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The best action game of 2023 is now selling for $20 off

The best action game of 2023 is now selling for $20 off

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Armored Core VI Fires of Rubicon is now just $39.99 on consoles. Plus, deals on the Shokz OpenRun Pro bone conduction headphones and more.

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Screenshot from Armored Core VI Fires of Rubicon featuring two mechs fighting each other in a massive dilapidated factory.
One-on-one mech duels in Armored Core VI are a thing of beauty — and stress.
Image: FromSoftware

2023 has been filled wall to wall with great games, but one of the low-key best is now selling for its best price. FromSoftware’s Armored Core VI Fires of Rubicon is available in disc form for $39.99 ($20 off) at Amazon (PS5 / Xbox / PS4), Best Buy (PS5 / Xbox / PS4), and direct from the Bandai Namco Store. The game is still fresh off its win for Best Action Game at the Keighleys, but it’s not gotten many notable discounts before now.

The Armored Core series has always been a bit niche, mostly appealing to mecha sickos who love battling through postapocalyptic sci-fi worlds with robots they’ve customized out the wazoo, and FromSoftware brought it back for 2023 with a true-to-form installment. AC6 may be from the same developer that brought us Dark Souls and the sprawling Elden Ring, but it eschews modern open worlds in favor of classic mission-based gameplay — which is kind of perfect because it allows you to bite off digestible chunks of the game and constantly duck into the armory to tinker with new mech mods and weapons. And this deal is perfectly timed if you find yourself turning into one of those obsessive mecha gearheads, as the game just got a new ranked matchmaking update for its PvP mode.

A screenshot from Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon.
$40

Fires of Rubicon marks the return of FromSoftware’s long-running mech game series. Armored Core VI brings back the frantic, mission-based gameplay and eye-watering levels of user customization for your high-flying robots.

I can attest that you can make a Verge-themed mech in Armored Core VI.
I can attest that you can make a Verge-themed mech in Armored Core VI.
Screenshot by Antonio G. Di Benedetto / The Verge

Shokz’s flagship sports headphones, the OpenRun Pro, are selling for their second-best price of $139.95 ($40 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and direct from Shokz. Amazon’s offering arrives after Christmas, but the other two listings can still make it to you in time for holiday gifting. The OpenRun Pro may make a very good gift (for others or yourself) for anyone who runs outdoors and prefers to be tuned in to their surroundings. The bone conduction design means nothing is blocking your ears from hearing things like passing cars or bikes. Noise-canceling earbuds or closed-back headphones may offer better sound quality, but lesser audio quality is a fair tradeoff for personal safety — especially if you’re out at night and would otherwise feel uncomfortable not hearing things around you.

Shokz OpenRun Pro

$18022% off
$140

Shokz’s flagship bone conduction headphones are designed for outdoors and sports usage, keeping you better in tune with your surroundings thanks to their open-ear design. The OpenRun Pro are IP55-rated for water and sweat resistance and weigh just 29 grams.

Some more Mondeals on games, smart lighting, and a folding phone:

  • The Philips Hue six-foot LED light strip with a Hue Bridge is $181.74 (about $58 off) at Amazon. The bundle allows you to add an accent light to all kinds of places, offering smartphone or voice assistant control to display all sorts of colors — plus, you can get add-on extensions if six feet isn’t enough length.
  • Resident Evil 4 for PlayStation 5 is once again down to $29.99 ($30 off) at Amazon, matching its low from Black Friday. It may be a remake, but the action-packed survival horror game looks amazing and is great for both first-timers and long-adoring veterans returning to the title. Read our review.
  • Assassin’s Creed Mirage keeps getting cheaper, as the PS5 version is now selling for $34.99 ($15 off) at Best Buy and Amazon. Mirage takes the Assassin’s Creed formula back to basics, focusing on stealth takedowns while still offering an expansive open world with lots of side quests to pursue. Read our review.
  • The OnePlus Open foldable phone is now $1,499.99 ($200 off) at Amazon. OnePlus’ first foray into the world of foldables is a valiant effort that feels like using a regular phone until you open it up. It lacks wireless charging and the full water resistance found in its closest competitors from Samsung and Google, but it has the most inconspicuous center crease going down its foldable main screen. Read our review.