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Checkpoint: Post-E3 2014 Pre-orders Edition

Checkpoint - Post-E3 2014 Pre-orders Edition

Now that E3 2014 is over, it’s time to tally up all the games that I had on pre-order. This year was extra confusing because Amazon.ca entered the E3 pre-order promotion mix for the first time. Normally that wouldn’t be a fumbling point but Amazon.ca’s promotion morphed throughout the four days.

It started with 30% off three or more titles with many titles priced at  $59.99. By the end, it ended up being 18% off. Then there were titles listed in their promo page that weren’t eligible. On top of that there were a few titles that ended up being cheaper at BestBuy.ca because of how the math worked. But then you realized that some titles weren’t available for pre-order at BestBuy.ca but were available at Amazon.ca, so then you had to come up with more titles to pre-order in order to take advantage of the discounts. And I didn’t even mention the random cock ups by Amazon.ca.

It was a mess but I got my games in and I was happy. I had to make a Google Docs spreadsheet in order to track where every game was but here is the official breakdown:

The Last GuardianPS3FutureShop
Mirror's Edge 2PS4FutureShop
Metal Gear Solid VPS4FutureShop
Tom Clancy's The DivisionPS4FutureShop
Final Fantasy XVPS4FutureShop
Bayonetta 2Wii UFutureShop
The Order 1866PS4FutureShop
The Witcher 3: Wild HuntPS4Amazon.ca
Batman: Arkham KnightPS4Amazon.ca
Sunset OverdriveX1Amazon.ca
Halo 5: GuardiansX1Amazon.ca
Grand Theft Auto VPS4BestBuy.ca
Uncharted 4PS4Amazon.ca
Mortal Kombat XPS4Amazon.ca
Call of Duty: Advanced WarfarePS4Amazon.ca
Call of Duty: Advanced WarfarePS4Amazon.ca
Quantum BreakX1BestBuy.ca
Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney3DSAmazon.ca
Forza Horizon 2X1BestBuy.ca
Captain Toad's Treasure TrackerWii UAmazon.ca
Yoshi's Wooly WorldWii UAmazon.ca
Smash Bros.Wii UAmazon.ca

That’s about $1200 taxes in. I didn’t include the two Kinect-less Xbox Ones that I picked up from an Amazon.ca snafu either. That’s a lot of games spread out over the next year or two. Since everything is in 2015, I won’t be hit with bill until a year or so.

Unless you’re The Last Guardian which FutureShop still lists as a PlayStation 3 title.

There were other titles that didn’t make the cut like Xenoblade Chronicles X, Mass Effect 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Rainbow Six: Siege. Some of it is because I didn’t think it would be my thing. For others? I just thought I needed more info from E3 2015.

I tried the Battlefield: Hardline beta once and didn’t pick it up again. The Destiny Alpha? I kept revisiting it over the past three days. It’s been a fantastic way to “get” what Bungie’s next game was about.

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