You Want GTA IV Australia? That’ll Be $120, Thanks

You Want GTA IV Australia? That’ll Be $120, Thanks

gta4_ps3box_small.jpgIt’s not $99.95. It’s not even $109.95. No, my friends, Grand Theft Auto IV will have a recommend retail price of $119.95 in Australia. Note that while the PS3 version of the game is shown here (which seems to be a publisher favourite for inflated prices) the Xbox 360 will also cop the $120 price tag.

This is for the standard game, not the Collector’s Edition. It smarts even more when you consider it’ll retail for $US 59.95 in the States. That’s ~$65 Australian, which means we’re basically paying double the price.We asked Rockstar’s local presence for some answers, but all it was willing to do was confirm that the price was correct and applies to both platforms. It also provide a $149.95 price tag for the Collector’s Edition. All I can say is there better be a Dodge Viper – or a fully functional animatronic Jessica Alba – in the CE box, or it’s going to be yet another bitter pill for Oz gamers to swallow.

Grand Theft Auto IV – PlayStation 3 [EBGames Australia, thanks a|A]

Comments

  • Seeing as the PS3 does not have region coding, and most 360 games do not either, I’d say everyone should simply import.

  • Hard to explain twice the cost compared to the US for games. Once distributor claimed it was for reprogramming the PAL graphics but that doesn’t explain the double cost for PSP or DS games.

    The rest of the world just seems to be subsidising cheap games for the US.

  • This is exactly why I don’t buy games locally… as much as I’d like to support Australian commerce, I refuse to pay double the price that other countries are paying.
    So thanks for the region free console Sony.

  • The Australian government has rased the import tariff because it doesn’t want the GTA franchise in it’s country due to it’s M+15 rating and content.

    FACT!

  • It happened with Assassins Creed as well

    That retailed for $108-$115 depending on where you bought it.

    I am so happy I purchased a PS3, it’s saving me money in the long run cos I can import games, pay the conversion rates, plus shipping, and it still works out $30-40 less than if I had walked down to the store and bought it off the shelf.

    Even fucking second hand games are $80-90 here.

    IT IS RIDICULOUS AND THERE IS NO JUSTIFIABLE REASON FOR THIS FUCKING HIKE IN PRICES!

  • Best deals are at:

    Target has it for $99.95 pre-order

    EB has $10 off if you pre-order, but that makes it $109.95

    GAME has it for $99.95, or trade in three games and get it for $9.95

    Enjoy!

  • Well that sets the bar then. Ten bucks says all new AAA titles will cost $120 come a few months.

    Pretty poor deal that 2K got with their shipping company there, $60 per DVD damn.

  • You apparently can’t make a direct USD-to-AUD comparison as you have to factor in the GST and other taxes, as well as the fact that the local mob have to have their pound of flesh too.

    Personally I’m going to wait and see whether the US release is unregioned, and import if it is. Hell, at that price you could probably import the damned game from the UK and save money.

  • is this something the kotaku guys could try and get a statement from the publisher on? its bloody rediculous

  • pro-tip: go to toys’r’us – they sell everything for $20 under retail usually, don’t see why this would be any different.

    (if they actually stock this game, that is)

    either that or drive mod, play it for free, but get kicked off live…

  • $150 for the CE?

    I pity those who won’t import this game for the ease of buying it retail, which will be a lot of people =(

  • Nasty…..

    I always order my DS (yay, region-free) games from PlayAsia.

    Typically I can get a game and fast ship it here for at least 10-20 dollars cheaper than if I waited. Got Apollo Justice about 2 weeks ago for less than $50, I don’t think we even have the third game here yet…

  • Now I’m happy that I couldn’t find the SE anywhere, managed to pick it up from amazon for AU$135.

    High exchange FTW!

  • Import it from Play-Asia it will cost you about $75, that’s what I’m doing and it’s region free so there’s no need to worry.

  • Noticed the link was to EB games, their slogan should be “highest prices guaranteed”. You’ll be able to get it from anywhere else cheaper than that. Maybe still not cheap enough, but cheaper than that.

  • We Aussies pay more for everything from mobile phones, TV’s, Games, Petrol.

    Nothing new here, we apparently dont have the population to accommodate new tech or items with not much Profit, hence the price increase to make it a more profitable venture.

  • Can’t say I’m that surprised. Lots of PS3 (and probably some 360 games) games have a RRP of $119.95. So you either wait for JB or someone to put it on sale for $79 or you import it if its region free.

  • I would so get this on PS3 if the dam xbox version wasn’t the only one with the DL content to come.

    Oh well time once again for me to touch my toes……..

  • man we always get fucked. this is complete bs! i like all smart people however, import games. i just hope the 360 version is region free otherwise ill have to go the GAME deal of trade in 3 games and get it for 9.95.

  • pfff – you aussies don’t need to cry about that.
    in germany you pay for nearly _every_ game 70€. Thats 120 AU-$…..

  • Christ on a bike. Things have been worse – I remember paying $100 for Shenmue on the DC back in 2001 from Electronics Buttock, and that was steep. $120 is taking the piss though. Mind, you had to see it coming – surely I’m not the only person who’s witnessed the increasing price of games on next gen systems? Admittedly we’re a way down the track from launch fever though I do see more of this wallet-fleecing activity to come because, chums, it’s GTAIV. The name alone will cause Billy the 15-year-old kid to scream ’til his tonsils bleed to get this game, and I doubt many parents are savvy enough to buy OS. It’s a big ticket item, and there are enough affluent punters/chumps out there to buy at this price point.

  • Oh, and H20GATESY, I’m pretty sure the DL content is on both platforms. You can relax that rear orifice, soldier

  • I don’t think I need to re write the comment I made on this in the Unreal comes to Steam story, but basically:

    -We don’t deserve this kind of crap.
    -This game is a rehash of old content YET again (It’s libertly city again, people), so it should be a budget title.
    -IF I get this game I’ll import it, and if my friends do, I’ll point them in the direction of Play Asia so they don’t have to take it up the ass from Sony and Microsoft.

  • Here in Iceland PS3 and XBOX360 games always cost 90-120$. If we import games the goverment will add 10% import toll and 24,5% sales tax on the game so we wont get them much cheaper by importing.

  • I’m actually glad i ordered the CE. I thought it was a bit expensive, but considering standard is $120, Fuck atleast im getting something for the extra $$$ Dufflebag+Lockbox+soundtrack+art book+keychain.

  • I’ve had my CE paid in full at EB’s since the middle of last year. I’ve expecting something to go wrong too (like them giving my CE to some kid who only did a preorder during their recent ad blitz for it) but I did not see this happening at all.

    How the hell can they justify $30 difference between the game on it’s own or the game and a pile of swag?

    I’m expecting a lot of videogame related violence outta this.

  • If it wasnt for the fact i need to have this game on day 1 i would look at importing. Thanks for the tips on various places/prices, guys.

  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!

    Sorry, I just got the Witcher Special edition from ‘yesasia.com’ for 54 dollars Australian. WITHOUT any shipping costs whatsoever. Guess where I’m going to buy all my games now?

  • While the disparity between international prices on games and hardware is vexing to say the least, lets spare a thought for those who cut their teeth back in the cartridge days of the nes/ms/md/snes. I vividly remember forking over in excess of NZD$200 for a single game and being happy for the privilege.

  • Could our government have something to do with this? Making the price higher because they couldn’t get the 18+ rating on it, so now the less fortunate kiddies cant afford to buy it…

    please rockstar. say something… we can help you. unless… they really are screwing us over.

  • “Oh, and H20GATESY, I’m pretty sure the DL content is on both platforms. You can relax that rear orifice, soldier “

    No… Microsoft forked over something like $25 Million USD per DLC (of which there are currently two planned). You can bet your house that it will be xbox only.

    http://www.gamedaily.com/articles/news/sony-downplays-gta-iv-episodic-content/?biz=1

    The only DLC that sony is looking at right now is rumoured apparel and items for sonys HOME thingy. Whatever…

  • FUCK AUSTRALIA IM IMPORTING EVERYTHING FROM NOW ON NOT GIVING ANY MONEY TO THE AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY,FOOD,GAMES,TOILET PAPER,PETS,PET FOOD,CONDOMS.

  • Way to encourage piracy, Rockstar (or rather “entire Australian gaming industry”). People are going to get mod chips so they can import the cheaper American version. But while they’ve got a mod chip, why not buy the MUCH cheaper pirated version? Or download it, if they have a dual layer burner.

  • SOLVED:
    Bypass the fascist government and download via torrents.

    The government has way too much leverage in our lives.

    They should just make sure the country moves along smoothly. As long as what I’m doing isn’t hurting anyone, stay the fuck out of my business.

  • its because there is no +18 rating they think littel childeren will not pay 120 for a game it was on a gamesite in my country,they were searching for a way to get this +15 without changing the game play

  • Tough tittes, I got this “uncensored” sucker for nuttin weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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