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Portal 2 Cheap This Weekend @ Kmart, GameStop

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Kmart and GameStop are drastically reducing the prices of Valve's Portal 2, starting this weekend.

Gamers who have yet to purchase a copy of Valve Software's just-released Portal 2 may want to hold off just a little bit longer... at least, until this weekend. Both Kmart and GameStop are knocking off up to $25 from the original retail price for the console versions, and around $20 for the PC version.

According to the Kmart Gamer Facebook page, the discount retail chain will offer Portal 2 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for a mere $34.99 on Sunday, May 1-- typically the console versions sell for $59.99. The new sale price will apparently be advertised in the Kmart circular found in Sunday's newspaper, but there's no indication of when the sale will actually end.

Joystiq also reports that GameStop will kick off its Portal 2 sale on Saturday, April 30. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will charge $5 extra than Kmart's pricepoint the following day, costing $39.99. The store is also selling the PC version for $29.99-- it regularly retails for $49.99 off the shelf.

Consumers who game on both the PC and PlayStation 3 may get the best deal by heading to Kmart and purchasing the PlayStation 3 version. This particular copy will provide an additional code for unlocking Portal 2 for the PC on Steam-- essentially two versions of Valve's instant classic for a mere $34.99. Not too shabby.

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    Anonymous , April 28, 2011 9:01 PM
    Although I have never played Portal or Portal 2, I just wanted to throw a quick Nelson-esque "HA HA!" out to all those suckers that paid full retail on this game.
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    memadmax , April 28, 2011 9:02 PM
    ^ lol
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    11796pcs , April 28, 2011 9:12 PM
    Portal 1 was awesome, but I want to save some money and may even have to pass on this fantastic deal :( .
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    Tmanishere , April 28, 2011 9:13 PM
    I'm jumping in on this deal for sure!
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    Agustus69 , April 28, 2011 9:20 PM
    Amazon.com was selling Portal 2 for $35 the week before it went live.
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    chriskrum , April 28, 2011 9:22 PM
    Do I have to own a Playstation to buy that version? Do I need to link a Steam account to a PSN account or does the box just have the activation code for the Steam version in it?
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    mister g , April 28, 2011 9:31 PM
    chriskrumDo I have to own a Playstation to buy that version? Do I need to link a Steam account to a PSN account or does the box just have the activation code for the Steam version in it?

    No clue but if it does I'll just buy the PS3 version, keep the Steam key and sell the disc! Probably what you had in mind too right?
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    doughff , April 28, 2011 9:38 PM
    Just an FYI for anyone buying the PS3 version to play it on PC, you MUST link your PSN account with your Steam account through the PS3 version of the game to claim your PC version key. And while there is a good chance that PSN will be back up by Sunday... just know that there is no solid confirmation on when it will be back up.
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    Anonymous , April 28, 2011 9:41 PM
    "Consumers who game on both the PC and PlayStation 3 may get the best deal by heading to Kmart and purchasing the PlayStation 3 version. This particular copy will provide an additional code for unlocking Portal 2 for the PC on Steam-- essentially two versions of Valve's instant classic for a mere $34.99. Not too shabby."

    You forgot one problem: in order to do this, you have to be on Playstation Network at the same time to activate it on Steam.

    and as of this comment...PSN has been down for over a week.
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    kinggraves , April 28, 2011 9:44 PM
    Retailers selling it at $35, still $50 on Steam.

    Your move, Steam.
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    erick81 , April 28, 2011 9:48 PM
    I'll hold off till they give it away on steam.
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    bustapr , April 28, 2011 9:59 PM
    andboomerAlthough I have never played Portal or Portal 2, I just wanted to throw a quick Nelson-esque "HA HA!" out to all those suckers that paid full retail on this game.

    I dont regret buying it a full price, it was worth every penny. If I hadnt bought it, I wouldve been desperate to buy it by now...
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    bustapr , April 28, 2011 10:00 PM
    erick81I'll hold off till they give it away on steam.

    This isnt a game theyd give away. They gave away Portal 1 because it was like an extra minigame in the orange box.
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    mikem_90 , April 28, 2011 10:26 PM
    bustaprI dont regret buying it a full price, it was worth every penny. If I hadnt bought it, I wouldve been desperate to buy it by now...


    I tend to differ a bit. The solo game was okay. Though I tend to see this as it not being as groundbreaking as the first and thus not being able to command as nice a price as they thought.

    There was a LOT of hype with this game, and it was a bit shorter than I would have preferred.

    I also think it a bit cheeky to try selling things for your online gameplay avatar to wear.

    Again, the customer's rule on advertising: The more the hype, the worse it will be. Marketing guys try to make up for the product not being an amazing seventh wonder of the world.
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    halls , April 28, 2011 10:28 PM
    chriskrumDo I have to own a Playstation to buy that version? Do I need to link a Steam account to a PSN account or does the box just have the activation code for the Steam version in it?

    You have to have access to a PS3 to get the PC version, I did it that way. You'll essentially tie your Steam account to your PSN account, so the PS3 needs internet access/PSN access (not really possible at the moment!).
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    internetlad , April 28, 2011 10:36 PM
    well I wasn't into it for 50 but at 30 for a just-released game I think i might bite.

    I do hate boxed retail, as it means leaving the house. . . hmmm does k-mart do shipping. . .
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    mikem_90 , April 28, 2011 11:05 PM
    internetladwell I wasn't into it for 50 but at 30 for a just-released game I think i might bite.I do hate boxed retail, as it means leaving the house. . . hmmm does k-mart do shipping. . .


    I tend to prefer physical box, that way if company X goes belly up, I have something. I'd like to be able to play some of my games a while down the road if I feel nostalgic.

    It also means they can't say "alright, we're done, no more for you!" and not let you download/play it.

    What happens if Valve decides to no longer allow downloads of a game you purchased from them a while back? I wager when Valve institutes this for some of their old old old games it will be a problem.
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    castle songbird , April 28, 2011 11:28 PM
    If you can sell the ps3 version used at gamestop for more than $35 (after the sale ends and psn is back online of course) than you could walk away with more money than you originally had and copy of portal 2 on steam.
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    mister g , April 29, 2011 12:33 AM
    awww dang it, don't have a PSN account nor want one. Ah well maybe next time.
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    Anonymous , April 29, 2011 2:01 AM
    still too expensive at that price
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