I’ve said this before but Gears of War Judgment EB Games Special Edition is as good as it gets in terms of collector’s edition releases for Australia & New Zealand, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you’re into digital downloads and steelbooks. Today at Esperino we unbox the latest Gears of War title in the long-running franchise.
Unlike other special editions that come packaged in a limited edition box, the Gears of War Judgment EB Games Special Edition does not which is kind of disappointing. For a major release title, I was expecting a specially made outer case, something like the Mass Effect 3 Omniblade Edition but instead we get a first print run of Gears of War Judgment shrink-wrapped together with the steelbook.
The steelbook is the star in this package and the main reason to purchase this as a collector. Designed to look like rusted and weather metal, the case has a bronze, copper overall colour with embossed Gears of War Judgment logo on the front and a printed Gears of War Judgment logo on the back. Inside is a single disc slot for your Gears of War Judgment disc for storage.
A download voucher is included inside the steelbook with four redeemable codes, the Anya Stroud Multiplayer Skin, Alex Brand Multiplayer Skin, Classic Hammerburst Weapon and Young Marcus Skin. Pre-order customers are also given another voucher with two codes to unlock the same Classic Hammerburst Weapon and Young Marcus Skin which I guess could be given away to a friend or relative.
The Gears of War Judgment first print run comes with the same standard box art but does come with an included download voucher entitling the user to a 2-day access pass to Xbox LIVE Gold and a digital full version copy of the original Gears of War.
Although nice inclusions for the price, the Gears of War Judgment EB Games Special Edition may be disappointing to the collecting community as it lacks content to truly differentiate it from the standard edition release. Granted, the retail price is the same as the standard price, only true Gears of War Judgment fans will appreciate the full value on offer here.
Contents: Limited release Gears of War Judgment with 2-Day Xbox Live Gold Pass & original Gears of War full version download voucher, Gears of War Judgment Steelbook, Redeem Voucher with Anya Stroud Multiplayer Skin, Alex Brand Multiplayer Skin, Classic Hammerburst Weapon and Young Marcus Skin.
*Note: Additional voucher also given with pre-order that included the Classic Hammerburst Weapon and Young Marcus Skin as a separate voucher, effectively entitling you to two Hammerburst and Young Marcus unlock codes.
- Developer: People Can Fly
- Publisher: Microsoft
- Platform: Microsoft Xbox 360
- Genre(s): Third-Person Shooter
- Release Date(s): (AU) March 19th 2013
- Release Price: $79.95 RRP