Finally, Skyrim add-ons are less than $10
It's clear the new money-making strategy in video games is to release a big title followed by a gazillion DLC packs and expansions. Skyrim is following the formula with its 3 DLCs/expansions that rarely go on sale. But for those who hesitated to buy the $20-a-pop Skyrim add-ons, wait no longer: GameStop has them all for 50% off. All Skyrim DLCs are at their best prices ever, including the latest February release Dragonborn for $9.99 - a new low by $6. These discounts are the best part of GameStop's "PC Downloads Spring Sale". Say what you want about GameStop, but its PC download service (formerly ImpulseDriven) can be competitive with pricing - especially with the upcoming Steam Summer Sale breathing down its neck.
Lara Croft's latest adventure fell to $33.49 today at GameFly. That's the lowest price yet since Tomb Raider's March 5th release. A pretty solid drop on a AAA title without plans for additional single player DLC.
This week Amazon dropped the popular Persona 4 Golden Vita game back to $30 to price-match Walmart. (After all, if Amazon's not trying to price-match someone, what's the point in their dropping prices...just to be nice? People are already most likely to buy from them anyway. /snark) For a few weeks in March, GameStop, Best Buy, and Amazon all had it down to $30, but since then it went back up to the usual $40 price everywhere - until now. Cynicism aside, this is a great time to pick the game up if you missed the first price war.
With the server snafu basically behind it, SimCity has been getting more positive attention lately (read: actually works, and thus is worth paying for). Yesterday Green Man Gaming gave it a $10 instant discount and can stack a $10 coupon on top, dropping the price to $40. With your download, you'll also receive your choice of $10 credit toward future purchases or $7 cash back, effectively making the game $33 if you choose the latter. Although last week we saw it cheaper upfront for $32 at GameFly, that deal only lasted a day and a half. This is technically the best value we've seen since the game's rocky release if you opt for the $10 credit.
Big Deals of the Week
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim PC DLC/Expansion packs are 50% off at GameStop.
Tomb Raider (PC Download) - $33.49 at GameFly.
Next best is $50 at Amazon. Deal expires April 18.
Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita) - $29.96 at Amazon.
List is $40.
SimCity (PC Download) - $40 at Green Man Gaming with bonus.
Includes your choice of a bonus $10 credit or $7 cash back. Elsewhere $60, no bonus. Deal expires April 19.
Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall (PC DLC) - $8 at Green Man Gaming.
List is $10. Deal expires April 19.
Deadpool (Xbox 360, PS3) - $47.99 at NewEgg.
Releases April 20. List is $60. Deal expires April 17.
Batman Arkham Origins (Xbox 360, PS3) - $59.99 at Amazon with bonus.
Comes with a $10 store credit and releases October 25. Elsewhere $60, no bonus.
BioShock Infinite (PC Download) - $42.59 at GamesRocket.
Released March 26. List is $60.
Dead Island Riptide (PC Download) - $39.99 at Green Man Gaming with bonus.
Includes $13 credit or $10 cash back, the Survivor Pack DLC, and Risen. Elsewhere $40, no bonus.
Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360, PS3) - $19.99 at NewEgg.
Next best is $35 at Amazon. Deal expires April 17.
Xbox 360 & Kinect
Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition (Xbox 360) - $14.99 at Amazon.
Next best is $24 at Walmart.
Max Payne 3 (Xbox 360) - $14.99 at Microsoft.
Next best is $19 at Amazon.
PS3 & PS Vita
MLB 13 The Show (PS3) - $49.99 at Best Buy.
Next best is $60 at GameStop.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PS3) - $29.99 at NewEgg.
Next best is $41 at Amazon.
Mugen Souls (PS3) - $23.34 at Amazon.
Next best is $46 at Rakuten.
PC & PC Downloads
The Sims 3 University Life (PC Download) - $16 at Green Man Gaming.
Next best is $40 at Amazon. Deal expires April 19.
Scribblenauts Unlimited (PC Download) - $8.99 at Amazon.
Next best is $30 at Green Man Gaming. Deal expires April 17.
Dead Island Game of the Year Edition (PC Download) - $4 at Green Man Gaming.
Next best is $20 at GamersGate. Deal expires April 19.
PS3 Super Slim 500GB God of War Ascension Legacy Bundle with God of War Saga - $299.99 at Best Buy.
A new low by $50. There's also a PS3 320GB console with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for $259.99 at Rakuten (normally $300).
Wii U Console 8GB Basic Set - $269 at eBay.
List is $300.
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 1080p Gaming Laptop - $869 at Lenovo.
Specs: Ivy Bridge Core i7-3630QM, GeForce GT 750M 2GB, 1TB HDD + 16GB SSD. List is $1,349. Deal expires April 17. You can also get a Lenovo IdeaPad Y400 Gaming Laptop for $749 with the same specs, minus the 1080p screen. Both laptops received a graphics card upgrade from GT 650M to the new GT 750M, yet the Y400 is $50 cheaper and the Y500 is the same price as with the old card.
HP ENVY Phoenix h9-1420t Gaming Desktop - $862.49 plus $9.99 shipping at HP.
Specs: Ivy Bridge Quad Core i7-3770, Liquid Cooled, Radeon HD 7670, 10GB RAM, and Blu-ray drive. List is $1,150. Deal expires April 21.