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Sunday Roundup: 12/7/14

07 Dec

New Games (12-7-14)For one reason or another, sales didn’t really happen this year at GameStop. There would be some nice Buy 2 Get 1 Free deals in years past, but there were none this year in the truest since. Occasionally I saw a Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal on used games $20 or less, but that was relatively limiting on the new stuff. Thankfully, as you all know so well, that usually doesn’t apply to me! Wrap around to this week, and we finally see a great deal come up at the store: 40% off used games under $20. If that “Under $20” tagline is the new way for sales at the store, I’ll be disappointed. There are some games worth the cheap price, but a lot of titles I’d love to have for that sale just don’t work. Anyway, here are this week’s games!


Binary Domain CoverBinary Domain
Xbox 360
Release Date: February 28th, 2012
Purchased at: GameStop (Santa Clara, CA – $5)

While perusing the internet I happened across a list of underrated Sci-Fi games, or something like that, and this one was ranked highly. Featuring a story about singularity (or, if I understand the concept correct, the point in time when robotics become so advanced we as a race cannot tell the difference between automaton and human) and plenty of shooting action, Binary Domain looks like it’s a campy but fun little gem!

Epic Mickey CoverEpic Mickey
Wii
Release Date: November 30th, 2010
Purchased at: GameStop (Santa Clara, CA – $4)

A high profile a game as this is going to be one I’m tracking down, and with this price I finally bought it. Though it wasn’t as well received as I’m sure it was hoping to be, I have to praise the game, Disney, and the development team for making something different with Mickey Mouse and the Disney franchise. If you’re unaware, Epic Mickey is a platforming game with a neat concept involving colors, a magic paintbrush, and a few classic Disney locales.

Epic Mickey 2 The Power of Two CoverEpic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Wii
Release Date: November 18th, 2012
Purchased at: GameStop (Santa Clara, CA – $5)

If I’m going to get one game, I’m probably going to buy the sequel. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two features largely the same style of gameplay as the first game, but incorporates another playable character in the form of Oswald, the earlier version of Mickey Mouse that was seen in the first game. I remember a pretty big campaign for this game, but I haven’t seen or heard anything about the series since. Two mediocre games and a 3DS spinoff (which I need to still track down) likely won’t make a publisher too happy.

Killer is Dead Limited Edition CoverKiller is Dead Limited Edition
Xbox 360
Release Date: August 27th, 2013
Purchased at: GameStop (Santa Clara, CA – $10)

The sole “new” game I got this trip was a heavily reduced copy of Killer Is Dead for the 360. This limited edition (!!) comes with the game, an artbook, a soundtrack CD, and a hefty sized box to keep it all contained. I use quotations around the word new because GameStop has this stupid habit of opening new games and keeping the discs behind the counter (which I totally understand). It’s just incredibly hard for a collector to buy new from this store.

Marvel Superhero Squad the Infinity Gauntlet CoverMarvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet
Wii
Release Date: November 16th, 2010
Purchased at: GameStop (Santa Clara, CA – $9)

Big spender! I heard about this game from a friend who said it was a somewhat decent kid-friendly action RPG. Naturally it features some iconic Marvel superheros and villains, and, I’m assuming by the title, also features the Infinity Gauntlet. Wouldn’t it be funny if this game somehow shot up in demand due to the Marvel Cinematic Universe featuring largely the same story right now? One can only hope. Also worth mentioning, I originally intended to get this for my nephew for Christmas, but after purchasing it and talking to his parents and realizing he doesn’t really play video games much anymore, it just became my copy!

Monster Hunter Tri CoverMonster Hunter Tri
Wii
Release Date: April 20th, 2010
Purchased at: GameStop (Santa Clara, CA – $4)

I’ve been watching this game’s price steadily decline over the past year from $24.99 all the way to $7.99 I found it for the day I bought it. Then it dropped even lower thanks to that precious sale. Seeing as I already have played Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on the 3DS, I likely won’t be touching this game too much. But it it worth it simply to have in the collection!

Ninja Gaiden II CoverNinja Gaiden II
Xbox 360
Release Date: June 3rd, 2008
Purchased at: GameStop (Santa Clara, CA – $3)

Man, I didn’t know this game came out so early in the Xbox 360’s life. That being said, I’m honestly surprised it is still $5 normally used! Also worth noting, as each of these games came out on the 360, an updated version was made around a year later for the PlayStation 3 under the subtitle Ninja Gaiden: Sigma.

Pitfall the Big Adventure CoverPitfall: The Big Adventure
Wii
Release Date: October 15th, 2004
Purchased at: GameStop (Santa Clara, CA – $3)

So here’s something interesting about this game: it was originally released in 2004 as a PS2 game. This version on the Wii is a port which replaces the standard PS2 controls with the Wii’s motion controls. The game is a successor of sorts to the original classic game, featuring the titular Pitfall Harry as the protagonist. Also worth nothing, the cover art for this version has nothing in common with the actual visual style of the game.

Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City CoverResident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
Xbox 360
Release Date: March 20th, 2012
Purchased at: GameStop (Santa Clara, CA – $4)

A thrid-person spinoff of the main Resident Evil series, Operation Raccoon City lets you play as the evil Umbrella Corporation trying to clean up after the accident in the eponymous town. A college buddy was very much into Resident Evil during this game’s release, but was turned off completely by the third-person perspective and general lack of action seen in Resident Evil 5 that he so adored. I pretty much only got this because it was cheap: I’m really not the biggest Resident Evil fan.

Sonic and the Secret Rings CoverSonic and the Secret Rings
Wii
Release Date: February 20th, 2007
Purchased at: GameStop (Santa Clara, CA – $4)

The quest continues! With Secret Rings, I believe I only need to track down a decent copy of Sonic Unleashed and Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity to complete the Hedgehog’s series on the Wii. Those games are actually quite easy to find out and about, but getting it at a decent price is tricky. And I’m not going to speak on the ongoing issue of crappy Sonic games. Not yet…

Laters,
Jsick

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Posted by on 12/07/2014 in Collecting, Wii, Xbox 360

 

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2 responses to “Sunday Roundup: 12/7/14

  1. John

    12/14/2014 at 1:17 pm

    I also picked up a Killer is Dead limited edition at GameStop, albeit used – my second copy of said game.

    That Pitfall box though… What a turn off of an otherwise decently reviewed game, at least, it’s original release back in the day.

     
    • jsicktheslick

      12/14/2014 at 3:14 pm

      I also like how the guy on the cover (Pitfall Harry, I presume) is totally holding a Wii Remote. It’s so meta!! Haha

       

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