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How do I Choose the Best Game Bundle?

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Game bundles can sometimes be a great way to save a little money on the purchase of a couple of games at once or on the purchase of a console with a few extra features that may include a game. People can find bundled software for their computers or for the ever popular video game consoles like those made for Nintendo®, Sony Playstation®, and Xbox®. Now and again, a game bundle could be available for a variety of handheld consoles or, as mentioned, console/game deals are easy to find too. The factors that might influence choosing the best game bundle include personal interest in types of games, system desired or system used, and actual savings.

Obviously people will gravitate toward the game bundle that most attracts interest. It’s unlikely a person wants to pick up M or Mature rated games for toddlers, and a role playing game (RPG) enthusiast may not be too interested in the typical run and shoot or sports game. Often, games are bundled by interest and will tend to have similar formats. One of the great bundles to choose is one that sells several games in a series. For example, picking up a bundle of Final Fantasy® games remastered for the Nintendo DS® can be of definite appeal to those who enjoy the RPG format. It should be noted older games will usually not look as good, even if they’ve been remastered to have better cut scenes.

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By game bundle, many people mean game plus console, and there can be a number of these available too. A lot of people don’t want to plunk down the money to purchase a new system and a game, which is usually at least $50 US Dollars (USD), at the same time. In many stores where consoles are bundled with a game, the game tends to be suited for general audiences, though some bundles may have a different audience in mind.

The other things people might want to look for in this type of grouping are additional things included with the bundle. For example, extra controllers are great if people don’t want to play alone, and any extra software or hardware that has to be purchased separately makes for a better offer. Sometimes the game that comes with the console is the last thing people consider, because the bundle package really ends up offering a better deal on acquiring additional pieces the console requires. Note that individual retailers may have different game bundle packages, and some searching makes sense to find the right one.

It almost goes without saying that any form of game bundle is relatively useless if not purchased for the system used. No matter how good a deal it is, two Xbox® games make no sense if a person owns a Wii®. People should especially watch game bundle software for computers because many PC games will not play on the Mac® format. There are game bundles for the Mac®, but folks should simply plan to do some careful reading before they buy.

Certainly a huge consideration is if the game bundle truly represents savings. Sometimes it doesn’t, and price comparison on the Internet can be a great way to find out. A lot of times when the deal is two bundled games, one is much older and can be purchased very cheaply used. This could mean a bundle is not a great deal, though sometimes it’s the only way to pick up two games quickly. Those looking for bargains, though, should always check out used game prices. There are a number of mall-front stores that sell games used, and many of these will be better priced than any bundles available.

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pleonasm
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@bythewell - Usually you get the option to not download the game if you don't actually want one of them. It's not like games for consoles where you will often be literally buying a stack of games that have to be stored somewhere if you get a bundle.

The right game system bundle is crucial though, because I've noticed that the games they usually include with those never seem to go down in price outside the bundle.

bythewell
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@clintflint - I don't really like joining mailing lists, but there are other options for this as well. I have an extension for gaming websites that compares the prices they list with other sites, as well as historic and bundle prices.

I like this better, because it will help me to find the best price on a game that I already intend to buy, but doesn't lead me to buy hundreds of games that I'm never actually going to use.

Often with bundles I only get them in order to purchase a particular game in the set and never even look at the other ones. I've even had occasions where I've gone to buy a game only to realize that I've already bought it and just never paid that much attention to it.

clintflint
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There are some amazing bundle companies out there that regularly put together game bundles, especially for the PC, so if they interest you you should get on a few mailing lists. The best ones are the pay-what-you-want bundles, for obvious reasons.

I've bought most of my games as part of a bundle and some of them were a fraction of what they would ordinarily cost. It's often a good way to get game add-ons as well, since they are often part of a bundle and you might not bother to buy them otherwise.

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