So I realised that one of the things I love to look at and share the various pick ups that people in the retro gaming community show us all. For example, there’s something incredibly entertaining about watching the pick up videos from Gemma over at Juicy Game Reviews. Being able to see what other collectors have gotten their hands on is really exciting for me, and also very inspiring. As I’m sure you can all guess; as a Dad, I happily spend the large majority of my disposable income on my daughter. This means that I have to be careful how much I spend at one time on my hobby, and also that I don’t get to do many pick ups myself. So watching other people’s videos, or looking through their tweets and Instagram posts, helps me work out what I want to buy next for myself.
If you’re not sure what I mean by a pick ups video or tweet, then here’s one of my favourites from Gemma, just so you can get an idea of what I’m actually talking about.
For those of you who are interested in retro gaming, I’m sure you can see why these kind of things interest and excite me. So, I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon, as it were, and start doing my own pick up posts. As previously mentioned, the amount of disposable cash I have to spend on my collecting hobby is rather low, so these posts will happen once a month, covering the previous 4 weeks’ worth of pick ups.
I’m hoping to do these around the 21st of each month, just because 21 is one of my lucky numbers (the other being 8). However, depending on other things that come up, they might be a few days late. Anyway, I’m sure you’re probably bored of reading this and want to see some games, so let’s all take a look at what I’ve been able to get my hands on recently, shall we?
PS1 – Driver
The first game we’re going to look at is Driver for the PSX. This was one of the first 3D driving games I ever got my hands on… I think the only one I played before this was the original Ridge Racer. So naturally, the game itself was a big shock, especially the driving test at the start! It took me ages to get past that and actually be able to play the game. However, it was an amazing game, and even though the series went downhill in later years, this one still has a place in my heart!
PS1 – Galerians
I recently posted a review of Galerians, explaining why it is still one of my favourite games on the original PlayStation. Sure, it might not be the prettiest game, but it is an awesome one all the same! I’ve been trying to find it in good condition for a while, but every CeX, second hand and charity shop I went to in and around Peterborough either didn’t have it or had a very badly damaged version. I was finally able to find one in the Nottingham City Centre branch of CeX, just hours after it came in… So I snapped it up. Much to my surprise, it was in brilliant condition, with no visible scratches on the disc, an undamaged case and the manual! Oh, and it only cost me £10!
PS1 – Console
A few months back I made a “wish list” of things I wanted to get within the next 12 months. On that list was an original PlayStation… Well, I managed to get one from CeX’s website. It was unboxed, but I’m not too fussed about that. The greatest thing was that, because it was unboxed and there’s a bit of paint on it, I got it at a discounted price. I was expecting one of the more common models of the PSX, without the serial port at the back. However, you can imagine my shock when it turns up and has a serial port! Oh, and it even came with a Tom & Jerry House Trap disc inside, which they’d obviously forgotten. Oh, and I’m going to be looking for some Goo Gone to try and remove the paint, as per the suggestions of the awesome retro gaming community on Twitter.
PS2 – Driver: Parallel Lines
Well, when I was picking up Driver, I couldn’t help but notice the metal box “Collector’s Edition” version of Driver: Parallel Lines for PS2 at the same time. And, of course, I had to pick it up. Funnily enough, this was the only PS2 game in the series I have played before… Sadly, whilst I wish I could say it was complete in box, they didn’t have the soundtrack… So I’m going to try and find that on its own, or a second copy of the game so I can have the complete box.
PS2 – Galerians: Ash
Okay, so when I mentioned that I finally managed to get my hands on Galerians for the PSX, there was a bit more to the story that just makes it amusing. I was in CeX and was heading to the counter with this (the PS2 sequel) and a PS3 game I’ll mention later. I was already really happy to have found Galerians: Ash, even if it really isn’t a great sequel. Then, as I was paying for them, that’s when I noticed Galerains on the shelf at the back. So, I ended up walking out with both Galerians games on the same day!
PS2 – Primal
I loved this game back in the day. In fact, the first time I played it was round a very close friend of mine’s. She had recently gotten the game and was in love it. She let me play it, and whilst it may have been clunky, everything about the game just struck a chord with me. So, when I saw it going for just £0.50, I couldn’t really say no, could I?
PS2 – XGIII: Extreme G Racing
XGIII is probably a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. I really enjoyed it when it first came out, and I’m not a huge racing game fan. This one, however, just seemed really fun and enjoyable. A couple of months back, I was talking about this with another collector on Twitter, since I had (honestly) completely forgotten about the game. Then one day a couple of weeks back, I saw it in a store for £0.75, and that was just far too good to ignore. So now, I have it once again!
PS2 – XIII
Do I really need to say why I bought XIII? I mean, it is one of the most amazing shooters on the PS2, and the cell shaded graphics are amazing too. It was cheap as well, although that might be because of the markings on the case. The plastic on the outside of the case is a bit tattered on the back as well, but I only paid about £1.50 for the game, so I can’t really complain that much, can I?
PS3 – Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition
I loved the original Borderlands when it first came out, but I never played Borderlands 2 or The Pre-Sequel. So, when I was in Grainger Games the other weekend and saw this sitting on the shelf for £10, I just had to get my hands on it. I hadn’t realised before that the GOTY edition’s additional content was on a second disc, so I was very happy to see that this was complete with both discs, manual and the outer box intact.
PS3 – inFamous
Whilst I know this is a PS3 game, and an old one, and PS3 games aren’t as valuable, I couldn’t believe such a brilliant game as inFamous was going for less than £2! I saw it, grabbed it, and am very happy with the purchase. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that inFamous is one of the most favourite superhero games ever. It is just so fun to play, and the story is really entertaining too! Whilst, like Driver, the series did go downhill a bit as time went on, the first game is and always will be amazing in my opinion.
PS3 – Red Dead Redemption
Because how could I not? This was the PS3 game I was buying at the same time as the Galerians game. I had it previous, and don’t know where it went… The joys of moving between 4 or 5 different countries… So, when I found it just sitting there, I had to pick it up! Interestingly, it gives me the option to play either the main game or Undead Nightmare right off the bat. I don’t remember it doing that when I owned it before, but maybe there were updates since then, or I just don’t remember it?
PS3 – The Evil Within Limited Edition inc Fighting Chance Pack
As far as I remember, the Fighting Chance Pack version of The Evil Within was a GAME exclusive over here in the UK, but I might be wrong. Either way, I found this sitting next to a standard copy of the game… For the same price! I was dubious at first because of this, but am pleased to say that this is complete in box, with the only damage being to the outer box itself. The disc, manual and everything else inside is in near perfect condition, which was a very nice surprise.
SNES Mini Classic
Unfortunately, I can’t take a photo of the SNES Mini Classic yet, as I have ordered it from Amazon and am still awating delivery. It is supposed to arrive in the next couple of days, so I’m really excited to finally get my hands on one. I’ll be writing up a review of it, as well as an unboxing post (and possibly a video) too. This is probably the thing I’m most happy about, aside from Galerians, and I am counting down the days until it arrives!
And That’s All Folks
Considering this is one month’s worth of pick ups, I am sure you can see what I mean about not having that much expendable cash to spend on collecting. However, my collection is growing, and I’m really happy with the games and consoles I’ve been able to get my hands on.
What are your recent pick ups? Let me know in the comments below!