It seems like almost every game hitting shelves has a special edition these days; collectors, deluxe, and premiums, oh my! Now, this isn’t all a bad thing. As gamers, we all have a touch of the bug in us. We want to support and represent our chosen realms of escapism like badges of honor. There is a drive for complete perfectionism in which we have every character playable, level unlocked, and trophy on the digital shelf. Don’t try to lie about it; we all know it.
Oh, and the publishing companies are aware as well. Pre-order this game for a bonus map pack. Upgrade to this edition for a 1:8 replica of that legendary weapon you are quest grinding for. Hell, if you upped everything to collector’s status you would need a room just for the display of mostly PVC crafted statues you would accumulate.
More Bang for Your Buck
With the limited gaming budget most of us have to work with, it is important to take a step back and mix a little rationale around your thoughts before letting the impulse beast force your hand. Now, don’t think of this as a parental lecture, but more of a friendly discussion standing in the store window. These are just a few helpful questions to ask yourself before swiping that plastic you dedicated hours of your life towards earning.
Let’s get a little clarity going forward; this is all just an input of opinion and completely subjective. When deciding how to spend your hard earned currency, it is all on you. But, as an impulsive collector, these little questions have burrowed themselves deep in the thought process and have proven to be quite helpful. Take what is said with a grain of sand.
First and foremost: will this package impact the game’s playability? No, this is not asking if that extra racetrack will make the game more fun or pry more hours out of you. Will the addition of, or more likely lack of, the bonus content affect your ability to play the game, at its core, to its full potential? It does not seem to be the case as much recently, but sometimes a little match-up glitch slips through the cracks.
What’s Important to You?
If you are looking at grabbing a game that lays heavy focus on online gameplay and is offering additional characters with an upgraded set, it is important to look into its impact. Few games limit match pairing to compatibility between character variations; if you don’t have those characters, you may not be able to pair up with someone who does. This could alter the playability of the game drastically for you, so keep that in the back of your head.
Next, how important is the completionist feel to you? Is this a follow up to a long cherished game franchise that holds a special place in your heart? Or is it just a new pick up to head-shot some free time you have coming up? If the game in question has been important to you for some time or has had you psyched and excited since announcement at the last expo, then it is worth taking the shot and getting the absolute most out of it. On the other hand, if it is just a passing glimpse that caught your eye, maybe jumping straight into a collector’s edition isn’t worth it at that moment.
Finally, how good (if applicable) is the physical extra you get with it? A good number of these expanded editions come with some real-life piece of merchandise. When this is the case, make sure you take a moment to think about the practicality and usability of whatever it may be. Now, practicality may be a bit of a linguistic stretch, but you get the idea. If you aren’t a huge collector of statues and figures then the two hundred dollar special package with an obscure background, auxiliary character is more than likely not a worthwhile investment.
Now, if you have been a die-hard Star Wars fan for as long as you’ve been able to wave your hand like the Jedi mind trick (#EwokLife4Me), and you like a soda while at your desk, then the Han in Carbonate mini-fridge add-on is probably worth it for you.
written by Alexander Mosier