10 “Deluxe Editions” That Were Horrible Garbage –
Publishers, it seems, really will try anything to sell their latest game to as many people as possible. It can’t be easy to market games in as saturated a market as we have today, but asking us to stump up extra cash for increasingly mad merchandise is a tactic that plenty decide is most effective.
Over the years, special or limited collector’s editions of games have cropped up promising all manner of bizarre “collectables” that we are assured are must-haves, only for said plastic tat or statues to be relegated to shelves increasingly filled with so much pointless gaming merch.
That said, sometimes video games publishers and developers really do get things just plain wrong. Whether it’s poor quality merchandise, missing items, damaged goods or just stuff that’s entirely useless, video games have been released with some absolutely dreadful stuff. Here are some of the worst to have ever been released.
10. Saints Row IV’s Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition
Saint’s Row’s developers Volition are no strangers to ridiculous things, but they really were inviting trouble to their door when they announced the “Super Dangerous Wad Wad” edition of Saint’s Row IV.
There was only ever one copy of this particular special edition, but it’s doubtful that anyone picked it up; after all, it would’ve you back a cool million dollars. Naturally, this was a PR stunt based entirely on parodying the ludicrous promises of some special editions, but the SDWW edition itself was entirely full of exciting trips and treats for anyone to feel they’ve truly taken to the role of President just as their player character would do in-game.
That being said, the slew of flights, trips, shopping days and space-flight sounded exciting, but were actually worked out by quite a few sites to cost significantly less than the one million dollar asking price.
Estimates put it at about $650-700,000, so it would’ve been a little bit embarrassing for Deep Silver and Volition had anyone actually decided that they needed to get a Lamborghini with their Commander in Chief edition of Saints Row IV.
9. Halo 3 Limited Collector’s Edition’s Terrible Packaging
When you decide to stump up for a Limited Collector’s Edition of a game, you’re expecting extra special treatment. If you couldn’t quite stretch to the cost of the Legendary Edition of Halo 3 and decided a pixie-size Mjolnir Spartan helmet just wasn’t worth the cost, you might well have picked up the Halo 3 Limited Collector’s Edition.
If you did, there’s every chance that when your copy of the game was delivered that you couldn’t even play it. That’s because the specially designed tri-fold steelbook case that held the game and the bonus DVD was so poorly designed that many copies of this special edition of Halo 3 arrived badly scratched after popping out of their holders during transit. Finding yourself with an unplayable copy of one of the Xbox 360’s biggest hits can’t have been a stellar experience, especially when you also didn’t have that tiny replica helmet either.
The bonus material that came with this edition wasn’t even that great to entertain you in the mean time: small exclusive posters and storyboard material, and a bonus DVD with some behind-the-scenes footage and featurettes showing you how Bungie put together the game you weren’t able to play.
8. F.3.A.R’s Terrifying Alma Statuette
F.3.A.R (or Fear 3) made good on its poorly-stylized title by inspiring terror in our very soul with its collector’s edition. Yes, it came with the usual “exclusive” fodder in the form of a steel case for the game, a comic book for those few of us particularly intrigued by the F.E.A.R canon and a unique in-game weapon unlock. The main selling point, if you could even call it that, came in the form of a bizarre dedication to the series’ antagonist.
The main “collectable” was a poorly modelled, glow-in-the-dark statue of a pregnant Alma, because why not?
This would’ve been bafflingly difficult for even the most discerning F.E.A.R. fan to explain having on the shelf, and was made even creepier simply because of the low quality of the statue.
The foetus in Alma’s womb is the glow-in-the-dark segment, meaning that even in the dark, you can’t escape the psychological torture of Alma. Or, more likely, you couldn’t escape the fact that you had spent far too much money on an unavoidably gross piece of glow in the dark garbage.
7. Tony Hawk Ride’s Special Plastic Skateboard
What’s worse than buying a useless peripheral for one game that will stop being supported? Buying a special edition useless gaming peripheral in the first place! Yup, this was precisely what you could look forward to with the special edition of Tony Hawk’s Ride.
Ride’s special edition promised you literally nothing else apart from a slightly more interesting paintjob on your bizarre plastic skateboard controller. The only difference was that the special edition board was red and featured an eagle motif painted on. No behind the scenes DVDs, no additional in-game rewards, nothing. Just a less bland crappy controller replacement. What a treat!
Ride was received so poorly that it must have been devastating to have even attempted to play it and try out tricks in the first place with the Ride skateboard controller, let alone spend extra money for a potential death trap with a slightly fancier paintjob than the regular plain black one.
Anyone who was unfortunate to have received, or worst still, purchased this themselves, must really have had money to burn. If you’re gonna break your ankle attempting a kick-flip on a shag carpet, you might as well do it in style.
6. Call Of Duty: World At War’s Useless Flask
Many of the deluxe editions on this list and in general ply gamers with over-priced, branded kit. However, at least most of these editions, however useless, at least function. Not so for the Call of Duty: World at War Limited Collector’s Edition.
Not only did this edition upset the balance of the iconic COD multiplayer given it gave consumers a code for a week-long XP boost and early unlock for a high-level gun, the Limited Collector’s edition’s main item was a branded hip flask. Quite simple, but it might have looked like a nice thing to stick on your shelf if you felt particularly strongly about Call of Duty.
Because that’s all it was good for; standing, (or in this case, lying down) on a shelf. The flask, being the only really “useful” thing did not open as it was solely intended for prop use. So, not only had you spent extra money to get ahead in multiplayer without having to play the game and earning the higher tier unlocks yourself, but you’d spent the majority of the money on a flask that you couldn’t even use.
5. Red Dead Redemption 2’s Collector’s Box
What’s better than getting a huge amount of tat that’s themed around the game you really wanted to play? If you said “only getting the tat and not the game”, then Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 Collector’s Box might be the thing for you.
The Collector’s Box cost at release around $100 and came with a whole host of Wild West themed merch, including: a collectable coin, a 100-piece jigsaw puzzle, a bandana, a treasure map printed on what’s billed as ‘unrippable paper’, a pin badge set, a set of playing cards, 12 collectable cards and a replica in-game catalogue, all packaged in a lockable branded metal box.
The official line on the Collector’s Box is that it was designed as a companion piece to Red Dead itself, so that a customer could ‘pair the Collector’s Box with the game edition of their choice (physical or digital)’, according to a tweet from Rockstar.
So technically, it’s not an edition of the game, but this will undoubtedly not stop plenty of people planning a trip to their local game store soon after the holiday season to pick up a game to accompany their pile of unused Red Dead merchandise.
4. Bulletstorm’s Epic Edition Literally Just Shilling The Gears Of War Beta
The Bulletstorm Epic Edition was entirely Epic Games trading on the hype for a different game. This edition of overblown FPS Bulletstorm came with some relatively meaningless additional rewards like some in-game cosmetic DLC and an experience point boost of 25k for the multiplayer mode, but the main draw was plain to see.
Epic Games promised access to the Gears of War 3 beta with this day one release edition, making the Epic edition effectively a glorified pre-order incentive and nothing more. It’s either a genius marketing movie, or it was a manipulative way of shifting extra copies of Bulletstorm before it inevitably dropped in price. It’s a shame that Epic didn’t have more faith in Bulletstorm; for all its crass humour and ballsy exterior, it was a robust arcade FPS experience, even if its sales numbers were disappointing post-launch.
To its credit, the Epic Edition of Bulletstorm didn’t promise anything else apart from the beta invite to Gears 3, but even still, it feels a bit of a let-down to be promised a “better” edition of an upcoming game only for it to literally contain a limited-time reward. At least it didn’t retail for much more than the base game did.
3. Dead Island: Riptide’s Tasteless Zombie Bust
Trying to market a zombie-themed game back in 2013 was getting increasingly difficult as seemingly every game had a zombie mode or undead DLC, so it’s not surprising that Dead Island: Riptide developers Techland and publisher Deep Silver resorted to drastic measures to market the special edition of their new game. What WAS surprising was the completely tasteless bust that they decided should come bundled with the European and Australian exclusive “Zombie Bait” edition of their game.
Anyone who decided they needed the Weapon Pack DLC, Steel Case and Collectible Artwork also got a grotesque 31cmh resin statue of a bloody women’s torso clad in a Union Jack bikini. It seems hard to see how anyone could really want a bloody, de-limbed torso, but that’s what your £99 pounds were paying for.
It’s difficult to see how Deep Silver didn’t foresee the overwhelmingly negative response to what amounts to a literal objectification of women, being a de-limbed zombie torso. When the edition was initially released, Deep Silver’s PR department argued that they wanted to release a ‘unique collector’s edition’, which I guess is technically true. Nonetheless, a terrible call, deserving of the uproar it caused.
2. Fallout 76’s Disastrous Bag Blunder
Fallout 76 hasn’t garnered much in the way of positive press for itself, having as rocky a launch period as it did and even now is pissing off fans with just how much unnecessary cosmetic things cost in the Atom store. However, problems started even before the game launched.
With the Power Armour edition of the game, players received, among other things, a replica T-51b Power Armour helmet that superfans could wear to feel just that little bit closer to their Reclamation Day Avatars waking up in the Wasteland. However, the promised Canvas West Tek canvas carrying bag was the main issue.
Gamers were promised the rather fetching duffel bag in the initial promo material for the edition ahead of Fallout 76’s launch, but when the Power Armour Edition was delivered, customers found that their bag had been downgraded to a rather flimsy, inferior nylon one…without telling anyone who’d pre-ordered the special edition.
After plenty complaints and some rather inferior compensation of 500 Atoms (about £3.99), Bethesda have finally arranged for replacement canvas bags to be manufactured for people who bought the Power Armour Edition, as long as they submit a ticket by the 31st January 2019.
1. Fable 2’s Collector’s Edition Missing Pretty Much Everything That Was Initially Promised
Lionhead initially planned a whole host of things to accompany the Collector’s Edition of undoubtedly the best part of their flagship RPG series. The Fable II Collector’s Edition promised a Hobbe monster figure, themed tarot cards, a making-of DVD and some additional in-game extras.
However, Lionhead were plagued by manufacturing difficulties leading up to the release of their big title. This meant that the contents of the Limited Collector’s Edition were drastically cut, so people only codes for weapons and armour that were novelty items and were soon outclassed by other weapons accessible in the regular game, and the making-of bonus DVD which was pretty lacking in actual features.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom, admittedly. Lionhead did release the PDF of the “Fate” Cards for customers to print out and released a free album of Fable music for would-be customers to download to try and ease the disappointment. Being apparently a fault with the supply chain the fault can’t fully lie with Lionhead, but the loss of content dealt a severe blow to gamers’ confidence with the company that were infamous for their huge promises and hit-and-miss delivery.