With my Xbox One still being at the Xbox Service Center being worked on, I knew that today was going to be a bittersweet gaming day. And sure enough, on the front porch this morning was a lovely cardboard box from Gamestop with my Pip-Boy Edition of Fallout 4. While I can’t actually play the game yet, I can give you my thoughts on the collectors edition goodies today. And since I have been waiting five years for this game, I want to get talking about it as soon as I can.
As far as collectors editions go, this one is kinda hard to judge. Generally, I’m way more in favor of them having some kind of digital goodies to make their value worth it. Whether it’s exclusive items or a built in season pass, that helps make the collectors editions feel special as you’re playing the game. That said, I’m also a sucker for sweet physical loot. I love my posters and cards and strange coin from Destiny. I really enjoy my poker chips and playing cards from Fallout: New Vegas. Going into the Pip-Boy Edition, the biggest physical treat I had was the Batman: Arkham City statue. I think the Pip-Boy itself probably is a little bigger in the long run, so that’s kinda neat. It’s actually got a surprisingly big size to it, which kinda makes sense. I don’t really plan on wearing it a whole lot, but it’s definitely big enough for an adult to wear. I will say that some of the materials feel a little on the cheap side – but that could also be my specific one.I love the functionality with the new companion app though, and I definitely plan on using that app as I play through the game.
My other only real issue with the collection is that, aside from the Pip-Boy, there’s really not a whole lot of extras. Yes, there’s a Steelbook case – and it’s a fantastic one. It looks super sick with my other two Xbox One Steelbooks – Destiny and The Taken King. I love the use of the Power Armor for the main art, and the interior art being the garage from the reveal trailer is also a great touch. But that’s about it for special exclusives. The S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Perk poster comes with every physical copy, so that’s out. The Fallout 3 code also comes with every Xbox One pre-ordered copy, so that’s out. I really think that including the Season Pass with the Pip-Boy Edition probably would have made it a much more worthwhile collectors edition. As it stands now, I think it’s a special edition that really is built for hardcore fans of the series. I love my Pip-Boy, but people who are just getting into the franchise might not get the same feeling for this collection.
At the end of the day, am I upset I got the Pip-Boy edition? Not at all – I think it’s a really cool idea and will be a lovely addition to my growing collection. The Pip-Boy itself will probably be a part of my desk setup for a very long time. Do I wish that there was maybe one more little part to it? Sure, in particular the Season Pass would have been perfect. But I don’t think that ultimately it’s going to impact my feelings toward the game, nor will it impact the success the game has. It’s a cool thing for fans, and really that’s something that I love seeing developers do.