Here are the reviews done as part of the Bargain Games Club – not as fancy as it sounds, just my siblings and some friends pooling profits from selling off old games to buy new ones. New old ones. Nothing over a tenner anyway. All these games are an absolute bargain on Amazon Marketplace, or some even on the basic site itself.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Reviewed 24/12/12. Price ~£8. Buy)
Doesn’t feel dated, even with several younger siblings on the shelves. Ezio is back in more climbing, sneaking, stabbing adventures, with some extra features that lengthen gameplay, but don’t necessarily add anything to it. A fab game if you enjoyed the previous two.
Unchartered 2: Among Thieves (Reviewed 03/01/13. Price ~£8. Buy)
Another strategic shooter/climber with added ancient relics and mysterious supernatural forces. Not one for the impatient ‘run in and shoot the hell out of everything’ breed of gamer, but a thoroughly enjoyable game with some stunning set pieces. A great sequel to Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, with welcome returns from favourite characters.
Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 (Reviewed 28/01/13. Price from £10. Buy)
Standard fare for Lego games – filled with good humour, smashing stuff, building stuff and collecting stuff. Nothing is particularly challenging (except navigating the Hogwarts hub) but it’s great fun.
Fallout New Vegas (Reviewed 25/08/13. Price ~£5. Buy)
Great for fans of Fallout 3, but the game has a lot of bugs. I’m not sure the decision making/karma based gameplay mechanics add anything – and they’re definitely an annoyance for people like me who like to do everything, as they stop you being able to. For a fiver though, probably worth it.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance (Reviewed 24/09/13. Price ~£15. Buy)
What should have been a great game for the Marvel Fan turned into a button mashing adventure that takes place in endless slightly different corridors. Boss battles rely on button pressing timing over skill, and the story… well I can’t really tell you what it is. I was mashing my way through the dialogue from very early one. A disappointment.
A beautiful game that mashed up Bethesda world building with Doom style gameplay. Great eye candy, with some fun side missions, but overall too short to really be great. It’s so cheap now, though, if you fancy about 10 hours worth of shoot ’em up action, then you can’t go far wrong with this.
Lego Batman (Reviewed 01/12/13. Price ~£10. Buy)
An older Lego game that has all the winning Lego game mechanics, combined with fabulous DC comic characters. Slightly dodgy AI characters make the game sometimes frustrating, but if you like Lego it’s worth looking up this instalment.
Unchartered 3: Drake’s Deception (Reviewed 02/01/14. Price ~£8. Buy)
Another great instalment in the Unchartered series. Loveable characters, continent hopping adventure and a nice mix of puzzle solving and shooting action. Really enjoyable.
Final Fantasy 13-2 (Reviewed 05/05/14. Price ~£10. Buy)
If you like Final Fantasy gameplay, you’ll enjoy this. The story makes no sense, there are a couple of annoying puzzles to solve (solutions readily available on the internet) and it’s not as challenging as previous instalments to 100%, but there’s enough beautiful animation and Final Fantasy stuff to enjoy if it’s your sort of thing.
Batman Lego 2: DC Superheroes (Reviewed 15/10/15. Price ~£11. Buy)
More Lego goodness, with some really nice freeroaming exploration. Flying characters are a bit annoying, but there are plenty of improvements on previous instalments to keep things fresh.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Reviewed 14/03/15. Price ~£3. Buy)
If you’ve got this far with the Assassin’s Creed franchise, you know what to expect. Climbing, jumping, killing, hiding in haystacks. If you like it, you like it. Play and enjoy.
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Reviewed 19/03/15. Price ~£8. Buy)
A slightly repetitive but fun puzzler adventure that utilises all Batman’s best gadgets (except shark repellent spray) and pits you against a host of bad guys, from Scarecrow to the Joker himself. Good fun and just short enough that the repetitive game play doesn’t get overly annoying.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Reviewed 09/07/15. Price ~£15. buy)
A fun addition to the Lego franchise with plenty of the trademark humour, some interesting quest mechanics and a wide variety of characters to collect and play as.
Lego Lord of the Rings (Reviewed 11/07/15. Price ~£5. buy)
The best Lego game for atmosphere and evoking the feel of the movies. It has a couple of annoying missions, and like all Lego games gets a bit repetitive, but definitely my favourite of the series so far.
The Lego Movie Videogame (Reviewed 13/12/15. Price ~£15. Buy)
More glitchy and annoyingly techno than other Lego games. Also easier, aimed at a younger audience. It’s quicker to complete, with less collectables which, given the previous point, is a good thing. Get it if you love the movie, but otherwise, maybe don’t bother with this one.