Unboxed: Dead Space 3 Dev Team Edition

February 9th, 2013 Michael Pica

I’ve never played any of the Dead Space games, though I own all 3. Not that I don’t plan to play them (eventually) but one of the hazards of being a collector is that you buy far more games than you have time to play. What I do know about Dead Space is that the first game received what is perhaps the most iconic and and one of the most sought-after editions of this generation, the “Ultra Limited Edition“. Low production numbers tend to be the best trait any collector could ask for and with only 1000 made the Ultra Limited Edition could have been nothing more than a regular game case with alternative art and made collectors still crave it. Thankfully it was not only rare but a really well put-together package, not what I would consider to be the best edition, but it would still be one of the better editions even if it wasn’t so limited.

Due to the desirability of the Ultra Limited Edition the Collector’s Edition for Dead Space 2 was considered somewhat of a let-down. Over production make them not much more valuable than the standard edition and the included bonus item (a replica plasma cutter) was actually a scale model and not the full-sized replica people were hoping for. It seems for Dead Space 3 EA is hoping to rectify this with the Dev Team Edition, limited to 5000 units across all platforms and all bundled up in what is arguably one of the highest quality packages for an edition this generation, we’ll see if the Dev Team Edition can live up to the legacy that is the Ultra Limited Edition.

Dead Space 3 Dev Team Edition (EA) (Visceral Games)

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Crysis 2 Nano Edition Delayed

March 22nd, 2011 Michael Pica

I wasn’t surprised when I saw an email from EA in my inbox this morning, Crysis 2 was due to ship today and I ordered the Nano Edition from the online store. Unfortunately I discovered that rather than a shipping confirmation it was a notification that the game had been delayed due to manufacturing issues.

Thank you for purchasing the Crysis 2 Nano Edition.  Unfortunately, manufacturing issues have caused a delay in delivery on this item.  We do expect your copy of the Crysis 2 Nano Edition to ship soon, and will notify you once it has shipped.

We understand the impact this has on you, and to help compensate for the inconvenience we are providing you with a coupon good for 75% off your next purchase* at the EA STORE (http://eastore.ea.com): *********

Thank you for your patience.  If you have any questions, you can contact our Customer Service department at http://support.ea.com.

*Coupon expires May 31, 2011. Discount is valid on one copy of one product from the EA STORE at www.eastore.ea.com only.  Value of discount will be deducted from product list price at time of purchase. Valid only in U.S.  and Canada.  Cannot be combined with any other offer, Gift Card, rebate or other discount coupons. Limit one offer per person. Subject to availability. Customers are responsible for shipping, handling and applicable sales tax. Offer may not be substituted, exchanged, sold or redeemed for cash or other goods or services. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

No word yet as to how long the delay is, though I would suspect it would be short considering they waited until the 11th hour to let people know (which I assume means they thought they might make it in time). Either way the offered 75% off  from the EA store is a HUGE discount which, at least in my opinion, makes a good mea culpa.

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Battlefield 3 Limited Edition Announced

February 15th, 2011 Ayiu

Amazon.de is already taking pre-orders for the edition on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
CVG reveals a add that states it includes a ‘Back To Karkland’ map pack, which features revamped content from Battlefield 2.

This map pack will be available for those who pre-order the Limited Edition. But at a later date it will be available for purchase as DLC.

Battlefield 3 will be released in Autumn 2011

Battlefield 3 Limited Edition add

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EA releases new photos of Crysis 2 Nano Edition.

February 2nd, 2011 Michael Pica

Brenden sent in a tip this morning that EA had some now photos up showing what looks to be a more finalized version of the upcoming Nano Edition of Crysis 2.

The Crysis 2 Nano Edition is designed for the ultimate Crysis fan and will include the Limited Edition housed in a steel case plus an 11” / 28 cm statue of the game’s hero “Prophet” on top of a New York taxi cab, a high-quality art book, all packaged inside a backpack modeled after the Nanosuit itself.

While it looks quite a bit different this is shaping up to be quite a nice CE. I’m particularly happy to see that the NE contains the LE with the adding of a SteelBook as well.

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 PS3 Exlusive CE

January 4th, 2011 Michael Pica

EA recently announced a PS3 exclusive Collector’s Edition release of the upcoming Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters. Due for release on March 12th, 2011 the Collector’s Edition will cost $69.99, $10 more than the standard edition. So far the only additional content announced for the CE are 5 extra “exclusive” golf courses.

The standard edition will be available on the Xbox 360 and Wii as well as the PS3, which will have support for Move. Those who pre-order though GameStop will also receive a DLC code for another exclusive golf course, Bethpage Black.

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Bulletstorm “Epic Edition” Announced

December 19th, 2010 Michael Pica

Epic Games has recently announced an “Epic Edition” of their upcoming game Bulletstorm. The Epic Edition probably wont be of much interest to collectors, it is a “First Edition” type release that will cost the same as the Standard Edition. Included will be 25,000 bonus XP, as well as a bonus weapons and in-game armaments.

What might be of interest to gamers in general is the inclusion of access to the Gears of War 3 Beta.  It seems that Epic is taking a page out of Crackdown’s book by trying to encourage sales of this new franchise by bundling it with beta access to a much more popular and established franchise.

Gears of War 3 is scheduled for release sometime in September 2011 but if you can’t wait that long you will be able to pickup Bulletstorm on Feburary 22nd. Currently the Epic Edition has only been announced for North America on the Xbox 360, but speculation suggests a European release may be announced soon.

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Shift 2 Limited Edition Announced

December 16th, 2010 Michael Pica

In recent EA “tradition” the upcoming release of SHIFT 2 Unleashed will be available as a “Limited Edition” to those who pre-order. Like other “Limited Edition” releases from Ea this includes a fairly standard package with a few token in-game bonus for day one buyers.  So what do you get?

  • Early access to 3 cars:
    • Nissan Silvia spec.R Aero
    • Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV
    • Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
  • 40 new career events including:
    • Single-Type events with all racers in the same car
    • Old vs. New events with classic and modern versions of the same car
    • Manufacturer Showdowns with different car makes and models

No official release date has been set but it’s scheduled for “Spring 2011″. While most of these LE releases are nothing special for collectors, at least the price is the same as the standard edition release for those who sleep on the pre-order.

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Dragon Age II Bioware Signature Edition Announced

October 14th, 2010 Michael Pica

Bioware recently announced the “Bioware Signature Edition” of their upcoming game Dragon Age II.

They’re boasting $20 worth of additional content including:

  • A Secret bonus playable character with missions
  • downloadable soundtrack
  • exclusive in-game digital armory with 4 weapons
    • Apostates’ courage
    • Seeker’s Bulwark
    • Adder of Antiva
    • Might of the Sten

This will be a “First Edition” release meaning anyone who pre-orders before the January 11th release date will automatically get this CE at the cost of the regular edition game. No word on whether Europe will be getting this.

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Dead Space 2 Collector’s Edition Announced

October 14th, 2010 Michael Pica

A few days ago Amazon.com let slip a listing for Collector’s Edition of Dead Space 2. Someone on N4G downloaded the product image before Amazon pulled the listing. Thankfully this is one “rumor” that has been confirmed, as EA has recently announced the Collector’s Edition, at least they have for Europe.

The CE announced for Europe looks identical to the one pulled from the US Amazon store so it’s safe to assume they carry the same stuff. But while the CE will be available for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 the content in the PS3 version is different.

All 3 versions will get the following:

  • Exclusive DLC code for in-game Unitology Suit and Force Gun
  • Dead Space 2 Original Soundtrack on CD with an hour of music compiled from the game’s score.
  • Concept art lithograph depicting Necromorph transformation by Visceral Games artist Brett Marting.

However The Xbox 360 and PC versions will also be getting this:

  • Replica of Isaac’s Plasma Cutter, modeled from the new design from Dead Space 2.

To make up for the lack of replica plasma cutter the PS3 version will be receiving

  • the same HD and move enabled re-release of Dead Space Extraction as the PS3 Limited Edition
  • a DLC code for an in-game Rivit Gun

Personally I’d rather have the replica plasma cutter but the PS3 people will be getting 2 games for the price of one.

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So… is there an LE for every new EA game now?

September 1st, 2010 Michael Pica

whew… finally caught up with most of the new releases that have been announced over the last few weeks. I’ll be making news posts for some of them but getting them into the database is my #1 priority.

One discerning thing I’ve noticed is that nearly every new EA game coming out has a “Limited Edition” release. These aren’t LEs that are sold along side the regular edition, rather these are “First Edition” releases.

For those who don’t know a First Edition is basically an LE or CE that is the only version of a game that is available around the time of the games release date, where a less special regular edition comes out at a later date. This occurs frequently with books where the First edition is generally more expensive and hard bound while subsequent releases are cheaper paperbacks.

It would seem that EA is employing the book publisher’s strategy by rewarding release-day buyers of their games. Most of these only really provide a few in-game perks, like bonus XP or access to cars and weapons earlier in the game that players of the regular edition would have to play a bit before they could use.

They’ve employed this tactic with Battlefield Bad Company 2 “Limited Edition” already and so far three upcoming games have a similar LE announced:

  • Crysis 2
  • Medal of Honor
  • Need for Speed Hot Pursuit

It will be interesting to see if this trend continues or if other publishers will follow suit. I personally will not be adding any of these games to my collection unless I happen to be buying it anyway. I think it’s a great for the average gamer but seems to cheapen the “Limited Edition” title a bit.