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      21.07.2012 11:51
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      my favourite stop for gaming

      Gamestation is one of the biggest games retailers on the highstreet, probably after game - but since they are both owned by the same company now together they are the only place to go for all your gaming needs.

      Gamestation has stores all over the country (although considerably fewer since the administration scare earlier this year) and always have a good selection of stock. They stock literally games for every console, PS3, XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PSP, PS Vita and PC. They also stock dvds and a good selection of pre-owned and new Blu-rays. In addition to this, gamestation also still trade and sell retro games - all of them. So if your lucky (as its not very often they have them in) you can find PS1, PS2, original XBOX, Gamecube, GameBoy, Gameboy Advance, NES, SNES and N64 games for sale.

      Unlike their partners Game, Gamestation tend to focus more on the pre-owned side of gaming. They're variety of used games is much higher than their new - dont get me wrong they stock all the new releases too - but the bulk of their stock and sales if through pre-owned. Gamestation gather this stock through trade-ins. Gamestation allow you to take in your old games, consoles and accessories and trade them in for either store credit (money to spend back in their store - which you get a higher price for) or cash.

      Due to their focus on pre-owned and trade ins it is always possible to find rarer games within the store that you might not be able to find anywhere else unless you look on the internet, and whats great is that they dont charge the earth for them. I had been looking for the PS3 version of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon for months, (no longer available to buy from shops on the highstreet or new offline) I refused to pay around £30 which was the cheapest I could find it for on Ebay or amazon - then one day I stumbled across it in my local gamestation for £14.99! Bargain!

      The customer service in gamestation is excellent, the staff there always seem happy to help and want to talk to you about what your playing - which is great to actually have a conversation with like minded people. I have bought countless second hand games from them and have never had a problem with any of them, but if I did I am sure this wouldnt be a problem as their pre-owned games come with a 3 month garuntee, and their consoles a year!

      More recently Gamestation have started doing a loyalty card which is completely free to sign up for. The card gives you points everytime you buy anything or trade/cash anything in. It works out that for every £40 you spend in store, you get a pound back. Which doesnt seem like much, but you also get points for trade, so if you trade in £40 worth of old games towards a new £40 game, then you get £1 for the trade and then £1 for the purchase - so £2 altogether. You will be surpised how quickly the loyalty card actually adds up.

      So, overall Gamestation is my favourite games retailer on the highstreet. They have a wide range of games for all consoles and they're prices are good. You are able to trade in your old unwanted stuff and they have an excellent loyalty card scheme - I wouldnt buy my games from anywhere else!

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        09.09.2010 18:29

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        I bought i xbox orignal from gamestation in wakefield got it home and it didnt have the correct wire to connect it to the t.v took it back again to wakefield and got the wire.. Got it home again and connected it up to the tv to find that the disc tray does not open this is abserlutly discrasefull thought that they had to check all consoles make sure you get them to check everything is working when you buy anything from game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        03.09.2010 23:48
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        If you're wanting to trade-games in, do it here.

        As many a gamer out there will testify, game shops aren't always a friend of the thrifty buyer. The games on offer are more than often much more costly than online, the customer service can be unsatisfactory and the quality of products can often be less than desirable. Luckily, when I popped into my local Gamestation today I was surprised by the overall service and pleased that I'd gone there over other local stores (ahem, Cex).

        The first thing that should be mentioned is the store layout itself and this was one of the more surprising factors for me. Accustomed to jumbled racking and having to actively search every nook and cranny for the titles I wanted, I was more than pleased to see alphabetised lines of games, with each console respectively given a specific area in the store. What's more, even the pre-owned games were arranged smartly in an easy-to-view manner, making the whole experience a lot more customer friendly. When I couldn't find a specific game, the staff helpfully checked in their stock cupboard for me rather than fobbing me off.

        In terms of price, Gamestation certainly won't win any awards - their pre-owned games tend to be more expensive than other games shops (case of note: Assassin's Creed 2 was £14.99 there but only £12.00 down the road at Cex) and their brand new games are no match for internet prices. Still, for convenience, the games may still be reasonably priced for some, and the odd offer is always there to be had. Today's promotion was a two for £20 n pre-owned titles, with some impressive ones like Need for Speed: Shift and the Saboteur included - these offers distinguish Gamestation from other competitors so this was indeed a nice touch.

        Undoubtedly, where the shop comes into its own is when trading in. Now, don't expect miracles - as anyone used to trading games in will know you'll often be hit hard, especially when asking for cash rather than trades. But this is the same of any trade-in store and besides, Gamestation has a nifty trick up its sleeve in this department. Current company policy means that they will match rival companies' trade-in and cash offers for your games - and then beat them by £1 per game. This is a very impressive ploy by the company which makes trading in with them notably superior than using anyone else. All you need is a print-out or other suitable proof of a competitor's offer and they'll beat it - a quick search on Cex.co.uk sorts you out here.

        So, having searched for the games I wanted and having my used games to hand to be traded in I prepared myself for a lengthy wait while my trade was prepared. To my surprise, I was immediately seen to and when I asked about the price match the assistant politely asked for proof of the competitor's prices. After seeing this, he honoured the price-match, processed my trade, prepared my new games and then asked me to sign a receipt to say they were in working order. There was no fuss, no hubbub, just a pleasantly quick and courteous transaction. He even put excess shop credit on my Gamestation Trade Card for future use.

        So, all in all, my experience with Gamestation was much better than I'd expected. I'd last gone there a year or so ago and everything here seemed a tad better than at other games shops I'd been to since. For cheap prices for new releases, their stores are best avoided, but for the excellent trade-in price match, easy-to-navigate store and good customer service I can't fault them. Three stars for price and five for overall service - a comfortable four stars for Gamestation.

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        12.04.2010 20:00
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        Worth a look, especially for retro games. They also have great titles in the sales!

        Gamestation is a company that sells computer games and accessories, they have their own shops which are placed all over the country and also have a rather large shopping website. Gamestation are probably the second biggest retail gamer in the country and are brilliant for retro gaming.

        Gamestation stock computer games for literally all consoles, old and new. The more up to date console you have the more software gamestation is likely to hold. Gamestation has a large selection of software for the PS3, XBOX360, NINTENDO WII, PSP and DS, these include brand new games and previously owed games. Previously owed games are normally also slightly cheaper.

        Gamestation are brilliant for older stuck as they have rare titles, however be aware that you wont get them dirt cheap. You will get some old classics from here though and you wouldn't somewhere else. Gamestation also sell consoles and a range of accessories for games, which are normally ok priced.

        Gamestation always have offers running for savings on their games, however the best deals I have ever found is through their website www.gamestation.co.uk, some of the deals that gamestation do seem to only be available from there website however. Another great thing to look for is their regular sales as they are quite good to.

        If you have several old games which you wish to trade in you can take them to gamestation and they will deduct them from your purchase, however I do feel that the price you get for your game is minimal and seems a rip off half of the time. I have found though that you will get a really good price for older games (such as NES or SNES games).

        I have always found gamestation to be very reliable, I have purchased several titles from there and never had a problem with them. When ordering online my item is always delivered quickly through their free postage service.

        When visiting the gamestation shops their staff are always friendly, helpful and polite. Gamestation also offer competitive prices and some real bargains in their sales.

        Overal 4/5 for a good online and instore service, just shop around first if you have the time.

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        04.04.2010 20:04
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        Looking for cheap Pre owned games gamestation is the place to go

        I have been going to gamestation since it opened in my local area around 2001, before then i use to buy games brand new from other retailers for £40+, It is by far the most reasonable priced retailer to buy brand new and pre owned games from, the staff are always very helpful as well which is always a massive bonus when your looking for a certain game, sometimes the games are not in alphabetical order on the shelfs but that is to be expected with how many people go in there a day it's hard to keep everything in order, they also sell retro games and game systems which most other retailers don't have in stock, the trade in system is good to use but you don't get much money back with cash it's best to trade in for store credit if your looking for another game, the pre owned section always has a good variety off games to choose from and the prices are reasonable enough

        I recommend gamestation to anyone who is interested in buying and selling games and anyone who is looking for some cheap fairly new pre owned games around £10-£20 mark

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          24.02.2010 17:36
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          A national store which not only sells brand new games, but also has great Trade in facilities

          Back in my early teenage years, which weren't that long ago actually, I use to spend hours in my local GameStation playing on the demo consoles and looking at the pre-owned games hoping to spot a bargain and thanks to the GameStation Trade & Save system I was able to play a very large variety of games without technically spending a penny. So here I will do a little review on my previously most favourite store and how it's changed in the last few years. Keep in mind that stores do vary by location and what they offer and I am reviewing based on my home town store (Chester) as well as the Liverpool and Warrington store.

          Variety

          I was mainly attracted to GameStation because of its large variety of games and support for the different consoles, which were the Xbox and Ps2 back then and they use to have quite good support for consoles like Nintendo and Ps1 as well as GameBoy Color, and I was once able to find a GameBoy Link cable there when I couldn't elsewhere. This has changed a little, although they seem to offer somewhat good support on the Ps2 and I can occasionally find some gen before last consoles and games lying around, but nothing like before where I could pick up an NES game from them or even Trade in an NES (discussed below). GameStation now seems to have mainstream for Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii, basically the current generation consoles, which is a little depressing as many people still play the older consoles and now have to reside to shopping online for them.

          Staff

          Now I know that the staff vary in every store, but from what I've seen they all seem to have something in common, mainly they are all students around the age of 16 to 25 and are typically gamers. You can come up to them and ask about pretty much any game and they will give you a pretty detailed answer and will also be able to tell if a new game is going to be released and what they think of something as well as give you advice on games and consoles, which is a priceless service in my view. But one downside I seem to find is that if you come in when nobody is around, the staff tends to get a little "giddy" and it is sometimes a little unnerving to ask them something. Also I have noticed that since they are all teenagers, they tend to talk down to younger children (no pun intended), which if you're young and like me, it is a little intimidating as you just want to say "I'm 12 not an idiot". Apart from that, the staff can be very helpful and will work hard to find you a game if they think they sell it.

          Trade & Save

          As I mentioned above, this is one of the most appealing features the franchise has to offer, as they allow you to trade in games and receive either store credit or cash (over 18 to receive), store credit gives you about 30% more value and I am typically going to buy a new game anyway so may as well. I found that GameStation give you the best value trade ins compared to Game and typically other private shops. However if you want what the game is actually worth, for instance if its new or brand new in packaging, go to eBay to sell it, you will get the true value of the game, however if you just want to trade in some old games for either the PS3 or Xbox 360, GameStation give you the best price in the high street. GameStation did use to except pretty much anything game related from the current generation console to a Sega CD or a NES and give you a pretty good price on it, which is now highly rare, when if you come in with a PS2, they may say sorry too old for us.

          Conclusion

          To conclude, there is nothing wrong with GameStation and I find that it appeals more to the teenager or gamer because of its marketing strategy having quite "rock" looking shops and graffiti style logs and text around the store and on adverts, as well as employing quite young "hip" staff who know what they are selling. They also offer quite good deals on games usually, but quite often Tesco or Asda will do a better deal on newly released games and bundles. Overall a fair shop and will satisfy your game purchasing needs, however the old style GameStation was much better and you are really lucky if your local GameStation still sells the old style retro games.

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          18.02.2010 17:33
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          Great Preowned Games

          If you have children who love games, you are probably familiar about Gamestation. It is one the leading game shops in UK. They sell both brand new and pre owned consoles at a lower price. As a parent, games seems to be very expensive so I'm quite delighted to find a place that offers different option to their customer.

          Gamestation are well known high street stores that sell games, other related items, accesories and different consoles such as xbox 360, wii, ps3, PC, PSP, DS, ps2 and xbox. They also have few DVD's and Blu Ray discs. So it's a shop not only for those who were up to date with new generation consoles but great as well for those who have not switched to newer gadget, there are still amazing games to be found that kids will definitely enjoy. On the otherhand, not everything here is cheap, I quite observe that game which are newly released are usually highly priced, as well as other gadgets and accessories. Well, as for me, I usually check for price comparison before I buy an item.

          Gamestation is also well-known for its trade-ins. You can exchange games to get credit at the shop or for smaller amount of cash in hand. Most of the games you want to trade in are given low values so It's better to look around and find the best offer available before you trade in. It's also possible to swap your older games that you don't play any more and exchange them for a brand new release. Its great idea rather than keeping them on your shelf for years, adding the opportunity to play new games in a much lesser price.

          In my point of view, Gamestation offers a real competition especially if you want to buy preowned games, it's worth a look. Their second hand games and consoles are at a reasonable price, which can sometimes be a bargain if they are trying to get rid of stock. I usually visit to check out for latest deals and offers. I have been pleased with many of my purchases, sometimes I end up going home with 3 games for less that £10, quite a bargain and the kids usually love them. With regards to their customer service, most of their employees are helpful whenever I have questions and need assistance. The refunds or returns are never a problem and always dealt professionally. Overall, It's a great shop, perfect for those who prefer pre owned games.

          Thank you for reading ;-D

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            16.02.2010 00:17
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            check it out

            Gamestation is a game retailer who was bought out by their rivals 'Game'. Gamestation deals in new and second hand games and consoles.

            For price I would choose Gamestation over Game but Im not a big fan of their stores as they are small which means you always have to squeeze past people and takes ages to get where you want to be. Also the colours in the Gamestation stores are dull and grey which doesnt give a happy atmosphere where as Game has bright colours.

            Im not sure why Gamestation prices are cheaper than Game when they are owned by the same people. Gamestation also use to do their own reward card like Game which was free to get and gave you like £3 of every game.

            You also get a better price when trading in your old game and are also cheaper to buy second hand games. They no longer sell the old console games which they use to such as Megadrive, Nintendo 64 and Playstation 1 games but now focus on the latest consoles.

            They havent got as big game selections as Game so if you want to have more choice but if you want cheaper prices then go Gamestation.

            In conclusion Gamestation is probally the best prices for high street stores but the best prices are online.

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            15.02.2010 16:19
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            Much better to monitor Amazon prices over a period of time and buy when cheap

            Gamestation used to be a rival to Game, the other main high street video game shop, but since Game bought them out they are maximising sales between the two of them. Gamestation has a very masculine approach in terms of décor, being in a dull grey with hints of blue. It always seems quite dark to me in comparison to Game's light, bright atmosphere, and I think this is intentional to give the illusion that it's a cheaper and 'cooler' shop.

            There are still some bargains to be had in Gamestation; for example I picked up a silicon cover for my Wii Balance Board for £4.99, when Game was selling the exact same one for £7.99 (no sales on either). They also stock some different things in terms of merchandise, and are quite well-known for their t-shirts. Gamestation is also much more second hand-game based, and generally tends to stock a wider range of used games, particularly for PCs.

            I'll often price-match between the two shops, but sadly I don't buy from there anywhere near as much as I used to. Before I had the Internet, Gamestation seemed quite good value for money, but now it's difficult to find a game at a price I'm comfortable with. The developing games market has also had a hand in this, because back when I started buying Nintendo games at the ripe old age of 7 (sixteen years ago now!), games tended to stay the same price and drop very little, if at all.
            Even the second hand games in Gamestation (and Game) tend to cost around double what they cost new on Amazon or Play.com, and if I can get two or three games for the same amount as one used Gamestation game, then I have no reason to shop there really. I walk in and I want to stop other people picking things up, especially when they are paying around £45 for a game found online with no effort for £12.99. They also sneak some rip-offs into the second hand Mac games market; a Sims game priced at £1.99 for the PC will set you back £19.99 for the Mac, which is massively over-inflated compared to the online market.

            Gamestation is also well-known for its trade-ins. You can trade in games to get credit at the shop or a smaller amount of cash in hand. Whichever you choose you'll get hideously ripped off for it; they will buy a game from you for about £5 and sell it in the shop for £25 or more, for example - and they've not even done any work for it because you've come to them! I'd like to set up a little stand outside Gamestation and see what people are trading in - I'd meet them halfway so they will get more than £5 for their game and I'll spend less than £25! Most of the games you want to trade in are given low values because they're popular trade-ins, and it's actually far better to sell them online, because I would say it's extremely unlikely you would ever make less. Unfortunately most of the people trading in tend to be children, with their parents not really understanding or caring, and this is kind of unfair on them.

            The only reasons to shop at Gamestation, in my opinion, are a) if you're looking for merchandise like t-shirts b) if they've got a *good* offer on such as 'X games for £X', which can sometimes be a good price if they're trying to get rid of stock or c) if you're buying second hand PC games or games for old consoles (and even then be careful). It's kind of a shame in a way that the online market is taking over the high street so much, especially as now I kind of resent Gamestation for appearing so expensive even though it's not really their fault. The shop in itself I don't really have any complaints with; though they tend to have narrow aisles, the staff are far less annoying than in Game.

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            06.02.2010 23:16
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            My favourite video game store by a mile

            Gamestation is one of the leading video game stores in the United Kingdom.

            Gamestation sells video games for all of the most popular consoles. My Gamestation in Canterbury also sells some pre owned games that takes gamers back to the old school days in terms of the original Xbox, PS One, Nintendo Gamecube and even the Dreamcast available.

            Through my experiences I have been delighted with the quality service Gamestation has offered me. It is easy to navigate my way around the numerous Gamestation stores that I have visited and it is easy to distinguish where to find exactly what I want, from the Xbox 360 Charts to the PC Pre-owned games.

            For each console there is a chart where the top ten to twenty games are on display. Games that have failed to make the charts are also easy to find as they are close by and always in alphabetical order to further customer satisfaction.

            Gamestation seem to pride themselves on display of their shops. I have noticed that there is always sections in the shop where one can easily distinguish where Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo Wii and PC games are displayed.

            You can also buy consoles from this shops, often found by their relevant game charts, Gamestation sell both brand new and pre owned consoles at a cheaper price.

            There are often versions of the newest games available to play at my local Gamestation. Games that have been available to try out have been the likes of Guitar Hero 5 and DJ Hero. It is always fun to pop in and give these games a try as they are often some of the most expensive ones.

            I tend to shop around the deals section as some games can be purchased for under £10. In some instances Gamestation have also offered four Xbox 360 games for £20 before. Other consoles also have fantastic offers such as the Nintendo DS where games have been sold for less than £5.

            Overall this is one of my favourite shops and I regularly visit to check out the latest deals and bargains. I have been delighted with many of my purchases and even taken some games that I no longer want into the store to trade for either cash or in store credit.

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              05.02.2010 14:51
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              worth a look

              Gamestation is a retailer which deals in selling consoles and games. They also deal in second hand games and consoles. They use to sell preowned older consoles such as the N64 and games for the N64 and megadrive but I dont see these any more.

              Gamestation is probally one of the cheapest shops to go if buying games. They were bought out by the people who own Game which is abit confusing because Game can be expensive to buy games but kept Gamestation prices low.

              Although Gamestation prices are one of the lowest, I dont like going into their stores because it always seems too cramped and no where to move.

              Gamestation did use to do their own reward card which gave you on average £3 of games and the good thing was the card was free but they no longer have it.

              Their second hand games are at a reasonable price, ive seen some in there for as low as 50p, but if you wanted to trade games in you wont get as much as other places, so my advice would be if you want to sell your old games go to somewhere like Game but if you want to buy preowned games then go to Gamestation.

              In conclusion Gamestation is worth a look, but will probally be able to find cheaper online.

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              22.01.2010 13:23
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              As a dedicated games store, Gamestation offers the only real competition to Game, I do understand that they are owned by game but there are some differences that make them a better alternative to me.

              I must say, I used to like Gamestation a lot more before the Game takeover when their range was much broader and they had a rather good retro section and they didn't sell iPods. Why do they sell iPods!?!

              I also found - as a person who sometimes trades games - that the trade in values they used to offer seemed to be a bit better.

              Compared to Game however, the stores have several benefits. They too have a big focus on preowned games but they have promotional prices on these as well as on new titles and the variety in these promotions is far greater. Recently, they promoted FIFA 10 before anyone else and while it was still selling very well. Game NEVER have promotions on new games and rarely deviate from the RRP until a game is considered unsuccessful and gets reduced.

              The staff are fewer here and they don't really approach customers which is a plus for me and there aren't the sort of queues that might make you put down your potential purchase and walk out. Another small thing I noticed at Gamestation was a playable XBOX demo pod and an XBOX running the latest game behind the till which I thought was a nice touch and gives the impression that the store is is run by genuine gamers. Both features were absent from my local Game which looks a lot more clinical by comparison but that may just be a local variation.

              Gamestation like Game still can't compete however with the supermarkets and online for price and range of products respectively but is probably the best bet on the High Street.

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              03.01.2010 21:20
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              a great game store

              Gamestation are a games retailer who sell products for all the latest consoles as well as the ps2 and occasionally some older ones too, but that varies from shop to shop. They are also a seller of gaming merchandise as models and t-shirts seem to be common place among the games as well as dvds and guides.

              ===Staff===
              The staff in gamestation are generally enthusiastic and happy to speak to customers in the stores i have been into. They are also knowledgable about games and new releases , as well as seeming to have their own opinion, although their job is too sell i have had staff give me warnings about certain games as well as the good points. The staff are usually male and in their late twenties.

              ===Stores===
              In the stores i have been to they have always been tidy and organised, they are usually wuite spacious and plenty of room between the aisles, unlike game. The games are always in the proper place and alphabatised, even the preowned section, ehich in many places is a mess, is clear and shows of what they have.

              ===prices===
              The stores prices are often very good, they are quite good for undercutting game and you can probably get most games a couple of quid cheaper in gamestation and the preowned games are a lot cheaper than game.

              ===Returns===
              I have only ever returned two games ,both on ps2 preowned and even then they were quick to apologise and offer a refund or replacement.

              ===Overall===
              Overall this is a very good store , a good atmosphere and cheap games.

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                14.12.2009 15:45
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                A great useful store that I find myself returning to again and again

                Gaming seems to have become somewhat of a social revolution recently. We're now in the digital age and the capabilities of gaming/entertainment consoles has become very impressive indeed and that's one of the things that makes gaming so addictive. Gone are the days of knocking a jerkily animated ball (which was a square) around the screen (I'm referring to Pong).

                Of course, we also need a source to buy our games from and as we all know games are very expensive these days. Despite the more popular and largely anticipiated games being released at an RRP of approximately £50, most stores such as Gamestation seem to offer usually a £10 discount on such games, bring them down to a closer standard price.

                The one thing I do particularly like about Gamestation though, is the fact that they're willing to trade and they also sell pre-owned games which although are second hand, can be picked up for a much more reasonable price than the software giants are trying to con out of us.

                It's now possible to go into Gamestation with one or two older games that you don't play any more and virtually swap them for a brand new release. It's pretty good stuff, as your games don't get left there devaluing on the shelf for years and years to come and you get the opportunity to play new games without having pay through the nose.

                Customer service has always been more than satisfactory at Gamestation too, ask a question and they'll answer it. Tell them what you want or what you're looking for and they'll help you find it. It does get quite busy in their sometimes though and you can find that the staff are flat-out busy. Then again, opening at midnight for releases like Call Of Duty 6 gets the mad rush out of the way before day trading begins which is probably the most efficient way to deal with.

                Overall Gamestation is a very reasonable and convenient way of staying stocked up on video games and visiting the place has become a regular thing for me. The prices are also much better than in Game.

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                  09.11.2009 11:43
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                  Decent video game store

                  One of the top stores to buy your games and consoles from is Gamestation on the high street. You can expect to buy the latest consoles games for all the formats including PS3, Wii, X Box 360 and the PSP. They also have in old consoles for sale like the mega drive, N64 at special prices just to attract more customers.

                  The stores across the country of Gamestation are often well set out inside making it easy to find the games. I always browse through the pre owned games they have in store. This is done to grab a bargain and sometimes I can pick up some cheap games.

                  Gamestation also offers its customers a trade in service like other games store. Gamestation does claim to beat the price if somebody else offers you a better trade in! This was not the case with me as they did not beat the price of CEX for a certain number of games. I had some old Gamecube games and Playstation 2 games but they offered me less. Two of the games they never took in either so what they always say about beating others in trade in prices is not always true! They offered me way less than what CEX were offering me.

                  Now would be the best time to keep a eye on the store though. Around this time expect games like Fifa 10 and Pro Evo 10 to drop down in price to about 19.99 some time soon. At this time of the year they offer their best bargains to grab. Gamestation is a good video store but they are not close to being on the level of CEX.

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