Video games are very expensive items and it can be costly staying up-to-date with all your friends and buying those much-hyped XBox 360 top games as they come out.
However, there are some simple but effective tips you can use to make sure you're not hoodwinked by the publicists or left with a rapidly depreciating game lying unused in your collection:
Always Read Reviews before Buying
The key is to read a couple of reviews and get a consensus whether or not the game actually lives up to the hype. There are a number of very informative online review sites and many feature video reviews too - so you can see just what it is you're intending to buy.
When reading or listening to a review, it's also wise to get an idea about the total length of the game - if there are just a few pre-defined missions and you can finish the game in under 10 hours, there may simply be little or no replay value left in the game.
Make Sure It Supports Online Play
Many of the XBox 360 top games available now support online play through XBox Live. . . but some don't. If you do buy a game that isn't going to be on XBox Live, you should be aware this can greatly affect it's popularity if you decide to trade it in, swap it, or sell it at a later date.
Many gamers tend to follow the herd and move from the newest, coolest game to the next newest, coolest game on XBox Live. Indeed, if you check out old games that are more than a few months old on XBox Live, you'll see many games are deserted.
Check the Potential Sale/Trade-In Price
If you're about to buy a new XBox 360 game that's just been released, you obviously can't check the sale/trade-in price to see what it'll be worth by the time you've finished it. But you can get an idea of how much similar games are worth. Take a look on eBay (or similar) and ask at your local video-game shop.
Treat Your Game with Care
The best way to get more value from your video game is to sell it, swap it or trade it in when you're finished with it. And that means keeping the game in the best possible condition - you need to maintain a great reputation as a seller/swapper to get highly-rated feedback in online auctions and swap sites. Game discs are very susceptible to scratches and many buyers/swappers will notice them. So, try to treat the disc carefully while you own it.
A video game is, at the end of the day, a form of entertainment. And, ultimately, it's up to you to decide whether the retail price of a game is really worth it. But by following the tips above, and choosing carefully from amongst the XBox 360 top games, you can be entertained and still save money.
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