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Pre-order Deals Bonanza: AC4: Black Flag, COD: Ghosts

| 8 Oct 2013 17:30
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Winter is coming, and the AAA games are aplenty.

Despite mixed public reviews of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III, there's strong hype building for the open-world pirate-themed Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Deals for console gamers are non-existent, but for the PC gaming master race, there are some solid preorder bargains to be had. If you're in North America, the PC download of Black Flag is 20% off at GameFly after coupon, dropping the price from $59.99 to $47.99 - a $12 savings. For those in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, the best deal is at Green Man Gaming, where a 25% off coupon marks the price down from £39.99 to £30 or 49.99€ to 37.50€.

Rather than offering discounts as a preorder incentive, Ubisoft is offering each of the console versions with a different DLC bonus at the major retailers: Amazon, GameStop, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target. All of these DLCs and more are bundled into a "Gold Edition" for the PC which sells for $63.99 after coupon at GameFly (normally $79.99).

Although the starting price is slightly out of whack, the discounts actually make the pricing fair for each country. In fact, the UK to US price ratio after discounts ($47.99 and £30) is almost exactly in line with a 0.62 pound to 1 US dollar exchange rate (wait, am I reading a currency blog now?). Even the Euro to US dollar is close -- the exchange rate's at 0.74 while the price difference is 0.78. No one's really getting screwed here, and I think that's a win whenever we're talking about video game pricing by region.

However, there may be some better bargains in the US on Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts - certainly for mainstream console gamers. California-based NewEgg has a two-day sale on the Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, and Xbox One copies of 2013's highly anticipated FPS's. All carry an $11 off coupon code, dropping the price from $59.99 to $48.99, plus there's free shipping.

As far PC download deals are concerned, Call of Duty: Ghosts has a 20% off coupon code at GameFly dropping the price from $59.99 to $47.99. If you're in the UK or other parts of Europe, Green Man Gaming's 25% off coupon drops the price from £39.99 to £30 or from 59.99€ to 45€. PC deals for Battlefield 4 are harder to come by, but in North America, GMG has an $10 credit or $8 cash back bonus offer. But unlike COD: Ghosts, there's no coupon discount across the pond.

Hot Deals of the Week

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Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (PC Download) - $47.99 at GameFly.

Releases November 19. List is $60. For those in the UK and EU, use coupon GMG25-J2566-L2GHZ and drop the price from £39.99 to £30 or 49.99€ to 37.50€.

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Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4) - $48.99 at NewEgg.

Releases October 29. List is $60. Deal expires October 9.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4) - $48.99 at NewEgg.

Releases November 5. In the UK and EU, use coupon GMG25-J2566-L2GHZ and drop the price from £39.99 to £30 or 49.99€ to 37.50€. In the US use coupon GFDOCT20 to get 20% off, making the price $47.99.

Today's Releases

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Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) - $35.99 at GameStop.

List is $40. Deal expires today.

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Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition - $45 at Green Man Gaming.

List is $60. Deal expires October 11. $53.99 for 360 and PS3 console versions.

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Beyond: Two Souls Special Edition (PS3) - $53.99 at GameStop.

List is $60. Deal expires today.

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Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (PS3) - $44.99 at GameStop.

List is $50. Deal expires today.

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Capcom Essentials (Xbox 360, PS3) - $53.99 at GameStop.

List is $60. Deal expires today.

Upcoming Releases

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The Wolf Among Us (Telltale DRM) - $16.87 at Green Man Gaming.

Releases October 11. List is $25. Deal expires October 11.

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Pokemon X and & (Nintendo 3DS) - $34.99 at NewEgg.

Releases October 12. List is $40. Deal expires October 9.

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

Releases October 25. List is $50. Deal expires October 11.

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Football Manager 2014 (PC Download Steam) - $37.50 at Green Man Gaming.

Releases October 31. List is $50. Deal expires October 11.

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XCOM: Enemy Within (Steam DLC) - $21.59 at GameFly.

Releases November 13. List is $30.

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Deadfall Adventures: Digital Deluxe Edition (Steam) - $30 at Green Man Gaming.

Releases November 15. List is $50. Deal expires October 11.

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Thief (Steam) - $33.75 at Green Man Gaming.

Releases February 25. List is $50. Deal expires October 11. Master Edition is only about $2 more.

Recent Releases

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Foul Play (Steam) - $5.99 at GameFly.

Released September 19. List is $15.

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Alien Rage Unlimited (Steam) - $15 at Green Man Gaming.

Released September 24. List is $20. Deal expires October 11.

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Shadow Warrior (Steam) - $23.99 at GameFly.

Released September 27. List is $40.

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Rise of Venice (Steam) - $30 at Green Man Gaming.

Released September 27. List is $40. Deal expires October 11.

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War of the Vikings (Steam - Early Access) - $15 at Green Man Gaming.

Released October 1. List is $20. Deal expires October 11. The Blood Eagle Edition is $22.50 after coupon (normally $30) and there's even a full on "Valhalla Edition" for $112.50 after coupon (normally $150).

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Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (Nintendo 3DS) - $35.99 at GameStop.

Released October 1. List is $40. Deal expires today.

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Rune Factory 4 (Nintendo 3DS) - $35.99 at GameStop.

Released October 1. List is $40. Deal expires today.

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