PlayStation 4 – Star Wars Bundle

By | November 25, 2015

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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.

Issue #1

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).

Issue #2

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.

https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWarsBattlefront/comments/3t4vns/ps4anyone_elses_installation_super_slow/

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.

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