LA Noire, inFamous 2, Crysis 2, Shift 2 Unleashed, Dragon Age 2, Operation Flashpoint : Red River, Mortal Kombat, Motorstorm Apocalypse.
8 games. All £50 a pop. All released between March and June. Have you got £400 burning a seriously jealousy inducing hole in your pocket? Well I sure don’t. If you replace ‘£400’ with ‘crumbs’, ‘buttons’ and ‘shiny, shiny pennies(!)’ then that’s another story but I, like quite a few of you reading this, am as broke as an Activision executive on their way home from the ‘super-sequel franchise store’ and so you may want to pay attention to this feature I’ve so devotedly put together just for you.
Clearly there are an awful lot of new games released between now and the blissful Summer month of June (which just so happens to be my birthday month if anyone’s feeling particularly generous!) so in order to be able to splash out on the games you are eagerly and patiently awaiting, without being relegated to that warm, inviting seat called ‘the gutter’, keep on reading!
Click ‘Read More’ to find out how to get free/cheap video games.
Twitter -The first way of scoring some stupendously, precious gaming freebies is NOT an excuse to get you to follow me on Twitter. Ok, maybe it is, just a teeny, tiny, little bit, but what I’m saying with this point could actually be the most simplest way of getting free/cheap games on the entire list. I’m sure I don’t have to give you the speech about why 140 characters is the way forward and ramble on about how social media is great and all that jazz, as you probably already have a Twitter account, right? If you don’t, go and sign up and then come back and finish reading. I’ll wait…
Continuing, by using Twitter to follow all of the game developers and publishers that you know and love, you can be alerted (instantly alerted even, if you put them on text notifications) to the new contests and competitions they’re hosting, giving away free games and gaming merch in an attempt to bring up their ‘rep’. Through Twitter I’ve won 5 free games and even managed to bag some free Cadbury’s chocolate (SCORE!) which, if you didn’t know, goes extremely well with video games! If you have a specific developer in mind that you want to follow, just go to Google, type in ‘[insert dev/pub name]’ followed by ‘Twitter’ and just click the most official sounding search result. Alternatively you could look at the Official PlayStation Magazine UK’s (OPM_UK on Twitter) list of all the must-follow folks in the game industry or you can just follow me (@Jasmino924 on Twitter) as I tend to RT a lot of competition tweets.
Facebook – That’s Twitter dealt with and out of the way, on to the next social media solution. Everyone and their sister, brother, father and grandmother (maybe she’s a hip Granny?) has a Facebook page and developers and publishers are very, very, very (I chucked in the third ‘very’ in for good measure) aware of this. If you don’t have a Facebook account (really?!) head over to the site, sign up and come back to read the rest…
Signed up? Awesome. With your new FB account all fresh and new, again head to Google and type in ‘[insert dev/pub name] followed by ‘on Facebook’ (FB can be very tricky so you’ll definitely want to include the word ‘on’ just in case) and click on the most official sounding result and ‘like’ the company’s page. With a bit of luck, finger crossing and a whole lot of desperation, you’ll be able to enter and win some of the contests they host and if that fails, you’ll be kept up to date on the latest deals that they’re hosting, which will, of course, result in cheaper games for you – you win either way!
Oh, and if you want to thank me for these tips, please do head over to the J Station X Facebook page (or look at the widget in the sidebar –>) and click ‘like’, thanks!
Pre-Owned Games – Anyone involved in the process of making games will tell you that pre-owned games are Demons’ spawn, nefariously produced from the very loins of Satan himself due to the fact that the developer or publisher makes less profit from the sale of them. But I, however, swear by them. I could spend the entire course of a 1,000 word blog post debating whether or not the sale of pre-owned games is ruining the video game industry or not, but for the all intensive purposes of this post, they are good.
Stroll into GAME, waltz past any game with a sticker showing a price of £30 or higher and with a look of determination and perseverance, which may also be your constipated look, head towards that shelf of second hand glory and don’t look back. You’d be surprised at what you can pick up. I saw a copy of the original Motorstorm, which is an absolute classic and is a fantastic PS3 exclusive, despite the game’s age, for just 4 POUNDS. Ludicrous! And even if you can’t find a decent offer on a pre-owned game you want and the prospect of shelling out on a full-price title seems a little daunting, you can still get a good few quid knocked off the price if you trade in some of your own beloved game collection, it’s sad to see them fly the coop but sometimes it has to be done! Here’s a handy tip before you stroll into your nearest video games retailer with a carrier bag full of marked up old Xbox (original) games – they won’t take anything that’s not on a next-gen or handheld console, or if the disc’s defiled like a used Lotto scratch-card, trust me, they can’t be duped. I’ve tried and failed, tried and failed readers…
Enjoy Part 1 of ‘How to get Free Games and Save Money’? Visit J Station X again tomorrow (26th March 2011) for Part 2!
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