First, let me start by saying I was really looking forward to the Skyrim CE announcement. I've purchased the Oblivion and Fallout Collector's Editions and was happy with the quality of the items. In the Skyrim CE you get a Dragon statue, Art book, "Behind the scenes" DVD, etc., but no exclusive DLC or game case. The normal Bethesda CE price has gone from $79 to $150. I'm not sure it's worth the price... What do you think?
I saw the news on G4's iPhone app, where it was described as "extremely limited." That's the main reason I'm going for it, where I usually don't get CE's or less expensive CE's. I would like to know what "extremely limited" actually means, since from a collecting standpoint it kind of sucks when they re-release or do very large "limited" runs (ex: Super Mario All-Stars Wii).
Was looking forward to this announcement. The only cool thing a part of the CE though is the dragon statue, art book (never liked the idea) so no, map cool but comes with the regular edition if you pre order it, and the dvd again nah. Overall I would say the Skyrim CE is a no go for me.
I'm not a hardcore TES fan but was looking forward to the CE announcement too. For now I'll pre-order however I have to watch a video depicting how nice the Alduin Statue really is, before I put down $150.
I usually go for CE priced at $80 and make exceptions for franchises that I really like and even buy CE priced at $150. According the announcement the quantities will be limited, here is the quote:
"If you're interested in purchasing, we recommend you pre-order asap, as the it will be available in extremely limited quantities."
So if Alduin is like OMG! and the CE indeed comes sold out, I'll buy it....is a 50/50 probability right now and even more wanting to buy: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition (already paid off), Gears 3 CE, Rage, Dark Souls, Battlefield 3, MW3, Halo CE: Anniversary and A. Creed: Revelations (maybe)...that's not even including Resident Evil HD Collection and Metal GearsSolid HD Collection.
So we will see if Bethesda's decision to not offer a $80 CE is appropriate.
I think they are going with the going rate for these editions. Most companies are doing a three tier set up now though. 149 being the one with a statue. Gears of War 3 has a statue of Marcus Fenix. 149 Star Wars: The Old Republic has a sith. 149
Seems to be the going rate with a statue that normally would probably cost you 20 bucks in a store. But because the only way to get it is inside here they can charge a little more.
My problem is, I am a sucker for statues. Makes my game room look a lot cooler with each one I get.
Being limited to one per account/household doesn't necessarily confirm that it's "very limited". Many other collector's edition's I've ordered only allow one per account/household, and still have CE's available for month's, if not years, after the original release date, and usually for much cheaper. Not to mention, they only say that just to get more purchases. Do you really think they would turn down $150, and tell someone, sorry, sold out, we will only accept $60 from you...not likely. It seems like most CE's say (limited quantities available) and that ends up meaning that you can get it no matter what if you pre-order before it's release, and in most cases they will over-produce and have thousands of copies available after release as well.
Extra 90 is an instant no way from me, art books are nice but a pvc statue, eh. I'm tired of the pretending to be rare approach.
We as gamers should insist to know actual production numbers, and let us determine rarity from there. How many collector's editions are we seeing on shelves way past release, getting cut in price, waste of money.
Mark King nailed it. 90 bucks for a plastic statue, an art book, and a documentary? You've got to be kidding. Gaming companies make no attempt to actually tell you how limited it is, they just say "limited edition". When you consider all the money you'll be throwing down for the inevitable DLC after the game is released, you'll have spent close to 300 dollars on this game in total. Unless a game has exclusive in-game content included with the CE, all of these "limited editions" are a complete waste of money. If I wanted a collection of cheap, plastic toys I'd go buy a box of cereal and get it for free.
I agree, Mark T. King has it right on. This is a total ripoff. My only thoughts on why Bethesda is doing this is to try to recoup their losses on such games as Brink (and others) this past year that have been lousy and subpar. I also want to quote what PVC is: "PVC is a controversial material in that during its production, useful life and incineration, especially in accidental and uncontrolled circumstances, it may liberate persistent toxins (see the section "Health and safety"), which the manufacture, use and destruction of suitable alternative plastics such as polypropylene do not." AMAZON AND BETHESDA SHOULD NOT BE SELLING THIS!
Yeah I think I'll be skipping this myself. I already have several games I'm "trying" to save for & this is just way too expensive. I'm sad about not being able to get it but I'll get over it. The statue & art book are the main interest to me (aside from the game itself, of course.), but I don't see the both of them being worth that much. My list is already way too full & I don't have a damn job so I'm paying for all of my games this year by online surveys. (Ha! It's crazy I even have as much as I do.) I've already got my regular edition pre-ordered for $55. I could probably get this if I keep saving, but...I still have Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Rage, Dead Island, Batman Arkham City, Assassin's Creed Revelations...& there are many more. Then there's next year, with Mass Effect 3 in March. Not to mention all others. x_x Guess I'll pass on this. Damn, I was hoping it would be like $99 at the most. lol Gaming is killing me, & it's already taken my wallet.
Probably not, but for me it is. Oblivion is my favorite game of all time and I know I'll love Skyrim. I've put almost 1000 maybe even a little more in Oblivion and if it's true that Skyrim will have more content and stuff to do, I'm sure I'll put much more time in Skyrim than in Oblivion.
So to the regular gamer, who just 'likes' the Elder Scrolls games, most likely not. After all it is a little expensive. But for me, I'd pay any amount for a Collector's Edition of a Bethesda developed game. After all, every game that Bethesda has developed have been very high quality and some of the best I've ever played. Hell 3 of Bethesda developed games are in my top ten games of all time.
Please remember that there is a difference between Bethesda Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks. The games that Bethesda publishes aren't really the best, but the games they make internally are some of the best.
It's worth $90 at most in my opinion. A plastic dragon that will collect dust, an art book you'll look at maybe once, and a dvd which will be uploaded onto youtube in a day. There is just no way this thing is worth $150 and this is coming from a huge TES fan. I know I'll enjoy Skyrim immensely but this CE is a no go for me.
Although I'm in line for a copy of it, doesn't mean I think it's worth it. No, I know, it's not worth it, but neither are a lot of things. Like the cost of games. When a Cliff pulls up in a fancy sports car we all think there is something wrong and after we get in our clunkers, we know it. Yet we do it. By the way, report by Bethesda states the PC Version looks way better than the Xbox Version.
Well, if individuals continue to buy when they know it isn't worth it, I won't be expecting change anytime soon then. And people have nice things either because they make good money, use their money well, or both. You won't see a collector's edition in the passenger seat of that sports car :)
I look forward to every Collector's Edition that Bethesda puts out. I won't even try to deny that I'm a Bethesda fan boy and I have the CE's of Oblivion, Fallout3 and New Vegas to prove it. However, even with that said, there's no way I can convince myself that the Skyrim CE is worth that much money. I don't like it, but it's the standard version for me this time. To be completely honest, I can actually say I now have doubt to whether I'll even get the standard version now.