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post #1 of 2478
Thread Starter 
As im on a rather limited income as of late (job interviews coming up, finally!) Ive recently gone back to shopping used or new bargain bin games; the rather good results of this experience inspired me to create this thread, so go ahead and share you bargain bin experiences.
As for me, I recently got "Crackdown" brand new for the 360 (for ten bucks), and im loving every second of it, unlike any GTA game, which bored me halfway through...maybe its the super powered cop angle, but Im really into it; plus, jumping several feet in the air and fire a rocket at the gang car below you never gets old.
Also got "Burnout:Revenge" for the same price...pretty much the only racing series I can get into (never liked Burnout Paradise much).

PS: Saw "Painkiller: Gold Edition" for the PC (15 bucks) at a store yesterday...is it worth it?
post #2 of 2478
It's an FPS where you get a gun that shoots shurikens and lightning. If that doesn't sell you on it I'm not sure what will. If you enjoy games in the Serious Sam mold where you just take on horde after horde of monsters with huge, awesome guns then this is right up your alley.
post #3 of 2478
For some reason, the bargain bins have been extremely nice to me in terms of regular XBox games more than 360 ones (though the second my local mom n pop store gets another copy of Stranglehold for $7, that fucker's mine). I've managed to snatch up The Punisher, Jade Empire Collector's Edition, and Fatal Frame II for less than $10 altogether.

Less nice is the fact that 3 of the games I've gotten recently (The Warriors, Everything or Nothing, and Timesplitters Future Perfect) aren't on the BC list.
post #4 of 2478
How does Jade Empire compare to KOTOR? There has been a bit of a drought with good 360/Wii games lately and I love KOTOR, so I'd be willing to pick it up on the spot.
post #5 of 2478
The customization blows, the combat's a little overly simplistic, and the story's basically KOTOR in China, but it still manages to be entertaining as hell. And for less than $10, you can afford to take a chance.
post #6 of 2478
Several chewers recently told me to pick up the first two fallout games.

I think I won the boxset on ebay for about £1?
post #7 of 2478
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Originally Posted by Bees?! View Post
Several chewers recently told me to pick up the first two fallout games.

I think I won the boxset on ebay for about £1?
That's the best pound you've ever spent.
post #8 of 2478
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Originally Posted by ryoken View Post
As for me, I recently got "Crackdown" brand new for the 360 (for ten bucks), and im loving every second of it, unlike any GTA game, which bored me halfway through...maybe its the super powered cop angle, but Im really into it; plus, jumping several feet in the air and fire a rocket at the gang car below you never gets old.
I completely agree.

I recently picked up Prince of Persia Sands of Time, Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, Tomb Raider Legend, and Crackdown for a combined total of 23 bucks. Lots of value there.
post #9 of 2478
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Originally Posted by Mr. Gittes View Post
It's an FPS where you get a gun that shoots shurikens and lightning. If that doesn't sell you on it I'm not sure what will. If you enjoy games in the Serious Sam mold where you just take on horde after horde of monsters with huge, awesome guns then this is right up your alley.
Ahh, I see Zero Puntiaction reviewed it, and yes, sounds like a must for someone like me.
Thanks for the advice, Ill go pick it up tomorrow.
post #10 of 2478
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Originally Posted by Overlord View Post
I completely agree.

I recently picked up Prince of Persia Sands of Time, Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, Tomb Raider Legend, and Crackdown for a combined total of 23 bucks. Lots of value there.
I actually also bought the live content for "Crackdown" with my leftover MS points from getting BC:Rearmed...i have no idea whats new in the game, but its been so awesome, I couldnt care less anymore; the gun that shoots tracking mini rockets its fun as hell, and the first time i used it on some russian thugs on a missile towing truck was glorious.
Heh, I got Hulk for the PS2 montsh ago via Ebay...gotta replay that one, since I once rented it and never finished it.
post #11 of 2478
I got Guilty Gear x2 from Gamestop for $5. Awesome game and a lot cheaper than the $15 XBox Live wants in order to download it.

I don't get why anyone would pay that kind of money for "XBox Originals" when you can find most of them (save Psychonauts) all day for around $5 a pop.
post #12 of 2478
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I've managed to snatch up The Punisher, Jade Empire Collector's Edition, and Fatal Frame II for less than $10 altogether.
I've had absolutely zero luck either locating copies of Fatal Frame games or finding copies that actually work in my system.
post #13 of 2478
When was the last time you updated your 360?
post #14 of 2478
Picked up The Club and Crackdown for $25 at Gamestop. I was surprised that The Club was so cheap, seeing at how recently it was released; the demo was pretty good and seemed like a no-brainer for $15.

However, I haven't had a chance to play it since Crackdown has invaded and become a permanent residence in my 360 disc tray.

Seriously, they should have just named it "Crack."
post #15 of 2478
You guys are really making me want to go and re-buy Crackdown. That was an ill-advised trade-in on my part, methinks. Especially since I can't seem to drum up any enthusiasm to dive into GTA 4 beyond the 90 minutes or so I've given it.

"Skills for kills, agent!"
post #16 of 2478
I don't usually even like the "sandbox" type of games but I'm having a blast with Crackdown.

Good thing is, you can usually find it for around $10-$15.
post #17 of 2478
I found the FFXI Collection 2008 for PS2 for $10 at my local Best Buy the other night, and bought it (last copy in clearance bin) on a whim, unsure as to whether or not there was any offline play at all. Well, it sounds like there's not. Also, I fear I can't use it with my third-party HDD.

So, I think it's useless to me. Seems like a good deal for the original game + all four add-on packs + 1month subscription, though. I'm gonna do some more reading to make sure I can't play it before I decide what to do with it.
post #18 of 2478
Jade Empire for $9, man what a great game so far, just finished Chapter 4, hope it continues to get better!
post #19 of 2478
It seems like everyone's having a Crackdown resurgence.

Best sleeper of the current gen.
post #20 of 2478
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It seems like everyone's having a Crackdown resurgence.

Best sleeper of the current gen.
Agreed. And, agreed.
post #21 of 2478
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Originally Posted by Minsky View Post
It seems like everyone's having a Crackdown resurgence.

Best sleeper of the current gen.


Then add to that the Keys to the City content off Live and viola, digital crack.

Plus using the speargun to pin Criminals to cars is awesome.
post #22 of 2478
Crackdown was a blast - we need a sequel, where I hope they incorporate the cars a little better. That was my one complaint about the game. There wasn't much reason to drive around. It was easier and more fun to run/jump where I was going. Maybe the cars were just there to kick into criminals.

It's been mentioned in this thread, but if you haven't played it and you're looking for a good, cheap game, Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction is worth your time and money. It was one of the best action games I've ever played, and a highlight of the last generation.
post #23 of 2478
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It's been mentioned in this thread, but if you haven't played it and you're looking for a good, cheap game, Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction is worth your time and money. It was one of the best action games I've ever played, and a highlight of the last generation.
Concur. I recently picked up a Gamecube copy when GS was having a sale, and I'm really enjoying it. A friend had been recommending it for a couple of years, and I'm glad I finally found a nice copy for cheap. Apparently much better than the recent movie tie-in, too.
post #24 of 2478
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Originally Posted by grubstreeter View Post
It's been mentioned in this thread, but if you haven't played it and you're looking for a good, cheap game, Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction is worth your time and money. It was one of the best action games I've ever played, and a highlight of the last generation.
I picked up IH:UD shortly after finishing Crackdown. Could not have picked a worse time to play it. I think if I had played Hulk back in 2005ish, I would have loved the ever loving crap out of it. Crackdown is similar in several respects, gameplay wise. I couldn't go from the incredible draw distance and cel shaded goodness of Crackdown to the fairly ugly/dull environs of the Hulk.

I'm going to give it a few months, then give Hulk another try.
post #25 of 2478
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Originally Posted by Overlord View Post
I couldn't go from the incredible draw distance and cel shaded goodness of Crackdown to the fairly ugly/dull environs of the Hulk.
How are they ugly/dull?
post #26 of 2478
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How are they ugly/dull?
Color scheme is repetitive. Not a lot of citizenry/activities. It's an uprezzed 480i image. Tanks/vehicles have basically zero variety.
post #27 of 2478
But I thought colors made you nauseous, Mr. I Only Like Mottled Browns and Grays?

[Playground pre-fight crowd]OOOOOOOH![/Playground pre-fight crowd]
post #28 of 2478
Oh. My. God Minsky. You totally went there!
post #29 of 2478
Hold me back!
post #30 of 2478
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But I thought colors made you nauseous, Mr. I Only Like Mottled Browns and Grays?

[Playground pre-fight crowd]OOOOOOOH![/Playground pre-fight crowd]
You take it back!

**it was probably a good looking game for its time, but Hulk is depending on the environment for its excitement. It's not an RPG or action game where story or great controls are going to make up for a lot. It's a sandbox game where the sandbox is seriously showing its age. Like I said, I'll wait a month or two then come back to it.
post #31 of 2478
The wonderful thing, or the curse, of the sandbox game, is that it became a genre.

Once that happened, a new one would pop out quite frequently to "update" the old ones.
post #32 of 2478
Thanks to a coupon stacked with the Edge card from Gamestop, giving me a nice cool 35% off discount to work with, picked up Prey and Crackdown for a grand total of $13.

To be perfectly honest, I know jack shit about Crackdown except for its reputation. But for that price, it's gonna have to shit the bed fairly spectacularly for me to be disappointed.

More BC bitching: So, the only Prince of Persia game that's backward compatible on 360 is Sands of Time? Are you shitting me?
post #33 of 2478
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Originally Posted by Justin Clark View Post
More BC bitching: So, the only Prince of Persia game that's backward compatible on 360 is Sands of Time? Are you shitting me?
No. While I wanted to play them, I have no room for an obsolete system. I went ahead and read the plot synopses as it seems like BC is now dead.
post #34 of 2478
So I had downloaded the Crackdown demo on the 360 a few months back because I remembered everybody raving about it, and I wasn't blown away at all. Is the full game significantly better, or should I download the demo and try it again?
post #35 of 2478
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Originally Posted by Overlord View Post
No. While I wanted to play them, I have no room for an obsolete system. I went ahead and read the plot synopses as it seems like BC is now dead.
What pisses me off more than anything is that stores don't keep a copy of the BC list handy. I know they want to clear original XBox inventory and all that, and it's in their best interests to just let people find out for themselves and whatnot, but it's still such the kick to the balls finding out after you've gotten the game home.
post #36 of 2478
To A-Pathetic, Crackdown is a fun game. It's not perfect. The biggest flaw to me was that the story-mode is as shallow as can be. Some open world games are good with the main story, but the amount and depth of side-missions is lacking. Crackdown feels like it's just an open world made up of side missions. Not a lot of meat, story wise.

However, the strength of Crackdown is how your superhuman abilities change your view of the open world. In Grand Theft Auto IV, whether on foot, or in a ground based vehicle - the environment is quite limited. Only if you jump into a helicopter do you get a sense of the city. Whereas Crackdown gives you insane jumping and climbing abilities, so you are always seeing the environment as a 3D landscape. It's that much more fun traversing the city, instead of going around buildings, you just go up and over them.

So I think Crackdown is worth another shot. Try the demo again. Find a cheap new or used copy at retail. It just gets more and more fun as your skills increase, as you become more superhuman.
post #37 of 2478
Ah, the increasing superhuman skills may make the difference. Maybe I'll find a cheap copy.
post #38 of 2478
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Originally Posted by Justin Clark View Post
What pisses me off more than anything is that stores don't keep a copy of the BC list handy. I know they want to clear original XBox inventory and all that, and it's in their best interests to just let people find out for themselves and whatnot, but it's still such the kick to the balls finding out after you've gotten the game home.
Yeah, that happened to me with Psi Ops. Pissed me off to no end. The Xbox 360 BC list on xbox.com doesn't seem to be updated too often anymore, so I pretty much figured they're done. Which is irritating, as I just finished Sands of Time, loved it, and now must read about the sequels.

With a Dreamcast taking up space, I don't have room for a behemoth Xbox. Couldn't they release a super stripped down version for about 50 bucks at this point?
post #39 of 2478
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Originally Posted by Overlord View Post
Yeah, that happened to me with Psi Ops. Pissed me off to no end. The Xbox 360 BC list on xbox.com doesn't seem to be updated too often anymore, so I pretty much figured they're done. Which is irritating, as I just finished Sands of Time, loved it, and now must read about the sequels.

With a Dreamcast taking up space, I don't have room for a behemoth Xbox. Couldn't they release a super stripped down version for about 50 bucks at this point?
Supposedly, the cration of "Xbox Originals" downloads on Arcade has sealed the fate on all games that are not currently on the BC list. Microsoft doesn't see the need to spend time and money on making sure that old games work on the new system, seeing as how they don't get a cut of the profits from the vast amount of used XBOX titles floating around.
post #40 of 2478
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Originally Posted by A-Pathetic View Post
Ah, the increasing superhuman skills may make the difference. Maybe I'll find a cheap copy.
Yeah, it's all about the leaping and climbing, especially when your jumping skills get a boost. I'm like a retarded monkey when I play Crackdown. It's just great.
post #41 of 2478
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Originally Posted by TURBO-1984 View Post
Supposedly, the cration of "Xbox Originals" downloads on Arcade has sealed the fate on all games that are not currently on the BC list. Microsoft doesn't see the need to spend time and money on making sure that old games work on the new system, seeing as how they don't get a cut of the profits from the vast amount of used XBOX titles floating around.
That service is what really pisses me off, though: I'd be perfectly willing to blow a couple hundred points on downloadable versions of the other two PoP games, Psi Ops, Timesplitters Future Perfect, The Warriors, or any of the other huge gaping holes on the BC list. Instead, they've been jerking off with crap like Legend of Spyro and Gauntlet.

Also, while the subject's up: where's my Chronicles of Riddick remake (, Bedelia)!?

As for Crackdown: First two times I popped it in, I was unimpressed. The third time, I played the fucker for about 5 hours straight.

The fourth time, I couldn't stomach it for more 20 minutes.

I'm gonna have a strange time with this game, I feel.
post #42 of 2478
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Originally Posted by Justin Clark View Post
That service is what really pisses me off, though: I'd be perfectly willing to blow a couple hundred points on downloadable versions of the other two PoP games, Psi Ops, Timesplitters Future Perfect, The Warriors, or any of the other huge gaping holes on the BC list. Instead, they've been jerking off with crap like Legend of Spyro and Gauntlet.
Unfortunately, it's my understanding that in order for a game to be offered as an Xbox Original, the prerequisite is that it is on the BC list. So if MS is indeed done with the BC effort, then the we're not going to see anything as an Xbox Original that we can't just play by finding a copy of the retail disc.

I don't know what happened to that Riddick remake. I know when they announced it, Starbreeze said they'd have The Darkness out mid-2007, and Riddick by end of that year. That seemed unlikely, and it was. Last I heard the title mentioned, it was among the casualties of Activision Blizzard merger. Still may happen, but no longer has a publisher?
post #43 of 2478
What's the good word on The Darkness, anyway? I've seen it quite a bit in the last few weeks for less than $15, and it looks awful tempting from the back of the box...
post #44 of 2478
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What's the good word on The Darkness, anyway? I've seen it quite a bit in the last few weeks for less than $15, and it looks awful tempting from the back of the box...
Darkness is good. Solid purchase at $15. I bought it brand new, and I didn't completely regret it, but there is zero replay value in it.
post #45 of 2478
I found it pretty entertaining actually - but definitely not at the price it was launched at, especially as Billy says - zero replay value and completely fucked multiplayer.
post #46 of 2478
Yeah, it's a real fun game, but one you'll probably not want to go back to. And stay away from the broken multiplayer. But Mike Patton, awesome darkness abilities, and some really cool, cinematic moments. Definitely worth playing. Russ gave it a mostly positive review last year.

Also- don't bother reading the comic. It's horrible.

Gamestop has it used for 9 bucks.

Prey is 4 bucks, and if people don't buy it at that price they're insane.
post #47 of 2478
For 9 bucks, I'm willing to take a chance.

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Originally Posted by Alex Riviello View Post
Prey is 4 bucks, and if people don't buy it at that price they're insane.
Having just picked it up and spent more time with it, I can easily say, Orange Box notwithstanding, this is the best value the system has to offer, hands down.

Holy hell that game's amazing.
post #48 of 2478
Prey was fun, just too short and easy.
post #49 of 2478
Yeah, Prey's short and easy - but for that price, you're definitely missing out.
post #50 of 2478
I spent 10 bucks on the limited edition, and felt like I had ripped them off. I unabashedly love that game.
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