It feels like a sentiment that’s been echoed the last few years or so, but 2013 has been a banner year for video games. Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite, and The Last of Us are all certified club bangers, and we’re barely halfway through the month of July. That’s crazy.
Much of the credit still goes to the so-called “lesser” games that make up the majority of what’s released, because let’s face facts: Not every game can be The Last of Us, but many still deserved to be played. Whether you’d pay full price on launch day for them…well, that’s another story entirely.
So what do you do when there’s a game that you want to play, but don’t think it quite justifies forking over dozens of your hard-earned dollars? You rent or borrow it, as you would with these five games.
While it was a treat from an audio/visual standpoint, the inconsistent combat and iffy story led to a mixed reception for Remember Me. I happened to enjoy it quite a bit, but plenty were cold on it. I stand by my statement that it certainly deserves a look, but plunking down sixty bucks for a game this divisive is risky.
Gears of War: Judgment
Prequels in any medium are often seen with a bit of pessimism, but they’re not all bad — remember X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Er, the game, not the movie.
With People Can Fly handling development over Epic Games on Gears of War: Judgment, this prequel gets an arcade feel with the way that chapters are divvied up, as well as bringing in a scoring aspect familiar to those that played the studio’s excellent Bulletstorm. It’s not better than any of the mainline trilogy, but worth a weekend romp with your friends.
With the developers that High Moon Studios tasked with making Deadpool being laid off right after the game was finished — and months ahead of its release — people were unsure if the game was up to snuff. Deadpool fans will find Nolan North’s rendition of the character to be great, but its short length and formulaic combat make it a hard sell at full price. And if you happen to hate Deadpool as a character, than this won’t change your mind.