March 2, 2009 at 7:47 am (Gaming)

While working for a company which will remain unnamed, where supposedly the more you traded, the more you saved, I got a lot of the same questions every day, but one stands out among the rest like Yao Ming in the third grade.

“Can you recommend something that is inexpensive, but still fun?”

Which brings me to this list of great games for a great value, which for simplicity sake we will sort by console.

For the Wii:


  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
  • Trauma Center (Both versions are good, but true blood you can play 2 players)
  • Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles
  • Excite Truck

Avoid games like:

  • Dragon Quest 7
  • Monster Jam
  • ANYTHING based on a movie or tv show (Except Lego, those can be fun)

Playstation 2:


  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Digital Devil Saga
  • Metal Gear Collection
  • Devil May Cry 1 and 3 (i didn’t much care for part 2)
  • Zone of the Enders 1 and 2

Playstation 3:


  • Resistance: Fall of Man
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma
  • Metel Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  • Uncharted: Drakes Fortune
  • Burnout Paradise

and a few to avoid:

  • Vampire Rain: Altered Species
  • Socom: Confrontation
  • Conan

Xbox 360:


  • Dead Rising
  • Lost Odyssey
  • Gears of War
  • Mass Effect
  • Ninja Gaiden II

The best rule of thumb when buying a game (aside from reading reviews) is to avoid anything that is based on a movie or tv show since most of those titles are rushed through production in order to launch at or around the same time as the movie.  Another biggie is to stay away from the cheapo wii games.  They may draw you in with the skinny pricetag, but I promise you will almost always be left disappointed.

Don’t take this list as the “know all, end all” bible of gaming recommendations, because it is most certainly not.  There are lots of other games that are multi-platform that are really good bang for your buck games, the list is just so endless that it probably demands a post unto itself (maybe later this week).  The lists above are just a guide to a few games that you may or may not have tried, but definitely deserve some attention.

Later – T


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