Pre-order bonuses

If Metro: Last Light Ranger Mode is "the way it was meant to be played" why isn't it included for all players? We ask Koch

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For many publishers and retailers, convincing you to commit to a day one purchase before anyone's played/reviewed their game is a big win, and pre-order bonuses are a handy way to entice customers and bank sales estimates before launch day. As these promised bonuses grow in heft and significance, we face increasingly frustrating dilemmas about where and when to put money down for new games.

Metro: Last Light's hardcore "Ranger Mode" is a particularly thorny example. It's advertised as "the way it was meant to be played" on the front page of the Metro site, but is If that's the case, why isn't it available to everyone who buys the game? Is it really, as implied, the definitive Metro experience? We put the question to Huw Beynon, global brand manager at Metro: Last Light's publisher, Koch Media, who explains why it was segregated out as a pre-order bonus.

Guild Wars 2 pre-orders now available

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A few weeks back we outlined a few incoming Guild Wars 2 pre-order deals. Those pre-orders are now LIVE on the Guild Wars 2 site. Look, there's even a trailer to prove it.

If you'd rather get your pre-order from a shop, you can find a list of the shops that will let you do this here. The expensive Collector's Edition that comes with a statue of Charr hero Rytlock Brimstone won't be sold everywhere, so if you're hunting the special edition, check out the stores with CE marked next to the name on that list. Pre-purchasing will also grant you access to all the beta weekends set to run between now and Guild Wars 2's launch.

Otherwise, read on for a list of the items contained within each pre-order version, including the standard edition, digital deluxe edition, and that great big collector's edition, which must be worth all that money because it comes in a super-special METAL BOX.

Mass Effect 3 pre-order bonuses include bonus armour, rifles, shotguns

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Mass Effect 3 is out in a couple of months, which makes it high time for retailers to start weaving a confusing web of pre-order deals to ensnare early buyers. The trailer above shows off some of the bonus bits you'll get for pre-ordering from Gamestop and Origin. The N7 armour and N7 Valkyrie Rifle will come with Gamestop pre-orders, the AT12 Raider Shotgun will be an Origin exclusive, and the M55 Argus Assault Rifle will be available to everyone who pre-orders from either retailer. Find out more from the Mass Effect 3 Pre-orders Q&A page and get a closer look at the items in the shot below.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 pre-orders come with free copy of CoD 4

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been available to pre-order on Steam for a few weeks now, but if you pre-order now, you'll also get a free copy of the superb Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

CoD 4 was Infinity Ward's first attempt to bring the intensity of Call of Duty's linear campaigns to a near-future setting, and it worked beautifully. The campaign retained the grim realism of the earlier entries in the series without succumbing to the bombastic action movie set pieces of Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops. Missions like All Ghillied Up show Call of Duty at its most restrained and atmospheric. There's a sturdy multiplayer component, too. Corsair's $10,000 CoD 4 tournament is set to kick off next month.

If you do opt for the Modern Warfare 3 pre-order, you'll get a copy of Call of Duty 4 straight away. If you already own it, you can gift it to a friend.

Battlefield 3 pre-order bonuses announced for the US

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Residents of the USA can now get a glimpse of the bonuses they'll recieve, should they pre-order the game from specific retailers, reports Joystiq. While Europeans have had a chance to survey their best bet for the past month, this is the first time Americans can see what they'll receive should they purchase their game from Gamestop, Amazon or Best Buy.

Mythos now in open beta

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Mythos is due to go into open beta at some point today.

Frogster's hack and slash MMO won't be officially released until April 28, but anyone who wants to sample the game just needs to sign up. The level cap has been increased to 50 and the snowy region of Umbral Peaks has been unlocked. According to Frogster, there's still plenty of tuning to be done before the final release.

Mythos will eventually be available as a free download or a boxed copy that'll retail for £9.99. The latter will come with exclusive items and pets, and will let you play two days early.

Are you having fun with Mythos? Let us know in the comments.

Brink trailer gets classy, pre-order kits detailed

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The new Brink trailer gives us a good look at the shooter's four playable classes. The engineer can build turrets, the operative can steal the identity of dead people, and the medic can stab people to life. We also get another look at Brink's impressive character customisation suite. By pre-ordering the game, you'll be able to expand your choice of gear by selecting one of a series of themed packs. These will add tattoos, clothes, weapons and weapon add-ons in the style of Doom, Fallout, Psycho, and Spec Ops. You'll find an overview of each of the packs on the Splash Damage site, along with details on which retailer you'll have to pre-order from to get each pack.

[via VG247]

Need For Speed: Shift 2 pre-order bonuses revealed

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EA have released a glossy trailer highlighting the bonuses that players will receive for pre-ordering the limited edition of Need for Speed: Shift 2. Read on for more details.

Fresh Crysis 2 launch details

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A demo of Crysis 2 was just shown at the EA Press Conference at Gamescom. EA have simultaneously announced some of the pre-order bonuses, prices, and hilariously priced tchokes you can buy. And there's a beta. But it's only on Xbox 360. Err... guys! We'd like to be on the beta, too!