New AMD bundle includes Crysis 3, BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider

AMD is pretty happy with the results of last year’s Never Settle promotion. So happy, in fact, that it’s decided to renew the promotion with a fresh batch of games for the new year. AMD calls its latest offer the Never Settle Reloaded Bundle, and it looks like this:

In short, Radeon HD 7900-series graphics cards are going to ship with free copies of Crysis 3 and BioShock Infinite, while 7800-series offerings will come with BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider. That sounds like a pretty solid bargain, given that these are all triple-A titles that ought to cost $50-60 at launch.

Not pictured: the “Ultimate Reload” deal, thanks to which buyers of two Radeon HD 7900-series GPUs will be entitled to free copies of all three aforementioned titles, plus Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs. Note that I’m saying GPUs, not cards. The promotion will apply to dual-GPU solutions like Asus’ ROG Ares II. If you prefer to get two separate cards, AMD says you’ll just have to check out with both of them in your e-tail shopping cart at the same time—or in a pre-baked PC from a systems integrator.

If you don’t live in North America, you should be aware of a couple of regional twists. In the Asia Pacific region, AMD says it will substitute Tomb Raider with the new Devil May Cry game, which it claims is more popular over there. And if you live in the UK and happen to grab one of those ROG Ares II behemoths, you’ll get eight games instead of six: Crysis 3, BioShock Infinite, DiRT Showdown, Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Nexuiz. (This only applies to the ROG Ares II, mind you—not to other dual-GPU cards.)

Now, none of those new games are out yet. Crysis 3 will arrive on February 19, with Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite scheduled to follow on March 5 and March 26, respectively. So, here’s how things will go down: e-tailers will throw a coupon in with your order. Enter the code from that coupon on the Never Settle Reloaded landing page, and you’ll be given Steam and/or Origin game codes. Enter those in the appropriate client app, and each game will unlock as soon as it’s released. Simple—just like pre-ordering, minus the spending money part.

And it looks like the promotion has already begun. A quick look through Newegg’s listings shows cards like PowerColor’s $295 Radeon HD 7950 already come with a coupon for Crysis 3 and BioShock Infinite. Similarly, you can snag a $229 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition or a $170 Radeon HD 7850 and get BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider codes with your order. Two free $50-60 games with a $170 card—now that’s a deal.

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    • squeeb
    • 7 years ago

    Damn..wish I could get in on this…I bought a 7870 at launch. Throw me some love AMD!!

    • Silus
    • 7 years ago

    Nice bundles, but this is a desperate sign of things for AMD…they must be really tanking in sales, even more so than what their last Q numbers showed…

    • michael_d
    • 7 years ago

    Does that mean no HD89XX until later in the year? Perhaps they are planning a release a lot sooner and this bundle thing is a way to get rid of old stock?

    • internetsandman
    • 7 years ago

    Can I buy the cards, get the included games and then sell the cards as used?

    For context I already have an EVGA 4gb classified 680 in my system, I’m not biased or a fanboy, I just want these games but not the cards 😛

      • clone
      • 7 years ago

      yes, you can after you’ve activated the games.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]and Nexuiz[/quote<] Wasn't that a free game anyway?

    • timbits
    • 7 years ago

    What kind of DRM will these games use? Are we going to be stuck with activation limits or always on internet?

      • odizzido
      • 7 years ago

      probably, but I haven’t looked. So many games require phone home DRM that I have stopped even paying attention to game releases now. I just pick them up when they are 90% off on steam a year or two after they release. Or I grab them on GOG if it happens to be there. I am willing to pay full price for GOG games, it’s up to the publishers/devs how much money they want to get from me.

    • Disco
    • 7 years ago

    I bought a XFX 7970 last fall with the last promotion. It was a great deal at the time. Have really enjoyed FarCry3 (haven’t played Sleeping Dogs yet – but looking forward to it). Performance has been great. This new bundle looks even better, especially as I would be buying Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite anyway. With the latest drivers addressing the microstutter issues (I haven’t noticed it myself) I can’t see any downside to purchasing an AMD gpu. Looking forward to what the Radeon 8000’s bring to the table. When are they expected?

    ***Disclaimer: I am a bit of an ATI/AMD fan, although I owned a nvidia 8800 GTS for a long time.

    • alienstorexxx
    • 7 years ago

    wow, nice f*n move
    those could be the biggest AAA games of the year

    • flip-mode
    • 7 years ago

    That’s a trifecta. There’s never been a more impressive game bundle than that in my memory. Edit: well, if you got all three games it would be a trifecta.

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    WOW! I WANT ALL THESE GAMES! AND I NEED A NEW CARD!

    PITY I AM BIASED FANBOI!

    • Arclight
    • 7 years ago

    Idk know about this, i guess i’ll be waiting for the Revolutions bundle.

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      I still think the original drivers are the best, the new ones have too much action and a grandiose story spread too thin, far and wide.

    • Meadows
    • 7 years ago

    NEVER SETTLE, *and* RELOADED too?

    Marketing has outdone themselves this month.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      They really turned it up to 11.

    • indeego
    • 7 years ago

    Would still rather just have the card cheaper, and let me pick my own games. Thanks!

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      You know nothing of marketing, child! (BTW, I +1’ed you)

      Fortunately, I don’t know anything of marketing, either. I can sleep well at night.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 7 years ago

        Two drink minimum:
        [url<]http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1992-04-06/[/url<] Do you people do any work? [url<]http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1992-04-07/[/url<] What kind of microwave oven is this? [url<]http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1992-04-11/[/url<]

          • BIF
          • 7 years ago

          I live in the land of Dilbert.

          But I’m glad I don’t have a dog that wears glasses and poses as a contractor. Or “Tech Support”.

      • Novuake
      • 7 years ago

      Although that would be VERY foolish, I will give you a Plus one for an original comment at least.

      This kind of marketing is what WORKS, and works well. If AMD were to cut cost, they would make less profit(note : AMDs profits are already very low compared to Nvidia due to larger chip dies on the HD7xxx than the GTX6xx).

      So no, I do not agree with you.

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      They probably got the games for $10 a piece. So you would get a 20$ game voucher.
      Good luck buying even one AAA title on day of release for 20$.

      I’m personally very interested in playing Crysis3 and the next Bioshock,
      but I’m also interested in the 8 serie… dilemma

      Newegg carry the 3GB 7950 boost with those two games for 295$ plus a 20$ rebate if your into that.
      Those two games retail, on day of release, would probably total $100.
      So for people like me its like getting a GHZ 7950 for ***$175***

      This is going to be hard to pass, since I’m pretty sure I could sell the card for at least $150 in 6 month.

      • clone
      • 7 years ago

      the way I understand it instead of direct payoffs with cash both Nvidia and AMD will commit to buying an amount of a game studio’s upcoming or existing product in exchange for support.

      Nvidia has been doing it for a while, ATI did it in the past and AMD has begun to really do it in order to level the playing field so that garbage like the tessallation additions that were put in Crysis 3 in order to improve the looks of Nvidia’s cards don’t happen again.

      makes the whole process more costly for all involved including gamers but even if it wasn’t being done it’s doubtful AMD or Nvidia would lower the prices of their cards, it’s all about getting as much as they can and with a duopoly price competition can only hurt the manufacturers…. a weapon of last resort.

      • Bensam123
      • 7 years ago

      I was thinking this, but I think there may be a strategic reason behind this. Like it’s better for their brand if they offer free games, rather then simply lowering the price of their cards, possibly diluting their brand name in the process. It could be they think they found a way around Nvidia price matching them too (which may be possible for now).

      • alienstorexxx
      • 7 years ago

      what a childish comment.
      first of all, i don’t think those gpu’s are expensive
      and second, you can sell the keys if you don’t want the games. those games are big AAA so both could cost the half of the GPU itself, depending on the gpu of your choice.

        • erwendigo
        • 7 years ago

        Yeah!! Childish? Why? Because he is saying that a cheaper card is his best option. Who is making childish comment? ¬¬

        “those games are big AAA so both could cost the half of the GPU itself, depending on the gpu of your choice.”

        Of course, because a 7900 card has a market price of 275-400€, and Crysis 3 and Bioshock bundle will have a market price of 138-200€. Or 70-100€ for each one. In the aftermarket and “second hand” (well, the codes aren´´t “second hand”, but you have to trust very much to buy to someone a code, and he/she must offers this with BETTER price that the online shops that sells the same thing).

        They are expensive cards, and this promotion are wellcomed, of course. But it doesn´t make they (the cards) have “cheap” prices. They are expensive cards.

        The 7800s make a better “choice” because they have a low price (160-250€).

        • clone
        • 7 years ago

        the comment wasn’t childish, it was an opinion, a valid one to a point, I believe giving the option to choose from a list of titles has been done in the past.

        either way still won’t get the card for less for above mentioned reasons.

    • AlumarX
    • 7 years ago

    I’m still compelled to buy Nvidia, even if it’s only because I’ve yet to own an Nvidia card. 😛

      • Novuake
      • 7 years ago

      I have no idea why you are being down-voted… LOL!

      I feel like that too sometimes. Would like to own BOTH GTX680 AND a HD7970 GHZ ED just to swap out LOL!.

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      I +1’d you because I too didn’t understand the downvotes.

      My sister used to just buy another car whenever she needed tires. It was a perfect excuse to choose a different color!

      (lol, just kidding!)

      • cynan
      • 7 years ago

      If you have more than one current-gen gaming system in your household, I think going with both AMD and Nvdia is the way to go. If more people could/would do this there would be less animosity on forums.
      People would discover that, despite certain strengths and weaknesses from time to time, in general, both companies produce worthy gaming GPUs and are actually very competitive with one another on the whole.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    They must get a pretty big discount on bulk purchases… :O

    That’s not a bad deal either… Hopefully they’ll still be doing this when the 8xxx series comes out.

      • jdaven
      • 7 years ago

      “Hopefully they’ll still be doing this when the 8xxx series comes out.”

      If they are just trying to clear 7000 series inventory before the release of the 8000 series, then no.

        • Novuake
        • 7 years ago

        Nope, these are ongoing projects, it will continue until they scrap the project entirely. But I doubt anytime soon since its adding A LOT of value to the cards.

        • Bensam123
        • 7 years ago

        What Nov said… This is a pretty big initiative that isn’t based just around clearing inventory

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