Christmas trade in list. Help wanted!

It’s that time of year again, Santa Claus will soon be coming to town. It comes round so quick these days. Apparently this is because of my age, as you get older a year represents a much smaller percentage of your life, therefore it is less significant, therefore it flies by quicker. Something like that anyway…but I digress (didn’t take long – Ed). With the GimmeGimme Season almost upon us the big guns are being rolled out in the time honoured squabble for our money and as usual this put me in a bit of a quandry…what to buy?

Like most people, funds are very limited so I am very limited as to what I can buy. Now I think LittleBigPlanet is a no-brainer, my son James wants Force Unleashed, and I will probably get Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (like Madden but with real football) but then I get stuck. I reckon I can stretch to one more game, but I have no idea which one to go for.

I could go for Call of Duty: World at War but will that be a different enough departure from COD4 to warrant the cash outlay? Of course everybody else in the whole world will buy it so within the first 24 hours the COD4 servers will be like ghost towns, thus rendering COD4 entirely obsolete. I could go for BioShock, but it only lasts about 12 hours and has no multiplayer functionality at all, so very little replay value, it’s also a year old even though it’s only just out for PS3. Although I am a big fan of the SOCOM series this latest iteration does not look that great from what I have seen so far. I could go for MotorStorm Pacific Rift. I know they have made a lot of changes but surely this is just more of the same. MotorStorm was a great launch title but I can’t remember the last time I took it down from the shelf and blew the dust off. This is proving to be very difficult and I haven’t even considered the likes of Far Cry 2, Quantum of Solace, Fallout 3, Resistance 2, Tomb Raider: Underworld or Fracture (I kinda liked the demo). I suppose I could even wait until next year and get Gran Turismo 5, Killzone 2 or God of War III (except that it won’t be out for at least a year).

On the other side of this coin is the fact that in order to fund this gaming splurge I am gonna have to do a few trade-ins. Again I am wracked with indecision due to irrational sentimentality about certain titles. I am thinking of trading in three from the following four titles:- GTA4, MotorStorm, Resistance: Fall of Man, and The Orange Box.

Here’s my thinking so far. GTA4, once the story mode was completed it was too similar to previous titles to excite me further. Online could be great but isn’t as I seem to spend all my time in the lobby while people fanny about, bah. MotorStorm, as I said earlier, great launch title but I have played it to death, and again the online mode doesn’t cut it because there is a bad lobby system. Resistance, really good, has stood up well but has now been utterly replaced by COD4. The Orange Box, the Half-Life games were amazing but have zero replay value, ditto Portal, and I hear that Team Fortress 2 is really great but from where I am sitting getting into a game without multiple time-outs and fails is impossible. This is the only title in my list that I feel I have not had value for money, which is ridiculous as I got 5 games for the price of one, it’s just that TF2 was almost broken.

So there you have it. I NEED your help to decide which three games I should trade in and which one I should buy with the loot. I can’t make these decisions on my own, so to paraphrase a certain Princess…

Help me readers, you’re my only hope.