RAM (DDR4)
  • GTX 950M w/2GB VRAM

As mentioned last week, Newegg has a “buy $200 get $ 25 off” deal with Masterpass, full details here. Long story short: Checkout must be done with Masterpass, the total must be $200 or more, and no other promo codes may be used. At $554, this is the cheapest laptop of this caliber seen all year, beaten only by itself in recent sales that made it $4 cheaper. Having both an SSD and a 1TB HDD gives you the best of both worlds, the 950M is very capable, it has a USB Type-C port, and its battery goes for almost 10 hours with moderate usage. There’s a lot of bang for your buck here if you’re in the market for a new laptop. Discounts over the next two months shouldn’t be that much better than this, so it’s worth consideration.

Video Game Sales

Disgaea Triple Play

Between this week and last week I’ve talked a lot of hardware so let’s get into some game sales that don’t fit neatly into any category.

1) Right now, Newegg has a 50% off code for select games: EMCFEFT37
Here’s the full list. 50% Discount is included in these prices, but shipping is not and ranges from $0-6.

Though many things aren’t particularly noteworthy two, in particular, stand out:

2) GameStop has The Disgaea Triple Play Collection on sale for $21.97. The triple collection includes:
Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness

If you’re considering getting Disgaea D2 as part of the PSN sale, this is an alternative, especially if you lack a Vita.

3) Monster Hunter Generations is $27.99 if purchased from Nintendo’s site or on the 3DS eShop. The offer ends 10/18/16 at 8:59 AM Pacific.

 

PSN Store

Flash Sale

The quest to spending $100 in PSN this month continues! If you missed it last week, Sony’s got a deal where if you spend $100 between October 4th and November 1st, you’ll get a code for $15 back. Here are the full terms and conditions.

Sony has three sales going on right now: Warner Bros, NIS, and a Flash Sale. Some of the games on sale have been cheaper in the past (e.g., Demon Gaze or Disgaea D2 during 2015’s Golden Week sale, Z.H.P. during Survival Deals one year ago) but many have not. A full list of the games on sale can be seen here, though I’ll post some below that stood out as being equal to or better than previous discounts. PS+ members get an extra discount and that’s the number in parenthesis.

Far Cry 3 Ultimate Edition (PS3) – $7.49
Grimgrimoire (PS3, PS2 Classic) – $4.99 ($3.99)

Natural Doctrine (PS3) – $11.99 ($7.99)
Tales of Graces f (PS3) – $8.74
Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3) – $7.49
Tales of Xillia (PS3) – $4.99

Disgaea 5 (PS4) – $29.99 ($23.99)
Disgaea 5 Season Pass (PS4) – $17.49 ($13.99)
Grand Kingdom (PS4) – $32.49 ($27.49)
GOD EATER: Resurrection (PS4) – $7.99
Natural Doctrine (PS4) – $17.99 ($11.99)
Nano Assault NEO-X (PS4) – $3.99
PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness (PS4) – $34.99 ($29.99)
Shadow Complex Remastered (PS4) – $5.99
The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition (PS4) – $19.99 ($15.99)
Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet (PS4) – $22.49 ($19.49)

Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (Vita) – $19.99 ($15.99)
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited (Vita) – $19.99 ($15.99)
DJMAX Portable 3 (PSP/Vita) – $5.99
GOD EATER: Resurrection (Vita) – $7.99
Grand Kingdom (Vita) – $25.99 ($21.99)
Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (Vita) – $15.99
Natural Doctrine (Vita) – $11.99 ($7.99)
Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero? (PSP/Vita) – $2.99 ($1.99)
PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness (Vita) – $27.99 ($23.99)
Tales of Hearts R (Vita) – $7.49
Tearaway (Vita) – $7.99
What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord!? 2 (PSP/Vita) – $1.99 ($1.19)
THE LAST BLADE 2 (PS4/Vita Crossbuy) – $5.99

Worth noting is that although GOD EATER 2: Rage Burst on Steam and GOD EATER 2: Rage Burst Day One Edition for the PS4 gets you GOD EATER: Resurrection for free, this is not true of the Vita, regular PS4 version, or digital release in the United States. This isn’t necessarily a major loss: while the PS4 version certainly looks better, both PS4 and Vita versions of the games run at 30 FPS and the performance difference between them is minimal as the two games are originally PSP games. If you’re looking to get into the series it’s an excellent start and you can later get the other one digitally when it’s on sale.


That’ll be all for now! With random sales beginning to creep in the middle of the week, might begin having some more specific deals to look for along with the weekly roundup.  If you’ve got anything in mind, just write in the comments and I’ll keep an eye out.

(Full Disclosure: the Microsoft and GameStop links above are affiliate links, meaning we get a fraction of money spent on your purchase, which is used to pay our server fees.)

 

About Jaime Bravo

Went to school and got my Master's all so I could spend most of my time playing video games, watching anime, and looking for sales. Big fan of JRPGs and if I'm not watching 10+ shows a season, something's wrong. Five things I love: Lufia II, Castlevania OoE, Nichijou, Humanity Has Declined, and VGM.




  • Lord Ackercocke

    Cheers for all the info.

  • Panpopo

    The disgaea games are worth it. I beat all of them a long time ago and 3 games in one is a good deal, especially for around $20

    Thinking about that acer laptop. Really need to upgrade from my sad old one sooner or later