So I placed my pre-order for Elder Scrolls: Skyrim this weekend, using up the last of some Best Buy giftcards I had lying around. I would have done it sooner, but I kept waiting to see if the Bethesda would be offering Pre-Order bonuses for certain retailers, as has been the case with many other large game releases over the last couple of years. Settling in for my cloth map, which I will happily take, I know I would have probably pre-ordered Skyrim even without getting anything in addition. However, for the most part I am waiting longer to buy games, often 6 months or more, simply because I know the price will drop on many titles (I wish I had applied this logic to Rock Band 3 which, while I love, I was sad to see drop to $20 so soon after release – I paid full price the day it released). It made me wonder:
Have bonuses that come with some pre-orders (DLC, cloth maps) ever been the main reason you pre-order instead of waiting for the release date?
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Keep in mind that I’m looking for whether your pre-order was PRIMARILY because of bonus offers. It wasn’t securing your copy for release, or trying to avoid lines; it was for the bonuses. Would you really have pre-ordered LA Noire if it wasn’t for the DLC offered? Free songs for Rock band 3 make you pull the trigger sooner? I’d be curious to know what you’re best (and worst) pre-order decision was. I know Rock Band 3 would be my worst (3 songs that were later released as DLC wasn’t worth the $40 I ended up overpaying). My best pre-order bonus might be Red Faction: Armageddon for Onlive, in which I picked up Red Faction: Guerrilla and an Onlive Microconsole for free with the pre-order.
No responses this week on Twitter – I suppose this one needed a little more explanation than 140 characters offered.
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