Weekend game deals: GTA IV $5, BF3 $20, Bastion $3.74

By Matthew ยท 11 replies
Nov 9, 2012
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  1. On the heels of Game Informer's GTA V cover reveal, a handful of distributors are offering GTA IV for $5. Elsewhere, you'll find half off Sleeping Dogs, 75% off Serious Sam titles as well as a Veteran's Day sale at...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +858

    Not that I need another game to play, but has anyone played "Sleeping Dogs?" Is it any good?
  3. Ahmed90

    Ahmed90 TS Enthusiast Posts: 99   +10

    yes its a nice game to play
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    I didn't want to include this in the actual post, but if you're willing to jump through a few hoops (activating a Steam key through a Russian VPN, namely) you can get Borderlands 2 for $19 from G2Play.
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  5. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 354   +116

    One of the best games of 2012.
  6. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    I'm surprised you guys never mentioned CD Key websites before.

    For the uninitiated:

    All purchases are legitimate. The business itself is legitimate; they buy the keys from retailers themselves. Since there's no middleman, no shop, packaging, etc., you get steep savings.

    For instance, I buy all my games from here. You don't download the game from their website, they simply provide the CD key. Origin or Steam let you redeem said CD key after downloading the game from them.

  7. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,332   +101

    lawfer Although they're legitimate, the ones I've come across often have some kind of catch involved for the best deals, such as the use of a VPN for registration as mentioned above. Some also have less-than-comforting terms of services, though I guess you're pretty boned when it comes to refunds across most digital distributors. Additionally, their promotions fluctuate quickly in price and availability. Borderlands 2's price has dropped by a buck at G2Play since I mentioned it earlier**. It might go up $5 tomorrow -- if it's even still discounted. Mainline distributors are simply more reliable in this way.

    **Edit: Actually, it hasn't dropped. I thought it was $20 earlier, but it was $19 and it's still $19. Anyhow, the point remains: G2Play's pricing is all over the map (they include pricing trends on each product page if you're interested).

    It's also worth noting that in many cases, the best deals on sites like G2Play tend to be preorders, while the rest of their offers are pretty lame. Just for example, scrolling through CDKeysHere's Steam section, almost all of the "sale" items are underwhelming. AvP is $10 when it's commonly reduced to $5, while Napoleon: Total War, Supreme Commander 2, Dawn of War 2, Black Ops, Dead Island, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dungeon Siege 3, Dirt Showdown, F.E.A.R. 3 and just about all the other discounts are priced two or three times higher than they might be during a promotion on Steam or its rivals.

    That isn't to say there aren't gems. Borderlands 2 and Skyrim are $20 (though the latter is a Russian key), while an Assassin's Creed III preorder is $25.99. Again, it's just that the factors above make them less ideal for our deal roundup. I still check them regularly for the heck of it, and you guys are always welcome to plug whatever in the comments.
  8. SalaSSin

    SalaSSin TS Booster Posts: 149   +58

    Well, a big thanks to Matthew & lawfer for providing me with a great way to lose less money when preordering :)

    Thanks guys!
  9. Ahmed90

    Ahmed90 TS Enthusiast Posts: 99   +10

    Since I am online games CD key store owner my self

    buying CDkeys is cheaper and sometimes way faster than ordering the psychical version of games or even the digital
    we had MoH:WF keys delivered a week before release day and it was cheaper than origin it self

    also btw g2play was caught selling stolen CoD4 keys like a year ago (as reported on TEK-9)
  10. In defence of g2play, I don't know about the stolen cod4 keys, but I bought one and had no problem, algo bought a couple of other games without problem and a mw3 rusian vpn and still is running normal in multiplayer. Of course there is always a chance of lossing a diferent region key, but the prices are very tempting.
  11. Ahmed90

    Ahmed90 TS Enthusiast Posts: 99   +10

    ye I didnt say all there keys were stolen but there was a time thy did it maybe thy didn't know or got scamed by supplier who knows
  12. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    I respectfully disagree. Refunds are non-existent in digital distributions (which you pointed out), so I don't see how that can be a knock on the site.

    On cdkeyshere, everyday prices don't fluctuate. Can't say much about other websites though. Even if some of them did, overall prices would still be considerably less than retail (which you again mentioned), so I'm having a hard time knocking them for that also.

    No argument here. I do find, however, that their regular everyday prices are lower than Steam's regular everyday prices. Steam's sales, on the other hand, are pretty much unbeatable.

    I see no problems with that. That Assassin's Creed III pre-order is a steal!

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