With Gran Turismo 5 set to hit stores across the UK on Wednesday, November 24th, the pricing wars that have only just subsided following the arrival of Call of Duty: Black Ops are striking back up with renewed ferocity.
Here is a breakdown of the best deals and who’s charging what for the long awaited and repeatedly delayed racing sim to end all racing sims, the 3D touting, graphical majestic GT5.
The first highstreet retailer to break rank and reveal its best GT5 offering is entertainment giant HMV which has revealed that it will be offering Gran Turismo 5 for just £4.99. Now, this sub-£5 price does come with a catch but surprisingly it isn’t too unreasonable. Gamers looking to upgrade to GT5 for under a fiver a can do so by trading in their copies of Codemasters’ F1 2010, a game now two months old.
Gamers tempted away from their trusty Xbox 360’s by Gran Turismo 5 can pick up possibly one of the best GT5 deals over at Play.com and ShopTo.Net where the online retailers are offering up a budget priced bumper bundle deal. For a very reasonable £274.99 and £269.85 respectively, Sony console adopters can pick themselves up a PS3 Slim with a 320GB HDD and a copy of the Gran Turismo 5 Collector’s Edition. Featuring a copy of the game in Collector’s Edition packaging, this special edition comes equipped with a commemorative slip case and inlay sleeve art, a 200+ page drivers guide, five Collector’s Edition artcards, five CE ‘ChromeLine’ vehicles and an exclusive Polyphony designed dynamic theme.
Whilst Blockbuster has stollen headlines but not gamer's hearts with its 99p offering of GT5, as long as customers trade in two of the latest and biggest releases such as Call of Duty: Black Ops, Asda has a more reasonable trade-in offer with Gran Turismo 5 going for £7.47 with a single game trade.
Leading the online charge for the release of Gran Turismo 5 at present are retailers BestBuy which is offering GT5 for £29.99 with no catches, required trade-ins or conditions.