The Hunt for Playstation Vita Games, Part 2 (Also helped two people find some videogames and I picked up Tales of Xillia 2)

In Part 1 of my hunt for Playstation Vita games, I mentioned that I bought a couple of PS Vita games from Walmart and Best Buy. Well, a few days later I headed to another Best Buy store. I found some more PS Vita games, and I also bought one PS3 game and one Xbox 360 game. But that wasn’t the most memorable thing that happened.

The most memorable thing that happened is I ended up helping a couple of women find videogames for their child. Or at least I tried to…

I was in the videogame section of Best Buy, looking for Playstation Vita games. Two women were close by and I overheard them say that they were looking for the PS3 version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for their kid as a Christmas gift. I would later learn that one of them is the grandmother of the child and the other is the aunt.

After a few minutes they couldn’t find the game, so I went up to them and asked them if they needed help finding Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for the PS3. This game is, of course, the latest Call of Duty game.

They both said yes.

So I took them over to the PS3 games section and quickly found a copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. When they heard me tell them that the game was $60, they were shocked and said that it was too much for one game.

One of the women saw that Call of Duty: Ghosts was on sale (it was on sale for either $20 or $30, I don’t remember exactly) and thought that this was a different version of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. She wanted to buy it. But I told her that Call of Duty: Ghosts was last year’s Call of Duty game, and she said that her kid might already have the game, so she didn’t buy it.

Anyway, a few minutes later, both of them walked up to me and asked me if I could help them find a copy of Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for the PS3. I told them that I would be glad to help them find it. I also said that I myself had a copy of the game for my PS3 and I really enjoyed playing it.

However, we looked everywhere but could not find this game. We looked in the PS3 games section. We looked in the Value Games (the $20 and under) section. We even looked in the used games section. We came up empty.

The final game they asked for my help in finding was Pokemon Omega Ruby or Pokemon Alpha Sapphire for the Nintendo 3DS. These two games are the latest Pokemon games. I thought for sure that we would be able to find at least one of these games, because Best Buy (along with other stores) usually have a lot of the latest Pokemon games in stock. So I took them over to the 3DS games section.

To my surprise we couldn’t find either game! They had copies of last year’s Pokemon games, Pokemon X and Y, but not Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. I guess they sold out, because when the women asked a few of the employees there to help them find these Pokemon games, they also couldn’t find them! They couldn’t find a copy Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection either!

I told the two women that if they couldn’t find these Pokemon games here, they would most likely find them at stores like Walmart, Target, and Meijer.

But all was not lost. When I got all the games that I was going to buy and walked up to the cashier section, I noticed that there was a bin of “$20 and under” games next to the cashiers. I looked in there, and lo and behold, they had a few copies of Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for the PS3 for $20. It was in the red Greatest Hits case, but I’m sure these women didn’t mind that.

I really wanted to help these women get at least one game for their kid, so I grabbed a copy of Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection, left the line at the cashiers, and walked back to the videogame section to hand them the game.

The two women thanked me of course. They and one of the lady employees asked me where I found the game and I told them it was in the bargain bin next to the cashier. They were kind of surprised that I would walk all the way back here to hand them the game, but for me, it was worth it just to help them get at least one game for their kid.

I hope they have a great Christmas and that their kid enjoys his videogame(s)!

Okay, so what did I pick up for myself? Well, I ended up buying five games from this Best Buy store. I got three Playstation Vita games, one PS3 game, and one Xbox 360 game.

Tales of Xilla II, Gears of War 3, Assassin's Creed III Liberation, Gravity Rush, Playstation All-Stars

For my PS Vita, I got Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Gravity Rush, and Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation and Gravity Rush were on sale for $15 each, while Playstation All Stars Battle Royale was only $9.99 I’m so glad I got these games for those prices!

I never thought I would find Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation for under $20. Amazon has had this game be on sale before, and it usually is on sale for just over $20. So to find a brand new copy for $15 was amazing! I did hear that this game had some serious bugs but I think the patches fixed them.

Gravity Rush was not a game that I was looking to get. I know that this game got great reviews across the board but from what I read about the game, it doesn’t appear to be my cup of tea. However, for $15, I’ll give it a shot (most places still sell this game for around $30). If I end up liking it (or even loving it), then that’s awesome.

Just like Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, which I talked about in my last blog post, the PS3 version of Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale also comes with a free downloadable code for the PS Vita version. But I don’t think that I currently have enough space on any of my memory cards to download it (and I really don’t want to delete anything). So for $9.99, I couldn’t resist getting a physical copy of the PS Vita version of the game.

I also saw Tales of Xillia 2 for the PS3 on sale for $19.99, which is half off its regular $40 price tag. Man, again, I never thought that I was going to find a brand new copy of this game for $20. As a JRPG fan, I had to pick this up.

Lastly I bought Gears of War 3 for the Xbox 360 for $19.99 I really enjoyed playing the first Gears of War game and I liked the second game even more, especially the Horde Mode. So it was a no brainer for me to get Gears of War 3.

Now I did want to get another person’s thoughts on Gears of War 3. I was hoping to find someone at that Best Buy store who played all three Gears of War games (and also Gears of War Judgment). I wanted to ask this person if he/she enjoyed Gears of War 3 as much (or more than) the first two games.

So I asked the Best Buy employee at the videogame section if he played the Gears of War games. Well, unfortunately he hadn’t. Oh well. But that’s not all, he told me that he wasn’t a gamer at all and that his brother is the one who plays videogames. At first I thought it was strange that Best Buy had someone working in the videogame section who didn’t play videogames, but perhaps they just couldn’t find someone like that to work there.

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