Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Thrifting Hour

First up this week is my new console, with a Dual shock 4, bowing out of ownership of alien isolation while the Trade was £36 and a bunch of other Tat and credit notes I traded in for a 2DS with Luigi's mansion 2, £78 for the 2DS and £22 for the game.

CEX let me down a bit with this translation, The guy Told me these are sold new without a power cable, This is not the case the only DS product not sold with a power cable is the 3DSXL, I even ask someone else in the store who told me the same thing? 
Anyways GAME sorted me out selling 3rd power cable for £4.99, Its a sad day when I am singing GAME's praises over CEX bad form.


So it tuck a bit to get the 2DS up to speed, I had to find a SD card for it and Recover my Network ID password, The saving grace is that the 2DS is in good con and the screens are mint so I can final play Luigi mansion 2, The squeal to one of my favourite Game Cube games.  

I Had some Credit left over from all this So I tuck a look at the ps2 games They had Megaman X command mission so I burned up the rest of the credit this was complete and really great shape.


A couple of game cube games from That's entertainment in store, Medal of Honor rising sun and NHL blitz 03, Its a breath of fresh air seeing stuff like this priced at 49p somewhere other then pawn shops, because £1.99 is to much for run of the mill stuff.
Traded in some bottom of the barrel tat at cex for Super Street fighter IV on 3DS, A cheap fix to try out some other games on the system Its missing some characters from the final version but looks great and apart from the motionless backgrounds its as good as on the home consoles
Something I have being doing this week, I went through my PS1 collection to see what discs had there soundtracks readable by my PS3, Its surprising how many of these discs have the music available on there, So I imported a bunch to give a listen some of them are great and having a shitmix of random video game music on the playstation 3 is a good way to have some tunes on there, Its not like anyone is willingly Riping music CD's to PS3, At this point in time I don't think I have more then 5 music CDs in the house, So video game soundtracks playing in the background will suffice, Its a good way of having some alternative music if I ever feel the need for a custom soundtrack in games that use that feature.
HERE is a list of know games that have soundtracks on the disc, Its not complete I noticed there are some left blank that I know do have music on the disc but it gives you a good Idea if where to start if you looking to rip any music from your playstation collection.

So many games I wanted to buy this week James who lives next door to me sorted me right out lending me Driveclub, Great to try this out its a different beast to Forza horizon 2 The graphics are fantastic and so far the single player is offering more then enough for me to keep playing.
 
My weekly copy of Dirge of seabrooks, I buy this game for £1.99 and sell it on ebay for about £6 every week now its the new FFX and I like it, Still waiting on some games from that's entrainment this was the first one to turn up.
This bringing my CD count up to 6 is the Kirby triple deluxe soundtrack, The fruits of registering all the Cards out of the Nintendo WII U games I finally got sick of saving them a got the only half good thing I could get with the points.

The rest of my that's entertainment order Turned up I think I did alright with Gradius V, Dark Chronicle, Silent hull 3 and Baldur's gate DA all £1.99 each with free postage.

My girlfriend ask me to take her Lego games for XBone in to CEX and pick her up The evil within with the trade, This looks awesome and another welcome horror game to play on around Halloween. Totally looking forward to this one.

Bucket load of PS1 for £1 each, Monkey hero, Rage racer, Killer loop,Xenocracy,
Auto Destruct,Syndicate wars, Bubsy 3D, The lost world Jurassic park all totally worth £1 each and a few in there you don't see very often.

Managed to cut a deal on this lot for £18 for all 3 games, Boxed Mario kart, Mario Allstars and world and Duke Nukem 3D on N64, The mario kart is where the money is, The box is a bit ruff round the edges I seen ones in worst con sell for £22 - £30, Just finding a box SNES game in Hull blows ones mind. 

Another great find at a reasonable price £5 for pokemon red, It does seem that people are getting more aware of what stuff like this is worth but as long as you undercutting eBay by a ways then its all good.

And we wrap up the Thrift with these last two games from cash generator Devil May Cry HD collection and Devil kings £4 and £1, Devil may cry HD still sells in CEX £10 and something else by capcom with devil in the title for £1 why not this is the Halloween tie in post after all, Tell the next time Thrift away!














Friday, 24 October 2014

Any Thrift can happen on halloween

The first game I picked up this time out is Heart of darkness this was a steady seller a few years back, The resale is bottom dollar now but I did notice I didn't have a copy for my collection so £1.99 is great, I had about ten copies for this at one point.
Another game that the resale has dropped on about £6 on ebay for the PC versions of battlefront 2, So for 99p its still worth getting for that price even tho the interest is dwindling.



For 99p The Devil inside for PC, A strange combination of various survival horror games and Stephen kings the running man, It was written by Hubert Chardot who worked on The Alone in the dark series of video games.


The game has some good horror moments in there and there is a camara man following you about that show a POV view of what he is seening, There seemed to be a lot of good ideas in this game the only real problem is the controls have that early 00s unintuitive feel.

£1 each for these ps1 games Forsaken, Alien Trilogy, Duke nukem land of the babes and Dead ball zone, Some ok games for £1 each, All games I don't currently own so definitely worth it.

The best of the ps1 games I found Street Fighter Alpha Warriors' Dream for £1! Obliviously the resale is high on this item and £1 is a total bargain, Needs a replacement case and then I think this is going on the shelf in the collection. 

This weeks That's entertainment order turned up, Its getting a regular thing spending at least £10 on the website, And with games like dirge of cerberus, Champions of Norrath, Mod nations racers and Gitaroo man all at £1.99 each you would be a fool not to have a look at what they have got.

Downhill domination for £1 in good con and complete in age concern This is always a good seller about £5 on a good day some easy feedback and a small profile, most half decent PS2 games are worth paying £1. 




The same can be said for two Disc DVDs, after finding the projector last time I was looking for films to watch in the playstation 3 I have hooked up to it, And 99p Just for the ease of putting the disc in, and 50p cheaper then CEX sells it for.



Again a great copy of Tekken 4 in one of them double disc cases with the bonus DVD, CEX still sell this for £4.50 So £1 in age concern is a great deal.




The best find this thrift was in Cash convertors Tales of Vesperia for £6! I have offend speculated that games of this caliber could possibly turn up at this price in cash convertors/generators, There prices seem to be based on the age of the game and not the title and I have had similar success with games like Ni no Kuni, The crazy thing about finding Tales of verperia is that it was on the shelf front and I found it at about 4 o'clock in the afternoon it must of been sat there all day.



Monday, 20 October 2014

Has anybody seen my tambourine?

For some reason my local CEX always gets the Xbox one version of the latest game traded in next day after release, So I managed to drum up some trade and pick up Alien Isolation Nostromo Edition, No DLC in the box, But the DLC was only £2.79 so good to have the box.


So how does it hold up? Its pretty intense the sound design really makes you crouch and peek round every corner even tho the game hasn't even hinted the alien is at large yet.

Sat playing it with my girlfriend, After spending the whole first bit of the game shitting my britches thinking the alien was going to get me Sarah told me to pick a fight with one of the androids that ended up doing me in.

So all in all my first impression of Alien Isolation is by far one of the better alien games I have plays, AVP2009 wasn't bad and Colonial Marines was kinda fun playing it co-op, But this one focusing on the tension and atmosfear that they used in the first film make it genuinely scary, A rare thing most modern horror games going the resident evil 4 route with all guns blazing, I would say Its kinda like a mix of Old school survival horror and the 2006 sega game Condemned.


So I see this Projector boxed up in scope, I ask the guy about it and he told me it was tested and I could bring it back if it didn't work, So I took the chance one it £30 been a good price for something like this but still a lot to pay for something second hand.
I get home and check this thing out, It has a whole bunch of connections, AV USB VGA It even has a built in speaker, So I was thinking what is the best thing to test it with, I Slammed the Fat ps3 on and changed the settings to output AV and realise I my need some extra cables.

So I dig out an old PS av cable, and power extension and set it up at the back of the room on the shelf next to the shit DVDs, When it came on the screen size was that big I was like "shit" I needed to take my posters down So I turfed them down and put mortal kombat Trilogy in.




It was a bit tricky trying to get a good picture of the projection, In the flesh it is really something to behold, Its not like its a top model but more then capable for my needs.

To have resident evil 2 fill the wall playing it in the dark its pretty awesome, I connect some speakers to the Phones out on the projector and was in gaming heaven, Crazy thing My girlfriend ask me if I could find one of these, She wanted it to play horror movies in the background for her Halloween party, Then one turns up just weeks before the party, people asking me to find things always comes good.

If you have a games console get one of these things then every time you play it you can feel like your playing for a games master golden joystick, Even if you just want to kick it old school and watch a few movies on it, I kicked back and watched aliens it seems like the go to movie after playing alien isolation all week, This being entry level maybe a 1080p projector will be on the cards as an upgrade down the line.

So to the rest of the thrift, I found Sega classics collection again, I picked this one up because the copy I had was missing the box so I completed the copy I had, The disc was beat up on the one I found but £1 for a replacement book its ok by me.
From Russia with love 007, for £1.99, Pick this up to flesh out my game cube games, don't have much cube stuff and this bond game passed me by when it was release.
Disgaea 1 finally turned up in my local cex had a few things to trade in that I forgot to take last time I traded up, Its complete and in very good con, they had the second one for £22 pretty pricey even for CEX, would be cheaper on ebay so I just picked up the first game. 
Back on that's entertainment's website for some easy pick ups, Starting with another copy of Dirge of Cerberus FFVII, I sold the last one but my buddy carl ask if I could get hold of another on so picked this up for him for £1.99

Silent hill 4 the room, Another great price and cool to find this near Halloween its great when horror games turn up at this time of year spares you on to play them £1.99 good game great price.

Rumble roses, not much resale in this item only paid £1.99, Just a bit more off the beaten track as far as ps2 tat goes, There is one of these that is worth a bit resale the Xbox 360 version Rumble roses XX.




That's it for this time, Going to keep my eye on CEX and hope someone trades in evil within soon or shadow of mordor the two games at the top of my list at the minute until next time Thrift On!














  

































Wednesday, 8 October 2014

autumnal accumulation


Thrift bytes has been on the go for 3 years, So many Great finds since I started writing this, Here is a time stamp of my games room as of now, So many new systems and games added over the last 3 years, All thrifted from the shops in and around Hull for bottom dollar prices.

Bit of online thrifting on http://www.thatsentertainment.co.uk/ Bit hit and miss the websites not great, But most of the ps2 are priced at £1.99, I did buy Shadow hearts that haven't turned up yet so will have to chase them up but am not holding my breath, Its like you know the moment you click the button there going to fuck you out of the rare stuff, The other games turned up fast and in good con, So way not the one I really wanted out the bunch, Seems a bit odd to me like the may have click on £1.99 was a steal and not sent them we shall see when the get back in contact with me.

Getting thritfy in asda, £6 for Farming simulator on ps3, Thinking £6 for this is a good deal and it is in the box, Then on psn the same night with the ps plus the digital copy was under £3 guess its a choice if you want the box or not.


Traded some stuff in for Forza Horizon 2, I loved the first one and this only adds to the fun, Its a mix of normal Forza action and games like Test drive unlimited, Opened world racing games, Racing action and cruising about the world I love me some of that.


Really nice copy of Jade Empire SE in the tin, I see these beat up all the time with scratches, £2.99 for this near mint one is awesome and still had the poster, Thinking about this game it could of ended up on the games that have the same feel as shenmue from the last Post I wrote.
 
Metal Slug 4 for 99p This one always sells on ebay, You can get the anthogy with all of the metal slug games, The singles on xbox seem to be more sort after then the ps2 ones, A lot cheaper then the AES carts anyways still £150 for one of them.


£4 for lord of the rings conquest, Pretty much LOTR battlefront for the gameplay, Sort after game CEX still sell it for £12 so for £4 its a total steel
Disc-world noir, On PC its abotu £5 worth of game, I picked it up for £1.99, On Playstation this game is worth much more, The only disc-world I haven't played so for £2 quid worth giving this a go.
Gran Turismo and Little big planet both £1.99 each, There's a bit of money left in these, the Exciting Thing about this is it looks like cash con/gen shops are capping all the psp game prices at £1.99 so the chances of finding a bargain are on the up with PSP.


Looking for Uncharted 3 on disc for a while now, Didn't Want to pay to much only wanted it to save space on downloading it again on psn, I seen £8.99, £7.99, £5.99, Then I saw it for £4 that day thinking that would be the cheapest, I passed on it an hour later I found it for £2.49 bargain!

DS games Nintendogs, Trauma center under the knife, £1.99 each I figured if I am going to pick up so-so ps2 games for that price a few DS once for £1.99 each is worth it just for Trade/ebay fodder.
The curse of monkey Island, All the monkey Island games are on the up for Resale, This one going around £10-£15 The big boxes of these games can go for miles more, the only one not worth much is Escape from Monkey Island the 4th game.
Fatal Fury Battle Archives vol 1 for 39p, Woah, Its about £12 to buy on ebay, Pretty amazing price for this, In cash generator, Always worth checking with most of the PS2/Xbox priced at 19p and 39p now its insane.

This is a strange one, Party Girls is the alternate title for Simple 2000 Series Vol. 63: Mogitate Mizugi! Onna Mamire no the Suiei Taikai, The simple 2000 Series is a whole bunch of games sold in japan for 2000 yen each, The game its self is a pervy bunch of mini games with girls in swimsuits, along the same line as Dead or Alive beach volleyball, Well worth the £1 just to find out what it was.

Donkey Kong Country Returns and Super Mario Galaxy for £4.99 each, CEX still sell these for £10, So 4.99 is a good price, I can't see them been price up any cheaper then that, Even Charity shop over change for mario/kong, I can however sell the price going back up. So 
 worth holding on too for now.

Bunch of Cynthia Rothrock movies, My girl-friend Collects a lot of films like this so I had a good idea there was some money to be had in these, I check and Honour and glory and Guardian angle are on the money, China O'Brien / China O'Brien 2 worth £15 get in.

£1 each, for Crash of the titans, Mario sonic Olympics, Spore and a r4 card. So £4 for this lot is great, I can always use loose DS games to bundle up with the consoles when I find the and a spare r4 is never a bad thing.
I take it all back, Shadow hearts covenant finally turned up so Thats entertainment are alright and more so for ps2 games all priced at £1.99

Not a bad lot of games out there hopefully next time I will find some horror games for a spooky tie in Until next time shop smart, Shop Thrift smart!