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Halo 4 Limited Edition Worth it?

I was checking out Amazon last week and seen that Halo 4 is now available for pre-order. For those who have never pre-ordered on Amazon, you do not get billed until your product is processed and shipped. Anyway, when checking out the game I noticed that there is a $60 standard version of the game and then a $100 limited edition version of the game. But for the steep price of entry, is it really worth it? For one, that is most likely the definite price, I doubt the price will drop under $100 unless hardly anyone is pre-ordering the collectors version.

Moving on, for many years I enjoyed buying collectors versions of games. For an extra $10, you would get some nice bonus features, a cool tin case, and some other goodies.  Most recently my favorite collector’s purchase was Mortal Kombat that came with two awesome book case holder statues that now stand on top of my PC speakers. It was a little costly but I got something extremely awesome out of it, and I am a huge Mortal Kombat fan. Back in the day, Halo 2, Gear’s of War collectors edition, even Modern Warfare 2 came with the original COD arcade game. The price’s were always reasonable. $70, even $80 which is asking for alot but still do-able.

 

But now Halo 4 Limited Edition is set to release on November 6. And 343 Industries wants us to pay $100 for it. But what does it come with?

Halo 4 Limited Edition Contents

  • War Games Map Packs: The Limited Edition includes access to nine maps – three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, available for download post-launch on Xbox LIVE.
  • Bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE: Unique in-game Spartan IV armor skin, unique in-game weapon skin for the Assault Rifle, an exclusive in-game emblem, Xbox LIVE Avatar prop, and Xbox LIVE Avatar Spartan IV armor set (requires Xbox LIVE Gold Membership that is sold separately).
  • Specializations: Receive early access to six Specializations, available at launch on Xbox LIVE, and use them, one at a time, to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career. In addition to gaining access to new ranks, Specializations unlock new customization options.
  • The Special Edition of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a 90-minute extended version of the live-action digital series which will take fans back to the terrifying beginning of the Human/Covenant war, when the Master Chief inspired a young cadet who would eventually become a leader aboard the UNSC’s greatest vessel ever: the UNSC Infinity.
  • The UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet includes a Spartan armor customization schematic, information about UNSC weapons, and an introduction to the massive ship UNSC Infinity.

 

Let’s get one thing straight. I don’t place ANY value on Xbox Live avatar items. I think they are a gimmick and an excuse for them to jack the price up on things like this. But what about the rest? In game armor skin, weapon skin, and emblem. Great. But why am I not already getting this? Is this really worth paying an extra $40 bucks for? Not if you ask me. And the briefing packet and and digital series are hardly sell points for me.

What’s really of any value to this? Well number one, the “map packs” that come with it. Nine maps that contain three future-competitive map packs. And each is set in three locations. So… what does this mean? If you ask me, I would say they are selling us three big team/forge style maps that are going to be broken down into small maps. 343 Industries hasn’t really been clear about this. But the point is, these are going to be DLC down the road and (most likely) are going to have a steep price, somewhere between $15-20 based off of what other map packs cost today. But those that make it worth spending any more money on? I don’t think so.

Halo 4 Limited Edition is Not Worth Buying

I’m a die hard Halo fan. And I get paid decent, I don’t care about paying an extra few bucks for some nice bonus features/DLC. But here’s several reasons why I don’t think this Limited Edition version of Halo 4 is worth it and why I think you and no one else should buy it. This is all opinion based and comments are welcome, but I don’t think this version of the game is worth buying.

  1. There’s no value to the “limited edition” part. If there was only 10,000 copies made out of millions, then maybe it would be worth trying to snag it. But the point of limited edition value to ANYTHING in the world is in the RESALE value. How valuable will your limited edition copy of Halo 4 be five-ten years from now? Let’s take a look at Halo 2 collectors edition which I own. It’s nearly a decade old and used copies of it are selling for a measly $12 on ebay. Unless you plan on keeping your copy in the shrink wrap, it’s worth about as much as the standard issue of the game when there’s no limited production on it.
  2. Limited options. There’s only a standard and a limited edition. Previously, Reach and Halo 3 came out with multiple versions of the game. Reach came with an impressive, hand-done statue of all the noble characters. Halo 3 came with master chiefs helmet to hold the game in. It seems they got lazy and stuck a high price on a mediocre version of a limited edition version of the game.
  3. Major game studios are getting too greedy. We live in a world where prices of games are dropping dramatically anymore. Smash hit games like “angry birds” that people spend a buck or two on and they can play anywhere versus a $60 game that takes a small hunk of cash for the month is alot more attractive to the general market. Plus games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Rock Band Blitz are only $15 from major studios. At one point $100 is just asking for too much for a video game, regardless of it being “limited edition” or not. But if “fan boys” keep milking over the cash, then the studios will never learn to drop their prices.
  4. Let’s take a step back. We haven’t seen Master Chief in nearly five years now, and this game is being made by an entirely new studio that most people haven’t even heard of before. I’m sure it’s not going to be a total flop, but will it shine as Halo 2 once did? Will it be a success online again or are people going to fade out of it like on Halo: Reach? I don’t think it’s worth investing such a huge hunk of cash into a game that could potentially not be that great online. And it’s more than the game. It could be poorly designed maps (again), a broken matchmaking/ranking system (that sticks social/party players into serious slayer matches)(again), and other things that could steer away the online appeal.
  5. Besides downloadable maps, as I’ve stated above, there’s zero value in avatar items. And the rest, in game armor, skins, who really cares? And is it worth all that extra money just for a tin case that will be worthless in years? And when it comes to the maps, you can buy them as DLC, most likely for half of what you are paying the extra cost for on the limited edition.
  6. In the end result, what you are paying extra for? Paper and plastic. I just like to be a financial adviser to other gamers out there. You don’t need to break the bank to play the game. And if you care that much for the limited edition version, it’s price will most likely drop in the future.

Maybe I’m just starting to get old. But when I was a teenager, Halo 2 collectors edition was $60, the price of a “standard” version of a game today. And downloadable maps? I don’t remember paying more than $5-10 bucks for a map pack. These days they charge double to triple that. I know they cost time/money to develop, but I don’t like forking over so much cash to these major game studios.

The end result, it’s just not reasonable. $70 to $80 is steep but would have been fine. But these extra “digital” items, like skins, avatar props, I don’t place any value on that. Some games like Mortal Kombat and even COD sell you memberships or “seasonal passes” to get the rest of the DLC for the year free. But we are only getting one set of maps with this DLC. And even the season thing pass… at what point do I just have to pay ONCE for a game anymore to enjoy it? This is one reason I’m an avid PC gamer more than a console gamer anymore.

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