Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Xbox 360: The Best of the Bargains

It is important to be money-conscious in today's poor economy. Here are some of the best Xbox 360 bargains on the market right now, each title delivering great value with great game play.

NBA Street: Homecourt

The NBA Street series has always been undeniably addictive, and Street’s first next-gen outing is no exception. Homecourt’s online play and replay-packed Homecourt Challenge mode will keep you hooked for months. I ordered my copy brand new off a seller on Amazon.com for a paltry $5, which is an absolute bargain for what I consider to be the best basketball game on the market right now.

Project Gotham Racing 3

Project Gotham Racing 3 was an instant hit as an Xbox 360 launch game. Thus, since it sold so well, the market is now flooded with cheap used copies. Available for about the same price of an average fast-food meal (used copies typically go for around less than $4), PGR3 may be old but the solid racing game play is anything but antiquated.

Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2

Who would have thought that one of the best shooters on the 360 could also be one of the cheapest? I actually prefer the challenging strategic squad-based game play to more action-packed fair like Call of Duty. You can easily track down a copy of this top-notch shooter for less than $15.


GUN was shunned by most next-gen gamers due to its lackluster, PS2-esque visuals. However, if you can get past the mediocre graphics you will find an enjoyable (if brief) Wild West action romp with a fascinating open-world design. GUN on the 360 usually runs from around $10-$15, and is well-worth the price of admission.

Naruto: Rise of a Ninja

It’s really telling about the quality of this product that I – someone who doesn’t even watch the anime or read the manga that Rise of a Ninja is based on – would enjoy this release so much. The fantastic, cel-shaded visuals really pull you into Naruto’s world and the exploration and action bits are an absolute blast. Naruto: Rise of a Ninja is $12 well spent.

Burnout Paradise

Some design flaws prevent Burnout Paradise from achieving absolute racing greatness, but at its new low price of $19.99 there is no excuse not to pick up such a blazingly fast and fun racer.

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At 4:32 PM, Blogger OverlordStrider said...

naruto was a good game i think....though a little shallow, it was fun as hell.

At 6:25 PM, Blogger The Sports Satirist said...

With releases like Ass Creed 2 and GRAW 3, I expect Ubisoft to have another impressive year in 2009.

At 10:13 AM, Blogger gnome said...

Not particularly exciting, are they. I mean for people that are more mouse-friendly than average, that is.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Ross said...

Overlord, I have to agree. I'm planning on purchasing the Broken Bond as well (once it hits below $20).

Funnyman, I'm just wondering if the new Ghost Recon will indeed be another GRAW entry. Some are saying that it will be Ghost Recon 3 (as in the standard series and not the Advanced Warfighter one). I'm hoping it'll be another GRAW entry as I never cared for the original ones on the first Xbox.

Gnome, you might be surprised by just how good these titles are, PC or not. Although Advanced Warfighter 2 was released on the PC...

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Ross said...

Oh, and Burnout Paradise, too!

At 8:10 PM, Blogger The Sports Satirist said...

I think it will be Warfighter 3 on the PS3/360. Are the first Xbox GRAW games just ports of the 360 games?

At 4:02 PM, Blogger Ross said...

I might sell off my copy of Warfighter 2... It's amazing but if Warfighter 3 comes out then I won't have any use for it.

The first two Xbox games I was referring to were Ghost Recon and Ghost Recon 2. Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter for the original Xbox was handled by a separate team but was built to mimic the 360 version. Of course, it's no where up to the quality of the main release.


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