5 Reasons You Should Never Buy a Video Game at Launch

November is a huge month for the video game market. There have been ton of big title releases over the last few weeks, and video gamers everywhere are both rejoicing and lamenting. Rejoicing as fantastic Triple A titles are released, and lamenting because their wallets are empty. Good news for the financially struggling gamer, however, as there is hardly any good reason to buy a video game at launch anymore. Sure, you get access to all the new content ahead of everyone else, and sure, there’s plenty of inside jokes you may miss out on. However, buying a video game at launch is nothing but trouble these days, and here’s why.

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Tachyon_Nova2318d ago (Edited 2318d ago )

Terrible list for why you should NEVER buy a game at launch

1: The game is broken - Most games have at least some bugs, but rarely are they 'broken'

2: The game is expensive - Not always, and even so sometimes it is worth it.

3: The content is missing - Sure DLC might come, but I rarely ever buy DLC anyway so why would I wait for it to all be avaiable before buying the game?

4: The content is dissapointing - Really, every game ever released has had bad or at least dissapointing content at launch? Honestly I'm not sure the author thought that through at all as it is clearly wrong. Content rarely changes greatly after launch save for DLC.

5: The service is down - No, thats only on EA games.

Ares84HU2317d ago

You know, they are right in 4 out of the 5 points.

AS for the content being disappointing that is something subjective.

If you wait a year you can get the game, patched with all the DLC on one disc for $39.99 usually. But that is the version that should have been released on day one but it isn't. Most games are milked to death and you end up paying close to $100/game if you don't be careful. It happened to me with Battlefield Bad Company 2, Burnout Paradise, most CoD games.....just end up spending on DLC that will be released later in a "Ultimate" or "GOTY" edition for much less.

It's bullshit but that's how it is. The question is....can you wait that extra year meanwhile your friends play the games??

elmaton982317d ago

Do what I do and you'll save a tons of $$$ don't buy dlc for cod people don't play the new maps as much as they want you to believe trust their not worth it.

Raoh2317d ago

Ares84HU -

AS for the content being disappointing that is something subjective.

If you wait a year you can get the game, patched with all the DLC on one disc for $39.99 usually. But that is the version that should have been released on day one but it isn't.



I am an old school socom fan and i love 3rd person over first person. so i bought socom 4 not mw3.

what sold me on skyrim is that it was a better oblivion. just like gta4, it wasn't a new game it was just a better running gta3 series.

with that said..

I am done with day one purchases. even the $20 gift cards from amazon are becoming less appealing.. because a broken game @ $60 but with a $20 gift card is still a broken game.

Honestly with mods, all I need is oblivion on pc and unreal tournament 3 on ps3.

It's why I stopped buying sports games. just updated a few players and uniforms.. its the same game @ $60 a year.

Akiba962317d ago

@elmaton98 or you could do what I do and don't buy call of duty.

vickers5002317d ago (Edited 2317d ago )


Burnout Paradise? They released quite a lot of content FOR FREE. Day and night cycles, motorbikes, the custom soundtrack feature on ps3, a bunch of free extra game modes and a lot more trophies to earn.

The only paid DLC they released was Big Surf Island (reasonably priced) and some extra cars, but nothing that was essential to having a good time with the game. Burnout had a ton of cars without DLC, and a ton of terrain to drive around without Big Surf Island. Not to mention the constant patches they released to fix things, the improved interface with really cool web integration (related to burnout of course).

I can see how you might have gotten screwed with Bad Company 2 (having to wait a few days for it to be playable), but Burnout? I can't think of a single game that had as much support after launch than Burnout did.

Vaud-Villian2317d ago

Pre order bonus trumps the entire list. Oh and my CE of Demon's Souls is with over $100 bucks now.

The examples are weak at best as well, duke Nukem?! Really?! Of course it was 1/2 off 4 months later, it was obliterated by the press. Can we say because DCUO is free now that if you wait every game will be free in 10 months?

Don't even get me started on robust, populated multiplayer versus a ghost town. Buy bioshock 2 right now on the cheap and tell me it's as good as an experience online as it was at launch, I dare ya.

NEW-AGE2317d ago

Yeah So they'll remove the Hot Coffee Mod, or Take out Other OS feature and Backwards Compatibility... So it wont RROD , im apples case , Cause Next Years will Be Better

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Derekvinyard132317d ago

best piece ive read on this dam site in a while. 100% true

showtimefolks2317d ago

I Will give you fee of my biggest reason:

Most games within a week or two of launch are 20 bucks off. Look at the new AC walmart selling it for 39.95

Many games these days need patches to actually fix them so it's good to buy a month later but get a fixed game and save money most times at least 20 bucks

If capcom is releasing a game I will wait 10-12 months just for them to release the complete version which usually comes within one year of launch

Bathesda is launching a game I would wait few months for them to actually fix the game most if not all if not games need many patches but they do make awesomegames I give them that, plus waiting isn't bad when you can get the GOTY edition with 4 to 5 different dlc packs

I went to blockbuster to rent rage the cashier told me for 8.95 I would get the whole month and man am I glad I did that in one month

Batman 2
Resistance 3
Ratchet all 4 one
Uncharted 3
Saints row 3
NBA 2k12

Now that's what 8.95 should get you.

For me my next game purchase will be in march 2012 when mass effect 3,bioshock and hopefully early next year jak and Dexter hd collection

My advice is become a CAG member( and wait for great deals save money live better and play more

TheFact0032317d ago

Some games after a year a $60. Look at Black Ops and MW2 is still $40. WTF

KwietStorm2317d ago

You got more disagrees than agrees. So all of you never buy games at launch? Never? I thought we were all hardcore gamers around here. I'm quite tired of all these 5 reasons bullshit lists getting promoted on here. If I've waited a couple years for a game to release, then I'm gonna get it the day it releases. Here's 1 reason why all these lists don't matter: It's my money, and you're not gonna tell me what to do with it.

Dee_912317d ago

Reason #1 Human Contact
trolls cant function near actual humans

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Trainz2317d ago

The main reason is that most damn games release a bundled edition a year later with EVERYTHING like patches, all dlc and stuff on the disc at a much cheaper price.
It just defeats the purpose of launch purchasing.

Spitfire_Riggz2317d ago

Yeah but I just dont have the patience. Imagine after waiting for GT5 for so long, you put it off for another year or two for the complete version.

LOGICWINS2317d ago

Good things come to those who wait. UC3 will be $30 at Bestbuy just a couple weeks after launch.

BlmThug2317d ago

And whoever got bought GT5 recently instead of on release, they got the complete version from the get go because they will have fond Spec II ready whereas day one buyers had to wait a year

Spitfire_Riggz2317d ago


Im sorry dude but did you read what you wrote? So day one buyers had to wait a year for spec 2 and the people who waited the same time got it sooner?

gamingisnotacrime2317d ago

i love my recent purchases, is all in the nae of gaming haven!!!!

rattletop2317d ago

i think the last-gen games had better quality at launch than this gen. all u had to do was pop in the cd and play. now there's atleast 1 patch release to fix bugs within a month of launch.

optimus2317d ago

Nowadays it's more like within day soon as I got battlefield 3 and modern 3 from the store they both needed updates.

OcularVision2317d ago

Most last-gen games had no multiplayer and tonnes of glitches. That is why there were no patches. One of the top multiplayer games last-gen was Halo. Halo got patches.

ConsoleCreature2317d ago

I have not picked up ONE title this generation on launch day. I stopped that during the PS2/Xbox days. I waited 2 weeks on Gears and got it new for $39.99, waited till this weekend on Uncharted and got the same deal online.

Anything in the Fallout/Elder Scrolls series are automatic waits for GOTY editions. There are plenty of titles to pick up every year without shooting your load on a $60 a game plus $10 to $20 on every DLC. I don't want a $100 game, I'll wait for the $49.99 GOTY every time.

Candy12317d ago (Edited 2317d ago )

Good potential IP's deserve due contributions for games to exceed.

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