Thursday, February 03, 2005
The limited editions are coming
Places like Gamestop have long thrown in shirts and calendars to boost pre-orders, but the trend of publishers getting in on the act is starting to grow. Limited editions for PC games used to be the only exception, but the console side is catching. The recent Halo 2 LE was the most noteworthy example and its strong sales are probably responsible for encouraging the other kids. Is this a good thing? For the most part, yes, as long as there’s something very cool about the LE that is catered to the fans and the price is right. A quick rundown of those that do it right, and those that don’t:
- Just announced today is the Tekken 5 LE, which comes with the game, a custom Hori joystick, and a special six-disc case to hold all the previous Tekken games, all for $99. If you pre-order it with certain retailers, you also get a snazzy art book. $99 is a bit steep, but it seems fairly reasonable to me as a Tekken fan. Hori sticks are top notch and I still have every Tekken game, so a case that will house all of them is really slick. Pictured above is the Tekken 4 stick, NOT the new one announced. I haven't found any pics of that one yet.
- I consider the various Working Designs releases as the gold standard for offering the most bang for the buck. Unfortunately, WD is saddled with not being able to land top quality games to lavish their attention on.
- Any LE that Blizzard puts out is worth picking up. Just awesome.
- The Halo 2 LE has a cool metallic case and bonus DVD for just $5 more than the standard edition. Very nice.
Good and bad
- Competing extras. If you pre-ordered Resident Evil 4 from EB, you got a special behind the scenes DVD. Doing the same from Gamestop yielded a special tin case and limited card (although the tin did have a fat, unattractive “Gamestop” logo plastered on it). It makes no sense to buy two copies of the game just to get both extras. That tough on the fans for sure.
- I’ve griped about the Half-Life 2 LE before and it’s worth mentioning again, it was total crap. At least the one you bought in a store. Getting the game on DVD, a lousy shirt, and snippets of the guide and art book do not warrant $30 extra. Bah!
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Posted by Wataru Maruyama at 10:41 AM