Bioshock Infinite Catch-All

Podunk wrote:

I was thinking maybe I would wait until after it released, because I hardly ever pay $60 for a game anymore, and also because my pile is an immense, teetering monstrosity, and there are way too few hours in the day. That's what I was thinking, and yet somehow I found myself clicking that "pre-order" button on Steam this morning.

This. So much this. By the way, have you thought of changing your newsletter (which I will gladly subscribe to) into a weekly group whereby participants can anonymously share helpful anecdotes about stuff ?

I'm never going to use Greenman Gaming again. They sent me a bad key. I emailed them. They told me that it was the fault of Steam Servers. It clearly wasn't (I activated another game at the same time). I let them know. I sent a few emails and never got a response.

Really irritated at this point, wondering if/when I'm going to get what I paid for.

This is going to sound like a SUPER lame question -- but did anyone get a copy that came with the mini-Art book? Post a picture? I don't even know what size it ended up getting printed in the end.

Podunk wrote:

I was thinking maybe I would wait until after it released, because I hardly ever pay $60 for a game anymore, and also because my pile is an immense, teetering monstrosity, and there are way too few hours in the day. That's what I was thinking, and yet somehow I found myself clicking that "pre-order" button on Steam this morning.

Then I probably shouldn't tell you that you could've saved $14 by doing the same thing at GMG.

demonbox wrote:

I'm never going to use Greenman Gaming again. They sent me a bad key. I emailed them. They told me that it was the fault of Steam Servers. It clearly wasn't (I activated another game at the same time). I let them know. I sent a few emails and never got a response.

Really irritated at this point, wondering if/when I'm going to get what I paid for.

Ouch, that sucks. I hope they get it sorted quickly.

I've bought multiple games at GMG without issue over the last year or so. Has this happened to you before?

MeatMan wrote:

Then I probably shouldn't tell you that you could've saved $14 by doing the same thing at GMG. ;)

Heh, yeah, I saw that they had a special, but I've had some erratic luck with them when it comes to pre-ordering big games. Stuff like preorder bonuses not coming through as promised, and so on. If I had waited a few weeks, I probably would have gone ahead bought it through GMG with one of their voucher discounts.

MeatMan wrote:

Then I probably shouldn't tell you that you could've saved $14 by doing the same thing at GMG.

I've had bad luck ordering from anywhere except Steam and Amazon. Both of those two have done wonderful jobs. I am not ragging on any other company, just my personal experience. GMG is probably pretty busy with all the preorders and different time zone.

I stayed basically dark on this game minus TV commercials. I know it's in the sky and that it's America and there's a girl. That's about it.

Caved. Pre-ordered. 17gb download?!? Time to make room for this. I use a 120gb SSD for Steam (and Steam only) and it never seems big enough.

Yeah, GMG has some great deals sometimes, but if you want to play a game day one buying from them is a bad idea because they are really erratic about sending keys out and customer service is pretty much non-existent.

I've played about an hour (did the whole "run a VPN to trick Steam into thinking I'm in South Korea" thing), and so far the atmosphere is really impressive. The flowers look kinda grungy up close and there is an obsessive amount of bloom, although this is one game where it's justified seeing as how you're on a cloud city, but other than those minor gripes it is a gorgeous looking game. It's also a gorgeous sounding one.

Too early to tell, but so far I'm excited. There's already been three "holy sh*t" moments.

I think the blooming is about right for this, at least it's a part of the whole scene composition, not just layered on top to make it shiny.

Yeah, it's certainly implemented well. I think I'm just used to seeing it slathered on in ridiculous amounts in the past that it kind of makes me grit my teeth based on a kneejerk response.

MeatMan wrote:
Chaz wrote:

I'm planning on waiting for the hype train to slow down and the price to drop a bit before I pick this up for PC. However, my fiance is going out of town from Sun-Tues next week. I could conceivably rent the console version to play with for a few days while she's gone... But then I'd have to replay those areas when I inevitably get it on PC... DECISIONS!

According to RPS, the game takes around 15 hours to finish, so those 3 days should be enough to play from start to finish.

Ah, if only I could get hold of the TV for that long over three days. I could get maybe half that.

Any opinions about buying the season pass? I'm trying to decide if I want to spend the $20.

Polliwog wrote:

Any opinions about buying the season pass? I'm trying to decide if I want to spend the $20.

I'm waiting until I beat the game, and maybe even then just waiting until they announce what's in the first piece of DLC. Otherwise, seems like a good deal in the fiscal sense. Of course, assuming you don't want to wait for Steam sales on the individual parts.

Polliwog wrote:

Any opinions about buying the season pass? I'm trying to decide if I want to spend the $20.

I'm waiting until they tell us what's actually in it. Not a fan of buying blind. Might as well give the equivalent to a beggar on the street.

Just picked up my retail copy here in Melbourne. Very excited, though I only have 24 hours before I can't play it for an entire week as I'm out of town...

DSGamer wrote:

I stayed basically dark on this game minus TV commercials. I know it's in the sky and that it's America and there's a girl. That's about it.

Same here, proud I managed this. Huge Bioshock fan and new Systemshock 2 fan.

As a story driven single player experience, I think it is wise to ignore the $10 savings the Season Pass offers and see how you feel after you complete the game and the first DLC comes out...says the guy who just dropped $60 on a pre-order for the game.

Man, I so want to play this. I simply can't justify it at the moment on the heels of getting my new gaming laptop up and running (along with requisite inital games haul).

Oh well. At least I've got something to really, REALLY look forward to down the line.

shoptroll wrote:
Polliwog wrote:

Any opinions about buying the season pass? I'm trying to decide if I want to spend the $20.

I'm waiting until I beat the game, and maybe even then just waiting until they announce what's in the first piece of DLC. Otherwise, seems like a good deal in the fiscal sense. Of course, assuming you don't want to wait for Steam sales on the individual parts.

I ponied up for the season pass based on my past Bioshock DLC experiences. I loved the extra PS3 Bioshock DLC. I loved the Minerva's Den DLC. They get all of my money. Unlike most people, I'm a pretty big fan of the season pass, even if they haven't announced what it'll be. Got the Borderlands 2 one even though I haven't played the last couple things yet. I'll get to them eventually.

rabbit wrote:

This is going to sound like a SUPER lame question -- but did anyone get a copy that came with the mini-Art book? Post a picture? I don't even know what size it ended up getting printed in the end.

I did (Ultimate Songbird Edition) but it doesn't arrive until Thursday. I'll happily post a photo of the contents when it arrives, if someone doesn't beat me to it.

The GMG website is going at a snails pace. It says it includes X-COM but in my basket it appears no where. 12 minutes to decide!

I got Civ V from them when I bought XCOM and it didn't show up in my basket, it just appeared as a code later

I'll say one thing, if you liked Bioshock you'll like this.

The GMG preorder of Bioshock was a bit weird. After they completed the sale I got an email with all the Steam keys in it. I don't know that I ever saw everything in my cart. I have the game preinstalled and I guess it will activate at some point. Here's to hoping that's tonight.

Preorder get! I did mine through Amazon figuring I can use the $30 credit towards a season pass. Plus a free book, so nice! I already have XCOM though. Does Amazon just give you a Steam code for that? Is it kosher just to give the code to someone else when I get it?

So will this open up at midnight by timezone or midnight PST?

MeatMan wrote:
demonbox wrote:

I'm never going to use Greenman Gaming again. They sent me a bad key. I emailed them. They told me that it was the fault of Steam Servers. It clearly wasn't (I activated another game at the same time). I let them know. I sent a few emails and never got a response.

Really irritated at this point, wondering if/when I'm going to get what I paid for.

Ouch, that sucks. I hope they get it sorted quickly.

I've bought multiple games at GMG without issue over the last year or so. Has this happened to you before?

Rather than help, they've decided to ignore my emails. If this isn't sorted out in a few days I'll dispute the charges. I'll never use them again. I see others on their forums are complaining about the same issue I'm having. For the record, I'm not upset by the issue with the code- that happens. Their customer service chose to close my ticket rather than validate my concern and because of that it still isn't fixed. I regret using GMG.

Never used them before. It was a great deal- but not if it means not being able to play day one. That's the point of pre-purchase. Even if it takes a couple of days to sort out, that's not a big deal. Only, it's something I've really been looking forward to and I spent $60 on it.

There are new Nvidia drivers that help with Bioshock Infinite: 314.22.

Nevin73 wrote:

So will this open up at midnight by timezone or midnight PST?

It's showing 9 PM PST for me, so I'm guessing that for the US, it's midnight Eastern.

Edit: Now it says 18 hours on the store page for me, so I have no idea at this point.

Edit 2: Back to 5 hours after a refresh and the browser version says about 5 hours for me, too.

Scratched wrote:

I'll say one thing, if you liked Bioshock you'll like this.

Hear, hear.

The soundscapes created by this game (including the music) may be the most evocative and brilliant I've seen in a game.

(Here comes the hyperbole train?)