BioShock 2, the follow-up to 2007's art deco masterpiece from 2K Boston (once again known as Irrational Games), is out tomorrow in the UK, and we got a chance to check out the very impressive special edition for ourselves before launch, thanks to 2K Games UK. The deluxe version includes a huge cardboard box with artwork, the official BioShock 2 art book Deco Devolution, a 12-inch vinyl LP of the orchestral score, a funky vinyl-style audio CD of the soundtrack, and three art deco Rapture posters. Check out our unboxing video below to see it in all its glory.
Why didn't the US get the cool special editions? Not even a t-shirt :( Toy's R Us had a great launch promo. If you went into the store between 10 & 2 on launch day you got a free Big Sister & Little Sister figurine PLUS a $10 gift card for the regular $59.99. For most of us BS fans (who pre-ordered), this sucked because it should have been offered as a pre-order. I had already pre-ordered in December, with no idea that a promotion like this would be offered. Even if I hadn't ordered it, I had to work and the nearest Toys r Us is an hour away from me, so I wouldn't have been able to get it anyway. :(
If the Eve Hypo came with the special edition, I probably would have got it. A record, CD, book, and a few posters just doesn't seem worth the extra $40. Special editions need to at least include some kind of useful (or useless) memorabilia object. Fallout had a Pip-boy replica, Batman had a batarang, GTAIV had a lockbox, and duffel bag. These items atleast justify spending extra money for fans of a series, but the Bioshock Sp. Ed. just doesn't seem worth it.
Also, I'm really glad they didn't include in-game content. It really annoys me having to pay extra for the game to get additional game content; I resent paying for in-game stuff at launch over and above the box price for the game itself. I don't mind paying more for nicer packaging, extra tat, or whatever... but functional in-game stuff irks me, as it seems to put those not putting money down at a disadvantage.
@luismosa Thinking of rapture inhabitant figurines, they'd have had to go a long way to better this simply awesome (though rather late) Sander Cohen one from Bioshock 1.
@luismsousa i totally agree with you. i was actually excited for this limited edition, thinking i was going to get a big sister to go with my big daddy. unfortunately, we get crap, which is awful but also 30 dollars more than the last bioshock CE
I woud prefer a figurine of a inhabitant of rapture...it looks better on a desk job...the vinyl is no good for listening and as a decorative element... and books are often created with a few drawings inside, without containing the spirit and the symbolism inherent
Vinyls have better sound quality than CD's in addition to being a homage to the past...I listened to a Star Wars Ep. IV vinyl over the summer. Great stuff.
I usually buy SE, but this one is too expensive... I really don't care for in-game content.. for me it's much better a soundtrack, a book and a special box.... but $100 plus ship costs plus tax of 60% to ship to my country would be a lot expensive.
I would have bought the special edition if it wasn't so big, it wouldn't look nice on the shelf next to my other SE's.
@ k2theswiss The reason for the record is quite obvious. There were only records back in those days, the time period the Bioshock games portray. No cd's, mp3, tapes, etc. In fact, Vinyl still is sold in Europe normally. This is a rather nice Special Edition and the Vinyl is a nice addition. Show some respect for the sound of the past. Vinyl can have a great sound just as much as CD.
@K2, I've got the ability to play records in my place, speak for yourself fool. Nifty goods, but novelty too. The vinyl is a kewl idea and a bonus for collectors or uber-fans, but the general bioshock player, like myself, will be happy with just the game. If need be we'll hit up internet land for the MP3s :P
"Aren't those things called records? You know, the "funky vinyl-style audio cd"?" That was covered when the writer mentioned 12-inch vinyl LP I usually get special editions - but this one looks easy for me to pass up. None of the extra stuff appeal to me. Another figure (like the Big Daddy we got last time around) would have made it harder to decide.
junk junk and junk. i love special editions 40 extra dollars for a record player thing lets be4real how many of us have one are houses now days and used? poster OK cool half people stick on the way and and call it a day. art book that get one preview and tossed under the bed. so worth 40 bucks right?