It's not too often that the digital sales on consoles match up to those available through Steam, the Humble Bundle, Good Old Games, or many of the other PC-specific distribution platforms. But the January sale available for locals through the PSN store right now has some surprisingly good value, if you've got some leftover cash from the holidays.
All the prices below are in Australian dollars as of this morning, and I'll order the list from cheapest to most expensive to make everyone's lives easier. Everything quoted will remain on sale until January 22 unless otherwise stated, and each of the games will go through to the Aussie PSN webpage if you want more details from a web browser.
Another note worth pointing out: Sony have continued to add games over the course of the sale, so by the time we hit January 22 there may be other games discounted or available that weren't previously. As always, check before you buy.
Worth noting that it's $5.95 if you want to play MGS5 Ground Zeroes on PS3. Hatoful Boyfriend's at a Steam-esque price for something off-beat, and Hotline Miami should be in everyone's library. The original's still the best, too.
Valiant Hearts The Great War (PS3, PS4): $7.55 Worms Battlegrounds (PS4): $7.55 Goat Simulator (PS3, PS4): $8.25 Hand of Fate (PS4): $8.95 Titan Souls (PS4, PS Vita): $8.95 TRIVIAL PURSUIT LIVE! (PS4): $8.95 Beyond Eyes (PS4): $9.55 Tembo The Badass Elephant (PS4): $8.60 with PS+ discount, $9.55 without
Trivial Pursuit — which quite a lot of people enjoy, before you get snarky — is a fraction cheaper if you're buying on PS3. Goat Simulator and Valiant Hearts are the same price regardless of platform, however.
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PS4): $10.45, $14.95 for season pass bundle Terraria (PS4): $9.95 Velocity 2X (PS4, PS Vita): $10.45 Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty (PS3, PS4): $11.25 Tales from the Borderlands Season Pass (PS3, PS4): $11.95 The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season (PS4): $11.95
The first Tales of the Borderlands episode is free to download, so this season pass is effectively the entire season. The Walking Dead season 1 is a fraction cheaper on PS3 and PS Vita ($8.95), while Terraria on PS3 isn't discounted at all.
Some of these games you probably already own if you've had an active PS+ account across 2015: Temple of Osiris and Oddworld were both available at various points. If you didn't grab them then, however, the asking price now isn't much.
Murdered: Soul Suspect (PS4): $13.46 with PS+, $14.95 without Shovel Knight (PS3, PS4, PS Vita): $14.95 The Wolf Among Us (PS4): $14.95 Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (PS4): $14.95 Axiom Verge (PS4): $16.95 Chivalry Medieval Warfare (PS4): $16.95 Armello (PS4): $17.95 Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (PS3, PS4): $17.95 Rayman Legends (PS4): $17.95 DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition (PS4): $19.96 with PS+ discount, $24.95 without
Few things here. All the Telltale games are slightly cheaper on PS3 or Vita if they're available. Rayman Legends is $14.95 for PS3 players as well, although I can't imagine that would be a deal-breaker for too many people considering the cutesy platformer.
Lot of value though, and it's nice to see Armello at a pretty tempting price. It's definitely worth a pickup if you haven't played it (and is likely to have a larger player base than the few hundred that play on PC every month). I'm a big fan of the DmC reboot as well, although I had the advantage of being new to the franchise when I played the reboot.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PS4): $17.95 Wolfenstein The New Order (PS4): $17.95 The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PS4): $19.45 The Jackbox Party Pack (PS4): $20.95 Bound by Flame (PS4): $22.95 The Jackbox Party Pack 2 (PS4): $22.95 The Evil Within (PS4): $22.95
A lot of these games are noticeably cheaper on PS3, although Bound by Flame is a couple of dollars more cheaper on the newer console. There's a Jackbox bundle with both packs, but it's not included as part of the sale so you're better off buying the packs individually now (you'll save over $20). Interestingly, the PS3 versions of the Jackbox games aren't discounted either.
The Evil Within should run pretty nicely these days post-patches, if you're looking for some more horror post-Christmas, and The New Order is a superb shooter than should be played by all fans of the genre. Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a personal favourite of mine too: I think it pulled off the trick that Everybody's Gone to the Rapture did more successfully, and there's fewer frustrations (bar that bloody maze puzzle).
Assassin's Creed Unity (PS4): $24.95 Far Cry 4 (PS4): $22.46 with PS+, $24.95 without Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor Legion Edition (PS4): $22.46 with PS+, $24.95 without The Talos Principle Deluxe Edition (PS4): $24.95 Tropico 5 (PS4): $24.95 Alien Isolation (PS4): $24.26 with PS+, $26.95 without SOMA (PS4): $28.95 F1 2015 (PS4): $27.86 with PS+, $30.95 without J-Stars Victory VS+ Digital Edition (PS4): $39.95
A lot of these are way cheaper on PS3 — Alien Isolation is just under $13, and there are plenty of smaller discounts too. Lot of good older games, but if you haven't given it a look please consider The Talos Principle. It's a truly excellent puzzler, really.
That's the pick of what's currently available as of today. More could change over the coming days, but if you can't find something to play on your PS3, PS4 or PS Vita in that lot then ... well, come to think of it, there's not much in the way of simulations or space sims there.
But there are plenty of games regardless. And you can find other titles on the PSN store or by browsing through your console directly. What caught your eye, and what games have you been holding out on?