Subscription MMOs?!? What is this, 2005?
2014 could be the beginning of the end for WoW (or not...whatever.) Two hyped MMOs are soon to be released: WildStar and The Elder Scrolls Online. Will this be the revival of subscription-based MMOs - one based on a popular IP and one a completely new offer? Whatever the case, $15 buys you a lot of gaming these days (2/3 of a DLC Season Pass? Hah!). Fortunately for budget-conscious gamers, pre-order deals are available if you know where to look.
The upcoming June release WildStar has Standard and Deluxe versions available. Pre-ordering gets you a 20% discount after coupon at GMG and several other pre-order bonuses, including 30 days of game time, a 3 day head start, access to upcoming Beta weekends (next one begins on April 4th), and more.
It's a similar situation for The Elder Scrolls Online, but in a way more time sensitive. While the game releases officially on April 4th, pre-ordering the Standard Edition gets you a 3-day head start, OR if you snag the upgraded "Imperial Edition", you'll get a 5-day head start. That means you can start running the game as early as Sunday of next week, March 30th. There are a ton of in-game pre-order bonuses, including the ability to play any race in any alliance, whereas races will be faction-specific after the game releases.
WildStar: Deluxe Edition (PC Download) - $60 at Green Man Gaming.
Releases June 3, but pre-orders include a 3 day head start (May 31st). List is $75. Deal expires March 28. Deal also valid in the UK/EU, dropping the prices to £40 and €48, respectively.
WildStar (PC Download) - $48 at Green Man Gaming.
Releases June 3. List is $60. Deal expires March 28. Deal also valid in the UK/EU, dropping the prices to £28 and €36, respectively.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Digital Imperial Edition (PC Download) - $64 at Green Man Gaming.
Release date is April 4, but Imperial Edition pre-orders get a 5 day head start (Sunday, March 30th 7am Eastern). List is $80. Deal expires March 28. Deal also valid in the UK/EU, dropping the prices to £56 and €64, respectively. The Imperial Edition also gets you these in-game bonuses:
- Ability to play the Imperial race (not in Standard Edition)
- Ability to craft Imperial-style gear
- Ability to transform gear into Imperial style
- Rings of Mara (gets you bonus XP with a partner/friend)
- Mudcrab Vanity Pet
The Elder Scrolls Online (PC Download) - $48 at Green Man Gaming.
Releases April 4, but pre-order includes a 3-day head start (Tuesday, April 1st at 7am Eastern, UK & Ireland at 12pm). List is $60. Deal expires March 28. Deal also valid in the UK/EU, dropping the prices to £40 and €48, respectively.
Xbox One Console Titanfall Edition - $449.99 at Best Buy.
List is $500. Guess these didn't sell that well? Now $50 off. Also available at Walmart and Amazon (after coupon at Amazon).
Releasing This Week
Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India (PC DLC) - $12 at Green Man Gaming.
List is $15. Deal expires March 28.
Total War: Rome II - Hannibal at the Gates (PC DLC) - $10.79 at GameFly.
Releases Thursday, March 27. List is $15.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate (PC Download) - $7.99 at GameFly.
Releases Thursday, March 27. List is $15. Deal expires March 26.
Warlock 2: The Exiled - Standard Edition (PC Download) - $24 at Green Man Gaming.
Releases April 10. List is $30. Deal expires March 28. Also available:
- Warlock 2: The Exiled - Lord Edition - $32 (normally $40)
- Warlock 2: The Exiled - Great Mage Edition - $40 (normally $50)
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn + $5 Gift Card (PS4) - $39.99 at NewEgg.
Releases April 14. List is $40. Deal expires March 31.
FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil (Xbox 360, PS3) - $59.99 + $10 Gift Card at NewEgg.
Releases April 15. List is $60. Deal expires March 31.
Console Gaming Deals
Buy 2 Pre-Owned Video Games, Get a 3rd Free - at Best Buy.
Deal expires March 29. Approx 5,000 qualifying games, including next gen console titles.
South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360, PS3) - $42.99 at Amazon.
Released March 4. Next best is $57. Deal expires today.
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (PS3) - $29.99 at Amazon.
List is $40.
Ryse: Son of Rome - Pre-owned (Xbox One) - $24.99 at GameFly.
List is $60.
PC Game Deals
Red Faction Complete (PC Download) - $13.35 at GameFly.
List is $67. Includes Red Faction, Red Faction 2,
Red Faction: Armageddon, Red Faction: Armageddon - Path to War DLC, and Red Faction: Guerrilla.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist Deluxe Edition (PC Download) - $12.49 at Green Man Gaming.
List is $50. Deal expires March 26.
Tomb Raider Game of the Year Edition (PC Download) - $8.40 at Green Man Gaming.
Elsewhere $30. Deal expires March 26.
Alganon: Rise of the Ourobani (PC Download) - $7.99 at GameFly.
List is $20.
Gaming Capable Laptops
HP Envy 15t-j100 Select Edition Core i5-4200M, Full HD 1080p, GeForce GT 750M 4GB, 8GB RAM - $704.99 plus $9.99 shipping at HP.
List is $855. Deal expires March 30.
List is $1,300. Deal expires March 31.
List is $2,549. Deal expires April 3.
Alienware 18 Haswell Core i7-4800MQ, Full HD 1080p, Dual GeForce GTX 860M 4GB SLI, 16GB RAM - $2,339.10 at Dell Home.
List is $2,599. Deal expires April 3.
NVIDIA Shield Tegra 4, 720p, 16GB - $199.99 at GameStop.
List is $250. The latest update supposedly gives a bunch of features to power users.
OUYA 8GB Gaming Console - $69.99 at Amazon.
List is $100. Deal expires today. Yup, some retailers still carry this baby.
Xbox 360 Chatpad with Headset - $13.99 at eBay.
Next best is $20 at Amazon. Good price if you need something simple that works.
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