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PC and Videogame Wrapup for 4/6 to 4/12


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#1 of 34 GlenHaag

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Posted April 06 2003 - 04:41 AM

I'll tell you one thing. If I ever get elected any office, the first thing I'll do is to get rid of this damn daylight savings time. Grrr.

Anywho... let's get to it.

GLEN'S HTF GAME OF THE WEEK

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It's a pretty light week again for new releases, but Splinter Cell has gotten pretty good acclaim for the GC and the PS2. In fact the GBA link options for the GC version sound pretty interesting as well.

Here's the releases for this week, April 6th through April 12th, from EBgames.com

Burnout 2 (GC) - $39.99
Splinter Cell (GC, PS2) - $49.99
Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak (GBA) - $29.99
Crazy Taxi: Catch a Ride (GBA) - $29.99
Red Faction II (PC) - $29.99
Tropico 2: Pirate Cove - $39.99
Emergency 2 (PC) - $19.99
Curse of Atlantis: Thorgal's Quest (PC) - $19.99
Final Fantasy Origins (PSX) - $29.99
Midnight Club 2 (PS2) - $49.99
Barbarian (Xbox) - $49.99
Run Like Hell (Xbox) - $29.99

Deals of the Week

Best Buy

Playstation 2
Everquest: Online Adventures - $19.99
- It should be noted that if you buy any of the following advertised PS2 online games at Best Buy and the PS2 network adapter that you get $15 off the total price. (Auto Modellista, Midnight Club II, ATV Offroad Fury 2, or Everquest Online Adventures)

PC Games
Black Hawk Down - $29.99 (Receive half off of the price of the Strategy Guide when you purchase both the game and the guide)
MVP Baseball 2003 - $34.99
Warcraft III - $29.99
Diablo II: Battle Chest - $29.99
Diablo II - $14.99
Diablo II: Expansion Pack - $14.99

Gameboy Advance
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - $14.99

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PC Games
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - $14.99
Black Hawk Down - $29.99
Age of Mythology - $37.99
Best of EA Sports (Madden, NBA, NHL, and TW 2002) - $14.99

Gamecube
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - $29.99
Sonic Mega Collection - $29.99
Spongebob Squarepants - $29.99
All-Star Baseball 2004 - $29.99

Gameboy Advance
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - $19.99
Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak - $24.99
Pokemon: Ruby - $27.99
Pokemon: Sapphire - $27.99
Legend of Zelda - $27.99
Sonic Advance 2 - $27.99

Playstation 2
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - $29.99
Everquest Online Adventures - $29.99
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc - $29.99
- Free controller with the purchase of either Midnight Club II or Auto Modellista

Playstation
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - $19.99

Bundles
- Free starter kit (includes a controller, two extension cords and an offbrand memory card) and game with the purchase of a Gamecube console (The games are one of the 4 from the Nintendo promotion)
- You receive Evolution Skateboarding with the purchase of a Playstation 2
- Free wormlight with the purchase of a Gameboy Advance

CompUSA

PC Games
Post Mortem - $19.99
Harbinger - $19.99
Zoo Tycoon - $19.99
Max Payne - $9.99
Intellivisions Greatest Hits - $9.99 after $7 rebate
Bally Slots - $9.99
Black Hawk Down - $29.99
Vietcong - $39.99
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield - $39.99
Warcraft III - $39.99
Shadowbane - $39.99
Praetorians - $34.99
Jedi Knight II - $29.99
Tropico - Free after $5 Rebate
Jetfighter IV - Free after $5 rebate

Bundles
- Purchase a Gamecube and Metroid Prime and receive the bundle for $149.99 (This ad is terribly worded. If you fight it, you might be able to get the cube for $99.99 and get the game for free, but it's unlikely.)
- Free DVD remote with the purchase of a Playstation 2

Target

PC Games
Enclave - $29.76
Sim Mania 2 (includes Sim City 3000, Sim Golf, Sim Coaster, Sim Theme Park) - $14.84
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis - $24.99
The Sims Online - $22.86
The Sims Unleashed - $19.99
The Sims Deluxe Edition - $34.88
Mall Tycoon - $14.88
Zoo Tycoon - $19.88

Gameboy Advance
Crazy Taxi - $27.88
Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak - $27.88
Pokemon: Ruby - $28.00
Pokemon: Sapphire - $28.00
Sonic Advance 2 - $28.00
Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland - $27.88
Bratz - $27.88

Playstation 2
NFL2K3 - $9.00
Tarzan: Untamed - $9.00
Rayman Arena - $9.00
HSX - $9.00

Xbox{/u]
Halo - $34.88
UFC Tapout 2 - $39.99

Playstation
Big Bass Fishing - $4.00
Motocross Mania - $4.00
Spec Ops: Covert Assault - $4.00

Bundles
- Receive Amped free with the purchase of an Xbox Console

Toys R Us

Playstation 2
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 - $39.99
Micro Machines - $19.99

Bundles
- Receive one of the four free games with the purchase of a Gamecube Console. (Nintendo's promotion)
- For $279.94, you receive a PS2 console, Burnout 2, Legend of Wrestling 2, Agressive Inline Skating, and a Memory Expansion pack(this appears to be 2 mem cards)

[u]Recent Price Drops

Shenmue II (Xbox) - $9.99 at EB
Outlaw Golf (GC) - $14.99 at EB
Tiger Woods 2003 (GC) - $19.99 at EB, CC, and BB
Hot Shots Golf (PS2) - $19.99 at CC
Metal Gear Solid 2:Substance (Xbox) - $19.99 at Target
Hitman 2 (Xbox) - $38.88 at Target
Sega Soccer Slam (Xbox) - $9.99 at EB
Timesplitters 2 (Xbox) - $23.88 at Target
Sega GT 2002 (Xbox) - $9.99 at EB
NBA Live 2003 (GC) - $19.99 at EB
NHL 2003 (GC) - $19.99 at EB
Madden 2003 (GC) - $19.99 at EB
Nightcaster II (Xbox) - $19.99 at EB
Whacked (Xbox) - $19.99 at EB
Lunar Legend (GBA) - $19.99 at EB
WWE Raw (Xbox) - $9.99 at EB
Enclave (Xbox) - $9.99 at EB
BMX XXX (GC) - $9.99 at EB
WWE Wrestlemania X8 (GC) - $9.99 at EB
Ratchet and Clank (PS2) - $19.99 at Blockbuster
Resident Evil 0 (GC) - $19.99 at Blockbuster
Metroid Prime (GC) - $19.99 at Blockbuster
MechAssault (Xbox) - $19.99 at Blockbuster
Blinx (Xbox) - $19.99 at Blockbuster
Jet Set Radio Future (Xbox) - $9.99 at EB
GunMetal (Xbox) - $9.99 at EB
Red Faction (PS2) - $9.99 at EB
Evolution Skateboarding (PS2) - $9.99 at EB
V-Rally 3 (PS2) - $19.99 at EB
Onimusha 2 (PS2) - $19.99 at EB
Everquest Online Adventures (PS2) - $19.99 at EB
Minority Report: Everyone runs (GC) - $9.99 at Best Buy

Well, that's it all. I hope you have a good week.

Glen

#2 of 34 Ben Seibert

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Posted April 06 2003 - 06:17 AM

I'll have to check the CompUSA deal out since I now have a Zelda and no Cube. That's certainly better than any rumored price cut.

Edit: The ad is deceiving. You buy Metroid for $50 and get the GameCube for $100, which is the same as the free game deal.
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Posted April 06 2003 - 07:35 AM

Man, there's just no love for the Xbox or PS2 games I'm looking into buying. What does it take to get a sale on ZOE2 ?

I've heard rumors that ToysRUS is going to be bringing back one of the VERY popular sales on PS2 games that they've done twice in the past, but they're just rumors.

#4 of 34 Matt Birchall

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Posted April 06 2003 - 08:24 AM

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I've heard rumors that ToysRUS is going to be bringing back one of the VERY popular sales on PS2 games that they've done twice in the past, but they're just rumors.


And just to not-be-sneaky about things, that would be the "Buy two PS2 games, get one free" deal, would it not?

Nothing for me this week, but thanks anyway, Glen. . .

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Posted April 06 2003 - 10:10 AM

Man, I really need to upgrade my PC so I can run Delta Force: BlackHawk Down, Rainbow Six: Raven Shield, not to mention Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon Posted Image


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#6 of 34 GlenHaag

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Posted April 06 2003 - 12:37 PM

Boy, that CompUSA deal is pretty sneaky. Looking at it, you should be able to fight to get that game for free. After all Nintendo is offering the game for free when you buy a console. It's pretty poorly advertised.

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#7 of 34 Matt Hamand

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Posted April 06 2003 - 03:41 PM

This was mentioned over in the video game hardware forum but I think it bears mentioning here.

Wal-Mart has a Gamecube bundle with an indigo Gamecube, Zelda:The Wind Waker, Zelda:Ocarina of Time, and a Gamecube/Gameboy link cable for $150.

My wife and I just picked up one of those yesterday. (Wal-Mart on Murphy Canyon for you SD people)

The Wal-Mart nearest our house had none, but it was worth the 20 minutes on the freeway to find one that did. So If you've been waiting on a 'Cube now's a good time to pick one up.

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Posted April 07 2003 - 01:25 AM

This was posted elsewhere, but here is a $5.00 coupon from Target for those interested in Splinter Cell for the XBOX or PS2. Note that this is only good for an in-store purchase at Target.

http://www.getintoth....2-XB_bonus.asp

#9 of 34 Matty P

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Posted April 07 2003 - 03:00 AM

So the only football game I've ever had for my PS2 was Madden 2002, can I safely assume that $9 for NFL2K3 is worth it for an upgrade? Thanks!
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#10 of 34 Chris Rock

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Posted April 07 2003 - 03:28 AM

May I point out the fun to be had with Sega Soccer Slam, available at Target for <$15, as is pointed out in the opening post under "recent price drops".

Just picked it up yesterday. It's a blast.

IGN reviewed it back in August, and gave it a pretty good score.


#11 of 34 Carlo Medina

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Posted April 07 2003 - 04:03 AM

Glen (or anyone else who knows)

Are those price drops at Blockbuster for used or new games? I've never shopped at one (and I don't rent DVDs) so I just want to make sure before I head in to my local BB and ask for MechAssault.

Thanks!

#12 of 34 GlenHaag

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Posted April 07 2003 - 04:18 AM

Carlo,

The games at Blockbuster should be new. I saw a few new copies of MechAssault at one of my local Blockbuster stores when I was in there last.

Good luck.

Matty,

NFL2K3 plays quite a bit differently from the Madden style, but in my opinion is a better game.

I'd recommend it for $9, bucks.

Also, just to let everyone else know. I saw those $5 reservation disks for Brute Force when I was at my local Best Buy the other day. If you pay the $5 bucks you get some sort of Halo/Halo2/Brute Force preview DVD. Also included on the disk is the entire contents of the Xbox Exhibition 2 demo disk. Not a bad deal if you're going to be buying Brute Force.

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Posted April 07 2003 - 04:27 AM

Thanks Glen! I'm going to call the nearest Blockbusters to me and hope and pray! Posted Image

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Posted April 07 2003 - 05:13 AM

You forgot to mention that Final Fantasy Origin comes out this week as well! Posted Image
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#15 of 34 Paul_Medenwaldt

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Posted April 07 2003 - 05:56 AM

What is the reason that NFL2K3 is so cheap?

I picked it up last week from Toys r Us and have enjoyed it.

I'm just curious to why a 2003 game is being sold at a rock bottom price.

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#16 of 34 GlenHaag

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Posted April 07 2003 - 06:38 AM

Sorry for missing that Kenneth. I haven't been paying attention to the PSX releases. Posted Image

It's updated.

As far as why NFL2k3 is being price dropped, it's anyone's guess. Why is MechAssault $20 bucks at Block Buster? Why did Buffy drop to $10 bucks at EB a few months back. All are good games, but for whatever reason the price dropped. All I care about is passing on the good deals. Posted Image

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Posted April 07 2003 - 06:52 AM

Paul,

Two things:

1)The football season has been over for a while now. Both Madden and Sega will probably begin advertising their new games during the NFL draft weekend. Also, most places have price-dropped the EA NCAA College Football 2003 to $19.99, so its starting to happen to most football games.

2) Like it or not, EA beats the pants off Sega in the sale of sports games, thus price drops occur sooner. However, most believe that Sega sports games range from approximately equal (NFL2K3) to far superior (NBA 2K3, World Series Baseball 2K3) than their EA counterparts.

FWIW, I really wish Sega sold better than it does. It sucks for Gamecube owners not to get these games anymore. My personal experience: I loved EA NCAA Football 2003 but didn't care for Madden 2003. I tried NFL 2K3 (XBOX) when it went on sale last week but I don't have Live and the game is just not my thing.

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Posted April 07 2003 - 05:31 PM

I made it into my local Blockbuster this afternoon to snag Metroid Prime for $19.99. Well, after checking the back the clerk comes back out to tell me they were all sold out but told me he could order it. I inquired to make sure I could get it at the same price ($19.99) and he totally freaked out. He couldn't believe they were selling it so cheap, so he double-checked the computer. After verifying the price, I was able to order one with a $5 deposit. I should be able to pick up my copy next Tuesday. Posted Image
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#19 of 34 GlenHaag

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Posted April 08 2003 - 01:47 AM

Very good news David. It's good to know even if they don't have it in stock they can get the games. I might have to take a look at that list of games again.

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Posted April 08 2003 - 05:00 AM

Was at Blockbuster today and was very surprised to see the following price drops for XBOX:

Medal of Honor: 29.99
NBA 2K3 29.99
NBA 2K2 19.99
Hitman 2 29.99
Madden 2003 19.99