From now until 2/11/18, Gamestop is running a sale where you get any 4x $4.99 games for $10 both in-store and online. This makes cheap games even cheaper, and even more if you are a pro/elite member. Normally I’m a CIB purist, but this makes them so cheap, I wouldn’t really care if they didn’t come complete. That being said, you might see a few big classics you can get from their online store that I wouldn’t usually recommend because I try to stick to in-store availability only. So for the next month, keep a look out for all the games I’ve featured and snag them up $2.50 a piece.
Platforms: Game Boy Color (2000)
Gamerankings.com Score: 81.3%
Genres: Strategy, Turn Based, Card Battle
For $5, this game is a must own just for the music alone. The battle theme is hands down one of the best tunes that can come out of the Game Boy’s single speaker. The game itself is also a blast to play, but due to deck randomness and coin-flips, it seems harder now than it did back in the day. The graphics are rather plain, but all the cards are detailed and recognizable. There isn’t much of a story but there is a map for you to wander around looking for trainers and gym leaders to battle. The game has 200+ cards for you to build your deck with and of course includes 2 player mode so you and a friend and pit your strongest deck against one another. And somehow 17+ years later, this is still the only Pokemon TCG game on any console.
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, First Person, Horror
While the first game was fairly well received, the sequel outdoes it in many facets, providing a more focus and rewarding experience. No previous knowledge is required as you guide Ethan Thomas through some beautifully created, yet disgusting looking environments, using whatever you can find to fight off those who lurk around every dark corner. First person melee combat is as up close and intense as ever but you will be seeing a fair amount of gunplay as well. In between the action, you will be tasked with using forensic devices to investigate crime scene that drive the plot forward. Be aware, the game should take around 10 hours to complete, and after learning all the story’s secrets, coupled with uninspired multiplayer, it doesn’t offer much replayability.
Developer/Publisher: iD Software/Bethesda
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 (2011)
Gamerankings.com Score: ~81.9%
Genres: Action, Shooter, First Person, Arcade
If you had to pick one developer you’d think would be able to deliver an unparalleled next gen gaming experience, iD Software would be it. At the time of release and still, Rage is one of the best looking games of the PS3/360 generation. Using iD’s own Tech 5 engine, Rage is a post apocalyptic adventure much akin to Fallout 3. But while Bethesda’s other beloved property focused on role playing, Rage comes hard with typical iD first person shooting. It also features robust and critically lauded car combat mechanics. Steer clear of the PS3 version as it has some performance issues, but the great thing about the 360 version is it is now backwards compatible on Xbox One. This means the frame rate is rock solid at 60fps and texture loading is much improved meaning an already beautiful game is now even more so.
Developer/Publisher: Clap Hanz/SCEI
Platforms: PS Vita
Gamerankings.com Score: 77.7%
Gamestop: $4.99 Ebay
Genre: Sports, Golf
If you’ve played any of the Hot Shots Golf games over the years, than there isn’t much new to this game. But that’s fine because they are the best, if not only, arcade style golf game in town. This does feel like a portable PS3 game, and there are some Vita specific features, but none of them do anything to largely change the game. There is local and online multiplayer, and since it’s so cheap, it won’t hard to convince a friend to pick up a copy for some head to head tournaments. This game does get hard though, especially the putting. It seems like they decreased the sensitivity on the green, resulting in really frustrating strokes leading to blowing tournaments on the last holes. There is an easy mode available which doesn’t change any settings for you, it just makes your opponent worse.
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 (2011)
Gamerankings.com Score: ~84.5%
Genre: Action, Adventure, Open World
The Saints Row series has always served as a less mature version of Grand Theft Auto, where the developers asked themselves, “wouldn’t it be cool if…”, and then they put it into the game. That being said, I don’t think anyone played this game and didn’t have fun. Featuring gratuitous sex, violence, and language, this may not be the game for everyone, but for people looking to release some stress by blowing up hookers and rival gang members as a naked green hobgoblin in a pixelized tank right out of battlezone, this one’s for you.
Developer/Publisher: Ubisoft Paris/Ubisoft
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 (2012)
Gamerankings.com Score: ~78.5%
Genre: Action, Shooter, Third Person, Tactical
The Ghost Recon series has been around for along time. While some more popular franchises follow the more standard “run and gun” military formula, Recon has always been one to let you step back and survey the options before directing your team how to best fulfill your objective. This iteration tries to freshen things up by taking a step out of reality by giving you some futuristic camo, ammo, and firearms. The game does pull a little inspiration from more action oriented games like COD: Modern Warfare, which does add some needed variety, but mostly it holds true to what made the series a standout from the beginning. It also has multiplayer, so grab three of your friends for some engaging mission based co-op.