Why Fallout 3 is the Best Deluxe Edition of All Time
Posted by DukeSkath on Sunday, 8th March, 2015
Most deluxe editions of video games offer silly add-ons. Sometimes you’ll get “making of” materials, or art books, but often you get in-game items — these can’t be too powerful, or the game becomes P2W, and they can’t be too weak, or they won’t be worth the price. Sometimes a deluxe edition will feature actual objects, toys, or collectibles.
Fallout 3 did it best.
Why? Because the best deluxe editions feature items that also appear in the game. COD Black Ops provided a remote-controlled car like the one in-game (C4 sold separately), and — although it’s not a special edition premium — I’m amused by the Minecraft diamond necklace.
Well, the Fallout 3 special edition came with not one but two items that appear in the game itself: The Vault-Tec Bobblehead and the Vault-Tec Lunchbox. The bobblehead is just decorative, but the lunchbox is sturdy and useful. (I carry mine to school every day; I like telling people I found it in an abandoned building in Washington DC, but I just love hearing students familiar with the Fallout games get excited about it.)
If more games did this sort of thing, I would be much more likely to buy special editions. Skyrim could provide a bottle like the ones used for healing potions. FarCry could include a wallet like the one crafted by the player. Maybe Rust could include a rock.
What are some other possibilities?