Special Edition Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Special Edition RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Unboxing the Master Edition of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild https://www.gameskinny.com/cjx5o/unboxing-the-master-edition-of-legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild https://www.gameskinny.com/cjx5o/unboxing-the-master-edition-of-legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:24:20 -0500 David Fisher

The Nintendo Switch is finally here, and with it arrives The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Not everyone's games have arrived just yet, so we're here to give you a quick look at what's inside this magnificently large Master's Edition box! The only thing we won't be looking at is the game case itself, since it's been covered inside and out many times already.

With that said, let's check it out, shall we?

From the Top

Here we have the Master Edition being opened for the very first time. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to save the outer case from damage as the sticker refused to yield and took some of the finish with it.

A neat feature I noticed right off the bat was that the spacer at the top actually had a triangle cut out of it -- almost as though we're unboxing the Triforce itself. While it's by far the least impressive feature of this collector's box, it was an interesting choice in terms of attention to detail that I'm sure Legend of Zelda fans will appreciate.

The Case of the Sheikah Slate

The first item to catch my eye was the Sheikah Slate carrying case. While not entirely apparent in images revealed so far, the case is actually detailed with sinking and rising features, and isn't just a print job like I suspected. The details are actually really nicely done, and the plastic doesn't feel cheap like other alternative cases.

The reverse side is similarly well finished. It has a matte coating that can't really be done justice in images, since the white balance changed the color from a much deeper brown to...whatever this orange mess is. The exterior of the case also features a carrying grip, as well as a metallic black zipper with the same Sheikah Eye pattern seen above.

The interior flap of the case features two holding areas. One is for your Nintendo Switch cartridges, and the other is for accessories such as earbuds. Up to 12 Switch cartridges can be stored in this way, and there's more than enough room inside the accessory pouch for a decent pair of earbuds. It's actually large enough for a Nintendo Switch game box or a large smartphone - if you really wanted to cram it in there.

On the flipside we have the space for the Nintendo Switch itself. For those wondering, both this and the HORI cases can actually hold the Nintendo Switch with the Joy-Cons attached. The JoyCons themselves will not activate the Nintendo Switch unless constant and consistent button pressing happens, so don't worry about the battery running out while it's in the case.

Not completely shown here is the velcro strap that keeps the Switch held in place (near the bottom and the middle). The velcro is actually really fine and non-abrasive, so don't worry about your screen getting scratched while inside. Overall, it's a fairly nice carrying case, and perfect if you have either special editions of Breath of the Wild

An Assortment of Goodies

Kept in a blue tray is the soundtrack CD, Sheikah Coin, and map. They are all individually sealed with plastic wrap -- loose for the map, shrink for the CD, and a case for the coin. There's not much to look at with the coin, so we'll focus on the other two items. It should be noted that the coin is metal, and has a fairly nice gleam to it.

The Map

The map included in the Special Edition and Master Edition is among some of the most remarkable inclusions I've opened. I had expected this map to be made of rather gloss poster paper or card paper at best. Nope. The map is actually made of an almost leather-like material. Mind you, it's not actually leather, but it feels like it in almost every way.

It is also artistically faded in various areas to give off that "lost map" feel. None of it looks as though someone intentionally did this, and instead it looks as though it's one of the dungeon maps Link might find on his journey (despite being an overworld map).

On the flipside we have Calamity Ganon being surrounded by guardians, Link, and four strange beasts. It's a nice touch, and great to have as a flipside. However, I think I will be framing the map over this side since there's not really much to look at here.

The CD

Included in all versions of the Breath of the Wild collectors items, the Sound Selection CD has various songs from non-spoiler areas of the game. I was actually listening to this while writing this article, and it's almost relaxing to listen to. This is thanks to Breath of the Wild's minimalist style, with the sounds acting almost like a background to nature itself.

Images of the CD and its case are below:

The Front

The Back

CD and Inner Flap. Not shown here: Zelda underneath the CD

The Master Sword of Resurrection Statue

Last but not least is the Master Edition exclusive Master Sword of Resurrection statue.

I'd like to take a moment to just admire the simplicity of this box in and of itself. It's white card, just like the spacers inside the greater Master Edition box itself. However, this time we have several logos on its outside.

On the left we can see the original Japanese logo. It was designed to look like the original found on the Nintendo Family Computer, and so the style will be completely foreign to those outside of Japan.

On the right is the international logo. Still impressive in its own right, but I still feel as though the Japanese logo is more of a nice touch than the English one. Perhaps I would feel differently if they used the old NES logo design, but as-is, that's all I have to say about it.

The Statue

Boxed in with styrofoam casing and a plastic bag is none other than the Master Sword of Resurrection itself. It's actually fairly heavy, and funnily enough the base when placed on a table sounds as though it is made of stone. My guess is that it's actually ceramic, but it's a nice touch.

Unlike the one shown during the Nintendo Switch presentation earlier this year, the statue is actually quite sturdy. The Master Sword doesn't budge without significant force, and the flower is quite sturdy as well. Ballparking the weight by holding it alone, I would say it weighs about 2 to 4 pounds.

It's a nice statue, and despite my initial skepticism, I think I might actually keep this safe until I have a nice space to keep it.

And that's it!

So is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Master Edition worth it? At $129.99 USD, you could get a lot worse than this nostalgia-fueled bundle.

The Master Sword of Resurrection is what really makes the difference between the Special Edition and Master Edition, and so if you really want the statue then I would say it's a sure buy. However, if you don't care much for the statue, save the $30 USD (almost $70 CAD) and get the Special Edition instead.

But what do you guys think? Is it worth the price in your region of the world? Did you manage to get your hands on one of these elusive collector's items? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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The Definitive Pre-Order Guide for Horizon Zero Dawn https://www.gameskinny.com/bp43s/the-definitive-pre-order-guide-for-horizon-zero-dawn https://www.gameskinny.com/bp43s/the-definitive-pre-order-guide-for-horizon-zero-dawn Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:27:03 -0500 Rob Kershaw

The PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn hits the stores on February 28th. With less than a month to go, you can bet your Sony dollar that there are a crazy array of pre-order options to choose from.

The game's plot features the hunter Aloy, navigating a world that has been taken over by robots. Setting out to seek assistance from neighboring communities, Aloy has to use her keen archery skills to keep the wayward automaton population at bay.

It's set in a beautifully rendered open world which we're very much looking forward to exploring -- and if the action-RPG elements can captivate us the same way the Souls series did, we may be in for something very special. 

But which version do you choose? Carry on reading to find out!

Pre-Order Bonuses

Before we even consider the different editions of the game, you might want to look at the pre-order bonuses you'll receive depending on where you buy it. 

All pre-orders come with the Nora Machine Trapper Pack – which will allow you to modify your weapons and outfit, as well as providing goodies for crafting ammo and traps. 

If you plan to pre-order from EB Games or Gamestop, you'll also get two retailer-specific bonuses:

  • Nora Lookout Armor - this outfit offers camouflage protection to help you remain undetected, and an extra modification slot.
  • Nora Longshot Bow - the improved accuracy of this bow and an extra modification slot will give you a much stronger fighting chance in the wild, right from the beginning.

UK gamers can also benefit from these bonuses through GAME.

Once you've picked your pre-order retailer, you'll need to choose the actual version of the game that you want. Here are the options:

Horizon Zero Dawn Digital Deluxe Edition

Price: $69.99

If you're not bothered about owning a physical copy of the game but still want a more enhanced version, then the Digital Deluxe Edition may be for you. 

It includes three resource packs, two outfits, two weapons, an exclusive theme and a digital artbook:

  • The Carja Storm Ranger Outfit and the Banuk Trailblazer Outfit
  • The Carja Mighty Bow and the Banuk Culling Bow
  • The Banuk Traveller Pack, Carja Trapper Pack, and the Nora Keeper Pack
  • The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn Digital Art Book
  • Exclusive PS4 Theme

Horizon Zero Dawn Collector's Edition

Price: $119.99

For the more tactile gamer, the Collector’s Edition comes with a physical copy of the game, as well as number of other tangible goodies including:

  • A 9” Statue of Aloy by Gentle Giant
  • A 48-Page Concept Artbook by Dark Horse
  • A Steelbook Case – with exclusive cover artwork
  • The Carja Storm Ranger Outfit and the Banuk Trailblazer Outfit
  • The Carja Mighty Bow and the Banuk Culling Bow
  • The Banuk Traveler Pack, Carja Trapper Pack, Nora Machine Trapper Pack and the Nora Keeper Pack

Horizon Zero Dawn Thunderjaw Collector's Edition

Price: AUD $349.95  (~$265.99 USD)

Australian gamers who are feeling flush are in for a treat. Project Triforce and EB Games have combined to create this incredible (and incredibly expensive) edition, which features a highly detailed Thunderjaw model. 

The full contents include:

  • Full retail copy of Horizon Zero Dawn 
  • Premium Thunderjaw Statue
  • Exclusive World Map
  • Exclusive Lithographs
  • Aloy's "Focus" Ear Piece
  • Premium Packaging

There is no sign of any of the digital in-game goodies afforded by the other editions. But you do get "premium packaging" for your money, so there is that. 

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We'll update this page if we learn of any more versions of the game in the pipeline.

Will you be pre-ordering Horizon Zero Dawn? If so, which version? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Buying Early Access to Games Has Got to Stop https://www.gameskinny.com/qqd00/buying-early-access-to-games-has-got-to-stop https://www.gameskinny.com/qqd00/buying-early-access-to-games-has-got-to-stop Wed, 02 Nov 2016 09:13:11 -0400 Angelo De Bellis

Amongst all the buzz and hype surrounding pre-order culture—trivial bonuses offered by different retailers, unique game editions, limited quantity formats, and day-one specially packaged titles—comes a relatively new marketing scheme, one that crumbles the very foundation of what it means to own a game early, a bullish effort to squeeze even more cash out of the supposedly most dedicated fans: early access games. 

The pre-order cacophony began as a method to quantify the popularity of an upcoming video game, and bonuses of varying qualities were created to intensify that desire in gamers to put cash down on a title before its release. Unfortunately, the act that once secured you a copy of a game which may have sold out instantly at your local retailer, has now spiraled out of control. Today we don’t pre-order games to guarantee us a copy of a highly sought after game.

In fact, the hype involved in franchise follow-ups is at such a frenzy that retailers now beg for pre-orders based on titles that have but a simple teaser trailer. It’s impossible to miss the “Pre-Order Now” marketing banners that pop up after the showing of a game at E3 or some type of enthusiast expo.

Source: Gamespot

And if you thought the incessant pre-order propaganda had already reached a boiling point, it seems that publishers have come up with a new attempt at getting our pre-order dollars. This new way to lure us into securing purchases ahead of release also incites us to spend well beyond the asking price of a typical video game for access to its contents ahead of the scheduled release.

The Culprit

If you haven’t yet encountered these titles that are offered early to those who pay, as of late, Microsoft has been the worst offender. Games like Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3 are prime examples of titles that were given this treatment. Gamers who pre-ordered the more expensive editions of the game were given access to them a full four days ahead of their official release.

In a similar manner, though based on different business models, EA Access subscribers also get portions of select games early. This kind of limited offering staves off some of my later arguments, but the crux of the issue remains.

Spending extra cash on a game to get a soundtrack and a decorative statue is a nice way to collect and show your passion for a particular series. Having access to games early simply because you have more disposable income than another fan is piggish capitalism.

Now don’t get me wrong -- video games are goods, and as such the bottom line is critical to their success and to the success of future games. But that cold, profit-driven model must have a marked line of unacceptability. Additions to games as bonuses are one thing, but asking for money up front and a greater sum of it for the product’s base contents is something else entirely.

As a gamer and a consumer, I’d be remiss not to speak up about this kind of overt greed that has the potential to grow worse.

Source: Gears of War

A Healthy, Wealthy Industry

How did we get here? Simply put, the games industry has grown a great deal over the years, and with that growth came a profit-hungry beast with many hands seeking clever ways to pull an extra few bucks from our back pockets. 

Though developers may be artistic visionaries who simply want their games to be enjoyed with a certain mark of success, the publishers and other involved stakeholders on the business side of things most definitely pursue monetary success --and clearly they go to great lengths to achieve it. But jeopardizing the meaning of a release date is no friendly way to engender a culture of fandom; it only serves to split gamers apart.

Yes, gaming is not the cheapest of hobbies. And yes, no one is forcing you to buy games on their release date. It is most certainly true that those without the money to afford games do sometimes get left behind. But, as if the barrier of entry wasn’t already high enough, another invisible barrier had to be added to make it that much harder to cross. It’s a needless imposition, a fabricated disparity between a gamer who is a fan of a series to a gamer who is part of some kind of exclusive, ultimate fan club. And’s it’s all done in a seedy way to influence you to spend more money.

The Wallet Has the Rights

The sad part of the matter is that purchasing options like this one create business models that are vetoed or accepted based on our money as the stand-in voters, and there is no way around that.

Let me elaborate with the following scenario: I want to purchase Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition -- the one that was playable earlier than fans who purchased the base game. But I make my decision to spend the additional money based on the value of the physical/digital  goods that come with product. By completing the purchase, I’ve also, in essence, made a contract with the executives involved in the sales of the product.

I’ve said that I accept the business model adopted by the particular edition of the game and see nothing wrong with me having access to it before any other fans, even if it's an entire weekend. Though I don’t want to give the message that this is okay—I simply want the game with the additional goods—I’ve opened the door for more games to be sold based on this model, or invited the animation of some other ridiculous marketing effort in the future.

There is no way to differentiate that I purchased the product for its additional contents and not for the affordance it gives me to enjoy the game early. Or maybe I simply don’t care about the repercussion this will have on what the industry as a whole considers an acceptable practice.

Maybe I just want the more fully featured version of the game and am attracted to the fact that I get to play a game that I’ve been excited about for months four days early. It becomes a slippery slope of having dedicated fans who are robbed of the enthusiasm of owning a gaming upon release, while gamers with more money than the asking price get to enjoy benefits that are consequential.

Source: Gamespot

Where is the Value?

I think it’s the fact that selling games early really has no quantifiable value that upsets me the most. When the super amazing edition, or whatever they decide to call it, is ready to be sold, the base game is obviously also ready to be purchased by fans.

That’s what’s most irksome: additional game content like DLC and the like comes at a price because production costs are involved (though this is debatable). But offering a game early to fans is something that can be done across the board without driving the costs up. Selling a game early is just an arbitrary throw-in for fans wielding fuller wallets.

The Early Bird...

Moving away from the precedent established because of early access, we need to think about the game-related effects that spawn out of selling video games early. On a day-to-day basis, the internet is crawling with information about video games, or gaming debates, or game news. It’s hard not to scroll through my Facebook page or Reddit and not see comments based on a new release.

Just imagine how much more difficult it is to be a fan of an upcoming game when normal people (those outside of games media) are posting spoilers and the like because they have early access. Simply because certain fans are in possession of more green and are willing to purchase a different edition of the game you planned on getting on day one, you will have to dodge social media just that much more to prevent spoilers.

And it’s not because you aren’t getting the game when it launches, it’s because of a new business model that preys on our anticipation for a game.

Source: Microsoft

Games have become increasingly complex visual and interactive narratives with beloved characters and exciting plot twists. And while some gameplay-intensive experiences, like Forza Horizon 3, don’t suffer from this issue of spoiler fodder, certain games do. 

More than that, I repeat that the more that consumers purchase games offered like this, the more the model will be adopted until it perhaps permeates all big-budget franchises. I don’t think you’d like to see the next Halo or a sequel to The Last of Us spoiled because an increasingly vocal group has access to games more readily than you do, would you?

Even if you spend your game time playing multiplayer experiences, there is something to be said about having the ability to play early. I often find that jumping into a game after release is daunting when it comes to playing competitively online. All the other players have already leveled up their characters, equipped themselves with customized weapons, and acclimated their style of play to particular maps and the gameplay style at large.

Vocal Dissatisfaction

With the player base being segmented by those who purchase the base-model game at launch versus those who purchase the more expensive editions pre-launch, the community quickly becomes uneven. This is all because some gamers have the funds to buy the edition that offers the game at an earlier time. 

Aesthetic additions to weapons and such don’t harm the experience, but getting to grind through several hours, evenings, or even days of play before the main install base even gets a chance to pick up the controller just screams purposeful inequity.

Ultimately it’s our money that speaks, and at the end of the day the stakeholders who uphold the industry probably don’t care much that they set invisible barriers so long as they churn greater profits. But it doesn’t mean that we can’t be vocal about issues of consequence like these -- issues that have the potential to grow and do already impede on certain standards that shouldn’t be trampled on.

We should argue for better treatment. We're the market for these games, and they won't survive without us. I’d just hate to see something like the games industry continue to grow so unbearably money-driven as publishers and their partners proceed to act promiscuously with their sales efforts. Video games are a form contemporary art -- a statement for the kinds of entertainment we enjoy today -- and one that could be crippled by tactless businesspeople and poor taste.

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Yakuza 0, "The Business" Edition Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/03hhp/yakuza-0-the-business-edition-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/03hhp/yakuza-0-the-business-edition-revealed Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:33:08 -0400 Brawler1993

Fans of Sega's Yakuza series now have another reason to be excited for the upcoming release of Yakuza 0, the latest entry in the series. Like all great games, it will also be receiving a special edition that comes with extra goodies.

Called "The Business" Edition, it will launch alongside the regular version of the game and will contain a stainless steel business card holder decorated with Kiryu’s Dragon tattoo and Majima’s “Hanya” tattoo designs, bi-lingual replicas of their business cards from Tachibana Real Estate and the Cabaret Grand, and a special “Hostesses” card.

There will also be a digital pre-order starting today that comes with a unique PS4 theme that depicts the two protagonists.

Set before the events of the very first game, Yakuza 0 details Kiryu and Majima's first days within their respective clans. As shown in the new trailer, Kiryu's story-line will see him finding himself falsely accused of murder and even his own Yakuza family want him out of the picture. As far as first days on the job go, that's pretty bad.

Yakuza 0 will be released on the PS4 on 24th January worldwide.

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State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition getting a PC retail release https://www.gameskinny.com/m0khr/state-of-decay-year-one-survival-edition-getting-a-pc-retail-release https://www.gameskinny.com/m0khr/state-of-decay-year-one-survival-edition-getting-a-pc-retail-release Fri, 01 Jul 2016 05:02:15 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition, which originally released in April 2015 for Xbox One and Steam, is now getting a physical retail release for the PC version on August 9th, 2016.

Included in the Year One Survival Edition is the original State of Decay, as well as the the two DLC pieces which released later -- Lifeline and Breakdown.

The retail version will also include:

  • A special premium clamshell box
  • The game (and two pieces of DLC) on a disk (Steam code included).
  • A double-sided State of Decay A3 poster
  • The soundtrack supplied via the ancient CD

All of this will set you back $19.99/£14.99 (estimated)/€19.99, which is less than the price of the game digitally.

State of Decay originally released on Xbox 360 in September 2013, then for Windows in November of the same year, to much critical praise -- earning a 79/100 metacritic rating for the PC version, and just 1 point less for the Xbox 360 version.

A few years later, and after receiving two pieces of DLC, the Year One Survival Edition was released. This brought State of Decay to the Xbox One, and an upgraded version to Windows, with 1080p textures and bug fixes.

State of Decay 2 was revealed at Xbox's E3 2016 presser. It will feature co-op, and is set to release in 2017.

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Zero Time Dilemma Special Editions Delayed https://www.gameskinny.com/31qj8/zero-time-dilemma-special-editions-delayed https://www.gameskinny.com/31qj8/zero-time-dilemma-special-editions-delayed Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:45:52 -0400 ChrisDeCoster

With less than a week till launch, Aksys Games took to Twitter to tell those who preordered Zero Time Dilemma that they may have a dilemma of their own.  The game's signature watches, used both in-game as a way to keep the players in line and out of game as a bonus for fans who preordered the game, were damaged in transit.

For all the worried fans out there, Aksys confirmed that they will ship the game to everyone who preordered it, but the watches will have to wait.  The company has promised that the watches will be fixed and sent out to everyone who ordered them, along with a free bonus as an apology.  Not only that, but for everyone who missed the pre-order, the watches will be available through the Aksys website as a standalone package.  Considering how fast they went out of stock, that's good news for a lot of people.

What do you think about the delays? Let us know in the comments!

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Trailer & Special Editions https://www.gameskinny.com/sw13v/tom-clancys-ghost-recon-wildlands-trailer-special-editions https://www.gameskinny.com/sw13v/tom-clancys-ghost-recon-wildlands-trailer-special-editions Thu, 26 May 2016 10:00:32 -0400 Rachael Johnston

A brand new trailer of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands trailer was released today, showcasing the game's open world.  

Ghost Recon is scheduled to release on an undisclosed date later in 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC and is available now for pre-order. Along with this trailer, three special editions for the game were announced. Here's the rundown: 

Deluxe Edition

Price: $70

Includes: 

  • Standard edition/base game
  • Digital Deluxe Pack
    • Huntsman rifle and motorbike
    • Three emblems
    • Three weapon camos
    • Three character customization items
    • XP Booster

Gold Edition

Price: $100

Includes:

  • Standard edition/base game
  • All Digital Deluxe Pack content from Deluxe Edition
  • All Season Pass content, including 2 major expansions
  • Exclusive digital content
    • Equipment packs
    • Exclusive vehicle
    • Epic weapons

Collector's Editions

Collector's Edition Standard: $120
Collector's Edition Deluxe: $130
Collector's Edition Gold: $160

Includes: 

  • The game edition of your choice (Standard, Deluxe, or Gold)
  • Santa Muerte figurine
  • Collectible posters designed by Ken Taylor

If you pre-order the game, you'll also receive a bonus mission, dubbed "The Peruvian Connection." This mission takes you into the mountains of Bolivia to sabotage an alliance between Santa Blanca and the Peruvian Cartels.

 

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Nintendo of America and Europe announce TMS#FE Special Edition https://www.gameskinny.com/gf94m/nintendo-of-america-and-europe-announce-tmsfe-special-edition https://www.gameskinny.com/gf94m/nintendo-of-america-and-europe-announce-tmsfe-special-edition Wed, 20 Apr 2016 04:47:09 -0400 David Fisher

Fans of Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei might want to keep an eye on their local video game dealer's websites. Why? Because as of today, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE just got a special edition in North America and Europe.

While information about the North American special edition of TMS #FE is a little harder to find, Nintendo of Europe officially announced the "Fortissimo Edition" of the game over Twitter:

Included in the Fortissimo Edition are the following:

  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE game disc
  • DLC download codes
  • A sticker sheet starring the four main characters
  • Official soundtrack CD
  • Song cards
  • Official concept art book

The recommended retail price of the special edition sits at $79.99 USD currently, with no mention of how much the European version will cost. It should be made clear that the only items exclusive to the special edition are the soundtrack, song cards, art book, and sticker sheet. As for the DLC packs, they will be available on the Nintendo eShop for $1.99 each after launch.

Now that the Fortissimo Edition has been announced, are you likely to cancel your pre-order for a chance to get it? Does the special edition not give you enough to warrant purchasing it over the base game? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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The best place to pre-order your copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End https://www.gameskinny.com/0f8x9/the-best-place-to-pre-order-your-copy-of-uncharted-4-a-thiefs-end https://www.gameskinny.com/0f8x9/the-best-place-to-pre-order-your-copy-of-uncharted-4-a-thiefs-end Tue, 05 Apr 2016 03:43:34 -0400 Chrisator

With Uncharted 4: A Thief's End releasing in just over a month, this is the best time to pre-order a copy of the game, and reap all the benefits that go with it. The game is due to launch on May 10th worldwide, and offers a variety of new features, including a very spiffy multiplayer mode. 

Overview of the game

Before we delve into all the pre-order options and the various places you can purchase them, let's have a look at what the game has in store for us. 

"Set three years after the events of UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception, Nathan Drake has presumably left the world of fortune hunting behind. However, it doesn’t take long for adventure to come calling when Drake’s brother, Sam, resurfaces seeking his help to save his own life and offering an adventure Drake can’t resist. "

Uncharted 4 features everything you've come to expect from the franchise, and more. With an expanded and improved multiplayer, a variety of cool new features, and some stunning visuals, the game is certainly going be a welcome distraction from the 'real' world. But, just in case you're not as psyched as we are for this game, here's the teaser!

Now that you're all sufficiently psyched, let's look at the various different versions of the game you can purchase.

Standard Edition

The game's standard edition simply offers you the basic game, as well as some nifty features for pre-ordering. These are:

  • Uncharted Points: in-game currency to unlock multiplayer content
  • Uncharted Drake’s Fortune Outfit
  • Golden Weapon Skin
  • Desert Weapon Skin
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Dynamic Theme

This version of the game goes for $59.99 (£49.99) for both the digital and disc version, across all the varying stores. The physical copy is of course subject to normal shipping prices. You can find a detailed list of the retailers below.

Note that Gamestop's version reportedly also has the following exclusive benefits:

  • Multiplayer Booster Pack: Unlocks a variety of one-time use multiplayer boosts.
  • Phurba Dagger Taunt: Instantly unlocks a dagger taunt using the iconic symbol from UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves to strike fear into any multiplayer opponent.

The Triple Pack (Addon/DLC)

This DLC pack, which doesn't include the game, is exclusive to the PlayStation store, and includes the following:

  • Single-player story add-on
  • Two multiplayer packs that will unlock new, rare, and legendary items

The price is currently sitting at $24.99 for this package, and is probably more valuable to those interested in buying the physical addition of the game. You can see why just below.

Digital Deluxe Edition

As the name suggests, this edition is only available for the digital version of the game, and is available from the PS store and various retailers for $79.99 (£64.99). As you may have guessed, this version of the game includes:

  • The basic game
  • The triple pack of add-ons and DLC
  • Standard edition pre-order bonuses
  • An instant unlock to two multiplayer items

Special Edition

Only available in physical form, this item is more of a collector's bundle, and includes the following;

  • UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End
  • Collectible Steelbook Case
  • 48-Page Hardcover Art Book by Dark Horse
  • Naughty Dog & Pirate Sigil Sticker Sheet
  • Uncharted Points: in-game currency to unlock various multiplayer content

This edition of the game is also available for $79.99 (£59.99) from Amazon, Best Buy and Gamestop, but not the PS store itself. It is also likely to be available from various other retailers.

Libertalia Collector's Edition

Yet another collector's bundle available in physical form only (obviously), this bundle includes everything found in the Special Edition, as well as the following:

  • 12” Premium Drake Statue
  • Two EXCLUSIVE instant multiplayer unlocks, five additional instant multiplayer unlocks, and Uncharted Points for use in UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End multiplayer

It goes for $119.99, and is yet again available from Amazon, Best Buy and Gamestop, as well as other retailers. The UK version seems to be unavailable/out of stock at this time, however.

As a sidenote, while the pre-order bonuses don't seem to be mentioned for the two physical collector's bundles, they are listed in the Amazon page, and will likely be available for all pre-order versions of the game.

Buying made easy

If you're sold on the idea of buying the game, you can find a handy table below with all the links you'll need to buy it from your favorite retailers. 

  Standard Edition (Physical) Standard Edition (Digital) Digital Deluxe Edition  Special Edition  Libertalia Collector's Edition 
PlayStation Store N/A $59.99 $79.99 N/A N/A
Amazon $59.99 $59.99 $79.99 $79.99 $119.99
Amazon UK  £46.00 N/A N/A £59.99 Out of Stock
Gamespot $59.99 $59.99 $79.99 $79.99 $119.99
BestBuy $59.99 N/A N/A $79.99 $119.99

If you're more of a do it yourself kind of person, then here's a link to the PlayStation Store's portal for the various versions of the game.

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Gamer forced to destroy Fallout 4 special edition to secure refund from Bethesda https://www.gameskinny.com/uxkt2/gamer-forced-to-destroy-fallout-4-special-edition-to-secure-refund-from-bethesda https://www.gameskinny.com/uxkt2/gamer-forced-to-destroy-fallout-4-special-edition-to-secure-refund-from-bethesda Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:42:01 -0500 Alec Pearce

Fallout 4 fan Paul Watson, aka @WalnutSoap, was told that if he wished to receive a full refund for his limited edition Fallout 4 vinyl records, then he must destroy them all.

Paul took to Twitter to bring his extremely bizarre story to light, explaining that when the records were delivered, the first disc arrived warped and completely unplayable. As a result, Bethesda refunded $25 into his account as compensation for the single record. But Paul was unsatisfied with this and demanded a full refund of $100 -- the discs are naturally not sold separately so replacement was impossible.

Benita, a Bethesda customer support representative, replied thusly: 

You only showed that one of the records was damaged so we refunded you for that damaged record. If the other records are similarly affected, please provide photos. However if they are not affected and you still would like a full refund for the product, please follow the instructions below for this limited edition item.

  1. Destroy the other records
  2. Provide photos of the damaged records

"Once I get those photos I will happily refund you for your order. Thank you and have a wonderful day!"

Deciding that there was no way around this predicament, and no replacement disc on the way, Paul agreed to wreak havoc upon his precious collection. His face sums the situation up perfectly.

Not like this....not like this

Paul's original tweet:

Although this is fairly standard procedure for large companies to prevent fraudulent claims, some are wondering if Bethesda maybe went a little too far.

Whatever your opinion on the matter, Paul has since been told he is eligible for a full refund.

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Fire Emblem Fates special Edition 3DS XL, weekly map updates https://www.gameskinny.com/7d4hr/fire-emblem-fates-special-edition-3ds-xl-weekly-map-updates https://www.gameskinny.com/7d4hr/fire-emblem-fates-special-edition-3ds-xl-weekly-map-updates Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:25:41 -0500 Damian A. Hinton

Nintendo's upcoming Fire Emblem Fates will get its own special 3DS XL, and it looks absolutely splendid. Take a look below.

The system can be purchased for $199.99, but that's all you get if you buy it. Unfortunately, this handheld doesn't include the game itself, which will have to be purchased separately.

Nintendo  announced DLC for the upcoming title. Weekly map updates for Fire Emblem Fates will be available, starting on the game's release date of February 19th. This follows suit with the previous title in the series, the well-received Fire Emblem Awakening, which also received numerous map updates.

It's an interesting choice not to bundle a game with a special edition handheld - specifically one designed around the game itself. However, it is nice to see Nintendo continue to offer extra content alongside their new titles - especially as they begin their transition to their next big console.

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CD Projekt Red denies existence of Witcher 3 Enhanced Edition - for now https://www.gameskinny.com/4yior/cd-projekt-red-denies-existence-of-witcher-3-enhanced-edition-for-now https://www.gameskinny.com/4yior/cd-projekt-red-denies-existence-of-witcher-3-enhanced-edition-for-now Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:17:38 -0500 BlackTideTV

Earlier today French retailer E.leclerc was found to have multiple versions of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt available for purchase. Three of these versions were listed as "enhanced editions" available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Video game journalists rushed to the scene and stories covered the internet much to CD Projekt RED's chagrin -- or perhaps it was planted to get The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt back in the media's eye?

Nevertheless, CD Projekt RED's marketing executive Michal Nowakowski (Michal PG or @michalpg on Twitter) reached out to IGN's official Twitter page to deny the rumors and kill the internet's collective hype.

The French site had release dates for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt "enhanced edition" set as February 5th of this year.

If past enhanced edition releases of The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings were any type of guideline, the timing for an enhanced edition announcement of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt would be just about right. 

  • The Witcher released on the 26th of October, 2007.
  • The Witcher Enhanced Edition released on the 16th of September, 2008.
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings released on the 17th of May, 2011.
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition released on the 17th of April, 2012.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt released on the 19th of May, 2015.

On average, the enhanced edition of each Witcher game comes out eleven months after the original's release.

If the pattern is to hold, an enhanced edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt should release this April.

Past enhanced editions have fine tuned the game, cut load times in half and added extra adventures to the main story. If there is a secret enhanced edition of CD Projekt RED's newest game, it is unclear how it would be different from the original. In the current generation internet updates can patch the game, and DLC purchases can provide the extra content. Perhaps the enhanced edition of this game will serve as a "Game of the Year Edition" and provide players will immediate access to all DLC for a lesser price. Only time will tell.

Even though the existence of the game has been denied by the developer so far, there's no definite answer on if we'll be seeing an enhanced edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt this year or not.

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Xenoblade Chronicles X: Special Edition Boxset https://www.gameskinny.com/makmy/xenoblade-chronicles-x-special-edition-boxset https://www.gameskinny.com/makmy/xenoblade-chronicles-x-special-edition-boxset Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:55:59 -0400 Courtney Gamache

In honor for the release of Xenoblade Chronicles X in North America, Nintendo has put together a wonderful special edition package that gives the gamer a bunch of awesome gear themed for Xenoblade

If you feel like playing Xenoblade Chronicles X, you can find it exclusively on the Nintendo Wii U for the normal price of $59.99; with the special edition bundle will cost $89.99.What to expect in the Special Edition

The special edition box contains four major pieces to complete anyone's Xenoblade collection. Made specifically for Xenoblade Chronicles X, within the edition is:

  • Digital soundtrack on custom USB with 10 songs
  • Art book with over 100 pages of game concept designs
  • Physical game disc with artwork on box
  • Matted 5x7 art card

While the wait for Xenoblade Chronicles X is a few months, due on December 4th 2015, there has been plenty of hype building from the gameplay trailer featured at this past E3 of 2015. The main goal behind this game is to protect humanity in hopes of survival. What other reason do you need? It's time to suit up just like the trailer tells us to.

What do you think of the Xenoblade Chronicles X: Special Edition? Would you buy that over the normal game-only option? Any expectations for the gameplay? Share your thoughts below!

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Shares PC Release Date With Consoles https://www.gameskinny.com/1hdt0/metal-gear-solid-v-the-phantom-pain-shares-pc-release-date-with-consoles https://www.gameskinny.com/1hdt0/metal-gear-solid-v-the-phantom-pain-shares-pc-release-date-with-consoles Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:32:10 -0400 Marshall Jenkins

PC fans of the Metal Gear Series can now breath a sigh of relief. In an official post on their website, the publisher confirmed the release date of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for September 1st, 2015 for PC that coincides with the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, and PS3 release date.

As the fifth numbered installment in the series approaches, an earlier notice of a two week delay for PC gamers dissapointed and staggered fans of the series as well as proponents of PC gaming. While the online component Metal Gear Online will still be released in January for PC as opposed to October for consoles, players looking forward to the story will not have to wait to see the next chapter in the Metal Gear Solid series. 

Metal Gear Solid V will feature a brand new story for the hero and eventual antagonist Big Boss as he seeks to rebuild and advance his army a nation after the devastating attack that was featured in the prologue Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes that released last year. You can look for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain when it launches worldwide on September 1st, 2015. 

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Fire Emblem if (Fates) Tops Sales Charts on Debut https://www.gameskinny.com/08y0l/fire-emblem-if-fates-tops-sales-charts-on-debut https://www.gameskinny.com/08y0l/fire-emblem-if-fates-tops-sales-charts-on-debut Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:14:12 -0400 KungFro

Fire Emblem if has been out in Japan for exactly a week now, and the games have exceeded Fire Emblem Awakening's Japanese debut week sales – and by quite a bit, too. The numbers are as follows:

Fire Emblem Awakening: 242,600 units
Fire Emblem if (Birthright, Conquest, & Special Edition): 303,666

To give you a better idea of how other games have been doing, here are the Japanese debut week sales for a few other popular Nintendo games – releases listed in reverse choronological order.

  1. [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best + : 42,718 units
  2. [Wii U] Splatoon (05/28/15) : 37,458 units
  3. [3DS] Pokémon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire : 4,899 units
  4. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 : 7,978 units

Now of course this list doesn't include lifetime sales, otherwise Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire would be completely crushing the competition with their combined 2,648,334 units. Still, considering that Awakening was almost the last installment in the seriesFire Emblem if's debut week has definitely made a statement.

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My Love/Hate Relationship With Collector's Editions https://www.gameskinny.com/j0595/my-lovehate-relationship-with-collectors-editions https://www.gameskinny.com/j0595/my-lovehate-relationship-with-collectors-editions Sat, 30 May 2015 02:30:01 -0400 OrganisedDinosaur

Collector’s Editions! Are you a fan? I certainly am. I have more plastic representations of my favourite game characters and in game items than I know what to do with. They very proudly took up all my shelf space in my large living room in Dublin. They currently sit in my Aunt and Uncle’s attic waiting for an opportunity to be moved to London (all very carefully wrapped in bubble wrap of course).

My love of these expensive video game editions goes back many years and has gone a bit too far on some occasions. I remember hunting down the Prestige Editions of Call of Duty games on eBay. My greatest triumph was probably finally adding the Big Daddy from the original BioShock Collector’s Edition to my set after my local game store failed to stock that edition. That one can be hard to find and fetches a decent price.

Why am I so willing to spend two or even three times the price of a game just to get some cheap plastic rubbish that is not as rare as I like to believe it is? Why do I have two plastic Sam Fishers on my shelf and why did I go so far as to import the Ultimate Songbird Edition of BioShock Infinite from Germany when I couldn’t get it more locally?

With game distribution ever shifting towards the digital, physical collector’s editions should be a thing of the past surely? In game extras will be the only extra soon one might assume. Well, I don’t think that is so true. As long as people will buy the glorified rubbish, developers will keep selling it. The problem is that it is not rubbish. It has the value that people will put on it just like anything else. Whenever one of these overpriced behemoths is announced however, countless detractors will start exclaiming (often accurately) how ludicrously expensive it is. Others like me, remain silent and then pre-order as soon as we possibly can.

There seem to be two categories for rarity. “Sold out instantly and never found again”. As well as “still in the shop a year later and impossible to shift”. As a result I have ended up feeling rather pleased with myself as well as rather stupid in the days after a launch. The chance however that this game could end up being one of the rare ones and the fact that you can’t be guaranteed the collector’s edition the next day are one of the very few justifications left for pre-orders to even exist, although that is a discussion for another day.

I hunted this for longer than I care to admit

I have something of a love/hate relationship with collector’s editions. I love to own them when they exist, but I hate having to buy them. I want to remove any chance that the fear of regretting not buying one when I had the opportunity will become a reality. I show them off to my friends but at the same time feel slightly stupid that they had the willpower not to buy such rubbish. I know that they are barely worth the plastic they are made from if I was honest about it and yet will bid on rarer items happily with my spare and not so spare money. Despite my large collection and the buzz I get from unboxing a new set, I have really grown to hate these money spinners. I have started to really wish that we could just have regular game copies and take the temptation away.

Why am I really angry about it, when I could very simply just stop buying them? I feel frustrated that my consumerist mind that needs to have the best edition is being taken advantage of.

For years I displayed them in my living room and always had a great sense of pride whenever people came in for the first time and admired my collection. 

 

If I was honest with myself of course however, it is my own fault and I should be mad at myself. I do actually get enjoyment out of owning all these things. For years I displayed them in my living room and always had a great sense of pride whenever people came in for the first time and admired my collection. Most of the art books and soundtracks were used exactly once and now simply sit stacked behind the statues and more impressive pieces, but knowing that they are there for whenever I want is what I like about having them, even if I never will want to use them again. I do get a benefit from them mentally. What frustrates me then is that the marketing is too good. The pricing hits a sweet spot that entices me to buy it while still being unfathomably overpriced. While one must admire that in a way, it is a fad that leaves some like myself out of pocket.

Some of them aren't even tasteful 

There are very different types of collector's editions. Paying ten pounds extra for an artbook and soundtrack that are otherwise unavailable might be appealing. Even twice the price for a particularly creative and unique item could be justified, but three times the price for a cheap pair of night vision goggles or a horrifically painted and badly produced statue, not so much. Others, like the Dead Island Riptide collector's editions are just bizarre.

Even though there is a part of me that loves these collector’s editions, I fear that they take way from the focus on the game itself. I want to get excited about the game again and not about the plastic dragon that comes in the box. When BioShock was announced and I first saw footage of it, I got incredibly excited about it. It just seemed like it was going to tick all the right boxes for me.

I pre-ordered the collector’s edition in my local retailer but when release day came all they had was the metal box version. The day became about my disappointment at not being allowed to spend an extra 50 or more pounds for a hunk of plastic rather than the joy of finally getting to play this game. The lack of the collector’s items had become more important than the presence of the game itself. The focus simply is being taken away from the true reason why we all love our hobby – the games. While I do still like the pure materialistic ownership of these items, I have started to view collector’s editions as something of a plight upon our hobby that is doing more harm than good.

So why do collector’s editions exist? The reason is simply that people like me buy them even when we know better. I don’t see the move to complete digital distribution being finished anytime soon and I don’t want it to as I like having my game discs (perhaps I am just very materialistic in general), but if physical distribution of games ever does die, a part of me will secretly be glad that I will never have to buy another statue of an assassin ever again. 

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Be "Friends Forever" with One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 https://www.gameskinny.com/og6m0/be-friends-forever-with-one-piece-pirate-warriors-3 https://www.gameskinny.com/og6m0/be-friends-forever-with-one-piece-pirate-warriors-3 Sun, 19 Apr 2015 04:31:51 -0400 Asante Simone

Another trailer has been released for the latest One Piece game, but with some extra news for players in Europe (and in America, sort of).

Bandai Namco Ent. Europe released the latest trailer of One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Wednesday. The two-minute long video reveals some important pre-order information for European players. Pre-order bonuses include four free DLC items. The first two are Luffy in a his giant fish costume, and Sabo dressed as Lucy. The other two are exclusive missions. An exclusive metal case that features the "three brothers", Luffy, Ace, and Sabo, is also included. These bonuses are for all platforms the game is released on, though the metal case is not included for the Steam release.

The trailer also reveals another edition. Players can buy a Doflamingo edition of OPPW3, though this is exclusive to the PlayStation 3 and 4 versions. This edition includes a 16-centimeter (6.3-inch) Scultures figure of Doflamingo, the game itself, and game and box covers that feature Luffy and Sabo ready to attack with Doflamingo laughing maniacally in the background.

The American version of the trailer didn't mention any pre-order bonuses, but Bandai Namco Ent. announced that the Americas will receive the same pre-order bonuses. The "Three Brothers" case, however, seems like an exclusive for players who buy the PS4 version of the game.

The game was already released in Japan on March 26, for the PlayStation 3, 4, and Vita. OPPW3 will be released this summer in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia, for the PS3, 4, Vita, and Steam.

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Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition Detailed and Includes Playable Vergil, Lady, and Trish https://www.gameskinny.com/dyjku/devil-may-cry-4-special-edition-detailed-and-includes-playable-vergil-lady-and-trish https://www.gameskinny.com/dyjku/devil-may-cry-4-special-edition-detailed-and-includes-playable-vergil-lady-and-trish Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:54:54 -0400 Elijah Beahm

It's only a little while since DmC: Definitive Edition rolled out with an extensive amount of new tweaks, modes, and wrinkles to the original game.

Now Capcom is rolling out an even crazier remaster for Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition. The new content is staggeringly impressive.

First off, those of you who played Devil May Cry 4 will remember that you could play as two different characters, Dante and Nero. Now, in addition to the original two protagonists, three new playable characters enter the fray, and two offer drastically new styles of play.

Vergil will combine elements from his Devil May Cry 3 design and some of the ideas behind his most recent incarnation in DmC: Devil May Cry. So expect plenty of teleporting, along with a new emphasis on precise movements. Devil May Cry 4's Vergil will become more deadly the greater style and precision you use thanks to a new "Concentration" mechanic. He will also be fully upgradeable, and playable on all missions in the campaign.

Trish has been in the series since the very beginning, nearly running Dante over with a motorcycle in the first of the series many crazy brawls. She's not been a playable character since the divisive Devil May Cry 2 though, so this is a surprising return.

Unlike the rest of the cast, she doesn't swap between tons of weapons or focus on major combos. Instead, Trish has a greater focus on a core set of abilities and limited moves. She's right up the alley of fans of games such as Virtua Fighter 5, with a heavy meta-strategy to her playstyle instead of an extremely long list of moves.

And for the first time, the gun-toting Lady will be playable in a Devil May Cry game. Unlike the rest of the cast, her focus will be on firearms and ranged attacks, meaning she'll be a drastic change in playstyle. It's not entirely clear how that will work, but Lady's new combat mechanics sound incredibly ambitious.

In addition to the new lead characters, the game will have a new game mode that was originally a PC exclusive feature to Devil May Cry 4. Legendary Dark Knight Mode pits you against a ludicrous numbers of enemies. Think something like XL Mode in Star Wars: Battlefront 2. On top of this, there will be Turbo Mode, which speeds the entire game up by 20%.

There will also be the traditional re-release high-resolution textures, 1080p support, bonus skins and costumes, minor tweaks to the game balancing, and the series hallmark 60 FPS gameplay. It will release digitally for North America on Xbox One, PS4, and PC this summer.

Are you excited for the return of Devil May Cry 4? Do you think the new playable characters and modes make the game worth playing again? Let us know in the comments below!

Images and video: Capcom

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Special Edition PS4 for Metal Gear Solid 5 Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/xwnya/special-edition-ps4-for-metal-gear-solid-5-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/xwnya/special-edition-ps4-for-metal-gear-solid-5-announced Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:32:34 -0500 Brian Spaen

Sony and Konami will be making a special edition of the PS4 that will be available in Asia, themed for the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Even for those that aren't huge MGS fans, it's hard to deny that it's an eye-catching version of the PS4. The color of the console is based on Snake's bionic arm. It's got all the right hues, down to the golden connector at the bottom of the arm.

For comparison's sake, here's a look at the replica of the arm:

Image credit: Deviant Art

The DualShock 4 is similar to the color of Snake's gun. It also includes the "Diamond Dogs" logo located at the bottom right handle of the peripheral.

Can't wait to get your hands on a special PS4 for the upcoming MGSV release, right? Well, here's the bad news: There's no word about a western release, and it looks to be targeted solely to the Asian markets.

A price hasn't been announced, but the harder challenge would be to actually try and import one of these great looking consoles. Hopefully they'll bring a few over to the North American and European markets.

MGSV is set to release September 1st on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. It will be released on Steam for PC two weeks later.

Header image credit: VG247

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Top 5 Craziest Video Game Collector's Edition Bundles https://www.gameskinny.com/qvaen/top-5-craziest-video-game-collectors-edition-bundles https://www.gameskinny.com/qvaen/top-5-craziest-video-game-collectors-edition-bundles Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:31:22 -0500 Brian Spaen

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Saints Row IV: The Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition

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Of course, the same people that brought attacking enemies with giant purple dildos also created the most expensive and bizarre special edition package of all time. For one million bucks, one lucky person would be going on a space flight, would get the full hostage rescue experience, plastic surgery of their choice, a day of spy training, two week-long stays at Dubai and Washington DC (with first-class flights), TWO cars (Lamborghini Gallardo and Toyota Prius), and more.

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Dead Island Riptide: Zombie Bait Edition

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This isn't nearly as expensive as the other crazy special editions on this list, but this certainly became one of the most controversial. Announced back in January 2013, a figurine included in Dead Island Riptide was a bloody female torso in an American flag bikini. No full body with a head, arms, or legs -- just the torso.

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What Deep Silver probably attempted to be a conversation starter instead ignited the argument flames of female over-sexualization in video games. They apologized to those that were offended, but the product was still released.

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Krater: Victor Edition

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Ever wanted somebody to cook an incredible meal and play a game with you afterwards? Developer Fatshark gave a player a one-time opportunity when they released Krater.

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Game designer Victor Magnuson, who is apparently also a Swedish gourmet chef, would come to the gamer's house regardless of where it was located in the world. Magnuson would cook either a mystery meal or something like Swedish Meatballs or Ester Ore Pretto Pizza, and would later play Krater.

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GRID2: Mono Edition

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Add another collector's edition to the "ripoff" category. This special edition of GRID2 included the game, a PlayStation 3 to play it on, and a brand new car for nearly $200,000. Not too bad at first glance because the car, a BAC Mono, looks pretty damn sweet, right?

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There were 12 of these British supercars delivered to the United States, and they were sold at roughly $130,000. That means the game's decals all over the car are worth nearly $60,000. A paint job that's worth almost half the car? Uhhh...

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Resident Evil 6

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Let's break that down. The game was worth $60 brand new and the covers wouldn't be any more than $25 each (and that's overpricing them because of the RE brand). The jacket would essentially be over $1,100. That's insane when looking at how uncomfortable and cheap it looks in pictures and video (start around the 4-minute mark). 

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Techland released the ~$400,000 Dying Light: My Apocalypse Edition in Europe earlier this week. The insane package included parkour lessons, spending time with the developer, and even a house that was made to survive a real zombie apocalypse. It's one of the craziest video game bundles to be released, and one lucky player is going to enjoy it.

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Before, it was standard to get artbooks, figurines, or a special case that the game is included in. Now it's becoming a trend to figure out what kind of crazy stuff these companies can throw into a collector's edition. For example, Borderlands: The Handsome Edition is getting a real Claptrap.

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Taking away Dying Light's bundle, let's take a look at five other collector's editions that made us all do a double take.

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Image credit: Polygon

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