Why I don’t buy games at launch anymore

"I no longer buy games at launch. The question is what changed? Me or the gaming industry? To answer this question we’ll have to ask and answer a few other queries," says GameJudgment's Abhishek Indoria.

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pangitkqb2029d ago

I don't simply because it helps my wallet and I have so many other games just waiting to be played.

Knight_Crawler2029d ago

Have to agree dude, the last game I bought new was GTA 4 and I regretted it because it was the worst GTA ever and I did not even finish it.

I always buy my games used from local classified and usually get them for $25 or less and I am talking about games that are new releases.

guitarded772029d ago

I have definitely become more selective in my day 1 buying. I have a few rules that I follow to save money and ultimately get me more games.

1. Wait on most multi-console games. These games tend to drop in price faster than exclusives.

2. Try not to buy anything the 3 months before Black Friday... I save money up, and get them all half price on Amazon.

3. Only pay full price for games with 100++ hours of content. RPGs, MMOs, sandbox and Great Online Multiplayer are less of a risk.

4. Exclusives - XBOX exclusives drop in price fastest, followed by Sony, followed by Nintendo. So I tend to wait on XBOX exclusives, while Sony and Nintendo exclusives have higher priority based on want.

Anyway, I may be cheap, but I have over 500 games from this gen in my collection, and thousands of games in my collection going back to the 2600.

Knight_Crawler2029d ago (Edited 2029d ago )

@guitarded - Thanks for the tip, will try your advice out.

I want Halo4 so bad but do not think its going to drop in price anytime soon and people wont be selling or trading in there copies for a long time because from what I heard the game is awesome.

Will probably have to buy Halo 4 day one which I do not think I am going to regret because Halo 3 was beast and packed with content.

memots2029d ago (Edited 2029d ago )

My main rule is how much i want it. I do not mind dropping 60$ if

1) Is a series i really like
2) my back catalog is not too big.
3) If most of my friend got a game and all are currently playing online together ( Borderland 2 is a good example we got the 4 pack on steam )

Right now Halo4 is on my mind but since i am mostly a Pc gamer and currently enjoying bf3 and Borderland 2, And i refuse to pay for online ,,, Halo will have to wait :(

edit : Also there is the wife factor lol

guitarded772029d ago

@ Knight_Crawler

No doubt... Halo 4 looks incredible. I'm sticking to my guns and getting it for $30-$40 on Black Friday, but it's one of those rare games where you know the campaign is gonna be worth the price of retail.

Off topic: I love the weekends on n4g. All the 12 year olds show up and disagree with everything, rational or not. We're have a rare civil discussion and sharing information, and disagrees for everyone!!!

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camel_toad2029d ago

I'm 34 and still enjoy the "I got it first" syndrome. I should grow up but why bother =)

vortis2029d ago

I hate the idea that you have to live life a certain way.

I especially hate the idea that we have to buy products a certain way.

I'm not ashamed to say that I no longer get games on day-one (I used to, but not anymore) the biggest problem is that all the DLC, pre-order bonuses and patch-requiring glitches have completely ruined the day-one illusion. It used to mean buying a top-end product for top-dollar to say you're first and you enjoy what the game has to offer, but now it's turned into a pathetic cash grab to pad numbers by publishers.

I'll go back to buying games day-one to throw up the "I got it first!" comments when they go back to making games as good as good gets on launch day. I'm tired of getting games only to find out that the REAL game is the GOTY Edition that launches a year later.

Hopefully, hopefully this changes next-gen, but I kind of doubt it.

Agent_00_Revan2028d ago

Its what you have to look forward to after you graduate middle & high school, don't get a girlfriend, and keep living in mommy & daddies basement.

camel_toad2028d ago


Ha if that's the case then my 3 year old isn't really my daughter and that must mean my wife cheated on me. That whore! (I can't blame her though since I'm apparently a virgin) she's gotta get sex from somewhere...

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Axecution2029d ago

I wait 3 weeks till they're on Steam 70% off haha works like charm every time

CrimsonessCross2029d ago (Edited 2029d ago )

Honestly...I agree. Been doing that for quite some time now (at least for titles that are released on PC as well)...I have been getting FANTASTIC deals being found on sites that I can't help but pick some games up that I've wanted to play or even try. Although newest games only get a 20 up to 40% off treatment MOST of the time that i've noticed.

Anything entirely multi-player that isn't PC (or at least a bigger/better(LOL) community than I might go with xbox (only console I have this gen)

As i've read there's no reason to pick up a game day one entirely unless you are really really excited for it and can justify the full retail price. If not, settle down and get it down the road (the downside being the multi-player might be dead, seeing how some people go to the hottest thing out and most games release fairly quickly be it single or multi player)

I'm just happy I got pretty much all the content for Borderlands 2 at this point for the whole 60$ price thanks to Green Man Gaming :D

pompombrum2029d ago

This! With a few exceptions, I'm going to wait for Steam's December sales as I know I'm going to pick up a lot of great bargains.

Axecution2029d ago


Yeah man haha. Multiplayer games always get a giant spike in players too whenever they go on sale haha. Love it.

@aiBreeze: Shoulda taken advantage of the halloween sale! I got Walking Dead, Dead Space 2, Dead Rising 2, Sleeping Dogs zombie DLC and The Club for like 25 dollars haha xP Just beat Walking Dead ep 4 actually... Really good game.

ZodTheRipper2029d ago

I'm only buying games at launch that I know will be worth it or if I'm in need for something fresh. Missed all of the games coming out right now because I'm still busy playing Borderlands 2 ...I'd rather buy time to play through all those great games coming out this month :/

Brownghost2028d ago (Edited 2028d ago )

I love games that are worth my money with so much content. Already on my second playthrough and loving it.

Enmson2029d ago

i sometimes wait for game of the year editions that will release later with all DLC and fully patched :P
Look at Batman games or Uncharted or any other game.
now i will wait for Max pain 3 and borderlands 2 GOTY editions lol

SnakeCQC2029d ago

i try my best not because games are realeased SOOO broken

Agent_00_Revan2028d ago

I bought Uncharted 3 at launch, paid full price, and beat it well before they released the patch fixing whatever it was the patch fixed.

From now on I'm waiting till the price drops and all the bugs are worked out.

Myst2029d ago

I still do for certain games here and there others I may usually wait for a discount or GoTY edition.

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