Video Game Deals Catch-All

Kurrelgyre wrote:
BlackSabre wrote:

but the retailers kept the prices the same since they knew we were already conditioned to pay that price and well, they liked getting that money.

Remember how putting games on inexpensive plastic discs instead of ROM cartridges was going to make them cheaper?

I can make a great case that mass market gaming has become much more accessible since its beginning in the 80's

For example, games were 50$ 25 years ago. According to some inflation calculator I found, what cost $50 in 1987 would cost $97.42 in 2011. So in a way, not really increasing the price according to inflation has effectively reduced the price of games. Not only that but they only had one production run most of the time for cartridges and games did not go on sale. I paid 19.99$ for Resident Evil 6 and NHL 13 each yesterday and they've only been out for a few months. That's not something you would have seen back in the cartridge days. Games drop in price so quick now that unless you're playing exclusively Nintendo titles, it's entirely possible to buy all your games at 20$ and not feel completely out of the loop.

So I guess the advent of the discs for gaming has meant that they've been able to reprint games and make them more affordable and the manufacturing price being so low they're able to discount them down to ridiculously low prices if they want to.

interstate78 wrote:

So I guess the advent of the discs for gaming has meant that they've been able to reprint games and make them more affordable and the manufacturing price being so low they're able to discount them down to ridiculously low prices if they want to.

Or you could look at it and say that because their market is so much bigger now, they've lowered their prices because they are selling so many more units and still making more money than they used to.

Someone posted an old ad in the pictures thread and SNES/Genesis games were $60 new. Due to inflation and massive sales that didn't exist even 4-5 years ago, gaming really is cheaper than it's ever been.

Redherring wrote:

Ultima VII was $175 when it was released in NZ, and then another $75 for the add-on, which wasn't even a full size expansion - it was about the size of a DLC you would get today.

Wow. Amazing game though. I'm very ashamed to say that at the time I pirated it.

SixteenBlue wrote:

Someone posted an old ad in the pictures thread and SNES/Genesis games were $60 new. Due to inflation and massive sales that didn't exist even 4-5 years ago, gaming really is cheaper than it's ever been.

Tell that to my poor bank account.

LobsterMobster wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:

Someone posted an old ad in the pictures thread and SNES/Genesis games were $60 new. Due to inflation and massive sales that didn't exist even 4-5 years ago, gaming really is cheaper than it's ever been.

Tell that to my poor bank account. :)

Haha, I guess I didn't account for the quantity of great games.

Skryim and Oblivion are marked down on XBL today.

$30 for Skyrim, $10 for Oblivion, and their respective DLCs are half off.

SixteenBlue wrote:
LobsterMobster wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:

Someone posted an old ad in the pictures thread and SNES/Genesis games were $60 new. Due to inflation and massive sales that didn't exist even 4-5 years ago, gaming really is cheaper than it's ever been.

Tell that to my poor bank account. :)

Haha, I guess I didn't account for the quantity of great games.

That, and buying 50 games at $10 a piece on a Steam sale is no different than buying 10 games at $50 on day one.

Blondish83 wrote:

Ok.... I had to take a double take on this. Who would ever pay $39.97 for Duke Nukem Forever??

1. Bioshock 2 - $19.99
2. Bioshock - $19.99
3. Borderlands Game of the Year Edition - $29.99
4. Duke Nukem Forever Complete Pack - $39.97

Total Individual Price: $109.94
Bundle Price: $9.99

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...

It's the "complete pack", though.

I remember saving up $70 to buy Street Fighter 2 the day it came out for SNES back in the day so yeah they are cheaper now but then again we would put 200+ hours in one game and play it non-stop for months back then too. Oh when all I had to do was go to school for a few hours a day.

MonoCheli wrote:

I remember saving up $70 to buy Street Fighter 2 the day it came out for SNES back in the day so yeah they are cheaper now but then again we would put 200+ hours in one game and play it non-stop for months back then too. Oh when all I had to do was go to school for a few hours a day.

People still put in those kind of hours in to Street Fighter and the like

Lots of great sales coming up on PS+. Highlights are:

inFAMOUS 2 - Normally $19.99 - Sale $13.99 - Free in Plus
Shadow of the Colossus - Normally $19.99 - Sale $13.99 - Plus Sale $9.80
TOKYO JUNGLE - Normally $14.99 - Sale $10.49 - Plus Sale $7.35

A site called intkeys.com has Far Cry 3 for $25. This is a Uplay key, not Steam. I haven't purchased, but my brother did and everything was kosher.

gravity wrote:
MonoCheli wrote:

I remember saving up $70 to buy Street Fighter 2 the day it came out for SNES back in the day so yeah they are cheaper now but then again we would put 200+ hours in one game and play it non-stop for months back then too. Oh when all I had to do was go to school for a few hours a day.

People still put in those kind of hours in to Street Fighter and the like

And Dark Souls! Which is like, $15 now.

These grey market keys have been around on sites for awhile. Always make me nervous. But I've bought game keys off of ebay for cheap that I knew were included as vid card pack ins, so I guess it's all up to the buyer.

I would not call them exactly "legit" according to the publisher's view, but they are probably valid keys most of the time.

$25 actually sounds a bit pricier than I've often seen, though.

For those of you that bought a game on Amazon the last couple weeks, here's the Editor's Choice list, that you can use the $5 credit on starting today.

Doesn't look like Amalur is on there.

Best deal is probably Dark Souls for $18 ($13 with credit) or Hotline Miami $7.50 ($2.50).

I'd expect them to be valid keys - for another region. Grey marketeering is taking advantage of the price differences for the same product between regions, digital makes it really easy to 'import' things between regions when the thing to be imported is a bunch of letters and numbers.

Whether they work and continue to work outside of that region is down to company policy, with geo IP recognition publishers have the tools to enforce those regions too, if they want to.

Stele wrote:

Kingdoms of Amalur Complete is $15 on Amazon. Requires Origin.

It's been cheaper, $12 or so last month. Was hoping to use $5 credit on it but it doesn't seem to be on the list. Still, $15 isn't bad if you've been waiting for it.

I read reports on CAG this morning saying that the $5 credit is working on Amalur despite it not being listed as an Editor's Choice title.

i play rpgs on easy difficulty because i want the story and no frustration so why am i intrigued by Dark Souls? Will it lead to my pulling what little hair i have left out in frustration?

Markly wrote:

i play rpgs on easy difficulty because i want the story and no frustration so why am i intrigued by Dark Souls? Will it lead to my pulling what little hair i have left out in frustration?

The sparse and obscure story is not the draw of Dark Souls, fwiw - although adherents love it. It's about exploration of a fascinating world, and triumphing over difficult obstacles.

And it's amazing.

Markly wrote:

i play rpgs on easy difficulty because i want the story and no frustration so why am i intrigued by Dark Souls? Will it lead to my pulling what little hair i have left out in frustration?

The story is minimal and the frustration is high.

Still it's a fantastic game. And when you die, it's always your fault. The game is fair. It presents you with enemies with predictable patterns, and various weapons, magic, pyromancy, and faith spells to deal with them. It's up to you to learn to use the tools provided and improve your skill to beat the game. It's very rewarding. Leveling up doesn't even matter really. You can't brute force your way through enemies by farming and getting stronger than them. You just have to learn the patterns, and get better at the game and you will win. It's a very satisfying feeling.

Demiurge wrote:

A site called intkeys.com has Far Cry 3 for $25. This is a Uplay key, not Steam. I haven't purchased, but my brother did and everything was kosher.

I gave it a shot. Also got Assassin's Creed 3 for $25.

UPDATE: Got both keys.

Some warning if you're going to do this: The keys sent to me appear to be pictures taken off of a Russian retail box. They might work, I don't know. What I do know is that they do not work in steam and I now have to download images of the games to install them in order to enter the key (uplay doesn't allow you to download games with only a key). Full on gray market stuff right here.

So, fair warning. I wish I had looked into this more. This may all be on the up and up but it all feels a bit hinky and I really wish I had bought these on steam. I have serious concerns that any of my money is making it back to the developers.

Update 2: I'm an idiot. If I had actually checked the page for the games on intkeys, I would have noticed that there was a link to the ubi downloader. No using pirated copies of (hopefully) legit games for me, thankfully. I still don't know where my money is going, but I feel a little better using the service now. If these do work, they have a steam key for sleepy dogs for $15.

Elycion wrote:
Stele wrote:

Kingdoms of Amalur Complete is $15 on Amazon. Requires Origin.

It's been cheaper, $12 or so last month. Was hoping to use $5 credit on it but it doesn't seem to be on the list. Still, $15 isn't bad if you've been waiting for it.

I read reports on CAG this morning saying that the $5 credit is working on Amalur despite it not being listed as an Editor's Choice title.

Huh yeah seeing the same thing. Guess I'll grab it.

I was just worried because it says "buy and download" and I was afraid to click to see if it applied the credit or not.

EDIT: It worked. And I did get a confirmation page after clicking the buy link that showed one of my promotional credits being used. Hm, now what to do with the other one?

Markly wrote:

i play rpgs on easy difficulty because i want the story and no frustration so why am i intrigued by Dark Souls? Will it lead to my pulling what little hair i have left out in frustration?

Nope. I just started it. Just go into it with the mindset that your ARE going to get to kill a few dudes in satisfying ways each time. You may not progress all that much, but it's worth giving it a shot. I don't really like hard games. This one is sort of different. I don't know if I'll finish it, but I'll probably dump a fair amount of time into it.

I'm so bad at parrying. I watched a tutorial video after practicing fairly poorly last night. I suppose less beer might have helpled too. I guess you have to tap it right after they they start the forward motion. Maybe that'll help me with the timing. Also, it's good to know that with the spear dudes you have to be in very close.

I need to get my parry/riposte skillz down so that I can get the black knight in Undead Burg. So, should I get the Taurus Demon right after that with someone's help? I initially had the idea to try and climb up that tower and shoot him from above... then he jumped up. After that, I looked up what some of the strategies were.

So, when I get around to it, should I go for it on my own? I'm a warrior, so it'll be melee combat. I'm kind of wondering if it's meant to be a pretty specific rite of passage for new players. I know I'll want help all the time in the future, but I feel like I need to get a little ways into the game before doing so.

Kingdoms of Amalur Complete is $15 on Amazon. Requires Origin.

It's been cheaper, $12 or so last month. Was hoping to use $5 credit on it but it doesn't seem to be on the list. Still, $15 isn't bad if you've been waiting for it.

EDIT: Corrected below, it does work, just isn't on the EC list right now. $10, cheapest price yet!

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Markly wrote:

i play rpgs on easy difficulty because i want the story and no frustration so why am i intrigued by Dark Souls? Will it lead to my pulling what little hair i have left out in frustration?

Nope. I just started it. Just go into it with the mindset that your ARE going to get to kill a few dudes in satisfying ways each time. You may not progress all that much, but it's worth giving it a shot. I don't really like hard games. This one is sort of different. I don't know if I'll finish it, but I'll probably dump a fair amount of time into it.

I'm so bad at parrying. I watched a tutorial video after practicing fairly poorly last night. I suppose less beer might have helpled too. I guess you have to tap it right after they they start the forward motion. Maybe that'll help me with the timing. Also, it's good to know that with the spear dudes you have to be in very close.

I need to get my parry/riposte skillz down so that I can get the black knight in Undead Burg. So, should I get the Taurus Demon right after that with someone's help? I initially had the idea to try and climb up that tower and shoot him from above... then he jumped up. After that, I looked up what some of the strategies were.

So, when I get around to it, should I go for it on my own? I'm a warrior, so it'll be melee combat. I'm kind of wondering if it's meant to be a pretty specific rite of passage for new players. I know I'll want help all the time in the future, but I feel like I need to get a little ways into the game before doing so.

It is not too bad on your own really, I'm also not sure how many summons you can get for that boss because you would have to be pretty low level for it I would think.

Also, my advice is to skip the Black Knight for now if you want to, probably the most important thing he does for you is in what he drops which you won't really need for a bit. I believe you end up coming back around to that bonfire again very soon as well, so at that point you should have better equipment and levels and can go show him the what for.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Markly wrote:

i play rpgs on easy difficulty because i want the story and no frustration so why am i intrigued by Dark Souls? Will it lead to my pulling what little hair i have left out in frustration?

I'm so bad at parrying. I watched a tutorial video after practicing fairly poorly last night. I suppose less beer might have helpled too. I guess you have to tap it right after they they start the forward motion. Maybe that'll help me with the timing. Also, it's good to know that with the spear dudes you have to be in very close.

I need to get my parry/riposte skillz down so that I can get the black knight in Undead Burg. So, should I get the Taurus Demon right after that with someone's help? I initially had the idea to try and climb up that tower and shoot him from above... then he jumped up. After that, I looked up what some of the strategies were.

Well, this is the deals thread. I'll answer here, but the DkS thread is probably the right spot.

1. Parrying is high-risk, meh-reward. I find it's usually better to block/dodge a flurry and follow up with a 2-3 hit combo and retreat safely. Enemies have consistent attack patterns and trial and error is the only way to really help you figure those out. Smaller shields have a more forgiving parry window.

2. Summoning a phantom could help against the Taurus Demon. Spoiler for subtle tips for black knight/Taurus Demon.

Spoiler:

Not all enemies can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Patience goes a long way against the black knights, guerilla tactics after a hard attack has worked well for me. Sometimes the safest zone to be in against a boss is as close as possible. 'sword -> taint'

Ha! That's what I get for leaving the computer and then coming back to it. I initially was using that method you mention in number 1 instead of parrying. I got very comfortable with it. The reason I was concerned about learning how to parry was that I don't want to develop bad habits. Maybe I'll start working more on parry once I get a parry knife and go with the more comfortable tactics for now.

Sorry for the accidental derail. Thanks for the advice everyone!

Yeah Dark Souls thread is still very active.

Agree that parry isn't worth it though. Block and counter or dodge and counter is much safer, and still pretty effective.

I'm thinking of using my $5 Amazon credit on Mass Effect 3. Is it worth spending the extra $5 for the digital deluxe edition? That is, will I end up wanting all of the DLC that is part of that edition anyway?

Regardless of which version I get, is there any DLC that I should absolutely plan on getting for ME3? I have only played a little bit of ME1 so far, but already own ME2 and am looking to round out the set.