Over the past year, I’ve mentioned such games as Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us , Visceral Games’ Dead Space 3 , and even Crystal Dynamics’ Tomb Raider - all of which are due out in 2013. These, and others that I have mentioned in previous blogs, are games that are going to be phenomenal.
But what would make them even more phenomenal is getting free add-ons when you “pre-order” them.
Those that know me and the kind of games that I enjoy to play know that I also enjoy pre-ordering games so that I can get the most bang for my buck. Pre-ordering games, just like “layaway”, enables you to slowly pay for the game up until the day that it is released. That way you don’t have to throw down $60+ on the day that the game that you want to buy comes out. You can pace yourself and even finish paying for the game before it comes out.
Also pre-ordering bonuses have become a regular thing with console games. Extra levels, enhanced weaponry and even additional outfits that add-on more firepower and abilities are now expected by gamers of all shapes, sizes and experience levels - a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed by most game development companies.
Well, if you’ve never pre-ordered a game before or if you don’t know about the pre-order bonuses that are associated with the big games of 2013 (so far), look no further. Below is a list (and maybe a video or two) of pre-order bonuses for the games that I highly recommend you pick-up. Of course, if you under 18 you will need your parent’s permission before buying some of these titles due to their ESRB Rating of “M for Mature”:
Dead Space 3 - Limited Edition (February 5, 2013)
First Contact Bundle (outfit and weapon) First Contact Suit Negotiator Weapon Witness the Truth Bundle (outfit and weapon) Witness Suit Evangelizer Weapon
South Park: The Stick of Truth (March 5, 2013)
“Good times with weapons” pre-order bonus - named after the “ Good Times with Weapons ” episode Bulrog Chicken Attack (special ability) Cartman’s Kick-Ass Sai (weapon) Samurai Warrior Costume (outfit)
Tomb Raider (March 5, 2013) - check out the Pre-Order Hub at Tomb Raider.com
Standard Edition: Exclusive additional tomb to raid in the game
Collector’s Edition: 3 iron-on badges Weapon Pack DLC (downloadable content) CD Soundtrack (10 songs) 8” Lara Croft Figurine 15” x 19” Double-Sided Island Map and Poster 5” x 7” Lithograph Survival Tin
The Last of Us (May 7, 2013)
GameStop Pre-Order Bonuses: The Sights and Sounds Pack Immerse yourself in a world reclaimed by nature with this pack containing: A digital download of the game soundtrack, featuring original music by Academy Award winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla. A PS3 dynamic theme showing Joel and Ellie on their journey through a ravaged city. Two exclusive PlayStation Network avatars featuring Joel and Ellie in winter survival gear. The Survival Pack Your best chance of staying alive in brutal multiplayer matches, this pack contains: Bonus experience points to give you a head start on your rivals. A powerful melee attack booster to pack a heavier punch in hand-to-hand combat. In-game currency to buy boosters, customize parts and other items to bolster your multiplayer characters. Special customizable items for your multiplayer character. Two bonus skins (outfits) for Joel and Ellie - available once you’ve completed the single player game.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (August 20, 2013)
The Dead Coast Co-Op Map Upper Echelon Suit Better protection and gunfire and blends into the shadows Gold Sonar Goggles Tactical imaging leaves enemies nowhere to hide
Again, it’s one thing to buy the game after the day that it is released. But what if you pre-order the game a month or so before it is released in order to get all of this great, extra stuff that will make your experience that much more beneficial (and cool)? I leave the decision up to you.
As always, thanks for reading and please let me know your thoughts on pre-ordering games in the comments section below.