Pre-Order RAGE For A Handful Of Extra In-Game Items

I think RAGE looks fantastic. In fact, at last year's E3, it was my favourite game of the show - but if you pre-order RAGE now, you'll have access to four downloadable in-game items for free, and I can't help but get irritated by these special pre-order bonuses.

According to Bethesda the downloadable items are...

Double Barrel Shotgun Wasteland settler design and ingenuity! Features compact form factor with plenty of muscle to take out everything from mutants, bandits and maybe even a lone Authority Enforcer.

Crimson Elite Armour This is the most sought-after armour in the wasteland. Constructed of hardened plate armour, this gear was created specifically to withstand the toughest wasteland battles. It also features larger component storage, allowing you to carry more parts that will aid in the fabrication of advanced engineering items.

Fists of Rage A classic weapon for close quarters combat. When you’ve run out of ammunition and fists are the only option, these razor sharp knuckle blades will give you that combat edge.

Rat Rod Buggy Improve your odds of survival in the wasteland with this vehicle that comes equipped with a front smash guard and durable protection.

I can't exactly put my finger on precisely why I get so easily irritated by pre-order deals - it's at least partly to do with the fact I'm getting older and grumpier by the day - but I can't help but feel like these deals affect the internal integrity and consistency of the game themselves.

Part of me just hates the idea that some gamers, as a result of pre-ordering a specific game, on a specific platform, at a particular retailer, have an advantage in-game. Even if that advantage is purely for the single player campaign, it doesn't feel right to me.

Cosmetic upgrades (like armour upgrades in Halo: Reach) bug me less, but personally I don't really feel like I need to given arbitrary upgrades as a reward for buying a game in a specific way. I'd prefer to earn them in the game itself, the old fashioned way.

I understand the business reasons, and the need to drive pre-orders, but still - surely the internal consistency of the game itself is more important?


Comments

    Agreed. Cosmetic bonuses don't bother me at all. It's when they give you useful things that annoys me. So the only way to get the double barreled shotgun is by preordering? F**k that.

    Thank god, I thought I was the only one who didn't like these pre-order 'bonuses'.

    Bring back the art books, posters and limited edition tins, kthx.

      I'm always a sucker for any sort of "edition"
      That and shiny things.
      Mmm shiny.

      Yes! Steelbook cases, artbooks, pens, making of DVDs, t-shirts/hoodies and so on are real pre-order bonuses.

      If I want to buy DLC in the future then you can sell me a shotgun or armor with a new mission pack or something.

        The 'making of' dvds have probably been my favourite of all special edition features. Halo had some pretty cool ones in some of their editions.

        I do find that the 'advantage' bothers me as well, I feel like I want to get everything out of the game, all of the content, and even if this is a minor thing like a couple of guns, if I don't have them I'm not getting all the content. Then there is the issue that if you do get them it seems like you are basically power levelling your character by giving them some of the best equipment right from the start.

        Might as well just play it on the easiest setting.

    It's not just you.
    One of the frustrating elements of Mass Effect 2, a game wich brought out the completionist in me, frustrated me when there were exclusive items available for free only through US distributors or US promotions.
    I would have appreciated these more if they harked back to classic weapons from the doom days, such as the old double barrel and the spiked knuckle dusters, by adding a wasteland version of the green marine armour.

      Eh? Preordering ME2 through JB got the Inferno armour + other stuff, I think EB had a deal for another set too... not that I actually used the Inferno armour because it hid Shepard's face during cutscenes which basically ruined them.

        But if you purchase a game through a local retailer, even JB, you're paying $20-30 more than you could import the same thing for. Is that preorder DLC worth that sort of a difference?

          Oh I agree, that's why I import everything. I was just pointing out that Australia got the DLC :P it's pretty rare we don't get at least something, though it's usually restricted to either EB/JB/Game. EB seem to get the most of it though.

          Speaking of which, I was going to preorder the Gears of War 3 super duper edition until I read that only EB will have it, so I'm importing the ltd edition from the UK instead... retailer-exclusive = I'm not buying from that retailer.

    I'm with you on that.
    If it adds nothing whatsoever to the gameplay and just makes you(r)/items look prettier, then it's an ok incentive. Forcing me to do something, to get something that does affect gameplay, makes me want buy the game less.

    Meh, if the price is the same as what it will be on release then I'll pre-order it and enjoy my in-game items. Otherwise I don't really think about it at all.

    Yeah I got the Red Dead Redemption Special edition which came with the War horse.

    This steed is better than any other and you have an unlimited deed so it made the game a lot easier. No riding some slow eaisly winded nag, no walking home after you run it off a cliff.
    But it also meant that I never wrangled a horse other than for a mission, never bought a deed and never used any other horse.

    I loved the war horse but also felt I was missing out a bit.

      I love that horse.

      Anyone know if you can use it in multiplayer or are we stuck with riding an ass?

        No in MP you start with the donkey and get better mounts as you level up.
        Which sucks as the first few are way crap.

      That was the EB one, right? I'm glad I didn't get that version (I think mine was a sharpshooter outfit?) - a mate of mine did and was just like you, not wanting to stray from his beloved war horse.

      I got the steed and refused to use it until I had finished the game.

      I do that with most bonus content though (my housemate is the same). I prefer to play the game as it was meant to be played before I use anything that might give me an edge. It's starting to get irritating though. Especially on games like Mass Effect 2 where the bonus' significantly effect the story.

    Retailer specific also? Or are they broken up between stores?

    Anyway, I agree with Eats-A-Lot, more art books and collectable rubbish! :D

    On the game, not yet completely impressed, it looks like a bland Borderlands, lack of fun... so wait and see how it pans out?

    I think the only way you should be able to get bonus stuff at launch is in the collectors edition.

    when their retailer specific content it's a real pain in the arse i know people who have ordered from gamestop in the states just to get their specific bonus's

    IF your gonna give the content away for pre-orders it should be for sale on day 1, make it that the pre-order gets some free instead of everyone else missing out

    If a developer pulls out parts of a finished game to sell back to me later, I wait for the Game of the year edition that will inevitably be released in 6 months that includes all the paid DLC, and is probably also cheaper.

    But thanks to Steam sales I have a massive backlog of games to play, so I may be in a somewhat of a unique position in that I don't feel obliged to buy a game on release.

    I have no problem with pre-order incentives... it's retailer specific bonus's that bother me.

    Totally agree with these DLC bonuses, glad I've got the Duke Balls of Steel pack to look forward.

    It annoys me that if I wait to see if the release game lives up to the hype I miss out on items that affect gameplay.
    Also its a cheap gimmick, I miss true 'thanks for supporting us' things like posters or shirts etc. that actually cost them money to give to us.
    My Rift collectors edition was an example of good stuff. A hardcover comic, usb stick, mouse pad and ingame cosmetic items, one giving a slight advantage (mount) that affects convenience (travel speed) more than actual gameplay.
    I want something special, not something necessary.

    I don't mind the pre-order bonuses so much if there is still a way to unlock them in game somehow. I still feel that things like guns or armour in multiplayer is a unfair advantage, but things like skins (or the golden lancer in Gears) don't bother me so much as it doesn't affect the balancing.

    The LA Noire various masses of preorder bonuses has bugged me. There's, what, six at least? Some are only available in certain countries, and I should not miss out on content simply because I choose to buy it from my favourite retailers.

    Sure, they'll be releasing them later, but it irks me a lot. :(

    I'm more excited for Doom 4. They've been so tight lipped about it. "It's not a sequel to Doom 3, but it's not a reboot either. Doom 3 was sort of a reboot. It's a little bit different than those."

    DLC pisses me off more.

    Not when they release new content after the release, but when they withhold content for the "special editions".

    They made it part of the game, dont make me pay more just to get something that i should already have!

    +1
    I'm excited about stupid crap like the Duke Nukem bust that's coming with the 'balls of steel' edition, and I'm really bummed I missed the fallout 3 pack with the lunchbox and bobblehead!
    So yeah, I think they should go that way.
    But that's just, like, my opinion, man.

    I do like the sound of the game, I'm not a fan of pre-order bonuses that are simply DLC or an early unlock to the "pwn-anator" weapon/armour.

    I'm ok with cosmetic details, but again why punish the person who can't just buy every game they want on release day.

    What I'm not against is things where if you buy the game new, you get all this gear. pre-owned presumeably have to buy it as DLC.

    Also I keep my games, I have not sold anything or traded it in, (unless it's a pack in deal and I don't want game B, but like A & C). So yeah looks like I may be doing what I did with Borderlands, buying Game of the Year edition fully loaded after the fact.

    I have always preferred something physical to something downloadable, but that's because I have a gaming room to display the stuff. I can see why some people would prefer downloadable content, especially when they may not have the space available.

    I honestly don't see the point of pre-orders, especially in Aus where the market is smaller than the US. If a game sells out in a store you can usually go the store next door and they'll have it. Its purely a marketing ploy to make people buy before the reviews. I don't buy into it and I'm glad I don't have Homefront, Brink or any other over hyped disappointments as a result. As for the DLC, thats an even more annoying incentive. But most of the time its a useless cheat or skin anyway.

    I've been planning on preordering this game since i first heard about it some time ago now.

    Preorder bonuses dont bother me at all, as I always preorder games that i really want, so I'm all for the addition of content, no matter what form it takes.

    I hate preorder DLC, but I have no problems with the EA-style single use special code that gives you day-0 DLC if you've purchased the game new. Is that inconsistent?

    Why does this game sound so much like Fallout?

    'Wasteland' 'Armour' etc, another Wasteland RPG huh?

    As for pre-ordering. I'm quite happy with The Witcher 2's pre-order goodies...

    Seems pretty much unanimous that everyone hates the sh♥t out of in-game pre-order bonuses.. not to mention retailer specific ones.

    They clearly do it to try and secure more sales for their games, but is it really worth it when it clearly alienates and pisses off the very people they want to be purchasing their games? Doesn't make a whole lot of sense if you ask me.

    Maybe we need some sort of organised campaign to clearly tell publishers that this shit is not cool?

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