Thursday, April 9, 2009

Paying one price, getting multiple games

Which would you rather for a retail game that will give decent replay value for full price, or getting about 4-5 mini-games that you download through your console that will give you 4-5 times as much replay value?

Such is the question that has occasionally been popping up ever since more and more quality games have been appearing across consoles. Games like Bonsai Barber and Bit.Trip Beat on the Wii are showing some unique gameplay fair on the Wii, while Flower and Noby Noby Boy grace the PS3. Even Art Style Aquia on the DSi is a very decent and addicting puzzler, and that was only 500 points, or $5. And using the free 1000 points with the DSi purchase, it was an even greater incentive to acquire.

Let's run down the numbers, shall we?

Bonsai Barber (Wii) = 1000 points = $10
Bit.Trip Beat (Wii) = 600 points = $6
Flower (PS3) = $9.99
Noby Noby Boy (PS3) = $4.99
Art Style Aquia (DSi) = 500 points = $5
Grand Total = $35.98

Typical video game = $49.99 to $59.99, before tax.

At worst, you save yourself about $14 from your typical Wii title and get 5 games across 3 consoles. At best, you save $24 from your typical PS3 or Xbox 360 title. Not to mention no extra boxes or discs to fiddle with.

And you wonder why people still complain about the price of DLC games.
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