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New year, new games. Our forward-looking Moneysaver finds pre-order values on 2012's first hot releases, including SSX and Twisted Metal. And a new year also means price drops on last year's hits. More than 50 deals in software, hardware and digital distribution are inside!

Software

• Feb. 14 release Twisted Metal (PS3) is $47.99, free shipping from NewEgg through Sunday. Next best is $57. [Dealzon]

• Feb. 28 release SSX (360, PS3) is $47.99, free shipping from NewEgg through Sunday. Next best deal is Amazon's $59.99 with $10 bonus. [Dealzon]

• March 6 release MLB 12: The Show (PS3) is $47.99, free shipping from NewEgg through Sunday. Next best is $60. [Dealzon]

• March 6 release Mass Effect 3 (360, PS3, PC) is $47.99, free shipping from NewEgg through Sunday. Next best is $57. [Dealzon]

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC Download) is $12.49 from Green Man Gaming through today. Next best is $17 at Amazon, elsewhere $25 and up. [Dealzon]

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (360, PS3) is $36.99 from Amazon, matching Overstock.com's sale this week. Elsewhere $42 and up. [Dealzon]

The Sims 3 Pets (360) is $19.99, free shipping from Best Buy. Next best is $22. [Dealzon]

Cars 2 (Wii) is $19.99 from Amazon. Next best is $30. [Dealzon]

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (360, PS3) is $17.65 from Amazon. NewEgg has for $20, elsewhere $22 and up. [Dealzon]

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (PC Download) is $15.39 from Green Man Gaming. Next best is $36. [Dealzon]

F.E.A.R. 3 (PC Download) is $7.83 from Green Man Gaming. Next best is $15. [Dealzon]

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (PC) is $7.90 from Amazon. Next best is $12. [Dealzon]

Hardware

• Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710 is $37.99, free shipping from NewEgg. Next best is $47. [Dealzon]

• Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5-inch 1080p 3ms LCD Monitor is $239.99, free shipping from NewEgg. Next best is $280. [Dealzon]

• Samsung S27A350H 27-inch 1080p 2ms LED Monitor (Refurbished) is $229, free shipping from Buy.com. Next best is $243. [Dealzon]

• ASUS VE247H 23.6-inch 1080p 2ms LED Monitor is $149.99, free shipping from NewEgg. Next best is $179. [Dealzon]

• Samsung S23A750D 23-inch 1080p 2ms 3D LED Monitor is $299.99, free shipping from TigerDirect. Next best is $320. [Dealzon]

• Dell S2330MX 23-inch 1080p 2ms LED Monitor is $149.99, free shipping from Staples. Next best is $210. [Dealzon]

• NewEgg has a refurbished ASUS G73SW-BST6 17.3-inch laptop with Quad Core i7 2630QM, GeForce GTX 460M, 8GB RAM, 750GB 7200RPM HDD for $799.99. That's $225 off the cheapest in new condition. [Dealzon]

Digital Distribution

The following listing of digital download bargains are grouped by distributor. For more, see Deals4Downloads' roundup.

Amazon
Majesty 2 The Fantasy Kingdom Sim is $0.30, save 99 percent.
Sword of the Stars: Complete Collection is $6.99, save 65 percent.
BioShock 2 is $9.45, save 53 percent.
Black Mirror III is $9.56, save 52 percent.
Tropico 4 is $19.99, save 50 percent.
Sid Meier's Civilization V - Game of the Year Edition is $24.99, save 50 percent.
Borderlands Game of the Year Edition is $14.99, save 50 percent.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Standard Edition is $16.99, save 43 percent.

Desura
Antipole is $0.99, save 80 percent.

Direct2Drive
Homefront is $7.50, save 75 percent.
Dungeon Siege III is $24.95, save 50 percent.

DotEmu
Inquisition is $7.49, save 50 percent.
Syberia Pack is $7.49, save 50 percent.

GamersGate
X–Com Complete Pack is $3.74, save 75 percent.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution" Augmented Edition is $20.38, save 72 percent.
King Arthur Collection is $10.18, save 66 percent.
ArmA Gold Edition is $9.95, save 60 percent.
Dawn of War II: Retribution – Complete DLC Bundle is $29.99, save 58 percent.
Tom Clancy's Collection is $24.99, save 58 percent.

Get Games
Tomb Raider: Legend is $3.49, save 80 percent.
Stalingrad is $2.00, save 80 percent.

GMG
Gothic III Gold Edition is $4.98, save 75 percent.
Tomb Raider: Underworld is $7.49, save 75 percent.
Cities in Motion Collection is $9.99, save 75 percent.
Football Manager 2011 is $6.78, save 66 percent.
Penumbra Collection is $9.58, save 60 percent.

Impulse
Star Wolves 3: Civil War is $10.19, save 66 percent.
Dead Space 2 is $9.99, save 50 percent.
Master of Orion Collection is $7.99, save 50 percent.

iTunes Store
SeedFantasy - EP1. Defense the seed (iPhone) is $0.99, save 67 percent.
Words With Friends (iPhone) is $0.99, save 67 percent.
Machinarium (iPad) is $1.99, save 60 percent.

Mac App Store
Space Trader (Mac) is $1.99, save 67 percent.
Tiny Token Empires (Mac) is $19.99, save 20 percent.

Steam
Age of Empires III: Complete Collection is $19.99, save 50 percent.

Kotaku thanks our coupon partners for providing these and other great deals. Be sure to bookmark and search their Kotaku hashtags (#dealzon, #deals4downloads and #dealtaku) for updates throughout the week. Further, to our friends across the pond and north of the border, check the #ukdeals, #europedeals and #canadadeals hashtags and be sure to flag any deals you might have with that.

As always, smart gamers can find values any day of the week, so if you've run across a deal, share it with us in the comments.


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