CheapSkate Gamer

Greetings all, this is your friendly neighbourhood Batguy, filling in for lamboman who has taken ill with a terrible case of exams. Get well soon buddy! Before we get to this week's prices, I'm going to share one of my personal cheapskate tips with you: International Xbox Live accounts.

It should come as no surprise to budget-minded Australian gamers that we are paying more for Xbox Live downloads than our international cousins. As a comparison, 1000MSP costs $16.50 in Australia, $US12.50 in America (approx $AUD12) and £8.50 in the UK (approx $AUD13.50). This means that if you can buy your XBL games and DLC from the US, you will get an instant 25% discount at the current exchange rates. Bargain! As an added bonus, the American store has content that is otherwise denied to us - most notably Indie games and the Rock Band Network, although that didn’t seem to work when I tried it last night.

So what do you need to take advantage of these savings? Firstly, you need an an American Xbox Live account. I won’t go into all the details here, but you can create one very easily from your Xbox 360 or the web. Then you need to add some US Microsoft points to the account. I’ve purchased points from Maximum cards many times without any problems and the codes arrive via email within a minute or two. Finally, buy the US content on the same Xbox 360 that you would normally use with your Australian account, so that all accounts on that machine can play it. Note that some people have reported compatibility issues between foreign DLC and local games - I haven't, but buyer beware.

An American PSN account has similar benefits, but last time I downloaded from the US store it needed to go through an American proxy server. Unfortunately the store is currently down so I can’t check if this is still the case.

If you need any more information about how to create an international account, or you wish to share your own experiences, please let us know in the comments.

Now onwards to the prices! Unless otherwise stated, I’ve given the cheapest in-stock online price I could find. All these sites have free postage.

Coupon If you use the coupon OZPRICECHECK5, before June 4, you can save $5 on orders over $30 from ozgameshop (Thanks to FatShady for the tip). This makes some of the prices below even more insane!

PC Retail Alpha Protocol approx $8 Batman: Arkham Asylum approx $8 Bioshock 2 approx $8 S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat approx $8 The Witcher Enhanced $8 Aliens vs Predator $10.99 Just Cause and Deus Ex $12 Mass Effect 2 $15.99 Mafia II $21.49 Sid Meier's Civilization V $21.49 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood approx $23 Fallout New Vegas approx $23 Crysis 2 $29.49 Brink approx $35 The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings (Premium Edition) approx $37

A selection of games at three for approx $16 are also available.

PC Digital Ah Steam. We all love Steam because it’s so easy to buy top quality games at rock-bottom prices, but, well, we all hate it because it’s too easy to buy top quality games at rock-bottom prices. They’ve started doing weekly and daily sales so it’s pointless trying to list them all for you. It’s best that you go check the latest Steam sales for yourself here or a price tracker here.

Gamersgate, GOG and Direct2Drive also have daily and weekly specials you might want to look into.

Some of the interesting prices out there as I write this include:

Just Cause 2 approx $5 (expires 5PM AEST today) Homefront approx $32 (expires 6PM AEST today) Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Retribution Complete Pack approx $40 The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings (Digital Premium Edition) $69.99 with $26 GOG credit. The Witcher: Enhanced Edition approx $10 Deus Ex: Human Revolution (pre-order) approx $43 - Get in before they realise we live in Australia and bump up the price!

Xbox 360 Bioshock 2 approx $16 De Blob 2 approx $16 Batman: Arkham Asylum approx $17 Deathsmiles: Deluxe Edition approx $17 Bayonetta $17.99 Final Fantasy XIII $19 NBA Jam approx $19 Enslaved: Odyssey to the West approx $20 Lego Batman approx $20 Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 approx $20, Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 Collectors Edition $28.99 Splatterhouse approx $20 Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands approx $20 Assassin's Creed Brotherhood approx $23 Mass Effect 2 approx $23 Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition approx $23 Skate 3 approx $23 Aliens vs Predator $24 Red Dead Redemption $27.99 Fallout New Vegas approx $28 Marvel Vs Capcom 3 approx $28 WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 approx $28 Alan Wake $29 (Alan Wake $21.99 Out of stock) Mafia II $26.49 Crysis 2 $42.99 Brink approx $51 Dark Souls - Special Edition (pre-order) approx $57 Alien Noire $59.99

XBL Gold Member Deal of the Week I’m a big fan of the XBL DOTW. You can pick up quality games and DLC at significant discounts if you’re a gold member and are willing to wait till a couple of months after release. The outgoing deal is the Bethesda Blowout, with 50% savings on Fallout 3 and Oblivion expansions, avatar items, and, yes, horse armour. Hmmm... some good stuff (The armour! So shiny!), but I imagine you would probably already have any of these that interest you. However, this deal is due to end any moment now, so I’ll update the story or the comments as soon as I know what the new deal is.

PS3 De Blob 2 approx $16 Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands approx $16 Batman: Arkham Asylum approx $17 Aliens vs Predator $18.99 Bioshock 2 $18.99 Bayonetta $19 Dante's Inferno $19 Enslaved: Odyssey to the West approx $20 Final Fantasy XIII approx $20 Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 approx $20, Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 Collectors Edition $27.99 Prince Of Persia Trilogy: HD Collection approx $20 Splatterhouse approx $20 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood approx $23 Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition approx $23 Skate 3 approx $23 Red Dead Redemption $25.99 Alpha Protocol - The Espionage RPG $28 Fallout New Vegas approx $28 Marvel VS Capcom 3 approx $28 Mafia II $28.99 BioShock 2 $29 Crysis 2 $42.99 Brink $50.99 Dark Souls - Special Edition (pre-order) approx $57 LA Water $57.99 Infamous 2 Hero Edition (pre-order) $169

Wii MADWORLD approx $11 De Blob 2: The Underground approx $16 Lego Batman approx $20 No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle approx $23 Resident Evil 4 approx $23 Metroid: Other M $39 Donkey Kong Country Returns $48.99 Nintendo Wii Black Console Plus Mario Kart Game Bundle $188 in store at Big W

3DS Super Monkey Ball $26.99 Puzzle Bobble Universe $33.49 Rayman 3D approx $37 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars approx $37 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D approx $37 Nintendogs + Cats (Golden Retriever) approx $39 Super Street Fighter IV approx $43 Dead or Alive: Dimensions approx $46 LEGO Pirates Of The Caribbean $45.99 Pilotwings Resort $45.99 Steel Diver approx $46

DS Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands $13.76 De Blob 2 approx $16 Puzzle Quest 2 approx $19 Hello Kitty: Birthday Adventures approx $20 Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 approx $20 Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks $70 in store at Big W ENDS TODAY!!

PSP Lord Of Arcana: Slayer Edition approx $16 Modnation Racers approx $16 Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 approx $17 Star Ocean: First Departure approx $20 Tactics Ogre approx $23 God Of War: Ghost of Sparta $29.95 LEGO Pirates Of The Caribbean approx $36

A selection of games at 2 for approx $40 across all platforms is also available, though many of them are actually cheaper if bought individually. Go figure.

Did I leave any deals out? If so, comment below or on Facebook, and tell us where!

Lamboman may be away, but Jimu is not. He has been hard at work on the latest installment of Commander Computer Games and I have it here now for your enjoyment. Take it away Jimu!

Next week should see the return of Lamboman. I now appreciate just how much work it takes to write this column and will be welcoming him back with open arms. Lavish your praise upon him people, because he deserves it!


Comments

    Very nicely done Batguy! I liked the XBL US deal :)

    Also, does anyone know if I have to play the first Witcher to enjoy Witcher 2?

      You don't need to, no. I'm playing it and enjoying it, never touched the first even though I own it on Steam. It's confusing at first but once you get past the prologue (which itself is about 2-3 hours) you'll start to understand it and enjoy it more.

    Alien Noire? Sounds like a fantastic game.

      Now I'm picturing a typical LA Noire scene where Phelps and his partner are replaced by a Predator and an Alien. Still in trillbys though

    wow this was a awesome job batguy. You have earned your wings as it were.

    Nice work Batguy!

    If anyone happens to be looking for a cheap PS3 guitar in case they're still playing guitar games look here:
    http://www.logitechshop.com.au/logitech-wl-guitar-controller-ps3.html

    Just $40 with free shipping.

      Ooh - I bought two of them for my Xbox at about $80 each and love them to pieces. That is a crazy deal that everybody should take advantage of right now!

        They exist for the 360? Please, tell me more.

          I bought mine from fluidtek back in February 2010, when I think they were trying to clear out excess stock. The cheapest I can find right now is $100 on eBay, and even that's not a bad deal for the quality you're getting.

            I think they've stopped making them and are just clearing them out. That eBay listing you posted is continental US only and I imagine that they aren't easy to track down any more.

            I remember seeing them at Harvey Norman and JB Hifi a while ago, it didn't really click that it was what we were talking about until I saw that very memorable orange. Don't think I've seen them under $100 though. Maybe I'll have to look further into things.

      Awesome work, thanks for that link!! Just ordered one! I needed a second guitar for Rock Band as my mate has recently moved to Sydney and we always relied on him bringing one over.

      I'm stoked, $40 with free delivery!

    So many colours, Jimu.
    My eyes... they cry in protest.

    Also! It is possible that Deus Ex 3's price won't be jacked up. Squenix are one of the few who don't do that. Well, so far anyway. But yeah, it is Deus Ex and everyone should have pre-ordered it by now anyway. EVERYONE
    Good job Batguy!

    Not sure if this is the place for this or not, but Coke have a promotion going on at the moment where you can get free PSN stuff. You register at www.cokeunleashed.com.au, and when you buy the marked 450ml or 600ml cokes, there's a code on the back of the label which you enter into the website for points e.g. a 600ml coke is worth 20 points. You can (in theory) then redeem those points for PSN downloads like games, DLC, themes, etc.

    I say "in theory", because when I tried it, pretty much everything was marked as "sold out", but a mate of mine got the God of War Collection for 35 points - that's less than 2 600ml cokes! In addition to GOW Collection, they also had stuff like Super Stardust HD, WipeOut HD, Flower, etc. Which were also all sold out :P Of course you'll have to wait for the PS Store to return before you can actually download anything...

    Apparently they'll be adding more stuff as the promotion goes on, so hopefully I'll be able to redeem my points for something at some stage...

    Wow.. that was... wow.. just awesome :D

    Insanely comprehensive and just... awesome!

      Good to know that 5 and a half years of research training was useful for something!

    It appears that zavvi.com don't deliver to Australia, thus invalidating a number of the deals listed above.

    Sadface :(

      This seems to be a recurring problem that people complain about, but it is definitely not true. I've ordered 6 things from them in the last 2 months without issue.

      I just tried creating an order with a brand new account and everything was fine. I was able to enter Australia in the cardholder and delivery address.

      So I'm curious - at what stage are people being blocked in their order? I don't doubt they are encountering a problem, but maybe we can sort it out with a bit of group problem solving?

        Australia is simply not an option on the delivery address or credit card forms.

        Might be browser specific. I'll check when I'm not relegated to one browser that can get through the corporate firewall.

        Confirmed - The list of possible countries is far longer in Chrome than in Firefox 4.

          Great work team, problem solved!

          So it seems that Zavvi has some issues with FF4 and Opera, but works with Chrome and IE8 (which I used in my test). I probably created my original account with FF3.

          Will tell lambo and get him to include it in future articles.

        I got an order from Zavvi yesterday. I did have an issue when I first set up my delivery address. I couldn't select Australia, this was using Opera, so I switched to Chrome and it was there. I don't know if that's the problem that other people are having, but it may help some people out.

      I sent in an enquiry to Zavvi about this after I pre-ordered Dark Souls from them. Here's the reply:

      Hello Adam,

      Thanks for your message.

      We do not currently have any plans to stop shipping to Australia.

      You therefore have nothing to worry about for your pre-order for Dark Souls.

      If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.

      Regards
      Dan

      Zavvi Customer Services

      I suggest contacting their support if you're having issues ordering, they respond fairly quickly.

    Looks like they have jacked the price up of Metroid: Other M. I grabbed it from Zavvi at £15.85, now it's £24.85

      Zavvi actually jacked the price up because they added it to the 2 for 25 offer.

    Hello Just Cause 2! I only just discovered the demo on the weekend. At $5, I wasted no time (redeemable on steam as a bonus).

    So... do I pre-order Ocarina of Time from Ozgameshop with that $5 discount or pre-order from EB and get that freebie Ocarina...

    Decisions, decisions. :P

      Free plastic Ocarina all the way!!! I'm a sucker for special edition stuff, even if it is a bit corny!

    Dammit if only I knew about the ozgameshop code yesterday :( but got the last copy of the $10 cheaper imported LA Noire, think I can live with that.

    I encourage anyone who hasn't played it before to try out Alpha Protocol. It got some bad write ups but I really, really enjoyed it.

    OZPRICECHECK5 ran out :( (June 4th was wrong).

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