It's not often I'll buy things brand spanking new. While I fully appreciate the time, effort and dedication it takes for a team of developers to create a gaming masterpiece, not all games are masterpieces. Game prices continue to soar and as a lowly (greedy) consumer I can't afford to buy all the games I want as soon as they are released. Nor do I always have the time I would like to dedicate to them!
Some games offer a vast amount of playability e.g. Skyrim, some games offer far less e.g. Portal 2. Both these games are fantastic creations but I felt more comfortable handing over a healthy chunk of money buying Skyrim on release day than I did Portal 2. I love Portal 2, absolutely love it, for it's design, character and genius. But I couldn't justify £40+ for less then ten hours of gaming. Skyrim at 100+ hours is acceptable.
So, being the cheap gamer that I am, I enjoy the January sales. There has been a recent trend in the high street game stores to offer less interesting deals on pre-owned games. Some old games such as Hitman and Oblivion have seen a price hike (I got Hitman for £2.50 2 years ago, today it was £7.99!). With Skyrim being released I assume interest in Oblivion has raised, hence the price change. But again, 2 years ago I purchased the GOTY edition for £9.99 brand new. Today the original release (no DLC) pre-owned was £17.99. Similar patterns can be observed with the Assassins Creed series, Call of Duty and many others.
Two brief shopping sprees have left me with a nice pile of games to get through over the next few months. By the time I've finished this lot, Assassins Creed Revelations and a few others will have dropped in price!
- Child Of Eden
- Dead Rising 2
- Far Cry 2
- Crysis 2
- Metro 2033
- Ninety Nine Nights
- Dark Souls
- Splinter Cell: Double Agent
Having just looked at the pile under the table I realise I still have this lot to start or play through properly!
- Skyrim - The missus is currently playing this
- Fable 2 - Which will undoubtedly lead to buying Fable 3
- Halo 3 - All the Halo love seems to of skipped me by.
- Left For Dead
- Left For Dead 2 - I've only been playing multiplayer with these!
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - With which I suffered a rather annoying bug where I need to restart my game!
I'll check back at the end of the year and see how many I got through!