June 11, 2011

Decent games for less than $10


If you're anything like me... you love a good deal.
And if you're a gamer, you know that moment when you find a good game that you've been curious about, sitting in the bargain bin... many happy feeling.
There are some real gems out there to find and I'm going to share with you what I've found for less than ten bucks.
(prices current at the time of writing this)

Bioshock
Released: 08/2007 (Xbox 360, PC), 10/2008 (PS3)
Xbox 360: $9.99 used at GameStop
PC: $8 NEW on Amazon.com
If you've never played Bioshock, you're really missing out!  Highly rated on Metacritic (96/100) and a personal favorite.  Epic story and brilliant first person shooter that takes place in the underwater fallen city of Rapture.

Blue Dragon
Released: 08/2007
Xbox 360: $9.99 used at GameStop, $9.99 NEW on Amazon.com
Traditional turn based JRPG (Japanese Role Playing Game) at it's finest.  This 3 disc game is not only fun to play but it's one heck of a great deal.  If you love the Final Fantasy series and have an Xbox 360, don't pass this one up!

Flower
Released: 02/2009
PS3: $9.99 download on PSN
I love this relaxing, unique, and beautiful game.  You control the wind while collecting flower pedals in each of the six levels.  Flower makes full use of the PS3 controller's Sixaxis controls and it's brilliant.  Explore, find secret flowers and just let it flow...

Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Released: 2006
Xbox 360: $9.40 NEW on Amazon.com, $4.99 used at GameStop
PS2: $7.99 used at GameStop
GBA: $9.99 used at GameStop
Action RPG dungeon crawler, check.  Super heroes with unique powers, check.  Online and local co-op (up to 4 players), check.  Available on many platforms (PS3, PS2, GBA, Wii, PC, PSP, Xbox 360).

Portal
Released: 10/2007
PC: $9.99 download on Steam
One of my favorite games of all time.  First person puzzle solving game using a portal device to complete levels... all while being promised cake.  Dark humor and brilliant gameplay make this game a masterpiece.

Prey
Released: 07/2006
Xbox 360: $2.99 used at GameStop, $8 used on Amazon.com
If you want a cheap FPS game that is decent, give Prey a try.  Puzzles, portals, gravity shifts, shooting aliens... all while trying to find your kidnapped girlfriend aboard an alien ship.

Resistance: Fall of Man
Released: 11/2006
PS3: $9.99 used at GameStop
I personally haven't played this game (yet) but I have watched this highly rated FPS game in action.  The game is set during the '50s and you're battling against aliens during an epic war.  Impressive classic shooter with co-op campaign and also multiplayer.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Released: 07/2003
PC: $9.99 download on Steam
You don't even have to be a Star Wars fan to enjoy this brilliant action RPG by Bioware.  I played this game on original Xbox and loved every minute of it.  The combat and RPG elements are top notch with high replay value.

Tinker
Released: 9/2008
PC: FREE
For a super cute puzzle game, this game is actually pretty fun!  Download it for free and earn Xbox Live achievements too!  Players must guide a robot to an end point by moving objects, activating switches, and traversing obstacles.  Can't beat the price.

Too Human
Released: 08/2008
Xbox 360: $7 used on Amazon.com, $7 used at GameStop
If you don't mind a hack and slash style RPG with tons of collectibles, check out Too Human.  The campaign itself is short but replayability is high if you want to get all of the achievements.  Fun and unique combat.

Viva Pinata 
Released: 11/2006
Xbox 360: $9.99 used at GameStop, $8 used on Amazon.com
PC: $4.99 NEW on Amazon.com
If you're into sim games and haven't tried this one... you're in for a treat.  Grow a garden, collect and breed pinata animals, defend against Ruffians and complete challenges.  This game is a relaxing and super fun.

There are too many gems out there to list them all... share the good deals that you've found!  Happy hunting!

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