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Portal 2: Download or Retail?

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*sigh*... I'm stuck. I don't know whether to get Portal 2 via Steam or order it from Amazon. Help me out T_T

Steam:
£26.99
Playable the instant it becomes available.
Giftable Portal 1

No disk =(

Amazon:
£26.94 (for release day delivery. It's £24.91 for free, 3-5 day delivery)
Disk =)

Have to wait for the delivery and there is always a chance of delay.


I just don't know

EDIT: So I guess another pro for Steam just cropped up. The Steam release is the same time globally which means I would get it 2 days earlier than retail.

Steam it is, then. I can always buy a retail copy in a year or two when it's £10 =3
Edited by Bikkit - 4/5/11 at 7:44am
post #2 of 16
+ TF2 item if you pre-order Portal 2.

This will be announced at next week.
post #3 of 16
its the same thing

you still just get the steam version the day it unlocks

the box version is just the steam version on a disc
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I am stuck at this too!
    
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It's a strictly Steam game. If you buy a disc copy, it's basically a "pre-load" into Steam. So to buy a pre-load from Amazon that will arrive after the release date seems like a daft thing to do, in my book anyway

I've had it preordered on Steam for a while. You get a free copy of Portal too. (not Portal 2 )

Why is having a disc such a + feature?
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It's a strictly Steam game. If you buy a disc copy, it's basically a "pre-load" into Steam. So to buy a pre-load from Amazon that will arrive after the release date seems like a daft thing to do, in my book anyway

I've had it preordered on Steam for a while. You get a free copy of Portal too. (not Portal 2 )

Why is having a disc such a + feature?
Sentimentality
Handy if you have crappy/no internet connection
What happens if steam were to shut down?
Plus, I'm willing to bet it'll be worth a lot in 15-20 years.

They maybe small reasons but I bet a lot of members here will agree with me.
post #7 of 16
Just look at whats more beneficial for you with steam you get no box but you do get portal for free and you don't have to wait for it to be mailed in and its a digital copy so you can never lose it and well on amazon you physically have the game and keep it as collectors purpose unlike the digital from steam both good choices just what you feel is better for you me I would just buy it from any store to have it for collectors purpose cause its such an awesome game
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What happens if steam were to shut down?
Valve would patch it so you could still run your games. You really think they'd just abandon it, leaving hundreds of thousands of people out of millions of dollars worth of games? Not a chance. This scenario has been brought up many, many times. I think it's a moot point.
    
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Sentimentality
Handy if you have crappy/no internet connection
What happens if steam were to shut down?
Plus, I'm willing to bet it'll be worth a lot in 15-20 years.

They maybe small reasons but I bet a lot of members here will agree with me.
As I said, it's a Steam game. No internet connection? Enable Offline Mode for a while.
If Steam does go down, you won't be able to play it even if you've got 15 discs Once you've installed it, you're in exactly the same position as someone who downloaded it from Steam. The game needs Steam to run.

I accept your point about sentimentality though It's why I have Spotify, but still buy vinyls
post #10 of 16
if you buy the disc you are going to end up having to register it at steam anyways, so.... go for the digital copy...

you can always backup your game to make a dvd with it if you need to... it's not going to be instalable outside of steam, but the disc isn't as well.
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