Saturday, March 6, 2010

Open Thread: Game Recommendations

For some reason, I completely forgot to mention that I now work as a counter jockey at my local GameStop. The pay is crap, and the hours are scarce, but my managers are great, and it's a W4 job that looks good to mortgage companies.

Plus, it keeps me out of trouble.

Well, mostly.

The gig has more going for it than that, really. Besides a discount on GameStop purchases and discounts at partner stores (free refills all day long at Chick-fil-A? 30% merchandise at Barnes & Noble?? Sign me up!), there are a few hidden perks. The most noteworthy of these perks is the Employee Game Checkout program. I can check out any game in the store for free, for a period of 4 days.



Let me repeat that for those of you sitting in the back of the class: ANY game in the store. 4 days at a time. NO COST to me.

Needless to say (but I'm going to anyway), this is huge! I was lamenting the fact I couldn't afford to perform due diligence on cross-platform games, due to the cost, and BAM! A solution presents itself. I can now try out the PlayStation and Xbox versions of most any game, as long as my store has it in stock. I can finally be a more well-rounded gamer! WOOHOO!

However, I now face a new dilemma. I have no idea what the fuzzy should I be playing.

I've already checked out Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, but the jury is still out as to how I feel about it. Having only made it to Mission 2, I don't feel I've given it a fair shake. Snagged a copy of Rainbow Six: Vegas, too, but life has gotten in the way of my actually trying it out, and it's due back at the store by the end of today. (According to Raptr, John tried it while I was at work the other night. He wasn't impressed. There was rage-quitting involved. . .and there's a new hole in the bedroom wall. You do the math. )

Then, my Thought Hamsters got my attention. That is to say, I took a Clue-by-Four to the temple. "You have a blog," their placards read. "Why not ask the readers, genius?"

While their methods. . .leave something to be desired at times, the rodents are right. I'm not writing these posts for my health. (Okay, perhaps for my mental health, but I'm pretty sure I am too far gone for the exercise to be all that effective.) I open the floor to you: What do you guys and gals suggest I play?


P.S.--To clarify, we don't carry used PC games, so PC-only games are out of the running. Sorry, folks.

P.P.S.--Also, I don't own a Wii. Because I'm lame, obviously.


Josh said...

Assassin's Creed 1 & 2, Mass Effect 1 & 2, BioShock 1& 2 and Bayonetta are all games that I'd like to see you review.

gamerpanda said...



Oh, dude, you're killing me. I say that because, I have the first five games you mentioned on my shelf! You essentially just made my job very, very easy.

Though, as you know, BioShock scares the ever-loving PISS out of me. You better know how much I like you to play both that and the sequel, let alone review them.

Bayonetta, on the other hand, looks hilarious, so that's a request I will gladly accommodate. :)

Meg said...

Do you have a DS?

Meg said...

PS I just noticed that you have an "ihateblogger" tag, almost made me choke on my coffee.

gamerpanda said...

@Meg--As a matter of fact, yes, I do have a DS. I just need find the charger for it. Or suck up it and buy a new charger already.

As to the aforementioned tag, yeah, I was really angry at Blogger the other day. Still not happy with it in general, but I'm biding my time until I get the hang of WordPress. Soon, my dearies. Soon. . .

Glad I could garner a crowning moment of funny, though. ;)

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