I was inspired by Tin to go ahead and do a follow up to the Bargain Bin Article. I love games. Who doesn't? I'm also not rich. Games fall in and out of my radar all the time. But, these are a few titles that I have played, and that I think are worth checking out for next to nothing. I hope you enjoy my list and if you have any more suggestions for cheap games, let's discuss it in the comments!
Despite the fact that you technically can't die, this version of Prince of Persia is still a joy to look at. The graphics are a unique style of cell shading using Assassin's Creed's Anvil engine and it still looks impressive to this day. Focusing more on puzzles and crazy acrobatics than combat, this Prince of Persia may not be for everyone, but for $5.99 on Amazon, this adventure is one that you don't want to miss. If anything, it should get you excited for Ubisoft's rumored reboot of the franchise.
Soul Cailbur is much more than just "the fighting game with weapons". It's always had a great sense of flexibility with its universe and never takes itself too seriously. The fourth installment brought back console-specific characters to the franchise (Yoda and Darth Vader) and its create-a-fighter option is deep and fulfilling. Now that you can find it for around $10, there's no excuse not to enjoy this tale of souls and swords.
Overshadowed by Rare's Perfect Dark Zero at the 360's launch, Kameo has a lot of charm for a nearly seven-year-old adventure game. It took the simple idea of having a main character that transforms into other bestial entities (arguably the best part of Zelda: Majora's Mask) and made it into a full-fledged plant-boxing, armadillo-rolling, ice-throwing good time. The best part is that you can find a copy of it for $5 or less at Gamestop.
This puzzle game has a lot of great things going for it. It's only $5 on XBLA, it's fun and addictive (especially for music fans), and the proceeds go to Save the Children and the Starlight Children's Foundation organizations. Featuring electronic music from the likes of Moby and Fred Deakin of Lemon Jelly, this little puzzle game may seem relaxing at first, but as your surface begins to fill with shapes a la Tetris, things begin to get stressful quickly.
Hard games are hard. Triggerheart Excelica is no exception. The XBLA version of this top-down shooter is $10. It's only five stages long, but if you can make it through those stages without using a continue, you are a god amongst attack pattern memorizers everywhere. You can choose between two characters, Excelica, who specializes in spreading bullets, and Crueltear, who just prefers to blast things head on. Add in an interesting, "swing the ship" hook mechanic and you have a recipe for a short, but sweet anime-style arcade shooter.
Article by Michael Engle