Recent Gaming Thoughts, Outrageous Prices


Resident Evil 2 (PS1) – As you can see, I finally picked up a copy of RE2 after not having a copy since it originally came out in 1998. I popped it in to try it out and that brought back some fond memories! It still seems to hold up today and the “tank” controls didn’t bother me at all, which kinda surprised me.

Bomberman Blitz (DSi) – I bought this kinda on a whim when it came out last week on DSiWare because I still had my full 1000 free DSiWare points from when I bought the DSi. Blitz is a Bomberman game with the single-player campaign nixed in favor of a lower priced multiplayer only focused version. You can play single player with bots or play with up to eight players locally or up to four online. It’s definitely Bomberman alright and the online works very well. I’d say the 500 pts. spent on it was worth it provided you still care about Bomberman.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3) – I have to say that Uncharted 2 is definitely a massive improvement over the original is almost every way. The addition of competitive multiplayer and co-op are easily the best new things. I love that they took the way most shooters deal with grenades (e.g. selecting them manually and then aiming and finally tossing) and made it so much better in that now you simply aim like you normally do when you are firing a gun but press the grenade throwing button instead and you will throw the grenade were you are aiming. I find that to be an ingenious way of handling something that used to be a slightly cumbersome thing to do.

I still have two main problems with the game, however. The first is pathfinding. What I mean is when you have to look around the area for a “path” via platforming elements of climbing around and jumping. I found it brought the game to a screeching halt many times when I was trying to find the correct way to get to where I needed to go and that was pretty annoying especially since the hint system would only show you where you needed to go and not necessarily where to start from. The second problem is the same problem a lot of games have had for a long time now: “difficulty increase.” When you play a game at a higher difficulty a lot of them aren’t content with just making the enemies take more hits, but they also add the unnecessary frustration of giving you less health which I have never liked.

Uncharted 2 is definitely a game worth playing and while I didn’t like it quite as much as all of the hyperbolic reviews pretended to, I would still recommend it highly.

inFamous (PS3) – I finished this twice, once as good and once as evil, like I’m sure most people who played it did. I really liked Crackdown when I owned an X360 and this game reminded of that game a whole lot, but better so it should come as no surprise that I enjoyed the hell out of inFamous. The main improvement inFamous has over Crackdown is that inFamous actually has a decent story to tell with a number to legitimately surprising twists you won’t expect. Having said that, the reason to play this game is for the fun gameplay with a lot of great powers to use. The worst part was all of the glitches I ran into. I must have experienced at least a few dozen during my two playthoughs, but none of them were game breaking, just slightly annoying at times.

There is this place in my city that sells used media like DVDs, CDs, BDs, VHS, and video games for most systems called BuyBacks. Most of their prices of pretty average with some good deals here and there, but there are a number of games I noticed that have outrageous prices and I decided to show them to you.

[Click each title to see the picture with the actual price they charge.]

Tekken 2 (PS1) — normally ~$6
The Warriors (PSP) — normally ~$14
Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition (GC) — normally ~$40
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (GC) — normally ~$15
Burnout Legends (DS) — normally ~$13
Smarty Pants (Wii) — normally ~$15
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (Limited Edition) (PS3) — normally ~$50
Aerobiz Supersonic (SNES) — normally ~$20
Super Mario 64 (N64) — normally ~$20 — Blurry photo, but their price is $109.99!!
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Raidou Kuzunoha vs The Soulless Army (PS2) — normally ~$30
Rock Band 2 (PS2) — normally ~$25
Rygar: The Legendary Adventure (PS2) — normally ~$7

Also, here are a few price discrepancies among multiple copies of the exact same game!
SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals (PS2)
Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)



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