If you play games, and are a science fiction fan, then you’re probably aware that the Deus Ex prequel was released this week. After the amazingly disappointing sequel Invisible War, Human Evolution is a return to form for one of the best cyberpunk games ever made and is by far one of the best games of 2011.
The PC version of the game runs on Steamworks, which means when you buy a physical copy of the game you activate your key with Steam. However, the PC edition includes a little bonus in the form of a free copy for OnLive’s game streaming service. So when you buy the physical boxed copy of the PC version, you actually get two copies of the game: one on Steam and another on OnLive. That is, unless you buy the game at Gamestop.
GameSpy has an exclusive up where they leaned that Gamestop stores were ordered by their home office to open all copies of the PC version of Dues Ex and remove the free OnLive code. Hard to believe? Well Gamestop themselves confirmed that they were doing it to Gamespy:
“Square Enix packed the competitor’s coupon with our DXHR product without our prior knowledge and we did pull and discard these coupons,” Sharum said.
So this means that if you plan on playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution on the PC, and want two copies of the game for the price of one, buy it somewhere other that Gamestop. If you don’t care about the OnLive version, you can just grab the game off Steam digitally. And trust me, it’s worth it.