THQ will hit you with a fee for online play if you pick up "WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011" used, but they want to give things if you decide to pre-order. Pay attention, too, because your wrestling allegiances may play a role in determining where you buy the new title. Feelings about Bret Hart, for instance, could attract or repel shoppers at Best Buy.
THQ's press release doesn't mention whether or not he'll be wearing cutoff jean shorts, but it does state the "The Hitman" will "be a playable character for consumers who pre-order the game for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft or the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system at Best Buy in the United States, as well as at any major retailer throughout Canada."
Alternatively, 360 and PS3 copies pre-ordered at Toys"R"Us will come equipped with the "Undertaker's "Ministry of Darkness" gear, whereas Amazon.com has received three special outfits for Randy Orton, and Walmart has an exclusive "Tribute to the Troops" arena.
Best Buy and Walmart definitely seem to have nabbed the most compelling incentives here. Costumes rarely sway me one way or the other, though jean shorts for Hart could seal the deal for me if they're available in his locker room.
Every item listed here will be included with purchases at their respective retailers "while supplies last," the press release states, and yes, apparently virtual clothing and playable wrestlers are in limited supply.
Are any of these incentives going to impact where you buy "SmackDown vs. Raw 2011"? Which of them looks the most enticing to you? Share your opinions in the comment section below.