Last week, Shadow of the Tomb Raider released. I had thought it was due to release on the 12th, when really it’s street release date was the 14th.
I keep up on gaming news to a ridiculous degree. Despite this, I am still sometimes confused by the various editions of games, such as the larger Ubisoft releases (e.g.: Assassin’s Creed). There are standard, deluxe, gold, and all kinds of collector’s editions for those titles. I try to keep up on such things, and even I am sometimes puzzled what comes with a certain version of a game.
Back to Tomb Raider.
Turns out it did release on the 12th, but only if you bought the Croft edition, which, incidentally, looked identical to the standard steelbook edition.
I probably wouldn’t have noticed at all were it not for my collector’s edition game guide showing up on Wednesday the 12th.
That never happens. I never get the guide before the game, itself. In most cases, the guide comes several days later.
Apparently, if you spent more money, you could play the game two days early.
This is not a new practice; EA has done this for years with certain titles. If you pay a higher price of entry, you get access to the game early.
I’m not sure how I feel about this.
On one hand, if someone wants to play the game as early as possible and doesn’t mind putting more money out for the same game, great! And I mean that sincerely. If the situation works for all parties, I take no issue with it.
I just don’t know how I feel about it for myself.
If someone said I could play Cyberpunk 2077 several days early for, say, $20 more, I’m sure I’d break down and do it. But would I feel good about it?
I honestly don’t know.
So here’s my question: have you ever paid to play a game early? Was it worth it? Would you do it again? And if you haven’t, would you? What game would get you to do so?
I’m going to keep this one short today; I seem to be coming down with a nasty cold, and I’d like to turn into a couch barnacle for a nice long snoozle.
I wish you all better health than I have. Cheers, friends. <3