Which games should I buy from the local Half-Price books?

cheesehead

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The local Half-price books franchise has once again mailed out a sheet of one-day-only coupons on various merchandise. Since they've got a pretty good selection of PC games, I figure I ought to ask what games of the last few years I've been missing out on so that I might go buy them at stupendous discount - if it's not Half-Life 2, I probably haven't played it yet and should be in for a surprise.

(If you're wondering: Yes, I AM a total miser. This is not helped by my fondness for R/C airplanes, for which hardware crashes are very expensive.)

A quick list I made while I was there yesterday:

1. Fallout 3. At $25, it's cheap even before I take 40% off the price, which is nice. I'm curious as to whether they finally worked out all the bugs, though - I never actually finished Fallout II out of sheer frustration.

2. Assasin's Creed. I honestly expect to either love or hate this game - while I was a huge fan of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and all the parkour goodness therin, I'm the sort of easily bored loser who simply cannot play MMORPGs. Furthermore, I have an allergy to low-grade soft science and I'm not sure that Assasin's Creed is worth the gagging engaged at every mention of "ancestral memory".

3. The Witcher. I've always been something of a fan of RPGs - from Escape Velocity to Baldur's Gate, I played almost nothing but when I was a kid. However, the combination of lame combat systems, boring documentation, and even more boring repetitive "grind" gameplay has soured me to every MMORPG I've ever played - and this game has been described even by its' greatest fans as very much like a sort of single-player WoW. While this game has more awards than a Webbys ceremony, I honestly can't see myself playing it.

Anything else I should be looking for?
 

Alex C

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Of those three I'd go with The Witcher. The story is decent and it doesn't really feel like "grinding" unless you do all the optional quests which can be a little repetitive. All of Fallout felt like a grind to me, the story wasn't too great and the characters weren't very well developed. It's good if you like running around a monotonous wasteland talking to monotonous characters and doing monotonous quests, but I was really disappointed after all the hype it got. I haven't tried Assassin's Creed but Steam periodically has it on sale for $10, if you're interested you can wait until one of those comes up and save the coupon for something else.
 

Zenoth

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I haven't played the The Witcher (only seen videos) so I cannot comment on it, but between Assassin's Creed and Fallout 3 I'd definitely buy Fallout 3, although it has its bugs, it's prone to crash (not for everyone though, some people seem to constantly crash, others are playing it alright), but if you're lucky enough to play it without crashes nor freezes then I'm pretty sure you would like it, especially with modifications (not as much as Oblivion, but it's understandable since it's much newer).
 

9mak9

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I have played and beaten all 3 of them. Fallout is a game that everyone should try, I haven't had many issues with bugs at least. Its such a large game with so many different things you can do. Assassin Creed is a very cool game with great visual arts but it is very repetitive. Witcher is a great RPG with great visuals, story and gameplay. The devs keep on patching/adding more content which makes it very worthwhile and it increases the value.
 

cheesehead

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Added to this list will be:

X3

and

Dawn of War: II

Sounds like I'd be best off buying The Witcher and Fallout III - the latter is actually cheaper at Half-Price than the going used price on Anandtech.
 

astrosfan315

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I'm going to hit up my half priced books tomorrow. Don't know what I'll find, but 40% off today and a 50% off for Sunday should be able to find something.
 

dj2004

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Fallout 3 is developed by Bethesda. This means it will have barely any patch support so don't expect a bug free game. I don't think any game developed by Bethesda has ever had good support patch wise. Luckily there is the UF3P: http://www.fallout3nexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=3808

Fallout 3 and The Witcher are both good choices. Dawn of War 2 is good if you prefer an RTS game that has very little focus on base building.