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I've been through countless scenarios about how to best purchase this game and came up with a few thoughts:
  • There is still no credible information on the digital combo preorder. Good luck figuring out if the free fall map and additional codes come with this game.
  • If you "pre-order" the digi combo from Walmart. Be advised that is appears to be a piece of cardboard with the codes written in. This is not a something that will get emailed to you. The shipping weight of the product is 0.24 lbs and it has dimensions of like 5"x6".
  • Because it is a physical item, chances are it will not ship out till Monday meaning you will not recieve these codes until after the disc version of this game has officially been launched.
  • If you order the game from Amazon, you have to pay an extra $4 for overnight shipping to get it on release day. AND.... to qualify for the $10 trade in offer.. you need to send your 360 disc back in before you get your XB1 copy. Which means there will be COD downtime.
  • Gamestop's $10 upgrade path requires you be a power member. Whatever the hell that is, Im not interested.
  • Best buy seems to have the best trade in policy. You can get the 360 copy from them at midnight. And when the XB1 releases, trade your 360 copy in at store and get atleast $50 credit making the XB1 copy from the store only $10.
  • Chances are I'm going to wait until the last minute to buy. Im hoping that I can walk into Walmart or BB at midnight and purchase the digi combo preorder codes for $70.. go home and download the game and play the next day. That way I get to play the game on day 1 on 360. I'll download my XB1 copy when my XB1 arrives. And Ill still be able to go back and play my 360 copy.. because I never had to trade the disc back in like you would with Amazon, BB and Gamestop.
  • I like making lists.
  • Im a big Xbox + COD fan, but tired of making excuses for MS. This entire process is WAYYYYYYY simpler on PS3. PS Free-Fall map is officially confirmed for PS digital download orders. PS3 players can preorder the game now. Pre-download the game starting 11/03 to avoid the server rush on launch day 11/05. And still qualify for the $10 upgrade to PS4 while keeping both copies. Between this and the 720p announcement its like they are forcing me to go play this game on Playstation. If the PS controller was better and my Xbox friends get this game on PS.. then I down to follow the group...................

I guess with BestBuy and Reward Zone, you can trade up to the XBOne version for free since you get $10 in reward Zone dollars for a pre-order. But my only problem with that is it is still the disc based game. I guess I could do it and still get the digital version for the XBOne and I would only be out $10.

But what about the digital purchase from XBL? That is supposed to be $70. And with that, aren't both versions still active for each console? While these other upgrades with discs make you trade in the old gen version for the new gen. I don't plan on playing Ghosts again on the 360 once i get my XBOne, but you never know what might happen. If this FreeFall map was offered to everyone, I wouldn't have any issue.

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that pic made me LOL

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My friend went back to the store, and they were all sold out.

I'm sighing as hard as I can right now, listen closely you might be able to hear it.

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Made me chuckle

Honestly, with Ghosts being 720p on XBOne I'll probably just stick with 360 this CoD. I'll get Ryse and Titanfall (when it comes out) but I just don't see the point of going through the hassle or spending the extra money to go from 360 to XBOne for Ghosts.

$70 for the dual license would have been OK but they obviously dropped the ball. I pre-ordered from Newegg when it was on sale for $48, so I won't be getting any $10 trade-in offers.

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Made me chuckle

Honestly, with Ghosts being 720p on XBOne I'll probably just stick with 360 this CoD. I'll get Ryse and Titanfall (when it comes out) but I just don't see the point of going through the hassle or spending the extra money to go from 360 to XBOne for Ghosts.

$70 for the dual license would have been OK but they obviously dropped the ball. I pre-ordered from Newegg when it was on sale for $48, so I won't be getting any $10 trade-in offers.

And thats exactly what I dont want to deal with physical discs. Because as soon as I trade in my 360 copy, for an XB1 copy. You muddasuckaz will want to have a nostalgic 360 night and I will have gotten rid of my desks.

I'm really holding on to my pipe dream, that either Walmart or BB is going to sell these digi-combo codes in stores sometime between now and 12:01am launch day. That will solve 99% of my worries.


Any update Myrtle?

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My friend went back to the store, and they were all sold out.

I'm sighing as hard as I can right now, listen closely you might be able to hear it.

Of course they did, gotta jump on things like this when you see them.

Wish I could find one in VA.

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Of course they did, gotta jump on things like this when you see them.

Wish I could find one in VA.

I'm sure they'll be available easy tomorrow, but my clock is ticking lol.

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Unless it will be local (ie in Richmond) I'll be skipping an early p/u I think. I am busy all w/e and just don't have time to make a 3-4 hour round trip like I did last year unfortunately. Oh well Tues is not that far off, so be it.

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Unless it will be local (ie in Richmond) I'll be skipping an early p/u I think. I am busy all w/e and just don't have time to make a 3-4 hour round trip like I did last year unfortunately. Oh well Tues is not that far off, so be it.

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And thats exactly what I dont want to deal with physical discs. Because as soon as I trade in my 360 copy, for an XB1 copy. You muddasuckaz will want to have a nostalgic 360 night and I will have gotten rid of my desks.

I'm really holding on to my pipe dream, that either Walmart or BB is going to sell these digi-combo codes in stores sometime between now and 12:01am launch day. That will solve 99% of my worries.


Any update Myrtle?

As I expected, I got no help at the store. There was nothing to see in store. They told me it was an online only thing and they said it would be e-mailed. I am very skeptical of that though. He didn't have any other info for me. When I brought up the question of the Free Fall map and the digital order, he just showed me the in store pre-order card for the 360 version. That doesn't answer our question of whether we get the free fall map with this digital combo order.

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Alternatively, via the Xbox Live Market place, players can also purchase an Xbox 360 digital version of Call of Duty: Ghosts for a suggested retail price of $59.99. And when ready to upgrade to Xbox One, players can purchase a digital Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts for a suggested retail price of just $10 until March 31, 2014.

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Yeah, I don't think retailers that sell used games would offer the $70 digital deal. They want you to buy and trade the physical back in, that's where they make all of their money.

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Yeah, but that doesn't mention if you get the Free Fall map with the digital order. Places that talk about the map make it sound like you ONLY get it with any kind of pre-order, which the Xbox does not have digitally. It's almost like Microsoft doesn't want you to download the game.

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I've been through countless scenarios about how to best purchase this game and came up with a few thoughts:
  • There is still no credible information on the digital combo preorder. Good luck figuring out if the free fall map and additional codes come with this game.
  • If you "pre-order" the digi combo from Walmart. Be advised that is appears to be a piece of cardboard with the codes written in. This is not a something that will get emailed to you. The shipping weight of the product is 0.24 lbs and it has dimensions of like 5"x6".
  • Because it is a physical item, chances are it will not ship out till Monday meaning you will not recieve these codes until after the disc version of this game has officially been launched.
  • If you order the game from Amazon, you have to pay an extra $4 for overnight shipping to get it on release day. AND.... to qualify for the $10 trade in offer.. you need to send your 360 disc back in before you get your XB1 copy. Which means there will be COD downtime.
  • Gamestop's $10 upgrade path requires you be a power member. Whatever the hell that is, Im not interested.
  • Best buy seems to have the best trade in policy. You can get the 360 copy from them at midnight. And when the XB1 releases, trade your 360 copy in at store and get atleast $50 credit making the XB1 copy from the store only $10.
  • Chances are I'm going to wait until the last minute to buy. Im hoping that I can walk into Walmart or BB at midnight and purchase the digi combo preorder codes for $70.. go home and download the game and play the next day. That way I get to play the game on day 1 on 360. I'll download my XB1 copy when my XB1 arrives. And Ill still be able to go back and play my 360 copy.. because I never had to trade the disc back in like you would with Amazon, BB and Gamestop.
  • I like making lists.
  • Im a big Xbox + COD fan, but tired of making excuses for MS. This entire process is WAYYYYYYY simpler on PS3. PS Free-Fall map is officially confirmed for PS digital download orders. PS3 players can preorder the game now. Pre-download the game starting 11/03 to avoid the server rush on launch day 11/05. And still qualify for the $10 upgrade to PS4 while keeping both copies. Between this and the 720p announcement its like they are forcing me to go play this game on Playstation. If the PS controller was better and my Xbox friends get this game on PS.. then I down to follow the group.
  • I going to blame Obama if this happens.

I have NEVER seen someone do SO MUCH research into just purchasing a game and not playing it yet.. Man, look at those options, plans, and contigency area. I'll admit it, I am pretty impressed by all that research and planning.

I have to say you are truly a diehard sir. :-)

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Yeah, but that doesn't mention if you get the Free Fall map with the digital order. Places that talk about the map make it sound like you ONLY get it with any kind of pre-order, which the Xbox does not have digitally. It's almost like Microsoft doesn't want you to download the game.

Nuketown 2025 was included with BO2 pre-orders AND release day purchases. I'm hoping it'll be the same for Ghosts.

But it sucks if you don't pre-order and then find out you can't get the map.

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If people decide to go with only the 1080p PS4 version, ok, but what you're gaining in graphics is, at least for me, is a -1 for controller and -1 for matchmaking/online play. For me, that still favors the XB1 for this version of COD and only can go up from there.

"At least for me" is the key phrase of your post. Keep in mind that these consoles have totally new controllers and lots of people who disliked the DS3 are saying that the DS4 is a breath of fresh air. Which controller is better comes down to personal opinion and can't be measured factually. We don't know how different the matchmaking is going to be either. The only advantages between platforms that we know FOR SURE so far are:

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Nuketown 2025 was included with BO2 pre-orders AND release day purchases. I'm hoping it'll be the same for Ghosts.

But it sucks if you don't pre-order and then find out you can't get the map.

This is correct because the code for it was IN THE GAME CASE. Preorder bonus map is BS with COD if you ask me. Day one purchasers will get it to since I am sure it will IN THE CASE.


The issue is for DIGITAL peeps whether they will get it or not and frankly like the rest of you ... I have no idea.

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Yeah, I don't think retailers that sell used games would offer the $70 digital deal. They want you to buy and trade the physical back in, that's where they make all of their money.

Good point. They would much rather you buy the disc based version.

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My issue isn't about getting the digital versions. They make that very easy. My issue is getting the Free Fall Map. Since there doesn't seem to be a way to get it with a digital download. SInce it has to be preordered and XBL is not doing any digital download preorders for Ghosts.

I guess I'll need to hope that some people sell their unused Freefall code on Ebay. Although I guess i could preorder it for the 360 from BestBuy for $60, get the code and redeem it, and then trade in the game at BestBuy for a $40 gift card. With the $10 Reward Zone dollars I would only be out $10. Then I could still get the $70 deal from XBL giving me access to Ghosts on both consoles. So I guess that would end up costing me $80. But if I go the ebay route for the code anyway, it will probably sell for at least $10.

So I think I might as well do the deal from BestBuy. I wouldn't pick it up until Tuesday evening. So then that might be enough time to find out if they give the map to people who get the digital download. If they do then I can just cancel the preorder instead of picking it up that evening.

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I have NEVER seen someone do SO MUCH research into just purchasing a game and not playing it yet.. Man, look at those options, plans, and contigency area. I'll admit it, I am pretty impressed by all that research and planning.

I have to say you are truly a diehard sir. :-)

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Between 2,000+ hours for work and 823 hours in gaming, how did you have any time to pull wool? I guess nowadays with everyone going Brazilian, pull wool doesn't apply anymore but you get the point.

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Between 2,000+ hours for work and 823 hours in gaming, how did you have any time to pull wool? I guess nowadays with everyone going Brazilian, pull wool doesn't apply anymore but you get the point.

I pretty much game my entire commute to/from work on my iphone. I catch the train so it does alot to help pass the time and ignore the other commuters/crazy people around DC. I also play pretty much every day during lunchtime & breaks. Just finished another couple of levels in PvZ2 in the bathroom smile.gif

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Now I see gamestop has a deal to give you a guaranteed trade in value of $50 for Ghosts. I might just do it there since I have $340 of credit from a 360 and PS3 trade in. I just know I will be pissed if i don't get access to the FreeFall map. I shouldn't have to jump through these hoops to get it. You would think they would want you to get a digital download version since it should cost less for them than a packaged disc does.

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My issue isn't about getting the digital versions. They make that very easy. My issue is getting the Free Fall Map. Since there doesn't seem to be a way to get it with a digital download. SInce it has to be preordered and XBL is not doing any digital download preorders for Ghosts.

I guess I'll need to hope that some people sell their unused Freefall code on Ebay. Although I guess i could preorder it for the 360 from BestBuy for $60, get the code and redeem it, and then trade in the game at BestBuy for a $40 gift card. With the $10 Reward Zone dollars I would only be out $10. Then I could still get the $70 deal from XBL giving me access to Ghosts on both consoles. So I guess that would end up costing me $80. But if I go the ebay route for the code anyway, it will probably sell for at least $10.

So I think I might as well do the deal from BestBuy. I wouldn't pick it up until Tuesday evening. So then that might be enough time to find out if they give the map to people who get the digital download. If they do then I can just cancel the preorder instead of picking it up that evening.

http://oneofswords.com/2013/10/last-minute-cod-ghosts-faq/

Will Free Fall be available if I pre-order the game digitally?
That depends on where you live and what platform you choose. See this article on Activision’s support site for the answer most relevant to your location and choice.

UPDATE 11/1: I have confirmed that if you preorder the Xbox 360 + Xbox One Digital Combo, you will get Free Fall.


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Will Free Fall be available if I pre-order the game digitally?
That depends on where you live and what platform you choose. See this article on Activision’s support site for the answer most relevant to your location and choice.

UPDATE 11/1: I have confirmed that if you preorder the Xbox 360 + Xbox One Digital Combo, you will get Free Fall.

That's good news, but does anyone have it other than Walmart? It's still an actual package which means Walmart would have to ship it to me. Which can mean delays. Again, I hate having to jump through all these damn hoops.

EDIT: Walmart is not going to work for me. There is no way to know when you would even receive it. Just the lowest shipping method is free, then standard is $2, Expedited is $9 and Rush shipping is around $11. But it doesn't give you any info on when it ships. Only that processing can take 1 to 2 days on top of the shipping time.

So I guess right now my plan is to go to Gamestop tomorrow morning and preorder it to hedge my bets. Then if the XBL download ends up coming with the Free Fall map, I can just cancel my pre-order. Otherwise i'll get the pre-order for $60 with store credit, play it for a few days(and I also get the Freefall map) then trade it in for $50 store credit , and purchase the digital version on XBL for both consoles for $70. Then I'll only be out $10 of my gamestop store credit.

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This sounds like all digital copies will get Free Fall.

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The news is that X360 digital #CODGhosts orders will get Free Fall via the Xbox Live Rewards program, depending on territory/eligibility.




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@OneOfSwords @CoDMP247 can you download it after CoD Ghosts comes out, like buy it?


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@Jaish7575 It's a preorder/launch bonus map only, AFAIK

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That's good news, but does anyone have it other than Walmart? It's still an actual package which means Walmart would have to ship it to me. Which can mean delays. Again, I hate having to jump through all these damn hoops.

EDIT: Walmart is not going to work for me. There is no way to know when you would even receive it. Just the lowest shipping method is free, then standard is $2, Expedited is $9 and Rush shipping is around $11. But it doesn't give you any info on when it ships. Only that processing can take 1 to 2 days on top of the shipping time.

So I guess right now my plan is to go to Gamestop tomorrow morning and preorder it to hedge my bets. Then if the XBL download ends up coming with the Free Fall map, I can just cancel my pre-order. Otherwise i'll get the pre-order for $60 with store credit, play it for a few days(and I also get the Freefall map) then trade it in for $50 store credit , and purchase the digital version on XBL for both consoles for $70. Then I'll only be out $10 of my gamestop store credit.

With BLOPS2 it was the same deal for preorders to receive the Nuketown2025 map. Essentially ANY copy of the game that was available at launch, contained the extra codes to download the map.. not just the "preorders". I went to Gamestop on launch day and bought a copy and sure enough it was in there.

Pretty much everything I've read has said that this bonus map will be in all copies of the game that are sent out the first week or so. So theres no need to rush to "preorder" it. Just make sure you buy a copy from that first week's shipment and you should be good.

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Also, if you were concerned about missing out on content, don’t worry. The bonus Free Fall map will be available to digital customers as well. PS3 gamers will find it bundled with their digital preorder, and Xbox 360 gamers who are enrolled in the Xbox Live Rewards program and buy the digital edition of Call of Duty: Ghosts before November 18, 2013 will receive a Free Fall download token via email after that date (tokens will likely start going out the following week). Also, please note that that offer is good for Xbox gamers in the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. If you’re not a member of the Xbox Live Rewards program, you can sign up here – it’s free.

I was also able to get some more detail about the digital file sizes for those who crave the nitty-gritty. The digital versions of the game should be anywhere between 9GB and 13.5GB, depending on your territory (largely due to localization stuff). That’s a far cry from the 40GB footprint for the PC version, so hopefully, that will address another concern of people wary of digital. But those are the same numbers you can expect from, say, an optional full install of the disc version to the Xbox 360 hard drive, or if you counted all the bits and bytes on a PS3 game disc. The data you get and the space it takes up is the same whether you choose physical or digital.

Basically, there’s no technical or functional reason not to go digital if it looks like the right solution for you. A downloadable edition of Call of Duty: Ghosts — available the same day as the disc version — will deliver the same gameplay experience you’d expect from any physical media. Your machine can’t tell the difference, and when you pick up a controller and play, neither will you.

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Also, if you were concerned about missing out on content, don’t worry. The bonus Free Fall map will be available to digital customers as well. PS3 gamers will find it bundled with their digital preorder, and Xbox 360 gamers who are enrolled in the Xbox Live Rewards program and buy the digital edition of Call of Duty: Ghosts before November 18, 2013 will receive a Free Fall download token via email after that date (tokens will likely start going out the following week). Also, please note that that offer is good for Xbox gamers in the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. If you’re not a member of the Xbox Live Rewards program, you can sign up here – it’s free.

I was also able to get some more detail about the digital file sizes for those who crave the nitty-gritty. The digital versions of the game should be anywhere between 9GB and 13.5GB, depending on your territory (largely due to localization stuff). That’s a far cry from the 40GB footprint for the PC version, so hopefully, that will address another concern of people wary of digital. But those are the same numbers you can expect from, say, an optional full install of the disc version to the Xbox 360 hard drive, or if you counted all the bits and bytes on a PS3 game disc. The data you get and the space it takes up is the same whether you choose physical or digital.

Basically, there’s no technical or functional reason not to go digital if it looks like the right solution for you. A downloadable edition of Call of Duty: Ghosts — available the same day as the disc version — will deliver the same gameplay experience you’d expect from any physical media. Your machine can’t tell the difference, and when you pick up a controller and play, neither will you.

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Hmmmmm, apparently I signed up for the rewards programme two years ago. I had no idea. Well this is Great news then
. I can just do the $70 Digital download for both consoles and still get the Free all map.


Edit: wait a minute. It said the codes would not go out until the week after the 18th.

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