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Bargain Bin Laden #38: Thrasher: Skate and Destroy


Jun 11
In the collective consciousness of skateboarding games, Tony Hawk has been the only one to hold the throne. There was never a rivalry, like with 2K Sports and EA Games. Challengers came and went, sure, but for the most part, ... read

Bargain Bin Laden #37: Second Sight


Feb 17
Psychic power in videogames was an idea that had not been fully explored by 2004, and still hasn't been fully whored out, strangely enough. It was a complete and utter shame then, that by some cruel stroke of dastardly coinci... read

Bargain Bin Laden #36: Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening


Feb 07
With Devil May Cry 4 hitting American shelves this past Tuesday, and leaping proudly into the hands of Europeans tomorrow, I thought it was high time we featured some of Dante's exploits in Bargain Bin Laden. I know, I know, ... read

Bargain Bin Laden #35: Killzone


Jan 17
Ah, Killzone, how I weep for thee. Killzone is one of hype's most tragic victims, a game so built up as a "Halo killer" and so expected to be the next big thing in first person shooting, that it was never going to b... read

Bargain Bin Laden #34: Killer7


Jan 10
As the U.S. release of No More Heroes draws nigh, it's only appropriate that this week's Bargain Bin Laden take a look at Killer 7, which, for many gamers, served as an introduction to writer-director Suda51. Killer 7 receive... read

Bargain Bin Laden #33: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty


Jan 03
Ask anybody, I'm a massive Metal Gear Solid fan. For me, Hideo Kojima is a God when it comes to developing characters and storylines in games. This series stands next to Konami's other great line of titles, Silent Hill, and o... read

Bargain Bin Laden #32: Resident Evil 4


Dec 26
Welcome to another edition of Bargain Bin Laden, where we bring you the best of the cheap in the world of games. While some of my previous choices have been quite obscure, today's edition is a game you should all be more than... read

Bargain Bin Laden #31: Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior


Dec 20
The wares of Games Workshop have been a bone of contention throughout much of my life. Drawn in by the wonderful backdrops, the fantastic designs and the lure of an engrossing tabletop game, my only problem so far has been th... read

Bargain Bin Laden #30: Sonic Advance


Dec 12
It's fair to say that Sonic the Hedgehog fell on hard times when the industry moved out of the 16bit era. Despite a few glimmers of hope, the once-beloved mascot never truly coped with the evolution of videogames and has beco... read

Bargain Bin Laden #29: XIII


Dec 05
The first person shooter genre has, for a long time, not been known for its wealth of engrossing, plot-heavy games. With the exception of Valve's Half-Life series, one would be right to think of FPS games as little more than ... read

Bargain Bin Laden #28: Indigo Prophecy


Nov 27
We haven't done this in a while, but you should be pleased (or horrified) to know that I've offered to officially take over Bargain Bin Laden for a while, lest Destructoid fans be without knowledge of the best games currently... read

Bargain Bin Laden #27: Silent Hill 2


Oct 17
Oh, poor Aaron Linde. He doesn't realize what he's done. By lending the reins of BBL to me this week and approving the rabid horror enthusiast within to venerate Silent Hill 2, you may be stuck with one of the most long winde... read

Bargain Bin Laden #26: Taito Legends 1 & 2


Oct 11
[Hey all, Linde here. I know it's been awhile since I've been regular with the BBL updates, but what with review crew and Podtoid and all, keeping it up to date has been kinda tough. But rather than let the ol' column fizzle ... read

Bargain Bin Laden #25: Bushido Blade


Sep 09
You want a realistic game? It doesn't get much more realistic than Bushido Blade. Imagine a fighting game where if you take a solid hit, you're done. It wouldn't be much fun, now would it? That's where you're wrong. It's inte... read

Bargain Bin Laden # 24: The Legend of Dragoon


Sep 02
As our revered Mr. Monocle informed us last week, the venerated Aaron Linde is in Budapest eating bears, as we speak! So, I was asked to cover this week's Bargain Bin Laden, and I humbly accepted. This week, I want to retrosp... read

Bargain Bin Laden #23: Metal Arms: Glitch in the System


Aug 26
Hi gang, once again I'm holding down the fort while much of the staff are out of the office, which is why I'm covering Aaron Linde's Bargain Bin Laden post for today. I'm very pleased to be able to write it this week as well,... read

Bargain Bin Laden #22: Psychonauts


Aug 12
Psychonauts. Yeah, I know -- sort of like Beyond Good and Evil, one of those games that needs no introduction, that almost hourly enjoys some sort of running of the mouth by one journalist or another. I'm introducing it as su... read

Bargain Bin Laden #21: R-Type Final


Aug 04
Søren Kierkegaard once wrote, "I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations - one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it - you will regret ... read

Bargain Bin Laden #20: Gunstar Super Heroes


Jul 30
Today, BBL rolls up on the big two-oh. I was planning on some grand gesture to celebrate, like some sort of Destructoid team photo where we're all fighting each other while riding bears or something, but I hear that's illegal... read

Bargain Bin Laden #19: Otogi


Jul 22
Things look pretty bleak for the next month or so, don't they? Ah, summertime -- when the gaming industry actually offers a pretty compelling excuse to get off your ass and get outside. There's not much between here a... read

Bargain Bin Laden #18: Maximo


Jul 08
You guys smell that? Oh yes, it smells like violent death. That's right, kids, welcome the newest inductee into the "So Bloody Hard It's Awesome" club of BBL selections: Maximo: Ghosts to Glory!Now, bear in ... read

Bargain Bin Laden #17: Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga


Jul 01
There's a particular point in this week's BBL that I'm going to say now, because I'll invariably get kicked in the face for saying so -- let's get the face-kickin' out of the way as quick as possible. ... read

Bargain Bin Laden #16: Zone of the Enders


Jun 24
Long-time BBL readers know that I'm no stranger to giant robots. You might recall when I covered... huh, okay, no giant robots in the games I've covered, anyway. But I dated one in college, which was awkward, especial... read

Bargain Bin Laden #15: Crimson Skies


Jun 10
Today we reach back to hallowed antiquity in a loosely related sort of way. Back in The Day I covered an oft-overlooked title for BBL called Sky Odyssey, and it's difficult to write up this week's feature, Crimson Skies: High... read

Bargain Bin Laden #14: Freedom Fighters


Jun 02
Aaron Linde is busy hunting terrorists with Jack Bauer, so I'm taking over Bargain Bin Laden this week. This week's game, Freedom Fighters, is one that I've actually discussed with Mr. Linde at some length. This i... read

Bargain Bin Laden #13: Dragon Quest VIII


May 13
This week's selection ain't exactly obscure, but it is one of the best RPGs ever made. If you haven't already played Dragon Quest VIII, it's likely that you've spoken with someone who has, or read one of t... read

Good evening and happy Friday, friends, and welcome to a special edition of Bargain Bin Laden. As those of you familiar with how we work it up here in Bargainville (located in northern Dealvania) are already aware, covering n... read feature

360 backwards compatibility update includes Panzer Dragoon, others


Apr 19
Holy God, Microsoft just answered two of my biggest prayers. The latest upcoming backwards compatibility update for the Xbox 360 covers a round of half-decent titles, but also includes the A-List But Sadly Forgotten (And Thus... read

Bargain Bin Laden #12: Scurge: Hive


Apr 15
This week's Bargain Bin Laden begins with a personal gripe: Nintendo and NST really crapped in my cereal with Metroid Prime: Hunters. Not because it was a bad game -- quite the contrary, actually -- but just because the o... read

Bargain Bin Laden 11: Contra: Shattered Soldier


Apr 08
Happy Holy Zombie Day, pixies -- since all but ten to fifteen of you have meandered towards a computer and away from drunken relatives arguing over divinity and chocolate eggs and large sums of borrowed money, I figure I'... read

Bargain Bin Laden 10: Shenmue II


Apr 01
Good god, it's been a long couple of weeks. If you haven't already read my bitching and complaining elsewhere, the story is this: three weeks before the end of my penultimate Winter quarter at Western Washington Unive... read

[Update: We've got plenty of great submissions thus far, but there's still time left, people -- you got 'til Friday.] Afternoon, underlings. Aaron Linde here -- and by here, I mean not at GDC. That's right! Wh... read feature







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