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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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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.
I love stuff like concept art, extra lore and fiction and extra levels. But not too much so I don't get jealous if I don't have it.
I want both physical and downloadable content for the hefty price it comes with. Statues are cool only if they are quality products though, some look like crap, I also like keychain's and this sort of stuff art books are neat especially if they have a nice hard cover. The only CE's I have bought were halo reach, halo 4, street fighter x tekken (which was the biggest disappointment), and none of them made me feel like i got my money worth because there wasn't many physical things except for paper.
In-game content is the best for me. I really don't care about soundtracks or special booklets.
I usually, really love going for behind-the-scenes documentaries and high quality art books that include a lot of the pre-production/early concept art.
I'm not a big fan of In-Game Bonuses for different editions. I find that, in principle, to be irksome.
I've cut down on special editions lately. The last special edition I got was BioShock Infinite, and it was the smaller one (not the one with the Songbird statue). It's just, I can't really afford them anymore, you know?
Only if a road legal F1 car is one of the bonuses.
Take GRID 2's Mono Edition for example. It comes with the GRID 2 game, a PS3, and a 280HP BAC Mono supercar (racing suit included)! And it's only £125,000 ($188,700). Unfortunately, it's available only in the UK.
I rarely get special editions... hell I can't even remember the last time that I did get one, but with the GTAV special edition being only $20 more than the actual game itself and including a map of the city, an art book, and lots of DLC, that makes it that much better.
I would get a special edition if it had either an art book, a sound track or an exclusive in-game object, or a combatation there of
Personaly I like a game with cool out of game goodies (especially exclusive game based memoribilia), but I also love alot of (awesome) in game content... The only thing is that some game companies think that its right to boost up the price of a limited edition just because they put in alot of exclusive dlc, I mean really how much does it really cost to put in dlc!
I don't see any reason to buy Collecter Addition games, unless you're a huge fan of the series. Then, things like art books, a replica of something cool from the game, soundtrack, a high quality poster, stuff like that. Maybe extra outfits for your in game character, but nothing game changing. I remember my pre-order copy for Skyrim came with this cool map made of special paper, I thought that was pretty sick :O