Oh gaming, you beautiful, beautiful art form - what happened? Tell me that this is just a phase and after all of this madness we can meet, rekindle our love, and get back to how things used to be. Whisper sweet nothings into my ear like "free cheats," "no microtransactions," and "you can afford me."
This year has seen some truly shocking examples of publisher-greed in terms of bizarre pre order bonuses, appalling microtransactions (looking at you [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](tag:2683985)), and shocking initial costs. Modern gaming is a very strange thing in the hands of publishers for our XBOX One and PS4 consoles, and Rise of the Tomb Raider is only the latest title in a long line of f%$*eries.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: These Pre Order Bonuses Are Not Cool
Over the years we've seen the availability of pre ordering a game become something twisted and damaging. Gamers will often tell one another to avoid the act of pre ordering at all costs, and we couldn't agree with them more. I admit that I've fallen foul to the beguiling allure of Fallout 4 and I've committed a shameful act! But at least Bethesda aren't as bad as this system and their versions don't lock you out of other content. Here are the various pre order bonuses for Rise of the Tomb Raider:
- First up we have the Xbox One bundle kit, which comes with the game and the Tactical Survival Kit content pack. New outfits and skins and all that. But this is only available in the US at $400. Okay.
- The standard Collector's Edition that every modern game has comes with tons of content, such as a statue of Lara and a necklace from Rise of the Tomb Raider. Know that no additional in-game content comes with it though and it costs a shocking $150. Right.
- The Digital Deluxe edition includes the $30-value Season Pass, which will grant players access to Endurance Mode, Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, and Cold Darkness Awakened, as well as numerous outfits, weapons, and Expedition Cards, and the contents of the Remnant Resistance preorder pack. $84.99 for this baby.
- The Remnant Resistance preorder pack offers the Remnant outfit, which allows Lara to bandage herself without use of items; the Moon Shadow heavy pistol; and the Bullet Resistance foil card, which increases Lara’s resistance to gunfire. This edition costs the standard $59.99, but this content still isn't available in other pre order packages.
- The Sparrowhawk pre order bonus will unlock the option to wear the Sparrowhawk outfit that lets Lara hunt without scaring animals as easily, the White Wood recurve bow skin, and a card pack which contains the ability to do double the damage to animals and gather twice the resources while hunting. This is only available at certain stores in certain countries.
- Then we have the Apex Predator Pack, which comes with a new outfit that reduces damage taken from animals, the venom hand canon, and the Holy Fire card pack, which essentially includes a load of fun cheats that older games would have had for free. You'll also get a comic book. Again, only available in certain stores.
- Lastly we have the Hope’s Bastion pack, which comes with a new outfit, one that makes Lara’s charged shots with her bow more powerful, the Wreckoner battle axe skin, and the Juggernaut journal pages card pack. Note that is not even available in the Collector's Edition.
All of this culminates in an image of rather depressing corporate greed. If you wanted to obtain some of these items and didn't live in that country, you'd have to pay for them afterwards on the Rise of the Tomb Raider store assumedly, or you'll just never be able to obtain them unless you pre order from 5 or 6 different retailers. But I can't believe that the Collector's Edition of this game doesn't even offer players some additional in-game content. Especially for that shocking asking price.
It makes no sense and looking at the absurd list above is enough to make any gamer lament the situation that the gaming world finds itself in right now. Maybe one day all of this madness will end, but at the moment it only seems to be getting worse.