As I'm sure you're all very much aware, the Dead or Alive series will be getting its first real sequel in nearly six years in just seven days from now. Some of you might be excited for this, and others probably just don't care. For those of you who are excited however, you must be wondering about that Gamestop exclusive collector's edition.
Yes, I hate that the collector's edition became a Gamestop exclusive just as much as anybody else. Getting my preorder in was needlessly complicated and thanks to the outrageous shipping and handling, cost me an extra ten dollars. Thankfully, however, I managed to cut the price down to $60 after some wizardry on my part. But what about you, the consumer? Should you drop $80 on the collector's edition? It really depends, and I'm about to explain why.
Let's just cut to the point. The Dead or Alive 5 Collector's Edition comes with plenty of extras, but the main attraction is the packed-in premium swimsuit code that comes with every collector's edition of the game. It is the main reason I decided to get a copy of the collector's edition, but I'll get to that later. First we'll talk about the other packed in contents.
First of all, the packaging. Instead of the usual steel case that people seem to enjoy so much, Team Ninja opted for a tin case that holds all of the collector's edition contents. Not everyone has been happy about this. Collector's editions usually come in a box with a steel book to hold the game. It makes it to where you can display the box of collectibles and the game itself for easy access.
I'm glad they decided to change the cover of the game at least
With the Dead or Alive 5 collector's edition, you just get the tin case. It's a weird thing to be upset about, but there you go. On to more important matters, the artbook that is included with the game. Usually I'm not too big into artbooks because every single one I've ever gotten has been the usual paperback leaflet that ends up being smaller than the game case itself.
Team Ninja has opted for a full-sized hardcover book which is really the difference between night and day when it comes to artbooks. The little paperback books will usually only cost about ten dollars to buy online, but when you start going into the higher quality hardcovers then the prices take a sharp increase in price. A book that could have been grabbed for $5-$10 after release will now more than likely run someone $25-$30, so that's a nice enough deal for collectors.
There's also a poster and soundtrack included, but who really cares about those? You'll look at the poster once and say "I can't hang this up on my wall," and then you'll probably rip the soundtrack onto your computer and be done with it. Instead, let's move on to the premium DLC and why I personally decided to purchase the collector's edition.
What exactly is this premium costume DLC supposed to be, you ask? Well, its a random swimsuit costume pulled from Dead or Alive Extreme 2 for each and every female character in the game. They all get different ones, and new ones are apparently being made for the female characters that are new to the game. So, hurray for that. The final count of costumes is between ten and twelve.
I'll be laughing my way to the bank (A bank)
Seeing as not every female character has been revealed yet, we aren't actually sure what all the costumes will look like, but that doesn't matter to me because I'm already sure of one thing. The price for the DLC after the game releases is going to skyrocket. While people may be paying upwards of $20 extra right now, they're looking to make a huge profit off of the code alone.
Just to prove this, let me jump in my time machine for a second. When the newest Mortal Kombat released, anyone who preordered the game got a free classic costume for one random character. I received a Kitana costume I believe. Anyhoo, instead of using that code and getting one measly extra costume, I decided to sell it online. For twenty dollars. One third the price of the game for a single costume.
So, $20. Big whoop. Well let me stop you right there! The prices get even crazier. If you preordered The Third Birthday, you would get a code to dress Lightning up as Aya Brea in Final Fantasy Duodecim. When 3rd Birthday finally released, the Aya Brea costume codes sold for over $100 each. Again, a single costume.
"This was worth the $100," said the man who lied to himself.
Now with the release of Dead or Alive 5, I'm getting over a dozen costumes thanks to preorders and premium DLC. I doubt the codes will be worth as much as the Aya Brea costume, but I'm going to assume they will be the opposite of cheap. The only real problem is speed. When selling a DLC code online, you have to get it out there fast.
Just look at the examples I listed above. Both of those codes are a hard sell at one dollar now that the games have been out for more than a year each. This is how it works with all special DLC. As long as the game is new, you can slap practically any price on your code and you'll still get offers on it. Of course, if you think selling codes is too much of a hassle and you aren't interested in the extras then you really should just get the standard game.
But there's always the option of selling your preorder DLC...
As always, thanks for reading everyone. How do you feel about this collector's edition? Are you going to get it for it's physical contents, for the code, or just plain not at all? If you do get it are you going to try to sell the codes? Why not post in the comments below and let us know?