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Loot Whore: Great Deals On Yesterday's Games

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Posted July 13, 2010 - By Kevin Kelly










 Loot Whore: Great Deals On Yesterday's Games

Games are expensive, there's no arguing that. With everyone trying to cash in on the multi-billion dollar gaming industry, they're not just expensive, there are a lot of them. Not everyone can afford to buy everything when it comes out, and sometimes you're forced to choose one title and (hopefully) pick up the other ones you're craving at a later date. 

With an eye aimed towards saving you cash, we're introducing Loot Whore. We'll be highlighting significant savings for you across the board that won't only save you money, they'll also pull you several rungs up the gaming ladder. So go check the drinks cups in your car, look inbetween the couch cushions, and turn out the pockets of those jeans you haven't washed in weeks. You'll be needing that spare change.

Prototype Hammerfist Trailer »


 
Launch Price: $59.99

Current Price: $29.99

Prototype was the other normal-guy-with-sudden-superpowers-in-a-sandbox game that came out last year. But while inFamous was exclusive to the PS3, Protoype was multi-platform on the PS3, Xbox 360, and Games for Windows. Unfortunately, it didn't benefit from having its release date right after inFamous. While everyone was taking Cole and his electrical powers for a ride, poor Alex Mercer and his shapeshifting abilities got stuck by the wayside. However, that doesn't mean it wasn't a fun game. 

Part of that fun was seeing how far you could amp Alex up, and developing new powers and abilities along the way. Only you don't have to do it by chasing down random powerups, a la Crackdown 2. You level up and purchase new upgrades for your strange new abilities, which include things like the powerful Hammerfist, the serpentine Whipfist and awesomely devastating Devastator attacks. Eventually Mercer can leap tall buildings in a single bound, and he scales up any building like Spider-Man, giving him the best of both worlds. There are some near-perfect, beautiful moments where you sail through the skies above Manhattan, before plummeting down to kick some viral ass.

Yes, inFamous is a great game. But so is Prototype. Give it a whirl.

Sessler's Soapbox: 50 Cent is Worth Your Dollars »


Launch Price: $59.99

Current Price: $18.45

When this game was described to me last year, I must have laughed for ten minutes. When someone then explained to me that it wasn't a joke, I laughed for at least ten more. Come on, a rapper taking up arms and busting heads open in an "unnamed" Middle Eastern country in search of a diamond-encrusted skull that was offered up as payment for a concert he was stiffed on? It just sounds like a joke. Especially coming just a few years on the heels of the godawful 50 Cent: Bulletproof. After that game came out, I would've been surprised to see Fitty's name on a themed playing-card set, let alone a new video game.

But then something strange happened. I picked the game up used for a few dollars, and ... it won me over. Yes, it is ridiculously over the top, but that's one of the biggest parts of the appeal. Then there's some fairly rock-solid gameplay, A.I. that isn't completely stupid, weapon upgrades, and a soundtrack consisting of over 40 songs, including 18 exclusives from 50 Cent himself. Toss in voiceover work from 50 and G-Unit members Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, and DJ Whoo Kid, and you've got yourself some pure gaming cheeseball fun.

You've probably heard the same thing from multiple places, but now is the time to find out why they're all right.

MadWorld Direct-Feed Walkthrough »


Launch Price: $49.99

Current Price: $6.90

What springs to mind when someone mentions terrorists? It's "game show," right? Evil, insidious, violence-filled game shows. Well, that's exactly what the terrorists in MadWorld want you to think. They've walled off a city, let loose a deadly virus that will kill anyone in 24 hours, and promised the vaccine to anyone who kills someone else. The remaining citizens all become contestants on the show Death Watch, and compete for survival and a large cash prize. Sounds dangerously close to every episode of American Idol, doesn't it?

MadWorld brought extremely over-the-top violence to Nintendo's adorable family-friendly console, and wasn't afraid to flaunt it. The game features extremely graphic gameplay, and features multiple ways to mutilate people inside the black and white color scheme that looks straight out of Frank Miller's Sin City. Greg Proops and John DiMaggio provide the voice of the color commentators, and a quick tour through Varrigan City will show you why this M-rated title was ignored by the Wii Sports crowd. But that doesn't make it a bad game by a longshot, and at this price you'd be mad to ignore it. That's a quality title, brand-new for seven bucks, and that doesn't happen every day.

 

What bargains have you been spanning up? Loot Whore wants to know. 

 

 

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