December 19, 2008

Cheap Games Make Great Stocking Stuffers

kube00 Says: There’s nothing wrong with giving cheap games as holiday gifts. There are plenty of old games available on Goozex, which are still a blast, and perfect as stocking stuffers. Here are my top 3 games valued at 150 points or less.

Psi-Ops., a classic by Midway that all gamers should play at least once. It’s what I like to call a single player action game with an over-the-shoulder camera. Sure it came out in 2004 and it looks dated and the storyline is a familiar one. But who cares? You get to blast your way through several levels using a fair variety of weapons, solve a few puzzles, and the selling point is the telekinesis and pyrokinesis psychic abilities. These are the two that are the most fun. Here are a few examples of how I used them: light enemies on fire and fling them; Ride crates around levels; Toss enemies and shoot them. My list could go on and on, as using your abilities are only limited by your imagination. It’s a great game, relatively short, but the strong replay value is what makes it a must have, and at only 100 Goozex points for Playstation 2 and Xbox who can say no?

Lego Star Wars: The Video Game, the first of many in the Lego game franchise. It’s available for every system of the last generation. Who can deny that Legos are fun? When most of us were 7 and 8 they let our imaginations run wild. Why not put them in a video game? Lego Star Wars takes the most recent movies, Episodes 1-3, and lets you traverse them with or without a human partner. The AI can be funky sometimes but at least it goes where you go. Having someone else play with you makes for disastrous fun, as it’s easy to shoot one another while trying to solve puzzles. The games are decent length; I’d say it takes over 20 hours to complete each one. You can even create your own characters. And free-play is a blast as you can go back to a level you previously completed and play through it with any unlocked characters. My favorite part is that Jar-Jar is silent most of the game. This game can appeal to everyone: young, old, gamer, and non-gamer. Lego Star Wars The Video Games is available in a plentiful supply for 100 Goozex points on Playstation 2, Xbox, and GameCube. Who wouldn’t want to play this game for the holidays?

Burnout Revenge. Most racing games are boring races that take you from point A to point B, with some Nitro thrown in to keep it fresh. Or most racing games fall into this genre: how about I take my car to the shop and upgrade my shocks or my spoiler. Who cares what the car looks like? In my experience, I just want to smash things while I race; welcome to the Burnout series. Now a boxed collection for the Playstation 2, the third one, Burnout Revenge is still king. The race modes are many, including the usual races through checkpoints, a career mode, and there are even crash and road rage modes. Crash mode is simple: hit the nitro off the jumps and cause immense car piles ups with earth-shattering explosions, all for the simple goal of receiving points and medals, like the Olympics. Road Rage mode is all about aggression. To win, gamers must smash more cars than their opponents before the end of the race. It’s a great game to play alone or as multiplayer. It has a fairly long single-player mode, ringing in at around 20 hours. Burnout Revenge is only 150 Goozex points for the Xbox or Playstation 2. It is a great stocking stuffer for kids and adults.

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kube00 is the newest writer here at The Goozex Report and he welcomes your feedback. He's a 25-year-old avid gamer that one day hopes to make his living by writing. He's a big supporter and user of Goozex.