Blockbuster Finale


With the Blockbuster clearance sale winding down (buy a $9.99 game and get a $4.99 game free), I took one more trek across a number of Blockbuster stores in my area in hopes of snagging a few more cheap games to beef up my collection. It was plain to see that I was scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point, as 99% of the games remaining are probably better used as coasters. Still, I was able to pick up three more good games that I think are well worth the total I spent on them.

Find out what two games I got, a roundup of everything I’ve grabbed from Blockbuster of late and how much it all cost. The final tally is pretty impressive.

Call of Duty: World at War

This game and Modern Warfare have been able to hold their value at retail. Most places still sell both games at full price brand new. This week, it was on sale at one major retailer for $40 brand new, but I was able to score a used copy for $25. In spite of this being a non-Infinity Ward CoD, I don’t think my first-person shooting taste is so refined that I’ll poo-poo this one. This game also has the benefit of four-player co-op and two player split-screen co-op, which will make this a great game for my brother and I to play together.

de Blob

Odds are, you’ve never heard of de Blob, but when it came out, it received great reviews and sold surprisingly well. Imagine a game that’s part Mario, part Katamari Damacy, and you sort of get what de Blob is about. I’ve been looking forward to trying this out since it launched in September 2008, and at $10, now seemed like the right time.

Call of Duty III

What a coincidence. I first say that I have no interest in going back and playing the old Call of Duty games, yet I pick up two of them in the same week. Initial perceptions aside, this is arguably the best $4.99 game I’ve come across during my travels, and since I get it free with de Blob, I can’t be mad at that. I’m sure this is a good game, or at least light years beyond some of the other junk I ended up getting.

I gotta thank Blockbuster for the sales of late. I’m sorry that ones of those sales involved the closing down of a store, but I still put in a good amount of money towards their business in exchange for a bunch of great games. Well, mostly great games. Below is the final tally:

  • Call of Duty: World at War – $25
  • Skate (Brand New) – $15
  • Okami – $10
  • de Blob – $10
  • Prince of Persia – $10
  • Soul Calibur IV – $10
  • Burnout Paradise – $5
  • Rainbow Six: Vegas – Free with the purchase of Prince of Persia
  • Call of Duty III – Free with the purchase of de Blob
  • Turning Point – Free with the purchase of
  • Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights – Free with the purchase of Soul Calibur IV

So for roughly $80, I got 11 games, nine of which are good/great. They may not be the latest and greatest, but I already own all of the new games I want to play and this sale has allowed me to flesh out my catalogue with games that I passed on when they were new. As a gamer looking for the most bang for their buck, 11 games for just over the price of one is pretty awesome.

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