BioShock Infinite Hops the Preorder Bonus Train

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BioShock Infinite Hops the Preorder Bonus Train

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Steam and GamersGate are offering some sweet freebies with BioShock Infinite preorders, but Steam is going to make you work for it.

If you haven't got around to laying down a preorder for BioShock Infinite, you might want to direct your eyeballs to Steam and/or GamersGate. Steam first, because hey, it's Steam: Preordering the new BioShock from Valve will net you a free copy of the Industrial Revolution Pack, which includes three gear items, five lockpicks, bonus in-game currency and the Industrial Revolution puzzle game, plus goodies from three extra "reward tiers" that will be handed out if enough people sign up.

First up is a free copy of the original BioShock, which may well have been unlocked by the time you read this; the second tier is a collection of BioShock Infinite-inspired items for Team Fortress 2, including the Pounding Father, the Doe-Boy and the Steel Songbird; and the third and final reward tier includes all of the above plus a copy of the strategy hit X-Com: Enemy Unknown.

I would imagine that all three reward tiers will be achieved without difficulty, but if you're more interested in a sure thing (and you're not hung up on doing everything through Steam) you can opt for the GamersGate offer instead. Going that route will net you 30 percent of the price in "blue coins" (the cash-alternative currency used to buy games on the site), a free copy of BioShock and a free copy of BioShock 2, Mafia II, Civilization V, Spec Ops: The Line or The Darkness II. You won't get the Industrial Revolution DLC or the TF2 stuff but it is a better selection of games and of particularly interest to anyone who already owns X-Com.

Steam's BioShock Infinite preorder deal can be had here, while GamersGate is flogging its wares over here. So what's it gonna be?

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Well let's see if Jim and Total Biscuit have as much pull as we think they do.

Wow that's actually pretty damn sweet. I notice that its already pretty much in the second tier! I would definitely go the steam option for a copy of X-COM as I myself have held out and I was going to buy this game anyways.

Green Man Gaming is also doing something similar, but they also offer $10 credit or $7 cash back.

DVS BSTrD:
Well let's see if Jim and Total Biscuit have as much pull as we think they do.

Well, their arguments worked well enough on me.

I hate to keep harping on about it but Aliens: Colonial Marines has kinda put me off preordering. Then again, all these silly little bonus items have never been the reason for me doing so; I normally just want to make sure I have the game on day one.

Lately there's less and less games I actually care about having right away... however, I must say Bioshock Infinite is looking like an absolute must buy all the same.

I got Bioshock 1 for PS3. I don't want Bioshock 2 or any other game they are both offering. My Steam library is already 50% full of games I have yet to play.

I still would rather wait until Infinite's GOTY edition is on sale on Steam. Nice offer though.

If it reaches the 3rd tier I'll buy it. XCOM looks pretty sweet.

DVS BSTrD:
Well let's see if Jim and Total Biscuit have as much pull as we think they do.

I've actually watched Total Biscuit's video on pre-orders very recently. And he's definitely convinced me why pre-ordering and not waiting would be a bad idea.

I didn't pre-order all the much in the past. But from now on, I'm just going to wait until the reviews pop in from now on before I purchase a game.

My plan is to NOT preorder, and wait for the reviews. While it will likely turn out good, many thought the same about Aliens Colonial Marines.

I know TotalBiscuit and others have said never preorder, but Bioshock Infinite is going to be good to some extent, just like Batman Arkham City was going to be good either way...

But damn, a free copy of Bioshock AND a free copy of XCOM if enough people preorder? That's a DAMN good deal I must say...

Damn you steam... just... damn you.

I have basically been against preodering ever since I started actually caring about games, only game I ever preordered was Dragonball Z: Budokai 3, which turned out to be a pretty darn good fighting game I can still enjoy playing today.

But throwing in X-com with Bioshock Infinite is just playing dirty, I've been waiting for X-com to go on super low price sale, and was planning to get Bioshock Infinite quickly after release anyway...

I am against preodering, but this might be too much...

Hmm... already preordered the game on Steam, play Team Fortress 2 from time to time, have not yet bought X-Com: Enemy Unknown but thinks it looks and sounds awesome...

Let us hope lots and lots of people preorder this game through Steam.

If it gets up to tier 3, I'll do it as I've been thinking about getting X-Com.

Is it just glitching for me when it shows tier 1 as unlocked, but the other two at 0% or are that few people pre-ordering it?

Spicytrashcan:
Is it just glitching for me when it shows tier 1 as unlocked, but the other two at 0% or are that few people pre-ordering it?

Don't think so, it's a 1% into tier 2 for me now, so seems plausable.

I already have Bioshock and Xcom. Shame.

I'll stick with my Greenman Gaming pre order.

And to all those who do as TotalBiscuit and Jim Sterling tell you, I'm willing to gamble 24 on this game. No problem.

DVS BSTrD:
Well let's see if Jim and Total Biscuit have as much pull as we think they do.

I am so bloody conflicted, I pre-ordered my copy at GAME because im definatly buying this mother but was seriously concidering taking it back... now... damn...

...and it's the Xbox getting shafted. It's funny that despite Bioshock being an initial 360-exclusive, PS3 pre-orders get a free copy of the original game, as well as Big Daddy being a character in a PS3 'Exclusive' fighting game.

This will sound nasty but as I am sick of pre-orders and players that toss money at the screen at the mere hint of a pre-order...

I hope the game is a absolute mess, and the players that pre-order is get so burnt that the market will learn to first see the game then buy it, so bad games can be punished.
Pre-orders just encourages mediocre re-hashes of stable franchises , you dont need a good game to get good sales any more... just good marketing and pre-orders, bad reviews come waaay too late you already have the cash.

So many sheep.

Seriously though I dont want gamers to get burnt but I would prefer it if they at least let the reviewers do their job and judge a game on its merit and not on the pre-order bonus.

PLUS pre-order bonus junk is in game stuff you wont get unless you go to a specific retailer to grab, how is it a good thing that you cant get certain in game items because you got your copy at GAME and not Steam, or Amazon, or Play ?
How is this a healthy state for gaming ?

Ringo_Plumen:

Spicytrashcan:
Is it just glitching for me when it shows tier 1 as unlocked, but the other two at 0% or are that few people pre-ordering it?

Don't think so, it's a 1% into tier 2 for me now, so seems plausable.

Huh. Alright, well thanks for confirming that for me. I know that there's been a lot of backlash against pre-orders lately, but I'm still a bit surprised that such a big-name game like Bioshock isn't getting pre-ordered more/more quickly on steam.

As a follow up question (if anyone knows the answer) does it say anywhere how many people need to pre-order for each tier or is it just that percent bar?

PunkRex:

DVS BSTrD:
Well let's see if Jim and Total Biscuit have as much pull as we think they do.

I am so bloody conflicted, I pre-ordered my copy at GAME because im definatly buying this mother but was seriously concidering taking it back... now... damn...

If I didn't have both already I'd be conflicted too. But I have to say... I've been following this game and I feel safe (amazing after the fall of Bioware) putting faith in a game like this. I think Infinite will be great. TB and Jim raised valid points and I have to say I never pre-order games. But X:COM was good and I think its safe to say this will be too...if people want to go ahead and do it this once... I just can't find it in myself to blame them. It's a damn good deal.

This isn't like most pre-order crap. I couldn't care less about the lockpicks or extra items slots or w/e bullshit that will make an already easy game, easier. A free game though, and a popular well reviewed game that I don't own as well. I really hate pre-orders, but I've been meaning to pick up xcom, so...i dunno...damn

Those preorder bonuses are pretty amazing in either case. The downside, as an early adopter of a great many games, I literally own every single game on offer. The only time I preorder a game anymore is if I know it's gonna be awesome, and A:CM has cured me of that ill.

Theminimanx:
If it reaches the 3rd tier I'll buy it. XCOM looks pretty sweet.

It's alright, but very very buggy, which is not something you'd expect of a game that's been out for almost half a year. Most of the bugs could and should've been patched by now but for whatever reason haven't been, which is something to keep in mind when considering getting it.

That said, I wasn't really planning to get Bioshock Infinite to begin with, the first was a huge disappointment so, eh.

DVS BSTrD:
Well let's see if Jim and Total Biscuit have as much pull as we think they do.

I preordered this one before Jims video came out, I hope like hell its good, though I doubt they could screw up on it too much

I'm not going to pre-order a 6 - 8 hour FPS game, especially considering I didn't really like Bioshock all that much.

well it looks interesting but bioshock is not really my thing not a big fan of FPS anyway after looking at the deals not only is gamers gate doing it cheaper but they are giving $17 "cash back" which i will have to spend at their store but still better than some useless TF2 stuff and a couple of games i already have

while ive got no intention of getting this game i can highly recomend gamersgate and its blue coin loyalty program. ive gotten a few games with it, and quite a bit of dlc as well

This seems like a really sweet deal but I am not going to preorder. I really want to believe that Bioshock Infinite will be a great game but I got burned once and I learned my lesson. I will order it when the reviews tell me that this is a game and not a very very shiny and polished turd.

And it instantly hits top of the sales charts, definitive proof consumer lust kills any and all common sense.

Yea, I haven't preordered in a long time, while these aren't terrible pre order bonuses they just aren't worth it for me. I don't think any of steam's preorder bonuses haven't reached their third tier yet, but I still think it's kind of a shitty business practice because eventually one is going to fail and you know there are people out there pretty much preordering because they're banking on the fact that all of the bonuses will be unlocked and they will be absolutely boned. I'm honestly curious to see what valve would do if they concocted a bunch of tf2 items/hats for a preorder bonus and it didn't get reached.
That said, I'm honestly a bit worried how Bioshock Infinite will turn out, two was nowhere near as good as one and they've been hyping this game for years.

I have already X-com and Bioshock, so no need to pre-order this one.
But damn, for those they don't have X-com, this is actually a sweet deal right there.

Sorry Jim and TotalB, but even the game is a piece of sh*t [I hope not], at least the people will have another good game to play.

The other question to ask when it comes to pre-ordering is: will I have time to play this straight away? While there's a game I do want to play... I'm happy to wait until it comes down in summer sales and the like. Especially inevitable Game of the Year editions which includes all the DLC.

If it reaches the third tier, I'm putting in my preorder. I plan to get XCom anyway, and the price difference is only ten bucks. So even if Infinite ends up sucking, I'm only out a tenner.

I'll only preorder if the review embargo is lifted before the release date, and it gets good reviews. The possibility of getting screwed like some did with the A:CM debacle is just too much a risk (plus I already have XCOM)

I am tired of pre-orders and the exclusive "content" that they attempt to lure customers with. I own alot of games, infact I own every single tripple A game that has been released within the last 7 years, and from my point of view the developers have become lazy and the only reason this pre-order crap exists is because the developer needs the money to finish the job.

I bet you that there will be something that will feel as if it was a last minute job in BioShock Infinite. Hopefully it won't be the story, but we won't know untill the game has been released. It seems to me as if most people have forgotten the crap Irrational have been developing... you know, the third/first person pathetic attempt at an xcom game.

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