Ten Bargain Bin Games to Keep You Busy This Summer
The English summer is a strange beast, at times the sun can be shining and it seems like the perfect time to hit the park in your finest shorts only to find that within a blink of an eye the rain is pounding down like a angry flock of apes. This list will serve as a survival guide for anyone craving something to play during the wet days…and the best bit is all of the games on this list are under £15!
So let us guide you to some of the best games lingering in the bargain bin:
Ten Bargain Bin Games to Keep You Busy This Summer
- Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
A game which boasts fantastic visuals, solid gameplay and top notch voice acting. Add to the mix and outstanding job on the animation front and the results are a brilliant video game experience.
The story is solid and complimented by the believable voice acting and character chemistry. The game sparkles in every department, it’s a shame the game didn’t achieve the sales figures or popularity it deserved. It may linger in the bargain bins but rest assure that Enslaved is nothing short of excellence in terms of presentation and execution, rivalled only by Uncharted when it comes to cinematic set pieces.
Platinum Game’s intense over the top action title Vanquish is worthy of anyone’s shelf space. The mix of intense fast paced action and satisfying ability to slide into cover while oozing with finesse is what makes Vanquish such an appealing game. The story may be forgettable but the action and fluent gameplay more than makes up for it. The adrenaline will be pumping and the good times will be rolling as you zoom around the map donning huge guns and taking on massive enemies, it’s the one of the purest forms of video game escapism to hit this generation.
- The Darkness
Dark, brutal and a fantastic example of mature story telling The Darkness is an utter gem of a game. Based on the comic of the same name The Darkness follows the exploits of Jakie Estacado as he battles to contain a dark force hell bent on taking over his body and soul….add to that major family issues with his Mafia head honcho uncle Paulie. The action within The Darkness is riddled with bullets and blood as Jakie utilises dual guns and the power of The Darkness. The campaign has a decent length to it and the story is genuinely interesting and filled with twists and turns. Mike Patton is also a highlight as he produces a awesome performance as the voice of The Darkness.
- Saints Row 2
A world full of utterly crazy missions and even crazier side missions Saints Row 2 is pure madness. The world is massive and is jam packed with various fun activities such as spraying poo all over a neighbourhood homes and taking part in a spoof of reality Cop TV show. The main mission line offers plenty of variety and never becomes repetitive; add to that the humour on offer and Saints Row 2 offers all the mindless fun that Grand Theft Auto shunned. The whole game world can also be played in co-op which adds a whole extra layer of fun and madness and is truly a triumph in cooperative play. With days of content to get through and plenty to draw you back into the game Saints Raw 2 is well worth picking up.
- Lost Odyssey
Mistwalker’s Lost Odyssey filled the JRPG shaped void in the 360’s games library. The high production values and epic story instantly emerged JRPG veterans while ushering in new comers to the genre. The combat system was accessible and interesting as too were the deeper game mechanics. The cast of characters (for the most part) where appealing and didn’t grate like other JRPG’s, the story was also a highlight with plenty of lore on offer which added the stories depth and sense of importance. Hours upon hours of gameplay is on offer and players who wish to invest into the advanced game mechanics will no doubt be attracted to learning the ins and out of the game leading to even further game time. Lost Odyssey is a top notch title that is more than suitable replacement for any disappointed Final Fantasy 13 fans out there.
One of the longest titles you could get in Bargain Bin Games.
- Deadly Premonition
Though the production values are extremely low Deadly Premonition offers an extremely deep experience packed with quirkiness and ‘WTF?’ moments that are in cannon with the likes of Twin Peaks. Some people refer to the game as so bad its good and this is a injustice to what is a fantastic game world filled with interesting NPC’s that are all connected to each other in some way. Though the gameplay may be a bit clunky at times and the voice acting on the borderline of parody Deadly Premonition is true case of brains over beauty.
Always the overlooked edition in the Bargain Bin Games.
- Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
While the Assault on Dark Athena campaign may not be all that memorable it still offers a few hour of fun, the main reason to pick up this game is for the HD update of the 2004 classic Escape From Butcher Bay. With a fluid combat system that mixes melee, gunplay and stealth Escape From Butcher Bay was a surprise hit back when it released back in 2004, acting as background story of Riddick the game managed to convey a decent story that felt like it was adding to the universe of the Riddick films. Filled with brutal action, cinematic presentation and Vin Diesels gravelly voice you would be forgiven for thinking that Escape From Butcher Bay was a actual movie.
- Brothers In Arms Hell’s Highway
Taking inspiration from the likes of Band of Brothers and classic war films Brothers In Arms has always been a franchise (until this year’s E3 anyway) that injects story and attachment to the cast of characters within your squad. Hell’s Highway continued the tradition of the franchise only this time took more time to focus on emotional break downs of the characters and the effects of combat on them. The tactical gameplay still remains intact and is still as satisfying as ever, combat is still intense and the sound of tanks and MG42’s is genuinely menacing. The game’s visuals and audio is fantastic and further ads to the games awesome atmosphere. World War 2 may been seen as a overused setting but Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway adds a nice twist to the setting and is still enjoyable to this day.
- The Club
Bringing a familiar arcade experience back to the current generation system The Club was a no holds bar frolic into point scoring and leader board climbing. Forget plot, forget overly cinematic set pieces, forget gimmicks and prepare for old school action. Sega’s attempt to bring back the days of arcade was valiant and respectable and The Club was immensely fun. Some people may detest the lack of polish and fancy game mechanics but there is certainly an audience out there that will eat up the fun that is on offer.
- House of the Dead Overkill
The game unashamedly invested into the Grindhouse trend that has been vaguely popular since the release of the Tarantino & Rodriguez joint effort Grindhouse. Full of swearing, sexual innuendo and zombies House of the Dead Overkill was a fantastic light gun experience that brought a whole lot of fun to the Wii. The gameplay was solid and offered a familiar House of the Dead experience with added laughs that was generated by the Grindhouse theme, examples of this included ridiculous continuity errors that where put in the game on purpose and the over the top gore. Though the Wii is seen as a console for the casuals (mainly by ignorant people) House of the Dead Overkill proved there’s plenty on offer for the mature gamer.