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The Most Interesting Bonuses Within The Gaming Industry

 

No matter how enjoyable a video game is, it’s nice to take a little break from the action now and again in the form of a bonus level. Similarly, extras and freebies are always welcome, especially when they give you that little helping hand that you need in order to get started. The video game industry is well known for engaging players in this way and so, without further ado, below is a quick look at some of the most interesting and intriguing extras and bonuses within the gaming landscape.

Preorder Bonuses
For the most part, preorders represent a win-win situation for everyone. For developers, they serve as a good indicator of early sales and, as players, we can guarantee ourselves a copy of the latest game before all copies sell out. With that being said, pre-orders often include bonus levels or exclusive character skins in order to boost numbers. Those who pre-ordered Resident Evil 5 secured themselves a snow globe, while early orders of Sonic Lost World gave you a handy extra 25 lives (trust us, you needed them). On the other hand, pre-orders of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag came with a football. Yes a football. Why? Who knows.

 

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Online Betting
It’s fair to say that the online betting industry knows how to do bonuses better than most. When it comes to sports betting for example, free bets are an industry standard and go a long way in persuading customers to sign up. In addition to this, online slots and games such as bingo offer some some of the most generous bonuses on the internet. The large majority of bonuses and extras are usually free for new customers, which is certainly handy if you’re just getting started.

Bonus Levels
In truth, there are more bonus levels within the gaming landscape than you can shake a stick at. For our money, you can’t beat smashing a car up in Street Fighter 2 or the Halfpipe Dash in Sonic 2. In more recent times, the Xbox One version of Earthworm Jim contains a bonus level called “Andy Asteroids” which involves a winner takes all race to a backdrop of banjo music. Yes, it’s as fun as it sounds.

Bonuses Are…Well, a Bonus
When all is said and done, bonuses are just there to add a little something extra to the experience. Of course, in terms of pre-orders and bonus levels, there have been some questionable efforts over the years, However, something is better than nothing right? Right. We’re still not quite sure about that Assassin’s Creed football though.

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