FNV pre order

Having enough trouble figuring out what gear you’re gonna bring with you while traversing the Mojave Wastelands of Fallout: New Vegas? Well it’s time to re-think once more as Best Buy, GameStop, Steam, Amazon and Walmart are all releasing their own pre-order packages for the post-apocalyptic simulator.

This of course is in addition to the goodies you’ll receive from pre-ordering the Collector’s Edition.

There are four packages being offered from the different outlets, all with their own theme:

GameStop’s “Classic Pack” includes:

  • Armored Vault 13 Suit – A makeshift upgrade to the original Fallout outfit, perfect for the nostalgic fans out there.
  • Vault 13 Canteen – Hard to traverse the Mojave Wasteland, let alone anywhere after the apocalypse without water; provides healing.
  • Weathered 10mm Pistol – Standard-issue scorpion and bandit repellent.
  • 5 Stimpaks – The Mojave Wasteland is a dangerous place and you’re gonna need all the advantages you can garner.

Amazon’s “Tribal Pack” includes:

  • Tribal Raiding Armor – Patchwork armor designed to give you maximum mobility out in the Wasteland.
  • Broad Machete – Already feeling the urge to hack through your enemies’ appendages like so much kudzu? This is your best bet.
  • 5 Bleak Venom doses – Oil up that machete with this painful additive and watch your foes fall before you.
  • 10 Throwing Spears – I’m pretty sure these are gonna mess up some bad guys.

Steam and Wal-Mart’s “Caravan Pack” includes:

  • Lightweight Leather Armor – This nicely crafted set of armor is gonna save your skin without slowing you down.
  • Sturdy Caravan Shotgun – Can’t wander the Mojave without a reliable shotgun, and this is it.
  • 4 Repair Kits – Useful for repairing any outfit or weapon, Repair Kits are a valuable tool for any adventurer.
  • Binoculars — With this at hand, you’ll be able to spot danger coming from a mile away. Well maybe half a mile.

Best Buy’s “Mercenary Pack” includes:

  • Lightweight Metal Armor – This is the plate mail of the Mojave Wasteland, sacrificing your speed for better protection against the dangers of the desert.
  • Mercenary’s Grenade Rifle – Though similar to other 40mm Grenade Rifles in the Mojave Wasteland, this model has a faster reload cycle.
  • 3 Super Stimpaks – For when you inevitably shoot that Grenade Rifle too close to yourself.
  • 3 Doctors Bags – If you’ve got the skill to use ’em, these Doctor’s Bags will pull your butt out of the fire and put you back in the action in no time.

I really like the idea that through pre-ordering at different locations you can tailor your character’s equipment to fit your needs from the start, rather than trying to blast your first few Rad Roaches with a BB Gun.

The series’ focus on complete character customization is one of the things that makes it so enjoyable to play and re-play. The only thing that makes me a little skeptical about the choices they’ve provided comes down to the fact that all these seem like easy to obtain items. Most of this stuff you’re liable to find in your first foray into the game, whether it be in the wasteland or spelunking through some abandoned building.

Personally I would rather see them put a little more effort to gain my pre-order money. How about exclusive costumes or items that are not actually in the game instead of just superficially modified versions of things that you can find in the first few minutes of your adventure?

What do you guys think? Worth the 5-10 bucks, or just another way for them to try and get your money?

Fallout: New Vegas is due out in October.