Preorder Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Preorder RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network NES Classic Mini Pre-Orders Selling Out Quick Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:35:56 -0400 Anthony Pelone

American Nintendo fans seeking to relive the 80's may want to snatch pre-orders for the Nintendo Classic Mini whenever possible, as they've been snapped up at numerous online retailers. Earlier this morning, Target began offering pre-orders for the NES reproduction, but the product page is now rendered unavailable. The Nintendo Classic Mini was also previously available for preorder on Toys "R" Us, but the deal was taken down as quickly as it came.

For those seeking pre-orders, Amazon's listing offers an email subscription to let prospective buyers know when the online retailer offers such deals. 

If you live in Europe, there remain multiple avenues to pre-order the system. Retailers offering pre-orders include GameSeek, Frugal Gaming, and GAME. However, other retailers like The Game Collection have already sold through their stock, so PAL audiences will also want to keep a vigilant lookout. 

Will you be pre-ordering the Nintendo Classic Mini? Let us know in the comments below!

Persona 5 Set to Launch February 2017 in Western Release Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:48:38 -0400 Glitchieetv

Persona 5, the latest installment of the acclaimed Japanese role-playing game, is set to release February 14, 2017, in Europe and all PAL Regions. Yes, that includes North America. Developed by Atlus and published by Deep Silver, this is the first title being released on console since the Playstation 2. Featuring the anime art style common to JRPGs as well as a soundtrack composed by Shoji Meguro, Persona 5 is a beautiful game.

Persona 5 revolves around a group of high school students who want to change the world by having everyone take off their “mask” that society forces them to wear. Possessing the power to go into people's hearts, they masquerade at night as the Phantom Thieves. This power comes from their Persona, the concept of self coined by psychiatrist Carl Jung.

Welcoming to veteran players and newcomers with its standalone story, premium editions are also available for pre-order as PS4 exclusives. The SteelBook Edition comes in a metal game case decorated with Persona 5 designs. The Take Your Heart Premium Collector’s Edition is where all the goodies are at, though. Not only coming with the SteelBook case, the Take Your Heart Premium Collector's Edition features the Persona 5 soundtrack, 4”/10 cm plush keychain of Morgana, a 64-page hardcover art book, school bad and collectible outer box. 

PlayStation VR Launch Bundle Pre-orders End Tomorrow Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:57:35 -0400 Megan M. Campbell

PlayStation has been taking pre-orders for the PlayStation VR Bundle since March 2016, and has only been doing so for short periods at a time. If you missed your opportunity to get a PlayStation VR Bundle, you have one last chance.

Tomorrow, June 30th 7 A.M. PST, will be the last window for you to pre-order a PlayStation VR Bundle.  

When pre-ordering you have 2 options: PlayStation VR Launch Bundle and the PlayStation VR Core Bundle.

The Core Bundle comes with:

  • PS VR headset
  • PS VR cables (VR headset connection cable, HDMI, USB, AC power cord)
  • Stereo headphones
  • PlayStation VR Demo Disc
  • Processor Unit
  • AC Adapter

This bundle can be pre-ordered for $399.99.

The Launch Bundle comes with everything in the Core Bundle in addition to:

  • PlayStation Camera
  • 2 PlayStation Move motion controllers
  • PlayStation VR Worlds Game Disc

This bundle can be pre-ordered for $499.99.

There are limited supplies so head over to to get yours before the deadline!

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Control Your Hype: 5 Things to Remember About Game Reveals Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:59:14 -0400 The Soapbox Lord

Ah, game reveals. Those magical moments when an audience is bombarded with a trailer full of promises, potential, and possibilities. Publishers generally know how to make reveals massively appealing and whet our collective appetite for the title shown. When faced with these reveals, it’s hard to not jump out of one’s seat in child-like glee in sheer delight and excitement.

Remember when the lights dimmed at the Sony conference and Hideo Kojima walked onto the stage to reveal his new title Death Stranding?

The air was electric with a palpable sense of excitement you could feel even if you were watching the stream from home. I’ll admit I was rather giddy when Nintendo essentially devoted their entire time at E3 to showcase hours of footage from the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (be still my heart!).

In fact, this year held several reveals which have cranked the hype up to 11. The return of Crash Bandicoot, hello childhood! Kratos returning in a Norse themed God of War with anger issues firmly in tow. Resident Evil 7 looks to be abandoning vapid, Michael Bay spectacle in favor of a return to the franchise’s horror roots. The Last Guardian finally has a firm release date, how long will that last? All of these reveals are just from Sony’s conference too! I haven’t even mentioned the rest of 2016’s E3.

If anything though, the amount of concentrated revealing and hype generation from this year’s E3 add more reasons to take a step back -- even if it is hard to stop drooling over Breath of the Wild footage -- and remain level-headed with a critical eye on these reveals. After all, the hype train cannot be allowed to barrel through everything. Speaking of hype…

1. All for the Hype and Hype for all!

Obviously, big reveals of what is on the gaming horizon, especially the ones seen at E3, are made to build hype and drive pre-order sales. There is nothing wrong with this. After all, the game industry is a business that needs money in order for developers to continue making the games we all know and love. However, as the consumer we need to keep in mind we are being shown these things for the express purpose of building hype.

Hype waggles tongues, spews Tweets, creates fan art, sells pre-orders, sparks discussion, and so much more. Hype is an integral part of the industry, and it is a vital phenomenon for games to continue to be made. There is certainly nothing wrong with being hyped for a game. (I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Breath of the Wind after all, yet I am doing my best to keep my inner child restrained so as not to become over-hyped.) There’s nothing wrong with being excited for a game so long as the hype remains under control, and you do not pre-order the game.

2. Get Your Pre-orders Here!

If there’s anything the AAA culture likes more than gratuitous amounts of hype, it’s a plethora of pre-orders to accompany the hype to the prom. Pre-orders are important, since people who pre-order a game do not usually change their mind and cancel their order. This is a guaranteed day one sale, and the publishers love it.

Nearly every game shown at this E3 is already available for pre-order from Amazon and other retailers. Some of the reveals we saw at E3 were shorter than a regular television commercial and revealed as much information as Mei’s parka reveals skin. Despite knowing as much about these games as we do about when George R.R. Martin will finally finish A Song of Fire and Ice, some people will eagerly plop hard-earned money down on one of these uber-hyped titles.

Because pre-orders never disappoint!

Publishers use these reveals to garner a response from us consumers which they know will provoke a response. While the response is not always what the publisher wants (Infinite Warfare trailer anyone?), usually a reveal leaves us fans breathless in anticipation and fervently scouring interviews for any details we can flush out of hiding. However, hype and pre-orders can lead to disappointment.

3. A Crash Course in Disappointment

What do Titanfall, Evolve, Watch_Dogs, and Destiny all have in common? That’s right! They were major releases accompanied by ridiculous amounts of hype, heaps of meaningless E3 awards, and scores of pre-orders. After all, it was Destiny that was the most pre-ordered new IP in gaming history.

Despite all these games had going for them, they had as much impact on gaming as a wet napkin has against a paper bag. Of all of these games mentioned, Destiny is the only one going strong in some form, yet it has had to work hard to reel in fans who became disenchanted with the game soon after release. How many of you reading even remember Evolve?

While none of these titles were bad games, the hype behind them had inflated expectations to major levels that would be difficult for any game to stand strong in the face of such expectations.

Speaking of expectations, let’s have a gander at Square Enix.

Squenix revealed at last year’s E3 it was finally working on a remake of the beloved Final Fantasy VII. And this E3 found Squenix showing more footage of Final Fantasy XVwhich looks like it might actually release sometime this generation. Now Square Enix has a massive undertaking on their hands. Not only are they attempting to remake a much-loved classic (something I wrote about before), they are going to deliver a game after ten years of development and expectations.

A bromance ten years in the making. 

Unlike Duke Nukem Forever, people have kept up to date with Final Fantasy XV and actually want it to be released. While I doubt the game will be a bad game, there will be plenty of fans who will be disappointed with the final game after anxiously waiting ten years.

4. Misleading? I Dare Say!

Let’s go back to 2012. Ubisoft revealed a trailer for a gorgeous looking game called Watch_Dogs. It was stunning. The graphic fidelity on display wowed all who saw the trailer, and the game looked fun and interesting to boot.

The game dropped off the radar for a few months before popping back up with a new trailer. Fans were suspicious of the footage as it seemed to show the same areas as the original trailer, yet the new trailer did not seem to have the visual quality of the reveal trailer.

Fast forward to release, and PC players were reporting the game was nowhere near what was shown, and suffered from performance issues and those lovely Ubisoft bugs. In fact, the PC version had been changed to appear more like the console versions of the game. Some industrious modders remedied this problem, allowing PC players to play the game in a state closer to the reveal trailer.

Obviously, the reveal trailer had been made to run on a high-end PC, as the PS4 and Xbox One were not released at this time. The misleading part came when Ubisoft said nothing about the shift in platform development later and frantically denied any “downgrading” had occurred. They then tampered with the PC version in order for it to appear closer to the inferior console versions. Not cool, Ubi. Although it is possible they may have done this on more than one occasion.

Of course, Ubisoft is far from the only publisher to have used misleading trailers to drive hype and pre-orders. Remember that target footage of Killzone 2? Again, disappointment set in upon release.

Neither of these holds a candle to Aliens: Colonial Marines, though. Gearbox used blatantly dishonest “target” footage which was a far cry from the game being “developed” -- but that is a can of worms to discuss another time.

5. Would You Kindly Get Excited?

Publishers are (generally) smart and know how to manipulate our emotions with trailers and reveals. As I mentioned earlier, the reveals may not always elicit the response they desired, but they will generate a response of some sort and create buzz. These companies prey on our nostalgia, as evidenced at this year’s E3 when Sony announced they were finally bringing the Crash Bandicoot series back. These companies hope we will turn a blind eye to anything critical said since we are anxious to relive the games of our youth. Unless you’re a youngling that is, but your time will come soon enough.

While it’s exciting to see the games we grew up being released with current graphical fidelity for a new audience as much as the old, we have to be wary of the reveals that prey on our nostalgia. That being said, Crash is back! Ah the memories! Such great games! Alright, alright. I’ll control myself for the rest of this.

Again, I feel the need to reiterate this point, but there is no problem with being excited for a game after a reveal. Hype has been a part of gaming since the arcade and NES days, and it will not be going away anytime soon. Hype can be healthy and allow some games to receive attention they might not otherwise. The problem comes when we allow the hype to run rampant and potentially ruin the game for us by inflating our expectations.

Now as much as I have tried my best to keep my excitement in check, it’s time to drool over that gorgeous Breath of the Wild footage yet again!

Destiny: Rise of Iron New Trailer Mon, 13 Jun 2016 05:46:42 -0400 JessDambach

Recently Destiny revealed a new Rise of Iron trailer, which you can watch above. This trailer displays some of the scenes that will happen in the game, and some new features that we can expect in the DLC. 

The storyline we see centers around a new plague which has destroyed one of the last cities. The Lords of Iron are suppose to protect that city, but now most of them are dead. They thought that they'd gotten rid of the plague forever, but they were wrong. Now the plague is back and there are not many guardians left to defend against it.

In addition to this story, some features we will see are:

  • New weapons and armor
  • New social space
  • New crucible mode and maps
  • New enemy faction and bosses

Destiny: Rise of Iron is coming out September 20, 2016. If you preorder this DLC, you'll get the Iron Gjallarhorn.

From watching the trailer, where do you think this story is going to lead? Let me know in the comments!

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Trailer & Special Editions Thu, 26 May 2016 10:00:32 -0400 Rachael Johnston

A brand new trailer of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands trailer was released today, showcasing the game's open world.  

Ghost Recon is scheduled to release on an undisclosed date later in 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC and is available now for pre-order. Along with this trailer, three special editions for the game were announced. Here's the rundown: 

Deluxe Edition

Price: $70


  • Standard edition/base game
  • Digital Deluxe Pack
    • Huntsman rifle and motorbike
    • Three emblems
    • Three weapon camos
    • Three character customization items
    • XP Booster

Gold Edition

Price: $100


  • Standard edition/base game
  • All Digital Deluxe Pack content from Deluxe Edition
  • All Season Pass content, including 2 major expansions
  • Exclusive digital content
    • Equipment packs
    • Exclusive vehicle
    • Epic weapons

Collector's Editions

Collector's Edition Standard: $120
Collector's Edition Deluxe: $130
Collector's Edition Gold: $160


  • The game edition of your choice (Standard, Deluxe, or Gold)
  • Santa Muerte figurine
  • Collectible posters designed by Ken Taylor

If you pre-order the game, you'll also receive a bonus mission, dubbed "The Peruvian Connection." This mission takes you into the mountains of Bolivia to sabotage an alliance between Santa Blanca and the Peruvian Cartels.


The best place to pre-order your copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Tue, 05 Apr 2016 03:43:34 -0400 Chrisator

With Uncharted 4: A Thief's End releasing in just over a month, this is the best time to pre-order a copy of the game, and reap all the benefits that go with it. The game is due to launch on May 10th worldwide, and offers a variety of new features, including a very spiffy multiplayer mode. 

Overview of the game

Before we delve into all the pre-order options and the various places you can purchase them, let's have a look at what the game has in store for us. 

"Set three years after the events of UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception, Nathan Drake has presumably left the world of fortune hunting behind. However, it doesn’t take long for adventure to come calling when Drake’s brother, Sam, resurfaces seeking his help to save his own life and offering an adventure Drake can’t resist. "

Uncharted 4 features everything you've come to expect from the franchise, and more. With an expanded and improved multiplayer, a variety of cool new features, and some stunning visuals, the game is certainly going be a welcome distraction from the 'real' world. But, just in case you're not as psyched as we are for this game, here's the teaser!

Now that you're all sufficiently psyched, let's look at the various different versions of the game you can purchase.

Standard Edition

The game's standard edition simply offers you the basic game, as well as some nifty features for pre-ordering. These are:

  • Uncharted Points: in-game currency to unlock multiplayer content
  • Uncharted Drake’s Fortune Outfit
  • Golden Weapon Skin
  • Desert Weapon Skin
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Dynamic Theme

This version of the game goes for $59.99 (£49.99) for both the digital and disc version, across all the varying stores. The physical copy is of course subject to normal shipping prices. You can find a detailed list of the retailers below.

Note that Gamestop's version reportedly also has the following exclusive benefits:

  • Multiplayer Booster Pack: Unlocks a variety of one-time use multiplayer boosts.
  • Phurba Dagger Taunt: Instantly unlocks a dagger taunt using the iconic symbol from UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves to strike fear into any multiplayer opponent.

The Triple Pack (Addon/DLC)

This DLC pack, which doesn't include the game, is exclusive to the PlayStation store, and includes the following:

  • Single-player story add-on
  • Two multiplayer packs that will unlock new, rare, and legendary items

The price is currently sitting at $24.99 for this package, and is probably more valuable to those interested in buying the physical addition of the game. You can see why just below.

Digital Deluxe Edition

As the name suggests, this edition is only available for the digital version of the game, and is available from the PS store and various retailers for $79.99 (£64.99). As you may have guessed, this version of the game includes:

  • The basic game
  • The triple pack of add-ons and DLC
  • Standard edition pre-order bonuses
  • An instant unlock to two multiplayer items

Special Edition

Only available in physical form, this item is more of a collector's bundle, and includes the following;

  • UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End
  • Collectible Steelbook Case
  • 48-Page Hardcover Art Book by Dark Horse
  • Naughty Dog & Pirate Sigil Sticker Sheet
  • Uncharted Points: in-game currency to unlock various multiplayer content

This edition of the game is also available for $79.99 (£59.99) from Amazon, Best Buy and Gamestop, but not the PS store itself. It is also likely to be available from various other retailers.

Libertalia Collector's Edition

Yet another collector's bundle available in physical form only (obviously), this bundle includes everything found in the Special Edition, as well as the following:

  • 12” Premium Drake Statue
  • Two EXCLUSIVE instant multiplayer unlocks, five additional instant multiplayer unlocks, and Uncharted Points for use in UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End multiplayer

It goes for $119.99, and is yet again available from Amazon, Best Buy and Gamestop, as well as other retailers. The UK version seems to be unavailable/out of stock at this time, however.

As a sidenote, while the pre-order bonuses don't seem to be mentioned for the two physical collector's bundles, they are listed in the Amazon page, and will likely be available for all pre-order versions of the game.

Buying made easy

If you're sold on the idea of buying the game, you can find a handy table below with all the links you'll need to buy it from your favorite retailers. 

  Standard Edition (Physical) Standard Edition (Digital) Digital Deluxe Edition  Special Edition  Libertalia Collector's Edition 
PlayStation Store N/A $59.99 $79.99 N/A N/A
Amazon $59.99 $59.99 $79.99 $79.99 $119.99
Amazon UK  £46.00 N/A N/A £59.99 Out of Stock
Gamespot $59.99 $59.99 $79.99 $79.99 $119.99
BestBuy $59.99 N/A N/A $79.99 $119.99

If you're more of a do it yourself kind of person, then here's a link to the PlayStation Store's portal for the various versions of the game.

PlayStation VR pre-order bundle Sold Out due to artificial scarcity Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:55:22 -0400 Joe DeClara

Within the first hour of its launch, the first wave of PlayStation VR Bundle pre-orders seems to have sold out on Amazon. Other participating vendors, such as Gamestop and Best Buy, still have pre-orders available, though it won't take much for them to sell out.

When walking in to one such participating vendor, one of our writers was told by the clerk that he was the second customer to pre-order the virtual reality headset that day, and that he had only four more orders available for reservation left.

PlayStation has said that this would be the first of two PlayStation VR Bundle pre-order waves, and that the second would take place over the summer. Earlier today, Sony's John Koller said in a statement that pre-orders for the standalone headset will be made available next week on March 29.

PlayStation VR is set to be released worldwide in October of this year. The "core" headset is priced at $399, while the currently available PSVR Bundle, which comes with the necessary PlayStation Camera and recommended Move Controller, will cost $499.

Dark Souls 3 '"Apocalypse Edition" for pre-order only in the UK - supplies extremely limited Sat, 16 Jan 2016 05:02:30 -0500 Jessa Rittenhouse

If you're the sort of gamer that always has to have the biggest, baddest version of the game, but your budget just doesn't cover it - Dark Souls 3's "Apocalypse Edition" may just be the game for you - that is, if you pre-order fast. 

"Apocalypse Edition" is only available via pre-order in the UK, and the supplies are extremely limited, according to publisher Bandai Namco. The premium edition of this capstone to the infamous series releases April 12 for PlayStation 4, XBox One and PC. It includes a physical copy of the game in a metal case, as well as a copy of the soundtrack CD, and retails at £49.99.

In an era of gaming where physical copies of most games are unnecessary (and for many lesser known indie titles, unavailable), these 'luxe editions provide consumers with a bit of prestige that a digital copy just can't offer. But that prestige tends to come with a hefty price tag.

You can get three different versions of Dark Souls III in the UK: "Fancy," "Burn a Hole in Your Bank Account," and "Is Debtor's Prison Still a Thing?" editions!

"Apocalypse Edition," which replaces North America's "Day One Edition," is the least of the boxes of Dark Souls swag being offered across the pond. 

The next step up, the "Collector's Edition," retails for £99.99 and features:

  • A copy of the game
  • Red Knight figurine
  • A4 DARK SOULS Trilogy hardcover artbook
  • Metal case
  • The official soundtrack CD
  • 3 iron-on patches
  • Cloth game-map
  • Exclusive box

And if that isn't enough, there's the aptly named '"Prestige Edition" -- the best of the best, and only available at Amazon UK, containing:

  • A copy of the game
  • A numbered 40cm premium Lord of Cinder hand-painted polystone resin figurine
  • Red Knight figurine
  • A4 DARK SOULS Trilogy hardcover artbook
  • Metal case
  • The official soundtrack CD
  • 3 iron-on patches
  • Cloth game-map
  • Exclusive display box

That said, "Prestige Edition" currently isn't even available on Amazon UK -- and when it is, the price will certainly reflect the perks.

Are these editions worth all the hype? Judging from the rarity, it seems Bandai Namco may be banking on it being just that. We'll see the proof come April.

Will you be playing Dark Souls 3? Will it measure up to the rest of the series and be the crowning achievement, or are you expecting disappointment? Let us know!



New Black Ops 3 Limited Edition PS4 Bundle: 1TB space & bonus Nuk3town map Wed, 23 Sep 2015 05:58:39 -0400 Andrea Koenig

During E3, Call of Duty announced that PlayStation was their new home. Starting November 6, you'll be able to check out their redecorating with a Call of Duty: Black Ops III Limited Edition PlayStation 4 bundle.

Now you can catch a glimpse at a full Call of Duty themed bundle with a sleek black and orange color scheme. The full bundle includes the following:

  • Fully customized 1TB PlayStation 4 in jet black and orange
  • Fully customized DualShock 4 wireless controller in black/grey & orange
  • AC Power Cord, USB 2.0 Cable, & HDMI Cable
  • Mono Headset
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Standard Edition
  • Nuk3town Bonus multiplayer map

Treyarch also mentioned the successful participation of the Black Ops 3 beta session made it the largest beta in PS4 history. This game is "without a doubt the most ambitious game that Call of Duty has ever created."

If you're already itching to get your hands on it, you can pre-order this limited edition bundle at Amazon, Best Buy and GameStop. MSRP places the bundle at $499.99.

GameStop exclusive Lunar Xbox One controller Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:05:56 -0400 Courtney Gamache

GameStop is exclusively releasing a White Lunar Xbox One controller to pair with the new Elite Xbox One that Microsoft unveiled today. Going completely wireless, this new controller has more features than normal Xbox One controllers, while looking very awesome in white, gold, and black. 

Lunar White GameStop Exclusive Controller Details

A new addition in Xbox One gear is a GameStop exclusive Lunar White controller that retails for $65. While the controller is only in the pre-order stage and soon to be available on September 21st, 2015, it includes new changes that beat out other controllers.

The major change in this controller versus the traditional Xbox One version is the rubberized diamond grip and enhanced D-pad. A new feature is the ability to connect a headset to the controller through a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack.

Information Regarding the Elite Xbox One

Microsoft's new Elite Xbox One is gaining a huge amount of hype due to the 1TB hard drive and customizable controller. The only question remains is if the console is truly worth the $500 that it's retailing at GameStop for pre-order before the November 3rd release. Look at the "Microsoft unleashes 1TB Elite Xbox One; pre-order for $500" article for more details. Would you buy the Lunar White Xbox One wireless controller? Is it worth the $65 or is buying the Elite Xbox One a better choice? Share your thoughts below on Microsoft's new additions!

Rocket League coming to Mac & SteamOS; receive free copy with Steam hardware pre-order Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:40:31 -0400 Andrea Koenig

There have been son big announcements for Steam users and Rocket League fans. Valve and Psyonix announced that there is upcoming version of Rocket League compatible with SteamOS and Mac that will release later this year.

More than that, Valve tagged on the announcement that anyone, not just Mac users, who pre-order any Steam hardware will receive a free copy of Rocket League and Portal 2. All Steam hardware will be officially released November 10th.

These announcements come not long after the one millionth copy of everyone's favorite vehicle-driven soccer game was sold via Steam. There have been over 5 million sales across PC and PlayStation 4. It was only a matter of time before the minds behind it opened the availability to SteamOS and Mac gamers.

Here's the available hardware you can pre-order to get in on this deal:

The Steam Controller

A wireless device you will be able to use on both controller games and keyboard games, and with Steam Link. Comes with any Steam console you buy. Pre-order here or bundle it with Steam Link here

The Steam Link

A device that allows you to play your Steam games on any TV in your house. Just by connecting it, it will link your TV and home network. Pre-order here or bundle it with Steam Controller here.

The Alienware Steam Machine
Allows you to experience your Steam library in a console. It comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2GB GDDR5 and Intel Core Processors. Available in i3 500GB, i3 1TB, i5 1TB, and i7 1TB. Available for pre-order here.
The Syber Steam Machine

A console that allows you access your Steam library and purchase games through the Steam client. It comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2GB GDDR5 and Intel Core Processors. Available in i3 500GB (Machine I), i5 1TB (Machine P), and i7 1TB (Machine X). Available for pre-order here.


Steam mentions that new Steam Machines will be available, but it's not confirmed if they will be available for pre-order before the November 10th release date.

Rocket League is currently 10% off on Steam for a limited time. To stay updated with Rocket League and Steam, you can follow their respective accounts on Twitter: @RocketLeague and @steam_games

No Time To Explain: pre-order it now on Xbox One Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:47:26 -0400 Bryan C. Tan

No time to explain a video-game? Well, just name your game No Time To Explain and nothing will need to be explained, unless you're trying to get your game published on Xbox One.

Oh wait, someone already did that.

From humble beginnings as a flash game on the interwebs, to a smashingly successful Kickstarter, and then a glorious acceptance on SteamNo Time To Explain has finally made the big jump onto console, going through remake hell to come out all shiny for a July 17th release on Xbox One.

 The first game from independent game developer and publisher, tinyBuild GAMESNo Time To Explain is a comedy platformer where you have to chase your future self through alternate realities filled with giant monsters, fancy hats, and lots and lots of cake.

In addition to the original features such as the powerful gun/jetpack Future Cannon, different playable characters, and a built-in Level Editor, the remake includes controller support, full resolution artwork, an all-new soundtrack, and up to four-player multiplayer for the whole campaign.

All the new features will be available to existing and future players on Steam through a free update, while Xbox One players, on the other hand, can pre-order it now for $14.99. Why does it matter, you say?

No Time To Explain.

Fallout fan pre-orders Fallout 4 with over 2000 bottlecaps Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:08:32 -0400 torimor

Last week, imgur user GatorMacheteJr made a post about how he has been saving bottlecaps for over 7 years in honor of one of his favorite games, Fallout 3. Bottlecaps are used as a standard currency in the franchise.

Upon the announcement of Fallout 4, he decided to mail his collection to Bethesda's office with a letter detailing his intention to pre-order the game:

"I'm hoping if this post gets popular enough their PR department will be too nervous to turn me down," he captioned the letter, with many commentors agreeing it would be good publicity for Bethesda to answer him.

This week, he received an email from Matt at Bethesda, who also tweeted a picture of the received caps, promising GatorMacheteJr a copy of the game in November, apparently making of a point of saying "since [he] was the first person to do this" to deter more boxes from showing up at their office.

Batman: Arkham Knight Guide - Preorder DLC, Challenge Maps, and Other Game Launch FAQs Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:07:49 -0400 Stephanie Tang

Launch week has been interesting for Batman: Arkham Knight. Thanks to a slew of terrible performance issues, a subpar options menu, and impossibly low graphics (but probably moreso because thousands of players are rightfully complaining, returning their games, and leaving terrible reviews), the game has been pulled from the Steam store temporarily with a tentative re-release date of Fall 2015.

Even popular reseller Green Man Gaming has stated they will issue refunds on Arkham Knight purchases that have already been used - a customer service practice heretofore almost completely unheard of.

(Note: If your question is not covered in this article, check to see if it has been answered here: Getting Started and Fixing Performance Issues in Batman: Arkham Knight)

When will I be able to play Arkham Knight on PC?

For those of you who pre-purchased or bought it on launch day and haven't rushed out to refund your games, you will still be able to play the version you have now, even though the game has been taken off the Steam store page. It will be upgraded to the finished product once it is complete in Fall 2015.

This may also coincide with the SteamOS, Linux, and Mac releases of Arkham Knight, and we can hope there will be a nod at Windows 10's rumored support for DX12 (although I personally am not convinced this last one would be a priority).

Why am I having performance issues even after shutting down Arkham Knight?

Memory leak! Some users experience the game crashing when they're trying to exit, but other have reported that even though they've exited to Desktop, Steam will report that they are still in-game.

Check your Task Manager to see whether BatmanAK.exe is still running (and using up 2 GBs of memory). End Task using Task Manager to fix this. (You may have to do this every time you shut down Arkham Knight.)

What happened to Challenge Maps?

Hugely popular in the previous Batman: Arkham games, the Challenge Maps are noticeably missing in this release. Fans who were collecting alternate character skins for Nightwing have been asking: what is really the point of them, if he's barely in the main game anyway?

A petition has already been started, with supporters pleading to bring the Challenge Maps back, although I'm dubious as to whether or not this will influence any real change to the original base game. 

It appears that in Arkham Knight, Challenge Maps have been cut out of the base game and added into the Season Pass in order to help justify the $40 price tag ("Crimefighter Challenge Maps"), and to allow more time to develop them.

While the game does come with a number of AR challenges similar to the original Challenge Maps (e.g. combat, predator, Batmobile), they don't compare to the ones from Arkham City. And anything you can do in Challenge Mode, you will have already done in Story Mode already. 

Why doesn't my game look like the trailers/GameWorks promo?

There are a number of reasons, but the first may be some rather misleading advertising. On the NVIDIA side of the coin, aspects available on the console versions - such as ambient occlusion and rain textures gathering on Batman in open-world - are noticeably absent in-game, though they appeared in the NVIDIA GameWorks promo. 

The gameplay footage in the promo was also captured at a much higher framerate than the launch release of the game, which is capped at 30 FPS. You can increase the FPS cap by modifying the .ini file (see this article), but this causes the game to be very unstable, and may load incredibly low-quality textures.

If you are running an AMD system, you should also take a look at the minimum requirements for this game. On Jun 22 (yes, just a day before the Jun 23 release), the original graphics card minimum of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (2 GB Memory Minimum) was updated to include the AMD side of the coin - Radeon HD 7950 with a minimum of 3 GB.

This leaves those of us with slightly older/lower-end cards in a lurch. But even on high-end rigs that outstrip the minimum specifications and the PS4 and Xbox One console hardware specs, players have been experiencing dips into single-digit framerates, stuttering, and bad quality textures.

What kind of preorder bonuses do I get?

Some of the issues with the Harley Quinn DLC were covered in this article, since there were a number of switcharoos happening with NVIDIA codes/some third party reseller codes for this DLC. 

Here is a quick rundown on all of them:

  • Harley Quinn DLC - available on all preorders, but not with NVIDIA codes
  • Red Hood DLC - GameStop exclusive
  • A number of retailer-specific exclusive Batmobile skins 
  • Dark Knight Returns & Batman Begins costume skins - Steam exclusive
  • The Wayne Tech Booster Pack - TESCO and Best Buy exclusives, includes 4 additional in-game movements; Explosive Gel Takedown, Aerial Juggle, Batarangs While Gilding, and Weapon Upgrade
  • Prototype Batmobile - WalMart exclusive (this differs from a skin in that it has several exclusive gameplay features)

(Note: The two main DLC installments that people are concerned about, Harley Quinn and Red Hood, are not very big (~15-30 minutes of gameplay) and are likely timed exclusive that will be released later at additional cost.)

If you have any other questions that are not answered in this article, or in Getting Started and Fixing Performance Issues in Batman: Arkham Knightplease feel free to leave me a comment and I will see what I can do to help!

How To Order Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:19:49 -0400 Ryan Mayle

It can sometimes be difficult to pre-order a game to lock yourself in a copy before its release. The biggest example of this right now is with the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition. The newest iteration of the Fallout franchise has shown to be huge from their E3 conference and the contents of their limited edition is even bigger. You get things like a small pocket guide, poster, and collectable metal packaging. However, it really is the Pip-Boy replica that is the star of the package. People of all walks of life are trying to get a pre-order of Fallout 4 just for that.

If you are looking to pre-order a copy you are in luck! Multiple retailers have been allowing more customers to pre-order the game since it was initially announced. However, finding pre-orders in stock is difficult and it doesn't seem practical to be checking every retailer day in and day out to see if more pre-orders are available. This is why I recommend signing up for NowInStock account.

What this website does is constantly check the stocks for items at retailers automatically 24/7. For example if you create an account and set an alert for Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition, you will get an email to notify you as soon as the website sees that they are accepting more pre-orders. This website can be used for other things too, but this is definitely a huge change to grab yourself a Fallout 4 pre-order.

Valve's first Steam Machines release Oct. 16th, in stores Nov. 10th Thu, 04 Jun 2015 07:31:24 -0400 Bryan C. Tan

After three years of ups and downs, Valve has finally announced a release date for their first official Steam Machines: October 16th for some pre-orders, and November 10th for retail.

Alienware and CyberPower will release the first two lines of PC-console Steam Machines, which will run Linux-only SteamOS and will be able to stream Steam games from any local Windows or Mac computer. The Alienware Steam Machine will be fully upgradeable except its graphics chip, which, according to Dell, performs at the same level as a GeForce GTX 860M or better. The CyberPower Steam Machine will be fully upgradeable with support for graphic cards such as the Nvidia GTX Titan and AMD Radeon R9 290X.

Starting at $449, the Steam Machines will be available for retail on the same day as the Steam Controller and the TV-streaming Steam Link, both with a price of $50 each. 

Pre-orders for the Alienware Steam Machine, Steam Controller, and Steam Link start today at GameStop and Steam, along with the CyberPower Steam Machine on its site. GameStop, EB Games, Micromania, GAME UK, and Steam will pre-sell the Steam Controller and Steam Link as wel

Take a look at Alienware's Alpha iteration of the Steam Machine.

Is it wise to pre-order Battlefront? Probably not. Mon, 25 May 2015 18:20:22 -0400 RealFry

I'm a huge fan of the Star Wars universe. But I can't help but be cautious of the new Battlefront. I understand why others are excited: we haven't seen anything but speculation and teasers for over a decade.

 Why pre-order a game from a series we haven't seen in a decade?

I know there are a lot of negative articles going around about this game and some counters defending it. This article certainly won't be gushing with praise, yet I feel it's important to note the underlying feeling most people have that makes them doubt this game. A lot of other articles seem to be missing the point.

Why pre-order a game from a series we haven't seen in a decade, especially when it's coming from a publisher and developer who don't exactly have the best reputation lately? (Not to mention the fact that the developers need to have the game ready by the Episode VII movie release means relatively short time for development.)

Of course I'm talking specifically about EA. While DICE may be the actual developers, we as gamers have seen time and again that the developer/ publisher relationship in the industry is strong, and has caused many would-be-great games to falter or fail outright - as we've seen in titles like SimCity, BF4, and Destiny. Developers in the industry are in a tough bind, and often seem to compromise quality in order to meet publisher wishes. (As the saying goes, don't bite the hand that feeds you.) Naysayers can chalk it up to flukes, missteps, whatever. But there is definitely a trend here, and it has been going on for a LONG time in the gaming industry. And I'm not convinced that Battlefront will be the exception. 

Wall of shame

The recent cybersquatting site dedicated to the new game also has a pretty hefty list that shows just how domineering EA has been in decades past when it acquires new studios and IP.

The List

Even this infamous poster comparing previous features to the new sequel does make a point, regardless of how premature it is. Maybe these changes are for the better, who knows? Although, it doesn't give a good impression about the game. I'll reserve final judgment until the game is out.

Move along there's nothing to see here...
The first reveal trailer for Battlefront was an exciting and interesting introduction to the game, and we were supposed to be excited enough to base our pre-order on it. But that's not really gameplay, is it? And how true is it to what you can expect from the final game?
While many were excited for the reveal trailer announcement weeks before going in, when I actually got to see it, I felt a bit mislead. Primarily because I was expecting actual gameplay and not just game engine footage. Although I appreciated the gesture of showing anything at all, the fact that the gameplay was only shown to the actual attendees of the Star Wars Celebration event left me a bit peeved. I didn't seem to be the only fan left wanting as AJ, MWN seemed to be echoing my reactions. Only later, after I had time to digest the video, did I figure out that this was more of a way to hype up casual gamers and to stave off hunger until the E3 showing. Which will certainly be pretty good.... I'm hoping. 
Deluxe Edition and EA's long standing DLC milking
It seemed like an oddly generous offer...until they packed all the pre-order bonuses into a glorified "Deluxe Edition" which will cost an extra $10.

The announcement that the Battle Of Jakku will be free to anyone who purchases the game after launch day, and the fact that pre-order customers will have early access (a full week before non-preorder customers) seemed like an oddly generous offer.

...Until they packed all the pre-order bonuses into a glorified "Deluxe Edition" which will cost an extra $10. Too good to be true, I guess? To add to this, concern over the developers milking the game with DLC has become an equally common topic for critical articles about the game. The DLC concerns apparently caught the attention of Battlefront's producer, Jesper Nielsen, who went on record to state otherwise:

"Please don’t make me break what I can and cannot say, but if you think there’s anything we’re not including in the game to save it for DLC, I can tell you you’re 100% wrong. In this project, I’ve never heard anyone say 'Let’s not do this for launch so we can do it as DLC instead'. Ever.”

However, as I have stated earlier, that may not be up to DICE to decide.

Be excited, but dont be fooled.

Despite the overladen sense of dread/negativity some may have picked up from this article, I only wish to convey some important points to consider before you hit that pre-order button.

We're all aware of how risky it is to pre-order games. In fact, TotalBiscuit has done one of the best videos on this subject to date. I'm still looking forward to this game, but given those involved in making it and the decade-long hiatus from the franchise, I think I'll wait until AFTER the reviews come out on this one.

Final Fantasy is Heading Out to Steam Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:54:43 -0400 Asante Simone

It was only a matter of time before Final Fantasy was available on PC.

Square Enix recently announced that Final Fantasy IV: The After Years would be coming to Steam next month. The game is now fully updated and enhanced as a 3D remake of the original mobile game. Players can take part in the sequel to Final Fantasy IV, complete with brand new and classic characters, Steam achievements and trading cards, and an intro movie by Visual Works.

The game is set about 20 years after FFIV, following the original characters and their descendants as a new villain appears. As this mysterious villain shows up, an equally mysterious chain of events occur that threaten the safety and fate of the Blue Planet. Players will use the mechanics, assets, and locations of the original game, updated with new graphics and gameplay.

FFIV: The After Years was originally released a mobile game in Japan in 2008. It was later ported to the Nintendo Wii, on WiiWare, in 2009 for North America, Europe, and Japan. It was then bundled with other FF games for the PSP in 2011, for Japan, North America, Europe, and Australia.

Square Enix already released the English version of the game on the Apple App Store, the Square Enix Market, and the Google Play store. The game will be released on Steam next month, May 12th. Players can preorder it now and get a 10% discount.

Be "Friends Forever" with One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Sun, 19 Apr 2015 04:31:51 -0400 Asante Simone

Another trailer has been released for the latest One Piece game, but with some extra news for players in Europe (and in America, sort of).

Bandai Namco Ent. Europe released the latest trailer of One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Wednesday. The two-minute long video reveals some important pre-order information for European players. Pre-order bonuses include four free DLC items. The first two are Luffy in a his giant fish costume, and Sabo dressed as Lucy. The other two are exclusive missions. An exclusive metal case that features the "three brothers", Luffy, Ace, and Sabo, is also included. These bonuses are for all platforms the game is released on, though the metal case is not included for the Steam release.

The trailer also reveals another edition. Players can buy a Doflamingo edition of OPPW3, though this is exclusive to the PlayStation 3 and 4 versions. This edition includes a 16-centimeter (6.3-inch) Scultures figure of Doflamingo, the game itself, and game and box covers that feature Luffy and Sabo ready to attack with Doflamingo laughing maniacally in the background.

The American version of the trailer didn't mention any pre-order bonuses, but Bandai Namco Ent. announced that the Americas will receive the same pre-order bonuses. The "Three Brothers" case, however, seems like an exclusive for players who buy the PS4 version of the game.

The game was already released in Japan on March 26, for the PlayStation 3, 4, and Vita. OPPW3 will be released this summer in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia, for the PS3, 4, Vita, and Steam.