The PlayStation 2 was and may forever be my favourite console of all time. It is truly the console that defined me as a gamer and if I did a Top 10 of my all-time favourite games, I’m positive at least half of them are games I played on that console.
So when rumours started about PS2 games starting to be released on PS4, I got excited. Now we have confirmation of that, as eight games got released last week.
However, not everyone was as psyched it seems. Many were a little annoyed at the pricing of some of these games, Kotaku in particular as they were the first ones I read saying this.
So let’s look at the eight games and the prices they’re being sold for. For this comparison, I’m using a site I buy older games from, LukieGames. The prices are also in Canadian, folks.
- Dark Cloud — $14.99 (Lukie Price: $22.47)
- Grand Theft Auto III — $14.99 (Lukie Price: $4.14)
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City — $14.99 (Lukie Price: $6.04)
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas — $14.99 (Lukie Price: $9.84)
- Rogue Galaxy — $14.99 (Lukie Price: $28.97)
- The Mark of Kri — $14.99 (Lukie Price: $5.14)
- Twisted Metal: Black — $9.99 (Lukie Price: $6.94)
- War of the Monsters — $9.99 (Lukie Price: $25.47)
So there is an argument to be had for sure. Especially the Grand Theft Auto games, but the games that are more commonly known and easy to find hard copies of are getting priced a little higher than retail value. But here’s the thing…
Look at games like Dark Cloud, War of the Monster and especially Rogue Galaxy. These are all games that are much rarer, harder to find. And if you do find them in stores, they are priced very high. I’ve seen a copy of Rogue Galaxy above $50 before. So this begs the question, is it worth paying more than retail value for more common games if it means the rarer ones are priced the same? It makes me wonder if games I’m still trying to get a hard copy of would be priced at $15 as well, games like Suikoden V, Wild Arms 5 and Xenosaga 3. Even if it were at $25, it’s more than a fair enough deal, as Lukie has them all above $50, some almost at $100.
Just for reference, here’s the top 5 most expensive games on that site (minus bundles and limited editions):
- Rule of Rose – $173.47
- .hack Part 4: Quarantine – $143.47
- Kuon – $105.47
- Haunting Ground $93.97
- .hack//G.U. Part 1: Rebirth & Ar tonelico Melody of Elemia – $91.47
If any of those games went up on PS4 for a reduced price, even if it’s $49.99, how good is that for consumers? Not only can they buy a digital copy of a game they’ve been looking for at a cheaper price, but the likelihood of the price dropping for the hard copies of them increase, due to other options now being available.
So honestly to me it’s worth it paying $15 for a $5 game if it means a $50 game will drop to $15 or $25.
Let’s just hope they come out with more games faster than they have been with PlayStation Now.