Videogame Shopping Trip Report #8: The Hunt for my brother’s birthday gifts & Chocolate Easter Bunny FTW!

My brother’s birthday is coming up at the end of this month (April), and this year I’ll probably end up giving him 5 or 6 videogames as presents.

One videogame that I wanted to get for him is Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition for Xbox 360. This version of the game contains not only the original Dragon Age Origins game but also has the Awakening Expansion and all 7 DLC packs.

When I talked to my brother on the phone a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I had seen a couple copies of this game for $19.99 at a Super Kmart. I felt $19.99 was a fabulous price for Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition, considering all the content (that I mentioned above) that comes with this game.

He said that he wanted to get this game, so I told him that with his birthday was coming up, I would get him this game, along with a few other games. I told him I saw both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 versions of Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition at a Kmart, and since he owns both a PS3 and Xbox 360, I asked him which system he wanted the game for. He said he wanted it for Xbox 360.

During that phone conversation, he also told me that he wanted me to give him Eternal Sonata (PS3) for his birthday, so I promised him that I would do so. Eternal Sonata is an RPG that he had wanted to get for awhile now. I had bought the PS3 version of Eternal Sonata for myself a few years ago, but a couple of months ago I traded it to a friend for another videogame. So when I made that promise to my brother that I would give him Eternal Sonata, I had completely forgotten that I no longer had the game in my possession.

Oh boy, what a predicament!

However, being the older, responsible brother that I am – if I told my brother that I would give him Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition and Eternal Sonata, then – darn it! – I would deliver.

It was now time for another videogame hunt, but this time instead of hunting for games for myself, I would be hunting for games for my brother.

So one evening last week, I went out hunting for these two games in my local shops. During my hunt, I also somehow managed to pick up a few games and DVDs for myself. It’s strange how when I go looking to buy stuff for other people, I often end up buying a few things for myself (haha).

So I did find the two games that I wanted to get for my brother? Read on to find out…

The first game I would be looking for is Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition and my first stop was at a Super Kmart. When I arrived at the electronics department (which also has the videogames), I was greeted right away by the friendly sales clerk. He asked me if there was a particular game I was looking for and I told him I was looking for Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition for the Xbox 360. He told me he wasn’t sure if they had the game but if they did have it, it would be in videogame clearance bin. He said that he knew for sure that they had a few copies of Dragon Age II in the clearance bin.

Those of you wondering why I did not search for both Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition and Eternal Sonata in the same store… – well, there’s a reason for that. There would be one specific store that I was hoping to find Eternal Sonata in.

So anyway, I checked out the videogame clearance bin at that Super Kmart. In there, they had a mixture of Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, wii, and PSP games. They also had a Game Boy Advance title! (I don’t remember the name of the game though.)

I looked at the Xbox 360 games and didn’t see Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition, so I looked at the PS3 games, hoping to find something for me. The sales clerk saw me looking at the PS3 games and, still thinking that I’m looking for Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition for Xbox 360, he said, “You said Xbox 360?”

I smiled at him and said, “Yeah.” I didn’t tell him that I was also looking for some PS3 games for myself.

So while they did not have Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition for Xbox 360, but I did decide to buy two games from the clearance bin for myself. One of those games is Ninety-Nine Nights for the Xbox 360. I don’t know very much about this game – I think it’s a hack n’slash game. But I’m trying to build up my still very small Xbox 360 games collection, so I’m always on the lookout for cheap Xbox 360 games. For the price of $12.99, I decided to buy this game.

As for the other game I bought from the clearance bin at this Super Kmart… Remember how in my “Videogame Shopping Trip Report #6” blog post, I said that I passed on buying Dead Space 2 (PS3) twice and I also said that I still might end up buying this game at some point? Well, that time came much sooner than I thought. I saw Dead Space 2 (PS3) for $19.99 in the clearance bin, and this time I decided to buy it. As I mentioned before, this PS3 version of Dead Space 2 comes with Dead Space Ignition.

After leaving this Super Kmart, I decided to drop by a Meijer store that was across the street. Videogame-wise, this Meijer store didn’t have anything I was too interested in buying, either for myself or my brother. However, they were having a 50% off sale for all their Easter stuff, so I picked up a nice little treat for myself. For $1 I bought a chocolate Easter bunny.

I returned home that night feeling pretty satisfied with the stuff I had gotten for myself. However, I also felt bad that I had not found Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition for my brother. So on the very next evening, I drove to a different Kmart store.

And it was at this Kmart store that I finally found a copy of Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition (Xbox 360) for my brother! YES!

The game wasn’t in the clearance bin, it was in the section with the value price $19.99-$29.99 games. Their videogame clearance bin did have a lot more games than the clearance bin from the Super Kmart I was at the night before. After looking through there, I ended up buying two games for myself from this clearance bin: Project Sylpheed for the Xbox 360 and Ghostbusters: The Video Game for PS3.

Project Sylpheed is not a game that I see too often in stores, but I did remember seeing the game at a Toys R’Us for about $20 (I believe) a few months ago. At that time I had no interest in buying the game, but since then I’ve seen some gameplay footage of the game and it looked really cool (it also looked like it might have some pretty complex game mechanics). So I said to myself that, while I’m not going to actively hunt for this game, if I ever saw it again for $20, I would buy it. This Kmart store had the game for $14.99, which is an even better price, so I went ahead and bought it.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game was always game that I said I would probably buy. It has been priced at around $20 in most stores for long awhile now, and that was always the price that I thought I would end up paying for the game. So I when I saw it for $12.99, I jumped on it.

They had two more games in clearance bin that I almost bought. They had Sports Champion for $12.99 and Armored Core 4, also for $12.99 Both games are for PS3. I was really close to buying these two games. In fact, I held both games in my hand. However, I decided to put both games back, and the main reason for this is that there’s a good chance that I probably will never play theses two games. Sports Champion requires the Playstation Move, which I don’t have and I’m not sure if I’ll ever get it. Armored Core 4 is game that I’m not too interested in playing (I never played any of the previous games).

Anyway, at this Kmart I also saw a few DVD double packs from Miramax/Dimension priced at $2.99 and I decided to buy two of them. I bought The Faculty/Phantoms and Fotress/Total Recall 2070 double packs.

I’ve never watched The Faculty before but it was always a horror flick that I wanted to check out. It was released in the late 90s, when the horror film genre had a sort of renaissance, with popular films like Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Urban Legend being released.

Despite never having watched The Faculty, I do actually own the soundtrack CD, which has some cool alternative rock tracks from 90s bands like The Offspring, Garbage, and Stabbing Westward. There’s also cool covers of Alice Coopers’ “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out” by Creed and Soul Asylum, respectively, and there’s a sweet cover of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2” by Class of ‘99, a short-lived band that included people like the late Layne Stanley of Alice In Chains and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.

Now I have seen Phantoms, and it’s a decent horror flick from Dimension. Fortress is another film I have watched. It’s a strangely entertaining film from the early 90s and stars Christopher Lambert (from the Highlander films). Fortress has a low budget, “direct-to-video” feel to it, but I think it was released in theaters. I know nothing about Total Recall 2070 (I haven’t even heard of this movie), and to be totally honest, I really don’t care if it’s a good movie or not, since I mainly bought this DVD for Fortress.

Now that I had gotten Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition, there was one more game that I needed to buy for my brother. So on the drive back home, I stopped by a Best Buy store. A few weeks ago, I was shopping at this Best Buy store and I had noticed that they had a copy of Eternal Sonata for PS3 for $19.99 in their value-priced PS3 games section. I was hoping that it was still there.

So I enter this Best Buy, go to the PS3 section, and sure enough, Eternal Sonata was there. Of course, I bought it. I had finally managed to buy the two games that my brother wanted. YAY! Mission accomplished!

As you can see in the picture above, Eternal Sonata did indeed cost $19.99 However, I will tell my brother that this game cost $59.99 I will tell him that, since I am such a caring older brother, I went out and bought him a game that cost $60 (haha). After I took the picture above, I took the $19.99 price tag sticker off the game (it wasn’t that hard to do, and I didn’t tear the shrink wrap). So my brother won’t know any better (heehee).

I won’t tell him if you won’t tell him. This will be our little secret (*wink, wink*).

Anyway, as I mentioned at the beginning of this blog post, these two games aren’t the only two games that I give my brother for his birthday. In my next blog post, I will tell you guys and show you pics of all the games I will be giving him.

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