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While most parents are focusing on getting their kids ready for back to school, the kids are likely looking for any way to prolong the summer. That's where these video games come in! Let them spend the dog days of summer quietly entertained by great titles for both Xbox and PS3. And, if you can't find the games you're looking for check out our daily video game deals for more.
Is It Worth It?: Before you can spend countless hours beating each level of the video games in this roundup, you'll need a sweet console. This Microsoft Xbox 360 4GB Console comes bundled with an additional Xbox 360 wireless controller and your choice of an Xbox 360 game for $234. Depending on which game title you choose, that's a savings of at least $42 compared to the lowest total price we could find for these items purchased separately elsewhere. This slimmer Xbox features 4GB internal memory, 802.11n wireless connectivity, and more. Choose one of nine games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (pictured), Assassin's Creed: Revelations, and more.
Is It Worth It?: Carolyn Petit of Gamespot calls Batman: Arkham City "an unforgettable adventure that will keep you coming back to the cape and cowl long after you've seen the credits roll." Get in on the action in one of the best-reviewed titles of 2011 with your copy for PlayStation 3 (pictured) or Xbox 360 for just $19.99.
Is It Worth It?: Destructoid called this complete Mortal Kombat game "superb." GameZone gave it a 9.0 rating. It scored 88 out of 100 on Metacritic. That's right, it's one of the genuine smashes of 2011. Own this Editors' Choice game now for PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 for just $19.99 with free shipping via Prime. (Non-members can spend $25 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping costs $4.98.)
Is It Worth It?: We are huge fans of Walmart's video game bundles — they're a wonderful opportunity to customize a few games you especially like at a very low cost. In this deal you get three select Xbox 360 games for $30, and there are 41 games to choose from; standouts include Grand Theft Auto IV, Batman: Arkham Asylum, EA Sports MMA, and Alpha Protocol.
Is It Worth It?: Eight games for the price of one? Now that sounds like an attractive deal. This digital collection of Xbox 360 games from Capcom runs for just $15.99. Now, it's not like you're getting top-rated new titles like Mass Effect 3; it's obviously a clearinghouse of Capcom titles that have passed their peak selling period. (Most of these games were released about three years ago.) The titles include 1942: Joint Strike, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Final Fight Double Impact (includes Final Fight and Magic Sword), Flock!, Rocketmen: Axis of Evil (including Rocketmen: It Came From Uranus expansion), Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, and Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3. The way we figure it, you'll get hours — nay, weeks — of enjoyment for a fraction of the price of a new title.
Of note, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can pick up the Capcom Digital Collection for Xbox 360 for just $13.99 with free shipping.
Front page photo credit: Games Are Evil