This has been an interesting week. Tuesday being a “holiday” caused work to be ridiculously boring. I did however make the best of it and tracked down a copy of Persona 3 “used.” A collector had traded in all of his PS2 games and the staff at this particular Gamestop didn’t see the need to open up the shrinkwrap to ensure that a fast one wasn’t being pulled on them. When I worked as a Gamestop manager I always checked, even if I didn’t get a suspicious feeling. I’m not complaining though, I picked up a “brand new” copy of Persona 3 for the used price. Which means I picked Persona 3 up for half of its market value on eBay ^^.
After finishing my last project for my computer systems course I got a chance to pop in The Orange Box for 360. I had picked up The Orange Box on Monday after my sister gave me a gift card to Gamestop. I was never able to finish Half-Life 2 on PC due to my old graphic card overheating and rebooting my computer at a particular portion of the game. The added value of Episode 1 & 2, Portal, and TF2 made The Orange Box a no brainer for me. So first up was checking out Portal.
I managed to get through 18 of the 19 experiments Tuesday night and then finished up the game Wednesday night. What an incredible game, albeit short, but so very sweet. “Still Alive” has to be the greatest ending credit song I’ve ever heard. I’m compelled to attempt the challenge modes to earn all golds (for XBL achievements =) to get some more mileage out of Portal.
Yesterday I managed some incredible luck. On the last day of Gamestop’s 25% off used Xbox 360 with coupon special I happened to find a copy of Lost Odyssey used. I had been checking various stores around in the Sacramento area for Devil May Cry 4 considering the likelihood of finding Lost Odyssey used would be astronomically small.
The last Gamestop I decided to check happened to be the lucky store I was hoping for. Shortly before my arrival, a copy had been traded in after the buyer discovered that it was an RPG. He even preordered it! So not only did I pick up a virtually brand new copy of Lost Odyssey used for $39, but I even scored the pre-order bonus. (The coupon stacks with the EDGE card)
So now I have a huge backlog of games: Lost Odyssey, Persona 3, Magna Carta, Mass Effect, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Forza 2, Grandia 3, and Rogue Galaxy. At least after finishing this current term of classes, I’ll have a 2 week break. Now I just need to decide which game to give priority to.