Microsoft offering $20 for pre-ordering some upcoming games

Actually, it’s 1600 Microsoft Points. But that’s equivalent to twenty bucks, which you were going to blow on Xbox Live eventually, so there.

Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games

There are ten games for the Xbox 360 (obviously) that are part of the deal. And the best part? Most of them are titles that you were going to get anyway. Which means the selection is fairly awesome.

And it includes…

Grand Theft Auto 5
BioShock Infinite
Tomb Raider
Lost Planet 3
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Crysis 3
Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14
Dead Space 3
South Park: The Stick of Truth

GTA 5, BioShock Infinite, and MGR: Revengance are total no-brainers for sure. And you may as well count me in for Dead Space 3 as well. Though the deal is only available via the Microsoft Store, not that it’s a bad thing.

As for your PS3 owners out there, don’t feel too bad; Sony just launched the 13 for ’13 sale, and a number of totally decent games are currently available at deep discounts, around 50%, and that’s before the additional savings on top if you’re a PlayStation Plus member.

Here’s that list…

LittleBigPlanet Karting ($19.99, $10 with Plus)
The Unfinished Swan ($7.49, $3.75 with Plus)
Ratchet & Clank ($7.49, $3.75 with Plus)
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy ($3.99, $2.00 with Plus)
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds Complete Collection ($12.49, $6.25 with Plus)
Warp ($4.99, $2.50 with Plus)
Shank 2 ($4.99, $2.50 with Plus)
NiGHTS into Dreams ($4.99, $2.50 with Plus)
Jet Set Radio ($4.99, $2.50 with Plus)
The House of the Dead: Overkill Extended Cut ($9.99, $5.00 with Plus)
Psychonauts ($4.99, $2.50 with Plus)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 ($19.99, $10.00 with Plus)
Machinarium ($4.99, $2.50 with Plus)

Okay, it’s not nearly as sexy as what MS is offering. But hey, Jet Set Radio and Psychonauts for $2.50 each? At least it doesn’t make you feel too bad for being a sucker with a Plus membership for once.