Monday, 12 January 2015

Xbox: The Time To Collect Is Now - Part 1

Remarkably (and slightly worryingly) it's already been a full year since I received my stonking green Xbox for Christmas. In that time my collection of games has grown at at faster rate than it has for any of my previous consoles, and there's a very good reason for that. It's a rather splendid console for one thing, but it also seems that I became an owner of Microsoft's tank-like system at precisely the right time...

Indeed, for over the past year I've become rather startled at just how cheap games are for this bulky system. All of my purchases are second-hand, naturally, but even so, most of them have cost no more than a Speccy budget game, and this is something I've found quite amazing. I know they're not in the biggest demand now but come on... some cost mere pennies! Thanks to this surprisingly helpful pricing policy, I now own almost 60 games. Some were bought simply because they were cheap - I'm certainly not expecting to be blown away by all of them, but surely it's worth these paltry sums just to play them (and cover them here, obviously)?

To be honest, there aren't a great deal more titles I'm looking to pick up for the Xbox now, cheap or otherwise, but even if there was, the only game I want that I know will be pricey is Steel Battalion with the giant twin-stick controller which seems to go for around £70. Even this, though, could be bought, played, reviewed, and then sold for a comparable amount, so it's certainly something I'm thinking about. Anyway, the point of this humble post, such as it is: firstly, it's simply to show off my collection and the prices I paid for the titles contained therein, but secondly, to let unknowing gamers know - if you don't have an Xbox but would like one, for sheer gaming value there has never been a better time to get one than now.

Black £3
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One £1.50
Call of Duty 3 £4
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge £0.75
Dead Or Alive 3 £1
Dead Or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball £0.50
Destroy All Humans £2
Doom 3 £1
Fable £3
Far Cry Instincts £1
Flat Out £1.50
Forza Motorsport £1.50
Galleon £0.50
Genma Onimusha £0.50
Gun £0.75
Half-Life 2 £2
Halo: Combat Evolved £1.50
Halo 2 £4
Headhunter Redemption £0.50
Jade Empire £1
James Bond - Nightfire 007 £1
Leisure Suit Larry Magna Cum Laude £1
Lord of the Rings: The Third Age £2
Metal Arms £0.25
Micro Machines £3
Midnight Club 3 £1
Midtown Madness 3 £1.50
Moto GP £0.50
Ninja Gaiden £1
Outlaw Golf £0.75
Outlaw Golf 2 £0.50
Out Run 2 £Can't Remember
Panza Dragoon Orta £4
Pariah £0.50
Pirates! £1.50
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time £1
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within £0.75
Project Gotham Racing £0.50
Quantum Redshift £0.25
Return to Castle Wolfenstein £0.50
Sega GT 2002 £2
Serious Sam £2
Shadow the Hedgehog £2
Silent Scope Complete £1.50
Soul Calibur II £0.75
Splinter Cell £0.35
Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow £0.50
Splinter Cell Chaos Theory £0.75
Star Trek Shattered Universe £0.75
Sudeki £0.50
Tomb Raider Legend £1
Turok: Evolution £0.50
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger £5
Unreal Championship £0.50
Unreal II The Awakening £0.75
Vexx £2.50
Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions £0.75
XIII £0.50

Total price for 57 games = £75.60 ($114.33) - crikey!


  1. Perfect timing for this article as I begin to get involved in the original XBOX modding scene :)

  2. People keep advising me to mod my machine actually, but with games this cheap I don't really need to! Although I guess it would make playing things like Metal Wolf Chaos a bit easier :P

  3. The games have been cheap for a while, certainly. I got my one for Xmas in 2005, and when I went out in 2006, it was very rare to see a game costing more than a fiver.

    Sudeki's definitely worth 50p, surprisingly fun game that one! Look out for Beyond Good & Evil, Mashed: Fully Loaded and Jaws Unleashed. Oh, and all the amazing arcade collections, obviously - Taito Legends 1 and 2, Midway Arcade Classics 1, 2 and 3, Tecmo Classic Arcade, Capcom Classic Collection, Atari's Greatest Hits...

  4. Cheers for the tips :) I've received a few others on Facebook and the like as well. I guess my Xbox buying isn't as over as I thought :P

  5. Up to 216 because of this blog post :p

  6. Blimey, you must be clearing all the branches of CEX in the country! I've only bought 5 more games since this post but there are about 10 more I want to get :)