Monthly deals – May 2020

This article are for those people who would like to get to know a little bit more about our highlight deals this month. A lot of time and consideration has gone into the selection of products in the deal, and we are more than glad to discuss within this article the reasons behind our selection and to provide more information about these games. The deals are especially a treat for our Xbox One customers, and there is a little something there for PlayStation 4 players – especially if you like Shooter games.

We will first discuss the games on our May deals before moving on to explore why we decided to focus on Xbox One owners this month. Just in case you are yet to see what offers we have for you at VG Stores this month, in no more particular order, here they are:

  1. Rage 2 PS4
  2. Mortal Kombat 11 Xbox One
  3. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Xbox One
Mortal Kombat 11

The latest instalment from the Mortal Kombat franchise. I am almost sure this is the go-to fighting game in most hangout sessions. Do not let them ambush you with it! Sun Tzu provides “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war …”. Grab a copy and be prepared for these hangouts, hone your skills before you “Fight”.

I will give you an example – last year sometime, I visited my brother and he casually brought out a copy of Mortal Kombat 11. At first he allowed me to play the computer whilst he feigned that he was working – I should have seen the trap! Then I beat the computer (probably on the lowest setting) a few times and got confident. After seeing how pathetic I was, he challenged me – honestly, it was an abuse.

I’ve learnt my lesson though. Bought a copy, played all the tutorials and played online against some frightening people. Next time we meet, I will form humble. I mean Sun Tzu did say “Appear weak when you are strong …”, then “kaplow”, I’m going to finish him comic book style (no pun intended).

Sekiro: Shadow Die Twice

This is a love and hate relationship for me, but spoiler alert, you will die more than twice. You will die a lot. You will stop playing for a while; when you resume, you will die some more. Oh did I mention, you will die.

In all seriousness though, this is a beautiful game, but it is not for everyone. It is a singleplayer adventure game. You need to have great reflexes and attention. If you are not dedicated, you will probably abandon the game. If you however stick to it, you will be well rewarded; it is rumoured that there is a special place in heaven for those that complete Sekiro. I dare you to prove me wrong!

Rage 2

Like a number of people reading this article, I am yet to play Rage 2. Overlooked due to an unfortunate release schedule. Coming out at the same period as Day’s Gone, Mortal Kombat 11 and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, so you might not have heard of it. It is probably more comparable to Far Cry New Dawn and Mad Max than the likes of Day’s Gone.

Why is Rage 2 more relevant now you might ask? It is because we strongly believe it is an appropriate game for this period. The lockdown probably means you have completed most of the games you currently own, and are looking for what next. A number of the Triple A* titles you are more familiar with are no longer in stock. After lockdown when they are available, the prices would be a bit higher than usual.

Further, most of the popular Shooter games now require internet to enjoy them; from Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint which requires internet to play, to the Call of Duty franchises that require a lot of GB to update. Rage 2 on the other hand can be played offline and it requires less data for updating it (except where there is additional content). Before you make your decision though, check out the gameplay trailer below.

Rage 2 Gameplay Trailer
Xbox One owners where art thou?!?

The whole notion to build up a deal for Xbox One players this month came from feedback we received from one of our customers and our experience as video game retailers in Nigeria. In a similar trend with the rest of the world, PS4 appears to be winning the PS4 v Xbox One battle in Nigeria – at least in terms of quantity of consoles sold. There is no official data, but consider two things: (1) in 2019 VG Stores sold 16 times more PS4 consoles than Xbox One (even though our price for the 1TB Xbox One was less than that of the 500GB PS4); and (2) I only have two friends with Xbox One in Lagos (and one of them is always considering getting a PS4).

As a result of the above, we tend to stock less Xbox One games than PS4 games. Despite this, PS4 seems to outperform Xbox One; for example, we may stock 40 PS4 games to 5 Xbox One games and still sell all the PS4 games before the Xbox One games. We therefore considered whether to reduce Xbox One games we stock.

An Xbox One owner responds

Shortly thereafter, we received a call from someone enquiring about a number of Xbox One games; I spoke to him personally – I had to find out whether Xbox One gamers just use their consoles to hold down paper ? (you know when the fan is on) and the exact reason why they didn’t buy as much games as PS4 gamers. The outcome of the call was that he didn’t know about us before he stumbled on our site, and in fact he loves our pricing (I mean who doesn’t?).

As a team we therefore concluded that rather than reduce our Xbox One stocks, we would make more effort to better present our products to Xbox One gamers. Hence, the appearance of two Triple A Xbox games in our video game deals this month at great prices. I would advice that you key into these prices whilst stock lasts.

You the reader can also help us reach more Xbox One gamers; remember to share the deal and this article.

Happy gaming!

*Triple A is an informal classification for games, as such there is no unified basis for making the classification. Therefore the classification in this article is purely based on the writer’s opinion.

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