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Old 01-15-2013, 06:26 AM   #1
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Why do they make platinum hits versions of games?

Just a question I have always asked myself. I cannot stand seeing a platinum hits or greatest hits box on my shelf it drives me crazy. As much as I despise Gamestop, I was in there earlier today to pickup a copy of Burnout Paradise. Granite I don't go to Gamestop very often, when I do I always ask if I can have a non platinum hits. Sure enough they never have any regular copies of what I want.

Anyways enough ranting. Anyone know why they make these?
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To show the game is popular. They're made after Microsoft feels they've sold well nine months after release and saw a price drop.

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Old 01-15-2013, 06:59 AM   #3
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I just bought Mafia II Platinum hits. Paid $2 more what I would have paid for the original, and i got $32 worth of DLC. They should do more often.
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I just bought Mafia II Platinum hits. Paid $2 more what I would have paid for the original, and i got $32 worth of DLC. They should do more often.
Its a different story when it includes something extra. But I don't know how they don't understand that the box looks UGLY.
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Its a different story when it includes something extra. But I don't know how they don't understand that the box looks UGLY.
It's punishment for not buying the game on release. That way, they all stand out as shining beacons in your library going "look at me!, my owner won't pay full price for a fantastic game such as I!"

Sony and Nintendo do the same things with their versions of the platinum hits, and it was the same last generation as well.
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I didn't think they were making platinum hits anymore, just GOTY editions and what not at the publisher's leisure (which are the awesome DLC-filled versions).
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And yet they do. I totally see eye to eye with the OP here. I always prefer the original game instead of the repackaged crap. Even if its cheaper off the shelf, chances are you can find it on amazon for a comparable price without the platinum huts label polluting it.
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There's nothing wrong with platinum hits at All in my eyes.

It's helped me get some damn expensive game imports, much cheaper!

(over different consoles)

It's still the same game, but sometimes has more content, and also has a nice shiny silver box!
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They ran out of green cases.

But seriously, I'm lucky enough to never buy a ''Platinum Hits'' edition of a game. Like previous people said they look horrible next to the normal green cases.
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Ah a quick rant before work!

Okay so let's do this quickly. I used to hate Greatest Hits and Platinum Hits...I still do! Except for in Resident Evil's case, in which I actually end up buying those variations as well (see: Post your Gaming Collection thread for that). However, I still dislike the designs...obviously the color sticks out for these rereleases. But it does let you know these games sold enough to be considered "Hits". Well, at least on both PS2 and Xbox...they're "Selects" for Wii and "Player's Choice" for Gamecube.

I really dislike the Platinum Hits for a relatively simple reason: the spines. They remove the original spine text which usually used the actual artwork for the game logo and instead replace it with a "Gamestop" white background with black text or...well, a PS2 generation PAL regioned spine ;>_>. I don't like that, there's no creativity to the spine and it just looks bland. The only game in my collection that suffers this is Fallout 3: GOTY...earlier Platinum Hits on the Xbox still used the original spine, like GTAIV and Resident Evil 5. Anything post-change to the top logo (which removed the "lines" in the Xbox's white section and now it's just pure white...this is on the spine mind you) has the white background with black text, so I'd say...pre-2010? Maybe 2009...

Anyways, I'll talk more on it later...maybe.
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@The people saying they look ugly.

While I too dislike platinum hits cases, they've at least gotten better. Here's three versions:





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i thought it was because they hit a certain level of sales or something like that
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For people who missed them the first time and to make some think they're getting a classic, whether it is or not.
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@The people saying they look ugly.

While I too dislike platinum hits cases, they've at least gotten better. Here's three versions:

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First version
Holy smokes, I forgot how ugly these versions were. Terrible!
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Best one ever.
That looked nice, but I think I like the current version better

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Holy smokes, I forgot how ugly these versions were. Terrible!
Yeah those were pretty brutal. I don't think I have any of those, thankfully.
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The PAL current design for 'Classics' looks alright.

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What I think is worse is when they tip in the Platinum Hits cover on the pic you see on your console or on xbox.com on your activity page.

That is entirely unnecessary.
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The PAL version of the Platinum Hits, the 'Classics', looks best to me. At least they kept the green look and hopefully also the case of traditional Xbox games. The biggest problem with the Platinum Hits has always been the ugly grey cases. I understand you want the games to stand out and be noticeable, but changing the colour of the case is going too far. All that needs to be done is a different slip cover in the game itself. Most people don't want to show off they have a Platinum Hit anyway; they would rather people see a green case to show they didn't just bandwagon on to the game like many people do.
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The PAL version of the Platinum Hits, the 'Classics', looks best to me. At least they kept the green look and hopefully also the case of traditional Xbox games. The biggest problem with the Platinum Hits has always been the ugly grey cases. I understand you want the games to stand out and be noticeable, but changing the colour of the case is going too far. All that needs to be done is a different slip cover in the game itself. Most people don't want to show off they have a Platinum Hit anyway; they would rather people see a green case to show they didn't just bandwagon on to the game like many people do.
Yeah, I mean I recently picked up Borderlands 1 GOTY 'Classics' and the box for that is nice too. Minimal and the original art is preserved.

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Usually a Platinum hits/classics comes with a permanent price drop/new suggested MSRP. So it's got that going for it.

My guess is that they are made after the original production run is finished.
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Almost all Platinum Hits in the US are $19.99, but for some stupid ass reason, Left 4 Dead 2 is $29.99 as a Platinum Hits. Go figure.

Anyways, now that someone posted images of the older Platinum Hits...yes, the original case was horridly bad. It's the final case that I don't like, as they change the spine to the blank white background with standard black text. Batman Arkham Asylum GOTY for example and Fallout 3 GOTY. They just don't look that nice on a shelf...however, I have to put up with white-backgrounds and black text anyhow for Resident Evil games out of the PAL region. At least those on PS2 and like RE4 on Gamecube.
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@The people saying they look ugly.

While I too dislike platinum hits cases, they've at least gotten better. Here's three versions:





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Current version
Now I've seen this I have to admit they have gotten better over time. Those damn ugly first ones I hate with a passion though, don't see why they needed to have all of that crap around the outside.
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It's punishment for not buying the game on release. That way, they all stand out as shining beacons in your library going "look at me!, my owner won't pay full price for a fantastic game such as I!"
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Now I've seen this I have to admit they have gotten better over time. Those damn ugly first ones I hate with a passion though, don't see why they needed to have all of that crap around the outside.
Agreed like the plantinum hits the first generation are so ugly! The third image is not nearly as bad.
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Ah, the glory days of Borderlands... Gearbox is hitting the Rakkahol too much

Oh, and all that platinum is ugly. glad they started adding green to the box art.
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@The people saying they look ugly.

While I too dislike platinum hits cases, they've at least gotten better. Here's three versions:


kg


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Second version



Current version
I didn't even notice that they've changed the look of em. They look half decent now.
But then again, the older one never really bothered me...
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Even if its cheaper off the shelf, chances are you can find it on amazon for a comparable price without the platinum huts label polluting it.
This right here. If it bothers you that much, find a new copy of the original release online. Personally I don't care either way because I actually kinda prefer the gray casing over the bright green of the normal ones... guess I'm weird like that Oddly enough, the only Platinum Hits game I have is something I borrowed from a friend and have yet to give back months later.
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The only one I have on 360 is NFS Most Wanted. I mean, I bought it in 2011 iirc, wasn't about to find a normal copy. The platinum hits one was hard enough to find as is. It's the shitty first design obviously, but I was just happy to find the game.

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While I too dislike platinum hits cases, they've at least gotten better. Here's three versions:





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Second version



Current version
I like the 3rd design marginally better than the 2nd one. But good lord the first one is atrocious. I mean that's far worse than the PS2 platinum games that came before it.

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The PAL current design for 'Classics' looks alright.

I like this one better than the Dear Rising example, but I still think the newer ones are an improvement. Only changing the top of the game cover was a good idea.
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