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The Silly Season has begun

27 October 2008

article by Milesh Bhana

Throughout the website’s short lifespan, we’ve been talking about saving cash on games. The general consensus has been don’t buy new, get older or second hand games. Most of us here at budgetgamer have been pretty good about that.

Of course, starting 24 October, all of that is going out the window. So much good stuff coming out that we as gamers start losing all sensibility and want the latest games now!

I mean seriously, look at this schedule!
Take A Deep Breath – It all starts on Friday | LazyGamer .:: South African Gaming News ::.

Some awesome gaming, but with the rand crashing we’ve seen games go up by approx R50-R70 and an average price of R750 for PS3/XBOX.

So today I thought I’d put in some general thoughts on how to get through this season.

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Need for Speed : Most Wanted [360]

13 October 2008

Review By Warren Ferguson

Give me the Need for Speed.

Need for Speed is a series of games that started as more of a simulator way back in 1994, with each iteration getting more and more towards the casual racing game fan. The games are generally about driving really fast around city streets rather then proper laid out tracks. I thought with the new one, NFS:Undercover, being released soon that I’d review an older Need for Speed title also released on the 360 to see if you can still get a bit of fun (at a decent price, of course) before the new one comes out.

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Some good news for these troubled times

8 October 2008

If you’ve managed to tear yourself from whatever game you’re playing you might have noticed that world markets are crashing, the R/$ is at an all time low. Chances are, everything is going to go up leaving you less money for games, and then games will possibly go up making this even harder.

I did see a few interesting things to cheer up a pessimistic gamer and I thought I share some of it.

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Fatal Inertia [360]

29 September 2008

Review by Milesh Bhana

I’ve always loved futuristic racing games. Invariably, they always have these funked out hovercraft-type things armed to the teeth with destructive weapons. The aim is to win the race by playing dirty. For the past decade, Wipeout has pretty much been the game to play if this is your cuppa tea (or F-Zero for the Nintendo fans).

Last year, a new game decided to take on Wipeout with a few interesting twists on this type of game. The biggest difference between exiting games like this and Fatal Inertia is that the weapons in existing game rely more on destruction while Fatal Inertia relies on using physics to throw your enemies off course.

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Budgetgamer’s Guide to Audio – Part 2

22 September 2008

by Warren Ferguson

In our previous guide we looked at alternatives to surround sound. This time we’re looking at going the whole nine yards. Surround sound for your console is not out of your reach, with this guide we can take a look at how you can afford to step into the world of surround sound.

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Lego Star Wars : The Complete Saga [360]

16 September 2008

Review by Clinton Butler

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away…

LucasArts brings us Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, a light-hearted action adventure encompassing all six episodes. The basic appeal for this game is that it lets you revisit all the memorable moments from Star Wars with cute little Lego people wielding a light-saber.

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skate [360]

9 September 2008

Review by Richard Marsh

I want you to take a moment and think of all the things you can do with R200. Maybe it’s a night out at the local watering hole. Maybe even a cheap dinner and movies for you and the significant other. Or maybe, you can spend it on the greatest skateboarding game ever made. EA’s Skate has surpassed the Tony Hawk franchise as the definitive skateboarding game. This coming from someone who:

a) Generally doesn’t like EA games (on high horse principal) and
b) Has been an avid supporter of the Tony Hawk games since Pro Skater 2.

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Budgetgamer’s Guide to HD – Part 1

1 September 2008

by Milesh Bhana

In this generation of consoles, one of the biggest changes we’ve seen has been the improvement of graphical quality. Games like Gears of War, Uncharted:Drake’s Fortune, Metal Gear Solid 4 have shown us what the console’s are capable of graphically.

When seeing these games looking their best, we’re always shown the game, the “way it’s meant to be played” on a flat paneled widescreen High Definition (HD) TV.

As luck would have it, these are substantially more expensive that your standard television set, which natually, is where we come in. For many of you money, or simply not having enough space prevents you from getting an HD display.

A simple and cheap solution is to simply use a PC monitor. While these may not be HD in the strictest sense, the technology is similar enough for you to get the same benefit. The best part about using a PC monitor is that there’s a chance you may already have one.

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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune [PS3]

25 August 2008

Review by Luke Paruman

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, was one of the PS3’s best games of 2007. This year it got a new breath of life with a 13mb patch that allowed players to gain trophies. That’s not to say that the game did not already have a host of collectable and unlockable features from behind the scenes features, to medals & treasures that are rendered in 3D and you can view what you have collected, that alone would have required multiple re-plays and I’m glad to say it’s one of those games that I’ll happily play over and over again.

It has also been released in SA as a PS3 Platinum game, so it falls in close to our R300 budget 😉

Uncharted is, at a glance an action adventure game, it’s got lots of action and lots of adventure. Not unlike the Indiana Jones series of movies, it gels its story and action (gameplay) so well that you could actually sit and watch someone play and find it a very enjoyable experience.

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Prey [360]

18 August 2008

Review by Milesh Bhana

prey
n.

  1. An animal hunted or caught for food; quarry
  2. One that is defenseless, especially in the face of attack; a victim
  3. A game about kicking some alien ass

In Prey, you play Tommy, a Cherokee mechanic who (along with his girlfriend and grandfather) gets abducted by aliens. Apart from the first chapter, the entire game takes place on a really massive alien spaceship called “The Sphere”. It’s up to Tommy to embrace his Indian heritage in order to save his girlfriend and eventually, the world.

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