Three Is The Magic Number

27 01 2012

Hello again, I hope this post finds you all in a good mood, because it certainly has me. A week has passed since a PS3 has been finally brought into my life, after many years of service from my Wii and 360. Let me tell you guys now, there is nothing quite like having all three consoles (albeit for a very short time, as the WiiU arrives this year :/). With the ability to now search out the best deals between 360/PS3, and buy a game I want on whichever console has more game content, I couldn’t find myself in a much better position, not to mention, I get to play all console exclusives now. The main thought coming from this was, in what world does a fanboy actually benefit? surely everyone would be better off if they left their petty arguments and grudges to die, and just had the best of all worlds. Anyway, that’s another matter entirely, as today I am bringing you my final part to my guide to gaming on a budget, in the form of a list of great game for under £10. Please, as usual comment below and tell me what you think, or if I’ve missed anything out. Enjoy 🙂

Top 10 games for under £10

Right, I’m going to start off with a couple of rules I’m sticking to, just so nobody gets all flustered about my selection. Firstly, I am going to stick to games from ‘this gen’ (PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii) as to try to stay relevant, and besides, most games from earlier are below £10 anyway. Secondly, I am going to be sticking to retail games only, as the amount of great games and DLC you can get on XBLA, PSN and Steam is huge, and mostly under the £10 price mark, yet again. Lastly, all games from the same series will be sharing the same spot, as to be able to fit more great games on this list for you guys.

10. Blazblue Calamity Trigger + Continuum Shift (PS3, Xbox 360)

Now, really, most fighting games of this gen could have been put in this spot, but for me Blazblue has trumped them all. Yeah, sure, Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat may also be great fighters, but for me, none of them can match up to Blazblue’s speed, precision, balance, depth and unique style, making it a complete steal. Obviously the better choice is Continuum Shift, as it has more characters and stages, not only that, but as it is the later game, the developers have had more time to balance and refine the game to near fighting perfection. Also make sure to keep an eye out for Continuum Shift II, when it hits consoles later this year.

9. Metroid Prime Trilogy + Other M (Wii)

Two very different Samus based bargains this time. Metroid Prime Trilogy is a combination of the two gamecube classics and the third Prime installment on the Wii, all in one box. It also gives players the chance to play the first two for the first time with Wii-based controls, making them even better than before. You can’t possibly turn down not one, but three of the best Metroid games ever for such a low price point. Other M is an attempt to return the series to it’s roots, turning it back into the fast paced side scroller it became famous as, it also adds a first person perspective to the mix whenever you aim the wiimote at the screen, allowing you to take a look around for clues on the fly. Although not quite as good as the Prime trilogy, if you are a fan of the old fashion Metroid games, its worth more than a look at.

8. Bayonetta (PS3, Xbox 360)

With the fourth Devil May Cry game showing it’s age according to many, Bayonetta attempted to pick up the slack, and give Dante a bit of a kick up the arse, and boy did it. Although Bayonetta’s style didn’t go down with the masses as much as hoped, not many people can deny, in terms of gameplay, Bayonetta truly took things up a gear or two. Offering some great weapons, and the chance to equip two at the same time, the numbers of ways to kill your victims was truly awesome. With tight controls and combat, every single kill you get feels earned, as does every death. In Bayonetta, there is no frustration, if you fail, you’re just not good enough.

7. Gears of War 1 + 2 (Xbox 360)

With the original game bringing great cover mechanics to the masses, and the second bringing us the much imitated horde mode, it’s pretty easy to say that Gears has left its mark on many games over the past few years. Although these games don’t have all the refinements and modes that come with the third installment, they’re still a blast to play through with a mate by your side. If nothing else, the joys of shooting a torque bow into a locust’s crotch never truly wear off.

6. LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

Possibly the first game to ever make our own imagination our enemy, LittleBigPlanet brings us Joy around every corner, and just as you thought there was nothing more to discover or make, you’ll be wrong, with literally limitless combinations of things to make, no two levels are ever the same, and days can be spent just trying to make your own LittleBig masterpiece. It may take some time to learn the ins and outs of level making, but it’ll be worth it, and when you are making your very own answer to Mario, you won’t regret it.

5. Dead Space 1 + 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Just as we thought survival horror may have infected its last mansion, Dead Space came along. With a great environment, combat and weapons, Dead Space was bound to be a great game, but its story and atmosphere was what made Dead Space a true classic. Reviving the survival horror genre from a bleak future, these games have reminded us how to be careful with our ammo, and that our health won’t always regenerate, no matter how much we need it to. The second game also added a (really unnecessary) multiplayer mode, for all of you wanting to tear your friends apart with your bare claws. This is easily the best the genre has to offer over the past few years, and one that nobody looking for a good scare should miss out on.

4. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)

Although this game is essentially a gamecube game, disguised as a Wii game with some waggle action, Twilight Princess is still a stellar game, and still one of the best games out on the system, despite being a launch game. Probably even more impressive is that many fans regard it as one of the best games in the Zelda franchise, which is certainly a huge claim to make. With some very clever dungeon design, and its lengthy play time, this is certainly one hell of a bargain if you have yet to pick it up yet, and one that no Wii owner should miss out on.

Fallout 3 + New Vegas

Fallout 3 is to this date, one of my favourite games of all time, with a vast world to explore, and an engaging story that includes some fabulous characters and moments. This game gets even better with its DLC offerings, with broken steel ‘fixing’ the ending, and giving us a chance to follow on the story after the rather disappointing original effort, some of the best moments are hidden away in these, making the game that much bigger, if absolutely massive wasn’t big enough for you. Even though the sequel wasn’t quite the masterpiece that Fallout 3 was, New Vegas added many things like gun mods and factions to the game, and still has plenty of great moments that any wanderer of the wasteland would be foolish to miss.

2. Bioshock 1 + 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Easily on of the most atmospheric shooters ever, Bioshock offered us a trip under the sea to a place called Rapture, for a rollercoaster ride of a story, that offers beautifully creepy twists and turns that will have you questioning every character in the game from start to finish. Not to be forgotten are the big daddies and little sisters, these big brutes guard ‘their children’ with their life, and if you ever want the chance to save or harvest the little darlings, you’re going to have to get through them first. The sequel offered improved combat, and gave us the chance to be our very own big daddy, but was never quite the same as the first game. Whilst still a great title in its own right, Bioshock 2 will leave you wanting a bit more. This is where its DLC may prove handy, as the Minerva’s Den add-on returns the title to great form. Pick these two up if you already haven’t, and you’ll see why everybody is so damn excited for Bioshock Infinite to launch later this year.

1. Mass Effect 1 + 2 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

With Mass Effect 3 coming out in a couple short months, it’s never been a better time to jump into the boots of commander Shepard and try to save the universe from the peril of the reapers. With Mass Effect being much more a typical Bioware RPG, with a splash of extra awesome, and the second installment being focused much more on a great combat system, there is a bit for everybody in the mass effect universe. You’ll want to keep in mind every decision you make, as even things you decide in the first game will have ramifications in the third title. Chose to let a squad mate die, and you’ll never see them again, which can be tough when that stretches through three whole games, and trust me, you’re going to be reminded about it whether you like it or not. Make sure you’re the best commander Shepard you can be, the fate of the universe depends on it.



2 responses

27 01 2012

I agree with everything on this with one exception (although id also replace blaz blu with mortal kombat mainly because that game was a massive return to form for the series)…bayonetta, I’ll give you decent gameplay…but that’s about it. Everything about it screams poor attempt at trying replicate the success they had with devil may cry. Devil may cry 4 was an.infinitely better game, with most notably a far superior, story, better characters and better visuals.

Surprisingly enough this is Ali lol

27 01 2012

haha, hi ali. Yeah, I agree with you on the better story and characters, but I just preffered bayonetta overall. Hopefully the new DMC will beat both of them 🙂 and yeah, I think that the number 10 spot could be filled by another game, although I’d be hard pushed to say you could have gotten MK9 for under £10 anyway 😛

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