So the other week I bought Battlefield 3: Chump Edition on the PS3 for £25 using an Amazon voucher I got for Christmas to play with my console buddies who haven't seen me much since I got my new rig. After having a couple of games with them I realised that I didn't care about Battlefield anymore. It's the same game DICE have been pedaling since forever and one I'm all too familiar with now. The graphics look pretty shit by my new PC standards (and seriously, what the fuck DICE? Why does facing the sun look like the heat death of the universe? What's with all the lens effects? Bokeh coronas? Really?); the unlock system is an even bigger pain in the arse than Bad Company 2's; the VOIP is/was atrocious, constantly stuttering and puttering out; actually connecting to a game was a really hit and miss affair; and after playing a lot of Brink recently Conquest just seemed like a mad every man for themselves free-for-all — probably not helped by the VOIP issues. I was also getting thrashed by all and sundry because my pad skills are pretty dire (21 deaths to 1 kill), apparently DICE are looking at input lag problems as well.
Anyway, I found out that I could get £21 for it trade-in at a local shop and Dark Souls for £25. Cool, I thought, for £4 I could get a game I'm more likely to be interested in. Off I trotted into town, BF3 in tow.
When I got to CEX (Computer Entertainment eXchange, pronounced 'sex', no less) the young lass behind the counter told me there was a single copy in-store. "I'll take it!!" I boomed. She didn't know where it was and I'd already checked under 'D', so I had to go back to the shelves and check under every other letter as well. Groan.
It wasn't there, but I eventually found it inside a glass cabinet, separated from the other games. It was the limited edition version and was £35. That would mean BF3 (£25) + £14. I wasn't sure. So I left the shop and thought about it while I went and bought some new gloves and slippers. The value of BF3 is only going to get worse in the coming weeks and I didn't want to be stuck with it so I decided to take the plunge. Back in the store I boomed "I'll take it!!" again, this time pointing at the glass cabinet. As the burly dude serving me scanned Dark Souls in he told me it was my lucky day because the system was telling him that it was worth £25 and not £35 as it said on the box. "Teehee!!" I thought inside as I handed over £4 and BF3. Dark Souls, soundtrack CD, making-of DVD and hardback artbook. WIN.
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