It’s no secret. I am in full-blown Star Wars mode. I was tempted to purchase the $300 PS4 – Uncharted bundle this Black Friday, but to be honest, the “free” Uncharted games didn’t sweeten the deal for me. The main reason I was willing to fork over $300 was to play Star Wars Battlefront, which would have cost an additional $60.00. I weighed my options, and decided to buy the Pre-Black Friday PS4 Star Wars Bundle offered by GameStop.
The one thing that you can count on is that my CRR counterpart and I do our research. I was motivated to purchase the Star Wars bundle because:
1. The price was right. Although the retail price was $350.00, the bundle included Star Wars Battlefront (a $60.00 value), a Darth Vader backpack (a $60.00 value), and four retro Star Wars games (a $20.00 value?). So if you include all of the “freebies”, you’re looking at spending approximately $210.00 for the console that originally sold for $400.00 (with a game included).
2. Why not buy the $300 PS4 – Uncharted Bundle? For this very reason: You know you’re not going to play the Uncharted games, maybe you will, but the fun of owning a new system is playing games that are unique to it.
3. It came with the game I wanted. I didn’t have to fight the crazy Black Friday moms to buy the $300 system and the $60 game. I got them both for $350.
4. I was able to sell my PS3 console, an extra controller, and eight games for $70.00 to help pay for the bundle. Now I know that’s not a great deal, but my time is money. I hate waiting for something to sell on Ebay, packaging it, and waiting in post office holiday lines to mail it. I instantly realize a savings by selling my old PS3 gear which dropped the price from $350 to $280.
5. Surprisingly, the backpack is very well made. By no means is it cheaply made. There is a lot of padding, heavy duty zippers/straps, and multiple large and small compartments to justify the $60 price tag. I can see me using this backpack as an airplane carry-on or used by my two-year old son to carry his toys around in. Or, if I feel up to it, sell it on Ebay to realize further savings.
That was the good about the bundle. Here is the bad.
You don’t get the physical game, and therefore, you have to download the 20+ GB game, which takes…wait for it…24 hours…well kind of. (Check issue #2 for further details).
YOU DON’T GET THE PHYSICAL GAME. Initially when I hit the button for the game to begin downloading I got a message that it was going to take 24 hours. As you can imagine, I lost my ever-living mind. Nothing is worse than having to wait a day for the game you want to play download after just dropping $350 bucks. Periodically, I checked on the download and at one point (maybe 30 minutes into the download) I saw that it was only going to take 2 hours. SWEET, but there was a catch as I came to find out. The 2 1/2 hour download only gives you 2 GB of the 20 GB game. When the 2 GB game installs you are able to play a mini-game as Darth Vader while the rest of the download finishes. The problem is you have 18 GB left to download, and at the rate the 2 GB downloaded, your going to be waiting more than 36 hours playing a mini-game that basically repeats itself every 5 minutes. About 45 minutes into playing the mini-game I felt like I was in Star Wars purgatory; therefore, I decided that something had to be done.
Just so you know, this isn’t something unique to me. There are numerous post on the Net complaining about this. See below.
I have one of the fastest FIOS internet packages. I can download full HD 1080p movies in about 20 minutes or less so I couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on. By this point my wife thought I was the blood-thirsty Emperor, and believe me, I felt like destroying a planet after discovering what was going on. Turns out that the default internet settings for your PS4 may not give you the fastest downloads. I watched the video below and after using the DNS numbers that started with 208, I noticed that my download speed increased from 1 mpbs to around 9 mpbs.
I noticed a slight increase in the download speed so left the mini-game running and went to bed. When I went to bed around 1am about 35% of the game was downloaded. When I woke up at 5am to check on it, I was at 60%. Again, I lost my mind because over 5 hours only downloaded 25% of the game. After doing some more research, I found that many people were having success putting the PS4 into REST mode while downloading large files. I thought that was a stupid idea, but I tried it anyway. Well, I was totally wrong about it being a stupid idea because between 5am and 7am 30% more of the game downloaded! It was a Star Wars Christmas miracle!
CRR gives the GameStop Pre-Black PS4 Star Wars Bundle a 8 out of 10 Wookie yelps because the price is good, but the nonsense with the downloading of the game is an annoyance.