So I’m a bit late with this month’s retro gaming pick ups. It has also been a very slow month for said pick ups, due mostly to other financial necessities that stopped me from being able to make many purchases. However, I did manage to find and add a PlayStation 2 game, a PS3 game and a few handheld games to my slowly expanding collection.
As such, we’re going to take a look at those in this month’s post. Hopefully next month I’ll be able to add more to the collection, but considering the fact that I have a daughter to care for, money does tend to go elsewhere. Anyway, without delaying any longer, let’s take a look at what games I managed to get my hands on this month, shall we?
A Delightful Gift
So, we’ll start with a big thank you to a co-worker of mine. Why? Because when she was cleaning out some of her old stuff in order to move to a new house, she found four games for the Sega Game Gear. Then, rather than try to sell them or just simply throw them away, she was generous enough to bring them into work and hand them to me. Therefore, these four games now make up the entirety of my Game Gear collection, as I hadn’t thought about getting anything for the handheld console for a long time yet.
Part of that is because I don’t actually own a Game Gear anyway. However, another very generous person that I have met through my day job has offered to send me a spare Game Gear that they have. He is unsure as to whether it works or not, but either way, it is probably repairable and I can’t really complain as he hasn’t asked for anything in exchange! So, soon enough, I’ll have a Game Gear console as well.
Anyway, with that little introduction, let’s take a look at the four games, shall we?
As you can see, they are all sports games. Whilst they aren’t exactly the type of games I would normally play, nor are they rare in any fashion, it is still really nice that my colleague decided to just give them to me. Here are a few individual shots, so that you can better see what games they are. Also, they all came unboxed in the Game Gear cartridge cases pictured.
They are all in really good condition, without a scratch on them, which was a real surprise. Despite being in storage for a long time, they look almost new. I may have to get my hands on the boxes for them in the near future, just to try and get a complete-in-box version of each. However, for now, I’m actually really happy that I’ve got these.
Next, we’ll take a look at the PlayStation games that I managed to get my hands on.
Back when the first WipEout game was available on the PlayStation, I fell in love with the feeling of speed. In fact, in a previous pick ups post I showed off that I’d purchased XG3: Extreme-G Racing – the reason I originally played this was because it looked like WipEout on bikes. So yeah, the WipEout series has long been one of my favourite racing game series. So, when I was in Nottingham city centre and happened to spot this on a shelf, I was drawn to it immediately.
I have to be honest, I probably would have picked up WipEout Fusion no matter how much the shop was selling it for (to an extent, obviously). However, the £0.75 price check really did seal the deal. I mean, how could I say no for that price? So I bought it and it is not sitting on my PS2 shelf amongst the other games that have been lovingly organised alphabetically.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Limited Edition
This is probably the more interesting find of the most, as well as the last one. It should come as no secret that I am a huge fan of the Final Fantasy series (see my FF Tactics review here and FFVIII review here, for example). And even though the FFXIII games are certainly not the best in the series, I did enjoy them, despite their many faults. So, when I saw the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Limited Collector’s Edition sitting on a shelf behind the counter of my local CeX, I had to ask about it.
Turns out that they were only asking £8 for it, which was a suprise. I asked why and it was because it wasn’t a complete-in-box. Basically, it didn’t have the art cards or the poster. However, it did have the art book, game and soundtrack. Based upon this, and the fact that they only wanted £8 for it, I bought it. Plus, the box is in near-mint condition, as are the CD/Blu-Ray cases, art book and discs themselves. It is almost new, once again, so I’m rather happy with this little find. Here’s a picture of what it came with.
As you can see, everything is in really good condition. Now I just need to get Lightning Returns and I’ll have all 3 of the Final Fantasy XIII games. In fact, after that, I just need to buy Final Fantasy XIV again (I have it for PC) and I’ll have all of the PS3 Final Fantasy games, which is cool. When it comes to the PS2 ones, I only need three more; Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XII and Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. So yeah, I’m making some headway in terms of collecting all of the PlayStation Final Fantasy games. This one is a very nice addition, and also the only Limited Edition Final Fantasy game I own.
And That’s All Folks
As I said, it was a slow month for pick ups this month, but I still managed to get a good few games that I am happy with. I also managed to get my microphone and audio setup sorted, so my YouTube videos will be far better in terms of sound quality now. So that’s a big plus for this month as well.
Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on some more cool stuff by this time next month. So keep an eye out for the next monthly pick ups post!