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Today we got details on special editions for Grand Theft Auto V and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Both of them are full of bonuses, but getting consumers to pay extra money isn't easy. Over the years, publishers have included all kinds of extra content to entice people to spend a little more on special editions. Action figures, custom packaging, soundtracks, art books, day-one DLC, and exclusive in-game items have all been dangled in front of gamers in special editions.
Which, if any, of these bonuses can convince you to buy a special edition of a game? Is there anything you'd like to see included in special editions that hasn't been tried yet? Would you rather just see a single, definitive version of the game released without worrying about which edition you'll buy?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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I like steelbook cases a lot
customization baby, a chance to be a step ahead maybe, and cool art are the best.
i really want that hat
you could maybe give the special edition people better unlocks and upgrades as a bonus.
i love how NFS Morst wanted does this. and i wish every game did that
I think what makes a great special edition is a combination of unique physical bonuses that are core to the game or franchise overall, like what Battlefield 4 with the physical dog tags, and exclusive single-player content like what Assassin's Creed has done with AC3 and now Black Flag, not to mention unlockable in-game items. But don't forget the posters.
When deciding upon whether to buy the standard or special edition, I want to feel like I'm actually getting something upgraded. For example, I pre-ordered the survival edition of Last of Us mainly because of the steel-book case. If I'm getting a special edition, I want to pull out the game and feel special.
To review: games are apparently now responsible for making me feel special.
It's the figures that get me every time. inFamous 2 Hero Edition, AssCreed Brotherhood/ 3, and the latest would be Injustice. But I do love the fact that Soul Calibur gives CE exclusive DLC, without selling it after release. That's the bombdiggity.
As a collector I usually just expect something worth displaying and something worth the normal $100+ price tag
Artbook, soundtrack, figurine, and any other physical items.
unless its a game i really love.. i wont buy a special editon for it. i love the tin-case ones though. those are awesome.
I like physical items more than downloadable stuff, but that's just me. An awesome special edition for me has an artbook, soundtrack if the game has great music, a bad@$s figurine, a cool item from the game (like the Bioshock Infinite sky hook), an amazing poster; or if it's an open world game like GTA V, a map of the game world; and all this stuff is exclusive to me. I will have none of that "sell each item individually at a discounted price in three months" bs. I paid extra so I want the cool stuff all for myself, hahaha!
Honestly I prefer to see a single & complete version of the game. If not, I wait for the GOTY edition if the game deserves it.
i usually skip them , but if i don't it normally has a cd or something and digital content also
Bonuses that are worth it.
Music and art books!
I really dislike Special Editions of DLCs only.
I like the tin cases.
As of late I have been buying less collectors editions due to their cost and the clutter they create, however every once in a while one will come around that I have to get. For me, I generally prefer the simple tin case variety, however art books and certain figures can sway me to purchase a larger collectors edition. Out of the ones that I have bought I would say may favorites are the Bioshock 2 collectors edition with the vinyl soundtrack, and the Halo 3 collectors edition with the Master Chief replica helmet.