July 4th Gaming Deals That Would Make Founders Happy

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July 4th is a day of chauvinistic mythmaking and summer cheer. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by grilling food, watching explosions, and ordering a bunch of nippy stuff online that you don’t need at all but would still be really nippy.

Trade was a key driver of discontent with the crown when a group of American colonies originally told England to piss off, so it makes sense that shopping remains a fundamental ritual at the heart of celebrating the nation’s founding. Independence Day is a great time to buy a car or a refrigerator, but that’s not what you’re here for. Instead, I’ve rounded up an eclectic mix of Fourth of July gaming deals and culturally relevant oddities that happen to be on sale right now. Check them out. This is what George Washington would have wanted.

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Top Nintendo Switch Game Sales

The online store is currently running several sales through July 14, including the Recollection Collection and Devolver Digital Summer Sale. Capcom also has a publisher sale running through July 7. There’s a wide range of great games for little money. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Hogwarts Legacy: $30 (50% off)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge: $16.24 (35% discount)
  • Sonic Mania: $8 (60% off)
  • Persona 5 Royale: $30 (50% off)
  • Dave Diver: $14 (30% off)
  • Lord of the Unicorns: $42 (30% off)
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: $16 (60% off)
  • BioShock: The Collection: $10 (80% discount)
  • Nile Land: $15 (40% off)
  • Pepper mill: $10 (33% discount)
  • Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection: $30 (50% off)
  • Ultra Street Fighter II: Ultimate Contenders: $20 (50% off)
  • Capcom Fighting Collection: $16 (60% off)
  • Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection: $10 (66 percent off)
  • Messenger: $5 (75% discount)

Top PS5 Game Sales

The PlayStation Store has been having sales between Play Days and the Mid-Year Sale for a while now. Now there’s another one Essential Picks sale runs until July 17th. Many of the above Switch game deals are also available for the PlayStation version, plus these additional ones:

  • Dragon Dogma 2: $56 (20% discount)
  • Persona 3 Reload: $49 (30% discount)
  • System shock: $28 (30% off)
  • Batman Arkham Collection: $6 (90% off)
  • Nier: Automata: $16 (60% off)
  • Castle Crashers Remastered:$3 (80% discount)
  • Octopath Traveler II: $36 (40 percent off)
  • Like a dragon: Ishin!: $24 (60% off)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Deluxe: $45 (50% off)
  • Dead Space Deluxe: $28 (65% off)
  • Far Cry 6 Deluxe: $20 (75% off)
  • Diablo II: Resurrected: $13 (67% off)

Xbox Top Sales

Not wanting to be left behind, the group Xbox games are also currently on sale. Many of the deals on Switch and PS5 games also apply to the Xbox version, as well as these other low-cost games worth considering:

  • Hades: $12.50 (50 percent off)
  • Dead Rising 2: $5 (75% discount)
  • Monster Hunter Rise: $25.50 (65% off)
  • Resident Evil Village: $20 (60% off)
  • Aragami 2: $10 (75% discount)
  • Axiom Verge 1 and 2: $10.50 (70% off)
  • Flint hook: $7.50 (50 percent off)
  • Metro: Last Light Replay:$3 (85% discount)
  • Wasteland 3: $8 (80% discount)

Top PC Game Sales

If you haven’t checked out our Steam Summer Sale roundup yet, be sure to do so, because there are many surprisingly large discountsInstead, I’ll take this opportunity to highlight some really great games that are compatible with Steam Deck. The portable PC gaming consoles themselves are 15 percent off nowHere’s what you can play on them:

  • Ring of Fire: $42 (30% discount)
  • Cyberpunk 2077: $30 (50% off)
  • Star Dew Valley: $9 (40% off)
  • Destroy the Spire: $8.50 (66% discount)
  • Dead cells: $12.50 (50 percent off)
  • Empty Knight: $7.50 (50 percent off)
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection: $10 (75% discount)
  • Marvel’s Midnight Sun: $15 (75% off)
  • Risk of Rain 2: $8.25 (67% discount)
  • Saved from the vampires: $3.50 (25% off)
  • Balatro: $13.50 (10 percent off)

Best TV sales

There are hundreds of budget TVs to choose from, but I have two that should do the trick at both price points. If you’re content with gaming and streaming shows on a budget TV like I am, Best Buy is currently selling TCL Q5 Series 55-inch 4K Displays for just $300 (33 percent off). If you want something fancier, you’re in luck, too. While you could spend thousands on a truly top-of-the-line TV with blacks as shadowy as the event horizon, you could also splurge and buy a 48-inch LG OLED. Best Buy sells them too for only $800 (almost 50% off the list price).

Best Used Game Dealer

GameStop is currently leading buy 2 get 1 free on all used game purchasesincluding his (very narrow) retro collection. It’s a great way to catch up on sale buys you may never have gotten your hands on (Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Watch Dogs 2, GTA V) as well as newer stuff that hasn’t dropped in value yet. For example, you can play some of the biggest games of 2024, like Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year DoorAND Tekken 8 and save about $50 in the process. Have fun mixing and matching. Just make sure they have used copies of the games in stock.

The best of the rest

Here’s where we can have some great fun with a quick round of other nippy deals:

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