Limited Editions – The Good and the Bad

Bobby Kotick

With each and every year that passes, we gamers get excited for that one big event of the year that can either make or break the year, E3. Now, you’ve seen the games that you want to buy and you’re getting excited for them. Of course the first thing you’re going to do is make sure that you’re going to be guaranteed a copy of them by pre-ordering them.

But what’s this? There’s an awesome special edition? I’ll put my money down on that rather than the standard I think! Is this always a good idea though? Lets have a look at some of the best and worst limited editions that have came out shall we?

The good:

  • Dishonored (Limited Edition)

I bought this game a few weeks after launch when the price had dropped a bit, mind you it dropped even more not 3 to 4 days after I had bought it.

The version I purchased came with a deck of 72 tarot cards. Accompanying these cards was a small instruction booklet with instructions on how to play the game of “Nancy,” a game which the people of the Dishonored world tend to play.

In one of the other editions that was released, there was a “USB Whale oil lamp” which gave off a nice blue glow. Getting this would set you back around £30 ($48) and that’s without the game!

Assassin's Creed 3 Unboxing

  • Assassins Creed III (Limited Edition)

With thanks to Geekenstein’s very own Dustin Triplett, you can have a look at the contents of this limited edition over here.

There really isn’t much for me to say about this one, other than it’s one of the few big limited editions that I wish I had got. With a Assassin belt buckle, embroidered flag, a 9” figure of Connor AND George Washington’s notebook, you have everything you’re going to need to pledge your allegiance to the Assassins.

It may cost $99.99, but the figure alone would cost you almost half of that! Most definitely a limited edition I’d recommend picking up!

  • Borderlands 2 (Ultimate Loot Chest)

Aren’t we just so nice to you all? You can see an unboxing video of this awesome edition over here thanks to Geekenstein’s David Rhinehart.

This edition surely has to take the award for most content, it’s seriously beyond ridiculous how much you get with this. Let me break it down for you;

  • Replica loot chest
  • Marcus Kincaid bobblehead
  • Postcard sized posters
  • Artbook
  • Cloth map of Pandora
  • Copy of the game itself

And thats just some of the things you get! The only downside to this edition is the cost of it, coming in at $244.99 on Amazon just now.

The bad:

  • Darksiders II (Limited Edition)

This is one that truly rattled my cage. I pre-ordered the limited edition of this due to my love for the first Darksiders, but looking back on it, I don’t see why I bothered. The limited edition of Darksiders II came with bonus DLC codes for two weapons and a new dungeon, Argul’s Tomb.

Now, you may be thinking to yourself “But surely that is some half decent pre-order bonuses?” No, they’re not. Let me tell you why.

First of all, the weapons that you get are only good up until around level ten and cannot be used until level five. I flew through the first fifteen levels and ended up finding better weapons by level 7.
Second of all, Argul’s Tomb wasn’t out yet. They had gave me a code to redeem on the official site to then receive an e-mail saying that upon release I’d be able to download it. I finished the game long before the DLC came out and I have yet to find the will to go back to the game for just this one dungeon. It would have been better to play through the dungeon whilst still leveling, but due to it not being released I can see little point in going back for just this one dungeon.

  • Call of Duty (Nuketown 2025)

Now, anyone who knows me will know that I dislike Call of Duty. But I’m not going to talk about that right now, what I am going to talk about is the Nuketown 2025 edition. An extra online map is always a great thing to put in as an extra, if all games came with this kind of extra then I’d be inclined to buy limited editions more often.

The people who bought this edition had to pay an extra $5 in order to get this map and from what I’ve read on various sites is that it’s been taken down. I’m not entirely sure if this is just a temporary problem, but when you’ve paid extra money to play on this map then you would like to play it. As it stands, people have paid extra for a map that they are not getting the opportunity to play, and I find that pretty shady.

Quick side note: The map has remained in private and custom game modes, but the Nuketown 24/7 playlist will only make select appearances.

  • Dead Island (Limited Edition)

Much like Darksiders II, Dead Island came with bonus DLC for a weapon blueprint and a new location, the Bloodbath Arena.

The blueprint was for a weapon called ‘The Ripper,’ a weapon that had a circular saw attached to the end of it. It was actually a pretty decent weapon during the lower levels, but there’s a catch to this.

For those of you who haven’t play Dead Island, in order to build weapons like this you need to gather the various parts required and have a weapon to attach it to. Now here’s the catch, the parts that you need in order to build it will take you forever to get. And much like Darksiders II, by the time you’ve gathered the pieces and got the weapon to build it, you’ve already got much better weapons.

The Bloodbath arena DLC came out MUCH later on, by that time most people had already came back and returned/traded their copy of the game due to having finished it.

The main problems I’ve listed with the limited editions have really just been the additional DLC that accompanies them, but I feel that if you are going to be paying extra for something then you should get it there and then and now months down the line.

Not all limited editions are bad, but companies should really reconsider what “limited edition” means and should contain.

[Written by contributor Declan McGeachey]