Used games a great way to save cash

If someone gave you a shiny new video game system for the holidays, you might be experiencing sticker shock. Yes, games cost between $20 and $60. Quite often, they’re worth the price.

But you can save gobs of money buying used games online and at game stores. The biggest chain is GameStop/EB Games.

Used games are guaranteed from merchants such as GameStop and GameFly.com. The same can’t be said of all games on Craigslist.

Anyway, here are great “preowned” bargains I found through GameStop.com and GameFly.com — and they’re all $10 or cheaper.

■ Xbox 360 games that originally retailed for $60:

“Rainbow Six: Vegas” ($4). “Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’07” ($4). “Gears of War” ($5). “Stranglehold” ($5). “Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’08” ($8). “Tomb Raider: Legend” ($8). And all the following fetch $10 now: “Ninja Gaiden II”; “Fallout 3”; “Gears of War 2”; “Battlefield: Bad Company”; “Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion”; “Halo 3”; “Pro Evolution Soccer 2008”; “BlackSite: Area 51”; “The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena”; “NBA 2K10”; “Street Fighter IV”; “Crackdown”; “Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions”; “Fable 2”; “Mercenaries 2”; “Devil May Cry 4”; “Call of Duty 3”; “Condemned 2”; “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare”; “Battlefield 2: Modern Combat”; “F.E.A.R.”; “Dead or Alive 4”; and “Rainbow Six: Vegas 2.”

■ PS 3 games that originally retailed for $60:

“Madden NFL ’09” ($5). “MotorStorm” ($5). “Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’07” ($5). “Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’08” ($6). “NBA 2K9” ($7). “Stranglehold” ($8). And the following fetch $10 now: “Fight Night Round 3”; “Metal Gear Solid 4”; “Rainbow Six: Vegas”; “Condemned 2”; “Grand Theft Auto IV”; “NBA 2K10”; “SOCOM: Confrontation”; and “Pro Evolution Soccer 2008.”

■ Wii games that originally retailed for $40-$50:

“SSX Blur” ($7). And these fetch $10 now: “MadWorld”; “Soul Calibur Legends”; “Rockstar Games Table Tennis”; “Tornado Outbreak.”

■ DS games that originally went for $20-$40:

“Elite Beat Agents” ($4). “Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble” ($4). “USA Today Crosswords Challenge” ($4). “Space Invaders Revolution” ($5). “Metroid Prime Pinball” ($6). “Kim Possible Kimmunicator” ($7). “Big Brain Academy” ($7). “New York Times Crosswords” ($7). “Moon” ($9). “Advance Wars: Days of Ruin” ($9). “Dementium II” ($9). “Wall-E” ($9). And these fetch $10 now: “Brain Age”; “Myst”; “Spore Creatures”; “Drawn to Life”; and one of my all-time favorites, “Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution.”

You also can rent. GameFly.com works the way NetFlix’s mail system does. Although, GameFly isn’t as cheap as it used to be. You can rent one game per mailing for $16, or two games at a time for $23 a month.

Blockbuster charges $22 a month for a card that lets you rent an unlimited amount of games in person (at stores, not online) each month.

(“Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution” by 2K Games for Xbox 360, PS 3 and DS — Plays addictively fun. Looks very good for what it is. Moderately challenging. Rated “E 10+” for alcohol and tobacco reference, mild suggestive themes, violence. Four stars out of four.)

Contact Doug Elfman at delfman@reviewjournal.com. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.

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