Written by Erik Kubik, kube00 Monday, 03 October 2011 11:00
The fall is heating up. The video game release schedule for the end of 2011 is getting packed. For those gamers who are going to pick up Battlefield 3 come October 25, there are a lot of pre-orders bonuses from different vendors. The question is, which one do you get?
The PC version seems to be the cheapest. Best Buy is offering with the pre-order of the game on ps3/pc/360, a new set of multi player skins and the Back To Karkand expansion pack. All of this for $60. Back To Karkand pack includes four legendary maps, vehicles, and weapons from Battlefield 2. These maps include Wake Island, Strike at Karkand, Gulf of Oman, and Sharqi Peninsula. No word on the weapons yet.
Gamestop is offering the Physical Warfare pack with any pre-order version, in addition to the Back To Karkand expansion pack for any of the versions at the price of $60. The Warfare pack includes the Type 88 LMG with bipod, DAO-12 Shotgun, Flechette Ammo for the DAO-12, and a Flash Suppressor for the SKS Sniper Rifle.
Amazon's pre-order includes an exclusive set of dog tags for multi player, in addition to the Back To Karkand expansion pack. This applies to all versions and for Amazon I was hoping some sort of credit would be offered. Exclusive dog tags doesn't seem like that much of a bonus.
For just the PC, Gamersgate and Direct2Drive are offering the game for $53.99 with the Back To Karkand expansion pack. Savvy consumers could have used a $10 off code in early September and made their purchase $43.
Every gamers’ favorite new service is EA’s Origin. Origin has a deal for PC gamers. Origin's PC Download pre-order includes Physical Warfare Pack, Back To Karkand expansion pack, and a couple of BF-Play4Free items. New accounts can get a 25% off coupon for their birthday, bringing the total purchase from $60 to $45.
The bonuses aren’t as good as some games, say L.A. Noire, which really forced gamers to decide between stores. PC gamers are lucky, they get the best choices. So if you are a PC gamer and don't mind Origins’ questionable practices, they have the best deal hands down. Best Buy and GameStop have the best content deal for all three versions. Although GameStop does have the extra weapons which I would prefer over Best Buy’s multi player skins. Come day one, I think it will come down to which store you prefer personally.