Thursday, May 17, 2012

Limited Editions and Collector's editions Galore plus Halo 4 Box Art.

Well there was some big news pertaining to Fall releases divulged yesterday. I thought they were some pretty good news. First off the guys at 343 studios and Microsoft sent emails out with little pieces of  a puzzle that when put together would make the box art for Halo 4. I must say that I was very impressed with the picture.  With the release of the box art they also released news on the Limited Edition and today I rushed to Gamestop to upgrade my order for Halo 4.  Here is a breakdown of what is available for the Limited Edition.

The Halo 4 Limited Edition will be available at the estimated retail price of $99.99 and includes:

• War Games Map Pack Access

The competitive multiplayer modes of Halo 4 are known as War Games. The Limited Edition includes access to nine maps - three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, available for download post-launch on Xbox LIVE. Yes, you read that correctly; you get nine maps in the form of future DLC with the purchase of the Halo 4 Limited Edition. Score!

• Specializations

Everyone will have access to select Specializations, but those that purchase the Halo 4 Limited Edition will receive the ability to unlock six Specializations early, available at launch on Xbox LIVE. You can use them, one at a time, to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career. In addition to gaining access to new ranks, Specializations unlock new customization options. We’ll be releasing more information about Specializations at E3, so expect additional details about this particular feature then.

• UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet

The UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet includes a Spartan armor customization schematic, information about UNSC weapons, an introduction to the massive ship UNSC Infinity, and insight into what it means to be one of humanity’s finest warriors: The Spartan-IVs. Story lovers will especially enjoy this in-fiction offering that provides a glimpse into the indoctrination of Spartans aboard the Infinity.

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Special Edition

The Special Edition of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn is a 90-minute extended version of the live-action digital series which will take fans back to the terrifying beginning of the Human/Covenant war, when the Master Chief inspired a young cadet who would eventually become a leader aboard the UNSC’s greatest vessel ever: the UNSC Infinity.

Digital content also includes in-fiction bonus content that expands the characters and stories of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, special featurette Bringing Gaming into Reality, and a behind the scenes look at the making of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.

• Bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE

The Limited Edition includes the following bonus digital content through Xbox Live: unique in-game Spartan-IV armor skin, unique in-game weapon skin for the Assault Rifle, an exclusive in-game emblem, Xbox LIVE Avatar prop, and Xbox LIVE Avatar Spartan IV armor set.

Now mind you I am not a big Gamestop fan. I had been burned by a couple of stores till the one that is close to our house. The shop has been what ever shop should be in tuned with their customers. They don't push any malarky and are well known with what is going on in games. I understand that they are told to push other things for people but they don't force you at the shop I go to thankfully.

According to 343 studios there will be no Legendary Edition as with the last two previous Halo games. Here is their response to it. "There will be two options available at retail for Halo 4 - the regular version of the game and the aforementioned Limited Edition. We decided to focus our efforts on a single special edition instead of numerous ones so you wouldn’t have to pick and choose between what ancillary items you want."
"Now your primary choice is whether or not you just want the game, or the game along with all the goodies.
And we’re hoping we made that decision an easy one for you…"

I have to say I appreciate not having to choose between 3 different versions of the same game. Also do not have to worry about which to settle on. With Gears of War 3 it was a mess in this house because I wanted the "Epic Edition". Course that was before they announced the Retro Lancer bundles. Yes it was a cluster trying to come up with everything. I thank and applaud 343 studios for doing this.

On other gaming editions news is Borderlands 2 not only having their Ultimate Edition  but they released news on a Limited Edition of the game. Here is the info on both versions.

The Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition ($149.99 MSRP)
This edition includes:

· Borderlands 2 Game
· Replica Borderlands Loot Chest
· Authentic Marcus Kincaid Bobblehead
· Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
· Steelbook Case
· Creatures of Pandora Wide Format ID Chart
· 4 Lithograph Postcards
· Field Notes from Sir Hammerlock
· Comic Book Download
· 4 Exclusive Stickers
· Inside the Vault: The Art of Borderlands 2 Hardbound Book
· Cloth Map
· Plus Bonus Digital Content

Borderlands 2 Deluxe Vault Hunter's Collector's Edition ($99.99 MSRP)

This edition includes:

· Borderlands 2 Game
· Authentic Marcus Kincaid Bobblehead
· 4 Exclusive Setickers
· Map of Pandora
· Comic Book Download
· Inside the Vault: The Art of Borderlands 2 Hardbound Book
· Plus Bonus Digital Content

I have Borderlands pre-ordered and though I would love the Collector's Edition I just cannot see myself spending over two hundred dollars in two months on two games. I love the game and would love the steel bookcase for it but happy with the regular edition. This is what makes it hard for the gamer on the budget who would love to get everything with the game but cannot.

What would you do with the games? Are you guys tired of all these Ultimate collector's editions? Or are they worth your while?

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