Welcome to another week of Shoestring Gaming, a weekly segment where I try to help you find a great way to get good games while working on a shoestring budget. This week on Shoestring we’re getting great sales from Xbox themselves with the Ultimate Game Sale.

Ultimate Game Sale Xbox

The Ultimate Game Sale is an event where Xbox will discount a lot more games than their usual weekly allotment. This means that there is a wider variety of different games and usually at a much more discounted price. This Ultimate Game Sale has deals for 31 different games for the Xbox One and 45 different games for the Xbox 360 ranging from 25% off all the way to 80% off in price.

Shadow of Mordor Talion Powers

Fight uruks and explore the land of Mordor!

First up, a great game for the Xbox One is Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor is currently 33% off for regular Xbox Live members or 40% off for Gold subscribers. Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor allows you to fight your way through Mordor in an effort to stop Sauron and his armies of uruks. This game gives fans of the universe another chance to dive in and learn more about the history of the one ring as well as participate in incredible fights to regain the region and free slaves. Though this game is on tehe Xbox One and Xbox 360, it is recommended to pick this game up on the Xbox One as it has the inclusion of the nemesis system which means that they uruk captains that you fight will have different strengths and weaknesses, and if they run away from you they will remember you and try to hunt you down. If you want to learn more about Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor you can check out our review.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Set out with your friends as Gods and Mortals to stop the evil Set!

If an open world adventure isn’t really your thing then you could also get Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris for 50% off normally or 60% off as a gold subscriber, the sequel to the popular Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light game released in 2010. In Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris you can choose to play as Lara Croft and Carter Bell, a rival tomb raider, and after accidentally awakening the evil god Set, Isis and Horus will join in the adventure to awaken their son Osiris to defeat Set. This game is a top down twin stick shooter like the previous game and now offers 4-player couch co-op so you can enjoy the fun with your friends.


Enjoy the humor of South Park mixed in with turn based RPG combat!

If you prefer turn based combat and some questionable humor, then for the Xbox 360 you can get South Park: The Stick of Truth for 40% off or 50% off if you have Xbox Live Gold. In The Stick of Truth, you play as The New Kid who moves to the South Park neighborhood. Once you arrive you get involved in a large game of make believe as a war is going on between the humans, elves and wizards all fighting for the legendary Stick of Truth. This game of fantasy continues to escalate with the eventual involvement of Nazi’s, Aliens and even gnomes as the town itself is threatened. For any fans of South Park this is a game you might want to pick up and play. If you want to learn more about South Park: The Stick of Truth then you can check out our review.

If none of these games really caught your eye then you can head over the Major Nelson’s Blog where all of the games that are currently on sale are being listed.

What do you think of the games currently on sale? Are there any you wish were a part of the sale? Are you planning on picking up any of these games?

Andrew Stretch

Events Coordinator

I have been playing all kinds of games for as long as I can remember with a particular interest in action adventure and platforming titles. While I am primarily an Xbox gamer I also spend a fair bit of time on the PS4 and on my PC in VR.