A Quick Look At Upcoming Limited Editions – Are They Worth the Money?

Earlier this week, WB Games announced the special editions for April’s Mortal Kombat X. I recently talked a bit about my issues with the pre-order incentives for that same game, but today I want to focus exclusively on the content that comes with special editions. I’m starting to look ahead a bit at what games this year I might want to spring for the special editions on, so I thought I would share my thought process here.

Mortal Kombat X Kollectors Amazon

First off, let’s start with Mortal Kombat X. First off, there are a couple different limited editions out there – they vary by retailer. That said, I tend to only really look into ordering from Amazon or Gamestop, so let’s worry about those two places. Both places have the Coarse Limited edition – retailing at $150. It comes with the game, a special skin for Scorpion, along with the forthcoming DLC characters, and the big bit – a pretty intense statue of Scorpion along with its certificate of authenticity. Gamestop also has a limited edition exclusive to them running at $100, which comes with that DLC season pass, as well as a Cold War skin for Scorpion and exclusive Key Art. Amazon on the other hand is offering up the Import Kollectors Edition – at a massive $180 though. It comes with very similar content to the regular Kollectors edition – statue (a different one), gold Scorpion skin, DLC pass – but also has an exclusive comic and a steelbook case. All cool editions sure – the statue on the Import edition looks insane. But $180 is a hell of a lot to drop on a game and really only getting the statue and season pass as major content. At that price I would really expect to see more in-game content – even multiple skins would help justify it a bit. As it stands right now, I’m honestly leaning more towards just the standard edition. We’ll see what happens closer to April.

Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition

Moving on to the other big game that I’m looking at before E3 – and after which we’ll probably have a whole new slew of dates to look forward to – let’s look at the Batman: Arkham Knight editions. Unlike with Mortal Kombat, there’s no retailer exclusive deals to worry about, just how much money your spending. Like a lot of big releases these days, we have three editions – standard, a middle and a crazy expensive one. Let’s start at the top with the Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile edition. There isn’t even a price listed on Amazon right now – but I recall seeing it priced right around $200 when they announced it. For that price you get a steelbook case, a comic, a pack of three skins for Batman, an 80-page artbook and the biggie – a huge, super detailed, fully transformable replica of the Batmobile. That model is easily the most detailed physical bonus I think I’ve ever seen – the scale is ridiculous. The problem is that price – if it is indeed $200, that’s a crazy amount to spend on a game – and not get a season pass for future content. Instead, let’s look at the middle edition – the Limited Edition. It’ll set you back $100, so still not cheap, but pretty standard these days for a special edition. And it’s not exactly skimping on content – you still get the steelbook, comic, skin pack and the art book. The only change is the statue – instead of the crazy Batmobile, you are treated with a 12-inch statue of the Dark Knight. It might not be as over-the-top as the Batmobile, but I think it’s actually a really awesome piece. At $100, it’s a lot easier to justify too – I know that’s where I’m currently leaning.

Arkham Knight Limited Edition

That’s the early, pre-E3 batch of limited editions – at least that are on my radar. They aren’t cheap, and both have some solid physical bits with them. At this point, I think the Arkham Knight options are better bets – even the Batmobile edition, thanks to that beautiful car it comes with. I’m sure that this fall will be stacked with some more crazy ones – after all we have a Call of Duty still to come, and the details for the Halo 5: Guardians editions still. That’s also not counting The Division, Rainbow Six: Siege and this year’s Assassin’s Creed. I think this year could be even better than last year was, so pick and choose your special editions carefully this time around.


What Makes a Limited Edition Worth Getting?

Every year when we get to the fall release window, and the developers flood the market with awesome games, I always go through the same song and dance. Of the games I plan on grabbing, which ones do I want to upgrade to the special editions/limited editions/collectors editions. Publishers keep coming with different names for them, but the basic premise is always the same – charge more money for a version of the game with a couple extra stuff to go along with it. What always strikes me is the variety of items that publishers put in the collections. Some editions are no-brainers, others make me scratch my head a little bit. So today I want to take a quick look at what I think really makes a limited edition worth picking over the regular edition.

Destiny Ghost Edition

First thing – I still think that even in this day and age, a special edition should be a physical copy. As an industry we’ve really started the push toward digital distribution across the board. I might be a little old-school about this, but to me, the actual physical media and packaging is just as important to the overall experience. To that effect, I think that the limited editions should spruce up the actual casing too. I have always been a sucker for a nice looking steelbook case for my games. Beyond that, the more physical extras that publishers include with the packaging, the more likely I am to think of getting it. My favorite physical stuff I’ve gotten came from the Fallout: New Vegas and BioShock: Infinite limited editions – Fallout came with a really cool deck of cards and poker chips from each of the in game casinos; BioShock came with a nice print of the Devil’s Touch Vigor, and a awesome key chain of the Murder of Crows Vigor. But ultimately, little physical things like this don’t really sell me on the limited edition.

Advanced Warfare Pro Edition

The most important part of any limited edition is what digital content comes with the game. This is where the actual kind of game can dictate what they pair with the game. In general, I think the most important addition, regardless of style of game, is the Season Pass. Most games’ life spans these days tends to be at least a year with DLC, so adding in a Season Pass to ensure that the players get access to the DLC as soon as it comes out, and it’s included in the initial purchase price. Usually I find that the price increase is pretty much in line with adding in the Season Pass price to the game. I think that’s fine, since when that’s the case, the extra physical stuff is just that – extra. Often times, developers also include extra digital stuff as well, most often it’s cosmetic items, but as a player that enjoys customization, I’m totally fine with it.

Assassin's Creed Unity Limited Edition

So with that in mind, I was looking at the special editions for this fall – Destiny has two tiers, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare does as well and Assassin’s Creed: Unity only has the one collectors edition. Both Destiny editions have the same content – a smattering of nice cosmetic physical bonuses, plus a steelbook case and the Season Pass – but the higher level comes with a physical model of the in game Ghost. The problem with the difference to me is that the Ghost is apparently worth $50 extra. I don’t mind big physical models like that, but it always depends on the prices they assign them – Skyrim and Halo: Reach both had that problem for me. Awesome looking statues, but really expensive on top the normal price. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare comes with the typical CoD fare – in game digital cosmetic content, along with a bonus multiplayer map. That’s the basic $80 version – what annoys me this year is that to get the Season Pass, which is a big selling point for Call of Duty, you would need to go for the $120 version. Normally I’m fine with a $40 boost for a Season Pass – that’s probably pretty much what it would cost separate; but in this case, that’s a $40 boost from a special edition that already comes with bonus stuff that I don’t know is worth the initial $20 upgrade from the regular edition. Assassin’s Creed: Unity only is releasing one version – a $130 limited edition with a real strong physical collection of gear, plus two extra missions. Since it’s a primarily campaign driven game, there really isn’t quite as much need for a Season Pass, so I think I probably would go for it, were I caught up on the series.