Every year the gaming industry is toppled over with more and more great games that every gamer should purchase and enjoy. However, along with that increasing number of quality titles comes the increasing number of trade-ins as well to places like Amazon.com, GameStop, and even Best Buy now. Despite how great a game is, when it lacks true multiplayer or a reason to keep it past its 6-15 hour campaign, it’s likely going to either sit on a shelf collecting dust or receive the 25% treatment towards a future title at GameStop.
Whether or not you’re guilty of massive trading in order to get your next gaming fix or not, chances are, you’ve traded in a game at some point or another — we’re all guilty of this. As Collector’s Editions continue to release and great games continue to his the shelves, the used games industry is going to continue to strive and we all will be prime contributors to it. With 2010 slowly creeping to an end, it’s time to look back over the course of the last ten and a half months and pin down the top ten games most likely to be traded in.
[Editor's Note: I'd like to point out that this list does not include painfully obvious titles like movie-games and things of that nature.]
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Enslaved, developed by Ninja Theory, is a prime example of a great game that sold below expectations. Much like the developers previous title, Heavenly Sword, Enslaved failed to capture the hardcore audience out of the gate and is more than likely going to be subjected to the wrath that is used game sales. Despite the fact that the game has scored positively well on average (roughly 80), most gamers will probably wait until this title hits the $24.99-$34.99 mark at GameStop before picking it up.
Considering how quickly used prices have been dropping recently, it wouldn’t surprise me if you could find Enslaved at that price point within the next two to three months. The main contributor to this quick drop will be the lack of initial new sales and thus resulting in a surplus of used titles on hand. Supply and demand is always king in this market and due to the high likelihood that Enslaved will be traded in to make way for games released after it (Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, etc), it’s almost a guarantee to walk into GameStop and find this bad boy used.
God of War III
It’s almost painful to type this title into an editorial like this. After all, the God of War franchise is not only an iconic staple in the PlayStation library, but a well recognized brand across gaming in general. Unfortunately for SCEA, the God of War franchise has never featured a multiplayer component that offers any type of replay whatsoever. Thus, most gamers will plow through the certainly epic, yet short campaign and then dash off to trade it in before its value is lost.
It’s quite painful to admit, but God of War III can be found in any used location at a great price and while this may suck for developers, it’s a great opportunity for gamers to play one of the best games this generation at a low price point. Chances are if you traded in this bad boy it was likely for an upcoming game that wasn’t really worth it. Afterall, there wasn’t much released between March and July worth the value of God of War III — in our opinion anyways.
Despite the anticipation and the ability to deliver upon that anticipation, God of War III falls short in being a true keeper in the average gamers stable of games. Perhaps if it was more like Halo: Reach or Call of Duty, you’d see more people with this in their library due to the multiplayer aspect, but unfortunately, that’s just not the case.
This one should probably come as no surprise. Released early in 2010, Bayonetta was praised for its great gameplay and ability to leapfrog over Devil May Cry as fan favorites within its genre. Sadly, it doesn’t have nearly close enough to the staying power that Dante has in gamer’s minds. Not to mention the poorly ported PlayStation 3 version of this game more than likely resulted in a high amount of trade-ins towards BioShock 2 or even Mass Effect 2.
I won’t lie and say that Bayonetta isn’t worth the price of admission, of course it is. It’s easily one of the best games of 2010 and every gamer should play through it once to get a feel for where the hack and slash genre is headed. After all, Bayonetta is in strong company with our previously listed title — God of War III — in terms of gameplay and the exact same reasoning as to why it is so easy to turn back over to GameStop to get almost half-off a GOTY contender like ME2.