Archive May 2010

MX vs ATV: Reflex, Xbox 360 – £12.28

MX vs ATV: Reflex, Xbox 360 – £12.28 delivered

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Prince of Persia: Classic, XBLA – 400 MS points

Prince of Persia: Classic, XBLA – 400 MS points

Goes live later on today. Gold subscribers only.

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C&C4: Tiberian Twilight, PC – £12.99

C&C4: Tiberian Twilight, PC – £12.99 delivered

Is this one of those “Horrible DRM’d” games, I’ve not really followed it.

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Dead Space: Extraction, Wii – £9.86

Dead Space: Extraction, Wii – £9.86 delivered

Apple coupon “VoucherCodes.com25%” to get this price.

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Half Life 2: The Orange Box, Xbox 360 – £9.86

Half Life 2: The Orange Box, Xbox 360 – £9.86 delivered

Apple coupon “VoucherCodes.com25%” to get this price.

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Half Life 2: The Orange Box, PS3 – £9.86

Half Life 2: The Orange Box, PS3 – £9.86 delivered

Apple coupon “VoucherCodes.com25%” to get this price.

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Skate 3, Xbox 360 – £28.23

Skate 3, Xbox 360 – £28.23 delivered

Apple coupon “VoucherCodes.com25%” to get this price.

Straight from the horse’s mouth. Expect to see more of this from the likes of EA in the future. There are healthy margins in selling your games direct to your customers. For indies and large publishers alike.

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The Saboteur, PC – £7.87

The Saboteur, PC – £7.87

Apple coupon “VoucherCodes.com25%” to get this price.

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Dragon Age: Origins, PC – £7.87

Dragon Age: Origins, PC – £7.87

Or £10.49 for the Digital Deluxe Edition.

Apple coupon “VoucherCodes.com25%” to get this price. Cheers Shadowmancer.

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1,200 MS points, Xbox 360 – 99p with a trade in.

Gamestation have now got their take on the 99p 1,200 MS Points deal that GAME already have.

You get a MW2 themes 1,200 MS points card for 99p, and a trade in of either:
Dead Rising, Saints Row 2, Bioshock, Half Life 2:The Orange Box or Left4Dead.

None of these games are available for less than Far Cry 2 for a fiver, so you are likely best sticking to the GAME deal, unless you already have copies of these you want to trade in.

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Just Cause 2, PC – £12.95

Just Cause 2, PC – £12.95 delivered

Registers on Steam.

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unSavyGamer: A thing I am doing on twitter

I’m going to be using @unSavyGamer to track all the gaming rip offs and bad deals. Think of it as the opposite of SavyGamer.

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Blazblue, PS3 – £14.99

Blazblue, PS3 – £14.99 delivered

Although “Availability: usually dispatched in 7 to 10 days” is often code for “never going to be back in stock ever again, at HMV.

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Blazblue, Xbox 360 – £14.99

Blazblue, Xbox 360 – £14.99 delivered

Although “Availability: usually dispatched in 7 to 10 days” is often code for “never going to be back in stock ever again, at HMV.

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The Hut are very dishonest

Update: You can find a rather unsatisfactory update to this post here.

As an affiliate of lots of retailers, I get frequent emails from them telling me about their amazing offers. Sometimes they aren’t particularly good, sometimes they are, and I have to sort through them to find the best deals.

I got an email from The Hut telling me this:

Come celebrate your bank holiday weekend with www.thehut.com/home as we have gone voucher code crazy! These codes are available on EVERYTHING so don’t miss out this weekend! Massive savings and commissions are to be made!

So then I spent ages sorting through the games that they sell, and finding which ones were already a good price, so that they could be made even better by using the coupons. My policy with SavyGamer is that I never ever want to link to somewhere that isn’t the cheapest place to get a game from.

I found a bunch of great deals on games that they were already selling for cheap. Posted them up on SavyGamer along with the instructions of how to use the coupons. These offers were available for a short amount of time when I first posted them. Then, because they are dishonest, The Hut increased the prices of most of the games that were actually good deals when using those coupons. Here’s what they did:
Halo: Reach, Xbox 360 – was £37.93, £35.93 with coupon. Increased to £39.93, £37.93 with coupon.
Halo: Reach [Limited Edition], Xbox 360 – was £55.93, £51.93 with coupon. Increased to £59.93, £55.93 with coupon.
Brink, PC – was £24.93, £22.93 with coupon. Increased to £26.93, £24.93 with coupon.
Nier, Xbox 360 – was £17.93, £16.93 with coupon. Increased to £29.93, £27.93 with coupon.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Wii – was £17.93, £16.93 with coupon. Increased to £23.93, £21.93 with coupon.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Xbox 360 – was £23.93, £21.93 with coupon. Increased to £39.93, £37.93 with coupon.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2, PS3 – was £23.93, £21.93 with coupon. Increased to £39.93, £37.93 with coupon.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2, PC – was £14.93, was £13.93. Increased to £29.93, £27.93 with coupon.
Batman: Arkham Asylum [GOTY], Xbox 360 – was £16.93, £15.93 with coupon. Increased to £17.93, £16.93 with coupon.
Napoleon: Total War [Imperial Edition], PC – was £12.93, £11.93 with coupon. Increased to £17.93, £16.93 with coupon.
Legend Of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, DS – was £17.93, £16.93 with coupon. Increased to £24.93, £22.93 with coupon.
GTA: Episodes From Liberty City, Xbox 360 – was £13.93, £12.93 with coupon. Increased to £29.93, £27.93 with coupon.
Forza Motorsport 3, Xbox 360 – was £12.93, £11.93 with coupon. Increased to £14.93, £13.93 with coupon.

As you can see, for the most part their prices were far better before the ‘discount’ coupon was made available. If I were cynical, which I definitely am, I’d say that this was a deliberate deception to increase traffic to their site without actually offering any discount at all. Some of these are preorders, so it’s hardly like there would have been issues with them running out of stock forcing them to increase the price.

I’m going to speak to them on Monday and see what they have to say for themselves. But from now on I am definitely going to keep an eye on how they fiddle with their prices whenever they do have discount coupons.

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Gears of War 2, Xbox 360 – £6.99

Gears of War 2, Xbox 360 – £6.99 delivered

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Race Driver: GRID, Xbox 360 – £6.99

Race Driver: GRID, Xbox 360 – £6.99 delivered

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The Club, Xbox 360 – £2.99

The Club, Xbox 360 – £2.99 delivered

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The Club, PS3 – £3.99

The Club, PS3 – £3.99 delivered

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1,200 MS points, Xbox 360 – £5.99

1,200 MS points, Xbox 360 – £5.99

GAME have a promotion on at the minute where you can buy a MW2 themed 1,200 points card for 99p when you trade in GTA4, Battlefield: Bad Company, Far Cry 2 or Splinter Cell: Double Agent. You can get Far Cry 2 for £5 from CEX, and there is stock pretty much everywhere in the country.

It’s a pretty fantastic deal, equivalent to getting 2,100 points for £10.48.

Offer available until the 17th of June.

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Mirror's Edge, PS3 – £2.99

Mirror’s Edge, PS3 – £2.99 delivered

The Pure time trial map pack is free on PS3 too, just grab it from the PS store.

Every single one of you with a PS3 that is yet to play this should buy it right now please.

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No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, Wii – £16.93

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, Wii – £16.93 delivered

Apply code “10BANK”

They’re not kidding when they called it desperate.

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Alan Wake, Xbox 360 – £23.89

Alan Wake, Xbox 360 – £23.89 via PC World price match.

It’s £24.99 at Toys R Us, and £35.99 at PC World.

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Meet Team Meat: Super Meat Boy Interview

First thing’s first, check out the latest footage of super meat boy.

Looking pretty great, no?

I caught up with Edmund and Tommy from Team Meat to check up on how the game’s going. This is what ensued:
Team Meat on Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is coming to PC, Mac, XBLA and Wiiware this summer. Follow the game’s development on the Team Meat blog here.

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SavyGamer Game Night: Red Dead Redemption

It’s that time again: SavyGamer Game Night! We’re playing Red Dead Redemption in Free Roam and in multiplayer matches. Simply add the Gamertag We R SavyGamers and use the friends-of-friends feature to find other people on that list to play with. We’ll be joining together in a posse and riding out Old West style.

While there’s isn’t any functionality for clans or metatags on the PS3, feel free to post your PSN usernames in the comments for this post and join up to play. Make sure you let us know how your night went afterwards, too! We start at 7:30 and we’ll be assaulting strongholds, hunting wild animals and picking flowers. You know, like real men do.

If you’re on the PC, join the Steam group for SavyGamer and play what you want! Join the chat and see what games are going.

We’ll see you out on the plains, cowboy.

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