Talking about a crisp $50 sitting there in your pocket, in the year 2019, doesn’t make much sense. With the advent of cards, digital wallets, and so forth, currency is usually a thing of the, err, money cloud. If such a thing exists.
Right now, St.George Bank has a $50 offer for customers who open a new complete freedom bank account by 3rd of April 2019 and deposit $500 within 30 days. You can see all the details and Product T&Cs at stgeorge.com.au/bankaccount
. As you can spend it on anything you want – we’d thought we’d look at some the best videogame ways you could spend that bonus $50.
Catch Up on Some Classic Triple-A Games
It’s virtually impossible to stay on top of all the major releases out in any particular year, which means that sooner or later a classic gaming experience will pass you by. And sure, not being a part of the conversation as everyone talks about how great The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
is – which it most certainly is – at the time of its release can feel like you’re missing out, the feeling will pass after a while. But the desire to play an amazing open-world RPG will always be there. Same goes for the excellent Egypt-set Assassin’s Creed Origins
, which brought the long-running series back from feeling a little tired to one of the most engaging and fresh action-adventure experiences that money can buy. Add in titles likes DOOM
from id Software, Grand Theft Auto V
from Rockstar, and Fallout 4
from Bethesda, and you could pick up a few of the most talked about games of the past few years for well under $50.
Spend Time with a Few Recent Indie Gems
When it comes to the indie scene, 2018 alone saw the release of some truly stellar and original releases. Affordable too, with prices well below $50. From the classic 8-bit and 16-bit presentation and Ninja Gaiden inspired action of The Messenger
to the side-scrolling and intense Dark Souls combat found in the brilliant Dead Cells
. Then there’s Moonlighter
, which plays like a classic Legend of Zelda game except that you’re going through dungeons to find stock to sell at your store. Or how about the vast and evocative underwater alien world of Subnautica
, or the steampunk meets ice age Sim City disaster city builder that is Frostpunk
. There’s no shortage of wonderful indies to play right now, with these being but a few.
GameCube Wired Controller for Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo SwitchLink
Coming out in December last year, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
not only quickly became one of the fastest selling Nintendo Switch games so far, it also presented perhaps the best entry in the long-running Smash series. A series that although can be traced as far back as the Nintendo 64, it first found massive success on the Nintendo GameCube. So much so that competitive Smash Bros. players on the esports fighting circuit will only play the game with a GameCube controller. For good reason too, Smash Bros. and a GameCube controller is one of things that must be experienced. Thankfully, everyone can in 2019 thanks to the GameCube Wired Controller for the Nintendo Switch from PowerA.
Esports Events – IEM Sydney, OPL, Overwatch Contenders, Rainbow Six SiegeIEM Sydney
| Overwatch Contenders
| Rainbow Six Siege
League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, Rainbow Six Siege – all some of the most popular multiplayer games that you can play right now. Also, games that represent the most vibrant global and local esports scenes in the industry. With 2019 still in its opening moments so to speak, the next few months will see many esports events take place across the country. Well, mostly in Sydney and Melbourne – as is the case with most major sporting events. With the League of Legends OPL (Oceanic Pro League) kicking off, alongside Overwatch Contenders and the latest Rainbow Six Siege Pro League heating up, if you’re fan then getting in early on a ticket to a single-day final won’t set you back much at all. And if you’re looking at attending one of those massive, global, stadium-sized esports spectacles – then a day pass to this year’s IEM Sydney is the way to go.
Plantronics RIG 300HX/HS Stereo Gaming HeadsetPlayStation 4
| Xbox One
With the rise of esports and competitive gaming, we’re now at the stage where peripherals are mostly of a premium quality and price – offering up performance to match the price tag. That said, you might think it would be virtually impossible to find a gaming headset for around $50. Something that you could take with you whilst not having to worry about it failing or under-performing. Thanks to the exceptional build quality of their line-up in addition to the balanced and wonderful sound, Plantronics has become one of the most popular and trusted brands when it comes to gaming headsets. And the budget Plantronics RIG 300HX/HS Stereo Gaming Headset is a marvel when you consider the price.
Xbox Game Pass, The Netflix of GamesLink
Over the past year Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service for the Xbox One console has quickly become a must-have subscription. The setup, which one can compare to something like Netflix, offers players access to a large library of games both new and exclusive as well as older classic titles to play whenever they want. The genius is that instead of streaming, which for games is still a few years off from being viable in Australia, you simply download and play. And with every Halo included, plus the brilliant Forza Horizon 4, and so many more games to choose from – getting an Xbox Game Pass subscription will no doubt open the door to months of fun, variety, and surprise.