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Ever since The Phantom Menace, everyone’s been a little skeptical about prequels. So we’d totally understand if you’re wary about preordering next Tuesday’s release of XCOM-meets-the-1960s The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. But before you dismiss the preorder entirely, there are so many preorder bonuses thrown into the mix you almost can’t go wrong, even if the game turns out to be a flop (knock on wood?).
If you preorder The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, you’ll get its Codebreakers DLC, a copy of Spec Ops: The Line, the 2012-released XCOM: Enemy Unknown with all its DLC, PLUS 4 other classic XCOM titles that all activate on Steam. On top of those goodies, if you preorder from GMG, you’ll get a choice between a $10 credit or $8 cash back. Since the preorder price is already reduced from $49.99 to $44.99, taking the cash back effectively makes the game only $37.99 – a 24% discount and an extra $90 value from the bonus games alone. 2k Games is definitely trying its hardest to win your preorder dollars.
On other deal fronts, it’s very hard to pass up this week’s EA-themed Humble Bundle. Pay the minimum of $1 and get six solid EA games: Dead Space, Dead Space 3, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Medal of Honor, and Mirror’s Edge. For those who hate the Origin DRM, cool your jets just one moment – all but one of those games will have a Steam key available if you prefer that DRM over Origin (the exception being Dead Space 3). Beat the average price and you’ll get Battlefield 3 plus The Sims 3 and its Starter Pack. It’s also notable that EA is forgoing any share of the profits, so your purchase goes entirely to charity or a tip for Humble Bundle. (Another attempt to atone for sins of SimCity server inadequacies past? They’ll never say.)
The last notable deal for the week is Payday 2 – a first-person shooter with a twist. A gang of up to four play this co-op multiplayer, and rather than team deathmatch it up, all coordinate to rob a jewelry store, bank, or other classy establishment. The game launched on Tuesday this week at $39.99 for the Xbox 360 and PS3 and a reduced $29.99 for the Steam-activated PC download. But as you might expect, buying your Steam key from GameFly lets you reduce that price even further with a 20% off August-themed coupon, dropping the price to $23.99. Six dollar savings on its release week – not too shabby. Almost like you’re getting away with robbery.
Hot deals & recent releases
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Preorder (PC Download) — $44.99 at Green Man Gaming. List is $50. Comes with the Codebreaker DLC, free 2k Games including Spec Ops: The Line and XCOM: Enemy Unknown, plus your choice of $12 credit or $8 cash back.
The Humble Origin Bundle — Pay What You Want (minimum $1). Amazing deal from EA and the fine folks at Humble Bundle. All proceeds goes to charity or a tip to Humble Bundle. Beat the average and get Battlefield 3 plus The Sims 3 and the Starter Pack. Likelihood of additional games appearing for “Beat the Average” price is also very high.
Tuesday’s release: Payday 2 (PC Download) — $23.99 at GameFly after coupon. List is $30. One of the more interesting co-op FPS games out on the market.
Tuesday’s release: Europa Universalis 4 (PC Download) — $31.99 at GameFly after coupon. List is $40. When you’ve graduated from Civ V and want to try out a real hardcore strategy game, there’s the new Europa Universalis 4.
Tuesday’s release: Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches (PC Download) — $8 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $10. As far as we know, this will be the last DLC campaign for Dishonored.
Tuesday’s release: DuckTales: Remastered (PC Download) — $12 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $15. Completely remastered in HD, yet comes with all the nostalgic 8-bit NES glory you’d expect.
The Last of Us (PS3) — $44.99 at NewEgg. List is $60. Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed title is now 25% off.
PC download deals
Aug. 20: Football Manager 2014 — $37.50 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $50. Steam activated. Comes with over 1,000 improvements compared to the previous 2013 edition.
Paradox Indie Bundle — $19.99 at GameStop. List is $40. Bundles The Showdown Effect Digital Deluxe Edition with Dungeonland, Magicka Collection, and A Game of Dwarves.
Crusader Kings II: Europa Universalis IV Converter (PC DLC) — $7.99 at GameFly after coupon. List is $10. Released this past Tuesday, this converter lets you bring your Crusader Kings 2 games into Europa 4.
Command & Conquer The Ultimate Collection (PC Download) — $7.20 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. Next best is $20 at GameStop. Combines all 17 C&C games and their respective expansions.
Console game deals
Pandora’s Tower (Wii) — $19.99 plus $3.49 shipping at GameStop. Next best is $30 at Amazon. An action JRPG you may not have heard of despite its stellar reviews.
Tomb Raider (Xbox 360, PS3) — $19.99 at Best Buy. Next best is $39 at Overstock.com. Lowest price we’ve seen thus far for the console version, although the title has fallen as low as $10 for PC.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – Preowned (Xbox 360, PS3) — $19.99 at GameFly. Next best is $39 at JR.com. It’s a used copy, but it’s also the lowest price we’ve seen to date for Revengeance.
Alienware X51 R2 Haswell Quad Core i7-4770, GeForce GTX 660 — $1,099 at Dell Home. List is $1,199.
Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCIe HDCP Video Card 100351SR — $289.99 at NewEgg after rebate. List is $400.
PlayStation 3 500GB Assassin’s Creed III Bundle — $229.99 at eBay. Next best is $300 at Best Buy.
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