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45 Great Games for Under $5 Each

Now that Bioshock Infinite has come and (after 4 playthroughs) gone, I found myself looking ahead to the rest of the spring and summer releases.  While there are a few that are looking good, summer can also be a great time to catch up on video game backlogs, and go back and play older games that you may have missed.  If you are looking for a great older game to play while you sit inside with the shades drawn and the air conditioner cranked, then here is a list of 45 games, for current gen consoles (and a few for DS and PSP), that you can own for about the price of a normal game rental.  Or you could, I dunno, go do something outside.  But then you might get sunburned, or attacked by a goat or something. Seems risky.  Oh well.  It’s up to you.

A few points of order, first of all.  First, it should be noted that I am not a PC gamer, although I am aware that there are a great many awesome, cheap gaming deals to be had on digital distribution services like Steam.  Maybe even deals on some these very games that I am going to list below.  For the purposes of this blog, I decided to focus solely on non-downloadable, physical retail games.  Second, the source for all of my prices is Gamestop.com, and all titles are pre-owned.  Some of these are available for online purchase, but for others I’m afraid to say that you will have to scour the shelves at your local Gamestop store. Alternately, I’m sure that they can be found at other places (eg: Ebay, Best Buy, Amazon) online but you will have to look and compare prices for yourself.  Most, if not all, of these games, were very well-received.  They all come with my personal recommendation that, for the price, they are worth your time.  And hey, even if you buy it and hate it, you’ve only lost $5.

We’ll start with Xbox 360, but I’ll put a * if the game is also on PS3, for less than $5

 [u]Xbox 360[/u]

Crackdown ($2.99) – Fun superhero-style sandbox game. Also has co op.

*Prince of Persia (2008) - ($2.99)

Prey – ($2.99)

Fable 2 ($2.99) – The best of the Fable games, great action-rpg.

Forza Motorsport 2 – ($2.99)

James Bond: Quantum of Solace ($2.99) – COD clone, but a good one if you like Daniel Craig’s Bond movies

*Duke Nukem Forever ($3.99) – HEAR ME OUT! This is a piece of gaming history that will be remembered for a while.  It is NOT a good game, but you can have $4 worth of fun here just throwing poop around. If you’re feeling bold, you can spring for a new copy for $1 more.  Haha.

*Street Fighter 4 ($4.99) – It doesn’t have the full character roster that the Super version has, but it’s one the best fighting games of this generation.

Turok ($4.99) – It’s a mediocre shooter, but hey it has dinosaurs!

*Unreal Tournament 3 ($4.99) – If you used to love playing Perfect Dark multiplayer against AI bots, then here you go.  Bring friends for classic chaotic multiplayer.

LEGO Indiana Jones ($4.99)

Condemned: Criminal Origins ($4.99)

Condemned 2: Bloodshot ($4.99) - Both of these were great, scary games in their time.  They haven’t aged particularly well, but still worth a look.

*Brutal Legend ($4.99)

Red Faction Guerilla ($4.99)

Red Faction Armageddon ($4.99) – Both of the Red Faction games have a ton of stupid-fun environment destruction.  PS3 versions are a couple bux more.

Gears of War ($4.99)

Gears of War 2 ($4.99) – Both of these are classic Xbox 360 shooters.  Convince a buddy to get them also and enjoy some of the best co op shooter action on the system.

*Star Wars: The Force Unleashed ($4.99) – One of the best Star Wars games out there.  If you have ever had a Jedi power fantasy (who hasn’t?) then this is a no brainer.  Just avoid the terrible sequel.  You can pay more and go for the ultimate edition, but none of the DLC was that great anyway.

*Alpha Protocol ($4.99) – Opinions were mixed on this one, but personally I loved the choice-driven story, weapon customization, and stealth takedowns.  Just be ready for some bugs/glitches.

[u]Playstation 3[/u]

Motorstorm ($1.99)

Resistance: Fall of Man ($2.99)

Fallout 3 ($4.99) – For a few bucks more, you can get the GOTY edition, with all of the DLC.  But still, there is around 100 hours of awesome gameplay here without it. The 360 version is $2 more

Watchmen: The End is Nigh, complete game ($4.99) – An underrated brawler that fans of the graphic novel and/or movie will surely enjoy. 360 version is $2 more

Medal of Honor ($4.99) – As close to COD as anything could possibly be, without a lawsuit.  Except not as good.  Still, worth a play. 360 version is $2 more

[u]Nintendo Wii[/u]
There are around 1 or 2 shitillion terrible, cheap shovelware games for the Wii.  But I did manage to find a few cheapies that are worth playing.

Madworld ($2.99) – Hilarious and violent, it’s worth it just for Greg Proops’(Whose Line is it Anyway) over the top commentary alone

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption ($4.99) – It’s worth playing by itself, if you didn’t play it as part of the (apparently) rare and pricey Metroid Prime Trilogy.

Excite Truck ($4.99)

De Blob ($4.99)

[u]Nintendo DS[/u]
I only found one DS game that I could recommend. Like the Wii, it’s mostly terrible licensed games and shovelware at this price limit.

Brain Age 2 ($4.99)

[u]Playstation Portable[/u]
The PSP got a bad rap, but it is still by far my favorite handheld system ever.  And since the launch of the Vita, many PSP games are dirt cheap. Besides these bargain titles, the systems best games like Metal Gear: Portable Ops and Peace Walker, both God of War titles, FF7: Crisis Core, and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, can be had for less than $20 each.

Patapon ($2.99)

Lumines ($2.99)

Syphon Filter: Dark mirror ($2.99)

Syphon Filter : Logan’s Shadow ($2.99) – Both fun little shooters once you get used to the controls.

Metal Gear Acid ($3.99)

Metal Gear Acid 2 ($3.99) – These two aren’t for everyone, but if you are interested in bizarre, jrpg-ish stories and quirky card-based gameplay, then check them out.

Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 ($4.99)

Puzzle Quest Challenge of the Warlords ($4.99) – This great puzzler is available for practically every platform out there (including IOS) but I’ve always been one to prefer physical copies of my games. Don’t ask me why.

Monster Hunter Freedom ($4.99) – A cheap way to see what all the fuss is about in Japan.

Locoroco 2 ($4.99)

Twisted Metal: Head on ($4.99)

Medievil Resurrection($4.99) – I loved the Medievil games on the original Playstation.

So…..there you have it.  Take my advice and pick up a few cheap titles that you may have overlooked.  Or…….ignore me and save your money for the latest and greatest.  Up to you.  But now you know!  Feel free to suggest some other good, cheap games in the comments section.
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