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Checkpoint: Regrettable Purchases Edition


With physical copy of a game, I can simply resell it if I don’t like it. I’ve done that plenty of times already. I played the game, I thought it was fun, but I just didn’t think it was good enough to keep in my catalog. Unfortunately, you’ll most likely have to take a loss which means the game is either sold with bitterness or kept on the shelf. Digital distributed games remain in my catalog as a constant reminder of your poor judgement.

So with that in mind, here’s this week’s checkpoint: a list of games (in no particular order) which I’ve regretted purchasing or not letting go.

Calling All Cars

From PSN for about $13

The reason I purchased this was because of David Jaffe’s involvement — the man made God of War and Twisted Metal! I’ve played it online and enjoyed the time I spent with it, but it just didn’t stay on the list of regularly played games due to the lack of longevity. How long did it take before the game stopped being played online? 3 weeks? I’m not sure, but it felt like that.

Everyday Shooter

From PSN for about $10

It’s an indie twin stick shooter which reminded me of Rez. It’s interesting, but my biggest gripe with the game is its difficulty. I can’t relax to a difficult game like this. And the guitar riffs? It’s okay, but I rather play some Geometry Wars 2, Shatter orSuper Stardust HD for their awesome beats.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon

From Amazon.ca for about $35

It was just disappointing.

Ninja Gaiden 2

From Amazon.ca for about $50

Itagaki’s sequel to the Xbox masterpiece was flawed. In less than a year, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 was announced for the PlayStation 3 which promises to fix up all the annoyances, rebalance the game and essentially right what was wrong with #2. I regret buying this altogether. Suckered in by my own expectations. While I thought the Ninja Gaiden 2 was meant for fans only, it’s actually Sigma 2 which will ultimately be a treat for the fans. (I hope.)


From Amazon.ca for about $50

It’s a shocker, I know. But hear me out. I haven’t touched LittleBigPlanet since the Metal Gear Solid 4 DLC pack came out because every single time LittleBigPlanet comes to mind, the disc is either just too far off or I find something else which captures my attention. I don’t have the time or patience to create levels and thus I haven’t touched the level creator since the beta. I don’t regret playing this game, but I do regret not letting it go when the trade in value was in the $40 range. I would have rather picked up a digital copy if one ever surfaces. That way, I can act on these LBP urges on whim.

Shadow Complex is the complete opposite of what this Checkpoint is all about. I am glad I purchased this on day one. This game is striking off all the nostalgia points while bringing modern twists and innovations. It’s easily a must play and I’m only half way done.

Phoenix Wright #3 is at the 75% mark. I love these little stories. They’re short and yet they manage to hook me within minutes.

2 Responses

  1. Forge
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    I am disappointed in your LBP comments. I also agree that it is hard to find time to create levels, but I’ve been playing the community spotlighted levels on LBPCentral.com every time one comes out, and Im always leaving my play session glad that I took the time to takethe dvd out of the box and load it up. There is always something someone has created that blows my mind, without fail. And with the attention MediaMolecule pays to its community, how can you ignore it? I mean the latest announcement of the upcoming patch to include water is more than enuf proof that they are indeed listening and coding vigilantly. I applaud them as a company and would never regret buying their game if only to support companies that act like they do.

    online create is coming in the water patch too….almost a year later they are still releasing content that modifies the game content… I went online the other day and saw there were 126000 users online on a sunday afternoon…not a bad number for a year later. If you ever do decide to put it in, go onto my profile and try some of the levels I hearted, itll save you from having to text-search all the spotlighted ones they post online.

  2. No_Style
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    I’m not disappointed by the lack of support. Good for MM and the LBP community. It’s just that there isn’t enough interest to convince me to put in the disc.

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