How much can you save?

I have purchased many video games over the years at the full MSRP of $60 at launch, and a couple games at $70. For example, I bought each of the games listed in the table below at full price on release. However, at the time I’m writing this in 2021, if I purchased any of the games listed below today, they would all look great on my PC or console and I personally believe they’d all look and feel “AAA” by today’s standards. For science, the table below shows the current price today and lowest historical sale price to date per (for PC Games) or (if sold directly by Amazon for consoles):

*Current Price*Lowest
Price to Date
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt2015$49.99 on
Steam and GOG
$19.99 on
Amazon for consoles
$7.99, GOG
on 2/10/21
This masterpiece, worthy of a Netflix Original Series (is that why it costs $50 right now?), was frequently on sale for $20 as recently as 2016 before reaching the truly cheap territory of $12 in 2019.
Overwatch2016$19.99 on Blizzard$14.99, Blizzard on 11/20/18Unlike the other games which released at $60, I purchased this game at full price for $40 at the time of release in 2016.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild2017$44.99 on Amazon$29.99 on Amazon
as of 11/28/19
This game was $29.99 for a hot minute and $39.99 a few times throughout the years. Let’s be real though, it’s tough to get these flagship Nintendo games on sale, especially BOTW.
God of War2018$17.98 on Amazon$7.99, Amazon
on 12/4/20
The data displayed shown to the left is for the “Greatest Hits” version, available on Amazon. MSRP is now $19.99 on the PlayStation Store.
Monster Hunter World 2019$29.99 on Steam
$19.99 direct from Sony or Microsoft
$14.99 on Humble Store on 9/3/20Lowest price on Steam was $19.79.
As a bonus regret, I received a copy of
MHW: Iceborn (base game and expansion) on PC
for free with my AMD Radeon RX 5700 after paying full price for the base game. Nice.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon2020$38 for PS4 but included in Xbox Game PassNo Amazon DataIt’s an outlier that this game is available on Xbox Game Pass for console and cloud but it’s worth checking out, especially if you own an Xbox.
*Current Price and Lowest Price to Date are as of July 20, 2021

No it probably would not have been worth it hold off on playing Breath of the Wild. It’s one of my favorite games of all time, it exceeded the hype, and it rarely goes on sale and not by much when it does. With multiplayer games like Overwatch, it doesn’t really make sense to wait. That said, I’d rather have $50 than the privilege of playing The Witcher 3 or God of War on release. It doesn’t seem like much, but $50 or even $20 saved per month can make a big difference due to the most powerful ability on Earth: compound interest.