Battlefield series players will tell the FPS layman that Battlefield 4 is the “grown up” version of Call of Duty. And as a more “mature” gamer, it might be harder to justify that pre-order purchase. Fortunately, if you need an excuse to pre-order Battlefield 4, several retailers have decent incentives – often bonus credits and even some with straight up discounts.
Reader’s Digest version? Here are the best deals for each platform:
- PC digital: The best deal is at GMG with their 20% off coupon, dropping the price from $59.99 to $48. Use coupon TAREM-BF4NA-BOOM1 (expires 10/28/13, 11AM ET).
- Xbox 360/PS3: You’ll want to go with Walmart and their $10 eGift Card bonus + a free copy of Battlefield 3 ($15-$20 value).
- Xbox One/PS4: For next gen consoles, your best bet (as of writing) is to go with Dell for the $25 bonus eGift Card or Microsoft Store’s deal on the Xbox One version which nets you a $10 Xbox gift code.
Battlefield 4 Pre-Order Bonus Compare Table
|PC||Xbox 360||PS3||Xbox One||PS4|
|GMG||$48 with Coupon|
|Walmart||$10 eGift Card + BF3||$10 eGift Card + BF3|
|Dell||$25 eGift Card||$25 eGift Card||$25 eGift Card||$25 eGift Card||$25 eGift Card|
|Amazon||$5 Credit + Battlepack||$10 Credit + Battlepack||$10 Credit + Battlepack||Battlepack||Battlepack|
|Best Buy||$10 in Reward Certificates||$10 in Reward Certificates||$10 in Reward Certificates||$10 in Reward Certificates|
|GameStop||Bonus Double XP||Bonus Double XP||Bonus Double XP||Bonus Double XP|
|Microsoft||$10 Xbox Gift Code||$10 Xbox Gift Code|
(Yup if you order at Origin store you get nothing extra beyond the China Rising pack).
Every Pre-Order Gets China Rising Expansion Pack
Every pre-order, no matter the platform or retailer, comes with the “China Rising” Expansion Pack. It’s a standard pre-order incentive that will cost additional $$$ post release. China Rising will take place on the Chinese mainland and feature four new maps, along with new vehicles and other equipment.
Full Details on Each Retailer’s Pre-Order Bonuses
Here are all the nitty gritty details on pre-order incentives for Battlefield 4 depending on your choice of retailer. The retailers are listed from best to worst deals (in our opinion). Note: if you’re not a PC gamer, you should probably just skip to reading about Walmart and Amazon’s offerings.
1) Green Man Gaming:
The UK-based digital retailer has a special weekend coupon code dropping the PC download price by a healthy $12. The coupon discount began on Friday, October 25th and is scheduled to run until Monday, October 28th at 11AM Eastern – just a day before the release date.
Here’s perhaps the best incentive from the perspective of an Xbox 360 or PS3 gamer. After purchase, they’ll ship you a copy of Battlefield 3, which at first seems lame if you already own a copy, but remember it’s ~a $15-$20 value. You can always sell the extra copy, trade it in at a local GameStop (unopened), or give to a friend. The $10 bonus eGift Card arrives via email.
Selling video games isn’t exactly Dell’s forte, but nevertheless they have an interesting $25 PROMO eGift Card offer. The gift card is a code that arrives via email about 10-20 days after the game ships and carries a 90 day expiration. Otherwise, it’s pretty self-explanatory and a good outright bonus.
If you want both a monetary incentive and an in-game bonus, Amazon may be the way to go. In addition to their $10 credit (only $5 for PC), you get an exclusive “Battlepack” code that includes new weapon accessories, dog tags, knives, XP boosts, and other character customization items. There’s more information on the Battlepacks in the Battlefield 4 FAQ.
5) Best Buy:
If you’re a loyal “My Best Buy” (formerly Rewards Zone) member, you’ll get 500 bonus points ($10 worth). Interesting enough, while there don’t appear to be any extra incentives for it, Best Buy is also selling the Digital Download version. This may be a first step for Best Buy breaking into the digital gaming market and something to watch in the future.
If you’re planning on taking the BF4 launch weekend seriously, there’s a chance you may want GameStop’s Double XP Boost bonus. For the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, starting Saturday, November 2 12:01AM PST through Sunday, November 3 at 11:59PM PST, you get double the XP. The Xbox ONE and PS4 versions also have this bonus included, but presumably they’ll get it when their respective consoles launch (November 23rd for the Xbox ONE and November 16th for the PS4).
Through the month of October, the Microsoft Store has been running a $10 “Xbox gift code” offer. The $10 extra bonus cash is redeemable on Xbox LIVE.
Got any other pre-order deals we didn’t hit? (For the North American release, anyway.) Let us know and we’ll update accordingly!