Hey you, put down that copy of Ni No Kuni, as there are still plenty more interesting games heading to UK stores this week!Visceral Games’ Dead Space 3 is set to finally arrive this Friday and there’s also a couple of other releases worth your time, namely the potentially excellent Scribblenauts Unlimited on WiiU and Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed on 3DS.
To find out which retailer is offering each respective release at the cheapest price or with the best pre-order bonus, check out the dedicated product pages below:
There aren’t any special pre-order bonuses for either Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed or Scribblenauts Unlimited, regardless of which retailer you get either game from. Every edition of the aforementioned kart racer is deemed ‘Limited Edition’ which includes a special track dedicated to Outrun and Metal Sonic as a playable character, so just go for the cheapest price. The same goes for Scribblenauts Unlimited for both WiiU and 3DS,which are both out this Friday. Unfortunately the same can’t be said of the PC version which has been delayed until February 15th, that edition is only available via digital stores, and Steam has the best and only pre-order bonus in the guise of a TF2 hat modelled after Maxwell’s headgear – it’s a small bonus to be sure but a notable one.
Which brings us to the star of this week, Dead Space 3. Now the abundance of ‘pay-to-win’ DLC for Visceral’s sequel may have dampened some anticipation for this release, but that doesn’t mean the sequel’s campaign is any less stunning. We know, we’ve played it and we detailed our experiences in the début issue of FirstLook magazine (read it here), but you don’t want to hear about that – you want to know about pre-order bonuses and price comparisons.
Like other EA releases, trying to figure out the best place to pre-order Dead Space 3 is somewhat of a challenge.
GAME are the only retailer which are offering the Limited Edition of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, and that set includes the ‘First Contact’ and ‘Witness The Truth’ bundles. Each of these sets add one new weapon and one new suit to the game and if you want to unlock absolutely everything in Dead Space 3 there’s little option other than to snap up these sets for £44.99 on either format.
Thankfully the Limited Edition on PC is available at many different retailers, for as little as £34.99 at GAME with the aforementioned weapon. Additionally all pre-orders of upcoming EA products from GAME, come with a code to download the mobile games Mass Effect Infiltration, FIFA 13 and Need For Speed Most Wanted from the iStore for iOS platforms, so if you own an iPhone or iPad then that’s also worth considering.
If you’re one of the sane individuals out there who are merely interested in price rather than pack-in digital bonuses then you’ll be pleased to hear that the regular edition of Dead Space 3 is also available, with Zavvi offering the cheapest Xbox 360 and PS3 copies at £33.99 along with early access to Spitfire SMG weapon, while the cheapest you can snap up a PC version is for £29.95 via the increasingly popular online retailer, The Game Collection.
We’ll have another release round-up next Monday, where we suspect all eyes will be on Aliens: Colonial Marines and its litany of different editions. There’s still copies of the highly sought after Collector’s Edition out there folks, get pre-ordering if you want one!
In our heart of hearts, we just can’t turn down a collectible figure showing a Xenomorph going toe-to-toe with a neon yellow loader…
UPDATE: Since publishing this article Nintendo has surprisingly announced that the release of Scribblenauts Unlimited on 3DS and WiiU has been delayed in Europe…again. Unfortunately no details were given for this delay, but needless to say shoppers shouldn’t expect it to be available this coming Friday. Dang!