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Bargain Bin Laden #38: Thrasher: Skate and Destroy

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, ...   more


Bargain Bin Laden #37: Second Sight

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #37: Second Sight photo

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

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, ...   more

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

Bargain Bin Laden #35: Killzone

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #35: Killzone photo

Bargain Bin Laden #34: Killer7

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #34: Killer7 photo

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

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...   more

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

Bargain Bin Laden #32: Resident Evil 4

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #32: Resident Evil 4 photo

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

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...   more

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

Bargain Bin Laden #30: Sonic Advance

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #30: Sonic Advance photo

Bargain Bin Laden #29: XIII

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 ...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #29: XIII photo

Bargain Bin Laden #28: Indigo Prophecy

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #28: Indigo Prophecy photo

Bargain Bin Laden #27: Silent Hill 2

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #27: Silent Hill 2 photo

Bargain Bin Laden #26: Taito Legends 1 & 2

[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 ...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #26: Taito Legends 1 & 2 photo


Bargain Bin Laden #26: Taito Legends 1 & 2 photo
Bargain Bin Laden #26: Taito Legends 1 & 2 photo
Bargain Bin Laden #26: Taito Legends 1 & 2 photo
Bargain Bin Laden #26: Taito Legends 1 & 2 photo
Bargain Bin Laden #26: Taito Legends 1 & 2 photo
Bargain Bin Laden #26: Taito Legends 1 & 2 photo



Bargain Bin Laden #25: Bushido Blade

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #25: Bushido Blade photo

Bargain Bin Laden # 24: The Legend of Dragoon

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden # 24: The Legend of Dragoon photo

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

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,...   more

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

Bargain Bin Laden #22: Psychonauts

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #22: Psychonauts photo

Bargain Bin Laden #21: R-Type Final

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 ...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #21: R-Type Final photo

Bargain Bin Laden #20: Gunstar Super Heroes

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #20: Gunstar Super Heroes photo

Bargain Bin Laden #19: Otogi

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #19: Otogi photo

Bargain Bin Laden #18: Maximo

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 ...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #18: Maximo photo

Bargain Bin Laden #17: Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga

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. ...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #17: Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga photo

Bargain Bin Laden #16: Zone of the Enders

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #16: Zone of the Enders photo

Bargain Bin Laden #15: Crimson Skies

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #15: Crimson Skies photo

Bargain Bin Laden #14: Freedom Fighters

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #14: Freedom Fighters photo

Bargain Bin Laden #13: Dragon Quest VIII

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #13: Dragon Quest VIII photo

Super Bargain Bin Laden Gaiden Turbo EX: The Red Star

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...   more

Super Bargain Bin Laden Gaiden Turbo EX: The Red Star photo

360 backwards compatibility update includes Panzer Dragoon, others

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...   more

360 backwards compatibility update includes Panzer Dragoon, others photo

Bargain Bin Laden #12: Scurge: Hive

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #12: Scurge: Hive photo

Bargain Bin Laden 11: Contra: Shattered Soldier

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'...   more

Bargain Bin Laden 11: Contra: Shattered Soldier photo

Bargain Bin Laden 10: Shenmue II

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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden 10: Shenmue II photo


Bargain Bin Laden 10: Shenmue II photo
Bargain Bin Laden 10: Shenmue II photo
Bargain Bin Laden 10: Shenmue II photo
Bargain Bin Laden 10: Shenmue II photo
Bargain Bin Laden 10: Shenmue II photo
Bargain Bin Laden 10: Shenmue II photo



Bargain Bin Laden #9.5: Win a heap of games!

[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...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #9.5: Win a heap of games! photo

Bargain Bin Laden #9: God Hand

So, God Hand. Let's get those big questions cleared away before we begin, shall we?First, those of you paying attention might note that while God Hand recently enjoyed a nigh-universal price cut, the new $19.99 new / $17....   more

Bargain Bin Laden #9: God Hand photo

Bargain Bin Laden #8: Panzer Dragoon Orta

Did you know that "Bargain Bin Laden" has been incorporated into several terrorism aggregate news feeds since its inception? It's true! Good to know that those looking for the latest updates on the US's #1 m...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #8: Panzer Dragoon Orta photo

High Scores: our best garage sale gaming finds

I had the most wonderful dream last night. Hey, where are you going? I swear it has nothing to do with me, a bottle of scotch, a swimming pool full of maple syrup and one Mr. Ron Workman. Well, not this dream, anyway.No, this...   more

High Scores: our best garage sale gaming finds photo

Bargain Bin Laden #7: Beyond Good and Evil

You don't really need me to go on and on about Ubisoft's incredible Beyond Good and Evil, do you? The same people that busy themselves fellating Fumito Ueda over Shadow of the Colossus and ICO and waxing philosophical...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #7: Beyond Good and Evil photo

Bargain Bin Laden #6: Gunvalkyrie

I'd like to think that our usual audiences would be present and accounted for today, but let's face it: most of you are watching the game, drunk and awash in nacho cheese. I could phone this one in and nobody'd be...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #6: Gunvalkyrie photo

BK drops game prices to 99 cents; your arteries shudder as you approach

Just when you thought the King's game collection couldn't get any cheaper than $4 ... the games become cheaper than their burgers. You can now get Pocketbike Racer, Sneak King, and the bumper car one that nobody like...   more

BK drops game prices to 99 cents; your arteries shudder as you approach photo

Bargain Bin Laden #5: Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

Sorry for the interruption in programming, kids. Due to forces beyond my control like physics and math and other kinds of science, BBL's gonna be a Sunday deal from here on out. We cool? Good. I hate it when we fight, bab...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #5: Donkey Kong Jungle Beat photo

Bargain Bin Laden #4: Jet Set Radio Future/Sega GT 2002

Before I'm drawn and quartered for the extreme tardiness of this week's BBL, let me assure you that it was not my wish to delay. Rather, the Great and Terrible Gods of Consumer Electronics deemed me unfit to carry on ...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #4: Jet Set Radio Future/Sega GT 2002 photo


Bargain Bin Laden #4: Jet Set Radio Future/Sega GT 2002 photo
Bargain Bin Laden #4: Jet Set Radio Future/Sega GT 2002 photo
Bargain Bin Laden #4: Jet Set Radio Future/Sega GT 2002 photo
Bargain Bin Laden #4: Jet Set Radio Future/Sega GT 2002 photo
Bargain Bin Laden #4: Jet Set Radio Future/Sega GT 2002 photo
Bargain Bin Laden #4: Jet Set Radio Future/Sega GT 2002 photo



Bargain Bin Laden #3: Mobile Light Force 2

Settle down, children, and let ol' BBL tell you a tale; a tale of mystery, intrigue, and ultimate suffering. It is a story of Japanese shooters and their horrible and inappropriately localized US counterparts, of witchcra...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #3: Mobile Light Force 2 photo


Bargain Bin Laden #3: Mobile Light Force 2 photo
Bargain Bin Laden #3: Mobile Light Force 2 photo
Bargain Bin Laden #3: Mobile Light Force 2 photo
Bargain Bin Laden #3: Mobile Light Force 2 photo
Bargain Bin Laden #3: Mobile Light Force 2 photo
Bargain Bin Laden #3: Mobile Light Force 2 photo



Bargain Bin Laden #2: Sky Odyssey

Pilotwings has been painfully absent from our hearts and minds for more than ten years. The last we saw the series was Pilotwings 64, a launch title that was sadly overshadowed by the irrefutable success of Super Mario's asce...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #2: Sky Odyssey photo


Bargain Bin Laden #2: Sky Odyssey photo
Bargain Bin Laden #2: Sky Odyssey photo
Bargain Bin Laden #2: Sky Odyssey photo
Bargain Bin Laden #2: Sky Odyssey photo
Bargain Bin Laden #2: Sky Odyssey photo
Bargain Bin Laden #2: Sky Odyssey photo



Bargain Bin Laden #1: Seek and Destroy

You kids and your next-gen -- flirting with financial ruin, that's what you're doing. $300-$600 for a new console? Sixty bones for a game? Hogwash! Why sell off your kidneys, your firstborn, and your firstborn's kidneys for t...   more

Bargain Bin Laden #1: Seek and Destroy photo


Bargain Bin Laden #1: Seek and Destroy photo
Bargain Bin Laden #1: Seek and Destroy photo
Bargain Bin Laden #1: Seek and Destroy photo
Bargain Bin Laden #1: Seek and Destroy photo
Bargain Bin Laden #1: Seek and Destroy photo
Bargain Bin Laden #1: Seek and Destroy photo