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360 Gaming on a Budget

Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
edited July 2009 in Games and Technology
So I just bought myself a shiny new (refurbished) high def console. On it's way is a 360 with 20gb harddrive with my name on it. Unfortunately we in the middle of moving so money isn't flowing as freely as an open stream.

What are a few of the must try 360 games that I should try to pick up that might be had super cheap now?

I just saw Crackdown for $10 at TRU and I think Soul Calibur will be on sale this weekend for $10 as well. Are either worth it? I like just about every genre.

Are there demos and such that I'll be able to waste some time with as well?

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  • RainbowDespairRainbowDespair Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Just about every 360 game has a demo online (including your aforementioned Crackdown & Soul Calibur) so download some games that you think sound interesting and give them a shot. Also, every single XBox Live Arcade & XBox Live Community Game has a demo and there are a lot of quality cheap games to be had there.

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    The best way to start cheap-diving is to download an ass-ton of the demos for XBLA and Community games; there are a ton of great games that will only cost you $2 to $15. There are also 150+ demos of full retail games available on the game marketplace, so browse away.

    And if you're willing to wait, you can probably clean up the next time GameStop has a buy-2-get-1 free used sale, though I don't know when that exactly will be. I wouldn't bank on that $10 Soul Calibur 4, since that's part of a larger alleged Best Buy clearance sale and there are going to be so many SlickDeals/Fatwallet/CheapassGamer people hoarding that you'll have to fight tooth and nail to get one right at opening. :|

    For sub-$20 360 games that I recommend, there's Burnout Paradise and/or Revenge, plus Dead Rising. The first Gears should be pretty cheap nowadays too, and if you can find Earth Defense Force 2017 it's mindless fun.

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  • captainkcaptaink TexasRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Plenty of demos on Live.

    Stuff I've liked that is cheap now:
    Bioshock is easy to find in the $20 range.
    Crackdown is great.
    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is good if you like co-op or X-men Legends.
    Assassin's Creed was pretty good, you can find it for $20 now.

    I've been looking at Cheapassgamer a lot recently. They've upgraded their database over the past few months. Now you can search a game and get prices from everyone that sells it. Even better, you can set a threshold price. If a game drops below that, you get an email telling you about it.

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I would be remiss not to mention the two hits from the realm of the Shadowdark:
    Dark Sector
    The Darkness

    Both $10, both highly underrated.

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  • DrunkMcDrunkMc Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Crackdown def.
    Dark Sector u can find used for ~15
    The Darkness
    Braid

    The first 3 may not blow you away like WHOA, but they are good and great pickups for their current prices.

    Braid will blow you away like WHOA. :)

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  • DeathPrawnDeathPrawn Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Seconding/thirding the XBLA suggestion - tons of fantastic $5-10 games (and a handful of $15-20 ones), and every single one has a free demo. Other than Rock Band and Netflix, I hardly ever use my 360 for anything other than XBLA.

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  • greeblegreeble Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Goozex. This is how I've gotten most of my 360 games. (Have Gears of War 2 on the way, just shipped out Culdcept Saga)

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  • UltimanecatUltimanecat Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Crackdown is absolutely worth $10. Shit, I let the demo sit on my hard drive and just played that for a week or two before breaking down and buying it.

    Soul Caliber may be less worth it, since it's a fighting game that really needs you to have access to some decent competition to reach its full potential. I'd assume that most fighting fans on the 360 have moved on by now to SF4. But for $10 bucks who knows?

    Also keep your eyes open for:

    Earth Defense Force 2017
    Dark Sector
    The Darkness
    Rainbow Six: Vegas and its sequel
    GRAW and its sequel
    DMC 4
    Dead Rising

    You can probably find each of these for $20 or less if you poke around a bit. There are plenty of older retail games on the 360 that are great and cheap. And once you dive into Arcade, it just gets more ridiculous.

    Honestly, with the AAA turnaround on the 360, it doesn't take too long for games to come down to reasonable prices. Within a year it's almost a guarantee that the game will be $30 or less.

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  • Post BluePost Blue Redmond, WARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I would be remiss not to mention the two hits from the realm of the Shadowdark:
    Dark Sector
    The Darkness

    Both $10, both highly underrated.
    I bought both of these brand new at Fred Meyer last week for $4.97 each. Also at Fred Meyer, Battlefield: Bad Company for $19.99.

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  • corin7corin7 San Diego, CARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    The Darkness.

    Best money you will ever spend.

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  • Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Oooh - I forgot about R6 Vegas - my favorite vacation spot, I should probably have the game!

    Thanks for the input - maybe I'll grab one or two games out the gate and just play demos for a month or so to get an idea what to buy next. With the Wii and DS I did Gamefly for 2 months or so before spending much on buying games, but I think demos will eliminate that need!

    Oh, and Braid does look fantastic. That and Pac Man championship have taunted me long enough!

    How is the Katamari game on the 360? And how is the backwards compatibility? I never played an Xbox, so I missed Halo 1/2, Kotor 1/2, etc etc etc.

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  • EskimoDaveEskimoDave Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Its Katamari. Once you've played one Katamari you've played them all.

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  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Gamefly. Gamefly. Gamefly.

    It's perfectly perfect for the licensed stuff. I was able to play Wall-E at release though it and saved $50-$60. It's one of those games that's good, but not worth a second playthrough and something you don't want to end up keeping anyway.

    I say check it out.

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  • MadpandaMadpanda suburbs west of chicagoRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Get familiar with sites like cheapassgamer.com and slickdeals.net

    Microsoft will also run xbox live sales, for example 20% off braid or half off alien hominid, again cheapass gamer will usually have this info ahead of time. Amazon also recently got into selling xbla titles and has been discounting them.

    You mentioned Pacman:CE, it is on the Namco Museum collection for 360 which is currently on sale at Gamestop for $15 new.


    Video stores also usually have used games at decent and sometimes amazing prices, just be familiar with the return policy in case you get a horribly mangled disc. If it installs to the harddrive it will usually be good.

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  • Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Possibly stupid question of the day - do I need to pay for online in order to get demos or are they available for all users?

    Thanks for the tip on the Namco Museum thing - I'll have to check that one out.

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  • EskimoDaveEskimoDave Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    You need a silver membership, which is free.

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  • darleysamdarleysam On my way to UKRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    To get demos you just need a Silver account, which is free (just need a hotmail address, as far as I recall). That gives you a friends list, online chat, leaderboards and crap like that. For actual multiplayer you will need to pay for a Gold, but you can get free trials for that (and if you do feel rich and want a full subscription, get a pre-paid card. They're usually cheaper and mean that your card details won't be stored).

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  • Nick SoapdishNick Soapdish Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Madpanda wrote: »
    You mentioned Pacman:CE, it is on the Namco Museum collection for 360 which is currently on sale at Gamestop for $15 new.

    This.

    Seriously, Pacman : CE might be the only game I need from here on out.

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  • Vargas PrimeVargas Prime King of Nothing Just a ShowRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Mass Effect. For $20, even if you somehow manage to just play it through once, it's still an incredible bargain.

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  • MadpandaMadpanda suburbs west of chicagoRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Mass Effect. For $20, even if you somehow manage to just play it through once, it's still an incredible bargain.

    Make sure to get the Greatest hits edition that contains the DLC and some other stuff for $20 new. Its a space opera rpg with 3rd person tactical shootery like combat.

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  • EskimoDaveEskimoDave Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Mass Effect. For $20, even if you somehow manage to just play it through once, it's still an incredible bargain.

    And you can find it for half that price now! 9 used and 10 new at ebgames. At least in Canada.

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  • TrikoTriko Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Mass Effect. For $20, even if you somehow manage to just play it through once, it's still an incredible bargain.

    Got Mass Effect for the PC for $20 as well, hell of a bargain for such a good game. Going through the game for a second time to play as a Biotic (first time was a soldier specializing in assault rifles); Mass effect has strong replay value given all the unique playstyles and different story developments you can take in the game.

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  • QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Gamefly. Gamefly. Gamefly.

    It's perfectly perfect for the licensed stuff. I was able to play Wall-E at release though it and saved $50-$60. It's one of those games that's good, but not worth a second playthrough and something you don't want to end up keeping anyway.

    I say check it out.
    I have to go with this. It's slow, but that's just a reason to have a two game plan so you can play one while waiting for the other. I've saved a lot of money this way.

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Lunker wrote: »
    And if you're willing to wait, you can probably clean up the next time GameStop has a buy-2-get-1 free used sale, though I don't know when that exactly will be.

    Apparently pretty soon! There's a buy-2-get-1-free deal going on for all used games/accessories at GameStop all this weekend, so now's the perfect time to pick up some games.

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2009
    This Sunday at Best Buy they are supposedly putting a lot of games on clearance for $10. I plan on picking up Infinite Undiscovery and Pure for sure. Possibly Soul Calibur 4 as well.

    http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=522429&t=1311429

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    This Sunday at Best Buy they are supposedly putting a lot of games on clearance for $10. I plan on picking up Infinite Undiscovery and Pure for sure. Possibly Soul Calibur 4 as well.

    http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=522429&t=1311429

    This was mentioned earlier, but just be forewarned: The sale has been posted at every major bargain-hunter site, plus a ton of video game-specific sites. Most of the die-hards have already bought the games a week ahead of time and are just going in on Sunday to price adjust, and the rest will line up before the store opens.

    CAG is a great resource, but once something hits SlickDeals or FatWallet, you're dealing more with eBay hoarders and resellers, so I've found unless it's online it's almost never worth trying to jump in on the deal.

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  • SeruleSerule Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Guitar Hero III and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith are each selling for $10 right now. (I picked up both at Best Buy for $20). Gamestop had a deal going where if you bought either you got a free wired guitar. Not sure if that's still active, if it's not Best Buy was selling wireless GH3 guitars for $25.

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  • jclastjclast Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts is, I think, $20 new at Amazon. Used should be cheaper. And what's more the online community just picked back up because of the recent DLC release.

    It's racing + LEGO, and it's great because it is important to be a good driver/pilot and also a good engineer for making the best vehicle for the job. It's super satisfying to outthink a challenge occasionally rather than outdrive it.

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  • WitchsightWitchsight Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    corin7 wrote: »
    The Darkness.

    Best money you will ever spend.

    Just gonna say, this was the least expensive game that has moved me to tears recently. I am a pussy, but the tear to dollar ratio is worth noting.

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2009
    Lunker wrote: »
    This Sunday at Best Buy they are supposedly putting a lot of games on clearance for $10. I plan on picking up Infinite Undiscovery and Pure for sure. Possibly Soul Calibur 4 as well.

    http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=522429&t=1311429

    This was mentioned earlier, but just be forewarned: The sale has been posted at every major bargain-hunter site, plus a ton of video game-specific sites. Most of the die-hards have already bought the games a week ahead of time and are just going in on Sunday to price adjust, and the rest will line up before the store opens.

    CAG is a great resource, but once something hits SlickDeals or FatWallet, you're dealing more with eBay hoarders and resellers, so I've found unless it's online it's almost never worth trying to jump in on the deal.

    My wife works at Best Buy so I had her hide me a few titles back behind Geek Squad.

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  • LunkerLunker Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Lunker wrote: »
    This Sunday at Best Buy they are supposedly putting a lot of games on clearance for $10. I plan on picking up Infinite Undiscovery and Pure for sure. Possibly Soul Calibur 4 as well.

    http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=522429&t=1311429

    This was mentioned earlier, but just be forewarned: The sale has been posted at every major bargain-hunter site, plus a ton of video game-specific sites. Most of the die-hards have already bought the games a week ahead of time and are just going in on Sunday to price adjust, and the rest will line up before the store opens.

    CAG is a great resource, but once something hits SlickDeals or FatWallet, you're dealing more with eBay hoarders and resellers, so I've found unless it's online it's almost never worth trying to jump in on the deal.

    My wife works at Best Buy so I had her hide me a few titles back behind Geek Squad.

    I take it this is not the first time you've played "Hide the Infinite Undiscovery" with your wife. :winky:

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2009
    Lunker wrote: »
    Lunker wrote: »
    This Sunday at Best Buy they are supposedly putting a lot of games on clearance for $10. I plan on picking up Infinite Undiscovery and Pure for sure. Possibly Soul Calibur 4 as well.

    http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=522429&t=1311429

    This was mentioned earlier, but just be forewarned: The sale has been posted at every major bargain-hunter site, plus a ton of video game-specific sites. Most of the die-hards have already bought the games a week ahead of time and are just going in on Sunday to price adjust, and the rest will line up before the store opens.

    CAG is a great resource, but once something hits SlickDeals or FatWallet, you're dealing more with eBay hoarders and resellers, so I've found unless it's online it's almost never worth trying to jump in on the deal.

    My wife works at Best Buy so I had her hide me a few titles back behind Geek Squad.

    I take it this is not the first time you've played "Hide the Infinite Undiscovery" with your wife. :winky:

    The first time since having a son and getting married anyway...(sigh)

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  • Vladimir7Vladimir7 Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Goozex.
    Although the main problem is that you are going to need points. So first you will need to buy a few games, trade them over goozex so you can build up some points, and trade

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  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    www.half.com

    Check it out. Some really good prices on games there.

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  • RichardTauberRichardTauber Kvlt Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Call of Juarez is bargain bin now and really good. Quoting the book of revelation while shooting people? Oh, yes please god.

    edit: and if you're into motocross, there's always Mx Vs Atv: Untamed. It's better than Pure and those other crap games.

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  • Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I'm going to line up Sunday for the Best Buy sale - I have a store that doesn't get hit that hard generally (since it sucks) so I might stand a chance. I'm at least getting Pure and SCIV - plus hopefully one or more of the Disney games for the kid.

    On Guitar Hero - I have RB2/GHWT for the Wii so despite it's lack of harddrive I'm locked into that console for now since I've already got at least $50 in DLC.

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  • Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Well, I just got back from b2g1 at Gamestop. Awesome deal this weekend for Wii owners - trade 4 get a bonus $25 tradein. I traded Ghost Squad, Samba de Amigo (and maracas), House of Dead 2&3, and Excitetruck (I'm getting ExciteBots soon anyways) and ended up with around $60 in credit.

    Thanks to b2g1 I grabbed:
    Burnout Paradise
    Dead Rising
    Mass Effect
    Rainbow Six Vegas
    Crackdown
    Assasin's Creed

    I think I spent like $8 total! Now I'm just praying the system shows up tomorrow :)

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  • TaranisTaranis Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Ace Combat 6! $20

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  • OremLKOremLK Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Miner Dig Deep on Community Games gave me over 5 hours of solid gameplay for $2.50. Recommended.

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  • truck-a-saurastruck-a-sauras Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Well, I just got back from b2g1 at Gamestop. Awesome deal this weekend for Wii owners - trade 4 get a bonus $25 tradein. I traded Ghost Squad, Samba de Amigo (and maracas), House of Dead 2&3, and Excitetruck (I'm getting ExciteBots soon anyways) and ended up with around $60 in credit.

    Thanks to b2g1 I grabbed:
    Burnout Paradise
    Dead Rising
    Mass Effect
    Rainbow Six Vegas
    Crackdown
    Assasin's Creed

    I think I spent like $8 total! Now I'm just praying the system shows up tomorrow :)

    great selections there. you won't have to come back for recommendations till next year. Have fun.

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