The Cheapest Place to Buy FIFA 16

By James O Malley on at

This year's annual FIFA tax is charged from this Thursday, the 24th of September, as FIFA 16 goes on sale in the UK - but where will be the best place to buy it? Here's what we've found.

The game will be hitting retailers in a variety of combinations, with a number of elaborate deluxe editions, but if you're not too worried about extras, then you can simply pick up the basic game.

Regular FIFA 16 for Xbox 360 and PS3 is £41 at Morrisons, £40 at Tesco, and Amazon, Argos and Game edges Tesco out by a penny charging just £39.99. The cheapest retailer though is Zavvi - selling the game at just £36.99, with free UK shipping, no less.

If you want the game on PS4 or Xbox One, the game is £42 at Morrisons, Tesco and Amazon. At Zavvi the game is £42.99 and at Game and Argos it is £43.99.

The PC version is, annoyingly, more expensive - and though you can buy it from normal stores, ultimately all that you are getting is a download code for EA's Origin service. Both Game and Amazon have it listed for £49.99.

Sadly Sainsburys and Asda do not yet list the game on their websites.

As a major release, there are also a tonne of different "Deluxe" editions of the game available, designed to extract more cash from your wallet.

At most retailers (such as Tesco) the "Deluxe" edition is around £52 on PS3 and 360 and £55 on PS4 and Xbox One. Then there's a "Super Deluxe" edition at Game and Amazon which is seemingly only available for PS4 and Xbox One for a whopping £79.99. The difference? 40 Gold Packs of DLC delivered over the next year. Hmm.

Both Game and Amazon are offering different "Steelbook" editions to those who get in quick and pre-order too - but frankly, if you're going to buy those you're more interested in the free tat than the actual game, so shame on you.

So what's the bottom line? If you want the game at the cheapest possible price head to Zavvi if you have a PS3 or Xbox 360 - though it might be worth going to Argos, Game, or (if you have a Prime account) Amazon, if you're worried about postage costs. And if you have a PS4 or Xbox One, Morrisons, Tesco or Amazon are you best bet.

Of you could just play the "jumpers for goalposts" edition of the game, which is an augmented reality experience that takes place in your local park. Whilst the in-game stadia don't really resemble Old Trafford or the Emirates, apparently the game expertly recreates the feel of actually playing football.

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