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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?
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SW:TOR, Skyrim, and Assassins creed 3 had excellent collector editions I want to see more like them especially SW:TOR
for me personally the thing that gets me to shell out the extra cash for a collecter's edition is ones that include a statue i absolutley love them.the craftmanship that goes into them and i just love having them
If it included something cool that can be used in real life I'm sold! example: I still have and use my rockstar dufflebag from GTA4.
I'd like to see PS+ subscriptions added to retail preorders, just a month or two would suffice.
Statues do it for me.
I have never been impressed by any of the special editions I have purchased, but I will always enjoy a good poster.
exlusive in-game content is the most important to me, and some neat items to hold IRL is pretty catchy. mortal kombat did this nice for me with the in-game skins and the scorpion/sub-zero book ends. skyrim's dragon was pretty nice for me. blizzard seems to do this pretty damn well, i have both SC2 WoL and HoTS collector's as well as diablo3. the sc2 in-game skins and the cool USB thumb drives with all of these were sweet :)
Most of the time I don't go for the special editions, but if it's a game that I am really into, it kind of seems necessary for me to go all out. Power ups are nice. I am a fan of physical content too. I love my Max Payne and my Songbird statue. Also, Bioshock 2's special edition with the vinyl record and all that was real epic as well. It seems that more and more games are aiming towards bonus DLC content with special and ultimate editions which is cool, but I also enjoy the physical content. I never thought I'd enjoy soundtracks the way I do now, but game soundtracks are becoming popular and really fun to enjoy. My FF XIII-2 special edition with the soundtrack is purely amazing, as well as the Bioshock series soundtracks and the May Payne one is just crazy.
A steel case. In-game unlocks (weapon/character skins, new levels, etc.), something that rewards me for spending the extra cash that isn't a lame novelty item...I think RE5 was the worst. I didn't like any of the crap that I paid extra for. Although GTA IV was kind of cool...the lockbox was really useful, and I even carried around the duffel bag, until it broke :P.
I don't buy special editions for the simple fact that $65 (after tax) is too much as is, for most games. Games like Elder Scrolls, Far Cry 3, and Fallout are some of the exceptions cause you get A LOT of game. I would spend more on a SE if it came with a cool T-Shirt, exclusive in-game content that wouldn't ever be available elsewhere and the content must dramatically change something for the better. I don't care for art books, although steel cases are cool. And the upcoming DLC's for free. That is just some of my ideas.
Practical physical merchandise like T-Shirts, hats, and action figures. Also download codes for other games by that developer. I don't care for art books, but exclusive game changing content is cool.
The only special edition I bought was Black Ops 2. I got for the two nuketown maps. I want DLC in special editions. That's all I care about.
A special edition brings together all the exclusive retail content spread through god knows how many retailers, the story behind the development of the game and special rewarding skins on characters or items to reward the consumer who really digs your work.
I like Special Edition Temporary Exclusives but by no means do I think I should have to buy them to get the definitive version of the game though.
I really any type of art books, commentary videos, and poster sized maps. The occasional statue is nice as long as it's not flimsy. Also extra in game content, like skins, are always cool.
Considering that most special edition content is either cheap physical stuff like a 10 page art book with a bunch of crappy water colored half pictures or a flimsy replica of something in the game or it's in game content of limited valu/use like a weapon or armor that becomes useless halfway through the first act I tend to stay away from these versions of a game. And even when a SE says you'll get "exclusive content" that content is either the previously described items or some sort of DLC which will eventually become available to everyone since no game company has ever passed up a chance to make a buck. I just don't see any extra added value to buying an SE of a game, especially if a pre-order of the same game offers some sort of bonus.
I just buy the standard edition because that is what my budget allows. I don't care about all the extra stuff, especially if it's multiplayer related
Have not bought a Collectors Edition since Halo 2 or SC:CT. Exclusive DLC is usually out with a month on XBL and I'm not into physical items like action figures or maps.
A great special edition is one that is made in such a way as to give a gamer more of a reason to buy it. We are already buying the game, so make a special edition truly "special"; Most people who buy a special edition are not not casual gamers, they are more die-hard, or loyal, true fans of a series. Therefore a special edition should be a gift or ways of showing appreciation by the developer/publisher, by giving them exclusive bonuses that a fan would want.
Special Editions Really Depend On The Consumer. The Person Buying. If That Fan Is A Person Who Enjoys Collecting The Best Editions That A Product Has To Offer, It Really Doesn't Matter What The Publisher Includes With The Product. I Fore One Like To See All The DLC Available To The Buyer As It Is Released If You Buy A Special Edition and Not Have To Deal With A Season Pass. Just Pay A One Time Up Front Cost When You Buy The Special Edition Of A Game. Oh Yeah I Nicely Detailed 7" To 9" Inch Figurine Isn't Too Bad To Collect Either, Like The One That Came With God of War: Ascension Or Pandora's Box That Came With God of War 3.