CNET is running a great article about cheap PC, console and portable games. Each console has the games sorted by price range. Within those price ranges, the games are sorted by score. This makes it extremely easy to find great cheap games. I already found quite a few games that I am thinking about buying. Here are the lists:
PC gaming bargains
Editors’ pick: ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter‘
You’ll need a bit of power in your PC to play it, but this game is worth the effort. GRAW offers tense, action-packed, tactical military combat across expansive environments. Urban warfare never looked so good.
Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming bargains
Editors’ pick: ‘The Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II‘
The Xbox 360 has several great games available for just $30 in its Platinum Hits collection, but in the end, we had to go with a title not on their list. Not only does LOTR: Battle for Middle-earth II prove that you can play an RTS on a console, it also proves that you can play a great RTS on a console. Just remember: one does not simply walk into Mordor.
Microsoft Xbox gaming bargains
Editors’ pick: ‘The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay‘
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay broke one of the strictest, most unwavering rules of gaming: Games based on movies are terrible. Escape from Butcher Bay surprised everyone with great graphics, excellent gameplay, and loads of unique and detailed touches that really set this game apart. Between the stealthy sequences, the elaborate hand-to-hand combat, and the voice work of Vin Diesel himself, this is one of the best games on the Xbox.
Sony PlayStation 2 gaming bargains
Editors’ pick: ‘Mortal Kombat: Armageddon‘
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon offers you practically every character ever to grace a Mortal Kombat game, plus a few new ones that they just came up with. Plenty of modes, including Kreate-a-Fighter and Kreate-a-Fatality, offer no end to violent spelling.
Sony PSP gaming bargains
Editors’ pick: ‘The Warriors‘
Now you can actually come out and play with the PSP version of the hit 2005 beat-’em-up. Just remember two things: One, the game is rated M for Mature; and two, “theme” gangs seldom work out. For more information, refer to my former posse, the Tribeca Halfling Bards.
Nintendo GameCube gaming bargains
Editors’ pick: ‘Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door‘
Though its name implies otherwise, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has a surprising amount of depth to it. This colorful RPG is filled with charming characters, clever puzzles, and a paper-thin version of one of gaming’s most popular characters.
Nintendo DS gaming bargains
Editors’ pick: ‘Sonic Rush‘
Sonic has had a difficult time recently, with extremely lackluster outings on the Xbox 360 and the PS3. Sonic and the Secret Rings for the Wii helped redeem the little blue insectivore, but for the true essence of Sonic, you should turn to the DS. Sonic Rush offers the same high-speed 2D action that made the franchise so popular in the first place, and it can be had for just $20.
Game Boy Advance gaming bargains
Editors’ pick: ‘Final Fantasy IV Advance‘
A compelling story of betrayal and redemption ties together this excellent remake of the classic RPG. Memorable characters, tense battles, and one of the first truly deep storylines in the Final Fantasy series make this game a must-buy.