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Introduction to budget gaming and some of my games

Well, this is my first blog post. I thought it would be good to start a blog/website that focuses on budget gaming, because gaming is something I've really enjoyed for a long time, and most of that I've never been able to just go out and buy the latest gaming hardware, or even the newest games, most of the time.

Fortunately, I don't think you have to spend a ton of money to be a gamer. Let me start my blog by describing what gaming hardware I currently have and what games I play.

1. White Xbox 360. You can probably get these really cheap now. I think I paid almost $200 for mine because I wanted a warranty (and it came with a few games), so I bought it from Game Stop. I'm using a Insignia 32 or 36" TV. I think the old Xbox is limited to 720p resolution, but my TV doesn't support 1080 anyway. So far I have one controller, a guitar hero controller (which is piece of crap, because the batteries get stuck in it; I don't even know if I can get them out again), and an EarForce X12 headset. I also have a cheap 6 channel Logitech speaker system. I had some extra money, which is a rare occasion lately, so I was able to afford the speakers and the headset, which is good, because the built in TV speakers don't sound very good.

The most expensive game I have cost about $30 (and I've had it a while). This one is Battlefield 3. It's cheaper now, but I was also included the $10 online pass you need to play it online. Battlefield is one of my favorite games, or I probably wouldn't have paid that much. I will list what I paid for the other games, and a short review of them here. Keep in mind the prices my have dropped more since I bought them, and I bought all of them at Game Stop. You can usually find them cheaper, especially on Ebay, but if it's less than $10 I'm not sure if it would be worth saving a couple of more going through Ebay. I may consider doing that in the future, and I'll post about my experience.

I've decided to split this blog up some, because even a short review of each game could take a while.
So I think I'll do 5 games today and then continue in my next blog.

1. Battlefield 3 - $30
I play this game the most out of all my games, and have been playing it for 8 months. I play it almost every day. First Person Shooters are one of my favorite types of games, and Battlefield doesn't get too boring for me, because there's always different things to do, like different classes (Assault, Engineer, Support, and Recon) different guns, and attachments, and vehicles. Vehicles are the main reason I picked Battlefield 3, even though I'm still not very good at flying Helicopters and horrible at Jets. lol I know there are vehicles in other games, but the only one I've really played much is Halo, and I just don't think the vehicles are as fun in Halo (although I do like the ghost).
The only other game I really liked the vehicles in was Unreal Tournament, but I don't think anyone would be playing that online anymore, or else I would buy that game. I am getting a little tired of Battlefield because I play it so much, but I don't really have the money to go buy Battlefield 4 right now, so I'll update this blog if I find a new favorite game.

2. Red Faction Guerrilla. I didn't see the price on this game still, but GameStop has it listed now for just $4.99 pre-owned. I'd say it's worth the $5, if you like sandbox type games. I like the variety of weapons, missions, and things to blow up in this game. I don't know that I like it better than GTA IV, but it's different, if I get tired of GTA.

3. GTA Episodes from Liberty City (Pre-owned at GameStop for $9.99). GTA has always been one of my favorite games. Now that GTA V is out you can probably get GTA IV for pretty cheap, if you don't have it yet. I had to sell GTA IV, and I thought I did most of the missions, so instead of buying it again I bought Episodes from Liberty City. It's the same city, but it has different characters and missions. So far I've only played The Lost and the Dammed, because I haven't done all the missions, but you also get The Ballad of Gay Tony. So I'd say it's worth $9.99. In the Lost and The Dammed, you're in a biker gang. I suppose it's worth mentioning I also like the music on GTA.

4. Burnout Revenge - $19.99. For such an old game, I'm surprised this one is still nearly $20. I don't have very many racing games though, and this is one of my favorites, so I bought it again. The stunts, crashes, cars, just about everything in this game is fun. Smashing traffic (or enemies) out of the way is great! I played it for a while before and hadn't beat the game yet, so I think it has pretty good game playability and in my opinion it's worth $19.99 if you like racing games (unless you're looking for something realistic lol).

5. The Elderer Scrolls IV - Oblivion ($4.99 at Gamestop) If you have $5 and you've never played this game, I would spend the $5, unless you just don't like RPGs at all. This game is pretty old, but it's still a lot of fun, and you can make such a variety of characters skills, it will be hard to get bored with it. It does take a while to do missions; I guess that could be considered a bad thing, but I'd rather a somewhat difficult game than one that I beat in a week.

OK, so that was the first five games. In the next post I'll list some more of my cheap games, and maybe in a couple of posts we'll get to my computer (which is so old that I'm still trying to find games I really like on it). I may also do a couple of reviews for free games for xbox 360. The bad thing is, there don't seem to be a whole lot, but I can think of at least 2 that I've tried fairly recently.

9 blog comments below

Great blog post thanks SI. I'm curious, why Xbox and not PlayStation. I'm always curious to know why the one is chosen over the other. Very Happy
deanhills on Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:49 am
Oh I also like Playstation. I personally don't think there is a great deal of difference. I think what happened is when I bought my first Xbox 360 it was cheaper because the PS3 had just come out. So, since I am a little more familiar with Xbox 360 I went with another Xbox. I also saw a used one at GameStop bundled with 3 games and a hard drive, and I needed the hard drive to play Battlefield multiplayer.

I considered switching to Playstation to save on the Xbox Live cost, but now I hear they are going to charge for Playstation Network, so I may stay with Xbox. I probably would have switched if Microsoft had changed the gaming system so I could not buy used games. Some gaming companies are still charging extra, anyway, for online games, like that online pass I had to purchase for Battlefield 3.

If I save up for a next generation console, I may have to review the 2 new consoles again to decide. Personally, right now I'd rather spend the money on a cheap computer build.
SpaceInvader75 on Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:18 am
Thanks Space. Interesting to hear about PS charging for Playstation Network. Also probably better to stay with the devil one knows. Razz
deanhills on Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:28 pm
Might want to do some more research... I know PSN is now a membership service, like XBoX Live (though a little cheaper), for PS4, but, that may not apply to PS3. I really should know whether it does or not, but I haven't looked into it. I've logged in to my PS3 within the past two weeks, and it didn't tell me anything about needing a subscription.
Ankhanu on Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:39 pm
I don't think Sony is going to charge for the PS3. I think I meant to say I would consider getting a PS4 if the PSN was still going to be free, so that's one less reason to consider switching. There may be other reasons though; I have not researched the new consoles yet.

This article seems to indicate Sony is not charging for the PS3:
SpaceInvader75 on Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:14 pm
Sorry I've been gone for a while, but I'm back now, and hopefully will be doing some new game reviews soon. I can do a quick post here about the new games I've tried in the past couple of months though.

1. WarFace: I really enjoy first person shooters, and I started to get into this game, but even though it's free to play I ended up deleting it. I liked the Co-Op missions, but I didn't like the fact that you can't just re-spawn after you die, so I end up sitting around waiting. Also, it was annoying that you had to spend money to repair your weapons and armor because sometimes I wouldn't even make enough on the mission to cover the cost of repairs. I guess these are ways the game gets you to spend real money on items in it, something I have never done, and don't plan on doing. Thank you, but I'll just spend that money on Battlefield 4 (or maybe the next Battlefield coming out).

2. Battlefield 4: I think I bought B4 since I've been on here, and actually I haven't played it as much as I expected. I waited until it was about $45, and that was still a lot for me to spend on a game, but Battlefield has been one of my favorite games in the past, and I think it still is. I don't like the fact that you have to spend around $100 to get Premium (not sure what the price is now, but that's what it was).
Another thing I did not like was that xbox 360 kept freezing up, especially on the ShangHai map. My xbox is pretty old, but it rarely freezes up, and at one point it would freeze almost every time on that map. I think it has something to do with Battlefield, because the problem does not happen as often now, but it's not fixed completely. Other than that, it's still a really fun game. I also had to get a bigger hard drive so I could add this and other games.

3. Gotham City Rejects: This one was free with gold so I tried it out. It's an interesting FPS. It's the bat team vs the joker team and you can upgrade and buy weapons and armor, and make custom characters. You can even customize the size of your character, which is really the first time I've seen this in a FPS. Also, some of the weapons and gadgets are pretty creative. There's a gadget that lets you glide off roofs and you can do a dive bomb attack on enemies on the ground. There's also a grappling hook, roller skates, a gun that freezes enemies, a ninja sword, and perhaps my favorite, an exploding jack in the box! This one is definitely worth trying out.

4. Destiny Beta: If you haven't heard of Destiny, you should download this beta. I'm considering buying the game now. It's a new game by Bungee (the original developer of Halo). It reminds me of Halo some, but it's also a multi player RPG. I like both the graphics and game play. In fact, after I downloaded it I couldn't stop playing it for a few hours. Unfortunately, the Beta only lets you get to level 8 max. But if you like it, the game is coming out next month, I think.

If anyone wants to play me on Gotham City Rejects or Battlefield 4 you can send a friend request to SpaceInvader75.
SpaceInvader75 on Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:49 pm
Oh, I forgot to add that I bought another hard drive for my old xbox 360. It took me a while before I had the money for that, but it was worth it, because now I actually have some room for multiplayer games, or other games that need to be downloaded (free games with Gold, for example). I wouldn't have been able to play Battlefield 4 with my 20GB drive.
SpaceInvader75 on Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:11 pm
Wish Bondings was around as he was about to open a gaming Forum before he got himself a day job in January of last year. As far as I know he is a great gaming enthusiast with coding his own games. Who knows, maybe he's been creating games and on his way to his first million.
deanhills on Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:41 pm
This month's free Gold games are fantastic. Well, Dishonored is, anyway. That's something to look forward to. (I should probably get to playing it myself). Curiously, did you end up trying out Dark Souls (it was one of June's Gold games)?
william on Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:59 pm

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