DOOM's coming out tomorrow. Expectations have been mixed since the closed and open betas, but if you're like me: this is a new DOOM game. It's like Game of Thrones. It doesn't matter that the latest season is going downhill. You're in it for the long haul.
Fortunately, there are some retailers not charging you $80-90 for a copy of iD's latest shooter. So if you want to get your pump action shotty on this weekend, here's where you need to go.
Price: $59 (PC), $69 (PS4/XB1) Hello. When did Big W decide to pull a Fallout 4? According to the online listing, the offers are only available in store. Availability will vary from store to store too, but if you're lucky enough this is hands down the best deal available.
Price: $64 The trick with this one is that it's not a standard online or in-store listing, but an Ebay group deal. There are only a few hundred copies left, so you might want to jump on this one straight away. $5 isn't much of a saving, mind you.
You can pre-order the game for $69 online or in-store as well, and those who pre-order will get some DLC goodies to go with it.
Price: $69 The company confirmed via social media that they'll be selling DOOM for $69 at launch.
@jackophillips17 Should we expect you for the Doom release on Friday? Another $69 release price!
— Target Australia (@Targetaus) May 11, 2016
Price: $69 Surprise: Kogan has a video game that you might want for a decent price — unlike the $85 they still want for an XB1 copy of Watch Dogs.
The link above is for the PC version, but the PS4 and XB1 builds are selling for $69 too. If you want to have a laugh, you could scroll through this list for older games at hilariously exorbitant prices. Like NBA 2K15 on the PS3 for $62. Or the original version of Destiny for more than what most retailers are selling The Taken King.
Or you could ignore all that and buy DOOM. Shipping's free, which is nice, although if you order now you probably won't see it until next week. I'd rather buy in store and play it over the weekend.
JB's got an exclusive "Steelbook Pack" that comes with a pin badge set and a Demon multiplayer DLC pack. That's a custom armour set, six hack modules, metallic paints and three iD logo patterns. Apart from the hack modules, it's all cosmetic stuff.
If you just want the ordinary game, it'll still cost you $89. But given that the DLC and the base game could probably be bought for less elsewhere, I don't know why you'd shop at JB this time.
EB's pricing is even more off the charts. They're carrying an exclusive UAC edition, which comes with a Union Aerospace poster, a handbook with some concept art and visuals "surrounding the setting of the game", two fabric patches, and the game itself.
At least you're getting a copy of the disc for your $100. But if I was going to spend extra dosh on DOOM lore, it'd be on Ebay for some of the original posters, not stuff like this. Each to their own, I guess.
As for the online retailers...
Price: $57.99 (PC), $64.99 (PS4, XB1)
The British-based retailer has made a decent effort in shipping games to Australians for a semi-reasonable price for a while, and their offering for DOOM isn't half bad here. They sell games in AUD, which is nice, but the delay in shipping a game from Sheffield to, say, Melbourne isn't.
If you're buying the PC version, however, you'll get a CD key instead. You might not actually get your code until late Friday or sometime Saturday though. Some people might prefer to spend their whole weekend smashing out DOOM straight away; that's worth an extra $10 or $15 for many. Your call.
Price: $108.95 (after USD-AUD conversion)
There's no special bonuses or DLC that comes with pre-ordering DOOM on Steam, so you're really just paying through the nose to ensure Lord Gaben and co. get a cut instead of a retailer somewhere else. But given that you'll probably be downloading patches through Steam anyway, you might as well wander to a store in person or order a boxed copy to avoid the frustration of having your internet tied up for half a day.
Price: $81.75 (after AUD-USD conversion)
Not a bad deal, but you can get a better offering elsewhere.
Those are all the reputable deals we've found so far. What about yourselves — spot anything good?