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RPG Deals 1/17 – 1/23

By Russ | January 17, 2010 at 8:37 pm

There’s very little worth mentioning this week. So let’s talk about what you might have missed years ago.

Amazon.com is giving $10 store credit when you pre-order Mass Effect 2. The online retailer is also throwing in Inferno Armor, which is supposedly badass and entirely unrelated to Ronin Warriors. It sounds a lot better than GameStop’s Terminus Armor, the name of which makes it seem like it kills the wearer with cancer.

I’m pretty wary of the pre-order bonuses nowadays. I bought Dead Space and downloaded the exclusive PS3 suit and accidentally sold my original in-game suit. The PS3 suit made the game much easier, and I could not switch back to another suit for quite some time. Suits are upgradeable in Dead Space, and I had done too much customizing to the suit to throw it away. Be mindful of such bonuses if you are looking for a challenge within the game.

NISA has announced Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! 2 for UMD. That’s right, UMD. As an added bonus, the game will contain the first Badman title via an unlockable code on NISA’s website. I remember people complaining how hard it was to download the first title because it wasn’t on UMD, which is why I posted the PSN tutorial. I bring up the title in this column instead of Shop Watch, because that is a pretty good deal. Badman still goes for $20, though it is on sale pretty regularly on the PSN for $10.

Lately I have been looking at older games I missed. I’ve probably discussed Valkyrie Profile and its obscene price tag before, but there are times when you can wait out even ridiculously high prices.

There are more than a few PlayStation games that used to be in the $50 – $70 range; such as Kartia, Torneko, and Chocobo’s Dungeon 2, which have dropped in price to $15 – $20 these past few years. I’ve been looking to finalize my grand collection of PSOne RPGs and a other games (like last week’s mention of Tech Romancer for the Dreamcast) and have been using the typical services of Amazon and its collection of non-Amazon sellers, e-bay and half.com’s similar functions, and good old-fashioned trading sites. If you have missed a PSOne era game due to an over-inflated price, try doing another search for it. Prices for PSOne games seem to have gone down. Similarly, prices for certain PS2 games have gone up. Looks like playing the Lunar demo on the PSP seems to have rejuvenated my interest in PSOne games.

Play-Asia has one of the PSP’s best strategy RPGs, Jeanne d’Arc for only $12.90. Speaking of Play-Asia, if you’re wanted the Persona remake on PSP, but are wanting the soundtrack that you can’t get from the PSN store, they’ve got that in stock too.

While I would like to see more re-releases on the PSN and Virtual Console, I don’t believe Sony and Nintendo utilize those functions to fullest potential. Nintendo, in particular, vastly underuses the Virtual Console. Until then, getting some of these older games while prices are down may be the best way to go.

Happy Hunting.

Disclaimer: Deals may not be available in all stores. Prices in each store may differ. You can try different stores to mitigate this, and always ask if a store has it before writing them off. You might be able to get a raincheck. A lot of these deals are in-store only, except where specified.

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