So there have been leaks and controversy, European and American pirates, pixellated airport massacres and Bobby Kotick going bananas to the press and gleefully rubbing his hands in anticipation of all the money he's going to make off the back of what is set to be the biggest game of the year, if not the decade. Activision's big plan was to ramp up the price of MW2 by £10 - yet another reason why we should all want to set Mr. Kotick on fire - but thankfully, the HotUKDeals site has been going wild as all of the big chains both on and off of the high street keep on trying do out-deal one another and secure the sweet cash of us gamers trying to get in on a fab bit of FPS action.
We've rounded up some of the hottest deals we could find, including a good number of in-store deals which we don't usually do. But with the kind of frenzy that streets housing a GAME or Tesco or other outlet were seeing last night, we figured it might be wise to take the old theory of supply and demand into consideration. Links for these deals will take you to the sites of the outlets in question, where you should (in many cases) be able to search for a stock check. If you can't find out online we suggest you telephone your nearest available store to avoid disappointment. Most of these deals are for the console versions of the game unless otherwise specified.
The cheapest of the offline deals, this does require that you have a membership card for Makro Cash and Carry. The Twitter site also has the details of a free competition you can enter to win a 22" tv, consoles and the game. Check out the store locator here.
No membership required for this one, but it is a little dearer. Morrisons aren't selling the game online either, but you can find a bunch of their stores here.
Sainsbury's are offering the game online at the price listed, but you'll be incredibly lucky to find a time when it's in cyber stock. Best bet is to find a store here.
Another deal available both on and offline, although with no particular stock indicator it might be hard to tell. It's £6 more expensive than its sister supermarkets, but for all you regular Asda shoppers out there that might just be worth the price of convenience. Locate your nearest store here.
I'm not going to lie, I'm a big fan of Amazon. If you want the cheapest and most reliable service on the net then look no further. At £32 for the console versions of the game it's over £7 cheaper than the nearest in stock online competitor listed on GamesTracker (CoolShop - £39.99). No fuss, no disappointments and no walking, cycling or driving required. But then that might just be me...Still in stock as we publish.
If you're one of those people who prefers keyboard and mouse to twin-sticks, however, you can net yourself Kotick and Co's finest for £24.99 from CoolShop. Postage is free and the game is still in stock at time of publishing; a pretty good price considering the nearest in stock competitor has it listed at £30.79 (Everythingplay).
Modern Warfare 2 shouldn't really need an introduction but if you've somehow managed to miss out on the crazy carnival of controversy and have absolutely no idea what's going on and what this is, here's a little bit about the game: Activision and Infinity Ward have provided a sequel to 2007's award winning FPS Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare designed to send your synapses on a rollercoaster ride. Playing - by many accounts - like a Hollywood blockbuster with plot twists galore and some of the best visuals to grace our screens, you'll take on Russian terrorists, find yourself battling out in Afghanistan and chase frantically through the slums of Rio in an effort to bring a suitably menacing and unhinged terrorist organisation to justice. Is it any good? Find out here.
One thing is for certain, this is the first video game release of this year to receive a premiere in Leicester Square. It was big news months before today rolled around and people are going to be talking about it for a while. I ordered mine this morning because I don't really want to miss out. How about you?
Thanks to VibeOne, true8lue, apcody, and markofkent from HotUKDeals