Price makes all the difference, doesn't it? Or at least, a lot of it. I recently bought The Saboteur for the low, low price of $20, and I'm having a lot of fun with it. Sure, nearly every mission is a slight variation on "drive to Point X, put dynamite on Point X, then escape from the Germans". And the stealth system is basically useless. But all in all, it's a fine deal for less than the price of a decent ice cream cake. .
Anyway, my point is that I never considered buying The Saboteur when it first released, because:
A: It was released during that absurdly crowded period around the holidays. I'm sure a lot of you are still catching up on all those games, like I am. Actually, I'm still catching up on some from 2008.
B: Full price seemed way too expensive for GTA: 1940's Paris Explosion.
So I didn't get it until a few days ago. But I know for a fact that if I would have bought it back then for $60, I would have been massively disappointed with the very same game that I'm having a ball playing now. Which makes me wonder, how would my perception of some of the other games I've played have changed, if I would have gotten them at a different price?
Would I love Super Street Fighter IV as much as I do if it was $60? Sure, I think so. If I would have paid $75 for Virtua Fighter 5 Online, Final Fantasy Tactics, or Smash Bros. Meele - I still would have felt like I had gotten more than my money's worth. The countless hours of fun I got from those games would have justified the added expense. Would I have liked Devil May Cry 4 more if I would have waited for it to be around $20, instead of buying it when it was new? Maybe, maybe not. I have a strong suspicion that even if Lost Planet or Radiata Stories would have cost me only $5, I still would have thought they were dull wastes of time.
A lot of my favorite games from the period when i was in elementary and secondary school, were bought used at pawn shops for much cheaper than their retail price. It's strange to think that part of the reason I love Metal Gear Solid or Final Fantasy VI so much, may be that I paid so little (around $15 I think) for them.
What do you think, theoretical internet user who may or may not read this? I'm sure that not everyone would have been happy to pay $75 for Virtua Fighter 5, but have there been games that you would have been happy (or grudgingly accepting) to pay more for? Have there been games that you loved more because you got them for little or no money? Have you been disappointed by a purchase that you might have enjoyed more if it came at a lesser expense to you?