Published on June 30th, 2013 | by Alex Porter6
Blog: Collector’s Edition Woes
This is my first Blog post with the guys here at HXR so hopefully someone enjoys it! I think the next post I do will be a little more positive!
I’ve played video games for most of my life. I can still remember bugging my parents to buy games for me because I never had any money, and for the most part, they would buy them. Eventually the day came where I was able to afford my own games and I no longer had to ask my parents to buy them. As the years went on, I came to have an appreciation for the special editions of games and I started to buy them over the regular editions.
I think it was about 3 years ago now that I turned into a serious collector buying the best editions for my favourite games. I have shelves lined with games such as the Assassin’s Creed 1 Collector’s Edition with the Altaïr statue and the more recent Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Edition. Now I know I said 3 years but I went and Ebay-ed a few collector’s editions I missed, including Assassin’s Creed 1 and 2. I know that as things become more digital that less of these editions are going to be available but for as long as they last, I’ll buy them, although I’m sure some people don’t think I’m wise spending that kind of money on games!
When it comes to the different editions of games, there tends to be a regular edition, limited edition, and a collector’s edition, although not always. I think this is fine, the regular gives you the game, the limited gives you some extra content, and the collectors slaps a statue down in front of you along with everything from the limited edition. The problem is that some games seem to have these editions… and more! Take Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. You have the regular edition, the Special Edition, the Skull Edition, the Buccaneer Edition, AND the Black Chest Edition. Why have so many editions?
Naturally the most expensive edition is the one with the most stuff but even then, this edition doesn’t have everything in it. The Buccaneer and the Black Chest Editions both come with a statue… two completely different statues. Maybe it’s just me but this really bothers me as I feel like I’m not getting everything available, at least not without having to buy the game twice! While I may be foolish enough, in some people’s eyes, to buy one of these editions, I’m certainly not going to buy two of them! This also happened with previous Assassin’s Creed games. Assassin’s Creed 3 for instance had a medallion in the Join or Die Edition but this was absent from the more expensive Freedom Edition, something that really ticked me off when I found out about it.
Something I’ve noticed with this trend of not including everything in a single edition is that it seems to be limited to Ubisoft titles, more specifically Assassin’s Creed itself. Or at least it WAS limited. The upcoming Watch_Dogs, which I’m very excited for, seems to have been given similar treatment. Watch_Dogs has three editions aside from the standard. The Special Edition includes some extra digital content and the Vigilante Edition includes a cap and mask just like the protagonist’s. It also includes some digital content… different content than from the Special Edition. Why remove it from one edition to the next? This only goes further when you move up to the Dedsec edition and find that you get all this awesome gear including a statue, only to find that the cap and mask are not included in it! This one particularly bothers me as the cap and mask are very cool items to be included but if I want all of the other stuff, I have to sacrifice getting them as I’m not willing to buy two editions of the same game.
Another small thing that annoyed me about the Assassin’s Creed 3 Freedom Edition is that in America it included an Assassin’s Creed inspired Colonial Flag. I would have loved to have had that flag hanging from my wall but Ubisoft believed that it would be seen as anti-British and didn’t include it in Europe. Honestly, I’m British and I would have loved to have had such a flag inspired by Assassin’s Creed. Alas I’m left without it.
Thankfully, as far as I know, this seems to be limited to Ubisoft so it won’t put me off continuing to collect games but I would love to see it change. Perhaps I’m in a minority about this bothering me, perhaps not. All I know is that it obviously works in getting some people to buy the game twice since they keep repeating the practice of splitting this stuff up, but it won’t make me buy a game twice, not even for the awesome Watch_Dogs cap and mask. Which I really want… Come on Ubisoft! Put it in the Dedsec Edition too!