Across Canada, 146 Blockbuster locations are preparing to close their doors, which accounts for about 1/3 of all Blockbuster locations across the country. It’s a sad day for over a thousand people who will be losing their jobs and many of its customers who still want their movies and games on physical media. Canada will still have Blockbuster locations after this, but the future for those left is foggy at best.
The short-term good news is, all of these stores affected are liquidating their products at deep discounts. On the first day of the sales, my girlfriend and I went to her local Blockbuster that was shutting down and bought a ton of stuff. She bought Epic Mickey and a bunch of movies. I had upwards of 15 games in my hands during that trip, but I narrowed it down to 7 by the time I hit the register. Check out what I bought by clicking through to the rest of this post!
Muramasa: The Demon Blade – $10
This 2D side-scrolling action game for the Wii has been on my radar since its release in 2009. The game looks amazing in screen shots and even better in motion. Based on the reviews I’ve seen for it, Muramasa seems to be a critically acclaimed game as well.
The only thing holding me back was the fact that I was concerned that this game would be outside of my comfort zone. I’m like to play games that are out of my comfort zone, but I don’t like paying full price to experiment. At $10 though, I grabbed it without hesitation.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West – $15
This was a game I had no interest in until it gained some positive buzz among critics. As with Muramasa, I wanted to try the game, but not until it hit a price point where I could justify the experiment. $15 sounds more than fair to me.
Split/Second – $15
Split/Second left quite the impact on me when I played the demo last year. I was extremely impressed with the fast racing and your ability to destroy the environment to take other drivers out. After that fun demo play-through, I said to myself that I’d pick it when the price was right. It’s sad to know that the Split/Second sequel got canned and many of the developers of the original got laid off by Disney, butI’ll enjoy what I have now.
Vanquish – $25
At $25, Vanquish was the most expensive game I picked up. Though this game was a critical success, it didn’t do so hot at retail. I’m taking a chance on it because it’s made by the team that made Resident Evil 4, which is one of my all-time favourite games.
Dreamcast Collection – $20
This is a weird collection of Dreamcast games. At the regular price of $30, it seemed a bit too steep to me. But at $20 (or $5 a game), it seems alright to me from a dollars perspective. As for the games, I think Sonic Adventure is a stinker, but the other three are pretty good.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena – $9
Other than the fact that this is a movie-based first person shooter starring Vin Diesel that’s supposedly really good, I couldn’t tell you anything more about it. Years of positive word-of-mouth about the Chronicles of Riddick games finally got me to pick this one up. I’m hoping it lives up to the hype.
Facebreaker – $3
Yes, I know Facebreaker sucks. I know that Facebreaker bombed hard at retail, as I always see this game in bargain bis for roughly $5. But at $3, I may be able to use the case it came with as a replacement for a broken one, if that were to ever happen. It may also be worth $3 for me to play the game for a bit and write a review for the site. Who knows? Maybe it’ll surprise me and be somewhat decent. At the very least, my $3 went towards an extra case and a coaster.