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:
The Bard's Tale
Odama, including the microphone
Mario Kart Double Dash
The Suffering 1 & 2
Tron 2.0 (which is friggin' AWESOME)
Jedi Knight 2
Lego Star Wars 2
007: Everything or Nothing
Conker Live & Reloaded (which still sucks)
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 still loves Transformers, he's on Marvel Puzzle Quest when nobody's looking, and his favorite game of all time is a toss-up between the first Mass Effect and The Witcher 3. You can catch his written work here at GameCritics and you can hear him weekly on the @SoVideogames Podcast. Follow Brad on Twitter and Instagram at @BradGallaway, or contact him via email:
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