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.
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.
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.
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.