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Weapon 117
05-01-2008, 09:00 PM
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty

Read our Turning Point: Fall of Liberty review. (http://www.gamedaily.com/games/turning-point-fall-of-liberty/playstation-3/game-reviews/review/5491/1989/)
At first, we thought Codemasters had something special with its alternate WWII first person shooter, as you battle Nazis on American soil. But an awful Xbox Live demo was followed by an equally horrible retail version, which suffers from atrocious artificial intelligence, various glitches and lackluster combat. That being said, there's no reason for this pile of garbage to have a Collector's Edition. Yet there it is cluttering store shelves, a special limited edition metal box that houses the game, a "Making of" DVD, the soundtrack, a book filled with concept art and other "goodies." The price? An insulting $65 plus.

Transformers

Read our Transformers review (http://www.gamedaily.com/games/transformers-the-game/xbox-360/game-reviews/list/5825/0/)
A license this big begs for exclusive content. Too bad the game sucks. We enjoyed the transforming animations, but the insipid combat and confusing missions had us reaching for the power button. Of course, GameStop hoped to cash in on the Transformers movie craze with its Cybertron Edition, which lacked a free robot, but packed in a stack of useless extras that could only transform into something of value via the recycle bin.

Spider-Man 3

Read our Spider-Man 3 review (http://www.gamedaily.com/games/spider-man-3/playstation-3/game-main/list/5842/0/)
Spider-Man 3 is the epitome of awful, that somehow made it through the testing phase. It's without question one of the worst games to appear on the current generation machines, an obvious cash-in on the popular movie. And to torture us further, Activision released a Collector's Edition featuring an exclusive playable character, New Goblin (in case you love playing poop), a collectible card and an interview with the film's movie producer Avl Ared. Don't get stuck in its web, avoid this game.

Two Worlds

Read our review (too high, we say) (http://www.gamedaily.com/games/two-worlds/pc/game-main/list/5610/0/)
We still can't get Two Worlds craptastic main character out of our heads. We think he was speaking English, but it was hard to tell, what with all the "nays" and "thous" and his strange looking eyeballs. He's not the game's only downfall, however. Slow-moving gameplay and a ridiculous story make this one of 2007's worst offerings, which makes its Collector's Edition pointless. Open its metal box and you'll discover bonus artwork, music, a collector's edition map, a 48-page book and high-resolution wallpapers, just in case you enjoy decorating your computer's desktop with a proclamation that you have poor taste in games.

Assassin's Creed

Read our Assassin's Creed review (http://www.gamedaily.com/games/assassins-creed/playstation-3/game-reviews/list/5237/0/)
Numerous high scores for this game convinced us that video game journalists (even ours) are not only in denial, but also habitual liars. Assassin's Creed is a boring, damn near abominable video game that features brain dead artificial intelligence, repetitive combat and a poor narrative. Yet, Ubisoft thought it was necessary to drop a Limited Edition into our laps, and for that we say, no thanks. Inside the oversized metal box is an Altair figure, a strategy guide, developer diaries, a producer interview and other useless stuff. If anything, all those developer materials should have explained why the moronic enemies run in place. The only true stealth in this game was why it sold so well.

Perfect Dark Zero

Read our Perfect Dark Zero review (http://www.gamedaily.com/games/perfect-dark-zero/xbox-360/game-main/list/)
Rare's Perfect Dark Zero, to put it nicely, didn't deserve the heaps of praise it received (even from us). Sure, it was a nice showpiece for the new Xbox 360, but it moves super slow and the level design is so poor that its developers dropped arrows onto the ground to guide us through its many labyrinths. There's little reason to shove a Limited Collector's Edition down our throats. For only $69.99, gamers bought a metal case and the usual art and "Making of" videos. Kudos to Rare for creating a decent multiplayer experience, but this game wasn't up to snuff.

Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided Collector's Edition

Read our review (http://www.gamedaily.com/games/star-wars-galaxies-an-empire-divided/pc/game-main/list/2001/0/)
This one's tough. On one hand, anything Star Wars begs for special edition goodies. On the other, Star Wars Galaxies was a disaster. First, it was almost impossible to become a Jedi, and then SOE changed various things about the game that screwed long-time players. Sure, the game made money and thousands of people signed up to play, but we thought that anything Star Wars would have at least given World of Warcraft some competition. The collector's edition, sporting a sew-on patch, art book, a pewter figuring and a leather game box, end up looking a lot like Jar-Jar Binks.

Clive Barker's Jericho

Read our Clive Barker's Jericho review (http://www.gamedaily.com/games/clive-barkers-jericho/xbox-360/game-main/list/5964/0/)
This one had all the makings of a blockbuster. After all, it had legendary horror master Clive Barker at the helm, in addition to a post apocalyptic world full of nasty looking creatures. With character swapping and a creepy storyline, this could have been huge. Instead, Clive Barker's Jericho was super boring, thanks to lame characters and terrible combat. That didn't stop Codemasters, however, from shipping a Limited Edition for a mediocre video game.

Jade Empire

Read our Jade Empire review (http://www.gamedaily.com/games/jade-empire/xbox/game-main/list/2180/0/)
For us, Jade Empire knocked BioWare down a few pegs. Cool game, but far from mind-blowing, and proof that its creators are human. Even though we enjoyed it for a little while, it didn't deserve a Limited Edition. It's not like we crave more Empire, not even with the inclusion of new playable characters, combat techniques and "Making of" videos

Prey

Read our review (http://www.gamedaily.com/games/prey/xbox-360/game-main/list/4838/0/)
No offense to Prey (it's actually a decent game), but it's not what we'd call "special". Actually, it's just a snazzy looking Doom 3 clone with a portal-hopping gimmick. Bottom line, we came, we played for eight to ten hours and we discarded. We DO NOT need a special edition art book and figurines.

Spectrobes

Writing this feature "dug up" a ton of bad memories, chief among them, the horrid Spectrobes. In it, you play some space dude that lands on a planet and digs for fossils. That's incredibly boring, but it doesn't kill the game. No, the final blow comes from the hard to navigate interface and hard/lame combat. But supposedly the kiddies love it, and thus a Collector's Edition was born. We'd use it to prop up our wobbly kitchen tables.

All of them

Read our Halo 3 review (http://www.gamedaily.com/games/halo-3/xbox-360/game-main/list/5186/0/)
Come to think of it, no video game deserves a special edition, since the idea behind special edition packaging are nothing more than cheap ways to siphon more money from our pockets. Even Microsoft, with its mega billions, couldn't avoid its Halo 3 screw-up (http://www.gamedaily.com/articles/features/halo-3-limited-edition-marred-by-disc-scratches/70951/?biz=1), as the game discs popped loose and got scratched pre-launch. Just skip out on these obvious rip-offs and buy the standard versions. Unless, of course, it's BioShock (http://www.gamedaily.com/games/bioshock/xbox-360/game-main/list/6341/0/). That Big Daddy figurine (if it's not broken) is cool and fans of the game actually voted on getting a special edition.


Source: http://www.gamedaily.com/articles/galleries/games-that-dont-deserve-special-editions/

xxEquilibriumxx
05-01-2008, 09:04 PM
I like some of the special editions especially if they are used for the same price as the regular edition I go for the tins everytime.

Ashz0r
05-01-2008, 09:08 PM
I have the special edition of Forza Motorsport 2 and that was worth it, only cost like 2 pound extra and allowed you to download extra cars that you would normaly have to pay alot more then 2 pound for off of the marketplace and came with a big guide on all the cars in the game with comparisons of spec etc + diagrams and explinations of the perfect racing lines to use for different types of corners.. well worth the extra 2 pound I think.

Keano
05-01-2008, 09:27 PM
You forgot to add GTA IV.

DarkPyroGuy_09
05-01-2008, 10:51 PM
I disagree with Assassin's Creed. I think the game was good.

Augustus
05-01-2008, 10:56 PM
Devil May Cry 4 sure the hell didn't.

Ashz0r
05-01-2008, 10:58 PM
After re reading this again, clearly the writer doesn't actually understand what a special edition game actually is.. its not something the game earns for being a good game.. any game could have a special edition, all it means is that the special edition of the game has something extra special in it that the normal copy of the game doesn't.

After looking at the source site and seing this article has a 1 avg user rating i pressume alot of people agree with me that this article is stupid if anything ^^

ZombieNinjaX
05-02-2008, 03:39 PM
I think special editions for games should only be for real AAA titles. Ass Creed was certainly not one of them.

The fact that there is a ton of Ass Creed merch available made me laugh very much out loud.

"Damn man, nice beanie!" (http://www.otherlandtoys.co.uk/assassinscreed1_800w.jpg)

DMC4, Halo 3 yes well worth it. Halo 3 was one of the biggest releases evar, and DMC is a very fashionable game internationally, with its fans going crazy over its merchandise range.

Forza and GoW is a yes for me PURELY because its a good marketing tool to help MS put their in house titles look more of a big deal even though the franchise is new or less known.

The ultimate for me would be a Metal gear Solid 4 one, but alas Europe sucks butts. The Japanese MGS 20th anniversary edition collection is a great limited edition set for any PS3 fans out there.

a_correa4
05-03-2008, 09:41 AM
Dead To Rights is another one

Jahmuz
05-03-2008, 01:26 PM
I own the PDZ Special Edition.
Only because it was the same price as the normal one.

Tussell
05-03-2008, 02:59 PM
Devil May Cry 4 sure the hell didn't.
Yeah, good call. What a fucking disappointment that game was!

Sanction
05-03-2008, 03:04 PM
You forgot to add GTA IV.

WTF are you smoking? The GTA4 SE was the best SE in a long time. With all the extra stuff it came it could have easily have been $90+ if you bought all that stuff separate.

Plus, it's GTA!

Jahmuz
05-03-2008, 08:30 PM
WTF are you smoking? The GTA4 SE was the best SE in a long time. With all the extra stuff it came it could have easily have been $90+ if you bought all that stuff separate.

Plus, it's GTA!
Art Book - The pictures will eventually be on google images.
Soundtrack - Download the songs from the net.
Key Box Type Thing - Buy one from your local Tesco/Wal-Mart
Duffle Bag - Got to a sports shop, buy a plain bag and stick on a R* transfer.
When I hear Special Edition, I tend to think of exclusive ingame content, not everyday items that most people already own.

Bax x360a
05-03-2008, 08:39 PM
I agree with all of that list apart from Assassins Creed, which was one of my favourite games on the 360. Games like Two World's don't deserve to be sold in shops, let alone have special editions!

Sanction
05-04-2008, 12:22 AM
Art Book - The pictures will eventually be on google images.
Soundtrack - Download the songs from the net.
Key Box Type Thing - Buy one from your local Tesco/Wal-Mart
Duffle Bag - Got to a sports shop, buy a plain bag and stick on a R* transfer.
When I hear Special Edition, I tend to think of exclusive ingame content, not everyday items that most people already own.

PFFT!

If a special edition came with in game content so many people would get angry, such as yourself. Which is the case with the new Battlefield game. And, oh wait...aren't people boycotting the game because of what you mentioned? Yes, they are.

Ashz0r
05-04-2008, 12:30 AM
PFFT!

If a special edition came with in game content so many people would get angry, such as yourself. Which is the case with the new Battlefield game. And, oh wait...aren't people boycotting the game because of what you mentioned? Yes, they are.

As far as I know you don't have to pay for the wepons in bad company anymore, you just have to do some silly tasks like go to bla bla, download bla bla bla and then you get the guns cost free, ea just gets some free advertising from you going to these places.

Andrew14man
05-04-2008, 01:06 AM
haha i agree with all of these :D

chaoticthirty3
05-04-2008, 01:11 AM
assassins creed was fun for a week but a week is like only 8 hours of total gameplay for me

kiwi18
05-04-2008, 01:50 AM
This guy or whoever wrote this is a dumbass. Assassin's Creed is not a boring, damn near abominable video game that features brain dead artificial intelligence, repetitive combat and a poor narrative. This guy is dumb as fuck.

soccerplaya13cj
05-04-2008, 03:52 AM
The only SE I ever bought, GTA IV, was well worth it with all the things you received. You easily got 40 + bucks worth of stuff.

xbox360king
05-04-2008, 09:12 AM
You need to add another game to the list; Viva Pinata
i mean come on little kids aint gonna worry if its a special edition - they'll just wanna play!