Like I said a few times on the boards lately, it's a superb time right now to play catch-up with last-gen (wow, it feels really weird to say that) games now that everybody's moving on to new hardware.

I've been doing quite a bit of bargain hunting lately, and I've got a very healthy stack of things to get around to. I've noticed that the Xbox library is especially ripe with bargains, and I'm pretty close to completely checking off my list of every game I've ever had my eye on for that system. The same for the GameCube, and I've got to say that I love that feeling… it's pretty cool to take a look back across the entire lifespan of a given console and know that I've covered it as well as anyone could reasonably hope to expect.

The exception to the rule right now is the PS2… that little piece of kit is still quite viable, and my list of titles to get around to is still pretty long, and growing longer every month. At the rate this is going, I won't be retiring my PS2 for quite a while… this is really a good thing since there is a special place in my heart for the PS2. Out of my entire gaming career, I think I've probably had the largest number of positive and interesting gaming experiences with it, and since I have no immediate plans to pick up a PS3 until Sony decides to drop the price a bit, I'm quite happy to keep it around a while longer.

Just a few of the cheap bargains I've taken advantage of lately:

PS2
Urban Reign
Okami
FF XII
The Bard's Tale
Disgaea 2
Growlanser Generations
Deus Ex

GameCube
Odama, including the microphone
Mario Kart Double Dash

Xbox
The Suffering 1 & 2
Tron 2.0 (which is friggin' AWESOME)
Jedi Knight 2
Lego Star Wars 2
Spartan
007: Everything or Nothing
Dreamfall
Conker Live & Reloaded (which still sucks)
Doom 3
Total Overdose
Splinter Cell: Double Agent

All of the above I found used for well below retail price either in a brick and mortar store or on eBay… prices ranged from $.99 (007: Everything or Nothing) to $20 (Disgaea 2), so in total I saved a fortune by waiting a while. The best part is, it's not like I was dying to play any of these titles, so I don't really feel like I missed out by putting them on the back burner.  I kept up with the ones I felt were really important, either by paying full retail price (almost never) or through GameFly for a measly $30 per month subscription.

… and for those who are keeping score, I'm proud to say that I haven't paid full retail price for a single 360 or Wii game yet, and I'm not planning to any time soon (especially for the 360). $60 retail price?  Not at my house.

Brad Gallaway

Brad Gallaway

Brad Gallaway has been playing games since arcades were a thing and Atari was the new hotness. He's been at GameCritics since 2000. Currently, he's juggling editing duties, being a homeschooling dad, a devoted husband, and he does try to play a game once in a while.

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Brad Gallaway
Brad Gallaway
13 years ago

Hey guys, Thanks for your comments. First off, I have bought games on Live, so in that sense I have actually paid full-price for those, you are correct there. My bad for not being completely specific. ; ) In reference to developers not seeing a return on games are purchased used, I am very cognizant of that. When it comes to developers that I have faith in, or particular games that I am very eager to see as “successful” in the market, I do buy those at full price. It’s very few and far between when I do, but when… Read more »

Andrew Fletcher
Andrew Fletcher
13 years ago

“Buying used games is all well and good but publishers don’t see a penny of the revenue generated by the sale.” …and so neither do the developers (just to fill in the gap for others). I too was a big fan of the second-hand market, but have to agree with Evilsmevil that it’s a little rich to complain about the poor performance of great games when their hardcore fanbase simply wait for them to hit the used shelf. I’m not saying Brad is doing that, but I know I do. 🙂 It’s a Catch-22 really as hardcore gamers are also… Read more »

Brad Gallaway
Brad Gallaway
13 years ago

$12 on eBay with $5 shipping… check the “Odama” thead on the forums for the full scoop. ; )

Evilsmevil
Evilsmevil
13 years ago

.. and for those who are keeping score, I’m proud to say that I haven’t paid full retail price for a single 360 or Wii game yet, and I’m not planning to any time soon (especially for the 360). $60 retail price? Not at my house. Does this mean that you dont plan on buying a new game for either of those platforms? Buying used games is all well and good but publishers don’t see a penny of the revenue generated by the sale. Alot of the games that you have listed did not do all that well when they… Read more »

Brad Gallaway
Brad Gallaway
13 years ago

Absolutely. and one final thing i forgot to add earlier: while retailers won’t take returns on new games, EB, GameStop and a few others *will* take back used games within 7 days based on the “didn’t like it” premise… it bolsters the argument for buying used when there’s so much more protection for the buyer as opposed to buying new.

if i was a publisher, i’d be looking for ways to make buying new more appealing to consumers leery of getting bitten. provided my games were good, that is. ; )

Anonymous
Anonymous
13 years ago

“I think an argument could be made that it actually helps developers in one sense because trying a used game and liking it would make me more inclined to pay full price for a similar product from the same people.”

Absolutely Brad. In fact, I usually find I have much more fervour and non-biblical love for games that I’ve picked up on the cheap and whose quality actually exceeded their price tag. (There’s no official correlation between the two, obviously, but you’ll know it when it happens.)

You’re also much more willing to take purchasing risks in the second-hand market.

John Gawarecki-Maxwell
John Gawarecki-Maxwell
13 years ago

So how much did you pay for it, anyway? Also what do you think of it?

I picked up Odama for $10 two weeks ago, and I feel cheated.