While PC gamers know a lot about game discounts and sales, console gamers have to be a little more diligent to find games for the best value. One of the best ways to get a game for a substantial discount and at its best value is by picking up a Game of the Year Edition.
Today we have learned that two games are adding their names to the GOTY crowd: Halo 4, 343 Industries‘ first foray into the world of the Master Chief, and Borderlands 2, Gearbox Software’s loot-obsessed FPS sequel. Of course, as the name suggests, a title needs to have earned some prestigious accolades in order to be eligible for a Game of the Year Edition (or does it?), but we think both games are well deserved.
First, IGN has received word from a source at GameStop that Gearbox Software will roll out a Game of the Year Edition of Borderlands 2 very soon. As expected, this GOTY package will include all the previously released Borderlands 2 DLC – from the Mechromancer Pack all the way to Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep – presumably at a discounted rate.
While many games stretch the term “downloadable content,” the Borderlands franchise typically delivers when it comes to post-game adventures. It’s a shame that the Season Pass for Borderlands 2 didn’t include all the planned DLC, but that is an entirely different matter – this Game of the Year package won’t leave anything out.
The Halo 4 Game of the Year Edition, on the other hand, has been confirmed by Microsoft and will be available this October for $49.99. Any gamer that purchases the Game of the Year Edition of Halo 4 will net themselves a War Games map pass, which is good for all of Halo 4‘s multiplayer DLC, as well as all of the pre-order and Legendary exclusive content.
The Game of the Year Edition will also include Season 1 of Spartan Ops, Halo 4‘s story-based cooperative mode, and the Champions Bundle that just recently hit Xbox Live. The Champions Bundle offers gamers a ton of Halo 4 content including new maps, armors, skins, an new game type called Ricochet, and several other ways for players to customize their Spartan.
Personally, the idea of a Game of the Year Edition at this point in the console cycle seems a bit odd, especially considering neither the Xbox One nor the PS4 will be backwards compatible. So those gamers who plan to pick up these spiffy new Borderlands 2 or Halo 4 packages will find there is a limit to their utility.
Nevertheless, for those gamers who have yet to check out Borderlands 2 or Halo 4 (we highly recommend both) this is the perfect opportunity. Both Game of the Year Editions include more content than the “vanilla” versions, and are a better value.
Will you be picking up either the Borderlands 2 or Halo 4 Game of the Year Editions? Although they were released in different years, which game did you enjoy more?
The Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition is only rumored at this point and therefore has no release date. The Halo 4 Game of the Year Edition will be out this October for the Xbox 360.