Pick Your Pack With a Fallout: New Vegas Pre-Order

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Pick Your Pack With a Fallout: New Vegas Pre-Order

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Bethesda Softworks has unveiled four separate Fallout: New Vegas pre-order bonus packs available from four separate retailers, which means that you, dear reader, have some decisions to make.

The pre-order is a well-established ritual among gamers. You pop into your favorite retailer, lay down your five bucks and in a few weeks (or a few months) you get a phone call telling you that your very own copy of the new hotness has arrived and is waiting to be picked up. To encourage patronage, some retailers would occasionally team up with publishers to offer pre-order bonuses ranging from crap like "spy listening devices" to unique in-game items, which has inevitably evolved into a practice of offering different bonuses through different retailers.

So it is that we now have four - yes, four - Fallout: New Vegas bonus packs available to gamers who pre-order from specific sellers: The Classic, Tribal, Caravan and Mercenary packs, each comprising a special combination of weapon, armor and miscellaneous items.

From GameStop: The Classic Pack, my personal favorite, featuring an armored Vault 13 suit, a Vault 13 canteen, a weathered 10mm pistol with some added punch and five stimpacks.

From Amazon: The Tribal Pack, which includes tribal raiding armor, a high-damage broad machete, five doses of "bleak venom," whatever that is, and ten throwing spears.

From Walmart and Steam: The Caravan Pack, a practical collection that comes with lightweight leather armor, a "sturdy caravan shotgun," four repair kits and a handy-dandy set of binoculars.

From Best Buy: The Mercenary Pack, with lightweight metal armor, a fast-loading mercenary grenade rifle, three "super stimpacks" and three doctors' bags.

I love pre-order bonuses - I have a treasured collection of the stuff - but I don't care for this retailer-specific business. First, because it's a violation of my hyper-anal completionist tendencies, and second, because I (and I would imagine a lot of other gamers) don't really have a choice. I like the Classic Pack but is it worth a two-hour drive to get it? I don't think so. Looks like it's Walmart, and the admittedly not-a-bad-second-choice Road Warrior chic Caravan collection, for me.

Fallout: New Vegas is scheduled to come out in October 2010 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Or get the PC version and console command/mod them all back in...

What about those not in the USA? What do we get? I'm ordering mine from GAME, not flying over the sea.

thenumberthirteen:
What about those not in the USA? What do we get? I'm ordering mine from GAME, not flying over the sea.

There's dragons in that sea.

I will be buying the Steam version. Its the only one I like and probably the most practical considering the said dragon infested sea.

Can't we just get one standard edition instead of all this useless pre-order crap?

I'll likely get the PC version from Steam or Gamestop, and as listed above, mod them back in.

AngryMongoose:
Or get the PC version and console command/mod them all back in...

This comment is win.
Although I'll probably get it from Steam just to have it on Steam.

thenumberthirteen:
What about those not in the USA? What do we get? I'm ordering mine from GAME, not flying over the sea.

Aye, I've already pre-ordered from Gamestation. I'm fuckin sick of this!! First we don't get the PIP-Boy and now this!? Grrr...

I hate this pre-order sh*t...i was happy when it went on steam but of course with every good thing must come a bad thing.

Casual Shinji:
Can't we just get one standard edition instead of all this useless pre-order crap?

Or a special edition with all of the items.

I don't want to buy the game 4 times.

Hmmm anything from the likes of play.com or UK retailers? I hope for something from GAME at least...

It'll be the Amazon pack for me. Now necessarily because I prefer, but because I can't really buy through any other store [apart from Steam, but I want it on 360].

HAHAHAHAHA, hyper anal completionist. ohhhhh that is so me

Wait...are these real -wearable- armor costumes or in game armor? If the former I'd spring for the Vault 13 suit in a flash! Course, doubt that's the case xD

Personally I've always preferred Steam's version of a pre-order (for any game, not just their own): pre-order the game for cheaper than when it's released, and get another game from that developer or publisher free.

This whole "pre-order and get a free gun" thing makes me uneasy.

Hmmm, well I pre-ordered from Amazon due to the fact that I had a $20 gift card. Sadly I'm not too sure how great those items would be. I like The Wal*Mart-Steam and Best Buy packs the best personally.... oh well, a bonus is a bonus.

As much as I like the idea of the "classic" pack, I'm not sure if it fits in with the whole courier theme of the game.

As far as having them all goes... well I'd imagine that if you get handed all this stuff when you recover in the doctor's office (it's what you have on you), having like four suits of armor on you would be a bit more encumberance than your poor newbie would want to endure during the crucial initial scavenging segements of the game. :)

As nice as the "Red Dead Redemption" bit was, with the oppertunity to get all the add ons (I didn't, but it was a nice idea), it defeats the purpose of the pre-order bonuses. The idea being that the retailers are buying these packs to convince people to order from them, as opposed to the competitor. Going "Omg, I love the classic pack, I'm going to buy from Gamestop instead of the other guys" is exactly the point.

With the PC version these might be modded in, BUT one also has to consider that they might take actions to prevent this (due to the retailers sponsoring it), and that doesn't help the guys buying the game for their console... I'm getting it for the PC (I might get a second copy for the console later if I wind up loving the game as much as FO3, and want a copy to travel).

If only I knew this before I preordered it months ago... Or if any of those other options were available to me. Now I'm stuck with the classic pack, while the others sound much more awesome.

Those hardly sound like pre-order bonuses. How much of that will I be able to pick up in the vanilla version of the game?

The tribal pack is cool...because it's just cool, and the Mercenary pack is awesome because it has a grenade rifle

Classic is what I am going to get though, because I have tons of Gamestop credit.

This really is crap, nobody should have to make a stupid choice like this.

Wonder what EU version will be...I'd imagine same retailers as for Red Dead.

Cool concept though.

squid5580:
Those hardly sound like pre-order bonuses. How much of that will I be able to pick up in the vanilla version of the game?

Probably all of it, I think it's just a boost at the front.

thenumberthirteen:
What about those not in the USA? What do we get? I'm ordering mine from GAME, not flying over the sea.

Personally, I'm loathe to buy from GAME these days.

Being on PC I'd go for Amazon - Steam normally doesn't discount new games enough for my liking (they're great for older games and indie titles) but the Caravan pack looks sweet, binoculars sound cool, so that might swing it in favour of Steam this time.

GothmogII:
Wait...are these real -wearable- armor costumes or in game armor? If the former I'd spring for the Vault 13 suit in a flash! Course, doubt that's the case xD

From Best Buy: The Mercenary Pack, with lightweight metal armor, a fast-loading mercenary grenade rifle, three "super stimpacks" and three doctors' bags.

Oh yeah, all of it is real, you buy the Mercenary pack and you get wearable metal armor, and a GRENADE LAUNCHER in real life!

Great value when you consider the fact that it's FREE to preorder games.

thenumberthirteen:
What about those not in the USA? What do we get? I'm ordering mine from GAME, not flying over the sea.

not in the USA? That's easy, you get nuked.

steam for me, as its easier and i dont like gamestop

Mercenary Pack all they way.

adding the two things I like; grenades and machines guns, what could possibly go wrong with such a combination?

well.......thats probably what the super-stims and doctor bags are for.

I buy all my games on Steam. Convenience of purchase and never having to remember a CD key again far outweighs any little tchotchke a pre-order from another retailer gives me.

AngryMongoose:
Or get the PC version and console command/mod them all back in...

And that was exactly what I was going to say.

So yeah, don't care about this stuff. Mods will give me better items.

danpascooch:

GothmogII:
Wait...are these real -wearable- armor costumes or in game armor? If the former I'd spring for the Vault 13 suit in a flash! Course, doubt that's the case xD

From Best Buy: The Mercenary Pack, with lightweight metal armor, a fast-loading mercenary grenade rifle, three "super stimpacks" and three doctors' bags.

Oh yeah, all of it is real, you buy the Mercenary pack and you get wearable metal armor, and a GRENADE LAUNCHER!

Great value when you consider the fact that it's FREE to preorder games.

W/e. I'll just download a mod or use the console commands and add it back into the game.
"god"...
No? Nothing?
Hm...
"IDDQD"
Huh... Apparently John Carmack is God...

danpascooch:

squid5580:
Those hardly sound like pre-order bonuses. How much of that will I be able to pick up in the vanilla version of the game?

Probably all of it, I think it's just a boost at the front.

I hope you are right, although I can't imagine stuff like a grenade rifle and Vault 13 paraphernalia being commonly found.

Kanodin0:

danpascooch:

squid5580:
Those hardly sound like pre-order bonuses. How much of that will I be able to pick up in the vanilla version of the game?

Probably all of it, I think it's just a boost at the front.

I hope you are right, although I can't imagine stuff like a grenade rifle and Vault 13 paraphernalia being commonly found.

Actually, the Grenade launcher is probably pretty common in mid game, it looks like the Vault 13 canteen is the only exclusive (if there is one)

danpascooch:

GothmogII:
Wait...are these real -wearable- armor costumes or in game armor? If the former I'd spring for the Vault 13 suit in a flash! Course, doubt that's the case xD

From Best Buy: The Mercenary Pack, with lightweight metal armor, a fast-loading mercenary grenade rifle, three "super stimpacks" and three doctors' bags.

Oh yeah, all of it is real, you buy the Mercenary pack and you get wearable metal armor, and a GRENADE LAUNCHER in real life!

Great value when you consider the fact that it's FREE to preorder games.

No need to crush my childish hopes and dreams so utterly. Meanie :P

GothmogII:

danpascooch:

GothmogII:
Wait...are these real -wearable- armor costumes or in game armor? If the former I'd spring for the Vault 13 suit in a flash! Course, doubt that's the case xD

From Best Buy: The Mercenary Pack, with lightweight metal armor, a fast-loading mercenary grenade rifle, three "super stimpacks" and three doctors' bags.

Oh yeah, all of it is real, you buy the Mercenary pack and you get wearable metal armor, and a GRENADE LAUNCHER in real life!

Great value when you consider the fact that it's FREE to preorder games.

No need to crush my childish hopes and dreams so utterly. Meanie :P

What makes you think I was being sarcastic?

Oh sure, leave us brits out, dicks.

When i saw it i thought they were giving out Fallout action figures I almost flipped my wig but after looking at it again my expectations went down oh well theres always the collectors edition .... preorder... preorder never changes ...

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