Deep Silver has made it very easy to ascertain the best Saints Row IV deals online, as for the open-world sequel they’re keeping things simple. They’re only releasing two versions of the game, the standardised Commander in Chief Edition and the bulky yet expensive Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition.
Gloriously silly names aside, both sets are drastically different with the Commander in Chief Edition packing in a copy of Saints Row IV with three in-game bonuses (‘Meria weapon, Screaming Eagle plane and Uncle Sam suit) whereas the Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition is essentially the Collector’s Edition in all but name, packing in a fully functional Dubstep Gun with laser sight, a pocket-sized Dubstep Doomsday Button, and an 8-inch statue of the returning legend that is Johnny Gat.
All these real-world goodies encapsulate the spirit of Saints Row IV rather well, but the price point is a little hard to swallow. The Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition is priced at £89.99 via most retailers, and is only available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The cheapest place to snap up the set is Gamestop surprisingly enough, with either version selling for £84.97. This premier set has been available for pre-order for months, yet we haven’t seen any retailer sell out their allocation. That said, it’s still worth getting your money down early if you don’t want to be disappointed come launch day.
Surprisingly there isn’t a vanilla edition of Saints Row IV available before, during or after launch, instead the plainest set is the Commander in Chief Edition. The PC version is available for as little as £29.99 from Simply Games and Grainger Games, whereas the best place to snap up either Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions is GreenManGaming who are selling each SKU for £33.99. That’s a considerable bargain, especially when you consider the RRP of the Wub Wub Edition equates to more than double the price of the regular edition.
GAME are also selling an exclusive edition of Saints Row IV, which includes all the content in the Commander in Chief version in addition to two new character skins; The Iron Rogue and Queen Amazonia. This edition is only available for Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and it’s priced at £39.99. That’s equates to £3 per additional character skin versus the cheapest price for the regular edition, and in our view that doesn’t represent value for money.
One more thing worth mentioning is that retailer-specific pre-order bonuses regarding Saints Row IV are almost non-existent. There’s only one vendor that has any kind of exclusive content, and that’s Steam who are bundling three Team Fortress 2 weapon skins for use in Saints Row IV with every copy of the Commander in Chief Edition. Again this isn’t too big an incentive, especially when you consider Valve’s digital games service is asking players to pay the full £39.99 RRP for the privilege. We recommend going with a cheaper retailer instead. Saints Row IV has lots of different imaginative and extravagant weapon skins, adding four more into the mix isn’t exactly going to set Steelport alight.
Those are the major factors to consider when placing down your pre-order for Saints Row IV. For daily price and pre-order bonus updates up until the sequel launches, check out each edition’s dedicated product pages below: