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5 PS3 Video Games That Should Be on Your Back-to-School Shopping List

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Highlighters are important when hitting the books... but so are study breaks. And what better way to take your mind of all that learning in books than with an assortment of PlayStation 3 games? So who's up for a quick game of soccer, committing a felony or two, or saving the world between class?

  1. Refurbished Sony PlayStation 3 320GB System
    Store: Sony Store
    Price: $199.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $43

    Is It Worth It?: Having to stop, take out the cartridge, and blow on it to keep the game from freezing? It might be time to replace that old system with this one CNET calls a "compelling package for an affordable price." That price is even better with this deal that is the best we could find for a refurb and $100 less than the best price we could find for a new one. Think of all the new games that would buy! Going fast, this item is temporarily out of stock, but it can still be ordered at this price and delivered when one becomes available.

  2. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes for PlayStation 3 Preorders
    Store: Amazon
    Price: $49.96 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $10

    Is It Worth It?: 99.9% of LEGOland minifigs live in perpetual fear of annihilation and only you can defend them from disassembly and bring them peace. Just put together a team of Marvel super heroes that pack the same punch, only with smaller, clamp-like fists. According to Gamespot, a large cast of characters, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor, appear in this game that "combines platforming, puzzle solving, and combat in colorful worlds" with a humorous take on well-known characters that is "instantly endearing." Preorder this game now and you'll receive a $10 Amazon credit. It is expected to be released on or around October 22.

    This game can also be preordered for Xbox 360, or Nintendo WiiU at this price, and each also comes with the $10 Amazon credit.

  3. Odin Sphere for PlayStation 3
    Store: The PlayStation Network
    Price: $4.99
    Lowest By: At least $10

    Is It Worth It?: Mashups are great, but sometimes you just want to play an original. PlayStation 3 will not play games from earlier versions of the system, but rejoice nerds! A number of PS2 games have been made compatible, including Odin Sphere (which we learned about through a Mountain Goats song). Other games include Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES, and Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, and more are available for $4.99.

  4. Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 3 Preorders
    Store: newegg
    Price: $59.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $10
    Expires: July 31

    Is It Worth It?: Unlike previous versions of this game, its unique plot is structured around three playable personas, Michael, Trevor, and Franklin. They possess special abilities and personalities that, when players aren't on a mission, come in and out of the narrative. This and other features, writes CNET, brings excitement to a franchise that "is moving forward and trying new things." Preorder now for this game now and you'll also receive a $10 newegg Gift Card. This is expected to be released on September 17 and is also available for Xbox 360.

  5. FIFA Soccer 13 for PlayStation 3
    Store: Best Buy
    Price: $17.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $18

    Is It Worth It?: Yell "Gol!" when you score this game from EA Sports. PCMag writes that this version offers more realistic game play, including ball control and "lifelike animations when players collide" that will minimize unintentionally hilarious ones, and, while this year's changes aren't drastic, the "FIFA franchise just keeps getting better and better." And so does its price, this deal giving you something to toot your own vuvuzela about.

Contributing Writer

Joshua Nichol-Caddy has written for DealNews since 2011, applying his interest in and knowledge of bargain hunting to pen an assortment of weekly roundups, including the Best Travel Deals of the Week.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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