Pick-Up Post: More Blockbuster Liquidation Madness

The hoopla surrounding the closure of many Blockbuster stores died fairly quickly in my area. One day removed from the start of the liquidation sales, and the lines that once wrapped around the store had dwindled to four or five people per store. While most of the good stuff had been quickly snatched away on the first day, I was able to find a few games that piqued my interest on day two of the sale. Here’s what I grabbed:

Metro 2033

Metro 2033 is another one of those games that I had no interest in until it gained some critical acclaim from the press. Based on what I’ve heard about the game’s unique story and interesting first-person shooter mechanics, I made a mental note to myself that I would take a chance on it when it went for cheap. On the first day of the sale, the guy behind me actually had the last copy of Metro 2033 at the first store I went to, which made me a bit bitter. Luckily, I was able to find it on day two of my Blockbuster raid.

King of Fighters XII

Though I’m a long-time fan of 2D fighting games, I have virtually zero familiarity with the works of SNK, who at one point, were the most prolific maker of fighting games outside of Capcom. I used to play Samurai Shodown on the 3DO at my local mall more than 15 years ago, but I was mostly button mashing more than anything.

King of Fighters XII may not be the best place to start any sort of SNK vision quest, as it has a number of fundamental gameplay and feature flaws, but at the price I got it for, it should be at least good enough to dip my toes into the world of 2D SNK fighting games.

Lost Planet 2

I’ll be the first to admit that this one was very much an impulse choice. While the original was well-received, the sequel did not get the review scores or the sales to match its predecessor. Though it may not live up to the original, it may not have to if I’m only paying $10 for it. I figure that at that price, I can roll the dice on it and hope it surprises me by being at least decent.

Ninja Gaiden II

Outside of the name and the main character, the XBOX 360 game with the same name doesn’t have much else in common. Though I have not played a Ninja Gaiden game since Ninja Gaiden II on the NES, I’ve been kind of interested in trying out the new generation of Ninja Gaiden games. I know these games have a reputation of being brutally hard, but I plan on playing this on the easiest mode available. There are difficulty settings in this game, right?

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

I have to admit that peer pressure affected my decision to purchase this one. Though I’ve heard great things about the new Castlevania game, my interest was low in trying this out. However, my girlfriend was very eager to try her hand at a Castlevania game after seeing and hearing the Castlevania medley at Video Games Live. I think it’d be cool for us to play through it together and talk about it as we progress. It’s also good motivation for me to once again step out of my gaming comfort zone and try something I might really dig.

A lot of money may have been spent over these last few days but I got a ton of bang for my buck thanks to the unfortunate demise of many Blockbuster stores in my country. My temptation is strong to drive around to every closing Blockbuster I can reach to load up while I still can, but I don’t think my bank account can handle the stress. It’s also going to take me quite some time for me to play through this new batch of games when I’m struggling to get through my current pile of shame. If there’s any consolation to this, you can expect a lot more hands-on impressions and reviews of games for quite some time!

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