Regular readers know my advice when it comes to videogames: wait, wait, wait. The longer you hold out, the cheaper the game will be. In fact, if you wait long enough, it might just be free.
Case in point: for the next few days, Origin is offering Battlefield 3 (PC) for $0, nada, nothing, zilcho. The game normally sells for $19.99. W00t!
Of course, nothing is really free, right? There must be some catch. Actually, there are two: you need to create an Origin account (unless you already have one), and you need to install the Origin client on your PC (unless you already have it).
Yep, I was joshin' you: those hardly qualify as catches. It's fair to trade a few bits of personal info for a whole game, and understandable that you'd need a download manager to install it. Steam works the same way.
This is, quite simply, an awesome giveaway, and a surprise given thatwas supposed to run through the end of May. (It's not only still available, but has been extended till June 16.) Keep 'em coming, Origin!
Battlefield 3 was among the most celebrated titles of late 2011, offering "thrills that few games can match," according to GameSpot's review. Although I disagree with the assessment of its "stale" single-player campaign, it definitely does rank as one of the most exciting online-multiplayer games to date.
And, hey, if you don't like it, it's not like it cost you anything. Uninstall and move on. But I suspect you'll enjoy many hours of run-and-gun fun.
Bonus deal: Speaking of free games, here's a great one for the iOS crowd: For a limited time, Infinity Blade II is free. Regular price: $7.99. Impossibly gorgeous graphics and tons of hack-and-slash action combined to make this a true flagship game for iOS when it came out in late 2011, and it's still impressive today.
Bonus deal No. 2: I honestly don't get the slobbering adoration of the Beats brand, nor do I understand Beats PowerBeats running headphones for $49 shipped, with your choice of three colors. List price: $149.95.. I guess it's a status-symbol thing. Of course, if the product is really good, I'll take it -- provided there's a deal to be had. Today, there is: DailySteals has the refurbished
Bonus deal No. 3: You know I can't let a good Roku deal go by, even if it's a rerun of sorts. While supplies last, DealFisher has the refurbished Roku 1 streaming media box for $34.99 shipped. That's $15 off the price of a new one, and it comes with the same 90-day warranty. Now all you need is a cheap HDMI cable to go with it.