Every year we have new and ridiculous ways for publishers to get you to cough up a little extra money early for video games, and every year I think we’ve finally hit a point where it can’t get any crazier. Of course, every year something also comes out that destroys my expectations and sets a new level of insanity. Halo 5 has done just that.
Those who want to pre-order Halo 5: Guardians can do so from today. There is a $99.99 limited edition that come with a season pass and other assorted items in a SteelBook case. Pretty standard for a limited edition, showing how whacked out my own standards have become if I declare this as “standard.”
Then there is a $249.99 Limited Collector’s Edition which comes with a statue of something. You don’t know what it looks like, how big it is, what character it is of, and if it is even good looking or not, but hey, it’s only an extra $190 bucks off the top of the normal game. Have we really reached a point where the swag is over three times as valuable as actual product we’re buying?
Trust me gamers, when it comes down to showing off your gaming collection, nobody is impressed by these special editions. You know what I would want from pre-ordering a game? How about a bug-free working experience that plays and looks as advertised and has a multiplayer feature actually runs? Can I get that for $250? $60 doesn’t seem to be enough.
Seriously, stop giving these companies your money before the games get released. When is enough going to be enough?