Now the next-gen has arrived you can get some great deals on old games. 360, PS3 and Wii games have had their prices slashed to mere pennies. Games for the last lot of consoles are not in great demand, yet they are still too fresh to be labelled as ‘retro’. This could potentially be the time to build your collection, I did something similar last time expecting it to be a good investment, only time will tell. There is still plenty of life left in ‘last-gen’ games and I take a look at some of the hottest titles that still play great that won’t break the bank and hopefully will be valuable in the future.
1. Deadly Premonition (360/PS3)
Deadly Premonition is a diamond in the rough, it looks pig ugly but plays like a winner. It has already amassed a small army of fans and is a game I expect to hold it’s value in the future. It didn’t sell huge numbers and wasn’t expected to but it’s quirky and has charm. The oddities in the game should be overlooked and it’s dated graphics should be laughed at(in a good way). Beneath these negatives lies a truly immersive game of murder, mystery and intrigue. It has all the makings of a cult classic, with its characters with plenty of character and deep gameplay, I believe this will be a game to be remembered for years to come.
It’s currently available for the 360 at a dirt cheap price of $15 HERE
or £9.99 for you Brits HERE
I would hold out buying the PS3 version just yet, it hasn’t been out long and the price is still high. Give it a year or so.
2. Shenmue II (Xbox)
Not a title from the last generation of consoles but this game for the original Xbox is already a cult classic and for some reason is still at a very low price. The Dreamcast version sells for mega bucks and I expect this version to steadily rise in value. Yes, the voice acting is pretty horrendous but Shenmue II is one of the most ambitious games of all time. I urge everyone who hasn’t played this to pick up an Xbox on the cheap to do just that. Whether or not we will ever see Shenmue 3 is another story but don’t miss out, this is one you must play before you die(not that you’re going to! just sayin’!)
Shenmue II is available on the Xbox and Dreamcast, forget about the Dreamcast version and pick up the xbox version for $8!!! HERE and British people can get it HERE for a slightly more expensive but worth it £9.90
3. Catherine (PS3/360)
Catherine is a peculiar game in that it features taboos such as sexual activity and turns a story into a puzzle game. Don’t let that confusing introduction bother you, beneath its seedy beginnings lies a truly wonderful gaming experience. This has cult classic written all over it, from its strange plot to the fact that there really isn’t anything like it on the market at the minute and probably won’t be for years to come. Because it has created such a stir expect the price to sky rocket in the future, now is the time to buy the game if you want a bargain.
I managed to find a PS3 version of Catherine at a very good price of $8.99 HERE and a UK version on the 360 for £10 HERE
Clicking on either link will show the current prices for alternate consoles, be quick!
4. Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (Wii)
You should be familiar with Tales of Symphonia by now, the Xbox release caused a huge stir and prices sky rocketed due to big demand and low availability. I expect the same to happen with Dawn of the New World. This is not just another run of the mill RPG and things the predecessor did well are continued and improved on. It received mixed reviews, with scores at each end of the scale which suggests to me this is a love it or hate it type of game. What I can say is that after many hours and sleepless nights this game is a real gem. This will also get a PS3 release in the near future so keep your eyes pealed, this will not sell well and may reach ultra-rare status.
You can pick it up HERE for around $15, this is not a bad price considering its scarcity and the fact it won’t go down in value. Unfortunately the UK version has kept a value of over £20 since release, it’s still a great game and a worthy investment so pick it up HERE if you wish
5. Earth Defence Force 2017 (360)
This is like something out of a budget 80s Japanese horror film with giant ants and a poor script. It feels and plays like an arcade title, with it’s frantic and anarchic gameplay it will give you an adrenaline rush like no game you’ve ever played. Blow up buildings and wave after wave of strange monsters, what more could you ask for? This is hard to find, I was lucky in that I found it in a local boot sale for next to nothing. This game reminded me of why we all got in to gaming to start with, to have fun and blow things up recklessly. The sequel sold was a more popular game but didn’t deliver the punch this one did. Track it down and put a grin on your face, you’ll thank me for it.
What would be on your list? Think I’ve missed any out? Let me know in the comments below!