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Bargain Videogame Tips For Holidays?

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the choices-overwhelming-brain dept.

GameCube (Games) 74

Thanks to GamerDad for their editorial discussing the multitude of videogames currently flooding the store shelves, and the knock-on effect for bargain hunters. It's pointed out: "With all the new releases comes a shelf space crunch that means a lot of recent games, some from spring and even later, are getting marked down for quick sales." As an example, the column author "...recently picked up Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, a fantastic action game for PS2, for a measly ten bucks", and he also points out "...a bunch of excellent additions to the Greatest Hits lineup for Sony's machine including Sly Cooper, Ratchet and Clank, Tekken 4 and the brand new Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution." What other cheap console titles can you recommend for a personal early holiday present?

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Console games you can find for cheap (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7482326)

NES:
River City Ransom
The Legend of Zelda
Super Dodgeball
Super Spike Volleyball + the 4 player adaptor

cheapassgamers (5, Informative)

Phoenix Dreamscape (205064) | more than 10 years ago | (#7482348)

Take a look at cheapassgamers [cheapassgamers.com] .

Re:cheapassgamers (1)

GeorgeH (5469) | more than 10 years ago | (#7482405)

You beat me to it. That is an awesome RSS feed to watch, I get all sorts of deals on games through them, like SOCOM 2 for $40 instead of $50, or Robotech for the GC collectors edition for $5.

4x4 Evo2 (1)

JDWTopGuy (209256) | more than 10 years ago | (#7482377)

I don't know the console prices, but 4x4 Evo2 for PC is only $10 @ Wal-Mart. It's better on a PC anyway, because you get multiplayer and can add trucks/tracks.

15 Classics for $50 (5, Informative)

AFuckingCookie (618400) | more than 10 years ago | (#7482398)

As per techbargains.com, go to EB Games [ebgames.com] , select a console from the select menu in the top right, select 15 games for $50.

Options:
Nintendo 64
Sega Genesis
Dreamcast
Super Nintendo
Nintendo NES 8bit

Re:15 Classics for $50 (1)

YaRness (237159) | more than 10 years ago | (#7482709)

i don't know about the other consoles, but i only saw one game worth a damn on the snes list (f-zero).

Re:15 Classics for $50 (1)

Black Hitler (687112) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483993)

The following games on the SNES list are worth a damn:

Addams Family Values
Batman Forever
Choplifter
Chuck Rock
Combatribes
Cybernator
Earthworm Jim 2
Flashback
Ignition Factor
Joe and Mac
King of Monsters
Mech Warrior
Operation Logic Bomb
PilotWings
Slam Masters
Tiny Toons: Buster Busts Loose
Urban Strike
Wing Commander
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Zoop

And F-Zero, of course.

Re:15 Classics for $50 (1)

Deagol (323173) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483385)

Not much there to get excited about (at least for the NES). I was hoping to pick up some games for my kids' NES system (found at a thrift shop for $10).

And since I'm griping... can you get carts for the original NES with multiple games on them? There was this Chineese guy in my dorm during my freshman year at college. All he did was play console games. I vividly remember that he had this NES-looking thing that, upon powering on, had a menu of hundreds of NES games. Can you still get things like that?

Re:15 Classics for $50 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7483421)

illegally, yes.

Re:15 Classics for $50 (1)

calebtucker (691882) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483428)

Heh, I saw pics of someone fitting PC components into a NES plastic shell and running NES roms on it. Maybe he did something like that.

Re:15 Classics for $50 (1)

Deagol (323173) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483860)

No, this was 1990 -- way before PCs had the power to emulate that well and before decent emulators were around.

Re:15 Classics for $50 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7484845)

And since I'm griping... can you get carts for the original NES with multiple games on them? There was this Chineese guy in my dorm during my freshman year at college. All he did was play console games. I vividly remember that he had this NES-looking thing that, upon powering on, had a menu of hundreds of NES games. Can you still get things like that?

I've heard about NES game compilations being illegally available in certain parts of the world. But I don't think the technology to fit hundreds of full-size NES games on a cart was available in 1990 (or if it was, it would be too expensive). Were most of them arcade games, or were they all popular NES games like Mario/Zelda/Metroid/etc. ? I'd occasionally see things like "150 in 1" NES carts around that time, but never with decent games.

It's also possible it was a backup unit, which was reading ROMs from an external source like a floppy drive, hard drive, or computer. I don't know if they're still being produced, but you could probably get a used one.

Re:15 Classics for $50 (2, Informative)

simoniker (40) | more than 10 years ago | (#7485495)

There were/are plenty of NES compilation carts available, even back in 1990 - I actually found an old '190-in-1' at my local flea market in California last year, though they're much more difficult to track down nowadays, and mainly only hold novelty value.

The bootlegs tended to run with the much smaller-sized and more basic games, though, because you can fit more on a cart. A good source of info about cool/random unofficial carts is theredeye.net [theredeye.net] , especially his (warning, NES nudity!) archive [theredeye.net] . There are some very cool + totally unplayably bad 'conversions' of Street Fighter II and even Mortal Kombat covered on there, too.

Re:15 Classics for $50 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7485447)

It was probably a bootleg cart from overseas. Nintendo never sold a multi game cartridge (besides the mario/duckhunt/worldclass track meet ones bundled with the NES system)

There were a few other multi-game carts too but they were made for competitions/demos/tours/etc and none of them had "hundreds" of games

Re:15 Classics for $50 (1)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 10 years ago | (#7496190)

You haven't been paying attention to all the /. banner ads for this [thinkgeek.com] then, have you?

I was in Taiwan two years ago and bought about 10 similar systems (no LCD display) to give as Christmas presents. They were pretty cheap, and each came with about 80 NES games. The controller plugs right into the RCA inputs of the TV, and oddly, the controller is a light gun as well, so Duck Hunt and Wild Gunman work. The best games were Super Mario Bros. 2 and Tetris. They didn't include any memory hogs such as Zelda or Ultima III. Several of the games were unplayably bad, and I had never heard of many of them. The controllers got flakey after a while, but nothing you couldn't fix by opening it up and tweaking things.

They were a lot of fun. Certainly worth the $15 each that I paid for them.

My faves on the Xbox (4, Informative)

Babbster (107076) | more than 10 years ago | (#7482475)

Note that I consider budget titles to be $30 and under, new. :)

If you haven't played it yet, and whether you like the series or not, Buffy the Vampire Slayer tops my list of games that should have stayed full price longer and sold more. Sells for $25 or less.

For the visceral thrill of beating your opponents to a pulp while playing a futuristic frisbee football (think Discs of Tron combined with that silly game they played on Battlestar Galactica), Deathrow is quite a bargain. Sells for $20 or less, usually under $15.

Mechassault was a lot of fun on Xbox Live, though it got a bit repetitive. Fortunately, even the single-player campaign is worth its current $20 pricetag - playing through every difficulty level was a blast for me.

It's become a cult favorite with its original incarnation on the Dreamcast and the sequel on the Xbox - accent on the "cult" since it's never sold that well in the US. Jet Set Radio Future is well worth your time if you didn't get it bundled with the Xbox. This one is relatively hard to find new but used copies can be had for under $10.

Outlaw Golf and Outlaw Volleyball are both very fun games in the "silly sports" genre. Despite their silliness, however, there's enough simulation depth to ensure hours of fun - Outlaw Golf in particular gets props from me for having an analog swing instead of the old double/triple-click systems. Steve Carrell of The Daily Show fame does the announcing work on both and he's hilarious. Outlaw Golf runs $25 or less new with Outlaw Volleyball still relatively new at $30 or less.

Note that these are all either Xbox exclusives or, in the case of Outlaw Golf which ended up with a Gamecube port, Xbox originals. If I were going to mention some great multi-platform games, I'd probably throw in Max Payne (if you didn't play it on PC for some reason) and SSX Tricky (just a lot of fun, but blown away now by SSX3), both coming in under (sometimes well under) $20.

Re:My faves on the Xbox (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7482600)

Yep, you're an xbox shill.

Re:My faves on the Xbox (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7482870)

Note that I consider budget titles to be $30 and under, new.
Then your opinion is worthless.

Re:My faves on the Xbox (1)

ottothecow (600101) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483345)

Mechassault was a lot of fun on Xbox Live, though it got a bit repetitive. Fortunately, even the single-player campaign is worth its current $20 pricetag - playing through every difficulty level was a blast for me.

as an added bonus with Mechassualt, you can make back your investment by renting it to people who want to install Xbox linux without buying the game...$2 an install sounds good.

$10 for ZOE2? (2, Funny)

Black Hitler (687112) | more than 10 years ago | (#7482857)

That comes out to about $5 per hour of play. I guess that's an okay deal.

Cheap games for PS2 (2, Informative)

redfiveneo (692968) | more than 10 years ago | (#7482957)

Just about any Greatist Hit title will do, and FFX, GT3, and the GTA Bundle Pack would be nice presents for the gamers on your lists. (To decipher those for non-gamers: Final Fantasy 10, Gran Turismo 3, and Grand Theft Auto)

Re:Cheap games for PS2 (1)

Goldberg's Pants (139800) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483752)

The XBox GTA pack that just came out is fucked. LOAD of problems with it apparently.

Snipped from another site:

Reports are coming in today suggesting that Rockstar Games released a defective ver of their smash hit title, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Xbox). The errors concern a large extent of the sound effects and acoustic output.

RockStar have not comented on the situation and is not known whether they will remedy the problem by releasing a patch (via Xbox Live) or recall the defective vers.


The reason for the slightly screwy English is the report was from a German site.

Easy (3, Interesting)

Iammadmak (460794) | more than 10 years ago | (#7482994)

Gamecube has plenty of Players Choice games that are quite good and don't cost too much. Pikmin, Resident Evil and others are good if you haven't picked up already. I've also seen Timesplitters 2 and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 for cheap (30 in Canadian Dollars)

Wild Arms (1)

trippcook (529339) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483093)

Wild Arms 3 has one of the best examples of cel shading I've ever seen, a nifty western setting, and a good mix of RPG gameplay, story, character, and puzzles, without too much of any. The boss fights can be brutal, and it's only $20 in most places! A super PS2 bargain.

GameCube Deals (4, Informative)

Servo5678 (468237) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483115)

There's some great inexpensive options on the GameCube right now. If you (or whoever you're buying a game for) missed out on Sonic the Hedgehog during the Genesis and Dreamcast era, Sega has ported a number of their classic games to the Cube.
  • Sonic Mega Collection [nintendo.com] includes all the 16-bit Sonic games plus a few nifty extras and bonuses, such as Ristar and some history of the blue hedgehog. It retails for $40. Keep in mind that's for Sonic 1, 2, 3, Sonic & Knuckles, Sonic 3 + Knuckles, Sonic 2 + Knuckles, Sonic Spinball, Sonic 3D Blast, Mean Bean Machine, Flicky, and Ristar. That's a great deal if you missed out on these games the first time around. They're aged very well.
  • $40 also picked up a port of the first Sonic Adventure title for the Dreamcast, now upgraded to Sonic Adventure DX [nintendo.com] . It also includes all the Sonic games for the Game Gear as hidden unlockables. The port's a little rough around the edges, but it's still a great buy if you missed out on it the first time around.
  • Part of the Player's Choice series includes Sega's port of Sonic Adventure 2, now redone as Sonic Adventure 2 Battle [nintendo.com] . This one costs only $30 and includes some multiplayer enhancements that weren't present in the original Dreamcast version.
Turning back to Nintendo itself, a number of their first party games hit the discount rack earlier this year. Don't miss out on Pikmin [nintendo.com] and Star Fox Adventures [nintendo.com] for $20 each, while Super Smash Bros. Melee [nintendo.com] and Super Mario Sunshine [nintendo.com] are out there for $30. They're all worth your time if you've never experienced them before and come highly recommended. Also note that buying two of Nintendo's new releases (such as Mario Kart: Double Dash!! [nintendo.com] , Mario Party 5 [nintendo.com] , Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA) [nintendo.com] , and 1080 Avalanche [nintendo.com] ) will allow you to send away for the free Zelda Collector's Disc [nintendo.com] that contains the classic Zelda 1, 2, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, a demo of Wind Waker, and some other goodies. Or you might be able to find stores selling the disc seperately against Nintendo's wishes for between $10 and $40. Don't bother buying this from eBay [ebay.com] if you want to pick it up seperately though; the people there who are selling it know they have a hot holiday item and will overcharge you like you wouldn't believe.

Happy shopping and happy holidays!

Re:GameCube Deals (1)

Bagels (676159) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483685)

You're missing one of the best ones - Eternal Darkness [nintendo.com] . It's got great artwork (I particularly liked the friezes in the ancient temple area), a Lovecraft-based plot, and the unique magic and sanity systems for good gameplay. It didn't sell too well, though, so you can often pick it up for $20 or so (even cheaper if you buy it used).

Re:GameCube Deals (1)

NonSequor (230139) | more than 10 years ago | (#7484998)

It's not actually Lovecraft-based but it is without a doubt Lovecraft-inspired.

Re:GameCube Deals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7492260)

However, read this [gamefaqs.com] review of Eternal Darkness if you consider buying it. I wish I had done so before bying it...

Re:GameCube Deals (1)

nosferatu-man (13652) | more than 10 years ago | (#7484070)

Not bad up until you recommend Starfox Adventures. Those bastards at Rare owe ME money for the 15 minutes I wasted on that pile of poo.

'jfb

Re:GameCube Deals (0)

77Punker (673758) | more than 9 years ago | (#7489117)

TimeSplitters 2 is now on the bargain pile and is an assload of fun for my Gamecube. Too bad is doesn't have online play for the cube, though.

Re:GameCube Deals (1)

PainKilleR-CE (597083) | more than 10 years ago | (#7492277)

You should be able to pick up the Sonic Mega-Collection for well under $40 if you're willing to buy used. I think it was $7 when I bought it.

Re:GameCube Deals (1)

rootofevil (188401) | more than 10 years ago | (#7508307)

dont forget Ikaruga. man that game is fun, and impossibly hard.

Off the top of my head... (2, Interesting)

MMaestro (585010) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483180)

MGS2 : yeah the storyline was insane, to say the least, but the AI alone makes the game a must-have if you don't already have a copy. For extended life pick up the Substance edition for the VR missions.

Metroid Prime : unarguably one of the best made games in a long time, and the way it makes jumping puzzles in a 3D game makes a game other developers should work forward to (*cough* you know who you are..)

Advance Wars 1/2 : with a tutorial in both games (AW 2 actually forces players to go through the tutorial by integrating it into the single-player campaign) as long as the player has patience, anyone can learn this game(s) in a hour.

Previously played (2, Interesting)

Screaming Lunatic (526975) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483187)

Head down to Electronics Boutique and pick up some previously played games.

I just picked up Max Payne for PS2 for $20.

Re:Previously played (1)

benbean (8595) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483941)

Max Payne is $20 brand new... it's in the Greatest Hits series. I'd say you got ripped off.

Re:Previously played (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7490530)

I played it for free, and I'd say I got ripped off as well.

Re:Previously played (1)

PainKilleR-CE (597083) | more than 10 years ago | (#7492280)

Not to mention that the PS2 version comes with a double bonus:
- bad graphics
- bad control scheme

Get it on the PC or XBox, and it should still cost less than $20.

Anyone have any GBA / PC suggestions? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7483222)

Don't have a current console nor want one. I do, though, have a decent PC and a GBA. Any cheap games for these?

Re:Anyone have any GBA / PC suggestions? (1)

trippcook (529339) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483931)

Plenty! My ideas for the PC: If you like real-time strategy, Warlords Battlecry 2 [warlordsbattlecry2.com] can be had for $10 and is a fun game -- fairly Warcraft-ish. For more original RTS, the Kohan [kohan.net] series of games are VERY inexpensive and some of the best and most inventive RTS I've played in the past 5 years. The original Max Payne is a blast and quite cheap, as is Tribes 2 (excellent multiplayer, $10 game, if you can find unmodded servers to start out on anymore), and the Baldur's Gate / Icewind Dale series are all inexpensive now and fun tactical RPGs (BG = more story, ID = more combat).
As for the GBA, I'd recommend ANY of the Super Mario Advance titles. There's an INCREDIBLE game out called Ninja Five-O, which combines the best elements of the old Shinobi and Bionic Commando games into one BLAST of a 2-D arcade beat-em-up. That one's on eBay for $10-15, and is also called "Ninja Cop" sometimes (maybe they re=released it?). Anyway, it's excellent. Speaking of Bionic Commando, they made a sequel for Game Boy Color that was fantastic, light-years ahead of the original, or any other GBC game at the time. That will probably be cheaper finding it used.

23 Midway arcade classics for $20 (3, Informative)

mcc (14761) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483227)

This looks pretty cool. [ign.com] It will retail for $20, be released for all three consoles, apparently feature 3/4 player support on xbox/gamecube, will support a global high scores list on xbox via Xbox Live, and contains: "Spy Hunter, Defender, Defender II, Gauntlet, Joust, Joust II, Paperboy, Rampage, Marble Madness, Robotron 2084, Smash TV, Bubbles,
RoadBlasters, Blaster, Rampart, Sinistar, Super Sprint, 720, Toobin', Klax, Splat!, Satan's Hollow, and Vindicators"
(!!)

Another thing to look out for if you've got a Gamecube: Once Dec 6 comes, you will be able to buy "Pac Man Vs.", a really cool-looking 4-player Pac Man game (Player One uses a GBA and plays Pac-Man; Players 2-4 play on the gamecube, and play ghosts. The ghosts cannot see the entire board.), for $20 bundled with Pac Man World 2. You can also get this game free if right now you order I-Ninja or "R: Racing Evolution".

Also if you have a Gamecube: bestbuy.com is still selling Ikaruga for $20 with free shipping!! [bestbuy.com] Trust me. YOU WANT THIS GAME. It is considered by many to be the greatest space shooter game of all time.

Re:23 Midway arcade classics for $20 (2, Informative)

gamgee5273 (410326) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483313)

I second the vote on Ikaruga. Hell, buy yourself a used GameCube and pick this up. You will not be disappointed...

Re:23 Midway arcade classics for $20 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7484010)

I agree with the parent too! Somebody mod me up!

Re:23 Midway arcade classics for $20 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7484002)

Best Buy's website is notorious....here, let me emphasize that:

* N * O * T * O * R * I * O * U * S *


for leaving out of stock items listed as available, then after you set up your account and place your order, you will receive an email days later saying that your order has been canceled for whatever reason. I don't know anybody that has had mostly positive things to say about them, and I know four people (4!) who have had this bullshit happen to them with their site.

"Sorry about the mixup!!!! But oh, hey, why not use your new account to buy other things on the site? After all, you've already given us a payment method and a billing and shipping address."

Re:23 Midway arcade classics for $20 (1)

PainKilleR-CE (597083) | more than 10 years ago | (#7492288)

I've used Best Buy's site many times, both for mail orders and for pickup orders, and I've only had 1 instance where I had problems. In that case, I had recently moved, and my bank rejected the charge due to the delivery address.

The only other time I've had anything cancelled was when I ordered something that clearly stated it was backordered, and they waited 30 days and then gave me the option to keep it on backorder before cancelling it (when I didn't respond).

Re:23 Midway arcade classics for $20 (1)

(54)T-Dub (642521) | more than 10 years ago | (#7498093)

this EXACT thing happened to me with ikaruga
*grumble* *grumble*

action shooter (2, Interesting)

blueskatz (241135) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483231)

Check out the shooter Blowout [gamestop.com] . Brand new value title game for $10 for ps2 and $20 for xbox. Gamecube release coming soon as well. I was on the development team that made it.

Contra-like action with metroid/castlevania style levels.

Re:action shooter - NO Gamecube version (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7483327)

it doesn't say shit about a Gamecube version at the game website http://www.blowoutgame.com/index.htm

Re:action shooter - NO Gamecube version (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7483333)

I'm sure the developer of the fucking game wouldn't know anything about what platforms the game is being released on. Dumbass.

Re:action shooter - NO Gamecube version (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7483356)

Thanks for the advice.

Now why don't you go and assfuck a rabid pitbull on crack you chubby-ass living in his mom's basement piece of smelly shit!

Re:action shooter - NO Gamecube version (1)

blueskatz (241135) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483400)

All the same, it will be released soon.

N64 (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483288)

Just yesterday I found a poor, unloved copy of Paper Mario at the local Toys-R-Us for around $10. Neeless to say I've given it a good home in my N64. :)

Re:N64 (1)

gamgee5273 (410326) | more than 10 years ago | (#7492795)

Oooo...that's right. I grabbed one of those for $10 at my TRU earlier this year. Excellent value for a really good game on the N64.

Crawling around your local TRUs can be fruitful. There are a ton of N64, PSone and Dreamcast games still to be had there. A few still have Genesis games (I have yet to see any Saturn titles floating around)! Granted, some of the old games are still way too expensive (Powerpuff Girls on N64 is still $40, at least at my TRU) but then you find some great deals like Paper Mario...

Check on the TRU sales for Black Friday, too. Recently they have been doing some "Buy one, get one free" sales right out of the blue. I got Def Jam Vendetta and NBA Street Volume 2 for my GameCube about two months back for $50 together. I should think they'll have some nice deals come 11/28.

PSOne (2, Informative)

Spleener12 (587422) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483416)

For those who are in to more classic games, Square-Enix re-released Xenogears, Vagrant Story, FF Anthology, and FF Chronicles as greatest hits items. Xenogears and Vagrant Story are both great, and FF Anthology and FF Chronicles are four great games (FF5&6 in Anthology, FF4&Chrono Trigger in Chronicles) that run on sub-par SNES emulators. They're great games and are worth picking up if you never played them before and aren't put off by 16-bit graphics.

Head to your local Gamestop and you can probably find a metric assload of good old PSOne games for less than $20-$30. And an equal or greater number of shitty ones for less than $10.

Look for old, good games (5, Insightful)

damiam (409504) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483542)

Starcraft Brood War, Deus Ex, Diablo II, Civ3, GTA3, etc. are all fantastic games that can be found for less than $20.

Re:Look for old, good games (1)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 10 years ago | (#7484972)

that can be found for less than $20

As can the Red Alert 2 bundle pack. (Has Red Alert 2 and the Yuri's Revenge expansion)

Galactic Civilizations is a great game as well. You can buy it and download it off the net at www.galciv.com [galciv.com] for $40, but i think it's going for $20 now at actual stores.

Lesser-Known Fare... (3, Interesting)

shadowcabbit (466253) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483762)

Xenosaga came down in price recently (I saw it at Wal-Mart for $30), which averages out to a dollar per two hours of cutscene. Good choice.

Also worth checking out is Gungrave for PS2-- should be $20 by now. Excellent "shoot the hell out of everything" game. Perfect if you liked Trigun.

You might have to hunt through the used bin for this, but Skygunner for PS2 really turned out to be a good deal. Think Star Fox with a more cutesy atmosphere and without the corridor-style or space missions. Frenetic dogfights and the like.

Game Boy Advance games, well, you're not limiting yourself to much if you want to go $30; however, I'd spring for the e-Reader and three or four game sets for that. If not, well, Phantasy Star Collection, Advance Wars, and Golden Sun should all be under $20 now.

I can't really think of too many bargain games for Xbox or Gamecube right now, primarily because I haven't had those for as long as I've had the PS2. However, Spy Hunter (Xbox), Tetris Worlds (XBox), Sonic Mega Collection (GC), and Hunter: The Reckoning (GC) all seem like good buys.

Hope that helps some.

Gamestop stores... (2, Informative)

wickedj (652189) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483874)

Babbages, FuncoLand and Gamestop offer a gamestop member card for $10. It offers 10% off any used games for 10 months and gives you a 10 month subscription to Game Informer. The mag sucks but the discount is worth it. I buy all my games used now.

Just the other day I picked up Ico used for about $13. That game is awesome by the way. One of the best games I've played in a long time.

When it comes to newer games, I wait about 2 weeks and they are already on the shelf as used with $5-$10 off. Then I use my card and get an additional %10 off that. You make up your $10 real fast.

EB has a similar deal. (1)

Jeff Reed (209535) | more than 10 years ago | (#7483991)

EB now offers a 10% off used games/crappy magazine subscription deal. GMR is a somewhat better magazine than Game Informer, but the cost/savings are just about identical, so pick which card to get based on what store you visit most/is most common in your area.

Re:EB has a similar deal. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7484064)

I tend to do my preowned shopping at EB, but I have to say that GameInformer is better (in my experience) than GMR.

I have both cards/subscriptions, but I've rarely used the Babbages/GameStop one, simply because I rarely buy games (used or otherwise) there.

Now if they happened to have Ico like yours did... =P

Re:EB has a similar deal. (1)

PainKilleR-CE (597083) | more than 10 years ago | (#7492309)

I have both cards/subscriptions, but I've rarely used the Babbages/GameStop one, simply because I rarely buy games (used or otherwise) there.

I would have an EB card, if I ever looked up and saw that I was in an EB when I pulled out my GameStop card (I always have to check to see which one I'm in before I make the mistake of whipping out the GameStop card at an EBGames).

I think it's simply because there are a hell of a lot of GameStops around here, whereas to get to an EBGames you usually have to go to the mall.

Dreamcast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7483954)

Buy a Dreamcast. Download games from Suprnova using BitTorrent and from Usenet binary newsgroups. Burn and enjoy. That's cheap yet fun entertainment.

Re:Dreamcast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7494720)

Nester DC!! old skool NES on a real console. plus can pick up house of the dead 2 and a few other fun ones

Good game that no one mentioned yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7484133)

Though I didn't check anything beyond the first threshold of each post. Eternal Darkness for the GC, $20 or less.

More for the GC list (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7484152)

The Super Monkey Ball games.

Square (not Enix) price drops (2, Interesting)

shoptroll (544006) | more than 10 years ago | (#7485063)

Square just knocked a bunch of games down in the last few months to the Greatest Hits lists

I believe I read a press release that in Dec, the following games are going to be moved to GH as well.

Xenogears
Final Fantasy Chronicles
Vagrant Story
Final Fantasy Anthology (?)

I know that final fantasy 7 - 10 are on the GH list, and Kingdom Hearts was moved to that as well recently.

This is pretty sweet since the only games that were on this list for a long time where the ones done by Square when Sony was their publisher in the states (before Square EA was formed)

Re:Square (not Enix) price drops (1)

PainKilleR-CE (597083) | more than 10 years ago | (#7492339)

Vagrant Story

I think the only thing this will do for that particular title is make it easier to find, as I believe it was about $15 when I bought it used, and they only had the 1 copy.

Re:Square (not Enix) price drops (1)

shoptroll (544006) | more than 10 years ago | (#7494252)

Apparently it also scored a perfect 10 in Famitsu when it was released... a really hard feat for a game to do.

Re:Square (not Enix) price drops (1)

jvmatthe (116058) | more than 10 years ago | (#7503621)

Off-topic, sorry. PainKilleR-CE, could you contact me through email? I wasn't able to find another contact method. jvm@linuxgames.com

Thanks.

One word: (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7485245)

Piracy.

System Shock 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7485680)

I'll just throw out the best gaming deal I ever got, I got System Shock 2 for $3 at Electronics Boutique.

XBOX Morrowind GOTY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#7487086)

XBOX Morrowind GOTY for $30 brand new and just out. OK, $30 is not exactly bargain, but you get the original Morrowind pluss the 2 PC expansions.

Morrowind is a game so big and so long I doubt anyone will ever completely finish it. I put in 70 hours to just Morrowind and was probably less then a third through it.

Jewel case games for PC at Gamestop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7491570)

I got Myth II Soulbringer (literally one of the best RTSes ever) for (wait for it) $0.01! Yes, that's right, 1 penny! Same time, I got Independence War 2, a pretty good space sim for $4.99.

Cheapo PS2 titles. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7492499)

Blowout just came out and it's only $10 on the PS2. While not a great game by a long shot, it does mix 3D into 2 dimensional sidescroll very well. I consider it falling somewhere between Contra and Metroid.

Along the same lines, Mobile Light Force 2 was very good as is Mojo (if you were ever into Marble Madness you should get Mojo) in the "came out at cheap price" category.

Day of Defeat and other Half-Life based games (1)

Pvt_Waldo (459439) | more than 10 years ago | (#7496490)

Day of Defeat is probably in the $20 bin now days, but is "one endlessly playable package" as they say. Gameplay rocks, tons of online players (on par with MoH, RTCW, etc.), and it is Half-Life based so you know the netcode rocks.
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