Our EB & LameStop won't get anything but big name titles unless you pre-order. That said... I think I posted the GoGamer link here a couple times several week back and also about a month ago.
I am thoroughly enjoying Aftershock, bugs and all. Though I will admit the crashes to desktop are getting a bit much since a certain part of the game kicked in. Everyone playing it knows what I am talking about.
If you like tactical game-play this one is for you. It has that in spades. Some are even saying it is a better game than X-Com. Though I don't think you can compare games that are so far apart. Even if very similar. No matter. To me this game is already a classic.
Any game that can keep my attention for a month, keep me up several times a week playing until late night/early morning, and give me so much tactical game-play.... well that is a damn good game in my opinion. Yeah, it is a bit buggy. And there are exploits you can use if you are that low. But few games are as polished as they should be.
I hope this patch does some real magic. I have faith they will patch this baby up sooner or later making it a stable classic. Its not the game of the year for most but certainly a huge cult classic in the making.
And if you compare Aftermath to Aftershock... Oh, man! The next one should be a killer.