Video Game Companies Keep Stealing From My Parents
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We've known about the Tomb Raider Collector’s edition for a while now, but Square Enix has finally released details of the package, and promises that it's "designed to bring fans closer to Lara Croft’s journey within the game."

Here's a rundown of what's included:

  • Play Arts -KAI- Lara Croft figurine – Lara Croft has been beautifully recreated as an 8-inch Play Arts -KAI- action figure. The figure comes with an alternate set of three hands, bow and arrow, shotgun, handgun, and an ice axe.
  • Double-sided island map and poster – Discover Key Landmarks from the mysterious island of Yamatai, where Lara Croft and her fellow castaways were marooned after the Endurance shipwreck in this 15” x 19” poster. On the reverse is a poster-size image of the box art that epitomizes Lara’s origin story.
  • Lithographic print – An exclusive 5” x 7” Lara Croft heavy-stock lithograph print with matte frame designed by Crystal Dynamic’s Brian Horton, senior art director, and Brenoch Adams, concept artist.
  • Experience Shields –Three iron-on badges based on the game’s experience icons: “Animal Instincts,” the “Climbing Axe,” and “Fire Arrow.”
  • Tomb Raider Original Soundtrack ‘Survivalist Cut’- A collection of 10 tracks with over 60 minutes of music from the game.
  • Weapons Pack Downloadable Content – includes a variety of weapons to help Lara survive against the island’s inhabitants.

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    Now, I'm fine with collector's packs. In fact, I'm looking forward to the arrival of my Black Ops 2: Hardened Edition. But there's something that feels particularly greedy about them when Laura Croft is on the cover.

    After all, it's been a long time since Croft has starred in genuinely terrific game, so it seems pretty obvious that Square Enix is attempting to cash in on a franchise that our parents used to enjoy without putting in any actual work.

    Now, don't get me wrong, I've heard that the upcoming Tomb Raider game is extremely enjoyable, but players can't possibly be ordering this collector's edition based on that knowledge. They're going to buy it because they loved playing the original on their SEGA Saturn in 1996, and, I don't know, it just seems so greedy.

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    But can we really expect a publisher to forgo a handful of cash simply because it makes them look like greedy bloodsuckers? I guess not.

    Either way, if you feel like giving Square Enix $99.99 of your hard-earned money, the Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition will be available in limited quantities at select retailers around the country. But you can also just pre-order the standard edition and pick it up when it hit's shelves on March 5, 2013.



    By
    Josh Engen
    News Director
    Date: November 12, 2012

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