It's that time again where I do a little bit of research on where to buy my next game. Next on the list is Company of Heroes 2 which will be coming out in a month's time. So I've looked at JB Hi-Fi, EB Games and Steam to see what they're offering. Yes I know there are hundreds of other shops I could purchase the game from but I like going through the usual channels :).
With these three shops, there are basically two editions you can buy: the Standard Edition and the Red Star Edition
The Standard Edition
If you pre-order the Standard Edition you usually come with a single player/co-op missions pack, 2 vehicle skins for multiplayer and 2 commander archetypes for multiplayer. This is what EB Games and Steam advertises. Steam even throws in a couple of hats for Hat Simulator 2 - I mean TF2.
Strangely enough, JB doesn't appear to offer any extras, but it's slightly cheaper from them.
- JB Hi-Fi: $74 (No pre-order bonuses)
- EB Games: $78 (single player/co-op missions pack, 2 vehicle skins for multiplayer and 2 commander archetypes for multiplayer)
- Steam: $82 approx. (Same pre-order bonuses as EB Games except you get TF2 hats)
Red Star Edition
If you get the Red Star Edition you will be receiving quite a bit. You will receive 24 vehicle skins for multiplayer, 5 multiplayer commander archetypes on launch and then 5 later on, the single-player/co-op missions pack and the original Company of Heroes with all of its expansions. The physical edition (from JB and EB) also comes with a steelbook case.
Steam's edition is called the Digital Collector's Edition but it is in fact the same thing, except you don't get the steelbook of course, and you get the two TF2 hats.
- JB Hi-Fi: $99 (24 vehicle skins for multiplayer, 5 multiplayer commander archetypes on launch and then 5 later on, the single-player/co-op missions pack and the original Company of Heroes with all of its expansions.)
- EB Games: $108 (Same as JB)
- Steam: $125 approx. (Same as EB and JB, except no steelbook case and 2 TF2 hats instead)
In both cases (Standard and Red Star Editions) it seems that the cheapest option is to buy from JB Hi-Fi so I'd recommend buying from them if there's one near you.