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Pricey Editions of Mirror's Edge, Dead Space On The Way

EA appears to be getting into the "pay twice as much for this game and get something cool along with it" business.

A messenger bag for all your... messengering needs?
Electronic Arts has posted special collector's bundles for two of its upcoming games in the company's online store. Rather than giving you the sort of in-game bonus you'd expect from a collector's edition, these packages seem more about getting some limited-run merchandise out there for fans.

Of course, neither game has really had much time to build up a fanbase just yet, since they're both new properties. Mirror's Edge, DICE's first-person parkour thing, has been packed together with a messenger bag bearing the game's logo, as well as a picture of the lady from the game on the inside of the bag itself. That's available for $129.95, or just over double what the game will sell for without the bag.

The other package is for Dead Space, the upcoming Zero-G horror game. This package is limited to 1,000 copies, and appears to only be for the Xbox 360 version of the game. This one goes for even more at a stout $149.95, but it's also called the ULTRA LIMITED EDITION, which makes it sound pretty great. You'll get the game in special ULTRA LIMITED EDITION packaging, a DVD with the animated movie they did to promote the game, a DVD with "bonus content,", an autographed lithograph, an autographed art book, a 160-page graphic novel, and a crew patch to sew on your jean jacket.

You can probably blame last year's Legendary plastic helmet edition of Halo 3 and this year's Grand Theft Auto IV lock-box edition for this, but since the runs seem to be pretty limited and they're only being sold through EA's store, this seems like a more genuine attempt to do something neat for the players that are already all-the-way invested in these new titles. That's actually where this falls apart in my mind--with both of these games being new properties, why would you take a chance and spend this much money when the games involved might not be very good?

I don't mind buying limited versions of games when it's something I'm already into--as evidenced by the stupid Halo helmet on a high shelf in my bedroom and the GTA IV lockbox that currently rests next to my TV. How about you? Are you at all interested in paying for limited edition gear, like shoes or bags or art books? Or are you perfectly happy with the game-only version?
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A messenger bag for all your... messengering needs?
Electronic Arts has posted special collector's bundles for two of its upcoming games in the company's online store. Rather than giving you the sort of in-game bonus you'd expect from a collector's edition, these packages seem more about getting some limited-run merchandise out there for fans.

Of course, neither game has really had much time to build up a fanbase just yet, since they're both new properties. Mirror's Edge, DICE's first-person parkour thing, has been packed together with a messenger bag bearing the game's logo, as well as a picture of the lady from the game on the inside of the bag itself. That's available for $129.95, or just over double what the game will sell for without the bag.

The other package is for Dead Space, the upcoming Zero-G horror game. This package is limited to 1,000 copies, and appears to only be for the Xbox 360 version of the game. This one goes for even more at a stout $149.95, but it's also called the ULTRA LIMITED EDITION, which makes it sound pretty great. You'll get the game in special ULTRA LIMITED EDITION packaging, a DVD with the animated movie they did to promote the game, a DVD with "bonus content,", an autographed lithograph, an autographed art book, a 160-page graphic novel, and a crew patch to sew on your jean jacket.

You can probably blame last year's Legendary plastic helmet edition of Halo 3 and this year's Grand Theft Auto IV lock-box edition for this, but since the runs seem to be pretty limited and they're only being sold through EA's store, this seems like a more genuine attempt to do something neat for the players that are already all-the-way invested in these new titles. That's actually where this falls apart in my mind--with both of these games being new properties, why would you take a chance and spend this much money when the games involved might not be very good?

I don't mind buying limited versions of games when it's something I'm already into--as evidenced by the stupid Halo helmet on a high shelf in my bedroom and the GTA IV lockbox that currently rests next to my TV. How about you? Are you at all interested in paying for limited edition gear, like shoes or bags or art books? Or are you perfectly happy with the game-only version?
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Posted by Cynical_M

I'm excited about Mirror's Edge,but not enough to make me want to pre-order this game for a bag,that I would have no use for...
There really hasn't been a game yet that has had a collectors edition  packaging that made me say: "Dude,I need that"....Maybe in the future they'll make these collectors edition more appealing...

Posted by ImperiousRix

I must admit, I have been swindled into buying a few special editions in my time, and have never really been very happy about that extra money I spent.  I do prefer when games offer memorabilia as opposed to extra on disc or "behind the scenes" content, since I feel those things should be included in the game anyway, but sometimes they can just be dumb. 
Not sure I'm digging the Mirror's Edge messenger bag, although it does seem pretty appropriate for what the game is, and the Dead Space one has some neat stuff, but some stuff that seem like I'd just like to buy after the fact if the game turns out to be good.

Posted by neoepoch

Well Jeff, if you do get this stuff, you will be one step closer to making a full body game memorabilia costume that you can...wear. Think about it. Halo helmet, Skate shoes, Gears of War Lancer, Mirror's Edge messenger bag, Dead Space crew patch, you'd basically have a costume there.

Posted by PlatypusPlatoon
The GTA IV Special Edition was much easier to get behind.  It was only $30 above the price of the game itself, and they packed in a veritable smorsgabord of stuff.  (Including a duffel bag!)  The only thing I've really used is the Rockstar keychain, but all in all, it was a great perk for established fans of the series.
Dunno if we can say the same about these EA packages.  Another $60 for a shoulder bag?  Um, no thanks.
Posted by mikmanner

That's so much money! I got the GTA 4 special edition and the zip broke on that bag within a week. I bet the Mirrors bag costs next to nothing to produce.

Posted by zophar53

Weather or not I am willing to buy a special edition depends on whats included and the price.  I have no interest in things like clothes, bags, or fancy artbooks and lithographs, and while the lockbox from GTA4 is cool, I would never use it for anything.  Otherwise I might have bought it (same with the Halo 3 helmet).  And there's no way in hell I'm paying double the cost for this stuff.  If I'm paying $150+ for a game, it better include like, an actual flamethrower or a real samurai sword or something like that!

That being said, I have no problem buying a "limited" or "special" or "collectors" edition of a game if its only $20-30 more, again, depending on whats in the box.  Also, I am a bit of a sucker for making-of documentaries; I enjoy watching them.  I buy special edition DVDs for the same reason.  Little figurines are ok too (Assassin's Creed, Fallout 3).  I bought the limited editions of both Assassin's Creed and MGS4 and were happy with them.  I'll be picking up the special editions of Resistance 2 and probably Fallout 3, but will pass on Mirror's Edge and Dead Space without losing sleep.

Posted by Joseppie
Posted by OneManFreakShow

That's a really nice bag, but Faith's face on the inside is kinda dumb.

Also, this news post neglects to mention that it's a Timbuck2 bag, which usually go for around $200.

Posted by hungrynun

Artbooks i'm okay with, but messenger bags? Not so much. Something cool and obscure? I'd probably go for that. Mundane things plastered with art from the game? Nah.

Posted by Crono

Any way to turn an extra buck.

Posted by Claude

No, I just want to play the games, now, if it's a preorder thing, my saying is... "If it's free, it's for me". 

Posted by jyurakyumihawk

I really really hope not many people get suckered into buying this stuff so they would stop trying to milk the consumer dry with shit like this.

Posted by MKHavoc

I've never bought a CE/LE of a game before.  I guess I'm just waiting for the right one.

Posted by DukeTogo

Considering I've seen both the Halo 3 and GTA IV LE's for about $10 more than the regular edition now, I'd say wait.  Bad Economy + worthless tchochkies = no sale.

Posted by Junpei

The Dead Space package certaintly has the extras to make up for the price hike (maybe not that much though) but and extra $70 for a bag with Mirror's Edge? Personally I can't wait for ME, but there is not a bag in the world that I'd pay $70 for.

Posted by yevinorion

I love CEs and LEs, but only for franchises I have a vested interest in. Things like Fallout, GTA, Fable, etc come to mind.

Posted by beanZfury

I'm still feeling the shame from my purchase of the Halo 3 Legendary Edition. After that incident, I vowed to not buy packaged in editions anymore. My MAster Chief helmet is now stored in the closet, and the broken Big Daddy figurine that never got replaced (though 2K said they were going to, then magically never contacted me again or replied to my messages) rests beside the helmet. I can see if someone was looking to buy a messenger bag then this would be convenient; but it is not even a deal. On their website, Timbuk2 sells those bags for $85. That means EA is making a profit on the bags alone. I call the greed card. As for Dead Space, the game is definitely one I am interested in; and depending on the reviews it gets, I will pick it up. But why can't development companies do something besides the obligatory, and usually boring, "making of" disc and the pre-requisite artbook. The animated movie may be a good accompaniment and provide some background; but the lithograph, patch, everything else will end up packed back in the ox and take up more space in some darlk closet in most of the buyers homes. If companies really want to promote their product, why can't they include some of those extras at no cost as an incentive for potential buyers to grow some interest in the IP's?

Anyone else have any ideas on this or have opinions on what they would feel would add something substantial to an extras package?

Posted by Hitman101
Posted by killawogg

i was going to get the gears 2 lancer on amazon but i came to my senses and realize  thats alot of money that i could use to buy 2 more games with so, after having it pre ordered for a month i cancelled it,   i like special editions if they are worth it and dont break the bank because really all im after is the game

apperantly i only collect toy guitars as i have like 6 from previous music games
Posted by Dryker

I'm all for limited editions with cool stuff. Unfortunately, very few company's seem to know what (IMO) "cool" stuff is. For one, it has to be practical. Game content is practical, but you risk pissing people off if the content is too meaningful in the game and if the content is complete crap, no one wants it anyways. I, for one, think "art" pieces are pretty darn cool. But it has to be something a little special. Action figures are lame because there's a butt load of them out there and it's just too Geekish to have that stuff all over your place. That being said, Fallout 3's Pip-boy clock ( or whatever ) is good because clocks are useful. If you're a Gamer ( Yes, Jeff, I think Gamer is much better than Player and will eventually shed its taboo), having a clock of one of your favorite games is cool. I think the Halo helmet is cool. It's kinda like a bust of a favorite composer or writer, but it's Master Chief! Its a nice art piece to sport in a sitting area. I also think the upcoming Gears of War Chainsaw gun ( sorry, can't seem to remember the name for the life of me) is pretty darn cool. I'm probably going to hang it up over my fire-place. Chics may grimace at it, but that almost makes it even cooler, 'cause I could then walk over to it and trigger the chainsaw sound for extra affect. That would be pretty cool. The first chic to agree could end up being my future wife... if I ever decide to go that route. Shit, that's enough said, peace.

Posted by Alphazero

I've had the super extra deluxe Amazon exclusive version of Fallout 3 on order for months now, because I love me some Fallout.

I think I'll love Mirror's Edge as well, but I'm not sure enough to double down on the price. I'll wait.

Still, Timbuk2 bags are really nice. Could be worth $60 on its own.

Posted by nekoNari
Posted by DJ_Lae

I'm glad Bungie proved to other companies that people really are willing to pay for useless shit alongside their games. I can only imagine how happy those people who bought Legendary Edition Halo 3s feel now. I wish I had Master Chief's helmet or GTA4's lock box and duffle bag. I bet people got a ton of use from those too.

Posted by Tanuki

I'm all for artbooks.  Whether seperate (Art of WoW or Valve's Raising the Bar hardcover books) or in Collectors Editions, as long as they're good.  Crysis' was a joke.  While WA5's artbook was amazing, and didn't even cost extra.  (wtf!?)  But $130 for Mirrors edge?  Wasn't GTAIV $90, and it came with Artbook, Soundtrack CD, dufflebag, large obstructive lock-box and... uh... was that it?  There's no way I'd pay 70$ just for a bag for a game that I'm already questioning whether it'll be any good.  (besides I got the GTA4 dufflebag)

It does seem weird that these games have such... expensive... CE's considering that they're brand new franchises that COULD very well suck.

P.S.  I've used the GTA4 Dufflebag.  I was shocked too.

Posted by wrecks

I'll be getting the FarCry2 and Red Faction Guerilla LEs... thats about all I can muster.

Posted by Maxsunset

More expensive editions of games only interest me if they include behind the scenes content (no fluff!!), or extra game content, or possibly a soundtrack, if I know the music is going to be good.  For example, Lost Planet: LE was a waste of money, and the soundtrack sucked, but MGS4, now that was a worthy LE purchase!  I dug the Bioshock big daddy, but stuff like that is rare for me to really care about.

Posted by MeatSim

after buying the limited collector editions of Gears of War, Halo 3 and mass effect all which didn't have anything worth spending the extra cash on really. I swore I would not waste any money on limited edition versions but I broke down last week and spent 80$ on the collectors edition of Fallout 3 when I went to pre-order it. The lunch box and the bobble head looked cool but I know it's just gonna be more junk that takes up space and gathers dust in my house but comparing the masive hours of content fallout 3 will have compared to other games I suppose 80 dollars isn't a rip off for this game.

Posted by I_smell

I'd pay for a The Making Of DVD.

Posted by the_purgatory_station

i love game related collectibles and glad companies put out limited editions.  i bought halo 2 limited collector's edition and was very satisified.  i like behind the scenes dvd bc i enjoy watching the people behind the games as much as the games themself.

BUT

i got the halo 3 legendary edition and thought i like these kind of things and will eventually get a 360.  that last one was a doosy.  my halo 3 LE is now in near mint condition collecting dust in my closet. 

that one hurt a lot so now i find it very diffcult to buy any LE game in the $100+ price range. 

Posted by Red

The Mirror's Edge pack is a rip-off, but if I really wanted Dead Space.....a lot.....I'd definitely get that bundle. Autographed stuff could go for $50 on ebay or more, graphic novel and making of DVDs and a promotional animated movie are also all awesome.

I'm assuming Brad will be getting that bundle.

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

I wonder how limited that helmet was. Because if it was so limited, then how the hell is it sitting on store shelves IN FULL STOCK all the way here in Egypt. In fact, the regular version of the game seems to be more limited than the limited one.

Posted by Subway

LAME. seriously, anyone who buys either of those collectors editions for that much should be shot. A cheap ass book bag for 60$ awesome.

Posted by The_A_Drain

I will almost always buy a limited edition when I can, it's why im so broke and my only friends are a Big Daddy, a lockbox, and Altier.

But seriously, yeah im a sucker for special editions which is why I like it when they arent available in the UK, it's frustrating because I WANT them, but I cant have them so it saves me money. Like the Penny Arcade hard copy being sold at PAX, or the Mega Man 9 swag, or this.

Posted by bizsumpark182

I think if I'm going to pay for a limited edition version of a game I want to pay for something awesome. I don't want just in game content I want something cool that I can put on my wall or on a shelf or something. That said, I would have to agree that I can't get myself to spend money on these two as they are new and I don't know if they will be good games yet or not.

Posted by ferrarimanf355

I'd rather take the Mirror's Edge bag bonus from Gamestop because 1.) It looks like the bag Faith uses in the game, and 2.) I don't have to pay extra for it. I hope it's well-made, though...

Posted by HatKing

I'm sorry say what you will about LE and CE bonuses but I use that GTA lockbox on a daily occasion and I use the duffel bag when ever I travel.

Posted by Grape

The bag looks cool. The main thing I look out for in a collector's edition is a decent Art Book. I love World of Warcraft's art books, and it's why I'm buying the collector's edition of Warhammer Online.

Posted by Hef

CE and LE are only good when the6y give you good stuff about the game you're buying. Like graphic novels, that 5 part animated comic they  made, art and a bonus DVD all sounds good to me. But a messenger bag? Come on. Also the price of the Dead Space LE thing is ridiculous. R2 has something very close to this, and is only $80. I think I'll be buying the regular editions of both those games.

Posted by bagleyjw

The messenger bag thing is rediculous. Thats like getting the special edition of fifa 09 for 130 cause it comes with a deflated soccer ball. The Dead Space CE comes with a ton of stuff, but 150? 50 more bucks and I got the xbox 360 arcade...well, now that I think about it the Dead Space CE is probably a better value. I could just shoot for the CE of Nightmare Before Christmas that has a Jack Skellington bust with it. Either way its a lot of money for something I will regret.

Posted by kboy

My wallet usually feels good and raped when I'm just paying for the game on its own. As someone who doesn't  have Mom buying my games, I usually have to plan ahead and buy the games I know I'm gonna want. I can't justify paying twice what the game costs on crap I'm not gonna use. I mean, BioShock's package I understood, it only raised the price of the game ten dollars and came with lots of stuff. Besides that exception, I'm cool with just the game, thanks.

Posted by Freelancer52

MY friend is really into those type of bags and says he is willing to pay for most  of it if I give the bag to him :)

Posted by Jordan23
Now this is just getting ridiculous, I like Mirror's Edge and everything, but for that price DICE is fucking bugging! I'll just rather stick to the "original" price package... it's not that serious.
Posted by MrMiyagi

I'll pass.

Posted by deadpoool

ea blow

Posted by jakob187

Jeff said:  "How about you? Are you at all interested in paying for limited edition gear, like shoes or bags or art books? Or are you perfectly happy with the game-only version?"


jakob187 says:  "Geez, Jeff...this was already discussed on the forums on many threads.  Can someone please lock this new thread?"

= P
Posted by Anglia

I want the bag but I guess I can't have it since I live on the other side of the big sea...lame. EA, give swedes some love..now kthnx.

Posted by Hitzel

You get a yellow Mirror's Edge bag if you pre-order at Gamestop (the one you use in the game).  I don't think paying $60 more for a red one and a picture is quite worth it, but whatever...

I've read the entire Art of Dead Space book, and everything in it's very nice.

Posted by shoryuking

If i wanted shitty merchandise i would save the money i spend to buy games and get that shit instead. As long as it's optional it's not that much of a problem. Suckers are born every second i guess.

Posted by PGmighty

I don't know, that bag looks mighty sweet. Though I can honestly say that I've always experienced "buyer's remorse" in the past when jumping on the C.E. or L.E. train, I've just got to say that that bag looks mighty sweet...and functional.

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