So, it's 2012, everybody owes more money than ever existed, and all the big new games are about to dry up until September.
There's never been a better time to invest in the games you skipped on the way to Modern Warfare 3. They're below £20, they're brilliant, and if those sales figures are accurate there's a good chance you missed out when they first hit the shelves.
Sometimes it seems every cover-based shooter in the world is built around heavyweight heroes with all the urgency and vigour of Last of the Summer Wine. But not Vanquish. Shinji Mikami's cover-based shooter employs jet-boosted armour, and tends to make all your favourite games seem a bit slow and dim. Mad guns, huge boss battles, crazy setpieces - play this and see that not all shooters are CoD clones.
Developer Platinum Games / Publisher Sega / Released October 2010 / Best price £10, Blockbuster.co.uk
The recession and their largely average racer Split/Second finally killed Black Rock's studio, but their quad bike racer Pure still stands up. Sure it's shallow but it's rocket-fast and beautiful in a clean, bright way that's rare these days. Plus the customisation is fun and the tracks are mad.
Developer Black Rock / Publisher Disney Interactive / Released Sep 2008 / Best price £5, Play.com
3. Shadows of the Damned
This picks up where Resident Evil 4 leaves off, then adds knob jokes, nudity and swearing - it's the product of RE's Shinji Mikami and a couple of other noted creative geniuses. It promptly sold about three copies.
Developer Grasshopper Manufacture / Publisher EA / Released June 2011 / Best price £16, Ebay.co.uk
4. El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
Heaven's toughest priest spends 200 years hunting seven fallen angels who are corrupting mankind's evolution, and the game's art team spend ten hours blowing your eyeballs out the back of your head. It's a simple action game that looks and feels like nothing else.
Developer Ignition Tokyo / Publisher UTV Ignition / Released Sep 2011/ Best price £15, Zavvi.com