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Update 9/27: NBA 2K14 is now available for pre-order on the PC too! Best deal on NBA 2K14 we’ve found is only $22.50 after coupon (Steam key) – significantly cheaper than the console counterparts. Yet another reason for superiority complex from the PC master race…
Next week’s big release NBA 2K14 may not have a slam dunk preorder offer, but at Best Buy, there’s at least enough razzle dazzle to make it worth your while. All copies get the King James DLC pack, which aside from bonus content includes an instant unlock of LeBron in Blacktop mode. You’ll also get $10 in rewards certificates for Best Buy Rewards Zone members (free to sign up), and if you order for the PS3 and add a 12 month PSN subscription card, you’ll also get $10 off.
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If you preorder for the Xbox ONE and PS4, it doesn’t say you get the King James DLC (but you probably do), in addition to the $10 in rewards certificates, you’ll also get an additional 149 reward points if you order with a Best Buy credit card. That comes out to $3 (making a total of $13 bonus) if you grab the next-gen versions.
Scribble me this! The fifth Scribblenauts series title released on Tuesday, adding over 2000 DC Comics characters to the franchise. For some reason, the PC download version has a puzzlingly huge discount. Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comic Adventure became available for $35.99 on Steam with a limited time 10% discount (MSRP is $39.99). Everywhere else, the $35.99 price is all you get, but at the UK-based digital retailer Green Man Gaming, they have the game listed at $29.99 with a 10% discount to $26.99. On top of that, GMG has a 25% off coupon that drops the price to $20.25, making the title a solid $15.74 cheaper than Steam or anywhere else. A 49% discount on its release week.
Another hit release this week was FIFA 14. Savvy PC gamers can receive a bonus $8 credit or $5 cash back bonus if they order from Green Man Gaming. Taking the cash back effectively drops the price of the game from $39.99 to $34.99 – quite a bit cheaper compared to the pricing across the pond in the UK. There PC gamers are asked to pay £39.99 – equivalent to $64.03 in today’s (Sep. 26) US dollars.
Hot deals & recent releases
NBA 2K14 — $59.99 at Best Buy. Releases next week Tuesday on October 1st. Full price but comes with a myriad of rewards.
- Xbox 360: gets $10 in reward certificates & the King James DLC
- PS3: gets $10 in reward certificates, the King James DLC, and $10 off one full year of PSN access
- Xbox ONE and PS4: get $10 in reward certificates (and $3 extra if you use a Best Buy credit card)
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (PC Download) — $20.25 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $30. Released earlier this Tuesday.
FIFA 14 (PC Download) — $39.99 at Green Man Gaming. You get a bonus choice of $8 in store credit or $5 cash back. Released earlier this Tuesday.
Oct. 8: Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition (PC DVD) — $59.99 at NewEgg. Includes a $7 gift card. Elsewhere $60, no bonus.
Sep. 27: Rise of Venice (PC Download) — $25.50 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $40. Rather weird for a game to be released on Friday that’s not an MMO, but here it is for fans of of strategy and economic sims with political twists.
Nov. 15: X Rebirth (PC Download) — $37.50 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $50. Space trading and economic sim with steep learning curve.
More Gaming Deals
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Collector’s Edition — $39.99 at GameStop. List is $80.
Last Tuesday’s release: Alien Rage Unlimited — $15 at Green Man Gaming after coupon. List is $20. Game released on Tuesday of this week.
Madden NFL 25 (PS3, Xbox 360) — $44.99 at NewEgg. List is $60. Not a bad deal for a title released just last month.
Desktop Gaming Deals
HP ENVY Phoenix 800-030qe Haswell desktop — $1,119.99 plus $9.99 shipping at HP after coupon. Spec’d out with a Quad Core i7-4770, GeForce GTX 660, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD, 8GB RAM, and Blu-ray drive. List is $1,420.
MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 Video Card N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC — $246.49 at NewEgg after rebate. Ships with Batman Arkham Origins. Next best is $315 at Amazon.
Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse — $74.99 at Best Buy. Next best is $83 at B&H Photo.