If you're a pre-order bonus kind of person you're going to be a bit flustered by what THQ has done with Red Faction:Armageddon
as they have four separate pre-order programs for you decide between. Here's the overview of the different programs:
GameStop - Free copy of Red Faction:Battlegrounds along with the Commando pack which includes a new uniform and two new weapons (Plasma Thrower and Laser Pistols)
Best Buy - Recon Pack - special uniform and two weapons (Arc Welder and XNG-5000 nanite gun)
Amazon - Free copy of Red Faction:Battlegrounds
Walmart - 24 page illustrated comic book, mini-strategy guide, stigma of buying your video games at Walmart.
To be honest it looks like Gamestop appears to have the better of the four bundles as you're getting Battlegrounds and a free kit. If you're not a Gamestop fan then I'd probably head to Best Buy or Amazon.
THQ UNVEILS RED FACTION: ARMAGEDDON PRE-ORDER BONUSES
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., March 28, 2011 – Before Red Faction®: ArmageddonTM explodes onto the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC on May 31, those anxious to revisit Mars can pre-order a number of exclusive incentive items from participating retailers to immediately enhance their Armageddon experience, THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and its internal studio, Volition, Inc.® announced today.
At GameStop, those who preorder Red Faction®: ArmageddonTM will receive a free downloadable copy of Red Faction®: BattlegroundsTM arcade game on either Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, or PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, a $10 value. Players will also receive the Commando Pack that includes the armored Commando uniform and adds two new weapons to their arsenal. Players will spray an unforgiving stream of destruction with the Plasma Thrower, or slice and dice the infestation with dual Laser Pistols.
At Best Buy, players will receive the Recon Pack that includes the clandestine Recon uniform, constructed specifically for Red Faction snipers and spies. Unleash two new weapons on your foes, including the Arc Welder, which immobilizes and electrocutes clusters of enemies, and the XNG-5000, which launches devastating Nanite-filled projectiles that seek out targets and dissolve them.
At Amazon.com, players will a free downloadable copy of Red Faction: Battlegrounds arcade game on either Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, or PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Red Faction: Battlegrounds pits four players either locally or online in a variety of game modes, including Survival, Annihilate and Flag Frenzy. Players rank up and are rewarded with a unique bonus weapon that will be playable in Red Faction: Armageddon.
At Walmart, players will receive the limited edition Red Faction® 24-page illustrated comic book that follows Darius Mason as he chases down a gang of murderous bandits in a tale that takes place just before the events of Red Faction: Armageddon. The comic will also include a mini-strategy guide from Prima Games, the world’s leading publisher of strategy content, for use with Red Faction: Armageddon.
Red Faction: Armageddon is scheduled to be available on May 31 in North America for a suggested retail price of $59.99. To preorder now, please visit www.redfaction.com/buy
About Red Faction: Armageddon
Half a century after the Red Faction resistance freed Mars, the red planet again becomes a battleground. Colonists struggle for survival in the underground mines after the surface is rendered uninhabitable. When Darius Mason, grandson of revolution heroes Alec Mason and Samanya, unknowingly releases a long-dormant evil, Armageddon is unleashed on Mars. As settlements are torn asunder, only Darius and the Red Faction can save mankind. The battle will take them to the core of the storm-blasted planet through ice caves and lava flows until they are face to face against the unspeakable threat. Red Faction: Armageddon expands on the critically acclaimed, best-selling franchise with new, groundbreaking challenges. You are humanity's last hope for survival.
About Red Faction: Battlegrounds
The signature destructive gameplay from Red Faction: Guerrilla comes to the downloadable arcade with Red Faction: Battlegrounds! Jump into your favorite tank or mech using your Gauss Cannons, Rocket Launchers and Singularity Bombs to destroy the competition, and environment along with it. Battle your way through treacherous Martian deserts, terraformed enclaves and more in a variety of different multiplayer modes and single player challenges. Rank up by defeating the competition and unlock new content including maps, vehicles, weapons and even items for the upcoming Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and PC game, Red Faction: Armageddon.
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