Although Sony is slowly starting to sell Playstation games 3 no Brasil, prices are still too high for Brazilian standards, easily costing twice what you pay for the same game in the U.S. or Canada. Buy games in the U.S. or Canada while traveling is a great deal, but buying online is a complicated task, because most stores do not send to Brazil, and sending a freight charge very high, since the price of USPS (Belt of the United States) are high and courier services (Fedex, UPS, DHL, etc.) are still more expensive, addition to virtually guarantee a tax fine salt.
A DealExtreme, old acquaintance who accompanies Skooter Blog even has some Playstation games 3, but they are few and prices are not the best. There are specific games stores in Hong Kong, but speak of them elsewhere. Today I will talk about ShopTo, a store specializing in games UK, More specifically England, you send to Brazil charging a freight only £ 3.50 (pounds sterling), or equivalent to R $ 9,28 Quote for today.
Besides the freight comrade, a ShopTo also has games with very good prices, smaller than those in the USA and Canada. And if the regular prices are already good, promotions that the site makes are even better. O catálogo do Playstation 3 has several games every week in deals in which some games can cost less than £ 20,00. The site also features games X-Box 360, Wii, Nintendo DS, E PC PSP.
I decided to do some searching and saw that several Brazilians buy the site and are satisfied. Once convinced of the suitability of the site, I decided to make my first purchase. I choose the game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, whose price £ 17.85 (R$ 47,33) is less than half of what it costs the same game on Sony's website (R$ 119,00). As for freight, in ShopTo is always £ 3.50, Sony na serious cerca de R $ 7,94, difference of only $ 1,34 m favor of Sony in Brazil. Blame it should be the price of Postal in Brazil, 's ridiculous that costs cheaper to send a package from London to Brazil, than a PAC (e nem SEDEX, only one PAC) any Brazilian city to a nearby town or even the same city. In short, the freight ShopTo is pretty cheap for a international freight, is rare for a national purchase cost less than that.
Purchases in ShopTo can be made in Pounds Sterling or Euro, the price in Pounds Sterling always cheaper after converting to real, then I suggest opt always for him. Payment is by credit card international, and can be done directly to the store, or through PayPal. I chose the latter because I may opt for conversion in real time made by PayPal, and receive the billing invoice in real unsurprisingly due to exchange rate variation. Buying directly at the shop will be worth the price of the British Pound the closing date of the invoice. Note that for games in pre-sale is only possible to buy directly paying to store, they only debited when the game is shipped, that there is no way to do via PayPal.
The choice of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is due to several factors: First is an old game and already has a naturally lower price, it was released in the series “Greatest Hits”, that Europe is called “Platinum”. How was the first purchase did not want to risk a more expensive launch. But of course I wanted a good game and he was really interested. The Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, What is the sequence of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, caught my attention for being chosen the best game 2009 in several awards. But did not want to start the second game of the series, I think the ideal is to get the first, Then I read the review of it in IGN e na Gamespot, where the reviews were very good, I ended up convincing.
I will not do a review of the game here because gaming review sites there are already several (it's not like review sites for products DealExtreme or FocalPrice wherein the Skooter Blog is one of the few, but the only), as IGN and GameSpot already quoted, there are people far more qualified to make them (and being well paid for it). Unfortunately I can not point to any national website with the same quality, they KNOW waste only from Outerspace, What is so bad it needs chupinhar texts of Skooter Blog and refuses to remove them, eventhough handheld devices with orders. So I'll just talk briefly about my opinion of the game.
The Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune is an adventure game that blends action with parts of shootings, exploration of the territory, scenes with vehicles, etc. The closest that he ever played was Tomb Raider, But in Tomb Raider (at least the ones I played) the difficulty is immense, jumps need millimeter precision (or would pixélica?) and any mistake you make back half an hour ago in the game and have to play all new. On Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune everything flows better, you need not be 3 hours looking for something in the scene to continue the game, the game gives several tips on how to proceed and it is rare to get hung up somewhere for more than a few minutes. The checkpoints are close to each other, so no need to get back in the game after half an hour because missed a jump. Play the parts shot with a joystick is news to me, I'm more familiar with keyboard and mouse. Clearly aiming with the mouse is easier, but soon got used to the joystick. In moving the left analog stick makes the function of the keyboard and the right does the mouse function.
The game has about 8 the second hour reviews, had já joguei 8 hours and am in 75% completed, what I consider very good for the first time I'm playing. I have no patience for game where you have to spend hours looking for a way out, I find it very frustrating when it happens and I tend to leave the game away and never play, up because they rarely play more than an hour a day, Game and rarely more than two or three times per week. No wonder that 20 days after the game I just played be delivered 8 hours.
But let's talk now of buying in ShopTo, at day it was made 07/02/2010 and shipped the day following. The ShopTo is reputed to be very fast to send, and so it happened. O Royal Mail (Straps UK), indicates the following: “Your item, posted on 08/02/10 with reference RJ000000000GB has been passed to the overseas postal service for delivery in BRAZIL.” (Numbering removed). And Strap Brazilian states the following in tracking:
|25/02/2010 20:03||CDD RIO CLARO – RIO CLARO / SP||Delivered|
|18/02/2010 11:33||BRAZIL – BRAZIL / XX||Awarded|
|Received / Brazil|
As can be seen, delayed 10 days for the package appear as received in Brazil, and thereafter was only a week to be delivered. Total transit time of only 17 days, what I consider excellent, it seems that finally ended the tremendous backlog end of year. There is no information of intermediate steps, but the impression I have is that the package passed by the IRS before appearing as received in Brazil. The package was not taxed and has no stamp released, then I do not know if it went through Pinhais – Curitiba or not.
The package ShopTo is very discreet, brings no information content or declared value, is basically a cardboard box that involves Blu-ray. The packaging process is fully automated, I've seen a video of how it's done. The Blu-ray box came sealed and in perfect condition inside the package. My conclusion is that it is well worth the purchase ShopTo, prices are unbeatable compared to Brazil's, no Brazilian store or Free Market vendors who can overcome them.
I leave just a warning: games sold by ShopTo are the European versions (or even specific pro UK), thus in some cases (as the Heavy Rain) no dubbing / subtitles in Portuguese, and other (as the Pro Evolution Soccer 2010) you can only play online with people who also have the European version. Furthermore, remember that European games are PAL, while most Playstation 3 marketed in Brazil comes from the U.S. market and are NTSC. O Playstation 3 has no lock for regional games, you can play European games (region 2) no American consul (region 1) smooth. Only the color system may be a problem, who have the console connected to a HDTV by an HDMI cable probably will have no problem, since the HD resolutions (720p, 720i, 1080p, 1080i) are equal worldwide. But who uses default (480p, 480i), normally associated with flat-tube cable or composite, may have problems. If you have a Playstation 3, one HDTV, but not using HDMI cable is losing much, and strongly recommend purchasing a HDMI out na DealExtreme.
I close here leaving some of this week's deals ShopTo, several for less than £ 10, which gives less than $ 28,00, check:
- Tom Clancy’s Endwar for £ 5,85
- Mirror’s Edge for £ 5,85
- Need For Speed Undercover for £ 7,85
- Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard for £ 7,95
- F.E.A.R. 2 for £ 8,85
- Fuel Station for £ 8,85
- Hellboy: The Science of Evil for £ 8,95
- Mercenaries 2: World in Flames for £ 9,75
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 for £ 9,85
- Disney Sing It (Game + two microphones) for £ 9,85
- Superstars V8 Racing for £ 9,95
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – Game of the Year Edition for £ 10,85
- Haze for £ 11,75
- Tomb Raider Underworld for £ 12,85
- Sega Superstars Tennis for £ 13,85
- Lost Planet: Extreme Condition for £ 13,95
- The Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for £ 14,99
- James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game for £ 18,85
- EyePet (inclui a câmera Playstation Eye) for £ 24,99
- Assassin’s Creed 2 for £ 28,85
Until next time.