It’s cold, it’s wet, the mornings are dark, the evenings are darker, everyone has that haunted but overfed look to them… it’s the post-Christmas blues!
Rather than face all that nastiness head on and torture yourself with a series of ill-advised resolutions made when you were under the influence of one too many Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beers, now is the ideal time to hibernate with a stack of games. But, oh, I have no money – what am I to do? Get something cheap!
Fortunately, January is the time of year when the bargain baskets get restocked with some tasty treats rather than meagre morsels, so I thought I’d have a brief scav around for some cheapo gaming action.Please note, I have not included any store names here as that would take the fun out of it, but these things are out there so… get mooching!
Guitar Heroes: Warriors of Rock
Having just slipped from the dizzy heights of full price, this little gem is unmissable. The last huzzah for Neversoft and the Guitar Hero franchise, all the stops are pulled in what is undoubtedly the best incarnation since the seminal Guitar Hero III. Not only do all the characters warp out and have special abilities that power game you up to getting 40 stars a song but you get the chance to play the whole of Rush’s 2112. Genius! Metal to the max!
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
I became a Zelda convert after Phantom Hourglass, so seeing this reducing in price fills me with canny expectation. I just love the way that games like this use the whole DS rather than certain predictable aspects. Blow, swipe and chuff your way to fantasy ecstasy.
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
Let me just say, you don’t need to look too far for this one. I mean, this is a no brainer – Criterion get their licensed cars to play vengeful god with, Need For Speed get some genuine speed. Insane racing action – just the thing to take the edge off the mince pie overload.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Ooh, Prince of Persia rocks – if you don’t know (what?), playing one of these games is like doing parkour with swords and a rewind button. And it appears to be on the cheap. Go on – who couldn’t be uncheered by running up a sheer wall and chopping a dust zombie in two on the way down.
Sid Meier’s Pirates
It may not be the best game in the world but… I’ve got a soft spot for this game. Call it overfond memories of hours wasted on the Amiga waiting for a favourable breeze to carry me to Trinidad.
Right, I’ll continue to trawl the shelves of… you know, places. Or I might just OD on inexpensive games. Yep, that sounds more likely…