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Soapbox: Would You Spend Three Figures On A Limited Edition Game?

Matt Gardner
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Soapbox: Would You Spend Three Figures On A Limited Edition Game?

Limited Editions are a bit of a bugbear of mine, generally filled as they are with crappy pap and useless models that wouldn't look out of place in a cereal box and priced extortionately. I had thought that the Legendary Edition of  Halo: Reach was daylight robbery at aorund £90-100...but then a helpful commenter brought this to my attention, courtesy of Game:

Soapbox: Would You Spend Three Figures On A Limited Edition Game?

I'm trying for the life of me to work out what the hell in this collection manages to justify a price tag in excess of triple the game's asking price itself, check out Jon's news for a further breakdown. This is madness, surely?! It's the same price as a console! But there must be a market out there for this. The must be people out there who really want this stuff - supply and demand and all that. We want to find out who'd actually be willing to shell out nearly £150 for a single game.

You know the drill. Cast your votes and sound off in the comments. Am I alone in my incredulity? Is this actually perfectly reasonable? Will you be buying this? Does your apartment smell of rich mahogany? Let us know your thoughts below.

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ivan_the_inebriated  Aug. 4, 2010 at 18:25

The Halo Reach one wasn't too bad value wise. A fairly large polystone Mcfarlane model is pretty good as far as extras go. Mcfarlane are pretty good model manufacturers and they do range from the cheap to the very expensive. Unfortunately they weren't limited enough in the first place for me to be willing to buy it. (10 million units worldwide which has now gone up due to overwhelming demand.)

This one though looks like a rip off of Forza Motorsport 3's special edition with the inclusion of a wallet and a model car. The model car may be good but it's hard to justify that price for it when you remember the game will be about £40.

I very seldom buy special editions of games, as useless tat is not something I feel the need to get. I did however buy The Witcher twice because the Enhanced edition they brought out was a real love letter for fans.

Gunn  Aug. 4, 2010 at 20:01

Looks one of the best I've seen and what for me would really justify the price is if its truly a limited edition, each one should be numbered like they do for the consoles. I guess if i had lots of cash I'd get it but couldn't justify that amount, can get so many other games GT5 included.

Jonathan Lester  Aug. 4, 2010 at 21:43

As a massive and unashamed Halo fan, I'm surprised to say that I'd definitely prefer the GT5 bundle over the Reach Legendary Edition. A statue is all well and good- but I'd take a stylish wallet, keychain and some slick reading materials over some shelf-filler any day. It was a great idea to include useful everyday items- and they look the business.

On the other hand- I'd much rather put the money aside to invest in some motion control peripherals down the line... which is a discussion for another time.

Robert Turner  Aug. 5, 2010 at 05:04

I was prepared to pay £100 for the Amazon.com limited Fallout 3 edition with the PipBoy3000 alarm clock. But that is more the exception than the rule - I think hard about paying more than £25.00 pre-order or £20.00 after release for any game.

Dok  Aug. 5, 2010 at 09:23

I won't even be buying the game let alone this ridiculously expensive load of rubbish, and as for that so called demo they released for it TERRIBLE....................

That price is crazy for just another £30 and I could get a brand new Xbox 360 S complete with a brand new copy of Forza 3 ...

ODB  Aug. 5, 2010 at 10:51

wouldnt buy it, GT5 like all other racing games has no interest to me but TBH I dont think I'd pay that much for any game, but I do like LTD ED if they are decent

But seriously...what sort of muppet would go about with a GT5 wallet unless they are like 12?

Newton.Gun  Aug. 5, 2010 at 11:59

I think you could probably buy a car for £149.99

Robovski  Aug. 6, 2010 at 01:45

That would be one awful car, and then there is tax MOT and insurance... :)

Phil McC  Aug. 22, 2010 at 11:25

The only special editions I've bought are the Oblivion ('making of' dvd, fluff book, coin) and the Bioshock one ('making of dvd', music CD, big daddy statue) and neither of those were significantly more expensive than the regular editions (at release time).
To pay more than ~£60 for a limited edition, it's have to be pretty special..

Daniel  Sep. 1, 2010 at 19:25

Surely £150 would get the game plus a wheel with pedals? Or, the game with a track day experience.

Matt Gardner  Sep. 1, 2010 at 22:44

You'd think.

striker33  Sep. 2, 2010 at 19:07

Really is a rip-off, but nevertheless people will buy it.

The only ltd editions ive bought were the Halo 3, and then the Halo Wars one (just to sell the map pack codes for profitssss), before then selling the game straight after.

The one acceptable "limited" edition at a decent pricetag is one of the Dead Rising 2 ones, cant remember the name though, but its the same price as the normal one.

Jonathan Lester  Sep. 3, 2010 at 00:07

You're thinking of the Zombrex edition. Not a bad SE, that- simple and effective.


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