Peter Skerritt and Jason Large from GamePlasma argue about the pros and cons of limited edition games in their new column, Point/Counterpoint.
im never buying another MS special edition ever again...after halo 3 legendary, they screw over the diehard fans...Bioshock had a great LE... but i ifnd it funny that i too bought Lost planet CE for the free map, yet realized after i opened it that i would never play it cause nobody else got it.
You and I are in that same boat. Cool map but nobody else had it. I would by a special edition for extra game content though.
I think it really depends on just how big of a fan you are. One man's junk is another man's treasure, after all.
Personally, I wouldn't mind buying Fallout 3 Collector's Edition.
I never was big on LE's but I love my PS3 Ver. of GTA4. The lock box and key chain are pretty sweet swag and I ACTUALLY have a use for them. I one of the people who are NOT dissapointed by GTA4 and loves the hell outta of the franchise all together. Hopefully Resistance2, Gears2 and FF13 will all have Limited Editions because these are IP's that I'm a huge fan of. I would have opted to go with the MGS4 LE but I like the standard edition box art better. I guess it all depends on how passionate you are about said franchise. I'd rather LE's be an option than non exsistant.
art books and extra stuff about the making are great. Exclusive maps suck because A typically there are less people playing those than the standard ones. Skins, weapons and characters are all nice unlockables too, but really I want the making of stuff.
The Making of videos are definitely always interesting.
I certainly think they are not worth it, but some are genuinely cool. Worth it? NO. Want to buy some of them? Yep.
Everything except Halo 3 legendary edition i would buy, if anyone is interested they got them at best buy for 25 bucks. In Maryland pm me for more info and i am dead serious.
First they're not exactly limited lol, and second, almost every game has a LE version now so the noveltys non-existant. DMC4 LE, GTAIV LE, MGS4 LE, BFBC Gold. No thanks I just want the game. Now back to MGS4 :)
that's the problem... A lot of games get special editions. While Limited Editions seem to be a little more rare. Before every special edition was dubbed Limited Edition but more companies seem to be moving for special edition. As you pointed out though, more often than not they're not really all that limited to begin with. When it comes to Limited Edition games I have no problem if they're actually limited. But don't tag a Special Edition of a game Limited and produce 500k+ copies of it. That's not very limited now is it. I've been against these trivial special/limited editions for quite some time but recently I've been finding myself sucked into them. Halo 3, Assassins Creed, DMC 4, MGS 4... I opted for the Halo 3 Limited instead of the Legendary because the price was way too much but I ended up buying the helmet for $40 anyway because it's just way too cool. Sick thing is had I waited 3 months to buy the game I could have bought the Legendary Edition for $70 or less. Same can be said about many other Special/Limited edition titles. Half the battle is figuring out which are actually limited and which ones you'll be able to find on sale in a few months... Anyway, I'd like to see better content packed inside these games. And I'd also like to see a clear line drawn as to how many copies produced should be limited and anything above that be special. A lot of these fan goodies should just come on the game to begin with... Metal Gear Solid 3: Extremely Rare, Bioshock: Rare. I think there's one or two others games I can't think of atm that were actually rare to. Pretty much any other games that was dubbed Limited Edition is easily available online for a reasonable price.
@ Bellic Jr........only the outer box is different. Or the case..
Very rarely will I buy an LE game. I think the last one I bought was the LE for Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.(only an extra $10) I just don't see anything worthwhile in them nowadays.
Unless you like collecting bulky memorabilia crap that'll end up in your closet and bonus DVD's that contain stuff that has already been released to the public and on youtube, then the answer is no
why spend more money for some extra stuff you will forget about and/or isnt worth the extra money, ie. the Halo helmet!
I think it all depends on how much, the quality things they give you and a reasonable price for example, Bioshock LE, Prey CE, Lost Planet CE: YAY! DMC4 CE, RV6 LE: NAY for me as long as the include some quality things for example a good size artbook and maybe some kind of collectible from the Big Daddy to the metal figures of Prey then its worth it
I think that Limited Edition version of games are worth the money as long as they have things included in it that are worth it. I'm the type of person that will buy a Limited Edition version or Special Edition version of a game if it's a game that I really want ALL the time. It's just funny because a lot of people don't see the Limited Edition versions of a game worth buying, but it's always those versions of games that end up on Ebay several years later selling for a LOT more money than it was purchased for.
However, collector's edition should be a fan service, but has now turned into a money maker. Developers/publishers are now shafting their customers/fans!!!
meh all i do is play the game...why do I need all the other crap that comes with it....
It really depends on what the Special or Collectors versions add. I take it on a game by game basis. I bought the Halo 3 SE and it was a huge let down (scratched discs, lame bonus stuff, nice box!). I got the Forza 2 SE and the extras turned out great (especially getting a code to unlock a unique car - although that was partly a retailer promotion I believe). I'm not fussed about getting resin models like the BioShock SE, but I like the look of the Fallout 3 SE/CE. I like having a choice between Regular Edition, Special Edition and Collectors Edition.
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