National game retail chain Game Crazy has begun publicly revealing the used games most commonly traded in to its stores, with hit titles UFC 2009 Undisputed
and Call of Duty: World at War
topping the list.
Largely framed as a pitch in support of the used game market, the report also comments on the genres whose games best hold their value and those whose games depreciate quickly.
Roleplaying games, racing games, and "top-tier" action games retain high trade-in values the longest, claims Game Crazy -- probably because those games tend to feature extremely long single-player campaigns in the case of RPGs, and extensive multiplayer components in the case of the others.
Conversely, annual sports games and licensed games often decline in value quickly, because they are based on properties that can date themselves after a certain period of time.
The report applies to an unspecified period of time ending July 28; it does not explicitly indicate whether multiplatform games are placed based on all their versions combined. The ten most commonly-traded games are as follows:
1. UFC 2009 Undisputed
(Yuke's, THQ; Xbox 360, PS3)
2. Call of Duty: World at War
(Treyarch, Activision; Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PS2)
(Radical, Activision; Xbox 360, PS3)
4. Fallout 3
(Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks; Xbox 360, PS3)
5. Resident Evil 5
(Capcom; Xbox 360, PS3)
6. Fight Night Round 4
(EA Canada, Electronic Arts; Xbox 360, PS3)
(Sucker Punch, Sony; PS3)
8. Killzone 2
(Guerrilla Games, Sony; PS3)
9. Red Faction 3: Guerilla
(Volition, THQ; Xbox 360, PS3)
10. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
(Raven, Amaze, Griptonite, Activision; Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, DS, PSP)
Other games that make the list when it is limited to only Everyone- and Teen-rated titles include Terminal Reality's Ghostbusters: The Video Game
, EA Black Box's Skate 2
, Nintendo's Mario Kart Wii
, SCE San Diego's MLB 09: The Show
, Luxoflux's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
, Neversoft's Guitar Hero: Metallica
, and Next Level Games' Punch-Out!!
Game Crazy has also released an iPhone app, entitled Game Crazy
, that includes updated trade-in values for games.