Mashable’s team has identified the most- and least-paid apps for each of the top 100 best-selling games of 2016, and here’s what they revealed: 1.
Plants vs. Zombies 2: Garden Warfare 2 (Activision) – $9.99/month: No paid games, no ads, no in-app purchases, no microtransactions.
But if you’re like us, this game has a very solid collection of in-game currency, and you can earn free coins to unlock new Plants and zombies with each level.
For $4.99, you can unlock one of three new plants that come in the form of different types of zombies.
You can also unlock more zombies with additional coins you earn for completing missions, and those coins can also be used to buy more items in the game’s store.
The Banner Saga: Warband (Warner Bros.)
– $10.99: You get to unlock three new characters with each update, which are all unlocked with coins you collect in-world.
Once you unlock a character, you also get to choose between three different skins that are unlocked with the coins you spend in-the-game.
The game’s two DLC packs unlock new skins for the same characters, and they’re both available on Xbox One.
Assassin’s Creed Origins (Ubisoft) – Free: It’s a free-to-play title, so you can play as one of four new characters, or you can purchase the entire game.
You also get all of the game at once, which means you’ll have access to the entire story as well as all of its DLC.
Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady) – Paid: This is an exclusive pre-order game for a price of $19.99.
You’ll get all five DLC packs and the game on the same day.
The games’ main story is also free, so there’s nothing to worry about.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (Electronic Arts) – Unlocked: You can play all five of the Star Wars expansions at once for $59.99 each, which is a nice way to spend $39.99 without paying for a single DLC pack.
The DLC packs include a free downloadable copy of the final expansion, “The Force Awakens,” which adds a new planet, a new story, and new characters.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) – No paid: There are a few ways you can pay to play Super Smash Brothers for Nintendo Nintendo 3D, but it’s $14.99 to play in-person and $19 for online.
The best part is that you get to play it all for free.
Minecraft (EA) – Available for free: You’re not limited to the game, so here’s an opportunity to download it for free for the next 24 hours, and then it’s just $5.99 per day after that.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Microsoft) – Not available: It is not available in the US, and it’s not available on consoles.
It is, however, available in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
It’s worth noting that it’s the first game in the franchise to be released in the west, which should give the game an international appeal.
NBA 2K17 (SIE) – For $19: The most expensive game for the Xbox One, and the most expensive NBA title ever made.
It costs $69.99 for a physical copy and $79.99 online.
This is the only game in this title that you’ll be able to unlock the title’s Season Pass and other DLC for free, which gives you access to every single playable character, and even the unlockable costumes.
Minecraft: Story Mode (EA Games) – If you’ve played the original game, you’ll recognize the story mode, which features an array of quests to complete.
If you haven’t played the game in years, you should check it out for yourself.
Lego Batman: The Videogame (ID Software) – Sold separately: This game comes with a digital copy of Lego Batman, which includes all of his toys, and some of his gadgets, as well.
It also comes with the Batman: Mask Pack, which unlocks the new Batman costume.
Battlefield 1 (DICE) – The game is sold separately, but if you own the Premium edition, you get the Season Pass, which contains all the DLC packs.
Star Citizen: Alpha (Cloud Imperium Games) Not available for purchase: The game isn’t available in its native language.
Minecraft for Windows (Microsoft Games) 15.
Assassin: Liberation (Ubuntu) – Requires a Steam account to play.
Available on Steam: No.