This is how it has always been here. The free market decides the price not the MRSP. The price will reflect what people are willing to pay. Unlike in many countries where the price is fixed, the price of consoles in Sweden fluctuate a lot. For example even if the official European price of the PS3 and 360 have not changed in a long time the real price in Sweden have gone down a lot. Look at the PS Vita for example. There has been no official price drop, but the real world price has gone down from 2790 at launch to 1790SEK in the cheapest store today.
I rarely buy full price games. About onme every six months. Otherwise I buy games on sale. I am not surprised games are not selling well since there are so many games already for current systems and what is the point of another generic shooter, especially since graphics and game design have barely improved over the last 5 years on consoles. At least when it comes to shooters. One of the few genres that actually have seen innovation in the last few years is RPG's, especially western RPG's. But not everyone is happy with how Fallout, Dragon Age or Mass Effect have changed to become more action oriented.
I lived on social benefits for about a year around 2009 and it really sucks. Not the money, I don't earn much even when working so I am used to being careful with my money. It sucked because you feel like trash and not master of your own life. At any time they can ask to check your accounts to see that you don't have any other income. I could not even get monmey on my birthday from relatives that could not give it to me in cash since it would show up as income on my account and thus deduct that from what I got so I ended up not getting any more anyway. Now I work full time and a part time job on Saturdays and I make €10 an hour on both jobs. I am not rich but every cent is earned by me and I at least feel some satisfaction in that even if the job sucks. People who claim that living on benefits and not working is some sort of paradise are wrong. It sucks, you loose confidence, get depressed and not even girls are interested in a guy with no job. Spending all days at home quickly goes from awesome to booring. I have a friend who cannot work because of medical problems and have been home for about a decade now doing nothing and he is so depressed. If he is interested in a game he has so much time he can finish Skyrim in a week and then he has nothing to do again. He has as much money as I even if I work 6 days a week and he 0, but despite what you may think and despite how much I complain about how work sucks, his life quality is much worse than mine.
So what Iwanted to say is that the safety net is there to be a safety net. It is not a bed of roses that makes you happy. It prevents you from starving but that is about it. Even if you get enough to afford some games you have more time than money and more time than there are quality games so you are never satisfied. I believe in the safety net, but it is a last resort, work should always be the priority even when it is low wage and booring. It makes that Sunday that I don't work feel so much more awesome. Or a national holiday like today seem like small miracle.
Having watched my friend play through the game, I honestly can't see why it gets such high scores. Apart from an interesting ending there wasn't really anything there. Completely forgettable characters that revolution gal and that capitalist and those and it was not at all focus on exploration like Bioshock 1. Apart from the first 15 minutes where you see the world, it was just a constant stream of enemies. In BS1 you met a splicer here and there. Here it feels like every room is Gears of War Horde mode. I liked the opening and the end but the actual gameplay in between felt like filler. Like they took an interesting story that could be told in 2 hours in a movie and inserted several hours of bland FPS gameplay in the middle with little or no story or memerable characters. I really hoped for an amazing world to explore like Rapture, but Columbia is just one firefight after the other. The end was just laughable with the endless stream of enemies on that airship. If I want to play horde mode I play something else. I don't come to Bioshock for the combat, yet that is what they focused 95 % of the game on.