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[Featurama] EA Has Gigantic Balls

Despite some of the technical problems with the demo version of the game (mostly in the PS3 version), Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning looks like a very promising game. It has color, slick graphics and a satisfying combat system. Like most new games nowadays, it has special content that you can only get by pre-ordering the game. Unfortunately it looks like they will be offering unique pre-order content depending on where it’s purchased from. This is a practice that I do not understand. Are they trying to get people to buy the game multiple times to get all of the content? Pretty ballsy move from a brand new IP. You know what else is ballsy for a new IP that no one has ever heard of? A near $300 Limited Edition. I’m not even kidding.


EA either has major confidence in this title, or balls that rival Duke Nukem’s. Limited Edition versions of games are nothing new. They have been around for a long time now. They usually offer something neat like an aluminum case with some extra artwork, or a making-of DVD, soundtrack or some other nice little trinket. It’s also rare for brand new IPs to have a limited edition version.

That makes sense though. A brand new IP is always a risk for a company. If they pour time and money into creating a new universe with a new story to tell and new characters to tell the story, they need to have some sort of confidence that the game will sell. If it doesn’t then it is a huge waste of resources and gamers might be less likely to purchase a new IP from that developer again.

EA has been around forever and it probably doesn’t have to worry too much about losing money on new IPs. In Kingdom of Amalur’s case, however, I think they may have gone a bit overboard. This is a brand new universe with a brand new story. Who knows if it will catch on and sell well. Apparently EA thinks it will, because it’s not only offering tons of pre-order content, but three separate levels of limited editions.

Let’s take a look at what they’re offering. The first level of LE is the “Special Edition”. It is going for $80.00 on EA’s store and is available on all consoles. It includes the following:

• Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PC)
• Parchment map of Amalur’s Faelands
• Amalur themed 7-piece dice set and dice bag
• Full set of 40 Destiny Cards
• Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – The Soundtrack
• Bonus DLC – Fate-Touched Weapons Pack (Increase XP gained from Fate Shift Kills with these nine weapons)

This looks like a very solid and reasonable Limited Edition. Even for a brand new IP, this is about the limit of what I would expect. Special cloth or parchment maps along with soundtracks are things we have seen before. Reckoning is a pretty nerdy game, but did they really have to up the nerd factor with DND dice?

Okay so $80 seems fair for all of the neat content you are getting. So what does the next LE tier look like? Well, we’re going to have to take a massive step up because the “Collector’s Edition” costs a whopping $200.00. Wow.

He’s mean enough to keep away even the sluttiest of skanks.

Well damn. $200 is a LOT of money to plop down on a video game. For that much you could buy an entire console. Not to mention this is for a game that you haven’t really played yet. The Collector’s Edition contains everything from the Special Edition, but adds a special lithograph that has been autographed by Ken Rolston. I would tell you who that is, but the site doesn’t say who it is. So why should I care who it was signed by?

Perhaps the most obvious part of the Collector’s Edition is the giant troll statue. Sorry, it’s a “Prismere Troll” statue. What is that? Hell if I know. I haven’t seen one in game yet, you know, because I haven’t played more than the demo. What if that troll turns out to be a real douche? Why would I want a giant douche shrine on my shelf?

Alternatively, if he turns out to be a cool guy, then I’ll have a cool guy shrine on my shelf.

It actually gets worse. The final tier of limited edition has already completely sold out. Appropriately titled, the “Signature Edition” contains everything in the Collector’s Edition but adds:

“…an individually numbered custom sketch by Todd McFarlane limited to 300 units. “

Yep, that’s it.

Oh wait, the troll figure will now be signed by either McFarlane, R.A. Salvatore or Curt Schilling. So if you are fans of those guys and have more money than sense, this would have been the choice for you. Also you probably already bought it. The part that blows my mind is that the new piece of artwork with McFarlane’s signature and an autographed troll hike up the price another $75.

No wait, I take that back. The part that blows my mind is that it’s already sold out.

Nerds have all of the money, after all.

$275 for a game you’ve never played with no lineage whatsoever. I could see an Elder Scrolls series game getting away with charging that much for a special edition.

Oh right, they DID have a special edition. And it came with a GODDAMN DRAGON.

If you can afford paying $200+ for a statue and some autographed things, then more power to you. Personally I think new games are expensive enough without paying an assload more for some autographed trinkets.

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