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Need For Speed: Most Wanted is available to pre-order on PSN for... HOW MUCH?

The new PlayStation Store is finally live in the UK, but one of the first things you see when you open it is a large banner advertising a pre-order for Need For Speed: Most Wanted. We're excited for the game (as it's essentially Burnout Paradise 2 as our recent preview will attest), but look at the price it's going for:

Above: PSN's pre-order offer for Need For Speed: Most Wanted

£59.99? For that price, you'd expect to get a DLC bundle with it, or perhaps a small hamper full of chocolates and branded biscuits. But no - you get an online pass, access to two extra cars and four hours of double XP when you play online. Compare that with Play.com's pre-order for a boxed copy of the Limited Edition version of the game, which also comes with an online pass, access to two extra cars and four hours of double XP:

Above: Play.com's similar pre-order for Need For Speed: Most Wanted, only as a boxed product

That's 37% cheaper for what appears to be the same thing. PSN copies' manufacturing costs are surely lower, distribution is easier... online is supposed to cost less. We have contacted EA to ask whether there's a special reason for the elevated price and we'll update this story when we hear back from them.[***UPDATE***EA kindly got back to us and said... 'No comment'.***UPDATE ENDS***]

Incidentally, the Xbox Marketplace doesn't appear to have a pre-order offer for the game, so we can't compare prices with that just yet. The game is due out on November 2 so we'll know soon enough.

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12 comments

  • KA87 - October 22, 2012 11 a.m.

    This is why it is best to wait for the hype to pass after a few months and then buy it on sale $20-30. Unless it is a truly great game that you are going to spent a lot of time playing, then it is best to wait. I always take (the cost of the game/my hourly wage)to figure out how many hours of work it will take to buy it and then compare that to how many hours of play are derived from the game. If it does not line up well then I wait. Example: $60/9= 6.66 hours of work, then 6.66 > 5 (hours of play) = wait or 6.66 < 20 (hours of play) = buy. There are other virables, but it does help.
  • JarkayColt - October 22, 2012 2:09 p.m.

    I agree, because I've found that recently I haven't been able to buy as many games as I used to at full price. But this fact just highlights the problem here further. The outrage is specifically targeted at the digital price, rather than the physical product. Not only does the digital version enter the market at a higher value, it will STICK to that price indefinitely, and it's impossible to "shop around" for deals. Even if the digital copy were to go on sale (which will also most likely be a temporary one) it would probably only ever match the original RRP, and by that point in time, the boxed copy that originally entered at said RRP will be going for peanuts by comparison. In other words, no matter which way you slice it, it will never be worth your money to get the digital copy, because they always maintain a disproportionate premium for no fathomable reason.
  • larkan - October 22, 2012 9:04 a.m.

    This is why the only things I buy from PSN are the old school games. The last time they had a good "deal", it was the God of War collections half off. Almost bought them, glad I didn't. A week later they announce the Saga package, all games for $30. PSN is a total ripoff, even with that retarded subscription plan.
  • Moondoggie1157 - October 22, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    Yea, I disagree... I've saved a shitload of money on games with that "retarded" subscription plan. To each their own though... Regardless, this is still highway robbery, and Sony should be fucking ashamed.
  • JarkayColt - October 22, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    Wow. Even Play's £38 seems a little steep for my pocket (£35 usually looks like a tastier number) but how many idiots seriously fall for those overinflated digital prices? Because obviously, it must be a pretty substantial number, otherwise it wouldn't keep happening. What on earth does this premium apply to? The only real 'advantage' is being able to obtain the game whilst brewing the kettle, as opposed to getting wet walking to Game or waiting a week for your online order to find its way through the postal system. However, an instant download (or the fact it's a 'preorder') does not equate to a £20 markup, especially with UK broadband speeds. So, yeah, if the imbeciles who keep buying these are reading this, just STOP. Please? Prices should be no higher than the going retail price, yes, even if it lowers. And that itself is a whole other story... It's not just Sony though, seeings as Nintendo 3DS games are £40 on the eShop, and somehow, they're selling too. Illogical!
  • angelusdlion - October 22, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    supposed to cost less? You have no idea how capitalism works, do you?
  • Sinsational - October 22, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    You think maybe Sony forgot to change the price from the US version?
  • illi-cook - October 22, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    More like 40% cheaper
  • AvatarIII - October 22, 2012 7:37 a.m.

    37% to be even more exact.
  • GR_JustinTowell - October 22, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    Oh, wow - yes, sorry, I was thinking £12, not £22. You're right, it's 37%. That's huge! To think I even got a grade A at GCSE maths... Well, consider it fixed.
  • SPAZFM - October 22, 2012 7:21 a.m.

    Sony could be on top with all their digital games but they just need to sort out the bloody prices. This is just a great example of how out of control their pricing is. Just hope they take a page out of steams book.
  • Kermit1970 - October 22, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    It's not Sony who set the prices it's the publishers' who set the prices

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