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NBA 2K14 Steam Hiccup Nets Negative Reviews

| 1 Oct 2013 21:30
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Don't ever say PC gamers aren't a patient bunch, because we're the epitome of patience. Hmm. No, wait. We're not.

Will NBA 2K14 surpass 2K13's franchise record in sales? If you read some reviews, you might get the wrong impression about today's big release. The PC download version of NBA 2K14 on Amazon shows a whopping 63 one-star reviews today (wait, now that number's shrunk to 60) out of 81. But fortunately for 2K Sports, that's not the entire story. The download should've been available at 12AM Pacific on Steam, but it actually became available at 10AM Pacific - a 10 hour delay. This caused a flood of outrage from loyal NBA2K series PC fans who preordered and were expecting to be able to play at midnight.

The situation appears to have stabilized now with the game finally in the Steam database (added about 4 hours ago). One saving grace: the PC download version is far cheaper than the console version. At only $29.99, it's half the $59.99 you'd fork out for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions that also released today. (No good deal stories to tell about the console versions, unfortunately.) Better still, if you buy the Steam key from Green Man Gaming, that price can be reduced all the way to $22.50 after coupon. That makes the PC download a full 62% cheaper than the console versions.

If Dishonored getting a bit stale for you, stealth genre gamers can look forward to February's reboot of the cult classic Thief series. Late last week, Square Enix announced the free "Bank Heist" DLC preorder bonus. Along with that, the PC version gets a price drop from $49.99 to $44.99. Similar to NBA 2K14, Green Man Gaming has a coupon code that drops the price even further to $33.75 - a solid $16.24 off the MSRP.

Hot Deals of the Week

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NBA 2K14 (PC Download) - $22.50 at Green Man Gaming.

List is $30. Deal expires October 4. It's available now in North America only, but launches October 4th globally. The same coupon code reduces the price from 29.99, to 22.50, in Europe. Or in the UK the price is reduced from £29.99 to £22.50 (With today's currency exchange rates, Brits are screwed on the price).

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Thief (PC Download) - $33.75 at Green Man Gaming.

Releases February 25. List is $50. Deal expires October 4. After the same coupon code, the price in the UK is reduced from £26.99 to £21.60. Elsewhere in Europe the price is reduced from 44.99 to 33.75.

Upcoming Releases

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F1 2013 (PC Download) - $33.75 at Green Man Gaming.

Releases October 4. Next best is $50 at GameFly. Deal expires October 4.

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Batman Arkham Origins (PC Download) - $37.50 at Green Man Gaming.

Releases October 25. List is $50. Deal expires October 4.

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Battlefield 4 (PC Download) - $59.99 at Green Man Gaming.

Releases October 29 and includes the China Rising Expansion, along with $12 credit or $8 cash back.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts (PC Download) - $47.19 at OnePlay.

Releases November 5. Next best is $60 at GameFly. Deal expires October 6.

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NBA 2K14 (Xbox One) - $59.99 at Best Buy.

Releases November 22 and includes $10 in Reward Certificates. List is $60.

Console Deals

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3) - $9.99 at Best Buy.

Next best is $18 at Walmart.

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Grand Slam Tennis 2 (Xbox 360) - $8.99 at Microsoft.

Next best is $13 at Overstock.com.

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Resident Evil: Revelations (Wii U) - $29.99 at Best Buy.

Next best is $47 at Overstock.com.

PC Downloads

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Rise of Venice (Steam) - $32 at Green Man Gaming.

Released last Friday. List is $40. Deal expires October 4.

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Grid 2 (Steam) - $19.99 at GameFly.

List is $50. Deal expires October 2. Bonus: receive a free copy of FUEL while supply last.

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F1 2012 (Steam) - $10.87 at GameFly.

Next best is $40 at Green Man Gaming. Deal expires October 7. Bonus: receive a free copy of FUEL while supply last.

Gaming Hardware

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p Haswell gaming laptop - $779 at Lenovo.

Ships with a Core i7-4700MQ, GeForce GT 755M 2GB, and 8GB RAM. List is $1,299. Deal expires October 4.

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Zotac GeForce GTX 670 4GB GDDR5 Video Card ZT-60303-10P - $260.99 at Rakuten.

Next best is $276 at Mac Mall.

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SteelSeries MERC Stealth Gaming Keyboard - $24.99 at 1 Sale A Day.

Next best is $50 at TigerDirect.

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Rosewill RK-8100 Gaming Keyboard - $17.99 at Rakuten.

Next best is $25 at Amazon. Deal expires October 6.

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