If you’re a fan of the XCOM: Enemy Unknown series of tactical squad-based strategy game, you’re probably eyeing preorder deals on The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. This latest installment to the XCOM franchise will be released next month on August 20th, 2013.
Problem with the preorder is that 2K Games loves to come up with “interesting” preorder bonuses in lieu of straight up allowing their retailing partners to discount the games via coupons or instant savings.
If you don’t want to deal with figuring out the deals, the best deal is here:
$45 – Preorder The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
(free Codebreaker DLC, choice of $12 credit or $8 cash back, plus free 2K games)
If you want to know what the preorder bonuses actually are and the full details, Here’s two specific preorder deal we’ve come across, from Green Man Gaming and Gamefly:
|GMG Free Game Rewards||GameFly Credit Rewards|
|Free Codebreaker DLC + 10% off game + $12 credit or $8 cash||Free Codebreaker DLC + 10% off game|
|Free Spec Ops: The Line (if tier is unlocked)||Choose between: 30 day GameFly free, $10 GameFly credit, or $10 GameFly digital credit|
|Free XCOM Ultimate Bundle (Enemy Unknown, DLCs, plus 4 XCOM classic games)||$10 credit on 2K Games digital titles on GameFly|
The “Free Game” tiered reward bonus can also be found at other retailers including Steam’s store and GameStop – but the GMG deal is much better because of the additional bonus in a choice between the $12 credit or the $8 cash back.
How does the tiered reward system work? Basically, as more people preorder The Bureau, the extra preorder free game tiers will be “unlocked” – giving everyone a free copy of Spec Ops: The Line. Eventually, everyone will be able to get the XCOM bundle once that tier is unlocked too. The XCOM bundle comes with XCOM: Enenmy Unknown, its two DLC, and 4 classic XCOM games (all of this activates on Steam).
Gievn how big this title is, we’re almost positive that the extra reward tiers will be unlocked, making it a better value to grab the game from Green Man Gaming. Plus, the aforementioned credit/cash-back choice on the preorder of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified makes it the best deal online.
Gamers that have perordered BioShock Infinite will probably remember 2K’s favoritism in giving away free games from their catalog for digital copies of their AAA games – while they can be at times a bit confusing when compared to a straight-up coupon or credits, you often wind up with a lot more value – especially if you don’t have the titles 2K is giving away.