I understand the feeling, but if it is any consolation there is going to be an "augmented edition" (aka collector's edition) that will include the mission and all the weapons of the pre-order packs. I hope Amazon lists it here soon.
Yea it seems the augmented edition for the U.S. won't include the missions. The picture on Kotaku.com got rid of hat info from the Augmented edition. Right now it seems to be a Gamestop exclusive. They must of paid for that or agreed to advertise DX:HR for Squaresoft or something.
Gamershell has the official US press release which confirms that in the US this mission is Gamestop exclusive: http://www.gamershell.com/companies/square_enix_co_ltd_/798756.html
In Europe everyone gets it with any preorder, only the US gets screwed because of Gamestop. They advertise it as bonus content but really it's just them removing content from the game and giving it back to you if you buy from there. I'm not sure how heavily moderate amazon's forums are but let me say this plainly: I will be buying the game from amazon, sticking my middle finger up at Gamestop, then "pirating" the bonus mission. It's the only moral thing to do, supporting Gamestop's tactics is certainly not.
Amazing. I guess we gotta thank Gamestop for that! And for worse this seems to be the norm this days. I don't mind pre-order bonus as long as you can obtain them legally afterward (ie kinda like Civ 5 did).
I don't think amazon should get whole missions and such as an exclusive either. Costumes and items okay, those I don't mind missing out on and most of them I don't use anyway since they are overpowered, but a mission? Mission content should not be retailer exclusive.
Ah I'm the other way. The mission is not a selling point for me so much as the weapons, as I suspect the mission is a forgettable 5-minute experience (like the "exclusive" Assassin's Creed II pre-order content that was later released for purchase anyway). The 10k credits seems like a big deal, though, and the weapons offered by both retailers are very different.
My PC cannot game, unfortunately, or it would be a no-brainer as you said :P
I'm torn too and just read about this recently. Argh! Do you think this mission will be available down the road as DLC anyway after Gamestops "exclusive" period? Has this been the case with other games you've bought before, where the mission is literally only available from Gamestop for eternity? :/
Well, all of these will probably some kind of dlc in the future. It would have been more enticing if Amazon had offered a gaming credit. Kmart is doing it, the are offering a 20$ credit with purchase so Ill probably buy it from them. http://twitter.com/#!/KmartGamer/status/103907377031553024/photo/1
LA Noire did the same thing, where different stores got different exclusives but rockstar announced that you could get all the pre-order + new dlc with a 10$ pass you could buy. I think that deus ex might do that, let you buy the mission later on. I mean, pre order skins and weapons are one thing, but actually having exclusive game missions is pretty lame.
Hmm, true. I played through LA Noire and got the pass since it was worth it to play the additional DLC.
I would think that it is in their best interests ($$$) to release the "exclusive" DLC down the road anyway. I pre-ordered through Amazon because I don't like supporting Gamestop. Well, that and no sales tax and such for me when ordering here. :)